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

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

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

Saga_1_cvrOFFICIAL SELECTION

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

jane-renard0YOUTH

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

ARCHIVAL

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

PULP/CRIME

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

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

More Canadian Heroes: Epic Canadiana from Cloudscape Comics

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

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

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

Available online only as an interactive PDF for $3.

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

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

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

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

From her bio:

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

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

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

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

More from True Patriot 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neil the Horse needs help.

nthhcSaving Neil the Horse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What We Need & What You Get

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

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

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

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

The Impact

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

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

Other Ways You Can Help

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

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

Look Straight Ahead by Elaine Will GN in Stores October 23

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

Alternative Comics, 256 Pages, SRP of $19.95.

Nominated for a Gene Day Award.

New Canadian Superhero Age dawning?

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

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

Some examples:cc

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

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

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

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

The Countdown is On

3) The return of Canadian Whites heroes?

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

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

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

4) Justice League Canada.

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

6) Untapped revivals?

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

How about the Northern Guard? Or Northguard?

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

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

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

COMICS_BANNER8) The Heroes of the North

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

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

Nelvana campaign meets target in 6 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, Canada actually does have a Golden Age of Comics

Canadian Whites have come to mean books produced and published in Canada as a result of the Canadian government’s implementation of the War Exchange Conservation Act (WECA) which banned the import of American comics into the Canadian wartime economy of World War II. WECA was implemented by the Canadian government in December of 1940. The act was repealed in 1946 allowing US imports to resume, the Canadian industry died out shortly thereafter. ~ Walter Durajlija (Big B Comics)

Here at the Joe Shuster Awards, you can’t discuss English Canadian comic books without some sort of recognition for the 5+ years when English Canada actually had it’s own comic book publishing industry. It’s something that has never quite been repeated in our history, despite a slow boom of self-published books in the mid-to-late 1970′s and early 1980′s and a handful of Canadian publishers over the years like Aardvark-Vanaheim, Renegade Press, Vortex, Drawn & Quarterly, Red 5 Comics, Conundrum Press and Koyama Press.

On the flip side, French Canada (specifically Quebec) has had an active comics publishing industry for the past few decades.

In this article I’ll touch briefly on the short but important war years when we had our own nascent industry that was heavily influenced by the American industry, when Canadian artists didn’t have to go to New York or Chicago to make it as a comic artist or writer. They could do it in Toronto or Vancouver. Continue reading

More on Fundraising

So thanks to the few people who donated money to the awards, we appreciate your support and we are always in need of more assistance if you haven’t considered donating already!

We have been meeting and discussing plans going forward, as we do need to raise money in order to put on the 2014 awards, if we cannot raise the small amounts required to put on the awards we will not be able to do them, it’s as simple as that. On top of that, we need funds fairly urgently to reimburse us for the costs of the 2013 awards which we have already paid out of pocket for.

To that end we are exploring crowdfunding options whereby you get a perk for supporting the awards. We have a fair amount of original art and a lot of different prints left over from previous years that we can offer as perks, and many new pieces of original art have been offered to us by different creators, so we will probably expand on that with a wider appeal to the artistic community – so instead of selling pieces on eBay as we have in the past, they will be offered as perks in the crowdfunding campaign. We’re thinking of going with Indiegogo rather than Kickstarter in that Indiegogo allows you to keep whatever funds are raised even if your target is not reached.

One idea that we are exploring is creating sketchbooks of the Superman and Wolverine artwork from the two Visions of an Icon fundraising campaigns to offer as perks for certain donation plateaus. Printing these would be an additional cost we would have to absorb into the cost of the perks.

Our target is going to be two years funding, with anything beyond that allowing us to expand our print and promotional goals to promote nominated and award-winning books.

We are currently examining launch dates and planning the campaign. We’ll provide updates when we have some more concrete plans.

Joe King vs. … Kickstarter Campaign

The background and the pitch:

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/09/28/its-not-rocket-science-kill-rich-johnston/

The campaign:

At large group of misfits, band together to take on missions in time and space, too trivial for real detectives.

Greetings! George Peter Gatsis here. I am the creator of Canada’s first computer generated comic book series, The Black Diamond Effect, that has been publishing since 1990!

The project:
–JOE KING vs.
–150 page digital and print comic book
—5 months to produce.
—EVERYONE who donates $15 or more, get the digital volume, which Will be in the DRM FREE formats of CBZ, ePUB and PDF!

The story:
At large group of misfits, band together to take on missions in time and space, too trivial for real detectives. It’s about JOE KING, SYNTAX E.R.R.O.R., MsTAKE, CRYPLET, SLITHER, CHEF, OLDIE and a whole bunch more characters that are in the KickStarter video and a lot more that haven’t made an appearance yet. The big bad is really BIG! The universe, since the big bang, has been invaded by THE BEYONDERS. The crew of the LADYSTAR come across information —from the future— about the Beyonder’s evil plan… and they have a slim chance of actually stopping it, save the universe and look good in the eyes of their peers! Sooooo… like responsible, caring, law binding crew that they are… they start off on their mission by having a pool party on the hanger deck.

