BÉDÉIS CAUSA 2010 – LES FINALISTES

BÉDÉIS CAUSA 2010 – LES FINALISTES

À l’aube du 23e Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec (FBDFQ), qui aura lieu du 7 au 11 avril prochain, les organisateurs de l’événement ont annoncé ce lundi les finalistes de ses prix Bédéis Causa 2010. Cherchant à récompenser ce qui se fait de mieux en matière de bande dessinée, particulièrement celle créée par les auteurs d’ici, ces prix sont remis depuis les débuts de l’événement, en 1988.

La cérémonie de remise de prix, qui aura lieu à l’Observatoire de la Capitale, le 9 avril prochain à 17h00, sera l’occasion de réunir plusieurs acteurs du milieu et de refléter la vitalité actuelle du 9e art au Québec.

LES FINALISTES

Prix Réal-Fillion
Auteur québécois, scénariste ou dessinateur, s’étant le plus illustré avec son premier album professionnel
• JEAN-SÉBASTIEN BÉRUBÉ, avec Radisson t. 1 – Fils d’iroquois (Glénat Québec)
• PASCAL COLPRON, avec Mon petit nombril (La Pastèque)
• SÉBASTIEN RIVEST, avec Malaise (Mécanique générale/Les 400 coups)

Grand prix de la Ville de Québec

Meilleur album de langue française publié au Québec
• PAUL À QUÉBEC, de Michel Rabagliati (La Pastèque)
• TUEZ VELASQUEZ, de Philippe Girard (Glénat Québec)
• JIMMY ET LE BIGFOOT, de Pascal Girard (La Pastèque)

Prix Albéric-Bourgeois
Meilleur album de langue française publié à l’étranger par un auteur Québécois, dessinateur ou scénariste.
• SAINT-GERMAIN T. 1 – LE COMTE DES LUMIÈRES, de Jean-François Bergeron et Thierry Gloris (Glénat)
• LES NOMBRILS T. 4 – DUEL DE BELLES, de Delaf et Dubuc (Dupuis)
• MAGASIN GÉNÉRAL, T. 5 – MONTRÉAL, de Régis Loisel et Jean-Louis Tripp (Casterman)

Prix Maurice-Petitdidier
Coup de coeur du jury pour album francophone publié à l’étranger
• DIEU EN PERSONNE, de Marc-Antoine Mathieu (Delcourt)
• BLAST, de Manu Larcenet (Dargaud)
• PINOCCHIO, de Winschluss (Les requins marteaux)

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

Le jury responsable de la sélection des finalistes était composé de journalistes et de professionnels du livre : Pierre Blais, journaliste à Canal Vox et Sortir-FM, Nicolas Houle, journaliste au quotidien Le Soleil, Marco Duchesne, de la Librairie Pantoute, David Kelly, de Renaud-Bray, et Patrick Marleau, de L’imaginaire. Rappelons que la présente édition des Bédéis Causa porte sur les albums publiés entre février 2009 et février 2010.

Seth also nominated for a 2010 NCS Award

In addition to his already announced Doug Wright and Joe Shuster Awards nominations, the National Cartoonists Society (an American organization) has nominated Seth and his 2009 book George Sprott 1894-1975 for a 2010 Award in the Graphic Novel division. Seth shares the nomination with David Mazzuchelli – Asterios Polyp, and David Small – Stitches.

IDW is now a Diamond Premier Publisher

Since the establishment of the Premier Publisher status in 1996, no new companies have been advanced to Premier Status beyond the initial group of Acclaim (formerly known as Valiant – now defunct), Dark Horse, DC Comics, Image Comics and Marvel Comics.

That changed today as IDW has been promoted to Premier status and will now be appear in the monthly Diamond Previews magazine before Image Comics.

Yes, we realize that IDW is an American publisher, but I think this is relevant in that SIX JSA nominees this year produced outstanding work for IDW in 2009:

Darwyn Cooke (cartoonist) – Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter (and is presumably the publisher for future Parker adaptations by Cooke)

Kelley Armstrong (writer) – Angel 18-22  – reprinted as Angel Vol. 5: Aftermath (illustrated by Canadian artists Dave Ross and George Freeman)

Ty Templeton (writer) – Star Trek: Mission’s End 1-5 (illustrated by Canadian artist Steve Molnar)

Chris Chuckry (colourist) – G.I. Joe: Cobra #1-2

Lovern Kindzierski (colourist) – Angel #19 (written by Armstrong and illustrated by Ross and Freeman), Doctor Who #1-2, G.I. Joe: Cobra #3-4, G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #1, GrimJack: The Manx Cat #1, Star Trek: Crew #3-5, Star Trek: Romulans: Schism #1-3

Ronda Pattison (colourist) – Angel vs. Frankenstein (drawn by John Byrne)

IDW is also the home of the Captain Canuck hardcover reprints by Richard Comely, George Freeman and Claude St. Aubin. Hall of Famer John Byrne has found a home there as well, producing Star Trek comics.

IDW's The Last Resort TPB (released 3/17) features a cover by Darwyn Cooke.

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Official Press Release

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 18, 2010) — Diamond Comic Distributors and IDW Publishing announced today that IDW has become the first publisher to advance to “premier” status since the classification was implemented in 1996. Diamond and IDW have signed a new, multi-year agreement that features a number of fresh initiatives, including premier status, in recognition of IDW’s success as a top tier comic book and graphic novel publisher. Under the agreement, Diamond will continue to be the exclusive distributor of IDW comic books and graphic novels to the comic book specialty market, and to the bookstore market through its Diamond Book Distributors division.

