Comic Culture September 17th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija hook up with producer Shekky Feldstein to talk all things comics. The boys review some new comics, touch on some comic movie news at breakdown the Montreal Comic Con. So why don’t you just please sit back, relax and enjoy...

50 Years Ago…

It was 50 years ago this week that the earliest article I know of on Canadian WECA comics appeared in the Sept. 19, 1964 issue of Maclean’s Magazine. It was written by Alexander (“Sandy”) Cameron Ross as part of a series called “A Maclean’s Flashback” and its title was “A Fond Portrait of those Wild Wartime Comics.” Ross was perhaps best known for founding Canadian Business magazine in 1977 and posthumously has had a national award ‘The Alexander Ross Award for Best New Writer’ given out by the National Magazines Awards Foundation.

John Byrne…The Ogre

Now that I’ve got your attention, I would like to have an open discussion regarding John Byrne. I think without a doubt he is one of the most prolific and important artists from the Bronze Age to today.

Undervalued Spotlight #212

New Triumph featuring Northguard #1, Matrix Graphic Series, September 1984 I just spent a lovely weekend at the Montreal Comic Con. Montreal is a great town and their Con is a great event. This year, because I booked late, I ended up at a hotel right beside McGill University. Anyone that...

Rise of the One Day Show Sep15

Rise of the One Day Show

Now that the holy pilgrimage to the mother of all shows in Canada is over, what do comic fans have to look forward to? Typically, Fan Expo signals the end of summer and along with it the end of the convention season. However, it’s been an unusually busy summer for comics this year. In addition to new shows like the GTA Comic Con and the SuperFan ComicCon, we also have the rise of smaller one day shows like the Toronto Comic Book Show (TCBS).

Canadian ToyCon 2014

On Sunday September 7th I attended the 2014 edition of the Canadian Toy Con.  This is a RPG Event which is on the same schedule with other events like Burlington Toy Show and GTA ComiCon. Being one week after Fan Expo can be difficult for a show like this.  For people who attended Fan Expo it...

Web Arted Sep 12th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the ComicLink Summer Featured Auction.

Auction Highlights #86

Comic Link Summer Featured Auction The comic book portion of ComicLink’s Summer Featured Auction ended Wednesday September 10th and I must say that results seemed strong through most of the auction. The Action #1 graded CGC 6.5 with extensive restoration took top book crown closing at...

Sorry kid, but I can’t sell you that comic book….

Mattel is one of the world’s largest toy companies and counts among its brands Hot Wheels, Barbie, He-Man, and Fisher-Price Little People. Gone are those halcyon days when I was a child and little people were sturdy plastic pegs that posed a deadly, deadly choking hazard as that design has...

Review: Legendary Star-Lord 1-2

Many readers of this website have already seen the new Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) movie. According to box office returns, GOTG is the highest grossing movie this year, which is really impressive because GOTG pulled in more viewers than the other big superhero movies such as Captain...

The science of lenticulars, and Doc picks a 2019 Oscar

“DEAR DOC CURMUDGEON” IS A COLUMN BY CLINT McELROY, MADE UP OF COMPLETELY FABRICATED RESPONSES TO MOSTLY FABRICATED QUESTIONS. BUT YOU KNEW THAT, DUE TO YOUR DISCERNING NATURE AND BRILLIANT MIND WHICH WOULD NEVER FALL FOR A COLUMNIST TRYING TO BUTTER YOU UP…UNLESS YOU’RE INTO THAT.  ...

Comic Culture September 10th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comics with show producer Shekky Feldstein. So just sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter...

Review | Conan: Red Nails Original Art Archives Vol 1

The first and only artist edition style book of Barry Windsor-Smith sumptuous artwork, Conan: Red Nails Original Art Archives Volume 1 presents the full story in a wonderful package.

John Bell

  John Bell is probably best known to you for his published work on Canadian comics. He was kind enough to take the time to answer a number of questions I sent him with a view to publishing his responses in this column and I include the questions and his responses below. IK: Comic-book...

Undervalued Spotlight #211

Marvel Premiere #49, Marvel Comics, August 1979 That Marvel Premiere sure does have a lot of good books. The run features important appearances of Warlock, Doc Strange, Iron Fist, Legion of Monsters, Ant-Man, Alice Cooper, Dr. Who and more. One of the ‘more’ books is the feature of this...

Web Arted Sep 5th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the ComicLink Summer Featured Auction.

Canadian ToyCon this weekend! Sep05

Canadian ToyCon this weekend!

Canadian ToyCon will be held Sunday September 7th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre in Burlington. Canadian ToyCon is a larger event than the regular Burlington Toy Show.  This year ToyCon will have the vintage arcade and Cosplay Cafe.  Other special attendees will include X-Men...

Sally of the Wasteland #2 Sep05

Sally of the Wasteland #2

  Hi folks, welcome to ARCHIE G’s. I’m your waiter, Raoul.   Here at ARCHIE G’s, we don’t think you can make a dependable Pull List decision based on the first serving of a comic. Publishers throw everything they’ve got at a first issue: promotions, gimmick covers, etc. And speculators?...

Halftone patterns and overpainting

But more than a quick glance at almost any comic book cover in existence will reveal that all the blue’s, red’s, green’s and especially grey’s are far more than a simple blotch of colour on paper.

My Fan Expo 2014 Weekend

Wow… what a weekend for Fan Expo. I don’t think I’ve fully recovered yet. It was an insanely busy 4 days of comic book, video game, Sci-Fi and horror fun. If you missed out on Fan Expo this year, you missed out on one of the best I have ever attended. Sure there were some hiccups and bumps along the road for this year’s show, but all in all it was the most attended and in my opinion most successful Fan Expo’s in it’s 20 year history.

WECA Price Guide

Now that the latest Overstreet Price Guide has included an article on the Canadian war-time comic books and now that the books themselves are beginning to realize handsome price ranges, is it time to put together a Canadian WECA Price Guide, or Canadian Golden Age Price Guide, or Canadian...

Limited Fan Expo Coverage: No Big Deal

I don’t believe Fan Expo needs or really wants any press coverage: they have 100,000 or more email addresses of people who attend their show. A built-in captive audience they can sell to whom they know like the product they offer. One free pass means one body in the show who didn’t pay and is taking a spot in a packed convention centre that could have been occupied by a paying customer.

Are There Still Comics at Fan Expo?

Hell Yeah! Another year and another Fan Expo attendance record. Big B Comics has set up at every Fan Expo so far giving us a behind the table view of this dramatic growth over these past two decades. I heard some comic dealers griping about how the show has changed, how it’s not about comics...