Thanks to the many contributors to our end of the year survey. You can see the full list of contributors and links to their responses after the jump…
Michel Rabagliati, internationally renowned comic artist, is the author of the Paul series of graphic novels published by La Pastèque. He’s also the winner of two Joe Shuster Awards — Favourite Creator, French Language Publications 2007 (for Paul à la pêche) and Outstanding Cartoonist 2010 (for Paul à Québec)
Nom: Librairie Planète BD
Adresse: 3883 rue St-Denis, Montréal, Québec H2W 2M4
Téléphone : (514) 759-9800
Courriel : email@example.com
La librairie Planète BD appartient à Carrefour BD Inc., une société créée par un groupe de lecteurs passionnés et réunis autour du projet de doter Montréal d’une véritable librairie spécialisée exclusivement dédiée à la bande dessinée (BD). Elle a ouvert officiellement ses portes le 25 mars 2008 et ne compte aucune autre succursale.
Planète BD emploie à temps plein 4 libraires spécialisés. La direction est assurée par M. François Mayeux, président du conseil d’administration de Carrefour BD Inc. et conseiller en BD, comptant 25 années d’expérience en librairie et dans le milieu de la diffusion. Les autres libraires comptent chacun entre 8 et 10 années d’expérience en librairie.
Planète BD occupe une superficie d’environ 1200 pieds carrés entièrement consacrée à la vente de livres neufs ainsi que quelques magazines consacrés à la BD.
Quelques produits dérivés (T-shirts, figurines) sont également offerts à l’occasion ou peuvent faire l’objet de commandes spéciales.
With last week’s news about Wizard ditching October’s Central Canada Comic Con (a show that will continue under the guidance of the old owners), it seems that there are further changes afoot.
An eagle-eyed fan pointed out to us that according to the Wizard website, the dates for next year’s Wizard Toronto Comic Con have been revised. Originally announced for March 23-25, the former 3-day show has apparently dropped Friday from the schedule and will now be a two-day Saturday/Sunday event.
Other shows on their now reduced to 11-city world tour seem similarly changed. Only Austin (Nov. 2011) and Philadelphia (June 2012) remain as 3-day events. The Chicago event remains 4 days (mid-Aug. 2011) for now.
The benefit of a shortened schedule is that they can concentrate on maintaining their strong Saturday attendance, and the exhibitor rates should drop accordingly and hopefully help them fill the space. Reports from 2010 and 2011 events both indicated that Friday was slow and will not be missed.
UPDATE 1 (September): No real change for exhibitor rates – $800 for a table, $950 for a corner. Some kind of cheap table option if the exhibitor doesn’t sell anything for more than $20 and doesn’t advertize at the event. Turns out that the March 24-25 date at the DEC was another lie.
UPDATE 2 (October): In an interesting move, Wizard has decided to move their event to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Mid-April. As the MTCC is the home of Fan Expo Canada and it’s Toronto ComiCon and Toronto AnimeCon events, this is an unusual move, and has some wondering how Fan Expo will respond. It is also interesting as it now brings the Wizard Toronto show into another schedule clash with Reed Pop’s C2E2 (scheduled for April 13-15).
According to the Raven Toys and Comics blog, American promoter Wizard has dropped the Winnipeg based Central Canada Comic Con from their schedule. The show, purchased from the original owner last year, was to debut this October 28-30 under the Wizard World banner. Wizard had already announced some guests for the event.
A quick check of the Wizard World website confirms that the C4 event has been dropped from the schedule, along with some other US events that had no 2011/2012 dates. It’s unsure as to whether the other events have been cancelled or just taken off the schedule until such time that they can be properly promoted.
Recent twitters by Wizard staff confirm that the show has been unfortunately been taken off their show tour and that they will be releasing some kind of statement “soon”.
The show facebook group is currently a hot bed of discussion over what to do next and how to keep the show going, a mere four months from it’s planned dates — it now falls back to the former owners (who were to be the local contacts for the Wizard team) to decide what to do next. That owner, Raven Toys & Comics’ Michael Paille, has announced that he will try to keep the show alive by holding various fundraising efforts.
