Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Podcasting with Digital Kontent

Digital Kontent S03E19 - Defining Conventions with Convention King JTruong

So, after many links to Digital Kontent, one article, and being asked many times before to do a podcast, I caved. Bastards!


Nah, the timing seemed right (and it didn't conflict with my work schedule), so I was happy to finally do a podcast with the guys (even though I think I'm not the best person to interview, as I don't think up answers as quickly).

For those that don't know, I actually met the Digital Kontent guys at the Toronto conventions, before Digital Kontent was formed.. It turned out they were friends with one of my co-workers (at the time), so this led to new friendships (aww... how cute...).

Now, the podcast I did is S03E19 - Defining Conventions with Convention King JTruong. I guess we're playing off of the "title" I was dubbed by Sequential.

Oh, and, you'll understand this after listening to the podcast...

- Adam Hughes
- Bruce Timm
- John Cassaday

Yeah... kinda drew a blank there. Oh, and I totally saved my ass with one of the answers near the end... completely forgot about that event, until brought up. You'll understand after listening to the podcast.


Boughts and Thoughts - April 29th, 2009

Female Force: Michelle Obama - Ugh... I don't know why. I don't care anymore, but I'm still buying Obama stuff. Wonder if I'll be buying "Barack the Barbarian" or any of those other Obama books?

Green Lantern #40 - I wasn't as interested in this issue, as I was with the last. But I'm sure the rest of this arc will be good.

Justice Society of America #26 - Thank you Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham for a great run. This book has been a must buy, because of you two. Sadly, I will be dropping the title now. This book was great, and touching, to see how the team feels about Stargirl.

Ms. Marvel #38 - Bought this to check out the artwork of Rebekah Isaacs... which I probably could've researched a little bit to see she's done work for Devil's Due (Drafted, Hack/Slash). Also, with the new direction of Ms. Marvel, with Moonstone as the new Ms. Marvel. Doubt I'll continue this series.

Resistance #5 - More alien battle in this issue... and TANKS! Next issue (final issue) should be cool.

Sherlock Holmes #1 - I got bored with this. I didn't even finish reading it. Just flipped through it quickly. I'll try to read it again another time.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Free Comic Book Day - May 2nd, 2009

I've realized that I have not mentioned Free Comic Book Day in quite a while. I'm usually writing about all the free books that would be great to get, but I'm slacking. I know.

Anyways, Free Comic Book Day takes place on Saturday May 2nd, 2009. Check your local comic shop to see if they are participating.

Here is a list of signings, or for you Torontonians, just see the sidebar on the right. I've been trying to keep that one updated... so if you see a mistake, or would like to make an addition, just leave a comment, and I'll change it ASAP.

As for the books, I'm not going to spotlight them like I used to, but quickly make mention of some of the ones I want to get.

Blackest Night #0 (Gold Sponsor - DC Comics) - In my opinion, and probably the opinion of many others, this is the book to get. This issue leads into DC's big summer event, The Blackest Night. You get an new story from DC (and not a reprint of their books from previous years). This is written by Geoff Johns. Artwork by Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke. Expect this one to be highly sought after.

Avengers (Gold Sponsor - Marvel Comics) - Marvel's main offering this year, which sees Thor team up with both the New Avengers and the Dark Avengers. This issue is written by Brian Michael Bendis, and features artwork by Jim Cheung. Also, this Marvel offering will be slightly smaller than a normal comic (see here).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Gold Sponsor - Dark Horse Comics) - It's got a Ramon Perez cover, and he does some of the interiors (the Star Wars story).

Comics Festival! 2009 Volume 3 (Silver Sponsor - Toronto Comic Arts Festival) - Seriously, just check out the line-up for this book. This is a must get, especially for those attending TCAF.

Wolverine: Origin of an X-Man (Silver Sponsor - Marvel Comics) - With X-Men Origins: Wolverine being released in theatres the day before, having a free Wolverine book for new fans to check out is pretty smart idea. It's been done before, but still works somewhat... until new fans realize that Wolverine is in EVERY Marvel book (kidding about the "Every"... it's more like 98% of them).

TMNT #1 25th Anniversary Reprint (Silver Sponsor - Mirage Studios) - I surely can't afford a first or second printing of this book, so a freebie of it... I'll take it. TMNT was my childhood (the cartoon and movie, not the comic).

