BROUGHT TO YOU BY HAPPY HARBOR COMICSJune 15, 2015 – Canada has a rich tradition of supporting our national arts communities with awards that recognize the achievements of our citizens in books, music, stage, television and film – the JOE SHUSTER AWARD is Canada’s national award that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comics books, graphic novels and webcomics.
They are named after pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and his friend and neighbour Jerry Siegel that electrified the industry over 75 years ago in 1938 and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon and spawned a legion of costume-clad adventure heroes and heroines.
It was the absence of Superman and his costumed peers from Canadian newsstands during World War II that would help spawn Canada’s first and last country-wide attempt at launching an indigenous, Canadian comic book industry and saw the rise of popular characters like Freelance, Nelvana and Johnny Canuck. The end of the war eliminated these restrictions and Canadian comic companies disappeared shortly afterwards. Since then Canadian creators have been part of a larger North America-wide comic-book industry and in some cases, international publishing efforts, which is why we recognize Canadians who work within the framework of the larger comics ‘industry’.
Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators of original works published and distributed during the year 2014, as well as reviewing websites, retail stores and more. Qualifying creators must be Canadian citizens – living at home or abroad, or a recognized as a permanent resident of Canada and been living in Canada for at least three years. The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.
The ceremony will take place in Fall 2015 at a venue to be announced.
And the nominees are:
Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web
SOPHIE BEDARD – Glorieux printemps
BOUM – Boumeries
NICOLE CHARTRAND – Fey Winds
MICHAEL DEFORGE – Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero
CANAAN GRALL – Max Overacts
KATE LETH – Little Ghost
TARA TALLAN – Galaxion
TY TEMPLETON – Bun Toons
Writer / Scénariste
ED BRISSON – 24, X-File/TMNT (IDW), The Field, Sheltered (image), Robocop: Beta, Robocop: Last Stand, Sons of Anarchy (Boom!)
BRENDAN FLETCHER – Gotham Academy (with BECKY CLOONAN), Batgirl (with CAMERON STEWART ) (DC)
ALEXANDRE FONTAINE-ROUSSEAU – Les cousines vampires (Pow Pow)
JEFF LEMIRE – Animal Man, Green Arrow, New 52: Future’s End, Teen Titans: Earth One (DC) The Valiant (with MATT KINDT) (Valiant)
RYAN NORTH – Adventure Time, Midas Touch (Boom!), Original Sins (Marvel)
YVES PELLETIER – Le pouvoir de l’amour (La Pastèque)
MARIKO TAMAKI – This One Summer (Groundwood Books)
KURTIS WIEBE – Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens (image)
Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures
MIKE DEL MUNDO
Artist / Dessinateur
ADRIAN ALPHONA – Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
NICK BRADSHAW – Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers (Marvel)
LEONARD KIRK – Fantastic Four (Marvel)
MIKAEL – Promise Tome 2 – L’Homme souffrance (Glénat BD)
JULIE ROCHELEAU – La colère de Fantômas -2- Tout l’or de Paris (Dargaud)
JILLIAN TAMAKI – This One Summer (Groundwood Books)
CHIP ZDARSKY – Sex Criminals (image)
Cartoonist / Auteur
SPONSORED BY THE STORY ATTIC
BLONK – 23h72 (Pow Pow)
NINA BUNJEVAC – Fatherland (Jonathan Cape)
EMILY CARROLL – Through the Woods (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
MICHAEL CHO – Shoplifter (Pantheon)
MEAGS FITZGERALD – Photobooth: A Biography (Conundrum Press)
JESSE JACOBS – Safari Honeymoon (Koyama Press)
BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY – Seconds : A Graphic Novel (Ballantine)
RICHARD SUICIDE – Chroniques du centre-sud (Pow Pow)
The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
SPONSORED BY THE DRAGON
This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.
AGENT JEAN TOMES 6 ET 7 (Presses Aventure) – ALEX A.
THREE THIEVES BOOKS 4 AND 5 (Kids Can Press) – SCOTT CHANTLER
A CAT NAMED TIM AND OTHER STORIES (Koyama Press) – JOHN MARTZ
MIDAS FLESH (Boom!) – RYAN NORTH
MADDY KETTLE: THE ADVENTURE OF THE THIMBLEWITCH (Top Shelf) – ERIC ORCHARD
ARIANE ET NICOLAS TOME 8 (Vents d’Ouest /Premières Lignes) – PAUL ROUX
THIS ONE SUMMER (Groundwood Books) – MARIKO TAMAKI, JILLIAN TAMAKI
Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)
Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 30th, 2015.
Nominees for the Gene Day Award will be announced in early July 2015 along with the date and location of the award ceremony.
Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
Named after the Harry Kremer, the original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The CCBCAA maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee overseen by Scott VanderPloeg and Anthony Falcone from Comic Book Daily reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories. For inquiries please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMAZING STORIES (Saskatoon, SK)
ANOTHER DIMENSION (Calgary, AB)
THE COMIC HUNTER (Moncton, NC)
COMIC READERS (Regina, SK)
CONSPIRACY COMICS (Burlington, ON)
EXPERT COMICS (Montreal, QC)
GALAXY COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES (Winnipeg, MB)
IMAGINAIRE (Quebec City, QC)
PARADISE COMICS (Toronto, ON)
STADIUM COMICS (Brampton, ON)
The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
SPONSORED BY ALL NEW COMICS, INC.
The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community.
MICHAEL HIRSH (1948-) AND PATRICK LOUBERT (1947-)
– Authors of the book The Great Canadian Comic Books, published in 1971, which looked primarily at the Canadian Whites, comics published in Canada during World War II. Hirsh and Loubert acquired the Bell Features archives and reprint rights for the comics, which included Nelvana of the Northern Lights and Johnny Canuck, from Bell’s capital investor John Ezrin. The archives included copies of the comics, original artwork and more which were used as the foundation for the book. It was followed by a two-year touring gallery exhibit ‘Comic Art Traditions in Canada, 1941-45.’ They would go on to form animation studio Nelvana, Ltd. (named after Adrian Dingle’s character) with Clive Smith and would later donate the material from Bell Features to the National Archives where they reside to this day, preserving part of our national comics heritage. Without their efforts, recent collections of Adrian Dingle’s Nelvana and Leo Bachle’s Johnny Canuck would not have been possible.
ROBERT CHARPENTIER (1960-2014)
– Rob or Bob as he was known to his friends and customers, was a long-time fixture on the Toronto comics scene as a comics retailer and fan. At his Danforth Avenue store Shining Knight Comics, later rebranded Comics & More, Bob believed strongly that the local comics shop should be active in, and support the local community. He sponsored many local teams, schools and young people’s organizations. In the summer of 2014 he was diagnosed with brain cancer and began treatment, but succumbed to the disease in late 2014, he was 54 years old.
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
DORIS SLATER (1918-1964)
Doris Slater of Chatham and later Toronto, Ontario attended the Ontario College of art in the late 1930’s, and was hired by brother-in-law Ted McCall at Anglo-American Comics to work on the first issues of Grand Slam Comics and Three Aces Comics for which she drew characters like Pat the Air Cadet and Martin Blake, The Animal King. In the fall of 1944 Doris made arrangements to draw scripts from Pat Joudry’s popular CBC radio show “Penny’s Diary” for Bell Features’ Active Comics 29-26. Around this time she also married popular Canadian crooner Russ Titus and soon had two children Robin and Patricia. The marriage did not last long as Titus moved to England to pursue an entertainment career under the name Larry Cross. After the decline of the Canadian comics industry, Doris drew commercially for magazines and children’s books and did murals. She would move to teaching, and taught art in Brantford and later Ottawa. In 1964, Doris Titus was killed in head on collision. Her daughter Patti, who was in the back seat, survived the accident. Doris Slater/Titus was 56, and is recognized as Canada’s first female comic book creator.
JAMES WALEY (1951-)
James Waley was the publisher, editor-in-chief, and sometimes writer, artist and colourist of Orb Magazine, a quality black and white magazine-sized anthology, which could be found on Canadian newsstands between 1974 and 1976. Orb lasted six issues. With it, Jim provided readers with some of the most sophisticated comic book stories available anywhere while giving a start to many young creators, many of whom would become the finest Canadian comic artists and writers of their generation. He also co-created Canadian superhero the Northern Light, who debuted in Orb and would later appear in the American publication Power Comics. Waley’s many other subsequent accomplishments include writing for Heavy Metal, creating a comic from scratch for Charlton, filling the Propeller Gallery with art by prominent Toronto comic book artists, running the monthly one-day convention “Supershow” for many years at the Ontario College of Art, and being instrumental in developing the Joe Shuster Award as co-founder and instigator of the idea of a Canadian comic book award.
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About The Joe Shuster Awards
Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s national award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. The name is used with the approval of the Estate of Joe Shuster – Michael Catron, Estate Agent.
For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at email@example.com
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 or I knew about it, so it wasn’t completely neglected. ~Kev), so there had been a bunch of changes (and thank you, I don’t need anymore emails regarding the Silver Snail’s move) that needed to be reflected. But the real impetus behind this update is that the wife and I are heading to the annual ComicsPro meeting in Portland, OR.
