2014 Joe Shuster Awards

The 2014 Joe Shuster Awards took place Saturday September 20th in Toronto. I previously posted the Harry Kremer Retailer Award winner but here is the full list with pictures and audio courtesy of Jamie Coville. Anthony Falcone, Ivan Kocmarek and myself presented awards and represented Comic Book Daily.

Undervalued Spotlight #213

Echo of Futurepast #1, Pacific Comics, May 1984 This week the Undervalued Spotlight features a submission from guest writer Jonathan Winchester. Jonathan picks a beauty from that Copper Age of comics I love so much. There are so many undervalued books from this era and Jonathan’s pick...

The 44th Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide

The 44th edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide came out several weeks back and I’d like to take this a bit tardy opportunity to chime in with some thoughts.

For comic book collectors the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is the one resource that is needed above all others. It remains the “Bible” of collecting.

I’ve done a few comic cons this year and I’m happy to report that I see the Guide carried around by lots of collectors, those that don’t carry one often ask me if they could look at a guide while considering a purchase.

2014 Harry Kremer Retail Award Winner: The Comicshop

The 2014 Joe Shuster Awards took place Saturday September 20th in Toronto Ontario. Anthony Falcone and myself chair the Retailer Award Committee and were pleased to announce this year’s winner of The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer: Vancouver’s The Comicshop.

Flea Market Finds! Sep22

Flea Market Finds!

I’m back in school with kids half my age so I’m feeling a bit apprehensive about the coming months. A lot has changed at OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design) but the political and artistic sensibilities remain the same. Like my parents before me, we do the things that we believe will...

Web Arted Sep 19th

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

Trimming

Trimming is easily the most difficult form of restoration to detect, at least with any degree of certainty.

Do You Want 2nds? Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sep18

Do You Want 2nds? Amazing Spider-Man 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?...

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...