Remember, Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 2nd, 2009. Save the Date!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - April 22nd, 2009

Detective Comics #853 - The finale to "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" Can't say I was impressed with this all that much. It wasn't bad, but it's just something that I didn't enjoy all that much. Batman is "dead," and gets to attend his own funeral, as a ghost.

Elephantmen #18 - I liked the cover to this one, and the interior artwork is not bad. The only problem was that all the copies of the regular cover were kind of damaged, so I "settled" for the variant (pencil-only J. Scott Campbell cover). I would've bought this one, regardless... I just wanted a copy of the regular cover too. Haven't read this one yet. Once I track down a copy of the regular, then I'll read it.

Ghost Rider #34 - Pretty good issue. For the most part, it was a fight issue.

Invincible #61 - It begins. Conquest begins. Seeing the promos for future issues, this is going to be brutal.

Kick-Ass #6 - Didn't expect that to happen, but I'm still liking this series.

New Avengers #52 - Sadly, I don't care too much about this looking for the next Sorcerer Supreme.

Street Fighter IV #2 - Really enjoyed this issue. The interaction between El Fuerte and Sakura was nice, as was the Dan/Rufus fight and Rufus/Crimson Viper fight. Looking forward to the next issue.

Viking #1 - In all honesty, I probably would not have picked this one up, until I read that the first printing of this issue had sold out... three weeks ago... which is three weeks prior to its release. Not a bad start to the series, and great artwork from Nic Klein. Still not sure if I'm liking the size of the book.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hobbystar's Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event Report

Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event 2009April 18th-19th, 2009 - The annual Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event, put on by the great people at Hobbystar Marketing, has come to pass for 2009. This was such a great event, and that was the feeling I had not too long into the first day of the con. This was the general feeling I had going into the con, and I can truthfully say, this con had exceeded my expectations.

JLA #84 Page 14 by Doug Mahnke & Tom NguyenThis comic-filled weekend actually started on Friday. I managed to get the Friday night off, to head out to dinner with Doug Mahnke, Jon Jespersen (Signature Comic Art, art rep for Doug Mahnke and many others), and more (sorry guys, figured you'd prefer I left you out). Great night out, which ended with me picking up my first original art page of the weekend, and very little sleep. It is a page from JLA #84, which contains DC's Trinity (Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman).

Saturday April 18th, 2009
The next morning, I was up at 5AM, to get to the convention centre by 7am, so bro can get to the CN Tower Stair Climb for WWF Canada. Because of this, I figured I might as well head down to the con, and help set up the All New Comics booth. Unfortunately, circumstances lead to me helping set up the con, and I was just a little too late to help set up the booth (sorry Peter, I really was there to help you, but you guys worked really quick).

I ended up helping out Carlos at Shockwave Comics (Thank you for taking care of the Tribute book for me), and helping out with the con, before opening. After doing this, I only experienced a fraction of what convention dealers go through, for the consumers. This was a new experience for me, in which I have a new found respect for their hard work.

Zatanna by Todd Nauck (2009)I started the con off with Todd Nauck. I figured he was going to be a busy one (especially after the release of Amazing Spider-Man #583, the Obama issue), so this ended up being a good choice, as he was one of the first to arrive. Todd surely showed his excitement towards the fans that came to see him. I never saw him without a smile on his face.

The Zatanna by Todd Nauck was the first of many Zatanna pieces I received throughout the weekend.

Zatanna by Chris Sprouse (2009)I made my rounds, getting onto sketch lists, and found my way over to see Chris Sprouse. The table also contained artwork that was priced to move. I was seriously contemplating purchasing some pages, but it was still early in the day, and I never took into account the possibility of purchasing these pages, into my budget, so it was going to have to wait.

Awesome Marcus Ninja by Shane Heron (2009)The Joe Shuster Awards table was seated back-to-back with the Awesome Marcus Ninja table, which turned out to be a key seating arrangement (for me, on Day Two), even though I never watched the JSA table on Saturday. I did frequently stop by the area, and was given this "Awesome" piece of Awesome Marcus Ninja, by Shane Heron.

I wish I could show you now, but I can't. I can say (at least I think I can say... but if I can't, I'm going to say it anyways). Shane Heron's contribution to this year's Visions of an Icon gallery, which features Wolverine as this year's Icon, is absolutely amazing. When I saw the pencils for this piece, I blown away. Then I saw the final inked piece, and holy crap, this is something you have to see. If this isn't previewed elsewhere, be sure to come check it out at the Visions of an Icon gallery.

