Author: Ivan Kocmarek

WECA Comics and WECA Pulps

News Winter’s finally behind us and let’s see where we’re at. I’ve come to the very end of working on the finishing touches of my Heroes of the Home Front book and it’s sitting at about 330 pretty cool pages. The PDF has been submitted to the overseas (read Chinese) printer and I’m waiting for the proof copy to arrive. I’m going to produce 450 copies and about 250 of them are already accounted for by Kickstarter supporters. Just over a hundred of those will be signed by myself and Gerald Lazare and will come with an embossed slipcase....

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Clive Smith Interview

Many of us ‘oldsters’ got punted into the world of Canadian war time comic books by Patrick Loubert and Michael Hirsh’s 1971 book, The Great Canadian Comic Books. Clive Smith was the British ex-pat behind the design and assembly of that book. It was a wonderful opportunity to have a chance to speak with Clive Smith about his background and career. This snaps another piece in place in the great jig-saw puzzle of our Canadian comic books. With Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, Clive Smith went on to found Nelvana, Canada’s first and largest animation company. In fact, Nelvana...

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Another New Year

I am not a person who enjoys the sombre cocooning that winter imposes on us pensioned comic geeks–and this year we are having a real, old-fashioned winter. You young whippersnappers might call this an Arctic Vortex, but to those of us who remember seeing AF 15 on the stands, this is what winter was always like. In terms of ongoing work, the design of Heroes of the Home Front is progressing a little bit more slowly than expected, but it’s all in the detail of making it the book we want to present, and we are in the very...

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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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