“This change recognizes the growth and importance of IDW Publishing,” said Diamond President and CEO, Steve Geppi, “and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Diamond VP Purchasing Bill Schanes added, “Since IDW began publishing, they have grown consistently each and every year, while at the same time establishing one of the best editorial, marketing, and business teams in our industry. They’re easy to work with, understand our market, and are forging ahead with new strategies and plans to grow the consumer appetite for comics and graphic novels.”

In April, Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and PREVIEWSworld.com website will showcase IDW’s new vendor status as the company moves to the “Premier Comics” section. IDW will have an exclusive section in the front of the catalog each month, highlighting their new offerings to comic shop retailers and customers.

“We are very pleased to have completed this groundbreaking agreement with Diamond,” said Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Publishing. “By combining Diamond’s leadership in distribution with IDW’s ten-plus years in developing, creating and marketing comic books and graphic novels, we have created an ideal relationship for each of our companies. The comic book medium is trending upward in all parts of consumer awareness and we are proud to be a partner with Diamond for the future.”

Key points to the agreement include:

Premier Publisher

Under the new agreement and as a result of the company’s consistently strong market share, IDW will have premier status within Diamond and Diamond’s PREVIEWS, including an exclusive section at the front of the monthly catalog.

Discount and Terms of Sales

IDW Publishing will remain in a traditional buy/sell relationship with Diamond, with their books continuing to be sold to comic shops under Diamond’s Terms of Sale (unlike Diamond’s brokerage arrangement with publishers like Marvel and DC Comics where Diamond acts as a sales agent). Discounts will remain unchanged at this time.

Final Order Cut-Off

IDW will be added to Diamond’s Final Order Cut-Off Program sometime in the near future. “Since IDW is a traditional buy/sell vendor, we have some programming work to do, but we expect to have that finalized later this year,” said Schanes.

Book Market Distribution

Diamond remains the exclusive book market distributor of IDW’s publishing efforts. “We’re extremely proud of the progress we’ve made in helping IDW grow its sales in the book store market over the last five years,” said Diamond Book Distributors VP Sales & Marketing, Kuo-Yu Liang. “From their strong licensed properties to their successful launch last year of the Worthwhile Books line for kids, IDW has adeptly shown what products will sell into the book market channel.”

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ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS—the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise—Diamond is based in Baltimore, MD, and services more than 3,500 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at http://www.diamondcomics.com.

ABOUT IDW PUBLISHING— IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix. IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

Nominations for the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards

For Immediate Release

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 JOE SHUSTER AWARDS

6th Annual Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards – Presentation Ceremony in June 2010

Toronto, Canada — March 17, 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 awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

In January and February of this year, nominees were selected from master lists of eligible works originally published in English and/or French during the 2009 calendar year. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents were eligible for consideration. Now that the lists of nominees have been finalized, nominated creators will have their work reviewed by juries, who will decide the winners.

Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jonathan Llyr. The presentation ceremony date also coincides with the 6th Annual Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 5 & 6, 2010.

NOMINEES for Work Published in 2009

Artist/Dessinateur

* Chris Bachalo - Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man 1-4, Dark Avengers Annual 1, New Avengers 51-52, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 2 - “Black & White” , (Marvel Comics)
* Darwyn Cooke - Jonah Hex 50 (DC), Madman Atomic Comics 14 – “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Madman Movie” (Image Comics)
* Marc Delafontaine – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
* Djief  Bergeron - Saint-Germain, Tome 1: Le Comte des Lumières (Glénat)
* Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America 26 (DC Comics), Amazing Spider-Man 591, Fantastic Four 570-572, Captain America 600 – “The Persistence of Memorabilia”, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 3 – “Nice Things”, Origins of Siege 1 – “Doctor Doom” (Marvel)
* Stuart Immonen – Ultimate Spider-Man 130-133, New Avengers 55-60, Fantastic Four 569 (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “Trampoline Hall” (Image Comics)
* Francis Manapul – Adventure Comics 0-3, 5, Superman/Batman 60-61 (DC Comics)
* Cameron Stewart – Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye 1-3 (DC/Vertigo), Uncanny X-Men First Class Giant-Size Special 1 – Origin of Wolverine segment (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “The Apocalipstix in Taboo Boogaloo” (Image Comics)

Cartoonist/Créateur

* Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
* Jeff Lemire – The Nobody, Sweet Tooth 1-4 (DC/Vertigo), Noir: A Crime Comics Anthology - “The Old Silo” (Dark Horse), Awesome 2: Awesomer – “The Horseless Rider” (Top Shelf)
* Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Oni Press)
* Philippe Girard – Tuer Velasquez (Glénat Québec)
* Michel Rabagliati – Paul, tome 06: Paul à Québec (La Pastèque)
* Simon Roy – Jan’s Atomic Heart (New Reliable Press)
* Seth – George Sprott 1894-1975 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas – Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre)

