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.

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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.

Crowdfunding: The F1rst Hero

What if everyone who ever had superpowers had gone insane and become a threat to society? What if, after decades of this, one man gained abilities “far beyond those of mortal men” but kept his sanity? Recently discharged from the Army and faced with a society that fears superhumans, a government that hunts them down and growing numbers of crazed supervillains all around him, JACOB ROTH must decide to either put himself at risk by using his powers to help people or do nothing and remain safe while innocent people get hurt.

“THE F1RST HERO” is a unique new take on the superhero mythos, written by ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER and illustrated by PHILLIP SEVY with colors/letters by KT SMITH (American Splendor, Northern Guard) and covers by LEE MODER (Shinku, Wonder Woman, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.).  The first story arc is four issues long and debuts around March 2014 from ACTION LAB COMICS (Molly Danger, Princeless, NFL Rush Zone).

Please support the campaign by making a donation on Indiegogo. There are incentives!

“A really, really good high concept. It instantly offers a reader a character who we know will face tons of nasty challenges and a character who is unique in the world – always a good start.”
- Ty Templeton: Writer, Batman Adventures

“I like the implicit sense of humour. I like the idea that [superhumans] are shunned. I like the dilemma.”
- Mark Askwith: Senior Producer, Space Television

“Anthony Ruttgaizer has created a ‘Mutant Registration Act’ that actually makes sense.”
- George Zotti: Co-Owner, Silver Snail Comic Shops

“The premise sounds very interesting. I’m inclined to think it’ll be a hit.”
- Richard Pace: Penciller, New Warriors/Starman

“I thought [the preview] was great.”
- Tony S. Daniel: Writer/Artist, Detective Comics/Action Comics

“[Sevy] is ready to go!”
- Francis Manapul: Writer/Artist, Flash

2013 Joe Shuster Award Winners

jsa_poster_2013_lg2.jpgToronto, ON - Saturday, August 24. Earlier this evening at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall, the 9th annual Joe Shuster Awards were presented at a gala ceremony hosted by the Toronto Star’s ROB SALEM and Cartoonist TY TEMPLETON.

The results are: Continue reading

Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony: 8:30 PM – Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

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The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association is pleased to announce the venue of the 2013 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony. The 8 2013 awards and 3 Hall of Fame presentations will be presented on SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013 at JACKMAN HALL at the Art Gallery of Ontario, starting at 8:30 PM.

Seating: 200 – priority seating for nominees, their family and friends and other industry professionals, with limited general admission seating.

The Art Gallery of Ontario – 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an art museum in Toronto’s Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day.

Jackman Hall has it’s own entrance on McCaul Street, South of Dundas Street West (pictured above)

.About The Joe Shuster Awards

Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national and bilingual award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. The name is used with the approval of the Estate of Joe Shuster – Michael Catron, Estate Agent.

2013 Sponsors include: Guerilla Printing, The Dragon, The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery, Autodesk.

For more information please contact info@joeshusterawards.com

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2013 Eisner Award Nominations Announced

eisners_logo_greyApril 16, 2013 For Immediate Release.

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is proud to announce the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2013. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from crime noire to autobiographical works to cartoon adventures.

Three titles lead the 2013 list with 5 nominations each. Chris Ware’s critically acclaimed Building Stories (published by Pantheon) has nods for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design. Also garnering 5 nominations are Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Fatale (published by Image) and Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye (published by Marvel). Both are nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Cover Artist. (Fatale also shares the coloring nomination for Dave Stewart.)

Close behind with 4 nominations are BOOM!/kaboom’s Adventure Time (Best New Series, Best Publication for Kids, Best Publication for Kids, and Best Humor Publication), Monkeybrain’s online comic Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Best New Series, Best Penciller/Inker, Best Coloring, Best Digital Comic), and Carol Tyler’s memoir You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart (Best Graphic Album–New, Best Reality-Based Work, Best Writer/artist, Best Lettering; published by Fantagraphics). Titles with 3 nominations are Charles Burns’s The Hive (Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/artist, Best Coloring; published by Pantheon) and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga (Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer). Thirteen titles have 2 nominations, and the remaining nominations are spread among dozens of books and comics in 29 categories.

Fantagraphics has the most nominations for a publisher, with 24. In addition to the Tyler book, the company has multiple nominees in the writer/artist, archival, international, and design categories. Michael Kupperman’s Tales Designed to Thrizzle has 2 nominations (Best Short Story, Best Single Issue), as does Lilli Carré’s Heads or Tales (Best Single Issue, Best Graphic Album–Reprint). The publisher emerging with the second-most nominations this year with 17 (plus 1 shared) is Image, led by Fatale and Saga, along with 2 nominations each for The Manhattan Projects (Best Continuing Series, Best Writer for Jonathan Hickman), Prophet (Best Continuing Series, Best Writer for Brandon Graham), and Graham’s Multiple Warheads (Best Cover Artist, Best Coloring).

IDW ranks third with 8 nominations (plus 1 shared), including 2 each in the archival categories. Close behind is Pantheon, with 5 nominations for Building Stories and 3 for The Hive. The 5 nods for Hawkeye account for the majority of Marvel’s 7 (plus 1 shared) nominations. Drawn & Quarterly comes in fifth, with 5 nominations, including 2 for Brecht Evens’s The Making of.

Other publishers with multiple nominations include BOOM!, Monkeybrain, and Nobrow (4); Abrams ComicArts, Self Made Hero, Toon Books/Candlewick, Top Shelf, and the University Press of Mississippi (3); DC Comics with 2 nominations and 1 shared; and nine publishers with 2 nominations: Andrews McMeel, Archaia, Disney, First Second, FSG, Koyama, TwoMorrows, and Yen Press. Another 21 publishers have 1 nomination each.

