A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF HOBBYSTAR MARKETING, INC. August 31, 2010 Dear Fans, On behalf of the staff of Fan Expo Canada™ I would like to apologize for the lengthy delays and inconvenience experienced by many at Fan Expo Canada™ this past weekend. We were, quite simply, inadequately prepared for the increased crowds in… Read More Hobbystar Owner Responds to Fan Expo Canada’s Weekend Issues
Talk about timing, I wrote the previous post with no idea that Diamond would today confirm Tuesday delivery for Wednesday street date sales. The key thing to note: Diamond states that retailers can opt-in for Tuesday delivery. So if your biggest concern is that your business is closed on Tuesdays (and that is an interesting… Read More Tuesday delivery for retailers is go!
What is the biggest rumour/bit of news to come down the pipe regarding retailers? The main supplier/distributor of comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, surveyed retailers to gauge interest in Tuesday delivery. Recently, Bleeding Cool reported: In December (2010) … comics deliveries will be staggered through the month, with a number of comics distributed a week in… Read More Canadian Retailer Update – September, 2010
This past weekend saw Fan Expo Canada 2010 return to the North building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I don’t really have much to say about it as I’m completely burned out from four days working at the event, and there are certain things I am not in any position to address. The big… Read More Fan Expo Canada 2010
At the pretty much Canadian-free Baltimore show this last weekend, the Harvey awards were handed out and two Canadians won awards: DARWYN COOKE and BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY each took home a Harvey for their 2009 publications. BEST CARTOONIST — Darwyn Cooke, “RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE HUNTER”, IDW SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS — Bryan… Read More Cooke and O’Malley win Harveys.
If I have missed any works by Canadian Comic Book Creators, please leave a comment, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 1 For $1 Conan $1.00 Dark Horse US$1.00 Artwork and Cover by Cary Nord. 1 For $1: Star Wars Legacy Dark Horse US$1.00 Colours by Brad Anderson. 5 Days To Die #1 IDW… Read More September 1st, 2010 Releases featuring Canadian Creators
Toronto is fortunate to have a lot of choice when it comes to comic events: there are a myriad of one-off signings and lectures given in the city; there is the free-to-the-public TCAF event; there is the Wizard comic/media show held in the spring; and of course, the Hobbystar FanExpo show. There should be no… Read More The upcoming comic weekend
Chris Randle at the Gutteral Blog sat down with Bryan Lee O’Malley on the eve of the release of Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour. The interview was for the Globe & Mail and was truncated for publication. Scott was able to post the full interview online for your enjoyment.
Comix & Stories: A day of alternative & small press comics, zines, artwork & culture Special Guests: Joey Comeau & Emily Horne (A Softer World) Featured Artists & Publishers: Brandon Graham ( King City, Multiple Warheads) James Stokoe (Orc Stain, Sullivan’s Sluggers) Steve Rolston (Ghost Projekt, Emiko Superstar) Marley Zarcone (Forgetless, Madame Xanadu) Verne Andru… Read More Happenings: Comix & Stories, Sunday August 29 in Vancouver
New in stores today is the The Broadcast, published by NBM publishing, art by Noel Tuazon, written by US-based Eric Hobbes. What’s it about? Set in 1938, THE BROADCAST is about a rural Indiana town that loses power halfway through Orson Welles’ infamous radio play having never learned the panic-inducing news bulletins are a hoax.… Read More The Broadcast by Noel Tuazon (with Eric Hobbs)
Unfortunately, despite great word of mouth, the second release week of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World saw a significant drop and the movie finished the weekend in 10th place in North America, 9th place in Canada. So far the movie has made back a small percentage of it’s cost to make, earning a total of… Read More 2nd week sees Scott Pilgrim movie slide further
*Note* Next week’s releases list may be late, because there’s a pretty good chance I won’t have this post ready before Fan Expo Canada. I’ll do my best to have it ready for its usual posting time. If I have missed any works by Canadian Comic Book Creators, please leave a comment, or send me… Read More August 25th, 2010 Releases featuring Canadian Creators
WHAT: Visitors from across Ontario and around the world have the opportunity to experience the very best of pop culture first-hand at the upcoming 16th Annual Fan Expo Canada™.. The return of the country’s largest combined event which includes The Comic Book Expo, CNAnime, SFX Science Fiction Expo, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX-… Read More 2010 FAN EXPO CANADA™ FACT SHEET: COMIC BOOK EXPO (Incl. programming)
As most people know, I work on the Comic Book Expo side of FAN EXPO CANADA (TM). It’s my job*, at the show, to look after the comic book creator guests in the guest area and to make sure the comics programming runs smoothly. Joining me on the Comics Expo team from the JSA is… Read More Happenings: Fan Expo Canada, August 27-29, 2010
It’s just been announced that the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011 will be held Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th. As you may be aware, TCAF “exists to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth.” TCAF as an event in 2010… Read More Free Comic Book Day + TCAF 2011
Calvin Reid at Publisher’s Weekly delves into the Kill Shakespeare phenom. Kill Shakespeare is a six issue mini-series by writers Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, with art by Andy Belanger. The trade paperback collecting the mini-series is planned for November 2010. In related news, McCreery and Del Col will be moderating a panel at… Read More Killing Shakespeare for Fun & Profit
Unlike DC, Marvel doesn’t really have many Canadians working for them, and those that are this month are represented mostly in covers and trade paperbacks. Exceptions being “Stalwart” Stuart Immonen (New Avengers) and “Leaping” Leonard Kirk (New Mutants). Not sure what happened to the solicitation for the Tom Grummett illustrated Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1.
Comic Book Resources has the scoop on Alpha Flight’s apparent return in the Jim McCann written, Reilly Brown drawn one-shot spinning out of the third issue of the Chaos War mini-series “event” from Marvel — CHAOS WAR: ALPHA FLIGHT.
Marvel releases their November schedule late this afternoon, but they’ve already released some teaser information on a tie-in to another upcoming event called CHAOS WAR (which starts in October) in the form of the series CHAOS WAR: DEAD AVENGERS written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by none other than TOM GRUMMETT (Superman, Superboy, Robin,… Read More Tom Grummett tackles Dead Avengers in Chaos War tie-in series
It’s a big month for DC Comics in November and many Canadian creators are working on some pretty big launches this month including – Yanick Paquette illustrates BATMAN, INC. #1 – David Finch‘s new Batman series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 debuts. Finch will be writing and drawing it. – Jeff Lemire writes SUPERBOY #1… Read More DC Comics by Canadians – November 2010 solicitations