Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Upcoming Toronto Convention/Arts Festival Updates

Like I mentioned in the Where's the Report? posting, the out of town guest list was pretty much the key thing I was looking at, when factoring whether or not I would attend WW Toronto. With the updates that have occurred with TCAF, Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event and Fan Expo Canada, I am quite excited for the rest of the comic events in Toronto, this year.

One of the major additions to TCAF this year, is Charles Vess. Also, I can't remember if Paul Pope was on the list, when originally released, or if he was added recently. If it's the latter, he is another great addition. For a full list of those attending TCAF, Click Here.

The guest list for the Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event has started to trickle out, and damn, it's a good one.

Here is the guest list, many of which have not been added to the main website, but released here

- Tim Bradstreet
- Ernie Chan
- Barry Kitson
- Jeff Lemire
- Francis Manapul
- Khoi Pham
- Chris Sprouse
- Phillip Tan
- Marcus To
- Attila Adorjany
- Andy Belanger
- Anthony Del Col
- Agnes Garbowska
- Dale Keown
- Eric Kim
- Conor McCreery
- Marcio Takara
- Tara Tallan
- Ty Templeton
- Ronda Pattison
- Alex Milne
- Richard Zajac
- Gibson Quarter
- Ray Fawkes
- Richard Pace
- Dave Ross
- Jason Edmiston
- Kent Burles
- Evan Munday

Yeah, notice the lack of Wrestlers, Celebs, Pseudo-Celebs, dolls, and cardboard. The last two still boggles the mind as to how important Wizard World felt they were... okay, I understand the Jigsaw doll, since there are horror fanatics out there, but a friggin' cardboard cutout of AC/DC?

Oh, and a guest has been announced for Fan Expo Canada.

STAN LEE!!!

The autograph I got from him was just a little thing to hold me over. Now, I must have my picture with Stan "The Man" Lee!

Boughts and Thoughts - March 31st, 2010

Blackest Night #8 - I really only wanted this book. Finish off the series, see how it ends. I really enjoyed this series, and this issue is no different. Seeing Sinestro at a White Lantern in the previous issue, as well as the GL issues, had me all excited to see where it was all leading to. Although, it was a quick end, and the last half of the book was seeing the aftermath of the battle, it was still highly entertaining. Looking forward to Brightest Day.

The Waking #1 & #2 - It didn't seem right for me to head to the shop, and only buy one book, so I picked up The Waking #2. It had a J. Scott Campbell cover, and Zenescope has had some pretty good titles, all of which are generally the same genre. Horror. This was no different, even though I haven't read issue #2 yet. But because I didn't pick up issue #1, I got that as well. Seems okay.

Where's the Report?

If anyone was wondering why there has not been any convention report for Wizard World Toronto Comic Con... well, I didn't go. That's why I haven't posted a report.

To be honest, and I really hope I don't offend anyone with what I write, the Guest List just wasn't enticing enough for me to: a) take time off of work, which would result in a loss of income, and b) spend money on and at this con. I did spend the weekend, working. Both at my job, and at Lucky Bamboo (my parents' restaurant).

With the changes to my collecting habits (as I mentioned back in November 2009), I'm trying to be more conservative with my spending habits. So for me, I was looking mainly at the guests from out of town, as the local guests, I can catch at another time, if I haven't already done so (and several times for many). Although I did want to see Adi Granov and Phil Jimenez (and hoped to get sketches from both of them, again), they just weren't enough for me to spend $25-30 on admission for a single day.

With Wizard acquiring the Paradise Toronto Comicon, I was hoping that this con would be boasting with comic guests, like Wizard used to. Like one or more headliners that I would have several books, or just significant books, to get signed. Stuff that, to me, I have to get signed (names like Mark Millar, Frank Miller, Garth Ennis, etc).

In addition to the headliner(s), have several out of town comic guests, like when Kevin Boyd was involved with Paradise Toronto Comicon, or like the Fan Appreciation Toronto ComiCON that Hobbystar puts on.

And in addition to those, have the great local creators, that I really hope are not offended with what I said. Have all of those, wrapped up into one convention, with possibly some celebrities (kind of like Fan Expo Canada).

