| It took the Second World War, an Act of Parliament, and a bunch of out-of-work artists to kick start a Canadian comic book industry that in 2016 is marking its 75th year. Toronto Publisher, Chapterhouse Comics (and home base to some of Canada’s legends- including Captain Canuck, Northguard, The Northern Light and Johnny Canuck) is placing a ’75 years’ logo on all its publications this year to recognize the Diamond Anniversary of the comic book in Canada, and urges other Canadian Publishers of Comic Book related Material and Media outlets to do the same.
‘The 75 Years logo is a testament to the industry we all know, love and want to flourish, here in our home and native land’ says Chapterhouse Publisher Fadi Hakim. ‘The logo is available for download on chapterhouse.ca, and we urge all Canadian publishers to celebrate this milestone with us.’
Leading up to Canada Day 2016 and Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017, Chapterhouse is also celebrating 75 years with two upcoming publications: the first ever Official Price Guide of Canadian War Time Comics (summer 2016) and Bell Features: The Originals (November 2016) a coffee table sized book reproducing original war time comic book art pages from the national collection at the Library and Archives in Canada. The books, spearheaded by Canadian Comic Book Researcher Ivan Kocmarek, will become essential reading on the subject. Kocmarek points out that “We need to bring these lost comics and the people who created them back home to the place they deserve in our Canadian cultural identity.”
Kocmarek, in collaboration with Jim Finlay and Big B Comics’ Walter Durajlija- is also archiving every Canadian Comic, old and new, via an on-line database. The project, dubbed ‘Canada’s Own Comics’ is scheduled for completion at the close of Canada’s 150th.