Happenings: Girard, Ollman, Worton book launch – April 14, Toronto

A trio of creators unite this evening in Toronto to promote their recent releases from Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Pascal Girard has come to promote the English translation of his BD Conventum, originally published by Delcourt. D+Q continue their program of translating Quebec based BD (and it’s their second Girard translation after releasing Bigfoot… Read More Happenings: Girard, Ollman, Worton book launch – April 14, Toronto

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

February sees a bump in overall comics sales, periodicals face “middling effect”

February saw the comics periodical level off into a mire that reminds me of cable television shows – with a lot of different books appealing to the same sized audience.  January’s sales dip seems to have been countered though. What does it all mean? Hard to say really – but the return of some popular… Read More February sees a bump in overall comics sales, periodicals face “middling effect”

Awago Beach Buddies by the Tamakis to be published by Groundwood/First Second

Quill and Quire reports that Groundwood Books has acquired the rights to publish a new graphic novel by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki Groundwood Books publisher Patsy Aldana has acquired Canadian rights to Awago Beach Babies, a new graphic novel by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, about teenagers in cottage country and a Burger King in Niagara… Read More Awago Beach Buddies by the Tamakis to be published by Groundwood/First Second

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.

Diamond, iVerse Teaming Up to Offer Digital Content Via Comic Shops

For Immediate Release: Diamond, iVerse Teaming Up to Offer Digital Content Via Comic Shops Imagine a future where readers and fans can visit their local comic shop to buy not just physical copies of new comics, but also digital editions that aren’t available anywhere else, and can be viewed in multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad,… Read More Diamond, iVerse Teaming Up to Offer Digital Content Via Comic Shops

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

The Fantastic Heroes of Legend & Myth Come to Life at UDON

UDON ENTERTAINMENT PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE FANTASTIC HEROES OF LEGEND AND MYTH COME TO LIFE! UDON to release ‘Legendary Visions’ mythology art book Toronto, ON – January 31, 2011 –  The heroes, villains, monsters, and gods of legend have captivated the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for millennia. Now, Chile’s premiere fantasy… Read More The Fantastic Heroes of Legend & Myth Come to Life at UDON

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…

Somehow it all just comes together in the end… JSA Update 1/16

* Originally posted on 1/14 – revised and updated 1/16 The English nominating committee has submitted their choices for the categories of Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist, Cover Artist & Writer. All entries have been received and tabulated and we have our nominees for 2011.  Our five member French nominating committee got started a little later this… Read More Somehow it all just comes together in the end… JSA Update 1/16

D+Q to publish Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant Hardcover Collection Fall 2011

For Immediate Release: Montreal, QC — Drawn & Quarterly has acquired North American rights to Kate Beaton’s next collection, Hark! A Vagrant, it was announced today by Chris Oliveros, Editor-in-Chief, Acquiring Editor and Publisher of Drawn & Quarterly. “To say that the meteoric rise of Kate Beaton’s popularity is nothing short of a modern-day cartooning tour-de-force… Read More D+Q to publish Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant Hardcover Collection Fall 2011