To me, the Wizard World Toronto Comic Con was more targeted towards B- to D-List celebrities (with the exception to Jewel Staite, who is A-List to me!), retired and recently released wrestlers (though I would have liked to have met Kevin Nash, who seems to be the only active wrestler on TV, on that guest list), and reality TV "stars", that I just don't give a shit about.

Comic guests were there, but it seemed like Wizard just didn't give a shit about promoting them. Seriously, they promoted the Jigsaw doll from the SAW movies, the cardboard cutout of AC/DC, the Sherlock Holmes ads, but not the comic guests?

With TCAF and the Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event coming up, where at both cons, I will be able to catch several local creators, in addition to several out of town creators, and the almost guaranteed trip (that Danny and I will be making) to Motor City Comic Con this year, I opted to skip the this con. (That was one long sentence, with several commas... "Me fail English, that's unpossible" - Ralph Wiggum).

Again, I really hope I haven't offended anyone (especially the awesome local creators), by my comments. It just seems more cost effective for me to catch the local creators at conventions that I can also catch many out of town creators.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD TRAILER RELEASED!!!


... Yeah, so I'm a little excited... I was browsing on my Blackberry at work, surfing through the Facebook updates, and I saw that the trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was released. I tried to watch it, but my Blackberry crashed... I think it was some hidden message, telling me to wait until I get home to watch it, because of the awesomeness.

OMFG! It's filled with pure Awesomeness!

This movie will be epic!

This movie will be legendary!

This movie will be my favourite movie of the year!

Yes, I am that excited for this movie.

Congratulations to Jennifer Stewart and Robert Haines!

Jennifer Stewart and Robert Haines
This past Saturday, March 20th, 2010, was the wedding of Jennifer Stewart (owner of The Dragon) and Robert Haines (Associate Director of the Joe Shuster Awards).

I was fortunate to be invited, and had a wonderful time. The evening was simply beautiful (aside from it being a little chilly outside). From Jenn's hilarious cousin officiating the wedding ceremony, to the exit dancing, to the comic book related game and table number card. It was definitely a fun night.

I was even dancing! On the dance floor! And I wasn't drunk! (I only had 4 beers, some champagne, and a little bit of wine).

Those that know me well, know that I don't dance (I'll admit it, I don't have any moves). Unless it's slow dances with a partner, I don't dance. And those slow dances are VERY rare... hmm, my cousin's wedding this past November (where I danced with her), my friends' wedding this past October (where I danced with the bridesmaid I was paired with)... then prior to that, when I was 12, and I was at the school dances with my girlfriend (at the time).

Apparently, Allison has photo proof of it. I'm curious to see this photo, Allison. I was doing the "Twist"... or at least trying to.

Until I get to see that picture, here's one of other people dancing (taken after I stopped my few minutes of dancing).



As for the food served, OMG! Absolutely amazing! Prosciutto-Wrapped Alberta Beef Tenderloin Filet Mignon en Croute, best piece of beef I have EVER eaten (and I got to eat the bulk of Danny's plate, since he was kind of tipsy at the time)! The Curried Pumpkin Bisque, best soup I've had since one of Danny's friend's wedding, back in '06. The Mini Burger with Stilton and Red Onion Marmalade, best burger I have ever eaten... so good, I had like 6.

Sadly, if I didn't have to work the next morning, I would have stayed later to enjoy more of the evening.

Thanks for the Invite and Congratulations to Jennifer Stewart and Robert Haines!

Archie and the Hero Initiative!

Okay, this really only caught my eye when I was checking out Comic Book Resources, saw a cropped thumbnail image of Archie Andrews' head, and said, "Agnes [Garbowska] drew that!"

Opened up the article, and low and behold, Agnes Garbowska drew one of the covers!.

Much like the "______ 100 Projects" that Marvel has been doing for the Hero Initiative, Archie Comics has created 50 blank Archie #600 books, and the Hero Initiative distributed them to 50 different artists to create original covers for the Hero Initiative to auction off to raise funds.

And while reading the article, I find out that Darwyn Cooke did a cover as well! :)

Just for fun, Click Here for the Archie "3 on a Soda" Parody commission that Agnes Garbowska did for me.