Director’s Remarks

tyroneThe Joe Shuster Awards recognizing Canadian Comic Book Creators is going into its 10th Anniversary.

It may well be its last.

Year to year the awards struggle to get by. This is generally by relying on the kind donations from creators in the industry. We auction the pieces for key funding.

We are quite thankful to all the volunteers who contribute to our committees and awards ceremony year after year. Also to sponsors that have stepped up for the cause. Without their involvement there would be no JSA Awards, period.

No one is making money on this folks.

We are a true non-profit organization and have operated as such from its inception.

As Kevin Boyd, our Associate Director, pointed out in the post here, we need funding.

The number one comment I hear from people is that “The JSA’s, don’t you get grants for that?” The answer is that the grants are out there but we need the help of volunteers that can interpret that world and assist us in completing effective proposals to secure them.

Hoping that the word can spread within the community and that any grant writers out there can give us some help.

In the meantime, if you’d like to help us out you can donate any amount via PayPal or Interac.

Much thanks to all.

Appeal for Donations – Paypal & Interac e-Transfers Accepted

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The cost of putting on the annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators is currently assumed by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, however since the awards are a not-for-profit organization we often find ourselves without funds to cover costs and must rely on fundraising to keep going.

While we (the directors) have been able to cover the costs from our personal accounts to ensure that the program endures, we must rely on donations of artwork and other promotional items to sell and your private donations to keep us going. We have considered doing elaborate crowdfunding projects, and that’s something we may do in the future, but now we are making a straightforward appeal for donations.

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Expos, ComicCons – updates, changes, rumours

tgThings are somewhat quiet here at the JSAs as we regroup after a busy couple of months prepping for last month’s awards.

However, con season never seems to end, and we apologize to the Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo who held their event last weekend for not mentioning the event beforehand on the site.

However, on September 28-29 it’s the return of the Edmonton Entertainment Expo and it also looks to be a great convention.

The week after that Hamilton gets the spotlight with the debut of the new Hammer Town Comic Con on Saturday, October 5th.

We barely scratched the surface of the story back in late August, but Hobbystar Marketing, Inc. – the company that puts on Fan Expo Canada, Fan Expo Vancouver and the Toronto ComiCON — was purchased earlier this summer by Informa Exhibitions, an English/Swiss Company that puts on events all around the world. It is literally one of the world’s powerhouse event organizers, with a history of putting on events that goes as far back as 1880 with the launch of IPEX, the oldest running print exhibition in London. The purchase has raised many questions, but the word for now is that it means business as usual for Canada’s largest comics-related event as the existing management is being absorbed into the Informa structure (here in Ontario they put on the One of a Kind Craft Shows so they have experience running events locally as well, so the old HSM team will be sharing their experience with others and learning from them as well). The Informa influence in this year’s show seems to have been more money for guests to help launch the expansion of the Expo into the entire Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the new Fan Expo Sports. Since they bought a brand, don’t expect them to change the name — chances are you may end up seeing the addition of more Fan Expo events in different locations around the world in the coming years.

The buzz on the floor of the Montreal ComicCon last weekend seemed to be that other people are looking at Toronto as a potential site for new comic cons. One exhibitor seemed to hint that a new player was coming to town, one with 10 years+ experience organizing comic shows (Reed Exhibitions perhaps?), or maybe Wizard is planning on reviving their dormant Wizard World Toronto (one artist I spoke to seemed convinced that was the case). It’s also been suggested that at least two* different GTA stores (one central, one west end) are looking at starting their own conventions, so who knows what the future holds.

(*I’m not interested in naming names until something more concrete is announced, but it’s definitely not my store.)

One event that was announced for 2014 that seems to be under construction is the new GTA Comic Con, which was supposed to debut next April in Oakville, ON. The website says that the dates and location are now changing, so we’ll let people know when we hear anything new.

That’s the fall update on the world of comic cons, there are some pretty high profile events comic up in November (HalCon, The Central Canada Comic Con, along with a new December event in Ottawa), we’ll be running stories on those when we get a little closer to their dates.

Needless to say, Comic book conventions and pop culture fairs are now big business and attracting a lot of interest. The big ones get bigger, and the fascination with them and the massive success of the big events (like San Diego, Seattle, Calgary, Toronto, Chicago and New York) will seem attractive to new investors, players and outside money. Will the bubble grow or burst? Only time will tell.

