About Kevin A. Boyd

Owner of the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery in Toronto, Associate Director of the Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators, Overstreet price guide adviser, Clinical Data Coordinator at UHN,

Winners of the 2014 Bedeis Causa

Prix Réal-Fillion

Auteur québécois, scénariste ou dessinateur, s’étant le plus illustré avec son premier album professionnel.

  • Fabien Dreuil, Xavier Hardy, Simon Leclerc et Anouk Pérusse-Bell, pour Nevada t. 1 (Glénat Québec)

Grand prix de la ville de Québec

Meilleur album de langue française publié au Québec.

  • Les deuxièmes (Pow Pow), de Zviane

Prix Albéric-Bourgeois

Meilleur album de langue française publié à l’étranger par un auteur québécois, dessinateur ou scénariste.

  • La colère de Fantômas t. 1 : Les bois de justice (Dargaud), de Julie Rocheleau

Prix Maurice-Petitdidier

Coup de cœur du jury pour album francophone publié à l’étranger.

  • Tyler Cross (Dargaud), de Fabien Nury et Brüno

Prix traduction

Coup de cœur du jury pour album publié en français et issu d’une traduction.

  • Mon ami Dahmer (Ça et là), de Derf Backderf

Prix Albert-Chartier

  •  Michel Rabagliati

 

Bédéis Causa – Finaliste 2014

finalistesLa cérémonie de remise de prix, qui est l’occasion de rassembler de nombreux acteurs du 9e art québécois et de souligner la vitalité actuelle du milieu, se déroulera cette année encore à l’Observatoire de la Capitale, le vendredi 11 avril, à 17 h. 

LES FINALISTES

Prix Réal-Fillion

Auteur québécois, scénariste ou dessinateur, s’étant le plus illustré avec son premier album professionnel.

  • Fabien Dreuil, Xavier Hardy, Simon Leclerc et Anouk Pérusse-Bell, pour Nevada t. 1 (Glénat Québec)
  • Julien Paré-Sorel, pour Léthéonie (Front Froid)
  • Ami Vaillancourt et Bruno Rouyère, pour Kissinger & nous (Glénat Québec)

Grand prix de la ville de Québec

Meilleur album de langue française publié au Québec.

  • Vil et misérable (Pow Pow), de Samuel Cantin
  • L’Amérique ou le disparu (La Pastèque), de Réal Godbout
  • Promise t. 1 : Le livre des derniers jours (Glénat Québec), de Mikaël
  • Kissinger & nous (Glénat Québec), d’Ami Vaillancourt et Bruno Rouyère
  • Les deuxièmes (Pow Pow), de Zviane

Prix Albéric-Bourgeois

Meilleur album de langue française publié à l’étranger par un auteur québécois, dessinateur ou scénariste.

  • Le crépuscule des dieux t. 7 : Le grand hiver (Soleil), de Djief
  • Les nombrils t. 6 : Un été trop mortel (Dupuis), de Delaf et Dubuc
  • La colère de Fantômas t. 1 : Les bois de justice (Dargaud), de Julie Rocheleau

Prix Maurice-Petitdidier

Coup de cœur du jury pour album francophone publié à l’étranger.

  • Incredible India (Vents d’ouest), de Georges Bess
  • Mauvais genre (Delcourt), de Chloé Cruchaudet
  • L’entrevue (Futuropolis), de Manuele Fior
  • Le décalage (Delcourt), de Marc-Antoine Mathieu
  • Tyler Cross (Dargaud), de Fabien Nury et Brüno

Prix traduction

Coup de cœur du jury pour album publié en français et issu d’une traduction.

  • Mon ami Dahmer (Ça et là), de Derf Backderf
  • Goliath (L’Association), de Tom Gauld
  • Jack Joseph, soudeur sous-marin (Futuropolis), de Jeff Lemire

Lors de la cérémonie, l’organisation du FBDFQ remettra également le Prix Albert-Chartier, décerné à chaque année en hommage à un individu ou organisme ayant marqué le monde de la bande dessinée francophone au Québec.

Rappelons que la présente édition des Bédéis Causa porte sur les albums publiés entre le 1er janvier et le 31 décembre 2013. Comme à l’habitude, la sélection des finalistes a été effectuée par un jury formé de libraires et de chroniqueurs spécialisés.

 

Updates

We have a near complete list of English and French creators ready and so we are initiating the nominating process and should have some announcements to make in time for Free Comic Book Day (May 3rd).