If you are in the Winnipeg area and want to help Michael maintain the C4, he’s looking for donations (cash, airmiles) to cover guests, etc. The hall is still being held for the announced dates, so hopefully he’ll be able to pull it off. Visit the Raven Toys & Comics blog link (in the first paragraph) for more details.
The only remaining Canadian show on the Wizard tour, the Toronto Comic Con is still on the schedule for late March 2012.
Ceremony Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2011 – 6-8 PM
Host Event: THE CALGARY COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (June 17-19, 2011)
Not every comic city is engaging in a battle for attention. London, ON is holding it’s annual passport to FCBD event, where the comic shops in the city actually work together (…for the most part, 5 out of 6 is a great number…) for the good of the industry and the retail environment in the city.
If you are in London, you need to pick up a passport to get a chance to win one of many fabulous prizes donated by these amazing stores:
L.A. Mood Comics & Games
Comic Book Collector
Visit these 5 stores and the Central Branch of the London Public Library and get your passport stamped at each place, and drop your ballot off at the last stop for the draws! Winners will be announced on Monday May 9th, 2011.
The Library will be hosting the first official FCBD Costume Contest at 2:30 PM, open to all ages, register before 2:15PM. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. $50 in gift certificates and Downtown Dollars for Best in Show in each category, $10 gift certificates for 2nd prizes in each category and graphic novels for the runners up! Prizes donated by the Comic Shop Crossover stores!
Have fun, kids of all ages (and the retailers, too)!
According to Postmedia News and other sources — Hobby Star Marketing, the Toronto based producers of the comics and pop culture event Fan Expo Canada (TM) have filed an injunction against the producers of the UFC Fan Expo taking place this weekend in Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre over the use of the name Fan Expo in Canadian markets, saying that UFC Fan Expo is too similar to Fan Expo Canada and infringes upon their trademark.
The UFC Fan Expo is produced by Reed Pop (who also produce the New York Comic Con and C2E2) for Kuffa, LLC the company that owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While other UFC Fan Expos have taken place elsewhere this is the first time one is being held in Canada. HSM, a sports marketing company as well as a producer of pop culture events, contests the use of the phrase “Fan Expo” as well as the slogan “the Ultimate Fan Experience”. HSM owner Aman Gupta, when contacted by PostMedia news, said:
We will do everything possible to protect our intellectual property and maintain the integrity of our event and our brand.
On February 1st 10 stores were named as being in the running for the 2011 Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Retailer Award.
In order to move to the final round of consideration, the nominated retailers had to send in additional materials for the judging committee to consider by April 1st. Based on materials received, the 10 nominated stores have been narrowed down to a final 5, one of which will be selected as the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer – winner to be announced in Calgary on Saturday, June 18, 2011 where they will join an elite group of Canadian comic book stores that have earned the distinction since the award was founded in 2005: Happy Harbor Comics, Strange Adventures, Big B Comics, Legends Comics and The Beguiling.
The Retailer Award Jury will also be selecting the following awards: OUTSTANDING CANADIAN PUBLISHER and GENE DAY CANADIAN SELF-PUBLISHER.
The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix de Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). Shops are recommended by the general public and a separate Retailer Award Committee reviews all materials received and select a short list of stores that has shown merit in a variety of categories such as: (1) Support of a wide variety of innovative material, (2) Overall appeal of the store and usage of space, (3) Knowledge, (4) Community activity, and (5) Adherence to standard ethical business practices.
- AMAZING STORIES (Saskatoon, SK)
- ANOTHER DIMENSION COMICS (Calgary, AB)
- THE COMIC HUNTER (Moncton, NB)
- COMIC READERS (Downtown Regina, SK)
- PLANÈTE BD (Montreal, QC)
Congratulations to our five finalists!
Guelph was the place to be on Saturday for anyone interested in independent comics, webcomics and zines. The Kazoo Fest Zine and Comic Expo saw more than forty creators (including Gene Day Noms Jason Bradshaw and Nick Maandag!) gather in the Norfolk United Church for this free event that drew a steady crowd out of the cold, wet weather. Originally started in 2008, this was the first year the Dragon sponsored the event and helped draw in comic creators from across the greater Toronto area. The event was a fantastic showcase for small press and zine creators that would usually get lost in the artist alley of larger conventions.
