Author: Ivan Kocmarek

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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Heroes of the Home Front

Publishing a book is a drawn out and often frustrating process even on top of researching and assembling the actual draft text and graphics material. This is especially so when the cards are stacked against it because the book focuses on such a niche topic. I can tell you that the passion for sharing the material I’ve researched and assembled hasn’t diminished a bit since I started this project more than three years ago. I do want to get the back stories of the Second World War Bell Feature artists and the images of some of the original art...

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Chapterhouse Interview

Chapterhouse is Canada’s newest comic book company (established in 2015) with its mainstay Captain Canuck. The company is still a mystery to many comic readers, so I felt it was important to get some correct information about them out. This week I managed to get a chance to talk with some of the main operatives behind the enterprise. This week I settled into a comfortable booth at the Lakeview Restaurant (right near Ossington and Dundas in The Six) with Fadi Hakim, Keith WTS Morris, and Kalman Andrasofszky for a round of their great “fishwiches” and a chat. Ivan: Fadi,...

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