Author: Ivan Kocmarek

WECA Swipes

These days we “swipe” to make a purchase. Holding our credit or debit card, we move its encoded magnetic strip through a slot in a portable reader that decodes the digital information embedded in the strip and makes the appropriate calculation to remove the required amount from our bank account. Nothing nefarious, just a microcosm of commerce. Before the digital age, the most common meaning of “swipe” still involved moving one’s hand in a crossword motion, however, this time the only ‘magnetic force’ involved was the removal of something that didn’t belong to you. Here’s how Jules Feiffer defines...

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The most collectible of the WECA Publishers

I often wonder how many WECA (or, if you prefer, Canadian Whites) collectors there are out there? How many of them are outside Canada (in the States, in the UK, in Europe, or even in Australia/New Zealand)? In any case, most of us, who admit to being WECA comic collectors, will try to get any of these old Canadian war-time comics whenever we come across them because they are so scarce. Over the last number of years, the mindset concerning the value of these books has changed. It wasn’t so long ago that they were seen as almost throwaway...

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Jack Tremblay at the Montreal Comic Con

It was great to meet up with Jack Tremblay and his son Rick Trembles at the Montreal Comic Con this past Saturday. Jack turned 91 this on May 1st and now lives in a retirement home after a fall that resulted in a hip fracture almost a year ago. Jack is still full of youthful energy but isn’t allowed out of the home without a walker and somebody like his son to accompany him. Jack resented that walker and wanted to divest himself of it at a number of opportunities from the moment he got out of his cab...

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Real Boy’s Stories

An issue of Real Boy’s Stories No. 1 has shown up on the coming ComicLink July Focused Auction. I originally wrote about this title four and a half years ago in one of my earliest columns. At that time, it was a mystery and Jim Brigham noted in the first comment to the column that that the publisher of this item was Classic Publishing Company a subdivision of Toronto’s Gilberton Publishing which was the first non-American branch of the U.S. company that put out Classics Comics. In fact, this is just around the time that the company put out...

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Can We Keep Calling WECA Comic Art second rate?

It’s hard to contradict the axiom that comic book collecting these days is character driven. In this piece, I’d like to focus on a few WECA period artists who maybe should be more collectible just for the quality of their art apart from the fact that they created very collectible WECA era characters. Remember that almost all Second World War Canadian comic book artists wrote, laid out, pencilled, inked and lettered their stories all on their own. It was a one-person job from beginning to deadline. I’ll begin by pointing out the obvious caveat that the selection I propose...

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