Les Prix Bedeis Causa will be presented on Thursday!
The Expozine Alternative Press Awards recognize the best publications that were on display at Expozine in the fall of 2012. The Awards Gala took place on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Le Divan Orange. Montreal’s fantastic rappeuse Donzelle was the MC for the evening, which culminated in a performance by Montreal’s premier paramour of “Weird Funk”, Tony Ezzy! Click here for more info!
The nominees are (winners in red):
Newsgirls, Andrea Clegg, B&D Press
Unwanted, K. L. Flannigan
Dan-D-Noser, Kirsten McCrea, Paper Pusher
Drop Target #4, Jon Chad and Alec Longstreth
New Inventions, Michelle White
St. Henri: Down in the Deps, Rebecca Rosen
The Possibilities are Endless, Jamie Q
Rae Spoon, First Spring Grass Fire, Arsenal Pulp Press
Guillaume Morissette, I am my own betrayal, maison kasini
Here be Monsters Issue 7: Tongues and Teeth
Oh There You Are I Can’t See You Is It Raining, Laura Broadbent, Snare Books
The Cloaca, Andrew Hood, Invisible Publishing
26 Bizarre tales of Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, Jeff Klassen
You Can Never Be Me (Batman Comics), Patrick Kyle
Crud #2, Vicki Nerino
Heartless, Nina Bunjevac, Conundrum Press
Hungry Bottom Comics, Eric Kostiuk Williams
All Rumours are True, Laurel Lynn Leake
Betsy, Sophie Goldstein
La vie secrète des objets, Sylvain Robert, Édition cuisine
Volière, Frédéric Dumont, Les Éditions de l’Écrou
Les armes à penser, Shawn Cotton, L’oie de Cravan
Ménageries, Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard et Benoit Tardif, Éditions de ta Mère
Qui Vive n°3
Pavé et mémoire, Nicolas Lachapelle et Geoffroy Dolorey, Coopérative d’édition en Jachère
Codex Montrealensis, Dimo Garcia et Gigiola Caceres
La traversée, Chloé Germain-Thérien
Entre deux mondes, Brice Artaud et Grégoire Mabit
Le Front # 5, Front Froid
Scio, Gabriel Lamarche
Histoire numéros 2, Shushanna bikini london
Sale temps, Laureline Mattiussi + deux finalistes à venir
To me the position is all about collaboration with like minded individuals to promote and celebrate great Canadian talent working in the comic book industry. I’m very proud to contribute to the ongoing celebration of these great creative talents, as well as looking back at our Canadian heritage when comic books were in their infancy.
I’m also very lucky I get to work with Kevin Boyd and the rest of the committee members. Kevin continues to put countless hours and thought into the JSA’s evolution, and I’m glad that he will continue on with us as the Associate Director. He’s weathered the rough seas better than anyone could, and has seen the awards continue to grow year after year. It was his vision and urging that lead me to work with him, James Waley and Dave Darrigo to get the JSA’s off the ground nearly a decade ago.
The number one thing I hope all current and future committee members bring to the table will be a focus on the sustainability of the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. We need to work on our funding initiatives, period. The awards infrastructure is in place and is a well-oiled machine, but I feel that year to year it’s always been a little too close to the edge with a little reserve for the following year. I’m hoping with all our collective contacts and the community’s continued support that we make inroads in creating something sustainable beyond our time with the JSA’s.
It’s a very exciting time and I look forward to working with all committee members and the community in general as we lead to a very successful 2013 awards program.
Joe Shuster Awards
I’d like to take the time to officially welcome the new Executive Director – Mr. Tyrone Biljan. Tyrone was one of the four founders of these awards in 2004, but stepped away from 2007-2010 for personal reasons.
I’ll be stepping back a bit as required and I will be resuming my original post of Associate Director, helping Tyrone and the rest of the Executive out.
So everything is well under way now here at JSA central. We’re once again aiming for a Free Comic Book Day (May 4th) deadline for our nominee announcements.