This is the most important comic event of the year for retailers as it has a 100% business focus, meetings and presentations with publishers and suppliers and distributors and retailer colleagues, rather than the carnival atmosphere of a comic convention. Jennifer will be giving a presentation on how to grow your comic retail business through kids comics, while I will use this opportunity to bring the Canadian market into focus for these business partners, especially given the risks that are present with a $0.75 dollar, and projections by the international banking community that we could hit $0.60 in no time. Make no mistake, when you’re buying in Canadian dollars and selling at US listed prices, things are dangerous. Not every customer will understand it, but retailers need to increase prices to reflect the weakness of the dollar, but beyond that the fact is that retailers will become more risk adverse on product selection as a non-sale, or misselection error, compounds things much more rapidly. Cash flow is king in the comic retailing business.
Maybe by reminding these business partners that there are over 320 accounts in Canada, reflecting approximately 15% of the market (as the current thought is that there are 2600 comic shops), will give us some help in the coming months. Or maybe not. I hope to do some surveys with other Canadian retailers about the coming low-value-dollar-days, how they see their business and how they will deal with the results.
There have been a lot of new stores pop up across Canada in the last couple of years, and a lot of established stores upgraded facilities and increased space, taking on higher costs of rent and square footage and staffing. “Investors have very short memories,” said Roman Abramovich, and the same can be said of comic retailers who survived the early 2000’s. Here’s hoping that a low dollar jump starts the Ontario manufacturing base and the 36 new comic shops that have popped up can stay open. The pessimist in me predicts that we will see 40 shops across Canada close in the next 2 years.
5 Stores as of last review.
1 Store Opened – The Game Cave (looking into status as comic shop)
1 Store Closed – Buddytoad Comics
1 Store Removed – Sword ‘n’ Steele (does not sell comics, gaming focused)
4 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015 (pending ruling on The Game Cave)
– The Lair celebrated 5 years in business in 2014.
– TimeMasters were selected as a Top 10 finisher for the Harry Kremer award in 2014 .
9 Stores as of last review.
9 Stores Opened – Capes and Cowls; Galactic Paradox; Hibiki Anime Shop; My Secret Identity; Ragnarok Hobbies; Rainbow’s End; The Local NPC Games & Comics; Games People Play; Wilkies Wonderful World of Comics, Coins, Cards & Collectables
1 Store Closed – Batter’s Box in Truro
1 Store Removed – Collectible Comic Guild in Sydney
16 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
– Strange Adventures Halifax moved into a new location along the waterfront (now located at 5110 Prince St, Halifax, NS B3J 1L3)
– Quantum Frontier moved across the street (now located at 3132 Robie St. Halifax, NS B3K4P7), this new location has allowed the addition of a cafe
– Batter’s Box in Truro closed after 27 years!. The small town of 12,000 people couldn’t support two comic game stores. When I spoke to the owner, Ralph, in 2012, he had moved comics to subs only. The comic business had shrunk and was no longer a focus. My doff my cap to the fact the shop made it 27 years.
– 9 new comic shops have opened (or been discovered) in Nova Scotia since the last update: Capes and Cowls – Galactic Paradox – Hibiki Anime Shop – My Secret Identity – Ragnarok Hobbies – Rainbow’s End – The Local NPC Games & Comics – Games People Play – Wilkies Wonderful World of Comics, Coins, Cards & Collectables
10 Stores as of last review.
1 Store Opened – Heroes’ Beacon
0 Stores Closed
1 Store Removed – Reads United Book Exchange
10 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
News: – Heroes’ Beacon has opened as a replacement for Reads United Book Exchange. It appears that former managers of the Reads shop joined forces, along with Indiegogo contributors, to rebrand and reopen a new, bigger & better shop in the same location. The successful Heroes’ Beacon Indiegogo campaign video .
2 Stores as of last review.
0 Stores Opened
0 Stores Closed 0 Stores Removed
2 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
News: – 2 comic shops remain in PEI. Both stores were visited in person in Summer of 2013.
46 Stores as of last review.
3 Stores Opened
6 Stores Closed
1 Store Removed – Chez Geek is gaming focused, no comics
Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
Komico had a fire in their store, just before Christmas 2015. They salvaged what they could, packed up and moved next door to continue operations.
New Comic Shops that OPENED
Crossover Comics, Montreal
Boutique FDB, Gatineau
Stores that CLOSED
La Bête Noire, Drummondville – Closed. Not at location. Removed from listing
Hey, Le Comic!, Laval – Closed July 2014. Removed from listing
Carley’s Comics, Montreal – announced they will be closing by May 2015. Removed from listing
Chez Geeks, Montreal – Game focus, no longer stock comics. Removed from listing
Legends Action Figures, Montreal – Closed December 2013. Removed from listing
D’Artagnan, Pointe Clair – Unable to locate. Presumed closed. Removed from listing
The 4th Wall / Librairie The 4th Wall, Pointe Clair – Closed October 1, 2014. Removed from listing
123 Stores as of last review.
35 Stores Opened – HOLY! Lots of folks want to own a comic shop these days!
21 Stores Closed – 18 previously listed stores closed, as well as 3 shops that opened and then closed between updates.
1 Store Removed – Just By Chance Games no longer does comics
136 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
Rogues Gallery underwent a 2nd floor expansion that has been in the planning for 9 years!