Mary Jane & Spider-Man Kiss (2009)The rest of the day was mainly me playing the waiting game. So this time did allow for a slight break for lunch, and a little bin diving (which was later in the day). I actually only went to one booth all weekend to look for some books (All New Comics). They did have some sweet books!

One of the first pieces I got back, was the Mary Jane/Spider-Man Kiss piece, by Agnes Garbowska. This was an idea that I had thought of the night before, while driving home from the dinner. I have another idea that I have been kicking around the ol' noggin, but I can't figure out the characters for that idea. This idea, popped in my head, while in a half-asleep state. Definitely woke me up, because I wanted to make sure I wrote down this idea, when I got home. As always, Agnes produced another amazing piece.

Zatanna by Valentine De Landro (2009)Going back to the Zatanna theme, I did pick up another two that, from those that I got on sketch lists for. One was Valentine De Landro (X-Factor), which I knew would turn out great, especially in Valentine's style.

Zatanna by Jeff Lemire (2009)The other was by Jeff Lemire (Essex County Trilogy, The Nobody), which was something that I was looking forward to seeing in Jeff Lemire's style.

I am really happy with how they both turned out.

Black Cat by Ty Templeton (2009)I noticed that Ty Templeton had arrived, and I quickly joined in line for him, to soon be followed by good ol' Milo (Digital Kontent). This man is full of knowledge and advice.

I was debating whether to continue my Zatanna theme with Ty, or go with someone that I had been hoping to get for some time now. Based on the picture to the right, you can tell that I had opted to put off the Zatanna by Ty Templeton until another time, as I was hoping to get a Black Cat for over a year, but continued to put her off for other characters.

Zatanna by Evan Shaner (2009)Evan "Doc" Shaner was someone that was looking into last Tuesday, when the full guest/artist alley list was released. I noticed names that I didn't recognize, so like I usually so, I looked into them. I noticed some great stuff on Evan's blog and DeviantArt site, so it appeared that I was going to get something from him.

I do really like the sketch I received, but sadly, I made the mistake of not going for a full figure piece from Evan. I saw so many great full figure pieces, which did make me want one as well. Hopefully Evan does make the trip to Toronto in the future.

Zatanna by Steve Epting (2009)I am utterly speechless with this piece. This seriously blew me away, as I was not expecting anything near this amazing. I'm only showing a preview of it here. Click the leg or the stool, to see this magnificent piece.

Major Thanks to Steve Epting for this amazing piece. I absolutely love this one.

Bro and I decided to call it a night then. I wanted to attend Rob and Jenn's Engagement Party/After Con Party, but I was so out of it by the end of the con. I had a huge headache, and was so tired, that mixing in alcohol and driving afterward, would not have been a good mix. I'm really sorry for not coming, which also led to bro not going, since I was driving.

Sunday April 19th, 2009

After a better night of sleep, I was up and getting myself ready for the con. Didn't really have a game plan for the day, as I did get a good chunk of what I was trying to accomplished at the con, done with.

Then I get a phone call from Joe Shuster Awards Co-Executive Director, James Waley, about watching the table at the beginning of the con... ugh, I had to answer the phone... :p

Nah, I didn't mind watching the table. It was a new experience, working behind the table... and sitting down on a chair, behind the table, instead of taking one and putting it at the front while waiting in line for sketches. For a good chunk of the first couple of hours, I was just standing behind the table. Seriously, it didn't feel right, being behind the table, and sitting (also, the chairs at the convention centre kinda suck).

Sunday was also more of a "pick-up" day, since I still had three sketches that still had to be worked on, from the day before. Bro also decided to watch the table, if I had to leave at anytime to check up on stuff.

Sunday was a much busier day than Saturday, as Sunday was the Fan Appreciation Day, so free attendance (or $10 entrance fee, in which you get a $10 voucher that could be used at any table/dealer at the con).

Black Cat by Marcio Takara (2009)It wasn't too long into the day, when Marcio Takara waved me over to pick up this beautiful Black Cat. I had gotten onto the sketch list somewhat late in the day on Saturday, so it was one of the three that was completed on Sunday.

Zatanna by Joe Benitez (2009)This one by Joe Benitez was another that I was picking up on Sunday. Ever since seeing bro's Supergirl by Joe Benitez, that he got at last year's Motor City Comic Con, I had to get something. Though I opted for just a headshot, instead of the bust, and I am really happy with this one.