Individual creators with the most nominations are Brandon Graham and Chris Ware with 5; David Aja, Colleen Coover, Sean Phillips, and Carol Tyler with 4; and Ed Brubaker, Charles Burns, Matt Fraction, Brian K. Vaughan, and the Adventure Time team (RyanNorth, Selli Paroline, and Braden Lamb) with 3. Nineteen creators can boast of 2 nominations.

Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 25th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2013 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of reviewer Michael Cavna (“Comic Riffs,” Washington Post), academic/author Charles Hatfield (Cal State Northridge), retailer Adam Healy (Cosmic Monkey, Portland, OR), author/educator Katie Monnin (Teaching Graphic Novels), cartoonist/critic Frank Santoro (Storeyville; TCJ), and Comic-Con International registrar John Smith.

This year’s judges restored three categories that had been dropped by last year’s judges: Best New Series, Best Adaptation from Another Medium, and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist. However, they dropped the Best Limited Series category.

Voting for the awards is held online, and the ballot will be available soon at http://www.eisnervote.com. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 19 at Comic-Con International.

The voting in one Eisner Awards category, the Hall of Fame, is already completed. The judges chose the nominees earlier this year, and voting was conducted online.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture. Jackie Estrada has been administrator of the Awards since 1990. She can be reached at jackie@comic-con.org.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Celebrate 25 years!

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of comics, turn 25 in 2013. The most prestigious of the industry’s awards, the Eisners are given out at a gala ceremony on the Friday night of Comic-Con International: San Diego.

The Awards encompass more than two-dozen categories covering both works and creators. Nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon committee of judges, and the winners are chosen by professionals in the comics industry. Started in 1988, the awards are named for Will Eisner, the legendary creator of “The Spirit” and giant of the graphic novel. The Eisner Awards administrator is Jackie Estrada.

LES FINALISTES DES 26e PRIX BÉDÉIS CAUSA / Nominees for the 26th Annual Prix Bédéis Causa

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À quelques semaine du début du 26e Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec (FBDFQ), qui se déroule du 10 au 14 avril prochain, les organisateurs ont dévoilé ce lundi les finalistes de ses prix Bédéis Causa 2013. 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 est l’occasion de rassembler de nombreux acteurs du 9e art québécois et de souligner la vitalité actuelle du milieu, se déroulera cette année à l’Observatoire de la Capitale, le vendredi 12 avril, à 17 h.

LES FINALISTES

Prix Réal-Fillion
Auteur québécois, scénariste ou dessinateur, s’étant le plus illustré avec son premier album professionnel
- Sophie Bédard, pour Glorieux printemps t. 1 (Pow Pow)
– Isabelle Arsenault et Fanny Britt, pour Jane, le renard et moi (La Pastèque)
– India Desjardins, pour La célibataire (Michel Lafon)

Grand prix de la ville de Québec
Meilleur album de langue française publié au Québec
- Jane, le renard et moi (La Pastèque), d’Isabelle Arsenault et Fanny Britt
– La mauvaise fille (Glénat Québec), de PhlppGrrd
– French Kiss 1986 (Glénat Québec), de Michel Falardeau
– Glorieux printemps t. 1 (Pow Pow), de Sophie Bédard
– Radisson t. 4 (Glénat Québec), de Jean-Sébastien Bérubé

Prix Albéric-Bourgeois
Meilleur album de langue française publié à l’étranger par un auteur québécois, dessinateur ou scénariste.
- Van Helsing contre Jack l’Éventreur t. 1 (Soleil), de Jacques Lamontagne
– Noé t. 2 (Lombard), de Niko Henrichon
– White Crows t. 2 (Soleil), de Djief

Prix Maurice-Petitdidier
Coup de coeur du jury pour album francophone publié à l’étranger
- La page blanche (Delcourt), de Pénélope Bagieu et Boulet
– Vingt-trois prostituées (Cornelius), de Chester Brown
– La grande odalisque (Dupuis), de Bastien Vivès, Ruppert et Mulot
– L’enfance d’Alan (l’Association), d’Emmanuel Guibère
– David, les femme et la mort (Lombard), de Judith Vanistendae

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.

Rappelons que la présente édition des Bédéis Causa porte sur les albums publiés entre le 1er janvier et le 31 décembre 2012. Comme à l’habitude, la sélection des finalistes a été effectuée par un jury formé de libraires et de chroniqueurs spécialisés.

Le Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec tient à souligner l’appui des partenaires qui rendent possible cette 26e présentation : la Ville de Québec, le gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du livre du Canada, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, le Consulat général de France à Québec, la Délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles au Québec, l’Institut canadien de Québec, le Salon international du livre de Québec, le Musée de la Civilisation de Québec, le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Frima Studio, l’Hôtel Château Laurier, le Journal de Québec, CKRL-FM, le Faubourg St-Jean-Baptiste, Antitube, Le Cercle, l’Établi, Morgan Bridge, la Librairie Phylactère, Jean Brouillard Communication, ainsi que les éditeurs, distributeurs et autres lieux participants.