Boughts and Thoughts - March 24th, 2010

Green Lantern #52 - Sinestro as the lone White Lantern. Made for an interesting story. I am really looking forward to seeing the conclusion to Blackest Night.

The Guild #1 - Although I'm not into any MMORPGs, I was sold on a story about playing an MMORPG. It's written by Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), so I was in.

Nemesis #1 - How could I pass up a creator-owned book, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven? I want more violence. This issue didn't make "Kick-Ass look like $#!T". I was expecting something more than what Hit-Girl did in Kick-Ass. Hopefully in an upcoming issue.

New Avengers #63 - One more issue, then I'm done with this series. I enjoyed this issue more than the last, which was one that I also found enjoyable (somewhat). I would rather see more Avengers in battles, instead of the Avengers getting their asses kicked by D-list characters, for over a year.

And one I wanted to get last week, but had to wait until this week:

American Vampire #1 (Variant) - The Jim Lee cover.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

LUCKY BAMBOO - Grand Opening Friday March 19th, 2010



So my parents have opened up a restaurant! The grand opening is this Friday. For the first two weeks of business, it's 10% off the menu price.

Read Danny's write up about the restaurant.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nominations for the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards

For Immediate Release

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 JOE SHUSTER AWARDS

6th Annual Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards – Presentation Ceremony in June 2010

Toronto, Canada — March 17, 2010. From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents, and the JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating their achievements. Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award program has 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.

In January and February of this year, nominees were selected from master lists of eligible works originally published in English and/or French during the 2009 calendar year. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents were eligible for consideration. Now that the lists of nominees have been finalized, nominated creators will have their work reviewed by juries, who will decide the winners.

Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jonathan Llyr. The presentation ceremony date also coincides with the 6th Annual Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 5 & 6, 2010.

NOMINEES for Work Published in 2009

Artist/Dessinateur

* Chris Bachalo - Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man 1-4, Dark Avengers Annual 1, New Avengers 51-52, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 2 - “Black & White” , (Marvel Comics)
* Darwyn Cooke - Jonah Hex 50 (DC), Madman Atomic Comics 14 – “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Madman Movie” (Image Comics)
* Marc Delafontaine – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
* Djief Bergeron - Saint-Germain, Tome 1: Le Comte des Lumières (Glénat)
* Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America 26 (DC Comics), Amazing Spider-Man 591, Fantastic Four 570-572, Captain America 600 – “The Persistence of Memorabilia”, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 3 – “Nice Things”, Origins of Siege 1 – “Doctor Doom” (Marvel)
* Stuart Immonen – Ultimate Spider-Man 130-133, New Avengers 55-60, Fantastic Four 569 (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “Trampoline Hall” (Image Comics)
* Francis Manapul – Adventure Comics 0-3, 5, Superman/Batman 60-61 (DC Comics)
* Cameron Stewart – Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye 1-3 (DC/Vertigo), Uncanny X-Men First Class Giant-Size Special 1 – Origin of Wolverine segment (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “The Apocalipstix in Taboo Boogaloo” (Image Comics)

Cartoonist/Créateur

* Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
* Jeff Lemire – The Nobody, Sweet Tooth 1-4 (DC/Vertigo), Noir: A Crime Comics Anthology - “The Old Silo” (Dark Horse), Awesome 2: Awesomer – “The Horseless Rider” (Top Shelf)
* Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Oni Press)
* Philippe Girard – Tuer Velasquez (Glénat Québec)
* Michel Rabagliati – Paul, tome 06: Paul à Québec (La Pastèque)
* Simon Roy – Jan’s Atomic Heart (New Reliable Press)
* Seth – George Sprott 1894-1975 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas – Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre)