Zatanna by Doug Mahnke (2009) JLA #87 Page 8 by Doug Mahnke & Tom NguyenThe Zatanna by Doug Mahnke was the last one I had to pick-up on Sunday. This was something that was arranged on Friday, and was completed Sunday afternoon. I also ended up picking up another page from Doug's JLA run. The page has Superman, Wonder Woman, John Stewart, Krypto, and others.

Big Thanks to Doug Mahnke and Jon Jespersen, and really nice meeting you both!

Spider-Man by Richard Isanove (2009)Immediately after, got a text message from bro, saying that Richard Isanove had arrived. Due to him being under the deadline, he missed the first day of the con. He is such a nice guy, and was happy to be able to make it for the fans of Toronto (the city he now lives in).

Many people were waiting to see him, including myself. The bulk of my books to be signed this past weekend, were for him. Well, it looked like the bulk of my books, but it was really a small amount... of hardcovers... heavy hardcovers... that I thankfully left in the car, until I found out he was here.

Richard Isanove was cranking out some beautiful sketches for people. I only saw a few, but these were simply amazing stuff. I didn't really have a character in mind, but opted for Spider-Man, after his colouring work for the Spider-Man: One More Day story. I was really happy that I did choose Spider-Man, because it turned out great.

Zatanna by Vince Sunico (2009)An artist that I had been meaning to get a sketch from for a while now was Vince Sunico (of Spent Pencils Studios).

I had seen a lot of great work from him, but sadly, just never found my way around. Being at the Joe Shuster Awards table, and seated a couple of tables down from Vince, I got to look over at some great stuff being produced. And then I sent bro over there for me... which also became a trip over for himself too. I'll let him show his sketch, while mine is just off to the left.

Lobster Johnson: Iron Prometheus #1 Page 22 by Jason Armstrong Zatanna by Jason Armstrong (2009)The last things I got during the weekend were by Jason Armstrong. I went over to his table, and saw that he was selling his original pages for a very reasonable price. I just had to go through them, and wish I picked up more. Maybe at the next convention, I'll have to go through them again. Can't go wrong with more Lobster Johnson pages.

I was also able to get a Zatanna sketch from him, to end my weekend. This sketch is actually now my opening page to my Zatanna portfolio, after moving all my Zatanna pieces (that are 9x12), to a portfolio on its own. I was arranging it alphabetically, and it worked out that this one is the opening page, which I think is great. It's also the only one that says "Zatanna" on it.

The only sketch that I did put down for, but was not completed in time, was one by Paul Rivoche. It is in the works, and I'll post it, when I receive it.

I also picked up one of Marvin Law's Captain America prints, which I think is great. I really like the colouring on that print.

After the con, I actually didn't go straight home. :) Sadly, spent way too much time deciding on where to eat... after St. Louis on Bremner was closed, due to power outage, cause by the flood in the condo it's attached to. We (me, bro, Shane, Milo, Kathryn, Brian, and several others) ended up at East Side Mario's on Front St., ate some food, drank some drinks, and then called it a night. Good times!

The entire weekend was a blast for me ('cept for the lack of sleep, in which I still probably had more sleep than others). The collection continues to grow. Got to do things that I'd normally never do at the cons (help set up for the con, help set up some booths, and working a table).

Thanks to everyone that was able to take their time to add to my collection. Thanks to everyone involved in the show (Kev, Tiz, Aman, James, Ty, and others).

Great show!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - April 15th, 2009

Talk about lite week. Glad that it is, because of the con this weekend. So looking forward to this con. I finally have a weekend off! After all the crap and BS excuses that I have been given, when I tried to book days off (single day at a time), I finally get this weekend off (probably would've raised some hell if I didn't).

The Walking Dead #60 - 60th issue of The Walking Dead. Decided to pick this up to see where this leads. Looking forward to the eventual 5th volume of the hardcover. May pick up the next issue, to see where this year leads to. Good stuff.

See some/most of you this weekend. I'm going to try to finish off prepping for this weekend, by tonight. Oh, what sketches to get, and who to get them from? Hmm... gonna need more money.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I just saw my candidate for "Mother of the Year"

So I'm at the bank today, waiting to use the ATM. Both are being used, one by a mother and her 12-year-old daughter (or close to that age).

First, the mother is speaking quite loudly while reading what the screen says (hey, at least someone is reading what the screen says... unlike at those self-serve checkout stations nowadays)... I guess this also counts as teaching her daughter how to read, or at least how to use an ATM.