2012 Joe Shuster Awards – Credits / Les Prix Joe Shuster 2012 – Crédits

SECTION A

Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist / Dessinateur de couverture de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Outstanding Comic Book Writer / Scénariste de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur de bande dessinée exceptionnel
Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist / Auteur de bande dessinée exceptionnel

Nominating Committee / Comité des Candidatures :
Laurent Boutin (Montreal, QC)
Eric Bouchard (Montreal, QC)
Jeff Brown (Toronto, ON)
Lloyd Chesney (Victoria, BC)
Amy Chop (Guelph, ON)
Jamie Coville (Kingston, ON)
Gareth Gaudin (Victoria, BC)
Tyler Jirik (Guelph, ON)
Mike Jozik (Saskatoon, SK)
David Kelly (Montreal, QC)
Jonathan Kuehlein (Toronto, ON)
Andrew Uys (Toronto, ON
Leonard Wong (Vancouver, BC)
Sarrah Young (Toronto, ON)

- Outstanding Web Comics Creator / Créateur de bande dessinée web exceptionnel

Nominating Committee / Comité des Candidatures :
Tyrone Biljan
Kevin Boyd
Allison Covey
Robert Haines
Andrew Walsh

Art Jury (Artist / Cover Artist / Webcomics)

- Cliff Caporale (Montreal, QC)
Amy Chop (Guelph, ON)
Calum Johnston (Halifax, NS)
Hope Nicholson (Toronto, ON)
Ethan Peacock (Vancouver, BC)

Story Jury (Cartoonist / Writer)

- Cliff Caporale (Montreal, QC)
Robin Fisher (Montreal, QC)
Robin McConnell (Vancouver, BC)
Rachel Richey (Ottawa, ON)
Salgood Sam (Montreal, QC)

Coordiinator/Coordinateur - Kevin Boyd, Executive Director

SECTION B

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day de l’auto-édition

Nominating Committee / Comité des Candidatures::
Robert Haines, with input from Kevin Boyd

Day Jury:
Calum Johnston
Jesse Jacobs
Diana Schutz

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer / Le Prix Harry Kremer du libraire de bandes dessinées exceptionnel

Nominating Committee / Comité des Candidatures :
Robert Haines

Kremer Jury:
Tyrone Biljan
Kevin Boyd
Allison Covey
Peter DeCourcy
Andrew Walsh

Coordinator/Coordinateur - Robert Haines, Associate Director

SECTION C

The Dragon Award – Comics for Kids / Le Prix Dragon – Bande dessinée jeunesse

Nominating Committee / Comité des Candidatures :
Jennifer Stewart (BEd)
Beth Alexander (BEd – elementary)
Diana Pai (BEd)

Comics for Kids Jury:
Douglas Davey (Halton Hills librarian)
Graham Purcell (BEd – elementary)
Renee Jackson (BEd, MFA)
Kate McEvenue (BEd)
Scott Robins (Toronto librarian)

Coordinator/Coordinateur – Jennifer Haines

ADDITIONAL THANKS TO:

Webcomics Coordinator – Andrew Walsh

Publisher Liason - Allison Covey

Graphics and Audio Visual Presentation – Tyrone Biljan

Awards Ceremony Hosts: Jason Rockman, Catherine Smith-Desbiens

Host Convention: Montreal Comic Con – contacts: Oscar Yazedjian, Elizabeth Jutras, Cliff Caporale

Awards manufactured by ACE Awards, Toronto, ON

Hall of Fame Committee – Joe Kilmartin, Robert Pincombe

The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association would also like to thank the following publishers for their assistance in providing book for our juries to review:
Éditions Alto
Éditions Pow Pow
Éditions Soleil
IDW
Image Comics
Kids Can Press
La Pasteque
Les 400 Coups
Oni Press
Presses Aventure
Puffin Books
Katie and Steven Shanahan.

Additional books published by Archaia Press, Éditions Delcourt, Drawn & Quarterly, DC Comics, some additional IDW  and Marvel Comics were provided by:
The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, (Toronto, ON)

Finally, the CCBCAA would like to thank and acknowledge the financial contributions of our private donours, and the support of the Canadian comics community across our great nation.

THE CCBCAA 2011-2012:
Kevin Boyd, Director
Robert Haines, Associate Director
Tyrone Biljan
Allison Covey
Peter DeCourcy
Andrew Walsh

The 2012 Joe Shuster Award winners

Montreal, QC – In a ceremony presided by JASON ROCKMAN and CATHERINE SMITH-DESBIENS at the MONTREAL COMIC-CON, the 8th Annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators and Retailers were presented to an enthusiastic crowd of nominees, friends and fans of the medium. Continue reading

Happenings: 1st ever Festival BD de Montreal this weekend – June 1-3, 2012

At the first Festival BD de Montreal at L’Espace La Fontaine, come talk comics with a wide variety of authors, community members and our ambassador and a fan of comics, Stéphane Archambault!

The FBDM is a place to meet and exchange ideas with professional cartoonists. It aims to discover the diversity of the 9th art with all Montrealers and all Quebecers: children, families and fans of comics in general.

Many free activities make up the program: theatrical improvisations on BD, BD readings, book signings, panel discussions, and comic animations for the whole family! The various proposed activities and the educational component of FBDM make a true inter-generational event. Many exhibitors reflecting all types of comics will be present and will offer readings as varied and exciting.

Quebecois Comics is currently experiencing a boom thanks to designers like Michel Rabagliati, Guy Delisle, Delaf and Dubuc. Montreal, cultural capital the province, has much to offer it’s visitors.

In a festive atmosphere, fueled by the imminent arrival of summer, the organizer look forward to seeing you at L’Espace La Fontaine this coming weekend!