Colourist/Dessinateur Couleur

* Brad Anderson – Aliens #1-2 (Cover), Aliens/Predator FCBD 2009, Star Wars: The Clone Wars #8 (Cover), Star Wars: Legacy #32-40, 43 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #873 (Cover), Superman: Secret Origin #1-3, Superman: World of New Krypton #1-6, Superman: World of New Krypton #7, 9-10 (Cover), Wonder Woman #28-35, 39 (DC Comics) Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil #3 (Cover), Franklin Richards: April Fools, Franklin Richards: It’s Dark Reigning Cats & Dogs, Franklin Richards: School’s Out, Uncanny X-Men: First Class Giant-Size Special #1, Spider-Man & The Secret Wars #1 (Marvel Comics)
* Chris Chuckry – Air #6-16, The Unwritten #1-8 (DC/Vertigo), G.I. Joe: Cobra #1-2 (IDW), Amazing Spider-Man #582, 591, 599-600, 606-607, Amazing Spider-Man #583, 595, 597-598 (Cover), Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #3, Iron Man Vs Whiplash #2, Ms. Marvel #36-37 (Cover)
* Maryse Dubuc – Les nombrils, tome 04: Deuls et belles (Dupuis)
* 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)
* Lovern Kindzierski – The Sandman: The Dream Hunters #3-4 (DC/Vertigo), Angel #19, Doctor Who #1-2, G.I. Joe: Cobra #3-4, G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #1, GrimJack: The Manx Cat #1, Star Trek: Crew #3-5, Star Trek: Romulans: Schism #1-3 (IDW), What If? Daredevil vs. Elektra (Marvel Comics)
* Francois Lapierre – Magasin général, tome 05: Montréal (Casterman)
* Dave McCaig - Star Wars: Dark Times #13-14 (Dark Horse), Detective Comics #857-860, Wednesday Comics #1-12 (DC Comics), House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1, Northlanders #14-23 (DC/Vertigo), Mysterius: The Unfathomable #1-6 (DC/Wildstorm), Invincible #66-67 (Image Comics), Berserker #2-3, Broken Trinity: Angelus, The Darkness #75, Pilot Season: Murderer #1 (Image/Top Cow), Agents of Atlas #9 (Cover), Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #2-5 (Cover), Deadpool #900, Fantastic Four #571 (Cover), | Ghost Rider #33-35, Marvel Comics #1 70th Anniversary Edition, Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 (Cover), New Avengers #50, 55-60, Origins of Siege #1, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #3-6, Ultimatum: Fantastic Four Requiem #1 (Cover) (Marvel Comics), Resurrection #0 FCBD 2009 (Oni Press)
* Ronda Pattison – Star Wars: The Clone Wars #4 (Cover), Star Wars: The Clone Wars FCBD 2009, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan, Star Wars: Purge – Seconds to Die, Unbound Saga (Dark Horse), Angel vs. Frankenstein (IDW), Killer of Demons #1-3 (Image Comics), Dark Reign: Mister Negative #1-3, Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 (Marvel Comics), Atomic Robo and Friends FCBD 2009, Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time #1-5, We Kill Monsters #1-5 (Red 5 Comics)

Writer/Écrivain

* Kelley Armstrong – Angel 18-22 (IDW)
* Ian Boothby – Futurama Comics 43-44, Simpsons Comics 150, Simpsons Super Spectacular #8 – “The Sprint” (Bongo)
* Hervé Bouchard – Harvey (La Pastèque)
* Maryse Dubuc – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
* Kathryn Immonen – Runaways 11-14, Patsy Walker: Hellcat 5 (Marvel Comics), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “Trampoline Hall” (Image Comics)
* Dean Motter – The Spirit 29 (DC Comics)
* Ty Templeton – Star Trek: Mission’s End 1-5 (IDW)
* J. Torres – Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E 0-1 (Boom!), DC Holiday Special ’09 1 - “Huntress in Naughty or Nice”, Batman: The Brave and the Bold 5-8, 11 (DC Comics)

Cover/Couverture

* Kaare Andrews – The Immortal Iron Fist 27 (Marvel Comics)
* Paul Bordeleau – Faüne, tome 2: La maison du Faüne (La Pastèque)
* Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex 50 (DC Comics)
* Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
* Marc Delafontaine – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
* Dale Eaglesham – Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special 1 (Marvel Comics)
* Dale Keown - The Astounding Wolf-Man 16 Variant (Image Comics)
* Igor Kordey - Unknown Soldier 5 (DC/Vertigo)

Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web

* Attila AdorjanyMetaphysical Neuroma
* Kate BeatonHark! A Vagrant
* Andy BelangerBottle of Awesome and Raising Hell
* Rene Engström Anders Loves Maria
* Karl KerschlThe Abominable Charles Christopher
* Gisèle Lagacé and David LumsdonEerie Cuties and Ménage à 3
* Tara TallanGalaxion
* Steve WolfhardCat Rackham

Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist, Cover & Writer Nominees selected by: Laurent Boutin (Planète BD), Patrick Marleau (Imaginaire), Rachelle Goguen (Living Between Wednesdays), Leonard Wong (Vancouver Comicon), Jamie Coville (The Collector Times), Jeff Brown (Dork Shelf), Mike Jozic (freelance writer), Troy Wilson (author), Gareth Gaudin (Legends Comics), Jonathan Ellis (PopImage), Don McPherson (Eye on Comics), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Lloyd Chesney (Legends Comics), Jonathan Kuehlein (JPK Comics), and Alex Kennedy. Webcomics Nominees selected by Scott Townsend, Jason Truong, Allison Covey, Robert Haines and Kevin Boyd. Nominating committees coordinated by Award Directors Kevin Boyd and Robert Haines.

Additional nominees will be announced in April 2010 for the following categories: Publisher/Editeur, Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants, and the Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées.

Submissions from self-publishers will be accepted until May 10, 2010 for the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées. Please visit http://joeshusterawards.com/gene-day-award-for-canadian-self-publishers/ for full details. The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 Bursary. Finalists will be announced in May 2010.

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Three inductees will be announced in May 2010.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the eligible creators for another memorable year of great comics, both in print and online!

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 Award

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).

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 info@joeshusterawards.com or visit www.joeshusterawards.com

Kevin A. Boyd
Executive Director
kevin@joeshusterawards.com

Robert Haines
Associate Director
robert@joeshusterawards.com

Allison Covey
Director of Publisher Relations
allison@joeshusterawards.com

Chris Owen
Director of Media Relations
chris@joeshusterawards.com

2010 JSA Master of Ceremonies: Jonathan Llyr Returns

Returning as Master of Ceremonies in 2010 is Jonathan Llyr.