I must say that it’s been an enthusiastic year for Canadian comics so far, as there’s been a lot going on recently – especially for things related to Canadian comics history. The shooting for the upcoming documentary LOST HEROES has wrapped and the crew is currently in post-production mode, we eagerly await the final product. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to watch some of the interviews filmed at the Comic Book Lounge, and I think people are in for a real treat when the film finally airs on Super Channel later this year. Here’s the official blurb followed by the promotional poster for the film:
Lost Heroes is a feature documentary set to air on Super Channel in 2013. We explore the history of the great Canadian superheroes, from Johnny Canuck to Captain Canuck. Currently in post-production.
Lost Heroes explores the past of the Canadian superhero, from the golden age when millions of children read the tales of Inuit goddess Nelvana of the Northern Lights, to the thrilling days when Canadian superheroes returned to the newstands with Captain Canuck and Cerebus. Lost Heroes celebrates the unique Canadian talent behind these characters and asks why can’t Canada keep their heroes?
In what I’ve seen of it, this is a top-notch, professional production and I think it will be a great chance to expose a lot of people to Canada’s comics past, as well as it’s present and future.
With the completion of the eligible English and French list I’ve spent some time perusing the lists to play my guessing game of who I think the nominating committees will be selecting for the 2013 Joe Shuster Awards, and I think that this year’s list is strong, but seems to working from a smaller pool than in previous years. That certainly means that a lot of projects by people absent this year are on the horizon, but I’m eager to see who the nomcoms select.
Currently we have 19 individuals participating in the Nominating Committee for Artist, Cartoonist, Cover Artist and Writer. They come from across the country, but as per protocol we won’t be publishing their names until after they have finished their selections in case anyone drops out before the end.
Our Hall of Fame selection committee has expanded quite considerably this year, to make up for last year’s year off. Of the seven members, only three have participated in previous HOF nomcoms. Maybe I can convince them finally to rename the HOF “Hinterland’s Who’s Who”.
Ivan’s latest column at Comic Book Daily digs into just what WECA was and how it led to the first great age of Canadian comic books. Ivan wants us to start referring to the comics published during this time period as “WECA Comics” (or books), instead of the more traditional term “Canadian Whites”.
“WECA” is an acronym for the War Exchange Conservation Act brought into being by the parliament of Canada on Dec. 6, 1940 prohibiting the importation of “non-essential” materials into the country including magazines and comics from the U.S.
Renowned Quebec cartoonist Albert Chartier to be inducted into Hall of Fame
Toronto, ON — The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning are proud to announce their 2013 finalists. The nominees for the 9th annual awards include industry stalwarts (Michel Rabagliati, David Collier), past winners (Ethan Rilly, Michael DeForge, Michael Comeau) and an exciting pack of first-time nominees (Nina Bunjevac, George Walker, Eric Kostiuk Williams).
The nominees for the 2013 Doug Wright Award for Best Book are:
- Lose #4 by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
- By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
- The Song of Roland by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press)
- Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)
- Wax Cross by Tin Can Forest (Koyama Press)
The nominees for the 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award (a.k.a. “The Nipper”) which recognizes Canadian cartooning talents worthy of wider recognition are:
- Nina Bunjevac for Heartless (Conundrum Press)
- Brandon Graham for King City (Image Comics)
- Patrick Kyle for Black Mass, Distance Mover, Wowee Zonk #4
- George Walker for The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (The Porcupine’s Quill)
- Eric Kostiuk Williams for Hungry Bottom Comics
And the nominees for the 2013 Pigskin Peters Award, which recognizes the best in experimental or avant-garde comics are:
- Hamilton Illustrated by David Collier (Wolsak & Wynn)
- Hellberta #2 and “Sir Softly” from š! #12, by Michael Comeau
- Michael DeForge, Larry Eisenstein, Jesse Jacobs, Mark Laliberte (editor), Marc Ngui, Ethan Rilly, Tin Can Forest and Magda Trzaski for 4PANEL, a special comics features in Carousel Magazine #28 and #29
- Ginette Lapalme for “So, what should we do with ourselves?…” from Wowee Zonk #4 and “Little Stump” in š! #12
A feature event of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), The Doug Wright Awards are also pleased to announce that the Quebec cartoonist Albert Chartierwill be posthumously inducted into The Giants of the North: The Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame during the May 11, 2013 ceremony in Toronto. Chartier (who died in 2004) had an extraordinary career that lasted more than 65 years during which he drew several popular comic strips including Séraphin, Les Canadiens and Onésime, his most well-known work which ran for 59 years (from November 1943 until June 2002).