We’d like to thank all of the creators that sent in books for consideration for the Gene Day Award this year, we’re still accepting submissions right up until May, so there’s still time.

The Hall of Fame committee has initiated discussions on who will be included in 2014.

Congratulations to Jeff Lemire – in addition to writing Animal Man (now completed), Green Arrow and the upcoming Justice League United (formerly Canada, but set in Canada), Jeff will be writing Teen Titans: Earth One, an original graphic novel being illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson.

Is it time to start flag-waving?

71_LRGThere seems to be a lot of media attention this week once again regarding Canadian super-heroes – specifically the comics of the 1940s. This weekend – tonight and tomorrow afternoon – the Royal Theatre in Toronto will be hosting two screenings of the now-completed LOST HEROES Movie, directed by Will Pascoe. Members of the Canadian comics scene – creators, academics, media personalities and so on — were brought in to discuss aspects of the Canadian comic book super-heroes of the past and the present. After this two screening event (note that there will be a director Q&A after the Friday evening screening but not the Saturday one) the film moves to Superchannel where it will run at various times and on various dates.

Here’s the synopsis from imdb:

LOST HEROES is the story of Canada’s forgotten comic book superheroes and their legendary creators. A ninety-minute journey to recover a forgotten part of Canada’s pop culture and a national treasure few have ever heard about. LOST HEROES is the tale of a small country striving to create its own heroes, but finding itself constantly out muscled by better-funded and better-marketed superheroes from the media empire next door.

lhrRAD0598920131210_11334Incidentally, American comics auction house Comiclink recently auctioned off a number of hard to find Canadian whites, including a CGC 6.5 graded copy of the Nelvana of the Northern Lights Colour Special – it sold for a whopping $13,750.

 

Off to a late start this year…

My apologies for those of you waiting for updates on eligible creator lists, as eager as you are to get started on the 10th Annual Joe Shuster Awards, so are we — so am I.

Obviously the passing of my significant other, Debra, in late January has had a severe impact on the morale here at the Joe Shuster Awards and on my output. We are committed to making sure that the awards will take place.

I hope to finish compliling the data over the next few weeks and we’ll be using March 2014 as a feedback/confirmation month – looking for your input and finalizing our 2014 nominating committees.

Obviously a  major concern for us is money, so we do need to get back on a financial track this year that is realistic and to that end we will be running a fundraising campaign once we get things onto that schedule.

Gene Day Award 2014 – Now Accepting Submissions.

Gene Day portrait by Dave Sim, colours by Keiren Smith

Gene Day portrait by Dave Sim, colours by Keiren Smith

Please note: We are now accepting 2013 self-published works for consideration in 2014.

“Gene Day really showed me that success in a creative field is a matter of hard work and productivity and persistence.” (Cerebus creator and self-publisher Dave Sim)

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing honours Canadian comic book creators who self-published their work during the previous year (up to the submission end date).

Please note: In years past the award included a bursary of $500. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that this will be case in 2014 until our fundraising targets are reached. Continue reading

Happy New Year! 2014 marks 10 years of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards

cropped-541599031_dcca9f97ab.jpgIn Spring 2005 the first annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators was held at the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon and a lot of great books and talent have been honoured over the decade since then.

As 2013 draws to a close, please join us as we present an overview of 9 years worth of Joe Shuster Award Winners.

Note that some winners in 2005-2008 were selected by public voting. In 2009 all categories became jury selected.

CARTOONISTS
2005 – Darwyn Cooke for DC: The New Frontier (DC Comics)
2006 – Bryan Lee O’Malley for Scott Pilgrim Vol. 2 (Oni Press)
2007 – Darwyn Cooke for The Spirit (DC)
2008 – Jeff Lemire for Essex County Books 1 and 2 (Top Shelf)
2009 – Dave Sim for Glamourpuss (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
2010 – Michel Rabagliati pour Paul, tome 06: Paul à Québec (La Pastèque)
2011 – Tin Can Forest for Baba Yaga and the Wolf (Koyama Press)
2012 – Ramon Perez for Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)
2013 – Jeff Lemire for Sweet Tooth (DC/Vertigo) and The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)