Guests Include:

  • A., Alex (Agent Jean)
  • Al + Flag
  • Angers, Philippe
  • Antoine, Frédéric (El Spectro, Biodôme)
  • Archambault, Danièle
  • Banville, Simon (Asymptote)
  • Baril, Joseph
  • Beaulieu, Jimmy (Comédie sentimentale pornographique)
  • Bédard, Sophie
  • Bernier, Mathieu (Zidara9)
  • Bérubé, Jean-Sébastien (Radisson)
  • Bottenberg, Rupert
  • Bouchard, Pierre
  • Boudreau, Iris (Ostie d’Chat)
  • Boum (Boumeries)
  • Bourgoin, Bruno (Front Froid)
  • Boutin-Gagné, Patrick (Brögunn)
  • Buisson, Antonin
  • Cantin, Samuel
  • Carrier, Dominique
  • Cathon
  • Champoux, Yanick (Académie des Chasseurs de Primes)
  • Claveau, Marie-Pier (Le Front)
  • Colpron, Pascal
  • Cyr, Maxim (Les dragouilles)
  • Delaf (Les Nombrils)
  • Denomée, Ariane
  • Demers, Tristan (Gargouille)
  • Desharnais, Francis (Burquette)
  • Dijef (Crépuscule des Dieux)
  • Dion, Jeik (La Grande Illusion)
  • Dubuc, Maryse (Les Nombrils)
  • Duguay, Ghyslain (Lionel et Nooga)
  • Eid, Jean-Paul (Jérôme Bigras)
  • Étien, David (Les Quatre de Baker street)
  • Falardeau, Michel (Luck)
  • Forsythe, Mathew (Jinchalo)
  • Fortin, Ian
  • Fournier, Pierre (Red Ketchup)
  • Gagnon, André
  • Giard, Vincent
  • Girard, Philippe (Tuer Vélasquez)
  • Godbout, Réal (Red Ketchup)
  • Godbout, Benoît (Académie des chasseurs de Primes)
  • Goldstyn, Jacques (Les Débrouillards)
  • Gottot, Karine (Les dragouilles)
  • Goulet, Albert-André (Lionel et Nooga)
  • Grant, Michel (Ti-Guy)
  • Groovie, Annie (Léon)
  • Hellman, Michel (Mile-End)
  • Hicham, Absa
  • Jalette, Jocelyn
  • Jobin, Olivier (Le Front)
  • Johnson, Kaylynne
  • Jourdain, Fred (Dragon Bleu)
  • Lacombe, Michel (Académie des chasseurs de primes)
  • Lamarre, Adeline
  • Landry, Mario
  • Lapierre, François (Chroniques sauvages)
  • Laurent, Dominique
  • Leriche-Gionet, Samantha
  • Levasseur, Marcel
  • Loisel, Régis (Magasin général)
  • Marcotte, Jean-Philippe
  • Mandel, Lisa (Nini Patalo)
  • Minikim (Alta Donna)
  • Mongrain, Yan (Front Froid)
  • Ollman, Joe (Mid Life)
  • Pageau, Marc
  • Paradis, Rémi (Zidara9)
  • Parent, Raymond (BiBop)
  • Paré-Sorel, Julien (Le Front)
  • Patenaude-Monette, Martin
  • Rabagliati, Michel (Paul)
  • Rodier, Yves (El Spectro)
  • Rodier, Denis (L’ordre des dragons)
  • Roy, Myriam (Front Froid)
  • Santos, Carlos
  • Sherwin, Tija (You are a cat)
  • Simard, Alexandre
  • Sirois, Shawn (Zoockey)
  • Sirois, Bob (Zoockey)
  • Siris (Vogue la Valise)
  • Tessier, Marc
  • Tija, Sherwin (You are a cat)
  • Trahan, Sébastien
  • Tripp, Jean-Louis (Magasin général)
  • Turgeon, David (La Muse récursive)
  • Vachon, Jean-François (Zoockey)
  • Vaillancourt, Michel (Lionel et Nooga)
  • Vaillancourt, Sylvie
  • Vézina, Benoît (Front Froid)
  • Voro (Été 63)
  • Wany, Stanley
  • Zviane (Ostie d’Chat)

Happenings: New Vancouver Comic Arts Festival seeks to celebrate independent cartoonists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Vancouver Festival seeks to celebrate independent cartoonists

May 21, 2012 Vancouver, B.C. — Independent cartoonists and artists from around North America will be gathering in Yaletown this week as local organizers host the inaugural Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF), a first-of-its kind gathering that hopes to become one of the major creative events on the city’s calendar.

Modeled after similar events in Toronto and Portland, the weekend festival will bring together over 90 cartoonists, illustrators, comic book artists, and creative professionals for two days of exhibitions, events, and networking. Free to attend and open to the public, VanCAF will offer Vancouver fans a chance to meet numerous stars of the indie art scene including famed web cartoonist Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content), B.C.-based pop artist Camilla d’Errico (Tanpopo), and noted comic illustrator Nina Matsumoto (The Simpsons Comic),  as well as dozens of local underground, independent, and mainstream illustrators eager to show off their work.

“Too often shows of this nature tend to put more focus on TV and film, leaving the artists as merely a side-show.  This is a fantastic opportunity for Vancouverites of all ages to connect with the myriad artistic talents in our own backyard,” says VanCAF organizer Shannon Campbell.

“Our event will highlight some the best work being done by many cartoonists and illustrators—mostly from Vancouver, but also hailing from as far as Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York City.”

VanCAF will run from Saturday, May 26 (10 am to 5 pm) to Sunday, May 27 (10 am to 6 pm), at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver.

