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… Read More 2015 Comic Shop update – Who’s new? Who closed?
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… Read More Honest Ed’s and Mirvisch Village Sold – Rented back to David Mirvisch for 2-3 years.
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.
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… Read More The Montreal Gazette suggests you look at some D+Q books
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.
Just came across this great review of the fourth hardcover collection from Fantagraphics’s latest Prince Valiant collection by TCJ’s Matt Seneca. The conventional wisdom surrounding Prince Valiant these days characterizes it as a fussily drawn, belabored relic of the past. Of course, critical judgments of a comic stop mattering once you read it. A few… Read More The Comics Journal reviews Prince Valiant by Hal Foster Vol. 4
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… Read More Kingston, ON comic shop owner released from prison on drug charges
Local comic creators ‘reboot’ DC’s famous heroes – thestar.com. The 52 Reboot is still drawing press, this time the Toronto Star is profiling three local talents, Francis Manapul, Jeff Lemire, and Ken Lashley! Congrats on the article, gentlemen!
The Waterloo Region Record profiled Scott Chantler on the day of his signing in Guelph at the Dragon, but in advance of his Word on the Street Kitchener appearance yesterday.
Not every comic city is engaging in a battle for attention. London, ON is holding it’s annual passport to FCBD event, where the comic shops in the city actually work together (…for the most part, 5 out of 6 is a great number…) for the good of the industry and the retail environment in the… Read More FCBD in London, ON — comic shops actually working together?
According to Postmedia News and other sources — Hobby Star Marketing, the Toronto based producers of the comics and pop culture event Fan Expo Canada (TM) have filed an injunction against the producers of the UFC Fan Expo taking place this weekend in Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre over the use of the name… Read More Hobby Star Marketing files an injunction against the UFC over the name “Fan Expo”
Last weekend we had three regional comics events in Canada, as well as one large convention in the US. There are hardly any reports from the smaller one day comic shows, such as the ones that were held in Edmonton and Vancouver, but there have been a few reports from the 3-day Wizard Toronto Comic… Read More Too much of a good thing or too little? Trying to get a handle on Toronto Con reports
Matt Moore, of the Associated Press has an article that’s being spread far and wide today (for example, it appears in the METRO news today) in which he gives readers a heads up that some exciting things are happening these days with the DC Comics character The Flash under the creative wings of Geoff Johns… Read More At DC, The Flash speeds forward to big event
Breaking news: H.B. Fenn and Company, Canada’s largest book distributor (based in Bolton, ON), filed notice on Thursday that they were initiating bankruptcy proceedings. Fenn distributes a number of comics and graphic novel products to stores, educators and librarians across the country. Read more: The National Post Quill & Quire The Toronto Star
2010 Joe Shuster Award-winning Outstanding Cartoonist Michel Rabagliati (Paul à Quebec) is in France this month for Le Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême and is featured in this article on cyberpresse.ca
In the January 14th issue of MacLean’s magazine, writer Claire Ward takes a close look at Kill Shakespeare by the all Canadian comics team of Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy Belanger, Kagan McLeod and Ian Herring. You can read the article online here.
The Northern News Service has a story up about how difficult it is to buy new comics in Yellowknife, and discusses the feasibility of opening a comic book store in this relatively remote location. It also addresses most of my initial reactions, such as: – why not buy from an online retailer? well, you don’t… Read More It’s tough to buy new near mint comics in Yellowknife NWT
From the NY Times’s Gift Guide for Graphic Books – 9 selections make the cut, including 3 by Canadians: KILL SHAKESPEARE (IDW, $19.99) Volume 1 brings together the playwright’s heroes, including Hamlet and Juliet, and pits them against a pack of adversaries led by Richard III and Lady Macbeth, all of whom want to find… Read More The New York Times Gift Guide: Graphic Books selected are 1/3 Canuck
Quill & Quire, Canada’s Magazine of Book News & Reviews has started announcing their choices for Books of the Year online (the lists have been published in print in the December issue). We thought you might be interested in seeing their selections, and of course, we’d like to note the inclusion of the graphic novel… Read More Quill & Quire Books of the Year *UPDATED*
Two Generals — Scott Chantler’s excellent graphic novel translation of his grandfather’s war journal (published by McClelland & Stewart), is definitely one of the better books to come out this year by a Canadian cartoonist, and now that it is widely available in bookstores and comic book specialty stores, today would be a perfect day… Read More Remembrance Day – Two Generals