Jonathan Llyr is one of the most recognizable geeks in Canada today. As host of the nationally broadcast SPACE Channel’s SPACEY AWARDS for their first five years, Jon earned the respect of Hardcore Nerds everywhere when, over the years, Richard Dean Anderson had him ‘thrown off’ the set of STARGATE SG-1 (with a bonus instruction of “one shot to the kneecaps”), Bruce Campbell attacked him in the woods behind his house with a chainsaw, and Katee Sackhoff let him climb into her Viper.

Jon got his start on TV in 1998, after years of honing his skills as a professional actor and the artistic director of the Shakespearean theatre company, Tempest Theatre Group, SPACE needed someone who would wear a rubber turtle shell on his head (shades of Alan Rickman in GALAXY QUEST, anyone?) and it was a perfect fit. So, for several years, Jon appeared weekly on the cult TV show SPACEBAR as Grot, the loveably clueless alien barfly cum barkeep. Eventually trading shell for battered orange ball-cap, Jon was then seen five nights a week on DRIVE-IN CLASSICS as the genially pontificating drive-in theatre projectionist, Drive-in Dick – font of all B-movie knowledge and wisdom.

Jon’s subsequent stint as host, reporter and interviewer for HYPASPACE and HYPASPACE WEEKLY put him in close contact with stars like Patrick Stewart, Andy Serkis, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (at the same time in what proved to be an awesome media scoop!), David Hayter, Jolene Blalock, George Takei, Tricia Helfer, Steven Spielberg and many others.

Heading out into strange, new worlds with The HardcoreNerdity Network is his latest challenge.

None of this is surprising, considering Jonathan’s formative years. When he was a kid, his mom used to write him sick-notes so he could ditch school and line up on opening day for STAR TREK movies. She let him glue his Lego together in the shape of a phaser and paint it silver. She looked the other way when he put her good oven mitts on his feet so that he could be ‘Cornelius’ from PLANET OF THE APES. She made the rest of the family be quiet as he sat in front of the t.v., painstakingly making audio-cassette recordings of STAR TREK episodes so he could play them back at bedtime. That was in the days before VCRs. And when the family got one of those – Jon’s mom bought him his very first movie. It was SUPERMAN. And she let him stay home from school (again) to watch it before she wrapped it up as his Christmas present (he had to promise to look surprised when he opened it). So, really? This is all her fault.


2010 JSA Venue: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto

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catwalk 23The Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards will once again be presented at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.

The 6th Annual JSA ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday, June 5, 2010.lobby 23

Paul à Québec honoré à Angoulême

The 6th in the Paul series by Francophone cartoonist Michel Rabagliati, Paul à Québec (La Pasteque) was selected as the winner of the Prix du Public Fnac-SNC this past weekend at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême in France.

Congratulations Michel!
Le Devoir
CBC
CBC (includes audio interview link with Michel Rabagliati
Sequential Spiltink
Courtesy Le Devoir.com

Books by Canadians prominent on 2009 “best of” lists.

Thanks to the Beat for drawing attention to this:

Sandy Bilus counts 130 separate “Best of” lists for 2009 to come up with the Best Comics of 2009 Meta-List. Bilus uses the weighted scale devised by Chad Nevett and a system pioneered by dear departed Dick Hyacinth.

Books by Canadians or featuring the work of Canadian creators are featured prominently throughout the 97 item list, but in the top 10 there’s:

#2. Richard Stark’s Parker Vol. 1: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke.

#3. George Sprott: 1894-1975 by Seth

#9. Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Over at Sequential Spiltink, Bryan Munn has posted his year in review, highlighting what he felt were the top stories of the year.

Marvel teaser: Fantastic Four in 2010 – Will they survive?

Marvel has released a teaser image today by 2008 Joe Shuster Award winning Artist Dale Eaglesham foreshadowing some upcoming events in Marvel’s long-running Fantastic Four title.

Artwork by Dale Eaglesham

2009 PRINT CREDITS – DALE EAGLESHAM
INTERIOR ARTIST
DC Comics | Justice Society of America #26
Marvel Comics | Amazing Spider-Man #591
Marvel Comics | Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #3
Marvel Comics | Captain America #600
Marvel Comics | Fantastic Four #570-572
Marvel Comics | Origins of Siege #1
COVER ARTIST
Marvel Comics | Avengers/Invaders #12 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fantastic Four #570 (70th Anniversary Frame Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fantastic Four #570 (Mr. Fantastic Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fantastic Four #571 (Invisible Woman Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fantastic Four #572 (Human Torch Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fantastic Four #573 (The Thing Variant)
Marvel Comics | Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1

David Finch goes DC exclusive in 2010

David Finch, winner of the 2009 Joe Shuster Award for Oustanding Artist, will be working for DC Entertainment in 2010.

Artist David Finch

With the expiration of his exclusive contract with Marvel, DC is announcing that David Finch has signed a new, exclusive deal and will begin working for them on a project which has yet to be announced.

In an interview with CBR, Finch tells us:

“I’ve been a DC fan for a really long time, and I always knew that I’d love the opportunity to work in the DCU at some point, (i)t was just a matter of the timing being right. I’ve talked with [Executive Editor] Dan DiDio a few times in the past, and his enthusiasm is very infectious. He’s got so much great stuff planned that I just really wanted to be a part of it.”

“There’s something very special about putting pencil to paper knowing that you’re drawing the actual, official characters that will be published in the books. It really makes me think about just how I feel about each character, and what they represent for me. I love the big three, obviously, along with every other comic book creator that aspires to work on superheroes. I’m a huge Lobo fan. Simon Bisley is the greatest, and his Lobo work still has a big impact for me. I love Legion a lot, and Doom Patrol. The Flash is great. Justice League may be the holy grail of the DCU, though. It’s got so much in one place, and such a rich history of stories.

