Author: Ivan Kocmarek

Educational Projects

The publisher that seems to get the least amount of love from collectors of war-time Canadian comics is Montréal-based Educational Projects. It was the last of the big publishers to come onto the scene and its comics were qualitatively different from those put out by its competitors. While Vancouver’s Maple Leaf Publications and Toronto’s Anglo-American, Hillborough Studio, and Commercial Signs/Bell Features chose to have as their mainstay fictional champions whose dramas were spun out of conflicts with crime and the Axis, Educational Projects flipped that around and concentrated on presenting the stories of non-fictional, real-life Canadian individuals. Educational Projects...

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GOOOOOOOOAL!!!

WE DID IT!?! As of this writing we’re at $25,501, $500 above our Kickstarter goal. But I can’t say that I didn’t have my moments of doubt and maybe even resignation. Now we can move forward without doubling back and regrouping. Last week at this time, I thought I might have to prepare, like a politician on election night, both a victory and concession speech because things looked like the could have gone either way. That lucky loonie I planted at centre the day before the game must have worked! We won in overtime! I want to thank all...

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Heroes of the Home Front Kickstarter Final Week

Entering the last week of the Kickstarter for my Heroes of the Home Front book where we stand just below $18,000 but are aiming for $25,000, I find myself waxing nostalgic back to the fall of 2012 when I was just beginning the far-reaching project of trying to reclaim all those artists whose names and art and stories filled out our lost Canadian WWII comic books. The first vision I had was more encyclopaedic. I intended to track down info on as many of the main creators working for the four main comic publishing houses (Maple Leaf, Bell, Anglo-American,...

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Heroes of the Home Front Kickstarter Halfway

Well, the total hasn’t moved much in this second week and it appears that, at this pace, we’ll fall short of our $25,000 goal. This would mean that we’d be back at square one with getting this book printed and published and into the hands of those people who would want it. But, we’re just at about half of the amount $12,198 with half of the time of the Kickstarter left.  I’ve still got faith that we’ll come through in the end and that this project will be realized. If you’re reading this and have a local comic shop...

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Heroes of the Home Front Kickstarter Week 1

Just over a week into the Heroes of the Home Front Kickstarter funding campaign and we are 40% funded at just over $10,000 with 77 funders. Extrapolating this, it looks like we will need about 200 funders pledging at the same rate of about $130 each to make it a go. I’ve been getting a lot of positive comments on the funding project and on the idea and look of book itself. It’s a gamble, and you can only hope for the best result, but things look good so far with three weeks left to go. The lulls and...

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