ARTISTS
2005 – Kaare Andrews for Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One (Marvel)
2006 – Pia Guerra for Y the Last Man (DC/Vertigo)
2007 – Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone for Batman/The Spirit (DC)
2008 – Dale Eaglesham for Justice Society of America (DC)
2009 – David Finch for Ultimatum (Marvel)
2010 – Stuart Immonon for Ultimate Spider-Man and New Avengers (Marvel)
2011 – Francis Manapul for the Flash, Adventure Comics and Superman/Batman (DC)
2012 – Stuart Immonen for Fear Itself (Marvel)
2013 – Isabelle Arsenault pour Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)

WRITERS
2005 – Samm Barnes for Doctor Spectrum (Marvel MAX)
2005 – Ty Templeton for The Batman Adventures (DC)
2006 – J. Torres for Teen Titans Go! and Legends of the Dark Knight (DC) and Love as a Foreign Language (Oni)
2007 – Darwyn Cooke for Superman Confidential (DC)
2008 – Cecil Castellucci for the PLAIN Janes (DC/Minx)
2009 – Mariko Tamaki for Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx) and Skim (Groundwood Books)
2010 – Maryse Dubuc pour Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
2011 – Émilie Villeneuve pour La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)
2012 – Kurtis J. Wiebe for The Green Wake and The Intrepids (Image Comics)
2013 – Fanny Britt pour Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)

ACHIEVEMENT 2005, 2008
2005 – Dave Sim and Gerhard for the completion of Cerebus. Begun in 1977, this 300-issue series is a milestone in comic book publishing and is the longest running creator-owned comic book series
2008 – David Watkins for using comics as a teaching tool.

PUBLISHERS 2005-2011
2005 – Arcana Studio
2006 – Drawn & Quarterly
2007 – Drawn & Quarterly
2008 – Drawn & Quarterly
2009 – Les 400 Coups/Mécanique Générale
2010 – La Pastèque
2011 – Koyama Press

INTERNATIONAL CREATORS 2006-2008
2006 – Brian K. Vaughan
2007 – Brian K. Vaughan
2008 – Ed Brubaker

WEBCOMIC CREATORS
2007 – Dan Kim
2008 – Ryan Sohmer and Lar De Souza
2009 – Cameron Stewart
2010 – Karl Kerschl
2011 – Emily Carroll
2012 – Emily Carroll
2013 – Michael DeForge

Favourite Overall Creator – English Language Publications 2007-8
2007 – Dan Kim
2008 – Faith Erin Hicks

Favourite Overall Creator – French Language Publications 2007-8
2007 – Michel Rabagliati
2008 – Philippe Girard

COVER ARTISTS
2008 – Steve Skroce
2009 – Niko Henrichon
2010 – Darwyn Cooke
2011 – Fiona Staples
2012 – François Lapierre
2013 – Mike Del Mundo

COLOURISTS 2008-2011
2008 – Dave McCaig
2009 – François Lapierre
2010 – Nathan Fairbairn
2011 – Julie Rocheleau

COMICS FOR KIDS – RENAMED THE DRAGON AWARD in 2012
2009 – Kean Soo for Jellaby Vol. 1 (Hyperion)
2010 – Svetlana Chmakova for Nightschool: The Weirn Books (Yen Press)
2011 – Scott Chantler for Three Thieves Book 2 (Kids Can Press)
2012 – Paul Roux pour Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses (Les 400 Coups)
2013 – Jo Rioux for Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press)

THE GENE DAY AWARD FOR SELF-PUBLISHING
2009 – Jesse Jacobs for Blue Winter, Shapes in the Snow
2010 – Ethan Rilly for Pope Hats #1
2011 – John Martz for Heaven All Day
2012 – Dakota McFadzean for Ghost Rabbit
2013 – Cory McCallum, Matthew Daley for The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case

THE HARRY KREMER RETAILER AWARD
2005 – Now & Then Books (Kitchener, ON)
2006 – Strange Adventures (Halifax, NS)
2007 – Happy Harbor (Edmonton, AB)
2008 – Big B Comics (Hamilton, ON)
2009 – Legends Comics and Books (Victoria, BC)
2010 – The Beguiling (Toronto, ON)
2011 – Planete BD (Montreal, QC)
2012 – The Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)
2013 – Heroes Comics (London, ON)

The Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame
2005 Joe Shuster (1914-1992)
2005 Leo Bachle (aka Les Barker) (1926-2003)
2005 Adrian Dingle (1911-1974)
2005 Hal Foster (1892-1982)
2005 Ed Furness (1911-2005)
2005 Rand Holmes (1942-2002)
2006 Jon St. Ables (1912-1999)
2006 Owen McCarron (1929-2005)
2006 Win Mortimer (1919-1998)
2006 Dave Sim (1956-)
2007 Albert Chartier (1912-2004)
2007 Gerald Lazare (1927-)
2007 Jacques Hurtubise aka ZYX (1950-)
2007 Gene Day (1951-1982)
2008 Ted McCall (1901-1975)
2008 Pierre Fournier (1949-)
2008 Stanley Berneche (1947-)
2008 John Byrne (1950-)
2009 George Menendez Rae (1906-1992)
2009 Real Godbout (1951-)
2009 Ken Steacy (1955-)
2009 Diana Schutz (1955-)
2010 Richard Comely (1950-)
2010 Dave Darrigo (1954-)
2010 George Freeman (1951-)
2010 Serge Gaboury (1954-)
2010 Deni Loubert (1951-)
2010 Jean-Claude St. Aubin (1951-)
2011 Chester Brown (1960-)
2011 Todd McFarlane (1961-)
2012 No Inductees Selected
2013 Murray Karn (1924-)
2013 Vernon Miller (1912-1974)
2013 Arn Saba (Katherine Collins) (1947-)

Convention news: New shows in Ottawa and Regina

This weekend, December 7-8, 2013 at the Ernst and Young Centre in Ottawa it’s the new OTTAWA POP EXPO from the same folks that bring you the Ottawa and Montreal Comic Cons.popexpo2013Recently, Informa Canada announced that they are expanding their recently purchased Fan Expo brand with a new show: FAN EXPO REGINA will be helf in Regina, Saskatchewan on May 3-4, 2014.

ferSpeaking of Informa Canada, they are holding a one day Toronto ComiCON/AnimeCON on Sunday December 15, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Hall F (South Building). Admission is $10.

Books by Arsenault, Britt and Staples among official selections at Angoulême 2014

The 41st Angoulême Comics Festival (Jan. 30-Feb 2, 2014) has announced the nominees for it’s prestigious book prizes.

Among them are a few familiar books for North American audiences, including some by Canadians* (highlighted in red). Namely SAGA with art by Fiona Staples, and that amazing book JANE, LE RENARD ET MOI by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenaught.

Saga_1_cvrOFFICIAL SELECTION

Ainsi se tut Zarathoustra by Nicholas Wild
Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Carnet du Pérou – Sur la route de Cuzco by Fabcaro
Cesare, Vol 1 by Fuyumi Soryo
Charly 9 by Richard Guérineau, Jean Tuelé
Le chien qui louche by Étienne Davodeau
Come Prima by Alfred
Deadline by Lauren-Frédéric Bollée, Christian Rossi
L’Étranger (D’après l’uvre d’Albert Camus) by Jacques Ferrandez
Fenêtres sur Rue – Matinées / Soirées by Pascal Rabarté
Fuzz and Pluck in Splitsville #2 by Ted Steam
Goggles by Tetsuya Toyoda
Goliath by Tom Gauld
Les guerres silencieuses by Jaime Martin
Hawkeye, Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja
In God We Trust by Winshluss
Jonathan, Vol 16 – Celle qui fut by Cosey
Kililana Song, Vol 2 by Benjamin Flao
LastMan, Vol 1, Balak by Michaël Sanlaville, Bastien Vivès
The Book of Leviathan by Peter Blegvad
Macanudo 4 by Liniers
Mauvais Genre by Chloé Cruchaudet
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Opus, Vol 1 by Satoshi Kon
Paco – Les main rouges, Vol 1 by Éric Sagot, Fabien Vehlmann
Un petit détour et autre racontars, Vol 3 by Gwen de Bonneval, Hervé Tanquerelle
The Property by Rutu Modan
King of the Flies, Vol 3 – Happy Days by Mezzo, Pirus
Saga, Vol 1 by Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan
Les Temps Mauvais – Madrid 1936-1939 by Carlos Gimenez
La tendresse des pierres by Marion Fayolle
Vapor by Max
Les voleurs de Carthage, Vol 1 – Le Serment du Tophet by Appollo, Hervé Tanquerelle

jane-renard0YOUTH

Agito Cosmos Vol 2 by Fabien Mense and Olivier Milhaud
Battling Boy by Paul Pope
Cerise’s Tickets by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret
Detective Rollmops by Renaud Farace and Olivier Philipponneau
Jane, The Fox And Me by Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt
Kairos by Ulysse Malassagne
Klaw Vol 1 by Joël Jurion and Antoine Ozanam
Louca Vol 1 by Bruno Dequier
Milo’s World Vol 1 by Christophe Ferreira and Richard Marazano
Space Brothers by Chûya Koyama
Walhalla Vol 1 by Marc Lechuga and Nicolas Pothier
Zita, The Girl From Space Vol 1 by Ben Hatke