Further inquiries can be directed to Shannon Campbell, Event Coordinator, at shannon@vancaf.com

Full list of 2012 Nominees / La liste complète des nominés 2012

Artist / Dessinateur

  • Chris Bachalo Age of X: Alpha 1, Avengers 13, 15, Wolverine and the X-Men 1-3, X-Men 7-10 (Marvel Comics)
  • Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Delcourt)
  • Stuart Immonen Fear Itself 1-7, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image)
  • Fred Jourdain Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon (Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)
  • Jeff Lemire  Jonah Hex 69 (DC Comics), “A Coffin for Mrs. Bishell”/ Outlaw Territory Vol. 2 (Image)
  • Yanick Paquette, Nathan FairbairnSwamp Thing 1-3, Batman Incorporated 3, 5 (with Michel Lacombe) (DC Comics)
  • Cameron Stewart Chapter 1: The School of Night“/Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! 1 (DC Comics), Suicide Girls 1-4 (IDW)

Cartoonist / Créateur

  • Chester Brown Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being A John (D+Q)
  • Darwyn Cooke  “The Seventh“/Parker: The Martini Edition, “Betty Saves the Day“/Rocketeer Adventures 2 (IDW)
  • Guy Delisle  Chroniques de Jerusalem (Delcourt)
  • Ray Fawkes  One Soul, Possessions Book Two (Oni Press)
  • Francois Lapierre Chroniques Sauvages (Glenat Quebec)
  • Jeff Lemire  Sweet Tooth 17-25 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Ramon Perez Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia Press)
  • Michel Rabagliati Paul au Parc (La Pasteque)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • Kalman Andrasofszky  X-23 5-19, X-Men: Earth’s Mutant Heroes 1 (Marvel Comics), Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero 6-10 (Boom!)
  • Kaare Andrews  Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis 5, Ultimate Comics Hawkeye 1-4, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 156, 1-5,  Ultimate Comics X-Men 1-5, Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1-5 (Marvel Comics)
  • Fred Jourdain  Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon (Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)
  • Francois Lapierre Chroniques Sauvages (Glenat Quebec)
  • Jeff Lemire  Jonah Hex 69 (DC Comics), Sweet Tooth 18-28 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Francis Manapul  The Flash Vol.4 9-12, The Flash Vol. 5 1-4, Flashpoint: Grodd of War 1, Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 1-3, Green Lantern 4, Green Lantern Corps 62, Superboy 5, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 5 (DC Comics) 7 Warriors (Boom!)
  • Yanick Paquette Batman Incorporated 3-5, Knight and Squire 1-6, Swamp Thing 1-4  (DC Comics)

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

  • Jayd Ait-Kaci  The Fox Sister, Sfeer Theory
  • Emily Carroll  Comics 2011 (Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter, Dream Journal Mar 30th, Margot’s Room, The Prince and The Sea)
  • Tony Cliff  Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
  • Kate Craig Heart of Ice
  • Iris and Zviane  L’ostie d’chat – Leblog de Jasmin et Jean-Seb
  • Drazen Kozjan The Happy Undertaker
  • Ty Templeton Bun Toons

Writer / Écrivain

  • Anthony Del Col, Connor McCreery  Kill Shakespeare 9-12 (IDW)
  • Francis Desharnais Motel Galactic (Editions Pow Pow)
  • Maryse Dubuc, Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Dupuis)
  • Kathryn Immonen Avengers: Origins – Thor 1, Captain America and the First Thirteen 1, Wolverine and Jubilee 1-4, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image)
  • Jeff Lemire Animal Man 1-4, Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown 1-3, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 1-4, Giant Size Atom 1, Superboy 3-11 (DC Comics), Sweet Tooth 26-28 (DC/Vertigo), “-“/Brilliant! Tragic! The Comic Book 1 (Art Brut)
  • Tristan Roulot  Le Testament de Capitaine Crown T.1: Cinq Enfants du Putain, Goblins T.5: La Fleur au Canon, Psykoparis T.1 (Soleil)
  • Kurtis J. Wiebe Green Wake 1-8, The Intrepids 1-6 (Image), “Logan‘s Lost Lesson“/Marvel Holiday Special 2011 (Marvel Comics)
  • Jim Zubkavich Skull Kickers 5, 7-11 (Image

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

  • Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses  Paul Roux (Les 400 Coups)
  • Big City Otto Vol.1 Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)
  • Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung  Willow Dawson (Puffin Books)
  • L’Agent Jean Tome 1: Le Cerveau de l’Apocalypse Alex A. (Presses Aventure)
  • Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop John Lang (Puffin Books)
  • Luz Sees the Light  Claudia Davila (Kids Can Press)
  • Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday Katie and Steven Shanahan (Self-Published)
  • Three Thieves Book 2: The Sign of the Black Rock Scott Chantler (Kids Can Press)

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)

  • Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday Katie and Steven Shanahan
  • Ghost Rabbit by Dakota McFadzean
  • Drupe Jeremy Bourgeois Raymonde
  • 21 Journeys Cloudscape Comics Collective,
  • Fifteen Months Colleen MacIsaac

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)

  • Amazing Stories (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
  • The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
  • Golden Age Collectables (Vancouver, BC)
  • Heroes (London, ON)
  • L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
  • Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)
  • Studio 9 Comic Shop (Montreal, QC)
  • Warp 1 Comics and Games (Edmonton, AB)

UPDATED 09/04/2012:

Finalists /Finalistes:

  • Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
  • The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
  • L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
  • Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)

Press Release: Three Thieves joins Saturday Morning Webtoons

TORONTO – Saturday Morning Webtoons www.saturdaymorningwebtoons.com (SMW), the all-ages webcomics portal, is pleased to add  the critically acclaimed THREE THIEVES by award-winning cartoonist Scott Chantler to its all-star line-up.

THREE THIEVES follows the adventures of Dessa Redd, teenage orphan, circus acrobat, and reluctant thief. Publishers Weekly calls the series “an entertaining and action packed new fantasy adventure that will appeal to fans of the genre.”

The first THREE THIEVES volume, TOWER OF TREASURE, the 2011 Shuster Award winner for Best Comic for Kids, will begin weekly serialization on Saturday, May 3rd.

“I got my start in webcomics back in 2000 when the idea was completely new,” says Chantler. “Since then I’ve wanted to return to the idea of having something online for free,” adds the celebrated cartoonist of TWO GENERALS. “It sure helped launch my career, and hopefully it will also bring a wider readership to Three Thieves.”

