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brian Campbell

brian Campbell is an Anthropologist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His PhD research focused on the used-goods trade in Halifax. Dr. Campbell is also co-owner of East Coast Toys and Games, one of Atlantic Canada's largest eBay stores specializing in pop culture collectibles. Dr. Campbell is taking a break from academia during 2019 to focus on his business. During his spare time, he researches Canadian comics that were released between 1960-1990.

And the Academy Award Goes To…

In the pandemic era, awards shows have continued a steady decline in terms of viewership that began at least a decade ago. There are numerous explanations for why there is dwindling interest in events like the Golden Globes or Academy…

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Lockdown Loose Ends

Well, here we are. It’s the middle of June and I, along with many Nova Scotians, have been sitting in full or partial lockdown for eight weeks. Since the last week of April, I have only left my apartment a…

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Nightwynd Comics Come to Market

I started 2021 with a column focusing on Barry Blair and Aircel. Partway through that column, I briefly mentioned the self-published comics that Blair released under the “Nightwynd” name (and which predate Aircel). These rare comics had print runs of…

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The Original Dirty Plotte

One of the most common requests I receive from readers of Forgotten Silver is to write about minicomics from the 1980s more often. Last year, I wrote columns about the early works of Chester Brown and also covered the work…

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Comic Legends and The End of an Era

Welcome back to the final part of my three-month-long look into the major Canadian publishers from the 1980s. Since December, I have covered (in broad strokes) the important contributions to the history of Canadian comics made by the largest Canadian…

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From Here to Eternity

Happy belated New Year! For the first time in a long time, bringing in the New Year was not something that excited me. Admittedly, I fell asleep before the clock hit midnight on the east coast and January 1, 2021,…

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The Coach House Nose Who’s Who

Well, that’s a strange title, huh? I promise it’s not a typo. I will come back to that shortly. This month’s edition of Forgotten Silver will pick up where I left off last month by filling in the blanks that…

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Snore Comix

Before delving into this month’s topic, Snore Comix, I want to wish everyone (in Canada) a happy Thanksgiving! As we approach seven months of living in a world fundamentally altered by Covid-19, I am both fortunate and thankful to find…

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A FreeKluck Checklist

Happy belated Canada Day (and Independence Day to our American friends). Welcome back to Forgotten Silver, everyone! Last month I presented the first of a two-part series about Winnipeg’s Underground/New Wave comic collective, FreeKluck. Whereas last month I focused on…

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An Introduction to FreeKluck

Last September, I decided to use my monthly column here at Comic Book Daily to engage in a bit of armchair punditry by arguing in favour of several creators who I believe should be considered for induction into the Canadian…

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Death and taxes

Benjamin Franklin once said (in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Le-Roy) that, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This famous idiom has been used to the point of becoming cliché, but it still…

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The Man They Call Reveen

One of my guilty pleasures has long been magic. One of the oldest performing arts in the world, there is something about magic (be it illusion, stage magic, close-up magic and even mentalism) that find both extremely entertaining and intellectually…

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The Pre-Vortex Works of Chester Brown

Chester Brown is one of the modern giants of Canadian comics. He is often cited as one of the major figures who brought autobiographical comics to the forefront of the 1990s comics scene. He first gained critical recognition for his…

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