Canadians clean up at the 2013 Ignatz Awards

logo_ignatzThe Ignatz Award, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is the festival prize of the Small Press Expo, that since 1997 has recognized outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is voted on by the attendees of the SPX festival.

This year Canadians swept many of the categories, with 3 wins for Michael DeForge, and 1 each for Jillian Tamaki, John Martz and Ethan Rilly.

THE 2013 JURY

The Ignatz jury was composed of: Lisa Hanawalt, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay, Sakura Maku and Jason Shiga.

Below is a complete list of the 2013 nominees, with winners in bold, Canadians in Red.

Outstanding Artist
Lilli Carré, Heads or Tails
Michael DeForge, Lose #4
Miriam Katin, Letting It Go
Ulli Lust,Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
Patrick McEown, Hair Shirt

Outstanding Anthology Or Collection
Freddie Stories,Lynda Barry
Heads or Tails, Lilli Carré
Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff, Peter Bagge
Tusen Hjartan Stark#1
Very Casual, Michael DeForge

Outstanding Graphic Novel
The Property, Rutu Modan
Susceptible, Genevieve Castree
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Ulli Lust
When David Lost His Voice,Judith Vanistendael
You’ll Never Know Volume Three: A Soldier’s Heart, Carol Tyler

Outstanding Story
“Arid” (Secret Prison #7), Tom Hart
Birdseye Bristoe, Dan Zettwoch
“The Carnival” (Heads or Tails),Lilli Carré
Gold Star, John Martz
“Neighbors” (Stark #1), Joanna Heligren

Promising New Talent
Sam Alden, Hawaii 1997 & Haunter
Nathan Bulmer, Eat More Bikes
Philippa Rice, Looking Out
Diana Thung, August Moon
Angie Wang, “The Teacup Tree,” Secret Prison #7

Outstanding Series
The Hive, Charles Burns
Lose, Michael DeForge
Madtown High, Whit Taylor
Pope Hats, Ethan Rilly
Prison Pit, Johnny Ryan

Outstanding Comic
Hyperspeed to Nowhere, Lale Westvind
The Life Problem, Austin English
Looking Out, Philippa Rice
Pope Hats #3, Ethan Rilly
St. Owl’s Bay, Simon Hanselmann

Outstanding Minicomic
Il Cammino Delle Capre, Kris Mukai & Zachary Zezima
The End of the F*cking World #16, Charles Forsman
Hawaii 1997, Sam Alden
Layaway, Joseph Lambert
Powdered Milk Volume Ten: The Man Who Could Not Read, Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Online Comic
Bird Boy, Annie Szabla
Gabby’s Playhouse, Ken Dahl & Gabby Schulz
Haunter, Sam Alden
July Diary, Gabrielle Bell
SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki

Canadian creators Staples, North and Cooke take home 2013 Harvey Awards

harveyawardwinnersOn Saturday, September 7, the winners of the 26th annual Harvey Awards were announced at the Baltimore Comic Con. Chief among the standouts was Image’s Saga – who won awards for Best Colorer, Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Single Issue for Saga #1.

KaBoom!’s Adventure Time took home two Harvey Awards for Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers and writer Ryan North received a Special Award for Humor in Comics for the title.

The full list of winners, as chosen by comics professionals, include:

Letterer:
Todd Klein for Fables (DC Comics)

Color:
Fiona Staples
 for Saga (Image Comics)

Syndicated strip:
Joe Staton, Mike Curtis for Dick Tracy (Tribune Media Services)

Online Comics Work:
Battle Pug by Mike Norton

American Edition of Foreign Material:
Blacksad: A Silent Hell (Dark Horse)

Inker: 
Klaus Janson for Captain America (Marvel Comics)

New Series:
Saga  (Image)

New Talent:
Dennis Hopeless for Avengers Arena (Marvel Comics)

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers:
Adventure Time (KaBoom!)

Best Graphic Album Previously Published:
Alien: the Illustrated Story (Titan Comics)

Best Anthology:
Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)

Best Domestic Reprint Project:
Daredevil: Born Again Artists Edition by David Mazzucchelli (IDW Publishing)

Best Cover Artist: 
David Aja for Hawkeye

Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation:
Robot 6 blog by Comic Book Resources

Best Graphic Album, Original:
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke (IDW Publishing)

Best Continuing or Limited Series:
Saga  (Image Comics)

Best Writer: 
Brian K. Vaughan, Saga

Best Artist: 
Fiona Staples, Saga

Best Cartoonist: 
Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets: New Stories (Fantagraphics)

Best Single Issue or Story:
Saga #1

Special Awards for Excellence in Presentation:
Building Stories by Chris Ware

Dick Giordano Hero Initiative Humanitarian of the Year Award: 
Paul Levitz

Special Award for Humor in Comics:
Ryan North for Adventure Time (KaBoom!)

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award:
Sal Buscema