“Scott was one of the first people I approached about Saturday Morning Webtoons,” says writer J. Torres, founder of SMW, who collaborated with Chantler on the graphic novels DAYS LIKE THIS and SCANDALOUS for Oni Press. “I’m glad he’s finally joining us, and that he’s got the blessing and support of his publisher.”

Kids Can Press (KCP), publisher of the THREE THIEVES graphic novel series, is very enthusiastic about making this online offering. “We’re excited that THREE THIEVES is making its online debut with Saturday Morning Webtoons,” says Michaela Cornell, Communications Strategist for KCP. “It will bring even more young readers to this already well-loved and award-winning series.”

The official announcement of THREE THIEVES joining the SMW line-up will be made at the SMW panel this weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

SMW updates its links every Saturday and points comic readers to some of the best kid-friendly webcomics around, brought to you by popular artists like J. Bone (GOBUKAN), Eric Orchard (ORCHARD OF LAUGHS), Stephanie Buscema (LITTLE TALES OF OTTO AND OLIVE), and Andi Watson (PRINCESS AT MIDNIGHT). The portal first opened in January of this year with weekly and bi-weekly webcomics for fans to follow, as well as a free comic “Download of the Month” feature.

Prix Expozine / Expozine Award Winners Announced

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2012

The Expozine Alternative Press Awards!!!

The Expozine Alternative Press Awards recognize the best publications that were on display at the Expozine small press fair in the fall of 2011.

The Expozine Awards Gala was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8 p.m., at Le Divan Orange, 4234 Saint-Laurent, featuring Simon Paquet as MC, readings by Jean-Pierre Tremblay and Jese Gordon and ended with a great dance party performance by Montreal’s premier synth showman, Super Fossil Power!

THE WINNERS:

English Zine

Prologue, Jonathan Reid Sévigny

An exquisitely printed zine of large-format colour drawings, huge tableaus of characters and scenes that are simultaneously cute and violent, surreal and storybook plain. You could look at each one for hours wondering what the heck they’re supposed to mean – the unicorns, the gallows, the mermaids, the guillotines, the corner dépanneur as some sort of fairy oasis. Stunning.

Honourable mention (tie):

I’m breaking the rules a bit here with 2 honourable mentions but here goes: Jese Gordon’s Korea deserves an honourable mention as a superbly presented literary zine. The semi-transparent mylar pages complement the almost voyeuristic feel of the texts.

The zine Drop Target from Vermont gets its honourable mention for excellence as a real “old school” type zine: by and for fans of pinball, yet with a good enough presentation and variety of content (essays, reviews, comics etc.) that non-fans would enjoy it as well.

English Book

You Are A Cat! by Sherwin Tjia

This book takes a premise that possibly shouldn’t work and works it beautifully in every direction. From teenage lesbian suicides to psychopathic killers- with fresh cream, naps and feline sex in between – as you ‘pick your own plot’ this book provides genuine insight into what it actually might feel like to be a cat.

English Comic

Pope Hats No. 2, Ethan Rilly, Adhouse Books

Rilly has a fully developed graphic and storytelling style of his own in this highly existential series.

Fanzine Francophone

Impossible voyage, Celine Huyghebaert

Petite collection de pensées à la fois nostalgiques et autoréflexives entourant un voyage d’une certaine Louisa-Nar sur des cartes d’identification de bagages. Chaque petite carte d’embarcation est sérigraphiée en noir et blanc. Objet d’art finement assemblé et numéroté. À méditer!

Mention special, Fanzine Francophone:

Salade de crudités” de Boris Paillard, ouvrage de collaboration entre la poésie de Paillard et différents illustrateurs tous plus incroyables les uns que les autres. Tout le livre est sérigraphié d’où son incroyable authenticité tant au niveau de la texture que de la couleur. Flamboyant, pertinent. Bravo!

Livre Francophone

Typographie inusuelle, Marc Pantanella, Éditions L’Oie de Cravan et Finitude

D’abord pour la beauté de l’ouvrage, la maquette de couverture, le papier, la qualité d’impression puis ensuite pour l’humour surprenant, bon enfant et réjouissant qui nous pousse de page en page.

Bande Dessinée Francophone

Boumeries, volume 1, par Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet), auto-publication

Des petits moments du quotidien empreints d’humour, racontés avec candeur et spontanéité. Le dessin, expressif à souhait, illustre le tout de façon très efficace sous forme de strips qui font plaisir à lire.

Prix Expozine / Expozine Awards – Finalists named, ceremony April 4th (tomorrow) in Montreal

Bryan Munn, who is on fire these days with his linkblogging has posted the list of 2011 Expozine prize nominees over at Sequential. We figure you’d like to know here so we’re posting similar information.

The Expozine Awards / Prix Expozine finalists were selected from books submitted at last fall’s Expozine in Montreal.

Here’s some info from Drink & Draw Montreal about the Awards and the ceremony (which is the English translation of the information we’ve posted in French at the bottom of this article:

At the 2011 edition of the Expozine small press fair last November, the organizing team asked each of the more than 270 exhibitors to submit a copy of their best new publication for consideration for the Expozine Alternative Press Awards. A panel of six judges from the Montreal small press milieu selected six finalists and one winner in each of three categories: best book, best zine and best comic, in English and French.

The winners will be announced at the Gala, where copies of most of the 36 nominated publications—many of which are not easy to find anywhere else—will be available for sale. It’s a rare chance to meet and mingle with the most talented up-and-comers of Montreal’s vibrant small press community!

