2015 Comic Shop update – Who’s new? Who closed?

The start of a new year and some free time on my hands, and I decided it was time to update the Retailer information on the site. It had been about three years since the last update (Director’s note: I had been editing entries on a one by one basis when people sent information in…

Happenings – The Dragon Mini-Con – Sunday, March 4th, 2012

The Dragon – Spring Mini-Con – Sunday, March 4 from 1-5 pm 6 great creators! Becky Cloonan – Conan #1 book launch Ross Campbell – Glory #23 book lauch Francis Manapul (Flash) Marcus To (Huntress, new artist on Batwing) Marco Rudy (Swamp Thing) Agnes Garbowska Time – Sunday, March 4 from 1 – 5 pm…

Hark! A Vagrant takes a … long period of slowness ?

All of her superstar success has resulted in Kate Beaton being offered a whole whack of new and interesting jobs. Jobs that will interfere with her work schedule on the webcomic Hark! A Vagrant, and she wants to let all her fans know what’s up. Kate will be moving to Toronto, and working on a…

Accepting submissions for the 2012 Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing honours Canadian comic book creators who self-published their work during the previous calendar year and is open to all Canadian citizens who self-publish and self-distribute their comics. The winner receives a Joe Shuster Award and a bursary of $500, to help fund your next comic project. This award is…

Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund announces Board of Directors

For Immediate Release The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund announces that, 22 years after forming as an ad hoc fundraising organization in defense of a Calgary retailer charged with selling obscene materials, it has at last been formally incorporated. CLLDF Board of Directors member Derek McCulloch says, “It’s a long overdue step, and one we…

Kingston, ON comic shop owner released from prison on drug charges

As reported in the Kingston Whig earlier today, Jorge M. Carquez, owner of Action Packed Comics in Kingston, ON, “has been released from jail after six months in pretrial custody.” From the article: Carquez, who was identified in Kingston’s Ontario Court of Justice as the owner of Action Packed Comics on Princess Street, pleaded guilty…

Spidey crossed Canada, saving stores from destruction.

Taking a note from IDW’s Godzilla press and order numbers, Marvel Comics came up with a similar twist: Spider-Man saves your comic book store! Retailers had to special order a stack of Spidey comics to get this special print run, and you’ll notice that none of the Godzilla shops are in on the Spidey promo….

Retailer Roundup – May/June, 2011

As you can imagine, we were really busy in May and June getting ready to hand out our annual awards. Which resulted in a never completed May version of Retailer Roundup. Even more new shops have opened up recently (or been recently discovered, whichever), and a couple of deletions as well. Comic retailing is fluid,…

Cleaning up the Retailer listing

I have wanted to do a clean up of our retail listing for some time now. I had a hard time believing that there are 310 comic shops in Canada, so it was time to go through the listings and get some up to date information. Part of this revamp was to uncover new shops…

Happenings – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas in Toronto May 7/8, 2011

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will be in Toronto, appearing at Gendai Gallery, which will be exhibiting the graphic works of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Joanne Hui. Both artists use the form of manga to address unique moments in Canadian history that are particular to their culturally specific histories of activism and resistance. Yahgulanaas is known for…

Retailer Roundup – April, 2011

Lots of new shops have opened up recently (or been recently discovered, whichever). Here is what happened in comic shops across Canada this month. 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…

Happenings: Girard, Ollman, Worton book launch – April 14, Toronto

A trio of creators unite this evening in Toronto to promote their recent releases from Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Pascal Girard has come to promote the English translation of his BD Conventum, originally published by Delcourt. D+Q continue their program of translating Quebec based BD (and it’s their second Girard translation after releasing Bigfoot…

Retailer Roundup – March 2011 & The great comic shop tour of 2011

Before I left on my trip of the Maritimes the esteemed Kevin Boyd presumed that I would be hitting comic shops all across the region. I strongly refuted that assertion but that didn`t last, obviously. Over the last two weeks I visited, and secret shopped, 22 comics stores: Fantasy Realm – Cornwall, ON Librairie Première…

Happenings: Kazoo! Zine and Comic Expo – Guelph, ON

Kazoo! fest 2011 and The Dragon are proud to present the Kazoo! Zine and Comic Expo as part of the week long festivities. The Kazoo! Festival is a five day arts festival, happening April 13-17th 2011 in the heart of downtown Guelph. The festival features music, with over 25 bands at venues across town, and…

Navigating Canadian tax laws for Artists

It’s that time of the year, where people are rushing around readying their paperwork so Canada Revenue can take their money. Artists do not typically have deductions made throughout the year, so tax time, and the tax bill, can be a stressful thing. Keep as much of your money as you can, by making sure…

Retailer Roundup – February 2011

Newfoundland Missed it, but Timemasters turned 20 in January. New Brunswick The Comic Hunter, and their Kremer nomination, was featured by Here NB. Strange Adventures manager Jason Arnold is interviewed about that Godzilla-cover-thing that’s been floating around. Plus a civilian university student dropped by the shop to have a look around. She might not “do…