Second, they are getting ready to leave, cleaning up all the different bank books that they have updated (paperless, people... paperless... it's all about online statements). This is when the mother turns her back and is getting ready to leave, while the daughter is still waiting for the card to come out of the ATM. The card comes out, the daughter removes it from the machine, while the mother is about halfway from the machine to me.

She turns around, grabs the card from her daughter, and says, "Give me that, you stupid whore."

Right... yeah... umm... I'm not a parent, but umm... yeah... although at times it's not my place to judge on how one raises their child... but really... "you stupid whore"? To a 12-year-old? After she was smart enough to wait for your bank card?

What the hell is TV teaching parents these days?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hobbystar's Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event - NEXT WEEKEND!

Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event 2009I have come to the realization that I haven't been posting much about the cons recently. Aside from a few posts in late February, in which I mention this con, TCAF, and Motor City Comic Con, it appears I have been slacking. I've also complaining about work and various other things (Best Buy), but I'm sure you are all growing tired of that... or laughing at my situation. Meh...

But being the last week before Hobbystar's Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event, I felt I should write something. And, to be honest, I was inspired to write something, after reading Milo's 2009 FAN APPRECIATION CON! (pre-con report). Heck, even my bro had a little something to say, but really, it was Milo that inspired me to write something.


Date/Time: April 18th, 2009 (11am-6pm) and April 19th, 2009 (11am-5pm)
Price: Saturday, $10. Sunday, $10, but you get a $10 voucher to use at any retailer at the con. OR, if you spend $10 at any comic store, you can get a Free Admission pass to the event on Sunday. OR, Fan Expo VIP Pass gets you in Free on Sunday.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre - South Building Hall G (222 Bremner Blvd.)
Guests: Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Epting, Doug Mahnke, Alex Maleev, Chris Sprouse, Todd Nauck, Joe Benitez, and many, many more!

Now this is a mixed guest list, so hopefully there is a little something for everyone here. There surely will be a lot for me to do, to keep me busy.

As for the guests I mentioned above, here's what I have to say about some of them.

Bill Sienkiewicz
He's a favourite to many, but sadly, not to me. Not saying I hate his work, it's just not my cup of tea. Sadly, nowadays, the only thing that pops into my head when Bill Sienkiewicz is mentioned, is the cover to All Flash #1. I gotta go reads me some Elektra: Assassin, and change that Flash thought to some Elektra.

Steve Epting
Once again, he's on the top of my list. Gotta get me another Steve Epting drawing. :) Quite excited about The Marvels Project that he and Ed Brubaker are working on.

Doug Mahnke
He drew dead Batman! He finished Final Crisis! He is taking over Green Lantern! I'm quite excited about him becoming the new GL artist.

Todd Nauck
Currently a hot artist, since he drew Barack Obama in that issue of Amazing Spider-Man, but he's been doing a lot of nice work for a while (Young Justice!). Now, from what I have heard, he doesn't do any Barack Obama sketches. But this is just hearsay. Ask him if you wish.

Joe Benitez
He's finishing off Soulfire for the late Michael Turner. Another person I'd like to get a sketch from.

I would write more, but I'm a little pressed for time right now. There are definitely more people that I want to see at this convention, and I hope to sketch-whore it up again this year.

See you next week.

Friday, April 10, 2009

LONG Weekend...

As bro stated, he is head off to Washington, DC. Going with him, the rest of the family, except me. I'm here north of the T-Dot, chilling with "Richie" the Hamster.

Sadly, I was not able to head down this weekend, as it has become insanely tough for me to book days off at work. It's been a load of bullsh*t at my workplace over the last little while, and it's really bothering me that my manager will take the time to actually fix the schedule when anyone else books a day (or when three people booked off last weekend)... but when I want ONE day off, and no one else is taking it off, he schedules me, regardless of my constant reminders, and the note that I posted on the damn scheduling wall, saying I need said day off.

If I didn't catch him before he entered the schedule into the timeclock system, I probably would've been kind of forced into working next Sunday (the 19th.. for the con), even though I found TWO replacements for me. Believe me, I was so pissed when I saw that schedule.

So imagine what would've happened if I tried to take off this long weekend? My normal work schedule is Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday. Or, let's re-arrange it for the weekend sake, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday. Four out of the five days of this long weekend. Yeah... not happening. Like I said, it's bullsh*t.

