FECA

For this column I’ve chosen to step outside of my normal mandate and talk a little about that period that came after the WECA Period (Robin Hood Comics Vol. 1 No. 1 and Better Comics Vol. 1 No. 1 in March, 1941 to Robin Hood Comics Vol. 3 No. 34 Dec. 1946-Jan. 1947). After the end of...

Undervalued Spotlight #206

YOUNGBLOOD #1 (Image Comics, April 1992). This week’s pick came to me as I was examining recent Direct Market numbers. Slowly but surely Image Comics is cementing a dominant and distinctive 3rd place in our industry. At their current rate, Image’s share of the market may top 10% real soon and this is significant news.

TF Con and Collectible Toy Expo 2014 – Sunday

This past Sunday I attended the final day of TF Con (Transformers Convention) held in conjunction with the Collectible Toy Expo.  It was held at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center in Mississauga. I was unable to attend the convention on Saturday, but from all the accounts I heard it was an...

Review | Escapo

A coloured reprint of early work, Paul Pope’s Escapo is a gripping look into the heart and mind.

Web Arted July 11th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted at All-Star Auctions San Diego Event auction.

BIFF SOCKO: “Say Goodbye to FANGBONER”

It’s time for another update from BIFF SOCKO, TWO-FISTED NEWSHOUND. Biff Socko covers Comic Book News like zits on the A-V Club. Faster than Perry White! Stronger than J. Jonah Jameson! Hotter than Cat Grant. He is…BIFF SOCKO!   DEADLINE: Cartoon-i-verse-   When the BBC remakes DANGER MOUSE...

TF Con and Collectible Toy Expo this weekend! Jul10

TF Con and Collectible Toy Expo this weekend!

If you love Transformers, I don’t have to tell you that there is a convention in Canada for everything Transformers.  But if you are excited for all the Transformer action from the latest blockbuster (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and want to get some more “Cybertron-Fun”...

Lo! A Beast Is Born!

Arcs & Runs #9: Lo! A Beast is born! Amazing Adventures #11-17 We will continue on with my Days of Future past hangover and the X-Men’s hidden or lost years, when the title only produced reprints. In this period of time none of the original X-Men had their fortune’s change more than...

Comic Culture July 9th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk about comic book stuff with show producer Shekky Feldstein. So why don’t you just 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...

Dates and Places

  I’m up at the archives again, flipping original Bell Features art pages and have just had time to put together a patchwork column this week. First of all, I’d like to share with you some dates and geography. My amateur research into the backgrounds of the creators behind the Canadian...

Collector or Businessman?

I often find myself arguing between Dennis the Collector and Dennis the businessman. The good part of this argument is Dennis always wins, one way or the other. But seriously, it is difficult sometimes to pick and choose what to buy on a limited budget. Take this week for instance. I came...

Undervalued Spotlight #205

Orb #2, Punk Publications, July 1974 I tried to post this on Canada Day July 1st but alas the best made plans are often messed up by sorties into Quebec. Anyway rather than wait until next year I thought I’d post my Canada Day Spotlight one week late. Happy Canada Day! Orb #2 is a very...

Comic Book Character’s Value

Last week I wrote about Neil Gaiman’s character Angela now showing up in the pages of Marvel Comics.  In the comments of that column Josh commented that Marvel Comics purchased the character from Neil Gaiman.  I searched the internet quickly to see if a price point was reported anywhere...

Web Arted Jul 4th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly from ComicLink’s July Focused Auction.

Review: Velvet Vol 1

The main character Velvet is a wonderful subversion of the expected spy genre. Brubaker and Epting ask the question “what if Miss Moneypenny were a spy?” and the result is a robust, complex story.

Nelvana

Because it’s Canada Day week I want to do a bit of a more involved special column about the figurehead of the Canadian Whites this time–Nelvana. This mini-skirted, semi-mortal, maid of the Arctic skies has firmly become the totem (the chosen emblem) of the Canadian war-time comics.

Happy Canada Day

There has never been a more exciting time to be a fan of Canadian Comics. The Golden Age heroes of the “Canadian Whites” era are enjoying a well deserved rediscovery evident in the successful Nelvana reprint project. The just announced Johnny Canuck, Thunderfist and Penguin reprint projects...

The Death of Comic Books!

I’ve read a few discussions and articles lately that are talking about doing away with “floppys” and going totally digital. You have read some articles and comments on this site. Here is another example. I hate the name floppys. They’re not floppys . They are comic...

Creator’s Rights = Stale Creativity?

I have talked to several artists and writers since I started doing this for CBD, and usually our conversation will evolve into talking about their dream projects.  Most times the comic creator will say their dream job is to work on a character they create themselves.  There is a desire to...

Web Arted Jun 27th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly from the collection of James Halperin, founder of Heritage.

The Madness of Magneto

In March 1970 the axe fell on the original X-Men, and after 66 issues suspended publication. They returned in December of 1970 in reprint form with issue #67 and published bi monthly until issue #94 when the all New X-Men took over the title in August 1975. I’ll have to save that...

Comic Culture June 25th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk the comic talk with show Shekky Feldstein. So just 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 Durajlija...

Jodhpur Jockeys

The WECA period had its share of capes, masks, and tights, but the most common heroic habit for the super-styled Canadian crime-fighter of the period was far more reserved fashion statement. This was the simple combination of jodhpurs and riding boots with a variety of top halfs.