The after party that followed included Dragon owner Jennifer Haines delivering an updated version of her Women in Comics paper and the introduction of the Kazoo Fest Zine and Comic Awards. The award winners were chosen from books and zines that were submitted at the Expo on Saturday afternoon and the jury was made up of myself (Amy Chop, manager of the Dragon), Sam Ack from Kazoo and Lindsay Gibb from Broken Pencil magazine. The jury was also joined by some volunteers from the Joe Shuster Awards who helped out at the Dragon’s table during the day.
The winners were presented with their awards by event emcee Robert Haines and were as follows:
- Best Debut: “Wich” Curated by Averill Smith
- Best Comic: “Summer Tears #1” by Harley R. Pageot and Andrea Manica
- Best Zine (written): “Team Dreams” by the Royal City Roller Girls
This was a great event and we hope to see everyone, and more, again next year!
Amy Chop, Manager
Old Quebec Street Mall
55 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, ON
Related article: Lindsay Gibb’s Kazoo report for Broken Pencil Magazine
We are regularly asked how the nominees are selected for the Joe Shuster Awards, hopefully this explanation of the process will help answer some of your questions and not completely confuse you. Continue reading
Peter DeCourcy of Comic Book Daily caught up with Kevin this afternoon to ask him some questions about this morning’s announcement that the 7th Annual Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony will be held in Calgary in June 2011.
Will we be seeing a gradual attempt to move the Joe Shuster Awards around the country?
Kevin Boyd: Yes, that is the plan. We are looking very closely at Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax and possibly Winnipeg as future host cities. We are a national award and we want to go to the various communities across the country and connect with them. We don’t want the Awards looked upon as just being specific to a single convention or city.
There’s more at Comic Book Daily, including hints at our plans for 2012.
November 1, 2010 — From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents, and the JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating their achievements. Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award program has been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The juried awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.
Between October and January 2011, the nominees for the 7th Annual Joe Shuster Awards will be selected from master lists of eligible works originally published in English and/or French during the 2010 calendar year. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents are eligible for consideration. Once the lists of nominees are finalized and announced, the nominated creators will have their work reviewed by juries who will determine the winners.
Previous award winners include: Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, Parker: The Hunter), Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Michel Rabagliati (Paul à Québec, Paul a la Peche), Dale Eaglesham (Justice Society of America), David Finch (Ultimatum), Stuart Immonen (New Avengers), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Dave Sim (Cerebus, Glamourpuss), Ty Templeton (The Batman Adventures), Pia Guerra (Y The Last Man) and many more. A full list of the previous Joe Shuster Award winners can be found online at: http://joeshusterawards.com/2010/10/21/a-look-back-at-6-years-of-joe-shuster-award-winning-canadian-creators-2005-2010/
The winners of the 7th Annual Joe Shuster Awards will be announced at a public ceremony on the evening of Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at the CALGARY COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO http://calgaryexpo.com/ at the BMO Round-Up Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
“We are pleased and honoured to be presenting the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards at the Calgary Expo,” reports Awards Association Co-Founder and current Executive Director Kevin Boyd. “As a truly national awards program we know it is important to connect with comic markets across Canada, and it has been a longstanding goal of this organization to present the awards outside of Toronto in order to do just that. As the Canadian comic book industry award – with a large pool of participants in every province – our intention is to share these awards with the creators, retailers and publishers at events like the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo — a great showcase for Western Canada’s strong comics and sequential arts community and a draw for creators from across the country. We can’t thank the organizers of this event enough for welcoming us to the Round-Up Centre for their 2011 event.”
More news about the ceremony will be announced when the nominations are released in February 2011.
About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)
With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great artist, JOE SHUSTER (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.