ARCHIVAL

Amy And Jordan by Mark Beyer
Cowboy Henk by Kamagurka and Herr Seel
Fritz The Cat by Robert Crumb
Frontline Combat Vol 2 by Collectif and Harvey Kurtzman
Jack Kirby Anthology
Melody by Sylvie Rancourt
Nancy 1943-1945 by Ernie Bushmiller
Pouissons En Eaux Troubles by Susumu Katsumata
Spirou by Yves Chaland
Les Trois Royaumes by Luo Guanzhong

PULP/CRIME

Heartbreak Valley by Simon Roussin
Lartigues et Prévert by Benjamin Adam
Ma Révérence by Wilfrid Lupano and Rodguen
Scalped Vol 8 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra
Tyler Cross by Brüno, Fabien Nury

*I’m hoping I caught them all, but if I’ve missed identifying anyone on the list, please let us know!

More Canadian Heroes: Epic Canadiana from Cloudscape Comics

From Vancouver’s Cloudscape Comics Collective comes their latest anthology EPIC CANADIANA

Thrill to the adventures of Canada’s greatest superheroes! The patriotic Johnny Canuck! The mythic Ikniqpalagaq! The enigmatic Loon! The disturbing Ghost-Woman! The activist Jacques de Canada! The mighty Energy Trader! The dynastic Nite-Flyer and Nitro-Girl! The roguish Gin! From Nazi-ravaged Arctic to modern Montreal to post-apocalyptic Vancouver, nine diverse heroes defend the country against a multitude of foes.

Published in 2013, this book features stories from Bevan Thomas, Cody Andreasen, Kamil Ginatulin, Ksenia Kozhevnikova, Shannon LeClerc, Andrew Macklin, Sydney Parent, Alexander Thomas, Colin Upton, Jayleen Weaver, Jeri Weaver, and Morgan Wolf with a cover by Chenoa Gao and character files by such artists as Toren Atkinson, Jeff Ellis, Micah Iwaasa, Nina Matsumoto, Cameron Morris, and Jordan Stasuk.

Available online only as an interactive PDF for $3.

Isabelle Arsenault wins Governor-General’s Award for Children’s Fiction (French)

jane-renard0The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the winners of the annual Governor-General’s Awards and the award to Children’s fiction (French language) has gone to ISABELLE ARSENAULT, illustrator of the critically acclaimed and award-winning book Jane, le renard et moi (or Jane, The Fox & Me in English). This is her 3rd Governor-General’s Award win.

The winner of each category receives $25,000 as well as a specially bound copy of his or her book. Publishers of each winning book receives $3,000 for promotional purposes.

While the winners were announced yesterday, ceremonies honouring both English- and French-language winners will take place in Ottawa on November 28th.

From her bio:

Isabelle Arsenault is an illustrator who studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2001).  After her studies, she quickly contributed to several magazines in Canada and the United-States.  In 2004, Isabelle illustrated her first children’s book, for which she received the prestigious Governor General’s Award for children’s litterature in French (illustration).  Her passion for illustrated books has led her more and more to continue pursuing this path.  Since then, she was a finalist on two other occasions for the GG’s (“My Letter to the World”, “Migrant”), finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Award in 2011 (“Spork”) and her book “Migrant” is among the 10 best illustrated books of 2011 according to The New York Times.  In 2012, she received her second Governor General’s Award for the illustrations of “Virginia Wolf” in addition to winning Le Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec for “Fourchon” (French version of “Spork”).

Isabelle, who enjoys working intuitively, adopts an approach to her work that is inspired by the projects she is given.  Her style is infused with sensitivity and finesse.  It attracts the attention of the young as much as that of older people, who can sometimes have a more in-depth understanding of it. Isabelle Arsenault lives and works in Montreal.

Jane, le renard & moi,  is written by Fanny Britt, published by La Pastèque and in English by Groundwood Books as Jane, The Fox & Me is a critically acclaimed and award-winning bande dessinée.