The Wright Awards are also pleased to release the official poster for the 9th Annual Awards, drawn by 2012 Best Book Award winner Ethan Rilly.
Art by Ethan Rilly
Founded in 2004, The Doug Wright Awards recognize the best in English-language comics (or translations of French) by Canadian cartoonists. Now in their ninth year, the Awards will be handed out at a ceremony at Toronto’s Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel on Saturday May 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
The Doug Wright Awards will also be holding a fundraising auction of original art this spring by more than a dozen well-known Canadian cartoonists, including Chester Brown, Seth, Michael DeForge, Michael Cho, John Martz, David Collier andDavid Boswell.
The finalists for the 2013 Doug Wright Awards were chosen from a long list of more than 120 works and submissions published during the 2012 calendar year. This year’s nominating committee included Jerry Ciccoritti, Seth, Bryan Munn, Chris Randle and Sean Rogers.
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For more information about the DWAs: www.wrightawards.ca
To be announced June 4th, 2013.
Thanks Laurent Boutin, Patrick Marleau and in particular Eric Bouchard for putting this list togerther.
Bérubé, Jocelyn (Alexis le trotteur)
Bergeron, Alain (Capitaine Static 05)
Boily, Luc (Gangs de rue 02)
Britt, Fanny (Jane, le renard & moi)
Chicoine, Nicole (Topinambus 01)
Desharnais, Francis (Motel Galactic 02)
Desjardins, India (La célibataire)
Fournier, Pierre (Red Ketchup 05)
Gauthier, Sévérine (Couette 01)
Gottot, Karine (Hop!)
Fontaine-Rousseau, Alexandre (Pinkerton)
Houde, Pierre (Oli 01)
Lamontagne, Jacques (Van Helsing contre Jack l’éventreur)
Roulot, Tristan (Le testament du capitaine crown 02, Goblins 05, Brögunn)
Sirois, Shawn (Planète Zoockey 01)
Arsenault, Isabelle (Jane, le renard & moi)
Beaudet, Marc (Gangs de rue 02)
Bouchard, Pierre (Motel Galactic 02)
Boutin-Gagne, Patrick (Brögunn)
Cyr, Maxime (Hop!)
Des Prez, Guth (Alexis le trotteur)
Dion, Jeik (Émeute à Golden Gate)
Djief (Crépuscule des Dieux)
Godbout, Réal (Red Ketchup 05)
Hénaff, Patrick (Le testament du capitaine crown 02)
Henrichon, Niko (Noé 02)
Houde, Richard (Oli 01)
Lachance, Louis (Topinambus 01)
Lamontagne, Jacques (Les Druides 07)
MiniKim (Couette 01)
Sampar (Capitaine Static 05)
Samson-Dunlop, Francois (Pinkerton)
Vachon, Jean-François (Planète Zoockey 01)
Voro (Été 63)
A., Alex (Agent Jean 02, 03, Lettre A)
Banville, Simon (Asymptote 02)
Bédard, Sophie (Glorieux printemps 01, 02)
Bérubé, Jean-Sébastien (Radisson 04)
Bossé, Simon (Flâneurs)
Boum (Petite révolution)
Castrée, Geneviève (Susceptible)
Côté, André-Philippe (Docteur Smog 03)
Demers, Tristan (Gargouille 12)
Denommé, Ariane (Du chez soi)
Djief (White Crows 02)
Doisneau, Cyril (Le Havre – New York)
Falardeau, Michel (French Kiss 1986)
Girard, Pascal (Appartement 3)
Girard, Philippe (Mauvais Fille)
Goldstyn, Jacques (Débrouillards 05, Hugo et Marjo 02)
Grant, Michel (Mots dits jeux de mots!)