About The Joe Shuster Awards
The Joe Shuster Award is Canada’s first national achievement award program for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics and has no restrictions on language, content and/or genre. The Joe Shuster Award honour the people who create comics, publish comics and sell comics. Creator nominees are nominated for their BODY OF WORK during the previous calendar year, not just for one specific work (except for cover art). Additional Awards honour Comic Book Retailers, Publishers, Self-Publishers and comics material created for younger readers. The Joe Shuster Award program is administered by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, a not-for-profit organization. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.joeshusterawards.com
About The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo was born in 2006 after carefully evaluating the potential of a show dedicated to not only comics, but to the cross-media attention that exists in the entertainment industry. As has been the result, the Expo has become the single largest event of its kind across all of Western Canada. We feature all elements of pop culture including sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, animation, and the horror genres. The 2011 event is scheduled for June 17-19, and will be the first year the event has run for three days. For more information please visit www.calgaryexpo.com
At the Long Beach Comic-Con yesterday, the controversial 2010 Lulu Awards were handed out. The Friends of Lulu organization was founded with the goals of promoting readership of comic books by women and the participation of women in the comic book industry, but there was some controversy this year when they announced male creator nominees (including Ottawa’s Von Allen) in many of the categories.
Half of the winners this year were Canadian (Beaton, Immonen, O’Malley)… and yes, even though Ramona Flowers was an American, Bryan Lee O’Malley isn’t — so we’re taking that as a win. Here’s the full list:
Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work: Diana Nock, The Intrepid Girlbot
Best Female Character: Ramona Flowers, from Scott Pilgrim (Oni Press) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Kim Yale Award for Most Talented Newcomer: Kathryn Immonen writer of The Runaways (Marvel Comics)
Lulu of the Year: Kate Beaton
Woman of Distinction Award: Lauren Sankovitch, editor (Marvel Comics)
Female Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Alison Bechdel
Congratulations to the winners, and we are glad to see that the organization is moving forward with an interim committee.
Jury member DUANE MURRAY presented the award for Outstanding cover:
Being asked to look at a bunch of covers and choosing the most “outstanding” one is no easy feat. Getting together with a group of people to agree on that could is even harder, as seeing a cover and reacting to it is such a personal response. No two people’s reactions are alike.
What makes an “outstanding” cover? At it’s base, a good cover is simply something that catches the eye and makes you want to pick up the book.
For some it is a beautiful image – a singular picture that grabs your eyes and forces you to not look away – a clear and powerful image. All of the nominees have that going for them, but what sets a cover apart from being just another pretty picture, is storytelling.
The difference between a good cover and a great cover is the ability to indirectly express the themes of the story, without giving too much away. A cover needs to be striking, dynamic and different. It needs to relate to the story and the art inside but more than anything else it should entice readers to buy the book and not make them feel cheated when they do.
The winner of this year’s Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Cover Art is: Darwyn Cooke for Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter, published by IDW.
Darwyn Cooke’s cover for The Hunter encompasses all those things I mentioned earlier that define a great cover.
Underscored by a great use of negative space displaying the often overlooked art of the title of the book is a beautifully composed image of a man sitting at the edge of a bed, a dead naked woman laying beside him, cast in the spotlight of a toppled over side table lamp – filling with light an otherwise dark scene. He looks forward, holding a gun, perhaps pondering the same questions the viewer may have — “What happened here?” The answers lay inside the pages beyond…. Drawing the viewer in… it engages, and it’s truly outstanding.
Duane accepted the award on behalf of Darwyn Cooke.
Duane Murray is a Toronto-based writer, director and actor. As an actor he has accumulated over 45 produced credits. As a writer/director Duane has produced 4 nationally released films as well as acting as story consulted on several wide-release studio features. Duane is currently in development with Telefilm on his next feature film project, and is in the process of adapting two published graphic novels to film. This is Duane’s second time serving on the Joe Shuster Awards jury – and in 2010 he served on both the Art Jury (Artist, Cover Art, Colourist) and the Story Jury (Webcomic Creator, Writer, Cartoonist).
Darwyn Cooke is a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke has always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Richard Stark Parker books – which he is currently adapting for publisher IDW – as a great source of creative inspiration. Cooke has won multiple Eisner, Harvey and Joe Shuster Awards as well as the National Cartoonist Society’s Best Series Award. In 2008 Cooke was Emmy nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus Justice League: The New Frontier.
The following statement was written by Robert Haines – coordinator of the Harry Kremer Award.
The Beguiling is a multiple-year Kremer Award nominee, an Eisner-Award winning store that is often referred to as one of the best stores in North America. Really, they were competing against themselves last year.