But get this... in actually changing the schedule around for three people last weekend, my manager decides to put me in last Saturday. Saturdays are against my availability, mainly because I work the two days before and after Saturday (which I was also scheduled for). Naturally, I laughed at this, and told some of the guys that I was scheduled with on that Saturday, they'd be screwed, because I wasn't showing up, as it is against my availability.

Then when I questioned my manager about this, he tells me that one of the guys that booked off the weekend, is cashing in a favour from me, since I owed him. Umm... usually, cashing in favours requires at least letting the person you're cashing in from, know that you're cashing it in. In the end, I agreed to work the Saturday, as long as I had the Thursday off, since I only allow them to schedule me for four shifts.

As for that weekend, let's just say I want to forget it. It was horrible. It's been a while, but I did get at the very least, one complaint against me, which I'll admit was my fault (this took place last Friday). I'm thinking there will be a second one, but I actually have reasoning for it (last Saturday). Russell Peters was there one of the days, and I missed him, because I was doing some BS for that one of the managers there was supposed to do, but is the type that always gets others to do actual work (last Sunday). And the last day of that work week (Monday), I spent the entire day trying to fix some machines, and got nothing working. It was annoying, and I tend to be hard on myself on shifts like that, because it felt like a waste... even though I still get paid for it. :)

This week, it's back to my regular work schedule. I worked last night (a little busier than a regular Thursday night, but I had an extra guy on last night (Yay! We hired a new guy... maybe this will put an end to my problem with booking days off). Can't remember how the rest of this long weekend was during the previous years, so I don't know what crowd to expect this weekend. Meh...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - April 8th, 2009

I was originally going to pick up two books, but two more books were picked up based on the covers (and this sub-conscious need to pick up some Zenescope books), and another one (with two covers) was picked up after making a personal decision not too (I is weak).

Green Lantern #39 - The start of the Agent Orange storyline. This continues to get me interested in the Blackest Night series, with the Orange Lanterns coming into play. War will kick ass.

Grimm Fairy Tales April Fools' Edition #1 - So the guys at Zenescope just turned parts of five different issues of GFT into a "dick and fart" joke book, by changing the dialogue, and having alternate scenes into the stories. Fun, but I don't see the need to make more of these, because for the most part, it was the same.

Locke & Key: Head Games #4 - More bad stuff will happen in the next two issues. Not so much in this one.

Salem's Daughter #0 - Seems like a good start to this series. Not sure if I'm continuing this one or not.

Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - This was the one I didn't want to pick up originally, but did for the sake of a new Wolverine series. Can't say I enjoyed it, as I didn't care for where this was heading. That said, the story wasn't bad, and the artwork was great.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Nominations for the 2009 Joe Shuster Awards

Source: Joe Shuster Awards

Preface: It’s important to reflect as you review this list that in most cases COMICS ARE A COLLABORATIVE MEDIUM, and that while these awards are handed out along the specific category guidelines of Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, etc. AS PER THE PUBLISHED CREDITS it should be noted that many members of each comic book or graphic novel’s creative team had some input in the storytelling process.

For Immediate Release


Toronto, Canada — April 2, 2009. From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents. The JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of these Canadian creators - past, present and future. Since their establishment in 2004, the JOE SHUSTER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR AWARDS have been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

Between January and March 2009, the Nominees were selected from master lists of eligible works originally published in English and/or French in 2008. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents were eligible for consideration. Now that the list of nominees has been finalized, nominated creators will have their work reviewed by a jury, who will ultimately decide the winners. Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Toronto on June 27th, 2009.

JOE SHUSTER AWARDS 2009 NOMINEES for Work Published in 2008


* Marc Delafontaine - Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
* Dale Eaglesham - Justice Society of America #12, 14-15, 18-22 (DC Comics)
* David Finch - Ultimatum #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
* Karl Kerschl & Serge LaPointe - Teen Titans: Year One #1-6 (DC Comics)
* Jacques Lamontagne - Les Druides, Tome 4 : La Ronde des Géants (Soleil Productions)
* Steve McNiven - Amazing Spider-Man #546-548, Wolverine #66-70 (Marvel Comics)
* Steve Rolston - Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), “Familiar” - House of Mystery #4 (DC/Vertigo), You Ain’t No Dancer #3 (New Reliable Press)
* Stephen Sadowski - Avengers/Invaders #1-7 (Marvel Comics/Dynamite Entertainment), Superpowers #0Jack the Lantern: Ghosts #2 (Castle Rain Entertainment) (Dynamite Entertainment