J & B Books expanded into a second location, and now the comic book business is run out of the new location at 97 Dundas Street W. Trenton, ON K8V 3P4
Fantasy Realms in Cornwall went through one of the worst experiences any retail business could go through, from Nov 11th to end of day Dec 24th the front of the shop was boarded up as the facade underwent renovations. They will celebrate 30 years in business in 2015.
World’s Collide – Oshawa – owner looking to retire! Lease ends in March 2015, so this store may be closing.
Stores that moved
Border City Comics, Windsor moved
Retro Rocket, Cambridge moved
Lookin’ For Heroes, Kitchener moved
Gotham Central Comics and Collectibles, Mississauga moved
Planet Hobby, Mississauga moved
Big B Comics – Niagara Falls moved
Comic Connection Oakville moved
Silver Snail Toronto moved
Mike’s Book Store, Owen Sound moved
Comic 1 Books, Stoney Creek has new ownership, and the store moved
New Comic Shops that OPENED
Dr. Comics, Toronto (was previously known as Kensington Comics)
The Comic Pile, Toronto
West End Comics, Toronto
Horsemen Comics & Toys, Toronto
Little Island Comics, Toronto
TCAF Shop, Toronto
Sketchbook Comics, St. Catharines
Koros Games, Orangeville
Anime Stop, Ottawa
The Hooded Goblin, Georgetown
Fortress Comics, Milton
Milton Comics & Toys, Milton
Kobold’s Corner, Kanata
Forest City Coins, London – for high end back issues
Things From Mom’s Basement, Peterborough
Nutt’s Collectables, Woodstock Note: I used to shop here occasionally until 2000. The store moved around Woodstock, and did close at one point. I drove by, confirming the shop does exist.
Retro Rare Collectibles, Mississauga – for high end back issues
Comic Alley Toys, Oshawa – this is basically a rebranded Wyldstar. No new release comics.
Bounty Hunter Toys, Hamilton – toy shop with vintage high grade comics
The Giddy Goblin, Hanover
Jacks on Queen, Elmvale
Dungeon Comics, Burlington – this is a second location for the Dundas, ON shop. This business was previously known as Collector’s Vault, which was not part of our listing due to newness.
Aardvark Comics, Burlington
JC Collectibles, Brantford
Kingston Nexus Gaming, Kingston – a game store that has begun doing comics, hired Adam Pottier from 4c8b
R&D Comics, Aurora
Labyrinth, Oakville – a second location for this business, now located across from Sheridan, a great match for a shop specializing in art books
Stores that CLOSED
Project Asylum Comics, 2188 Mountain Grove Avenue, Burlington, Ontario – Was never listed in the database. Store is closed.
Nuclear Winter Comics, Cards & Gaming, 654 Wonderland Road Unit #6, London, Ontario – Was never listed in the database. Store closed September 2014.
Sign of the Times, 211 King St. West, Brockville, Ontario – This store was only 5 months old when a robbery forced the business to close
Goodsell Collectables, Belleville – Closed.
Heroes Lounge, Carleton Place – Closed.
Cover to Cover, Collingwood – Does not sell comic books.
Mountain Bookstore, Hamilton – Closed November 2013.
4 Colour, 8 Bit Comics & Games – Closed January 2015
Gamedom, Milton – Closed.
AOD Collectables, Mississauga – Closed.
All Star Sports Cards & Comics, Newmarket – No longer sell comics.
Pulp Comics, Niagara Falls – Closed December 2014. Removed from listing Owner Paul Tappay talks about why he chose to close the shop.
The Book & Net Cafe, North Bay – Unable to located. Presumed Closed.
Wyldstar, Oshawa – Closed.
Kaos Komix, Richmond Hill – Closed.
3rd Quadrant Comics, Toronto – Announced closing Feb/Mar 2015.
Comics & More, Toronto – Closed due to passing of owner Rob Charpentier.
Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, Toronto – Announced closing April 30, 2015. Sponsor of these awards. (Director’s note: this is my shop. Since our lease is up, our neighbours didn’t want to renew and I don’t want to move to a new location in the current climate, so I’ll maintain the storefront online for now and do local shows as the Lounge. ~Kev)
The Comic Post – Closed in 2012.
Planet X, St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto – This location closed. 2 other Planet X shops remain.
Just By Chance Games, Waterloo – Game store focus.
Hugin & Munin, Windsor – Closed.
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12 Stores as of last review.
