Award season continues — what of the JSAs? An Update is Provided

Okay, so the Prix Bedeis Causa were handed out last month, the Doug Wright Awards are being presented this Saturday night, and the Prix Bedelys are going to be presented on June 2nd. What about the Joe Shuster Awards? Well, they’ll be handed out in late August, and we’re almost finished with the selection process….

What makes a comic store a great comic store?

First off, I’d like to mention that this year we have two fellows joining the CCBCAA who are coordinating the HARRY KREMER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK RETAILER AWARD – Anthony Falcone and Scott VanderPloeg, most well known for their involvement with the website Comic Book Daily as editors and columnists. Anthony’s latest Whosoever Holds This Hammer…

JSA update and more on Lost Heroes documentary

So everything is well under way now here at JSA central. We’re once again aiming for a Free Comic Book Day (May 4th) deadline for our nominee announcements. I must say that it’s been an enthusiastic year for Canadian comics so far, as there’s been a lot going on recently – especially for things related…

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.

One year in: Gotham Central and the Comic Book Lounge

Congratulations to Mississauga, ON store owner Carlos Camara on the first anniversary of the opening of his shop GOTHAM CENTRAL. The store celebrated with cake and pastries (above), guests and cosplayers, as well as raffles and other fun activities. All of that reminds me that we are quickly approaching the 1st anniversary of the opening…

Strange Adventures

Recently news has been surfacing about impending changes at the highly regarded Strange Adventures comic shop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Kremer Award-winning shop will be forced to relocate to a new location within a year, as the landlord has decided to renovate which will lead to increased rents and a fair amount of upheaval…

Welcome to 2013!

A new year is well underway and we are getting back to business here at JSA central! Unfortunately, I was not able to run a wrap survey for 2012 as I normally do, work on the store and various events (such as the 24 Hour Comic Challenge we ran in-store this past Saturday at the…

Indie Skip Week – December 26-January 1

Support and Promote Indie Skip Week #indieskipweek On Wednesday, December 26th, Diamond Comics will be working with a a few of their Premiere Publishers to bring just a handful of comics to market.  Comic Shops will be receiving only a little over a dozen titles (including Amazing Spider-Man 700) instead of the normal 60+ books. Please note…

2012 Joe Shuster Awards – Credits / Les Prix Joe Shuster 2012 – Crédits

SECTION A Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist / Dessinateur de couverture de bande dessinée exceptionnel Outstanding Comic Book Writer / Scénariste de bande dessinée exceptionnel Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur de bande dessinée exceptionnel Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist / Auteur de bande dessinée exceptionnel Nominating Committee / Comité des Candidatures : Laurent Boutin (Montreal,…

The 2012 Joe Shuster Award winners

Montreal, QC – In a ceremony presided by JASON ROCKMAN and CATHERINE SMITH-DESBIENS at the MONTREAL COMIC-CON, the 8th Annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators and Retailers were presented to an enthusiastic crowd of nominees, friends and fans of the medium.

Back to school and work JSA update for Sept. 4

Welcome back! Hope your summer was as eventful as ours was. We’re now a mere 11 days away from the presentation of the 8th annual Joe Shuster Awards and we’ll be posting some updates as we near the event. JURY DECISIONS The Art Jury (Artist, Cover Artist and Webcomics) have finished their selections, as have…

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – 2012 Winners Announced.

SAN DIEGO – At-Con International (Comic-Con) last evening, the winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2012 were announced. The nominees were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges and the winners were selected by a balloting process open to industry professionals. Canadians were well represented in many categories but the big winners in…

Full list of 2012 Nominees / La liste complète des nominés 2012

Artist / Dessinateur Chris Bachalo Age of X: Alpha 1, Avengers 13, 15, Wolverine and the X-Men 1-3, X-Men 7-10 (Marvel Comics) Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Delcourt) Stuart Immonen Fear Itself 1-7, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image) Fred Jourdain Le…

FCBD in Canada is this Saturday – what is your local shop doing?

I thought originally I would go through the Canadian shops and give an update on what they were doing for FCBD, which is this Saturday, but then it dawned on me that just about EVERY comic shop across the country was likely doing SOMETHING, so if wherever you are this Saturday, make sure to go…

More on Big B Comics Niagara

The new Niagara Falls Big B Comics had a soft opening on April 16th but there will be an advertised grand opening on May 5th – Free Comic Book Day. Some key fixtures were not in place when the photos (above and below) were taken – but they say that the full and proper fixtures…