Kling, Laurent (Evan Evans)
Labrosse, Thierry (Ab Irato 02)
Lacombe, Jean (Fred et Putulik)
Loisel, Régis et Tripp, Jean-Louis (Magasin général 08)
Mikaël (Rapa Nui 02)
Parent, Raymond (BiBop 05)
Turgeon, David (Muse récursive)
Yoh (Québécois 02)
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.
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
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
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.
Rendez-vous annuel des passionnés du 9e art, le Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec (FBDFQ) offrira cette année encore un événement haut en couleur, du 10 au 14 avril prochain, à l’occasion de sa 26e présentation. L’événement, qui se déroule dans divers lieux culturels de la ville et notamment au Salon international du livre de Québec, présentera une programmation riche et diversifiée, sous le signe de la découverte. De nombreux auteurs seront présents pour rencontrer les lecteurs et permettre au public de se familiariser avec les différentes facettes de la bande dessinée.
L’affiche de cette 26e édition a été réalisée par l’auteur de Québec, Michel Falardeau, qui s’est démarqué lors du dernier Festival international d’Angoulême en se méritant le Coup de cœur du jury du prix ActuaBD/Conseil Général des Jeunes de Charente pour son album French Kiss 1986 (Glénat Québec).
Want to meet leading graphic novelists and picture book creators? Or take part in a giant comic mural? Toronto’s future superheroes can do both at the Comic Arts for Kids Expo (CAKE), a daylong celebration of image-based storytelling for readers ages two to thirteen. This event is co-presented by Small Print Toronto, Little Island Comics and the Toronto Public Library.
Throughout the day, authors will sign and sketch in their books. Everyone who attends CAKE can contribute to a series of giant comic book panels. And the Little Island Comics team will be on hand to assist collectors of all ages.
The two to eight set can spend the morning exploring an ocean of activities in the DIY Comics Lab, featuring leading picture book artists Brothers Leung, J. Torres, J. Lum, Patricia Storms and Frank Viva.
The afternoon is filled with workshops for the eight to thirteen set, conducted by an all-star roster of graphic novelists — Claudia Davila, Steve Manale, Evan Munday and J. Torres, plus the creative team behind OWL Magazine‘s popular Max Finder Mystery series (Craig Battle, Natalia Diaz, Liam O’Donnell and Ramon Perez).
Admission is free but space is limited. For more information on the offered workshops and to sign up early, click here.
Koyama Press is excited to announce that cartoonists MICHAEL DEFORGE, JULIE DELPORTE, VICTOR KERLOW, NATHAN BULMER, DUSTIN HARBIN, and JANE MAI will join us for the 10th edition of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival taking place May 11-12 at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Koyama Press will also be joined by JULIA WERTZ for a short time as she signs copies of her critically-acclaimed book, The Infinite Wait and Other Stories.
This year’s festival will see DeForge debut Very Casual a collection of stories culled from mini comics, online comics and anthology contributions; Delporte debut Journal her collection of diary comics that catalogues an emotional breakup, an artist’s residency at CCS and the anxieties and joys of everyday life between February 2011 and October 2012; and Kerlow debut Everything Takes Forever a collection of the cartoonist and illustrator’s ink-and-wash comics that blur the quotidian with the absurd. Other recent titles from Koyama Press will also be available.
Koyama Press is pleased to announce that their titles are now being distributed internationally by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. A noted advocate for independent, small press publishers, Consortium is home to comics publishers Nobrow Press and Uncivilized Books, as well as over 100 independent publishers from the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Australia. They are excited to be in the good company of a diverse range of publishers and books that cover a myriad of subjects including fiction, poetry, gay and lesbian studies, politics, music, art, history, children’s books, and more. With this new partnership, Koyama Press titles will be made available to many markets and outlets for the first time.
In order to be eligible the comic had to have been originally published in print between 1/1/2012 and 12/31/2012 and distributed to book and/or comic book retailers by Diamond or another book distributor. Reprints and collected editions do not count unless new material is added to it, such as a new cover.