2 Stores Opened – I Want That Stuff in Brandon; Cobra Collectibles in Winnipeg
3 Stores Closed – Raven’s on Portage is closed (not previously listed); Arkham Asylum Comics Collectibles (not previously listed); Maluga’s Memorabilia (not previously listed)
1 Store Removed – Raven’s Toys on St. Mary’s has been rebranded as the above Cobra Collectibles
13 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
News: – Cobra Collectibles has risen from the ashes of Raven’s. Raven’s underwent a name change and rebranding, becoming Cobra Collectibles. The Raven’s Portage location closed and the St. Mary’s location moved up the street (now located at 2984 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3S1)
Maxx Collectibles has moved into a new location (now located at 835 Cavalier Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2Y 1C6)
Brandon, MB saw the most activity in comics retail: I Want That Stuff opened up in Brandon, while two other shops (Arkham Asylum Comics Collectibles and Maluga’s Memorabilia) both opened and closed between reviews.
7 Stores as of last review.
2 Stores Opened – Collectors Edge, Readers Haven
2 Stores Closed – Phoenix Comics; Hoknes Comics (Not Previously Listed)
0 Stores Removed
8 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
2 new comic shops have opened (or been discovered) in Saskatchewan since the last update:
– Phoenix Comics closed after 17 years. Gerry Macdonald retired as a teacher, then opened a comic shop. A forthcoming rental increase in the sizzling hot Saskatchewan market pushed Gerry to make the choice. Lack of supply for retail frontage in the rapidly growing city, has caused rental rates to sharply increase.
– And then there is the sad story of Hoknes Comics which opened with fanfare (here is a process video of the store developing pre-opening) was forced to close after being in business after only 2 months due to a fire destroying the building .
34 Stores as of last review.
3 Stores Opened – Phoenix Comics Inglewood; Imaginary Wars; Kapow Ltd. Comics, Cards & Games
1 Store Closed – Bazinga Comics
1 Store Removed – Wide Choice, replaced by Hanger 19
36 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
– Treasure Cove in Airdrie moved to a new location (now located at 118 1st Ave NE, Airdrie, Alberta, T4B 0R6)
– Wide Choice Books closed and was taken over and/or was rebranded as Hanger 19 at the same address, using the same phone number.
– 3 new comic shops have opened (or been discovered) in Alberta since the last update:
– Phoenix Comics SW opened a 2nd location, Phoenix Comics Inglewood
-Bazinga Comics in Leduc closed
– Anime Hypercubed in Grande Prairie is for sale, perfect for someone looking to move a 7 hour drive North of Edmonton, smack into the Bitumen patch. Work in the tar sand, take a buddy to run the comic shop
54 Stores as of last review.
10 Stores Opened – Curious Comics Langford; T&N Games; Sector 2814 Comics & Toys; Dave’s Pop Culture; The Phoenix Nest; GameStars; Game-Bit; Dealers Choice Sports Cards and Collectables; Players Wanted Games and Collectibles; Pulpfiction Books East
10 Stores Closed – Gotham Collectibles; Clouda’s Cards, Comics, Coffee; Collectors Choice Sports Cards Comics & Collectibles; Haney Books; Comic Station Cafe; Iwase Books Canada; Book-Off; The Connection Games; Trippys Emporium; Kyogic Comics
2 Stores Removed – Spruce City Resale; Mad Hatter Book Store
52 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
Big Pete’s moved
Hourglass Comics moved
Pulpfiction Books West moved .
2 Stores as of last review.
1 Store Opened – Stuff 2 Do (Iqaluit, Nunavat)
0 Stores Closed
0 Stores Removed – Ogre’s Lair continues to be a non-comics, gaming focused store; they continue to be listed due to scarcity of hobby stores in the North.
3 Total Stores currently open as of January 2015
News: – Stuff 2 Do was selected as a Top 10 finisher for the Harry Kremer award in 2014
News today out of Toronto that David Mirvish has completed negotiations to sell the large property at Bathurst and Bloor that includes comic book stores The Beguiling and it’s satellite store for children’s comics Little Island Comics.
Discussed in an earlier article on this site, Markham Street as long had historical ties to comics, as it was the home to Canada’s first comic shop, Memory Land, and to the first comic art festival in 1968 (with guest Stan Lee). It was also home to some to the 2nd Toronto Comic Arts Festival in an adjacent parking lot in 2005.
It had been confirmed that the property has been sold to BC based developers WESTBANK PROPERTIES, the deal will be completely finalized by the end of the year. Westbank is responsible for the Shangri-La Hotels in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as other buildings on the west coast is very design intensive, which is something Mirvisch is very much in favour of doing with his own projects downtown on King Street, which will be partially funded by the sale of this land. They are known for building luxury condos and hotels.
