Retailer Roundup – November 2010

***Update: The Carry-On Comics signing is TODAY from 4:30 – 7:30***

Carry-On Comics in Waterloo will be hosting the Kill Shakespeare crew of Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Andy Belanger, plus Scott Chantler will be there on Wednesday, November 24th from 4:30 – 7:30.

Featuring events occurring at comic shops across Canada.

[note: this information was gathered by perusing the retailers websites, as well as email I’ve received from stores across Canada. If you have an event to promote, let us know! Send an email to retailers@joeshusterawards.com. And if you have an upcoming event that isn’t listed here, then I was not able to find it on your website. If I can’t find it, your customers can’t find it.]

British Columbia

It’s like a Transformers revolution out on the West Coast as Gotham Collectibles hosts Shaun Knowles for their monthly TF event.

Metropolis Comics & Toys hosted an 80’s video game art event, their 80’s cartoon events keep rolling & now they will have something called Star Wars Grindhouse night.

Since owner Terry Sillman’s passing, Talking Illustrations is closed. There has been a facebook page created for Terry and the shop.

I visited Victoria recently and I can confirm it to be true: there are 4 comic shops, all on the same side of Johnson Street, in an 8 or 9 store stretch! It’s crazy! Curious Comics (631) and Legends Comics & Books (633) are side by side, while Yellow Jacket (649) and Trippys Emporium (645) are side by side – there is no 647. That has to be the greatest density of comic shops in the world, doesn’t it?

Alberta

Widowmaker Comic Books & Collectibles is confirmed as closed. It seems it closed a while ago, as the recession hit Alberta. Out of this comes a new comic strip My Life As A Grum, created by Widowmaker owner Rhian Engel. There is a feature story about Rhian in the Red Deer Advocate and his strip appears every Saturday in the paper.

Saskatchewan

Amazing Stories has started a Comics Club.

Ontario

Those wacky fellows a Stadium Comics are have a Moustachioed Movember sale. Anyone wearing a (real OR fake!) moustache will receive an additional 5% discount off of their purchase and they’re offering 50% off of back issues from the following 5 series:
# 1. Iron Man – We still remember when Tony Stark had the best moustache in the Marvel U!
#2. Batman – Alfred or Commissioner Gordon, whose got the cooler stache? Does it really matter?
#3. Green Lantern – How does Sinestro make something so good look so evil!
#4. Spider-man – What can we say about J. Jonah Jameson moustache? …No really, what can we say?
#5. GI Joe – Has there ever been a more spectacular gathering of moustache wearing dudes?

The Stadium guys have begun a weekly ‘opening-the-Diamond-boxes-and-recording-it‘ thing, which can be found on Youtube. Can they possibly keep it going? How many copies did they order? Count ’em while they are held up to the screen! Do really, really care about variants but can’t be bothered to look at them on the internet? They show you every bloody variant!

The Dragon hosted Scott Chantler for his Two Generals book launch and a Comics For Kids drawing event.

The Dragon also had a whole whack of guests for their 12th Anniversary event. Everyone participated in a podcast answering ‘5 Questions‘, plus Kill Shakespeare’s Anthony Del Col blogged about the event.

The Dragon podcast #17 – 12th Anniversary Mini-Con & 5 Questions

Big B Comics is having a Toy Drive: First annual toy drive! Bring in a new toy or new or gently loved comic for charitable donation and you’ll get $1 off your purchase. Going until December 17th. Let’s help Hamilton’s children together.

The Comic Booke Shoppe gets some love on an Ottawa blog.

Second Star Comics and Toys in Port Perry, ON is closing. This was the nicer of the Wyldstar stores, but it’s such a small town with a summer time, cottage population boom. It was a neat idea.

Excalibur Comics, 3030 Bloor Street West, Toronto, will be closing on December 31, 2010. They no longer bring in new product, but are staying open to sell off remaining inventory.

Added some photos of Hairy T, from their facebook page.

Carry-On Comics in Waterloo will be hosting the Kill Shakespeare crew of Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Andy Belanger, plus Scott Chantler will be there on Wednesday, November 24th from 4:30 – 7:30.

Rogues Gallery in Windsor are hosting their 2nd Annual Comicbook Drive. Make some children happy at Christmas, donate comics and toys. They need 7000 comics to make that happen! Donate, please.

Quebec

1000000 Comix put on the Montreal Charity Comic Con to raise money for the Pediatric Oncology Unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Librairie Planète BD kept it rolling, hosting a bunch of great BD events at their shop:

October 27thÉric Thériault launched Frankenstein Réassemblé.

November 11thJimmy Beaulieu launched a la faveur de la nuit.

November 12th – Luc Bossé, Alexandre Simard & Zviane launched Yves, le roi de la cruise

Added Marc Comic Hunter to the retailer listing.

New Brunswick

New Comic Shop!

Enigma Comics and Games
Address: 3 Bridge Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 3N6
Telephone: 506-939-3224
Email

Hours
Mon – Thu: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm – 15:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Sackville is located on Hwy 104, right by the border with Nova Scotia.

Strange Adventures Fredericton (and Fredericton only) is having a “Super secret sale for subscribers only!” If your subscriber account is up to date (no retailer likes it when you dilly dally picking up your books, people) then on Thursday, Nov. 25th you can take part in the super secret savings! 30 to 50 % off!

Nova Scotia

Pabi’s Hobby Collectibles now has a web presence.

So does Batter’s Box The Collectibles.

Newfoundland

The Lair, in Corner Brook, celebrated it’s 1st Anniversary on November 10th. Congratulations!

Timemasters, in St. John’s, is hiring for the holiday season. Job creation is a wonderful thing.

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