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…

Hamilton Spectator discusses Carpet King’s Comics Past

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.

The Montreal Gazette suggests you look at some D+Q books

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…

The Comics Journal reviews Prince Valiant by Hal Foster Vol. 4

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…

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…

FCBD in London, ON — comic shops actually working together?

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…

At DC, The Flash speeds forward to big event

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…

H.B. Fenn initiates bankruptcy proceedings

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

Paul à Angoulême

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

Kill Shakespeare profiled in MACLEAN’S Magazine

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.  

It’s tough to buy new near mint comics in Yellowknife NWT

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…

The New York Times Gift Guide: Graphic Books selected are 1/3 Canuck

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…

Quill & Quire Books of the Year *UPDATED*

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…

Remembrance Day – Two Generals

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…