Note that this list does not include Webcomics.
A separate list of BD creators and releases will be published elsewhere on this site.
The list is based around known Canadian citizens or permanent residents (3 years minimum current residency) who worked on a professionally distributed first printing periodical or book that debuted in the previous calendar year in one of the following professional roles: artist (illustrating a writer’s script, excluding cartoonists), cartoonist (writing and/or adapting a story that they also illustrated), cover artist (primary artist/artist team) and writer (producing a script that is given to an artist, excluding cartoonists).
Books containing collections of previously published strips or comics and/or translated works into English from another language published in a previous year are not eligible (unless a new cover is produced for the collection, in which case the creator is eligible in that category).
Limited release books available at special events and mailed or hand-delivered to a small number of booksellers but not widely distributed to all booksellers during the eligibility time period are not eligible until they are professionally distributed.
- Chris Bachalo (Avengers, Wolverine and the X-Men)
- J. Bone (iZombie, The Shade, CBLDF presents Liberty Comics Annual)
- Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men)
- Bernard Chang (DC Universe Presents, Demon Knights)
- Adam Christopher (Horror in the West)
- Marian Churchland (Once Upon a Time Machine)
- Darwyn Cooke (The Shade)
- Jason Copland (Horror in the West)
- David J. Cutler (Heroes of the North Omnibus, Zombies vs. Cheerleaders)
- Wes Craig (T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, World’s Finest)
- Valentine De Landro (G.I. Joe Infestation 2)
- Mike Del Mundo (A+X)
- John Delaney (Bart SImpson, Bart Simpson’s Pal Milhouse, Futurama, Scooby Doo, Simpsons Comics, Simpsons Illustrated)
- Johnny Desjardins (Kirby Genesis: Silver Star)
- Dale Eaglesham (Alpha Flight, Hulk, Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Uncanny X-Men)
- Brian Evinou (Horror in the West)
- Jason Fabok (Batman Annual, Detective Comics, Justice League International Annual, Soulfire)
- Andre Fernandes (Horror in the West)
- David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight)
- Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One)
- Owen Gieni (Avengelyne, Slipstream)
- Ron Gravelle (Horror in the West)
- Tom Grummett (Avengers Academy)
- Scott Hepburn (Orchid)
- Faith Erin Hicks (Bigfoot Boy Book One: Into the Woods)
- Mike Holmes (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors)
- David Huyck (That Stormy Night)
- Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men, AvX: Vs., Avenging Spider-Man. Secret Avengers)
- Geof Isherwood (Heroes of the North Omnibus)
- Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust)
- Dale Keown (A+X)
- Leonard Kirk (Gambit, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes, Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates, X-Factor)
- James Lloyd (Bart Simpson, Bart Simpson’s Pal Millhouse, Futurama, ‘Lil Homer, Ralph Wiggum Comics, Simpsons Illustrated, Simpsons Summer Shindig, Simpsons Super Spectacular)
- Nina Matsumoto (Bart Simpson, Bart Simpson’s Pal Millhouse, Simpsons Comics, Simpsons Winter Wingding)
- Alex Milne (Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye)
- Steve Molnar (Star Trek)
- Cary Nord (X-O Manowar)
- Richard Pace (Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword)
- Terry Pallot (Dark Avengers, Defenders, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Marvel Universe Avengers – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Thunderbolts, Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Ultimate Comics X-Men, Venom)
- Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing)
- Ramon Perez (John Carter and the Gods of Mars, AvX: Vs.)