* Grégoire Bouchard - Vers les Mondes Lointains (Paquet)
* Darwyn Cooke - “Chapter X: The Greater Good” Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1, The Spirit #12 (DC Comics)
* Francis Descharnais - Burquette (Les 400 coups)
* Jean-Paul Eid - Des tondeuses et des hommes (La Pastèque)
* Michael Gagne - “The Saga of Rex” Chapter 4 - Flight Vol. 5 (Ballantyne Books)
* Faith Erin Hicks - The War at Ellsmere (Slave Labor Graphics)
* Jeff Lemire - Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse (Top Shelf)
* Seth - “Thoreau MacDonald” Kramer’s Ergot 7 (Buenaventura Press)
* Dave Sim - Glamourpuss #1-4, Judenhaas (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Colourist/Dessinateur Couleur

* Jean-Francois Beaulieu - G.I. Joe: America’s Elite 31-36, Voltron: A Legend Forged 1 (Devil’s Due), Marvel Zombies 3 #1-3, Wonderful Wizard of OZ #1, X-Men: Divided We Stand #1, X-Men Legacy #215 (Marvel Comics)
* Blond - Team 14 #1 (Digital Webbing), Freshman: Summer Vacation Special #1, Magdalena/Daredevil #1, True Blood: The Great Revelation NN, Witchblade: Takeru Manga #11-12 (image/Top Cow), Ultimate Fantastic Four #50-59 (Marvel Comics), Beyond Wonderland #4, Grimm Fairy Tales 2008 Annual (Zenoscope)
* Chris Chuckry - Brave and the Bold #17-18, Countdown to Mystery #4-8, Simon Dark #4-7, Two Face: Year One #1-2 (DC Comics), Air 1-5 (DC/Vertigo), G.I. Joe #0 (Devil’s Due), Comic Book Tattoo (image), Amazing Spider-Man #546, 565-567, newuniversal: Shockfront #1-2, The Twelve #1-8 (Marvel Comics)
* Maryse Dubuc - Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
* Nathan Fairbairn - Fear Agent 21 (Dark Horse), Pilot Season: The Core #1 (image/Top Cow), Civil War: House of M #3, Guardians of the Galaxy #1-3, Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? NN, Wolverine: Origins #31, X-Men: Divided We Stand #2, X-Men: Kingbreaker #1, X-Men Legacy #217, X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, 3, Young Avengers Presents #1 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #3 (Oni Press)
* Lovern Kindzierski - Sandman: The Dream Hunters #1-2 (DC Comics), The Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons #1-2Coraline (HarperCollins), Giant-Size Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics) (Devil’s Due),
* François Lapierre - “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec), Magasin général 4 (Casterman)
* Dave McCaig - Star Wars: Dark Times #11-12 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #861-863, Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge #1-3. Joker’s Asylum: The Penguin #1, JSA Classified #35-37 (DC Comics), Family Dynamic #1-2 House of Mystery #4, Northlanders #2-8, 11-2 (DC/Vertigo), Broken Trinity: Angelus #1, First Born: Aftermath #1, Pilot Season: The Core #1 (image/Top Cow), Fantastic Four Cosmic Size Special #1, Secret Invasion X-Men #1-4, Ultimate Iron Man II #3-5 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #2 (Oni Press) (DC/Johnny DC),


* Ian Boothby - Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #14, Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2008, Futurama #35-39, Simpsons Comics #136, 141, 148, Simpsons Summer Shindig #1, Simpsons Super Spectacular #7 (Bongo Comics)
* Cecil Castellucci - Janes in Love (DC/Minx)
* Darwyn Cooke - “Dragster Riot starring Robin the Boy Wonder”, “Wonder Woman and Black Canary” Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1, Superman Confidential 11 (DC Comics)
* Maryse Dubuc - Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
* Ray Fawkes - The Apocalipstix (Oni Press)
* François Lapierre - “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec)
* Mariko Tamaki - Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), Skim (Groundwood Books)
* J. Torres - The Family Dynamic #1-3, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #11, 13, 17-19, Teen Titans Go! #51-55 (DC/Johnny DC), Wonder Girl #5-6 (DC Comics)