Britt and Arsenault both won Joe Shuster Awards this past August in the categories of Writer and Artist, respectively. Earlier in the year they won the Prix Réal-Fillion (at the Prix Bedeis Causa) and the Prix Bédélys Québec.

More from True Patriot 2

2ruePatriot25TORONTO – A who’s who of Canadian comic talent teams up once again for a second volume of the True Patriot anthology. After the successful crowd-funding campaign and fan reception of the first volume of True Patriot, “the anthology of Canadian superheroes by some of your favourite Canadian comic creators” is now on Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/578037098/true-patriot-volume-2) with a campaign running from November 1st to December 1st.
Among the graphic novel’s contributors are cartoonist Jeff Lemire, creator of Essex County; Scott Chantler, the writer/artist behind Two Generals; Jay Stephens, creator of the Emmy Award-winning Tutenstein; Ramon Perez, who adapted Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand into an award-winning graphic novel; Paul Rivoche, illustrator and co-creator of Mister X; and Faith Erin Hicks, creator of the recently-announcedNameless City trilogy.
“We grew up reading superhero comics,” says writer J. Torres who is spearheading the project. “But we all think there needs to be more Canadian superheroes out there. Considering the success of our first volume, our readers seem to agree.” Comic book heroes were a huge part of the True Patriot creators’ childhoods. Torres hopes these new heroes will have a similar impact on their readers.
Through the Kickstarter campaign, comic book fans, including comic store retailers, are able to pre-order the hardcover version of True Patriot Volume 2, scheduled for release next summer. Additional rewards are also up for grabs, including digital copies of both volumes, bookplates with original sketches, exclusive prints, t-shirts, and sticker sets. As well, there are opportunities to be drawn in one of the stories or buy original art by some of the creators involved.
Contact: J. Torres <jtorres@rogers.com>
Twitter: @truepatriotcmx

Nelvana’s strong finish, True Patriot 2 begins, Neil the Horse has 1 week to go

The Nelvana of the Northern Lights: Canada’s First Superheroine Kickstarter campaign ended early this morning, raising an astonishing $54,876 (more than double the $25K amount original targeted). Organizers Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey now have the task of finding, scanning and upgrading the scarce originals for publication, but the announced target date for release of the book is April 2014, with a reproduction of the colour Nelvana issue planned for a January 2014 release. We look forward to seeing the end results next year.Nelvana_oneshotAnd as one campaign ends, another begins. The True Patriot team has launched the crowdfunding campaign for True Patriot 2, this time on Kickstarter (last time it was on Indiegogo). Pretty much the same crew is back for volume 2, with some new faces on the team like Paul Rivoche (co-creator of Mister X). The campaign went live earlier today and has already reached 21% of it’s desired funding target. We’re hosting a launch party for the campaign tonight (November 1) at my store, the Comic Book Lounge at 587A College Street in Toronto. Creators Jason Bone, Scott Chantler, Adam Gorham, Paul Rivoche and J. Torres will be there representing Team True Patriot!

2ruePatriot25However things don’t seem so bright for the Save Neil the Horse Indiegogo Campaign. Which is currently at just over 10% of it’s desired fundraising target, with only one week left to go. Creator Katherine Collins (formerly known as Arn Saba) joined Robin McConnell recently on the Inkstuds radio show to discuss comics and Neil the Horse, and a lot more — it’s a very thorough interview with lots of reveals and insight, and it is encouraging to hear that Collins (inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year) is thinking of returning to do some autobiographical comics and that she is confidant Neil will get reprinted eventually. The good thing about Indiegogo is that they will get to keep the funds raised even if the target is not met, but we are hopeful that more people will help out before the clock runs out, so please consider donating or ordering a book so that we can have another important Canadian comic available for people to find and enjoy. aardvark-vanaheim-neil-the-horse-comics-and-stories-issue-1b

Honest Ed’s and Mirvisch Village Sold – Rented back to David Mirvisch for 2-3 years.

cihonesteds17.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxNews today out of Toronto that David Mirvish has completed negotiations to sell the large property at Bathurst and Bloor that includes comic book stores The Beguiling and it’s satellite store for children’s comics Little Island Comics.