- Gibson Quarter (Heroes of the North Omnibus)
- Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Debris, Wild Children)
- Simon Roy (King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword, Prophet)
- Claude St. Aubin (Green Lantern Corps, The Loxsleys and the War of 1812)
- Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters)
- Fiona Staples (Saga)
- Ronn Sutton (Honey West)
- Cameron Stewart: (B.P.R.D. Exorcism)
- Ty Templeton (Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man)
- Marcus To (Batwing, The Flash, Huntress)
- Michael Walsh (Comeback)
- Doug Wheatley (Star Wars: Dark Times Out of the Wilderness)
- Craig Yeung (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, X-Men: Legacy)
- Marley Zarcone (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series: April)
- Adrian Alphona
- Kaare Andrews
- Kalman Andrasofszky
- Chris Bachalo
- Nick Bradshaw
- Nina Bunjevic
- Bernard Chang
- Scott Chantler
- Travis Charest
- David Collier
- Darwyn Cooke
- Wes Craig
- Claudia Davila
- Michael DeForge
- Mike Del Mundo
- Johnny Desjardins
- Dale Eaglesham
- Jason Fabok
- David Finch
- Owen Gieni
- Brandon Graham
- Mike Holmes
- Raffaele Ienco
- Stuart Immonen
- Geof Isherwood
- Jesse Jacobs
- Tyler Jenkins
- Ken Lashley
- Dale Keown
- James Lloyd
- Francis Manapul
- Todd McFarlane
- Alex Milne
- Cary Nord
- Yanick Paquette
- Ramon Perez
- Stephen Platt
- Michel Rabagliati
- Simon Roy
- Dan Schoening
- Dave Sim
- Steve Skroce
- Claude St. Aubin
- Fiona Staples
- Cameron Stewart
- James Stokoe
- Tony Taylor
- Ty Templeton
- Sherwin Tjia
- Tin Can Forest
- Marcus To
- George A. Walker
- Michael Walsh
- Doug Wheatley
- Britt Wilson
- Steve Wolfhard
- Dan Bar-El (That Stormy Night)
- Ian Boothby (Bart Simpson, Futurama, Simpsons Comics, Simpsons Illustrated, Simpsons Super Spectacular)
- Ed Brisson (Comeback)
- Yann Brouillette and Michel Brouillette (Heroes of the North Omnibus)
- Darwyn Cooke (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre)
- Mike Gagnon (Horror in the West)
- Kathryn Immonen (AvX: Vs., Avenging Spider-Man, Journey into Mystery)
- Fred Kennedy (Horror in the West)
- Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE, Ghosts, Justice League Dark, National Comics Eternity)
- Francis Manapul (The Flash)
- Phil McClorey (Horror in the West)
- Derek McCulloch (Gone to Amerikay)
- Todd McFarlane (Spawn)
- Chris McQuid (Horror in the West)
- Ryan North (Adventure Time)
- Ty Templeton (Avenging Spider-Man, Heroes of the North Omnibus)
- J. Torres (Archie, Bigfoot Boy Book One: Into the Woods, Creepy, Skullkickers)
- Kurtis Wiebe (Debris, Grim Leaper, Peter Panzerfaust)
- Howard Wong (Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology)
- Jim Zubkavich (Pathfinder, Skullkickers)
- Sam Agro (Horror in the West)
- Kaare Andrews (AvX Vs)
- Chris Bachalo (A+X)
- Nina Bunjevic (Heartless)
- Emily Carroll (Creepy Comics)
- Scott Chantler (Three Thieves Book Three: The Captive Prince)
- David Collier (Hamilton Illustrated)
- Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker – The Score, Before Watchmen: Minutemen)
- Claudia Davila (Luz Makes a Splash)
- Michael DeForge (Adventure Time, Lose)
- Ray Fawkes (Possessions Book Three)
- Brandon Graham (Multiple Warheads)
- Raffaele Ienco (Epic Kill)
- Jesse Jacobs (By This You Shall Know Him)
- Jeff Lemire (The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth)
- Francis Manapul (The Flash)
- David Nytra (The Secret of the Stone Frog)
- Adam D. Pasquella (Horror in the West)
- Ethan Rilly (Pope Hats)
- Jo Rioux (Cat’s Cradle Book One: The Golden Twine)
- Riley Rossmo (Rebel Blood)
- Dave Sim (Glamourpuss)
- Dan Simon (Horror in the West)
- Ashley Spires (Binky Takes Charge)
- James Stokoe (Godzilla: The Half-Century War)
- Ty Templeton (Simpsons Comics)
- Sherwin Tjia (Serial Villain)
- Tin Can Forest (Wax Cross)
- George A. Walker (The Mysterious Death of Tom Thompson)
Great article for the Hamilton Spectator about ARAM ALEXANIAN’s contributions to both Canadian and American Golden Age Comics before he went to work for his well known family’s carpet business. Plus a discussion on the Canadian Whites with Big B’s Walter Durajlija and White’s authority Ivan Koczmarek.