The presentation ceremony is free to attend, and will be hosted by Simon Paquet:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8PM,
at Le Divan Orange, 4234, boul. Saint-Laurent (métro stop Mont-Royal)

The Finalists Are:

Fanzine Francophone
A64N, Autobus64Nord
Tout va bien, No. 8
Fanzoune – Bestiaire des mots en « oune », Joseph Baril
Impossible voyage, Celine Huyghebaert
L’École de Quimper Des petites choses dans quelque chose, Romain Bobichon et Julie Bonnaud
La Conspiration dépressioniste, numéro 8, Jasmin Miville-Allard / Mathieu Gauthier / Yannick Lacroix

Livre Francophone
Carnavals divers, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Éditions de L’écrou
M.I.C.H.E.L. T.R.E.M.B.L.A.Y., Orson Spencer, Les Éditions de Ta mère
Mile End, Michel Hellman, Éditions Pow Pow
Petit lexique pornographique à l’usage des vieux cochons et des jeunes truies, Adeline Rognon, Éditions La Musardine
Repères Notes décryptées, volume 1, Lou Sabourin, Les créations Lou Sabourin
Typographie inusuelle, Marc Pantanella, Éditions L’Oie de Cravan et Finitude

Bande Dessinée Francophone
Le bestiaire des fruits, par Zviane (Sylvie-Anne Ménard)
The Best of Iris Vol. 2, par Iris (Iris Boudreau)
Boni, tome 1: Le bout de la carotte, par Ian Fortin, Premières Lignes
Boumeries, volume 1, par Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet), auto-publication
Les cornichons étrangers, par Dimo Garcia, auto-publication
Pinkerton, par François Samson-Dunlop et Alexandre Fontaine-Rousseau, Colosse

English Book
Food & Trembling, Jonah Campbell, Invisible Publishing
You Are A Cat!, Sherwin Tjia, conundrum press
echoic mimic, Lesley Trites, snare books
Fear Itself, Matthew Brown, Éditions Trip
The North Yorker, Alain Mercieca
Unspent Love, Shannon Gerard, conundrum press

English Zine
The Wrecked Woman, Kara Sievewright
Korea, Jese Gordon
twilight in a room, dreams, and abyss, Yen-Chao Lin
Toughie, Coming of Age Stories, Kerri Flannigan
Pervy Calendar Zine, various contributors (including : Jessica Charest, Francois Pednault, Chloe Surprenant, Rochelle Ross and 50+ others!)
Prologue, Jonathan Reid Sévigny

English Comic
Maidenheadlock, Rebecca Rosen, Le Dernier Cri
Pope Hats No. 2, Ethan Rilly
“Untitled” by Mum Pittsburg, Connor Willumsen
The Man Who Built Beirut, Andy Warner
Melody On Stage, Sylvie Rancourt and Jacques Boivin, Éditions Melody
Collier’s Popular Press, David Collier, conundrum press

C’est quoi les Prix Expozine ?
Le comité organisateur a demandé à chacun des quelque 270 exposants et éditeurs d’Expozine 2011 de soumettre leur meilleure création. Six juges distingués ont procédé au choix des six finalistes dans les catégories : meilleur livre, meilleure bande dessinée et meilleur fanzine, en anglais et en français.
Les gagnants seront connus au Gala et de plus, des exemplaires des 36 publications finalistes seront disponibles pour l’achat – ce qui sera une excellente occasion pour se procurer des copies de ces publications particulières et souvent ayant des tirages très limités !
Le Gala des Prix Expozine est commandité par le Conseil des Arts de Montréal, SODEC ainsi que par la libraire Drawn and Quarterly et la libraire Le Port de Tête, 262 Mont-Royal E.
Visiter le blogue Expozine pour des photos, vidéos et couverture médiatique de la dernière édition de la foire Expozine en 2011!!!

It’s coming… Scott Pilgrim in Colour

This August, Oni Press and Bryan Lee O’Malley will be bringing the uber-popular Scott Pilgrim series back to store shelves, but this time as an ultra-swank, 6 X 9, full-color hardcover edition. Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 reprints the Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life for the first time in full color. The digital coloring is by the Shuster Award-nominated (and WINNING) artist Nathan Fairbairn, the colorist for Batman Incorporated and Swamp Thing, and the whole thing is capped with a new cover from O’Malley.

“Everybody loves Bryan’s black-and-white artwork,” series editor James Lucas Jones explained, “but after seeing the few color stories he did with Scott and the gang, it was hard to avoid imagining a ‘what if?’ scenario. Now those wild dreams have come true. And to have one of the best colorists in the industry at the helm, that just seals the deal.”

“It’s been eight years since the first Scott Pilgrim book was published,” Oni marketing director Cory Casoni added. “Since then, the series has seen over twenty first reprints of the original format, with over a million copies of the first volumes sold. Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 takes the familiar story from the original Scott Pilgrim series and gives it a new look. Plus it includes previously unpublished extras and bonus materials making this mighty tome one that’s required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!”

Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 will be the first of six hardcover reprints to be published bi-annually. Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 2 is currently scheduled for an October 2012 release.

Each volume will be sized at 6” x 9”, making it bigger than the original versions, as well. “We’re upgrading the presentation in every way,” Jones said. “The traditional black-and-white versions will be there for those who still prefer that option, but now everyone can have a choice. One, the other, or both!”

Scheduled for a August 8th, 2012 publication date, Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 will retail for $24.99.

Criminal Charges Dropped In Canada Customs Manga Case

For Immediate Release

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund are pleased to announce that the Crown has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v. Matheson, the case previously described as the “Brandon X case,” which involved a comic book reader who faced criminal charges in Canada relating to comic books on his computer. The defendant, Ryan Matheson, a 27-year-old comic book reader, amateur artist, and computer programmer has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

The total legal costs of this case exceeded $75,000. After taking the case last summer, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund contributed $20,000 to the defense, and the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund contributed $11,000. The CBLDF also participated in shaping the defense, including recruiting expert testimony for the trial. The organization is currently seeking funds to help pay off the $45,000 debt Matheson incurred as a result of his case, and to create new tools to prevent future cases. To make a contribution to these important efforts, please visit www.cbldf.org.