What did The Beguiling do in 2009 that was above and beyond what they normally do?
The largest reason behind The Beguiling being selected Outstanding Retailer of 2010 was for the fantastic and consistent job they did in promoting Canadian talent and really turning up their community presence and support with events such as Word On The Street, numerous book launches and in-store signings promoting the works of Canadian creative talent, working with Canadian publishers like Drawn & Quarterly and Conundrum Press, working with the Toronto Public Library system, and finally for the excellent Toronto Comic Arts Festival – 2009 was the year that the Festival moved into the Toronto Reference Library and was upgraded to an annual event.
601 Markham St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G 2L7
ph: (416) 533-9168 – fax: (416) 533-7313 – email@example.com
Friday 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday & Holidays 12:00PM – 6:00PM
From their website:
Founded in 1987, The Beguiling has set a new standard in Canada for comics and graphic novel retail. Showcasing the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.
In its long history The Beguiling sponsored many book launches, author signings, readings, and other comics events with legendary creators including Robert Crumb, Harlan Ellison, Jamie Hernandez, Neil Gaiman, Joann Sfar, and literally hundreds more. In 2003 several members of The Beguiling staff founded The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, bringing alternative and independent comics creators from around the world to Toronto to celebrate the best of comic art. The show continues to thrive, growing in size with each iteration.
The Beguiling is proud to act as the official art representative for dozens of talented comics artists, cartoonists, and illustrators. We sell original artwork from these cartoonists on a consignment basis, to ensure the majority of the proceeds go directly to them. Please visit our online art store at http://www.beguiling.com/artstore1a.asp.
The store regularly buys old comics published from the 1930’s up to the present day. New comic books come in every Wednesday, and new shipments of Japanese anime every Wednesday & Friday. New graphic novels arrive regularly, and thanks to our attention to detail and commitment to diversity, we receive many books before any other retail outlet. If you can’t find it anywhere else, The Beguiling probably has it, or can get it for you.
The Beguiling is located at 601 Markham Street, just west of Bathurst and south of Bloor on the same block as the Historic Honest Ed’s department store.
The closest TTC stop is Bathurst Station, on the Bloor Subway line.
Canada’s Walk of Fame is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization that has chosen as their mission to engage Canadians in celebrating those who have excelled in music, sport, film, television, as well as the literary, visual, performing arts, science and innovation. At a gala ceremony each year the selected Canadians are immortalized on a star imbedded in the sidewalk in downtown Toronto.
If you would like to see Joe Shuster and/or other Canadian comic book creators immortalized in such a fashion you can nominate them here.
The Awards Association fully endorses all efforts to honour our Canadian creators - especially the man for whom these awards were named in honour of, the co-creator of Superman Joe Shuster - in such a fashion.
If enough people nominate Joe he might qualify for the Walk, or at the very least, we can get them to strongly consider Joe for inclusion in the following year’s official Legend Award nominees (you can also enter Joe Shuster in as an OTHER selection in the Legends category).
Please go and nominate Joe!
Tonight, at a ceremony presided over by Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Llyr, the 6th Annual Joe Shuster Awards were handed out to a packed room at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall.
* Nathan Fairbairn – Amazing Spider-Man #605, Dark Reign: The List – X-Men #1, Dark X-Men: The Confession #1 (Cover), Guardians of the Galaxy #16, 18-19, House of M: Masters of Evil #1, Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1, Nation X #1, Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1-2, Timestorm 2009-2099: Spider-Man, War of Kings: Warriors #2, Wolverine #72, Wolverine: Origins #32, Wolverine: Weapon X #6-8, X-Factor #39-50, 200 (Variant) (Cover), X-Factor #45, X-Men: Kingbreaker #2-4, X-Men Origins: Gambit #1 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #4-5 (Oni Press)
* Maryse Dubuc – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web
* Karl Kerschl – The Abominable Charles Christopher
* La Pastèque www.lapasteque.com
* The Beguiling (Toronto, ON) www.beguiling.com
The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing:
* Ethan Rilly: Pope Hats No. 1
Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
JEAN-CLAUDE ST. AUBIN
Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the eligible creators for another memorable year of great comics, both in print and online!