Westbank is the winner in a race that had an unknown number of horses. Sources have independently told me that the Weston Group (Loblaws) was very interested in the land, and American retailers Wal-Mart and Target had also expressed interest. Originally assessed at a price of 100-million dollars, chances are the final deal is for a sum larger than that amount.
Since Westbank has no concrete plans as of yet for the 1.8 hectares of land that runs more than a block West of Bathurst and Bloor and a block South of it — and if they did the designs would have to go through the long process of permits and approvals — so they are renting the land back to David Mirvish for at least 2 to possibly 3 years. Plus the city of Toronto voted to hold off on approving anything until 2014, so they’ll have time to start surveying and consulting and readying for the inevitable discussions with Toronto’s City Council.
This of course gives the current Mirvisch Village tenants some more time to make some more long-term plans. Since Mirvisch is renting the land from the new owners, it could be assumed that he will continue to charge the lower, subsidized rent that MV tenants have been paying for decades, but that’s not a definite. Also not definite is the fate of his father’s retail store, which will probably run down business before the rental term is completed.
Greetings from Hermes Press! We are a comic book and popular culture art publisher based in New Castle, Pennsylvania. We are a family business that has existed since 2001, and run our company with only 3 full-time employees, along with our unpaid office-dog Moose. Over the years HP has reprinted such titles as The Phantom, Buck Rogers, and Dark Shadows. We have also dabbled in new works such as Scratch9.
Our newest reprint project, Neil the Horse, is a reprint of the much-beloved 1980s Canadian comic book series created by Arn Saba (now Katherine Collins). Hermes Press wants to print Neil the Horse, but to do that we need your help!
We are already working on restoring the pages, but don’t have the dedicated funds to print the book. Until we do, it’ll just be sitting on our desktops! By helping us fund this project, you will be saving an iconic series. Neil the Horse will always be in comics history. But we want more for our horsey hero. How about letting him live again?
Neil and his friends Soapy and Mam’selle Poupée are an always-struggling songand-dance act. To gain success, they will go anywhere, do anything, and put up with anything — like a trip to Hell, or captivity inside a video game, or a gang of slap-happy aliens in a stunt-driving saucer. Oh, and a drunken and disorderly back-up band of cats.
Neil is a happy go-lucky (and not too bright) horse with a mania for bananas. He’s one heck of a tap-dancer and singer, and he can also get down to breakdancing. He adores his two pals, and will do anything for them.
Mam’selle Poupée is a romantic and lovelorn living doll from France, whose wooden body is jointed with hinges. With red circles on her cheeks, curly blonde hair, and large bust, Poupée appears to be a cross between Raggedy Ann and Dolly Parton. She is a serious dancer, and practices at the studio every day.
Soapy is a street-wise and cynical (with a heart of gold) orange alley cat, a cigarsmoker and a drinker, who serves as their trumpet player, manager and the brains of the operation. Neil thinks that Soapy is the smartest guy in the world . . . and he just might be right.
The book includes an introduction by Trina Robbins, and brand-new commentary by Neil’s creator, Katherine Collins. There’s also some rare art, and souvenirs of the early career of Neil.
Help us help you get this project started so that we can successfully reprint Neil the Horse!
What We Need & What You Get
So what exactly do we need this money for? All of our work in done in-house, so that’s already paid for by our boss, but we are lacking funding in one very specific area: printing. The cost to print this kind of book is pretty high if we do it correctly (and we want it done correctly!)
We want $15,000 to pay for printing the book, as well as shipping it back to the United States (we print in China). None of this money will go to anything but our printing costs, because we want, more than anything, to preserve this comic series.
If you help us, beyond the satisfaction of knowing that you put your money to a good cause, you can also get a copy of the finished book if we get funding!
We want to keep this simple and keep costs down, so the only real perks are the regular edition of the comic book reprint or the special limited edition version, with extra pages, and signed by Katherine Collins. The regular edition is priced currently at $60.00, and the limited edition at $95.00. You’ll also get your name in the Thanks page if you donate $25 or more!
Every project Hermes Press has done has been a success. This time we decided to reach out to the fans, old and new alike, and see if they’d like to be a part of the process from the beginning, instead of just at the bookstore.
By reprinting Neil the Horse you will be helping preserve a unique comic creation. Not to mention Making the World Safe for Musical Comedy, of course!
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The ‘SAVE NEIL THE HORSE’ INDIEGOGO Campaign runs until November 7, 2013. Please help if you want to see this book printed.
The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association is pleased to announce the venue of the 2013 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony. The 8 2013 awards and 3 Hall of Fame presentations will be presented on SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013 at JACKMAN HALL at the Art Gallery of Ontario, starting at 8:30 PM.
Seating: 200 – priority seating for nominees, their family and friends and other industry professionals, with limited general admission seating.