Rich Johnston is reporting that Finch will be handling both writing and art chores on “one of DC’s highest profile ongoing books – featuring characters he holds dear”, yet in the CBR interview Finch mentions a list of writers he’d love to work with:

“Geoff Johns would be a huge pleasure to work with. I’ve talked to him a few times, and he’s a great guy. I love his work. Grant Morrison is like no other writer that I know of. He really knows how to make you think and surprise you. Paul Dini is one of my favorites, along with Keith Giffen, JMS, Peter Tomasi, Judd Winick, Gail Simone, Tony Daniel… There are so many!”

Editors Note: Exclusive deals have been all the rage over the past decade, and are a regular means by which the two major mainstream publishers secure top talent. On the plus side, these exclusive deals also come with additional perks, benefits and opportunities that just aren’t offered to freelance creators.  I find it quite intriguing that a main tactic of these publishing imprints is to offer creators a chance to work on a character that was much beloved in childhood, and it works. It’s fairly well known that these exclusive deals can be quite (financially) rewarding for creators, though not always ideal if the company fails to give them regular work.

This deal is quite interesting in that Finch will handle both the writing and art on a title. It has been about a decade since Finch last wrote a comic, though he does has a number of co-writing credits from his Image/Top Cow days. His single foray to date into the DC Universe has been the 1999 Darkness/Batman crossover one-shot.

1999's Darkness/Batman one-shot

Finch was an integral part of the Avengers reconstruction, having illustrated the “Avengers Dissassembled” storyline with writer Brian Michael Bendis which led to the Finch-drawn relaunch of New Avengers (again with writer Bendis). He relaunched the Moon Knight character with author Charlie Huston, and helped tear apart the Ultimate Marvel Universe in the 2008-2009 mini-series Ultimatum, written by Jeph Loeb. Since January 2007, the last 3 years of his Marvel exclusive contract, Finch has drawn the interior artwork for 9 comics: Ultimatium #1-5, Legion of Monsters: Morbius #1, Fallen Son #4 and Moon Knight #7 & 8. As part of his exclusive contract with Marvel, Finch has been a prolific cover artist for the company — in 2009 alone he drew 15 covers for assorted Marvel books.

2009 PRINT CREDITS – DAVID FINCH
INTERIOR ARTIST
Marvel Comics | Ultimatum #3-5
COVER ARTIST
Marvel Comics | Captain America: Reborn #5 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fall of the Hulks Alpha (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Psylocke #1, 2
Marvel Comics | Siege: The Cabal (One-Shot)
Marvel Comics | The Stand: American Nightmares #1 (“Lincoln Tunnel” Variant)
Marvel Comics | Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size #1 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Ultimatum #3, 4, 5
Marvel Comics | Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Wolverine: Weapon X #4 (70th Anniversary Frame)
Marvel Comics | X-Infernus #2, 3, 4

Newsarama: Ten for ’10

Newsarama has named it’s ten creators to watch in 2010 and three of the 10 creators they have selected are Canadian:

Bryan Lee O’Malley
Our second repeat from last year’s 9 To Watch in 2009 is cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley. His work on Scott Pilgrim turned heads and topped critics list, and the six-volume series is aiming for a conclusion in 2010. O’Malley came into comics with years working in webcomics, before doing his first big work drawing a volume of Hopeless Savagers. That quickly propelled him to his first graphic novel, Lost at Sea. The 2004 debut of Scott Pilgrim cemented his name in the comics industry, putting him on the frontline of the emerging next generation of independent comic book creators. As he finishes up Scott Pilgrim this year just in time for the movie adaptation from director Edgar Wright, the next question on everyone’s mind for Bryan is “What’s next?”

2009 PRINT CREDITS – BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY
CARTOONIST
Oni Press | Scott Pilgrim Vol 5: Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe
COVER ARTIST
Oni Press | Scott Pilgrim Vol 5: Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe

Francis Manapul
Nominated last year in Newsarama’s 9 To Watch in 2009, Francis Manapul is set to to out-do himself in 2010 as he and Adventure Comics partner Geoff Johns move over to launch the new Flash series. After years on the fringes of mainstream comics work, his work on Legion of Super-heroes and the relaunched Adventure Comics have wowed fans with his kinetic and shaded line-work. Manapul is quickly becoming one in a line-up of future pillars to DC Comics, let’s just hope he’s given the room to prove it.

2009 PRINT CREDITS – FRANCIS MANAPUL
INTERIOR ARTIST
DC Comics | Adventure Comics #0-3, 5
DC Comics | Superman/Batman #60-61
COVER ARTIST
Aspen MLT | Executive Assistant: Iris #2
DC Comics | Adventure Comics #1, 1 (Var), 2, 2 (Var), 3, 3 (Var), 4 (Var), 5 (Var)
DC Comics | Blackest Night: Flash #1 (Var)
DC Comics | Green Lantern #45 (Var)
DC Comics | Legion of Super-Heroes #50
DC Comics | Red Robin #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
DC Comics | The Shield #1, 2, 3
DC Comics | Superman/Batman #60, 61
DC Comics | Wonder Woman #32 (Var)

Kathryn Immonen
Although her name might seem new, she’s been working in comics for some time. She broke in during the early 90s at the same time as her husband Stuart Immonen, but took time away to finish school. With a degree under her belt, Kathryn came back to comics – first with webcomics, and then with a Hellcat story in Marvel Comics Presents that quickly led to a solo miniseries with the same character. After the success of that series, she was announced as the new writer for Runaways, and the recently announced X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back miniseries. We’re excited to read the stories Kathryn tells next.

