Fans = Appreciated

I’m exhausted and sore, but getting up to begin another day of work at my regular job… the 2011 Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event wrapped up yesterday and the guests have all headed home. What I liked about the show, and what I’m also hearing from the dealers, guests and fans that were there also… Read More Fans = Appreciated

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A Look at the Canadians nominated for Eisner Awards in 2011

The Eisner nominations were announced yesterday and I thought I’d take a nationalistic look at how Canadians were represented beyond just highlighting their names in red. The big individual Canadian creator nominee of this year is IAN BOOTHBY, who is nominated three times this year: – Best Humor Publication for The Comic Book Guy: The… Read More A Look at the Canadians nominated for Eisner Awards in 2011

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

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

Canada Reads wrap-up: Essex County wins the people’s choice. Final thoughts.

Yesterday the Canada Reads jury decided on the best book in Canada over the last decade: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. Sadly, it wasn’t The Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire, as it was the first of the top 5 voted off the list. However, the folks at CBC decided to run an… Read More Canada Reads wrap-up: Essex County wins the people’s choice. Final thoughts.

Pop! Retailer Panel Discussion – 1/2011 edition and some personal thoughts…

Our friend Jeffery Klaehn over at the Pop! blog has done another edition of his retailer panel discussion, and the participants are 50% Canadian: Panel Discussion Participants Gerry Gladston is co-owner of Midtown Comics in New York. Peter DeCourcy is manager of Blue Beetle Comics in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Jay Bardyla is the owner of… Read More Pop! Retailer Panel Discussion – 1/2011 edition and some personal thoughts…

JSA Holiday Update

As we are nearing the end of 2010 (15 days – only two shipping weeks!) we have a lot to be thankful for, and not many more new releases left to anticipate! This has been another big year for the Canadian comics scene and we are really excited to see what our nominating committees will… Read More JSA Holiday Update

Who watches the retailers? Kids Comics

Diamond Comics has rolled out a new program called kidscomics.com. This website will allow retailers deemed ‘kids-friendly’ to be located through the comic shop locator search function. The end goal is for customers interested in age relevant / age appropriate / kid friendly comics to find a comic shop location to purchase product.