The Art Gallery of Ontario – 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
The Art Gallery of Ontario is an art museum in Toronto’s Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day.
Jackman Hall has it’s own entrance on McCaul Street, South of Dundas Street West (pictured above)
.About The Joe Shuster Awards
Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national and bilingual award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. The name is used with the approval of the Estate of Joe Shuster – Michael Catron, Estate Agent.
2013 Sponsors include: Guerilla Printing, The Dragon, The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery, Autodesk.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Some amazing Canadian comic talent has assembled to create TRUE PATRIOT, an anthology of unmistakably Canadian content. Amongst the fellowship are:
Adrian Alphona (Runaways), Andy B. (Kill Shakespeare), J. Bone (Super Friends), Jack Briglio (Scooby Doo), Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Agnes Garbowska (Girl Comics), Faith Erin Hicks (Adventure Time), Tim Levins (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Ramon Perez (A Tale of Sand), Ron Salas (28 Days Later), Jay Stephens (Secret Saturdays), J. Torres (Teen Titans Go), Howard Wong (After the Cape).
They need your help! There’s a campaign running at Indiegogo to get financing, and there’s only four days left to get them to their goal! It looks like it’ll be a fantastic book, so get on board and help this get made.
Comic Book Resources was the first to break the news that Canadian cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks‘ comics strip and webcomic the Adventures of Superhero Girl will be collected into a nifty hardcover edition by Dark Horse Comics in February 2013 for $16.99US. The black and white series is to be coloured for publication by Cris Peter.
Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 blog contributor Tim O’Shea sat down with Ty Templeton to discuss his contributions to Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Spider-Man, Avenging Spider-Man, his courses at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, Holmes Inc., On the Couch, being on the short list for a Joe Shuster Webcomics Award for Bun Toons and much more!
O’Shea: When you get nominated as a potential finalist for The Joe Shuster Awards (Webcomics), does recognition like that help expand your audience for Bun Toons?
Templeton: It’s only been a couple of weeks since the finalist/potential nomination thing was announced, so I can’t tell yet. I tend to have wildly different attention for each Bun Toon, depending on the subject matter. When I pick on Frank Miller or Alan Moore our readership quadruples from the strips when I say sentimental things about my family. Since the short list/nomination announcement, I’ve been getting a fairly average readership, but I haven’t been going after Frank Miller as much lately.
Anthony Falcone asked me to link to this column he wrote about his experiences moderating a Q&A panel at the Toronto Comic Con earlier in April with Ken Lashley, Marcus To and Marco Rudy.
According to Comic Book Resources, this is now happening, and I have little to say on it except that in business, lawsuits happen all of the time when lines of perception are crossed. In the end, this will hopefully settle some long unresolved questions.
Update: Yes, since the same individual that has been stalking Hobbystar for almost a decade pointed out on twitter, I do work for Hobbystar on their conventions, organizing comic book guests. And I also used to be the co-owner of the Paradise Comicon that was sold to Wizard.
As individuals, we often wonder about the philosophical impact that legal decisions have on the marketplace. Can someone go after someone else legally for a slang name Comicon/Comic Con, etc.? Personally, I think not. When I was doing the old con I was told it couldn’t be protected except in certain rare contexts. Nevertheless, we changed the name to the Paradise Toronto Comicon to eliminate confusion from the pre-existing HSM event.
As fans, we often jump to conclusions as to what things are about. Certainly there’s a long history here in Toronto involving different participants that gets revived by fans and the comics press whenever something happens. Automatically “con war” gets thrown around by certain folks and certain comics media people. Wizard has been here for three years now, and the events have, up until now, had few issues. Although from time to time, one would hear innuendo about what one side had said or done.
What is relevant here in this lawsuit is that Hobbystar has a brand of show that has been active and visible at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre since 2001. That brand is “Toronto ComiCON”.
Wizard wanted to bring their “Toronto Comic Con” show (a brand they created in 2010 from the ashes of the Paradise Toronto Comicon – both of which were held a different and distinct facility in another part of town) to the MTCC, so they booked space at the facility during the time of year that Hobbystar has traditionally held a Toronto ComiCON at the MTCC. The shows have been co-existing for two years in different parts of town, but now, as the Toronto Star so succinctly implied Toronto ComiCON / Toronto Comic Con. Same basic name. Identical facility. Similar events. Different promoters.
So there’s a lawsuit. Let the courts figure it out.
As of today, Toronto’s 98 branch public library system is closed.
This includes places like the Lillian Smith Branch (home of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy which has a large graphic novel contingent) where we held the 2008 Joe Shuster Awards ceremony, and the Metro Toronto Reference Library, the home of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which is scheduled for May 5-6, 2012 — approximately 6+ weeks away
According to news sources, CUPE (the union that represents 2300+ Toronto Public Library workers) walked away from the bargaining table yesterday, as they felt that the talks with the city and the Toronto Public Library Board weren’t going anywhere. Job security seems to be the primary sticking point.