Discussed in an earlier article on this site, Markham Street as long had historical ties to comics, as it was the home to Canada’s first comic shop, Memory Land, and to the first comic art festival in 1968 (with guest Stan Lee). It was also home to some to the 2nd Toronto Comic Arts Festival in an adjacent parking lot in 2005.

It had been confirmed that the property has been sold to BC based developers WESTBANK PROPERTIES, the deal will be completely finalized by the end of the year. Westbank is responsible for the Shangri-La Hotels in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as other buildings on the west coast is very design intensive, which is something Mirvisch is very much in favour of doing with his own projects downtown on King Street, which will be partially funded by the sale of this land. They are known for building luxury condos and hotels.

Westbank is the winner in a race that had an unknown number of horses. Sources have independently told me that the Weston Group (Loblaws) was very interested in the land, and American retailers Wal-Mart and Target had also expressed interest. Originally assessed at a price of 100-million dollars, chances are the final deal is for a sum larger than that amount.

hendersonSince Westbank has no concrete plans as of yet for the 1.8 hectares of land that runs more than a block West of Bathurst and Bloor and a block South of it — and if they did the designs would have to go through the long process of permits and approvals — so they are renting the land back to David Mirvish for at least 2 to possibly 3 years. Plus the city of Toronto voted to hold off on approving anything until 2014, so they’ll have time to start surveying and consulting and readying for the inevitable discussions with Toronto’s City Council.

This of course gives the current Mirvisch Village tenants some more time to make some more long-term plans. Since Mirvisch is renting the land from the new owners, it could be assumed that he will continue to charge the lower, subsidized rent that MV tenants have been paying for decades, but that’s not a definite. Also not definite is the fate of his father’s retail store, which will probably run down business before the rental term is completed.

Neil the Horse needs help.

nthhcSaving Neil the Horse

Greetings from Hermes Press! We are a comic book and popular culture art publisher based in New Castle, Pennsylvania. We are a family business that has existed since 2001, and run our company with only 3 full-time employees, along with our unpaid office-dog Moose. Over the years HP has reprinted such titles as The Phantom, Buck Rogers, and Dark Shadows. We have also dabbled in new works such as Scratch9.

Our newest reprint project, Neil the Horse, is a reprint of the much-beloved  1980s Canadian comic book series created by Arn Saba (now Katherine Collins).  Hermes Press wants to print Neil the Horse, but to do that we need your help!  

We are already working on restoring the pages, but don’t have the dedicated funds to print the book. Until we do, it’ll just be sitting on our desktops! By helping us fund this project, you will be saving an iconic series. Neil the Horse  will always be in comics history. But we want more for our horsey hero. How about letting him live again?

Neil and his friends Soapy and Mam’selle Poupée are an always-struggling songand-dance act. To gain success, they will go anywhere, do anything, and put up  with anything — like a trip to Hell, or captivity inside a video game, or a gang of  slap-happy aliens in a stunt-driving saucer. Oh, and a drunken and disorderly  back-up band of cats.

Neil is a happy go-lucky (and not too bright) horse with a mania for bananas.  He’s one heck of a tap-dancer and singer, and he can also get down to breakdancing. He adores his two pals, and will do anything for them. 

Mam’selle Poupée is a romantic and lovelorn living doll from France, whose wooden body is jointed with hinges. With red circles on her cheeks, curly blonde hair, and large bust, Poupée appears to be a cross between Raggedy Ann and Dolly Parton. She is a serious dancer, and practices at the studio every day.

Soapy is a street-wise and cynical (with a heart of gold) orange alley cat, a cigarsmoker and a drinker, who serves as their trumpet player, manager and the brains of the operation. Neil thinks that Soapy is the smartest guy in the world . . . and he just might be right.

The book includes an introduction by Trina Robbins, and brand-new commentary by Neil’s creator, Katherine Collins. There’s also some rare art, and souvenirs of the early career of Neil.

Help us help you get this project started so that we can successfully reprint Neil the Horse!

What We Need & What You Get

So what exactly do we need this money for? All of our work in done in-house, so that’s already paid for by our boss, but we are lacking funding in one very specific area: printing. The cost to print this kind of book is pretty high if we do it correctly (and we want it done correctly!)

We want $15,000 to pay for printing the book, as well as shipping it back to the United States (we print in China). None of this money will go to anything but our printing costs, because we want, more than anything, to preserve this comic series.

If you help us, beyond the satisfaction of knowing that you put your money to a good cause, you can also get a copy of the finished book if we get funding!