2009 PRINT CREDITS – KATHRYN IMMONEN
WRITER
Image Comics | Liberty Comics: A CBLDF Benefit Book #2
Marvel Comics | Patsy Walker: Hellcat #5
Marvel Comics | Runaways #11-14

2009 Eligible Creators Lists

As tomorrow is the last official ship week from Diamond Distributors, our team has been compiling the lists of eligible creators who created works in English, French and other languages!

These lists will debut on this site during the first week of January 2010.

It looks to have been another great year for Canadians who create, publish and sell comics and we are eager to share these lists with you and get the process started for the 6th Annual Joe Shuster Awards!

December 23rd, 2009 Releases featuring Canadian Creators

Black Terror #6 Cover by Stephen Sadowski

If I have missed any works by Canadian Comic Book Creators, please leave a comment, or send me an email at jason@joeshusterawards.com

Atomic Robo Vol. 1: Atomic Robo And The Fightin Scientists Of Tesladyne Trade Paperback (New Printing)
Red 5 Comics US$18.95
Colours by Ronda Pattison.

Atomic Robo Vol. 3: Atomic Robo And The Shadow From Beyond Time Trade Paperback
Red 5 Comics US$18.95
Colours by Ronda Pattison.

Black Terror #6
Dynamite Entertainment US$3.50
Cover by Stephen Sadowski
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Brian Michael Bendis: 10 Years At Marvel Trade Paperback
Marvel US$34.99
Artwork by Chris Bachalo, David Finch, and Leonard Kirk. Inks by Terry Pallot. Colours by Chris Bachalo.

Daredevil By Brian Michael Bendis Omnibus Vol. 2 Hardcover
Marvel US$99.99
Artwork by Chris Bachalo and David Finch. Colours by Chris Bachalo.

Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man Trade Paperback
Marvel US$16.99
Artwork and Colours by Chris Bachalo.

X-Men Forever #14 Cover by Tom Grummett

Detective Comics #860
DC US$3.99
Colours by Dave McCaig.

Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E #1
BOOM Studios US$2.99
Written by J. Torres.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep #7
BOOM Studios US$3.99
Colours by Blond.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Fantastic Four #574
Marvel US$2.99
Variant Cover by Dale Eaglesham.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Fantastic Four: The Master Of Doom Trade Paperback
Marvel US$19.99
Artwork by Stuart Immonen.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3: War Of Kings Book 2 Hardcover
Marvel US$24.99
Artwork by Wes Craig. Inks by Serge Lapointe. Colours by Nathan Fairbairn.

New Avengers #60 Cover by Stuart Immonen

Image United #1 (2nd Printing)
Image US$3.99
Artwork and Cover by Todd McFarlane.

Image United #2
Image US$3.99
Artwork and Cover by Todd McFarlane.
Preview at Newsarama

Iron Man vs Whiplash #2
Marvel US$3.99
Colours by Chris Chuckry.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #58
Marvel US$2.99
Inks by Terry Pallot
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Marvel Masterworks: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 2 Trade Paperback
Marvel US$24.99
Artwork by John Byrne.

New Avengers #60
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork and Cover by Stuart Immonen. Colours by Dave McCaig.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Image United #2 Cover by Todd McFarlane

Northlanders #23
DC/Vertigo US$2.99
Colours by Dave McCaig.
Preview at Vertigo: Graphic Content

Runaways: True Believers Hardcover
Marvel US$19.99
Artwork by Adrian Alphona. Inks by Craig Yeung.

Star Wars: Legacy #43
Dark Horse US$2.99
Colours by Brad Anderson.
Preview at Dark Horse Comics

Superman #695
DC US$2.99
Artwork by Bernard Chang. Colours by Blond.

What If? Spider-Man: House Of M
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork by Dave Ross.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Wolverine: Weapon X #8
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork by Yanick Paquette. Inks by Michel Lacombe. Colours by Nathan Fairbairn.

Wonder Woman #39
DC US$2.99
Colours by Brad Anderson.

X-Men Forever #14
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork and Cover by Tom Grummett.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Fantastic Four #574 "Team" Variant Cover by Dale Eaglesham

December 16th, 2009 Releases featuring Canadian Creators

Captain America: Reborn #5 Incentive Variant Cover by David Finch

If I have missed any works by Canadian Comic Book Creators, please leave a comment, or send me an email at jason@joeshusterawards.com

Air #16
DC/Vertigo US$2.99
Colours by Chris Chuckry.

Batman 80-Page Giant #1
DC US$5.99
Artwork by Marcus To.

Black Panther #11
Marvel US$2.99
Artwork by Ken Lashley.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Captain America: Reborn #5
Marvel US$3.99
Incentive Variant Cover by David Finch.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

The Darkness/Pitt #3
Image/Top Cow US$2.99
Artwork and Cover by Dale Keown.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger Of The Supernatural #3
Marvel US$2.99
Colours by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

The Last Resort #5 Cover by Darwyn Cooke

The Last Resort #5
IDW US$3.99
Cover by Darwyn Cooke.

The Marvelous Land Of Oz #2
Marvel US$3.99
Colours by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

The Mighty Avengers #32
Marvel US$2.99
Inks by Craig Yeung.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Street Fighter II Turbo #10
UDON Entertainment US$3.95
Written by Ken Siu-Chong.
Preview at UDON Entertainment

What If? Daredevil vs. Elektra
Marvel US$3.99
Colours by Lovern Kindzierski.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

X-Factor #200
Marvel US$4.99
Variant Cover Colours by Nathan Fairbairn.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

X-Infernus Trade Paperback
Marvel US$19.99
Cover by David Finch.

