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… Read More 2015 Comic Shop update – Who’s new? Who closed?

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Honest Ed’s and Mirvisch Village Sold – Rented back to David Mirvisch for 2-3 years.

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.

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

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

Hobby Star Marketing files an injunction against the UFC over the name “Fan Expo”

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”

Too much of a good thing or too little? Trying to get a handle on Toronto Con reports

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

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

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