Congratulations to Mississauga, ON store owner Carlos Camara on the first anniversary of the opening of his shop GOTHAM CENTRAL. The store celebrated with cake and pastries (above), guests and cosplayers, as well as raffles and other fun activities.
All of that reminds me that we are quickly approaching the 1st anniversary of the opening of my own Toronto shop, The Comic Book Lounge. In one week from today (on February 8) we will have survived our first 365 days in business (and a few people will be forking over money from lost bets!).
We’re also throwing a party – on Saturday February 9th – with an in-store minicon, an On the Couch with Ty Templeton industry talk followed by an Industry Night party. Hoping by then that our new outdoor sign will up! On Sunday, Feb. 10 we’re hosting a series of drawing demonstrations “Exploring Digital Comics”, sponsored by Sketchbook Pro.
Recently news has been surfacing about impending changes at the highly regarded Strange Adventures comic shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Kremer Award-winning shop will be forced to relocate to a new location within a year, as the landlord has decided to renovate which will lead to increased rents and a fair amount of upheaval for the business, but owner Calum Johnston has been optimistic and has already begun the search for a new home.
This is a common problem for retailers, as we’ve seen a few stories like this over the past few years as some of Canada’s shops have had to relocate (Third Quadrant, Silver Snail) or close (Elfsar, Dragon Lady) after changes in rents or because of building sales/renovations.
Back in early November a diverse group of individuals met with the standing Executive (Allison Covey, Andrew Walsh, Tyrone Biljan, Peter DeCourcy and myself) and we decided on a basic framework for 2013.
The plan is to present the 2013 Awards in Toronto in late August 2013 at a venue to be determined, with a ceremony coinciding with the largest Canadian comics convention: Fan Expo Canada — as an off-site, after hours event.
In recent years we’ve presented the awards in Calgary and Montreal, and hope to revisit those and other cities in the future – ideally we are looking at comic related events scheduled between May and September as possible sites with which to coincide the awards ceremony. This year Toronto seemed to meet the proper requirements. Where possible we try to work in coordination with the host convention, but we remain an autonomous, national, not-for-profit organization and are not festival/convention prizes.
On that note, we should have a larger update for you soon, as the eligible creators/books list should be ready shortly. At that time we’ll introduce our expanded 2013 Awards Committee.
In case you were wondering, we are now accepting physical copies of self-published comics and original graphic novels for consideration for the GENE DAY AWARD.
Copies can be sent to the Comic Book Lounge in Toronto where they will be gathered for review by the Gene Day Award Coordinator and the Jury for this award.
The comic had to have been released (but not distributed through Diamond or any official channels) between 1/1/2012 and 12/31/2012.
Deadline to submit is May 16, 2013.
Please take a look at the information page for details: The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers
A new year is well underway and we are getting back to business here at JSA central!
Unfortunately, I was not able to run a wrap survey for 2012 as I normally do, work on the store and various events (such as the 24 Hour Comic Challenge we ran in-store this past Saturday at the Comic Book Lounge) have been keeping me pretty busy.
Currently being assembled for a late January release will be the LIST OF ELIGIBLE CREATORS AND 2012 PUBLICATIONS list, and if you want to be proactive and make sure your comics projects are recognized you can email me at email@example.com and I’ll update the list.
Current plans are for the nomination process to begin in earnest on February 1, so if you are interested in participating in nominating the 2012 award categories, you can email me at the same address listed in this article.
A later start for the process does seem indicative of an awards ceremony for later in 2013, and that is once again the case — as we have a weekend in mind, an event and a city in which to hold the ceremony, just not an official venue yet. Current plans are for the ceremony to take place in late summer at a venue that will be announced in March when the nominations are announced.