We want to keep this simple and keep costs down, so the only real perks are the regular edition of the comic book reprint or the special limited edition version, with extra pages, and signed by Katherine Collins. The regular edition is priced currently at $60.00, and the limited edition at $95.00. You’ll also get your name in the Thanks page if you donate $25 or more!

The Impact

Every project Hermes Press has done has been a success. This time we decided to reach out to the fans, old and new alike, and see if they’d like to be a part of the process from the beginning, instead of just at the bookstore.

By reprinting Neil the Horse you will be helping preserve a unique comic creation. Not to mention Making the World Safe for Musical Comedy, of course!

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t donate, please spread the word! Social media can only help us, so please share this on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or any other media you use!

The ‘SAVE NEIL THE HORSE’ INDIEGOGO Campaign runs until November 7, 2013. Please help if you want to see this book printed.

Look Straight Ahead by Elaine Will GN in Stores October 23

LSA-cover3-2Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question – as is his very existence! Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be “crazy,” anyway?

Alternative Comics, 256 Pages, SRP of $19.95.

Nominated for a Gene Day Award.

New Canadian Superhero Age dawning?

Continuing the ongoing discussion — are we prepared for a new age of home grown Canadian superheroes?

Certainly there are many people who feel that yes, we are.

Some examples:cc

1) Captain Canuck the recently launched animated web series is spinning off in the near future back into the medium that inspired it – namely comics.

The new series is by the updated character designer Kalman Andrasofszky and friends.

tp22) True Patriot 2 (aka 2rue Patriot) — the first volume was successful enough to warrant a sequel, and the crowdfunding for it launches next month (November 2013).

J. Torres, Jack Briglio, Tom Fowler, J. Bone and more

The Countdown is On

3) The return of Canadian Whites heroes?

lemire nelvanaIt’s no secret that the publishers of the upcoming Nelvana reprint really, really, really want to do new comics featuring Nelvana of the Northern Lights. Will the Dingle family give them permission to do them or do they have to wait until 2025 when she becomes a public domain character?

Could other characters be far behind or already in the works? Is the race on to secure the licenses of whites characters such as Dizzie Don? The Penguin? Nitro? Major Domo? Iron Man? Johnny Canuck? Time will tell.

How does Mister (or Mr.) Monster fit into all of this?

4) Justice League Canada.

A fan created cover for the internet. Not the real deal.At New York Comic Con I was told by a DC editor not to expect this new title, written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Dough Mahnke, until well into 2014… after some of the upcoming events of Forever Evil have played out in the pages of the old Justice League of America title.

6) Untapped revivals?

Maybe James Waley should revive the Northern Light? Or at least collect the old comics for the folks that haven’t seen them…

How about the Northern Guard? Or Northguard?

7) Marvel – Department H (for How Long do we have to wait?)Origin_II_Vol_1_1_Textless

What about Alpha Flight? Is it time for another revival of Marvel’s erstwhile Canadian team?

The upcoming Wolverine Origin II will probably take place in Canada given it has snow, and wolves… and Wolverine.

COMICS_BANNER8) The Heroes of the North

Unfortunately the recent Indiegogo campaign raised about 10% of what they were hoping to get, at least Indiegogo allows them to keep the money they did raise.

I would expect that we’ll see more from this ambitious project going into 2014…

Nelvana campaign meets target in 6 days.

The Kickstarter campaign for the reprinting of Adrian Dingle’s Nelvana of the Northern Lights stories from Triumph-Adventure (later just Triumph) Comics published between 1941 and 1946 by Hillborough Studios/Bell Features has reached it’s aggressive target of 25,000 in 6 days and has resulted in exposure of the character and the Canadian golden age to a number of people not aware of Canada’s short-lived comic book industry of the 1940′s.

The Kickstarter campaign launched on Tuesday, October 1 – and as of this writing it is currently at just over 27,000 with 454 backers and has three weeks left.

Backers were tempted with perks such as new Nelvana drawings by industry pros like Francis Manapul, Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes. A reprinting of the Bell Nelvana colour one-shot, as well as prints and calendars by a number of different artists and a limited edition hardcover.

The editors, friends and supporters celebrated last night with a party at the Harry Kremer Award winning Silver Snail comic shop in downtown Toronto.

Nelvana by Toronto artist Alexander Perkins. Created for the campaign.

Nelvana and her brother by Toronto artist Alexander Perkins. Created for the campaign.