The Darkness/Pitt #3 Cover by Dale Keown

Holiday Shopping Guide: Some 2009 releases worth checking out

One of the things that I usually do on my blog towards the end of each year is a list of some of my favourite purchases from the previous year’s worth of releases. I may still end up doing a more comprehensive list for all comics released in 2009 that came across my path, but I thought that since we are heading into a gift-giving season that I might highlight some of my favourites by Canadians from 2009. I’m sure that we’ll be seeing some of these works represented on the 2010 nominees list.

Feel free to post additional recommendations as a reply to this post!

Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven (Marvel)

- Although technically an American living in Canada, Steve McNiven has proven time and again that he is a fan-favourite creator, and the Old Man Logan is in many respects, the character’s Dark Knight Returns as an older Wolverine is brought out of retirement into a world where the heroes lost.

Captain Canuck Book One by Richard Comely and George Freeman (IDW)

- Canada’s first national superhero sensation, this fantastic hardcover features some fantastic artwork by George Freeman.

Ultimatum by Jeph Loeb and David Finch (Marvel)

- The complete mini-series featuring stellar artwork by Joe Shuster Award-winning artist David Finch. The world of the Ultimate line is crashing down. Many heroes die, others scarred for the relaunch of the Ultimate Comics line this past summer.

Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come Book Three and Justice Society of America: Black Adam and Isis by Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway and Dale Eaglesham (DC Comics)

- Dale Eaglesham’s artwork is in top form. Recommended that you read parts one and two first, but the Black Adam and Isis is a stand-alone volume, featuring the last Johns/Eaglesham colaboration.

Avengers/Invaders by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Steve Sadowski (Marvel)

- The complete mini-series featuring some great artwork by 2009 artist nominee Steve Sadowski.

The Collected Doug Wright Vol. 1: Canada’s Master Cartoonist by Doug Wright, edited by Brad MacKay and Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

- A handsome collection designed by Seth of Doug Wright strip collections with an insightful essay on Wright by MacKay.

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 by Steve Ditko, edited by Blake Bell (Fantagraphics)

- Canadian editor Bell writes a brief introduction to this volume, and the pre-code horror and science fiction stories by Ditko are a real treasure for those of us who haven’t had a chance to see them before.

Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 by Hal Foster (Fantagraphics)

- This exceptional volume includes some great historical essays on Halifax native Foster and his career, with some excellent photos. However, the reproduction work is top notch and shows why Foster was such an inspiration to the legions of creators that followed in his wake, including Joe Shuster.

Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles: Family Matters by Mark Waid and Marcio Takara (Boom!)

- Boom Studios has been doing a great job with their kids line, and Waid and Takara really capture the essence of the characters from Brad Bird’s movie. Gave this one to my niece (9) and nephew (12) and they both loved it. Can’t wait for the second collection to arrive in early 2010.

Jellaby Book Two by Kean Soo (Hyperion)

- Book One earned Soo the 2009 Comics for Kids Award, and Book Two is just as good. A great gift for a younger reader.

Les Nombrils Tome 4: Duel de belles by Delaf and Maryse Dubuc (Dupuis)

- Multiple nominees Delaf and Dubuc continue their popular series.

Harvey by Hervé Bouchard and Janice Nadeau (La Pasteque)

- The book that took home two Governor-General awards for literary work aimed for children.

Paul à Québec by Michel Rabagliati (La Pasteque)

- Rabagliati’s Paul series continues. D+Q will probably publish this in English in 2010.

Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Douglas & McIntyre)

- I’d be remiss not to include this ground-breaking work.

Angora Napkin by Troy Little (IDW)

- Fun book, the basis for what will hopefully be a regular series on Telatoon.

Scott Pilgrim Book 5 by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Oni Press)

- 2010 will be the year of Scott Pilgrim with the publication of Volume 6 and the release of the Edgar Wright directed motion picture. Book 5 continues the exceptional series, and was the toast of the New York Comic Con back in February.

The Nobody by Jeff Lemire (DC/Vertigo)

- A moving graphic novel, detailing the effect that the presence of a mysterious bandaged stranger (the Invisible Man) has on the residents of a small fishing village.

The Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)

- Books 1 and 2 earned Lemire the 2008 Cartoonist JSA and book 3 a nomination in the same category. Exceptional and poignant, Essex County will be studied for many years. Book 2 is without a doubt one of the most powerful graphic novels you will ever encounter. This collection is a must-have.

Richard Stark’s Parker Book One: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

- Man, Darwyn knocked this one out of the park! A fantastic adaptation of Stark’s (aka Donald Westlake) crime novel The Hunter, which has been adapted twice for the silver screen (as Point Blank – starring Lee Marvin, and Payback – starring Mel Gibson). Cooke’s pacing and unique style make this a great gift for any fan of crime fiction or of Cooke’s previous work (like the Spirit and DC The New Frontier).

George Sprott 1894-1975 by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

- Collecting stories originally presented in the NY Times magazine with some new material, George Sprott is a wonderful and elegant work. Definitely worth checking out.


December 9th, 2009 Releases featuring Canadian Creators

Tomb of Dracula Omnibus Vol. 2 Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

If I have missed any works by Canadian Comic Book Creators, please leave a comment, or send me an email at jason@joeshusterawards.com

Adventure Comics #5
DC US$3.99
Artwork and Variant Cover by Francis Manapul.
Preview at DC Universe: The Source

Dark Reign: The Underside Trade Paperback
Marvel US$24.99
Colours by Ronda Pattison.

Dark X-Men #2
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork by Leonard Kirk.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Adventure Comics #5 Variant Cover by Francis Manapul

Days Missing #5
Archaia Studio Press US$2.99
Cover by Dale Keown.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

DC Holiday Special 2009 #1
DC US$5.99
Written by J. Torres.