Bottom line is that for now, Toronto’s public libraries are no longer accessible to Toronto’s citizens, many of whom were able to access some very well-stocked graphic novel collections — particularly at the downtown branches. Borrowers have been told to hold on to the items they checked out of the libraries before Sunday, and that late fees will not be charged for the duration of the strike. Certainly the city’s homeless will be despondent over the lack of access to the Toronto Reference Library’s restrooms.
What does this mean, ultimately, for TCAF? For now, one would hope that the union and the city manage to get together and hammer out a new deal before the Festival, which attracts creators from all around the world and across the country, and is also the weekend for the annual presentation of the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning.
Sorry about the lack of updates this week, so much has been going on with… well, everything this week.
Between the announcement of the guest list for the March Toronto ComiCon, plans and coordination for Fan Expo Vancouver in April, the Dragon Lady closing and all of the related press coverage that has been getting, rumours of what is going to happen next with the Silver Snail, coordinating some shipments I have coming in and going out, and so on (not to mention my research work during the day) I haven’t had time to do much posting. Robert has been working on more regional retailer round-ups.
– we’ll be posting the Eligible Creators List for 2011 that we’ll be looking for feedback on. 2012 Nominating committee will be finalized and we can get on with selecting the list for 2012. Andrew completed the updates to the Webcomics list last weekend so if you haven’t had time to check it out, please take a look and discover some great comics.
– on Wednesday night in Toronto it’s the Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand Industry Night release party at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop with Ramon Perez. It looks like we have copies of the book available for the event so come on down and check it out of you can.
– Finally, I’ve been working on something top secret that I hope to be able to share the news about with you as early as next Monday.
As announced in today’s PW Daily by Calvin Reid, this holiday season, the Drawn & Quarterly classic graphic novels LOUIS RIEL A COMIC-STRIP BIOGRAPHY and PAYING FOR IT A COMIC-STRIP BIOGRAPHY ABOUT BEING A JOHN by the award-winning and iconoclastic cartoonist Chester Brown, will each be available as ebooks via KOBO’s Vox Reader, it was announced today by Peggy Burns, Associate Publisher of Marketing & Sales. Known for its astute editorial standards and high print production values, this venture marks the Montreal-based company’s first foray into the digital sphere.
“Many people assumed we would never do ebooks, whereas the opposite was true. We were open to the idea, but wanted to approach it cautiously,” said Burns. “This past Fall, we had a fortuitous series of events that brought the project to the foreground. Chester voiced his desire for ebooks, CBC Canada Reads shortlisted LOUIS RIEL in its top-ten for its annual contest, and most importantly, the fellow Canadian company Kobo inquired if we would consider ebooks. Kobo’s pitch was very friendly and nonexclusive and they promote CBC Canada Reads. They understood who we are, our hesitancy and what is important to us. It all happened very organically which is how we prefer to do business.”
D+Q production manager Tracy Hurren oversaw the project and worked with Kobo to ensure that the same care and attention D+Q gives towards its print editions was in place for the ebooks. The arrangement is nonexclusive and D+Q expects to add more titles by different authors and devices throughout 2012.
Lastly, D+Q is proud to announce that the company will be splitting the net proceeds of its ebook sales equally with its authors, and is in agreement with the Writer’s Union of Canada.
“D+Q has always been an author-centric company, it is this ethos that has shaped us into who we are today,” said Chris Oliveros, D&Q’s Publisher and Editor-In-Chief. “It only seemed natural to offer the fairest proposition to our authors.”
Ian McGillis has submitted a special report in today’s Montreal Gazette entitled Comics and graphics Novels: The State of the Art.
It’s basically a run down of books recently published by Montreal’s Drawn & Quarterly – including the latest from Kate Beaton, Seth, Marc Bell and more. McGillis addresses the fact that 10 of his 13 selections are D+Q publications in his introduction:
Graphic literature went from strength to strength in 2011, edging ever closer to the day when it will be spoken of as literature, period. Any form that can embrace subjects and styles ranging from academic studies to visual novels to social history to uproarious parody has a vitality that speaks for itself, and the books below represent the state of the art. The preponderance of titles from Drawn & Quarterly, it should be emphasized, is not hometown boosterism; the Montreal publisher is a world leader in the field, and this year might have been its best.
I’m not convinced it isn’t boosterism, but Drawn & Quarterly DID publish some great books this fall, no doubt about that!
The Toronto Star’s Andrew Chung takes a look at Michel Rabagliati and his Paul series shortly after the release of the seventh volume Paul au Parc.