After a search of his laptop in 2010, Matheson was wrongfully accused of possessing and importing child pornography because of constitutionally protected comic book images on that device. He was subjected to abusive treatment by police and a disruption in his life that included a two-year period during which he was unable to use computers or the internet outside of his job, severely limiting opportunities to advance his employment and education. Mr. Matheson has agreed to plead to a non-criminal code regulatory offense under the Customs Act of Canada. As a result of the agreement, Matheson will not stand trial. The defense of this case was waged by Michael Edelson and Solomon Friedman of Edelson Clifford D’Angelo LLP. The full Notices of Application detailing Edelson’s defense and outlining the outrageous and unlawful treatment Matheson endured are available on www.cbldf.org or by clicking here: Charter Notice and Jan 15 12 – Matheson Charter Notice.

Speaking out for the first time, Matheson says, “I’m glad to finally put this awful ordeal behind me. Ever since the beginning I knew I had committed no crime, so I was never willing to accept a plea to any criminal charge. The entire legal process is very traumatizing, and the overzealous bail conditions imposed on me were very difficult to endure. Although my defense was extremely strong, all trials are inherently risky and I value my life too much to risk a potential minimum mandatory sentence. I am very grateful for the spectacular work Michael Edelson and his team put into my case, and to all the generous people who supported me and contributed to my defense. I was able to stand up to the very last day and fight for something I believe in.” Matheson has also written a personal statement about his case that appears on www.cbldf.org.

Edelson, who managed the defense says, “The client, and my firm, are grateful to the members of CBLDF and CLLDF for their invaluable financial and moral support with respect to this case, which was of such critical importance to the client, given the very positive outcome we were able to achieve in an area of the law where, here in Canada, the Crown very rarely exercises its discretion to withdraw charges of this nature. The client will have no criminal record, his name will not appear on the Sex Offender Registry in Canada, or elsewhere.”

The Notices of Application available on CBLDF.org detail for the first time the extreme mistreatment Mr. Matheson suffered at the hands of Canadian authorities. He had his right to counsel and Vienna Convention consular rights violated when he was detained without being properly informed of the reason for detention. He was not granted access to counsel, or to the American Embassy. The Application asserts that Customs officers acted as agents for police and conducted an illegal search of his property. Matheson was also the subject of cruel and unusual punishment, including being denied food and blankets. Matheson was even told by police transporting him to prison that “if you get raped in here, it doesn’t count!” The defense detailed these and other abuses and outlined that the comics at issue are constitutionally protected in the United States, the client’s home country. The comics possess artistic merit and are widely available in Canada, Japan and the United States.

Although the outcome of this case is ultimately positive, comic book readers should be aware that there are still dangers for traveling with comics in Canada. Edelson says, “Aside from the very positive outcome to this story, your members should be cautioned concerning the search and seizure regime here in Canada exercised by the Canadian Border Services Agency. Moreover, they should also be aware that although anime and manga is legal in many areas of the United States and Japan, etc., to possess and utilize, the Canadian authorities may take a different view if this material is found on any laptops or mobile devices when you enter the country. Many of the issues that arise in similar circumstances are thoroughly addressed in our comprehensive Notice of Application.”

Edelson’s firm has created a new advisory on traveling with comics and manga in Canada that is available here: CBLDF – Legal Memorandum – Canada Issues. The CBLDF’s previous advisory, which addresses the issues of traveling with comics through international borders is located here: CBLDF Advisory – Comic Book Art at Intl Borders

“This is a good outcome, and we’re glad we were able to contribute to it,” CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein said. “While one always wants to be able to change the rules in court, those opportunities are rare, and in this case, the defense’s extraordinary effort in persuading the Crown to drop criminal charges is a very positive conclusion. We are now focusing our efforts on raising money to help pay off Ryan’s legal debt. We are also working with Ryan and experts in the manga community to create educational tools to help prevent others from needing to go through anything like this themselves. We hope that people will donate to the CBLDF to help us achieve these goals quickly.”

Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund board member Leonard Wong said, “We’re glad this is over for Ryan and want to thank him and his attorneys for their willingness to stand up to our government in this matter. We’re also pleased that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was able to assist the defense financially and substantively, and are creating new tools to help prevent these kinds of cases in the future. Unfortunately, this could easily happen again, so we continue our stride to establish the CLLDF as a more active ongoing concern. Our immediate focus will now shift towards raising funds and preparing for any future attacks on comics in Canada.”

Please visit www.cbldf.org today to make a donation in support of paying off Ryan’s legal defense and creating new tools to combat abuses like this from happening in the future. You can also support this effort by becoming a member of the CBLDF. Every contribution helps us get Ryan back on his feet, and furthers our efforts to protect the First Amendment rights of comics and manga.

About CBLDF
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community. They have defended dozens of Free Expression cases in courts across the United States, and led important education initiatives promoting comics literacy and free expression. For additional information, donations, and other inquiries call 800-99-CBLDF or visit them online at www.cbldf.org.

About CLLDF
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1987 to raise money for the defense of a Calgary, Alberta comic shop whose owners were charged with selling obscene materials. The CLLDF has since been maintained on an ad hoc basis to provide financial relief for Canadian comics retailers, publishers, professionals, or readers whose right to free speech has been infringed by civil authorities. Largely dormant since the early 1990s, the CLLDF is reforming to provide support for this case, and reorganizing to ensure that help will be readily available for future cases involving Canadian citizens or authorities. To help the CLLDF in this mission, please go to www.clldf.ca.