* Adrian Alphona - Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season Two #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
* Darwyn Cooke - The Spirit #12 (DC Comics)
* Marc Delafontaine - Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
* Dale Eaglesham - Justice Society of America #14 Variant (DC Comics)
* David Finch -Amazing Spider-Man #572 Variant (Marvel Comics)
* Philippe Girard - Les Ravins (Mécanique Générale)
* Niko Henrichon - Hostile Tome 1 (Dupuis)
* Steve McNiven - Kick-Ass #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
* Dean Motter - Mister X: The Condemned #1 (Dark Horse)
* David Sim - Glamourpuss #4 Zombie Variant (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web

* Kate Beaton - Hark! A Vagrant
* Michael Cho – Papercut
* Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer - Least I Could Do / Looking for Group
* Kathryn & Stuart Immonen - Moving Pictures
* Karl Kerschl - The Abominable Charles Christopher
* Gisele Lagace - Menage A 3
* Ramón K. Pérez– Kukuburi / Butternut Squash (w/Robert Coughler)
* Cameron Stewart - Sin Titulo


* Aardvark-Vanaheim
* Arcana Studio
* Conundrum Press
* Drawn & Quarterly
* La Pastèque
* Les 400 Coups/Mécanique Générale
* Red 5 Comics
* Udon Entertainment

Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist & Writer Nominees selected by: Jay Bardyla (Happy Harbor Comics), Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Ty Buttars (blogger and collector), Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Rachelle Goguen (Strange Adventures, Living Between Wednesdays), Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jonathan Kuehlein (The Toronto Star), Robin McConnell (Inkstuds podcast), Shawna Roe (Happy Harbor Comics) and the Vincent Massey College Comic Book Club (Montreal) under the direction of Mr. Steven Bakos. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Cover Nominees selected by Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Kevin A. Boyd, Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Robert Haines, Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jason Truong and James Waley. Additional input provided by Ty Buttars (blogger and collector), and Rachelle Goguen (Strange Adventures, Living Between Wednesdays). Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Webcomics Nominees selected by the CCBCAA Executive. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd and Scott Townsend.

Publisher Nominees selected by Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Kevin A. Boyd, Allison Covey, Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jason Truong and James Waley. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants

Nominees will be announced in early May 2009.

Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées

Submissions from self-publishers will be accepted until May 18, 2009. Please visit for full details. The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 Bursary.

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées

Nominations from retailers and the general public will be accepted until May 18, 2009.

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées

Four inductees will be announced in early May 2009.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the eligible creators for another memorable year of great comics, both in print and online!

About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)
With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great artist, JOE SHUSTER (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.

About The Joe Shuster Awards
The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national achievement awards for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics and the only awards without restrictions on language, content and/or genre. The Joe Shuster Awards honour the people who create comics, publish comics and sell comics. Creator nominees are nominated for their BODY OF WORK during the previous calendar year, not just for one specific work.

The Hall of Fame, Harry Kremer Retailer Award and the new Gene Day Award for self-publishers are selected by individual committees after a review and discussion of eligible and/or submitted candidates. Four Hall of Fame candidates will be initiated into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2009. Aside from the retailer and self-publisher award committee, active creators can only act as advisors so as not to influence a bias in any of the creative awards categories.

The Joe Shuster Awards are run by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association (CCBCAA), a not-for-profit organization that relies on sponsorship, eBay and convention sales of art donations, prints and memorabilia as well as private donations. 2009 sponsors include: Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), Sipps Publishing, Diamond Distributors, Quebecor World, and and all of the artists that donated pieces to last year’s Visions of an Icon: Superman art show and sale.

For more information please contact or visit

James Waley
Executive Director

Kevin A. Boyd
Executive Director

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Boughts and Thoughts - April 1st, 2009

Captain America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 - Great story and artwork by James Robinson and Marcos Martin. Really enjoyed this rendition of how Steve Rogers became Captain America, and why people look up to Captain America.

Flash: Rebirth #1 - Can't say that this had the same feel as Green Lantern: Rebirth. Hell, this wasn't even close to begin as good as GL: Rebirth. I can't believe I'm actually saying this, because I love the works of Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, but I didn't enjoy this issue. At this point, I'll be waiting for the hardcover.

Irredeemable #1 - Okay start to this new series. Still haven't decided whether I'll be continuing or not. Seems like a super-hero gone bad book.

Justice Society of America #25 - So, that was interesting. See the return of someone. See two people get turned to stone. See others lose powers. See the families become no more. See THE family grow. One more issue, then unfortunately, I will be dropping this title.

Secret Warriors #3 - Dum Dum! Get to see Gorgan kick ass again.


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