Doom Patrol #5
DC US$3.99
Artwork by Tim Levins.

Days Missing #5 Cover by Dale Keown

GeNext United Trade Paperback
Marvel US$16.99
Colours by Jim Charalampidis.

Marvel 70th Anniversary Frame Art One Shot
Marvel US$3.99
Pin-Up Artwork by Dale Eaglesham, David Finch, Ken Lashley, Takeshi Miyazawa.

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #18 Cover by Niko Henrichon

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #18
Marvel US$2.99
Cover by Niko Henrichon.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

The Marvelous Land Of Oz #1 (2nd Printing)
Marvel US$3.99
Colours by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 7: Dark Reign Trade Paperback
Marvel US$19.99
Inks by Serge Lapointe. Colours by Chris Chuckry.

Nation X #1
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork by Leonard Kirk. Colours by Nathan Fairbairn.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Pilot Season: Murderer #1
Image/Top Cow US$2.99
Colours by Dave McCaig.

Realm Of Kings: Imperial Guard #2
Marvel US$3.99
Colours by Nathan Fairbairn.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Red Robin #7 Cover by Marcus To

R.E.B.E.L.S. #11
DC US$3.99
Artwork by Claude St. Aubin. Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky.

Red Robin #7
DC US$2.99
Artwork and Cover by Marcus To.

Runaways: The Good Die Young Trade Paperback
Marvel US$16.99
Artwork by Adrian Alphona.

Spider-Man: Red-Headed Stranger Hardcover
Marvel US$19.99
Artwork by Yanick Paquette. Colours by Nathan Fairbairn.

Spider-Man & The Secret Wars #1
Marvel US$2.99
Inks by Terry Pallot. Colours by Brad Anderson.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Super Friends #22 Cover by J. Bone

Super Friends #22
DC/Johnny US$2.50
Cover by J. Bone.

S.W.O.R.D. #2
Marvel US$2.99
Inks by Craig Yeung.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

Tomb Of Dracula Omnibus Vol. 2 Hardcover
Marvel US$99.99
Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky.

The Unwritten #8
DC/Vertigo US$2.99
Colours by Chris Chuckry.
Preview at Vertigo: Graphic Content

X-Men Forever #13 Cover by Tom Grummett

What If? Classic Vol. 6 Trade Paperback
Marvel US$29.99
Written and Artwork by John Byrne.

X-Factor Vol. 8: Overtime Hardcover
Marvel US$24.99
Artwork by Valentine De Landro. Inks by Pat Davidson and Craig Yeung.

X-Men Forever #13
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork and Cover by Tom Grummett.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

X Necrosha: The Gathering (One-Shot)
Marvel US$3.99
Artwork by Kalman Andrasofszky.
Preview at Comic Book Resources

R.E.B.E.L.S. #11 Cover by Kalman Andrasofszky

Halifax’s The Coast selects their “Best Books & Comics of 2009″: where’s the Maple?

Despite a misleading header (with O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5 and Lemire’s The Nobody shown among other works),  there’s not a single work by a Canadian on the list.

The list, selected by Rachelle Goguen and Carsten Knox, includes (follow the link above for the explanations):

ASTERIOS POLYP (Mazzuchelli)

BATMAN & ROBIN (Morrison & Quitely)

DAREDEVIL (Brubaker, Lark, et al.)

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN: CENTURY – 1910 (Moore, O’Neill)

PLUTO: UROSAWA x TEZUKO (Urosawa)

POWER GIRL (Palmiotti, Gray & Conner)

I know, CB, me too! Nothing against the fine works that were selected. We’re just disappointed not to see any love for Canadian creators by yet another Canadian media outlet… :(

More with Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex & Parker

Comic Book Resources’ Jeff Renaud recently interviewed Darwyn Cooke about Jonah Hex 50, Jonah Hex in general, the possibility of future Cooke-illustrated Hex issues and the next Parker adaptation, 2010’s “The Outfit” and how it aligns with the Parker novel continuity.

black and white art from Jonah Hex 50

Plus, Newsarama has posted a four page exclusive preview of Jonah Hex 50.

Darwyn Cooke on Jonah Hex 50

Darwyn Cooke has posted something on his blog about this week’s release of Jonah Hex #50, published by DC Comics.

Hi folks. Next week the 50th issue of Hex hits the stands and while I rarely jump on the net to promote a single issue comic, this is a very special case and it occurred to me that the background on this book may be of interest.

When Jimmy and Justin tapped me for this one, I got somewhat excited about the possibilities artistically. Working with a full script from those two frees me up to stretch some artistic muscles I mightn’t otherwise. My previous outing on Hex was quite rewarding, but very much within the type of work I’m generally known for; brushwork with an economy of line and dense blacks. I really wanted to switch it up for this one, and see if I could come up with something that looked somewhat more fitting technique-wise.

It was quite a challenge. Working with line only and leaving large areas I’d normally fill with black open for colour was a lot of fun for me. I had to forgo all my usual approaches and come up with solutions that worked for this approach, from the panel design on up.

To read the rest of Darwyn’s update (including some stunning colour design by collaborator Dave Stewart, please visit Darwyn’s blog.

JONAH HEX #50
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, Art and covers by Darwyn Cooke
Darwyn Cooke illustrates a double-sized anniversary issue as we hit #50! Jonah Hex discovers a secret being kept by Tallulah Black that could change everything Hex is about. But happiness has no place in the life of Jonah Hex, so what kind of tragedy awaits our disfigured gunslinger? Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Darwyn Cooke), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Darwyn Cooke).
On sale December 2 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Black and white line art to one of the covers to Jonah Hex 50. Scroll down further to the December 2nd releases list to view the colour version.