Colourist/Dessinateur Couleur

* Brad Anderson – Aliens #1-2 (Cover), Aliens/Predator FCBD 2009, Star Wars: The Clone Wars #8 (Cover), Star Wars: Legacy #32-40, 43 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #873 (Cover), Superman: Secret Origin #1-3, Superman: World of New Krypton #1-6, Superman: World of New Krypton #7, 9-10 (Cover), Wonder Woman #28-35, 39 (DC Comics) Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil #3 (Cover), Franklin Richards: April Fools, Franklin Richards: It’s Dark Reigning Cats & Dogs, Franklin Richards: School’s Out, Uncanny X-Men: First Class Giant-Size Special #1, Spider-Man & The Secret Wars #1 (Marvel Comics)
* Chris Chuckry – Air #6-16, The Unwritten #1-8 (DC/Vertigo), G.I. Joe: Cobra #1-2 (IDW), Amazing Spider-Man #582, 591, 599-600, 606-607, Amazing Spider-Man #583, 595, 597-598 (Cover), Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #3, Iron Man Vs Whiplash #2, Ms. Marvel #36-37 (Cover)
* Maryse Dubuc – Les nombrils, tome 04: Deuls et belles (Dupuis)
* Nathan Fairbairn – Amazing Spider-Man #605, Dark Reign: The List – X-Men #1, Dark X-Men: The Confession #1 (Cover), Guardians of the Galaxy #16, 18-19, House of M: Masters of Evil #1, Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1, Nation X #1, Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1-2, Timestorm 2009-2099: Spider-Man, War of Kings: Warriors #2, Wolverine #72, Wolverine: Origins #32, Wolverine: Weapon X #6-8, X-Factor #39-50, 200 (Variant) (Cover), X-Factor #45, X-Men: Kingbreaker #2-4, X-Men Origins: Gambit #1 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #4-5 (Oni Press)
* Lovern Kindzierski – The Sandman: The Dream Hunters #3-4 (DC/Vertigo), Angel #19, Doctor Who #1-2, G.I. Joe: Cobra #3-4, G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #1, GrimJack: The Manx Cat #1, Star Trek: Crew #3-5, Star Trek: Romulans: Schism #1-3 (IDW), What If? Daredevil vs. Elektra (Marvel Comics)
* Francois Lapierre – Magasin général, tome 05: Montréal (Casterman)
* Dave McCaig - Star Wars: Dark Times #13-14 (Dark Horse), Detective Comics #857-860, Wednesday Comics #1-12 (DC Comics), House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1, Northlanders #14-23 (DC/Vertigo), Mysterius: The Unfathomable #1-6 (DC/Wildstorm), Invincible #66-67 (Image Comics), Berserker #2-3, Broken Trinity: Angelus, The Darkness #75, Pilot Season: Murderer #1 (Image/Top Cow), Agents of Atlas #9 (Cover), Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #2-5 (Cover), Deadpool #900, Fantastic Four #571 (Cover), | Ghost Rider #33-35, Marvel Comics #1 70th Anniversary Edition, Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 (Cover), New Avengers #50, 55-60, Origins of Siege #1, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #3-6, Ultimatum: Fantastic Four Requiem #1 (Cover) (Marvel Comics), Resurrection #0 FCBD 2009 (Oni Press)
* Ronda Pattison – Star Wars: The Clone Wars #4 (Cover), Star Wars: The Clone Wars FCBD 2009, Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan, Star Wars: Purge – Seconds to Die, Unbound Saga (Dark Horse), Angel vs. Frankenstein (IDW), Killer of Demons #1-3 (Image Comics), Dark Reign: Mister Negative #1-3, Human Torch Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1 (Marvel Comics), Atomic Robo and Friends FCBD 2009, Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time #1-5, We Kill Monsters #1-5 (Red 5 Comics)

Writer/Écrivain

* Kelley Armstrong – Angel 18-22 (IDW)
* Ian Boothby – Futurama Comics 43-44, Simpsons Comics 150, Simpsons Super Spectacular #8 – “The Sprint” (Bongo)
* Hervé Bouchard – Harvey (La Pastèque)
* Maryse Dubuc – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
* Kathryn Immonen – Runaways 11-14, Patsy Walker: Hellcat 5 (Marvel Comics), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “Trampoline Hall” (Image Comics)
* Dean Motter – The Spirit 29 (DC Comics)
* Ty Templeton – Star Trek: Mission’s End 1-5 (IDW)
* J. Torres – Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E 0-1 (Boom!), DC Holiday Special ‘09 1 - “Huntress in Naughty or Nice”, Batman: The Brave and the Bold 5-8, 11 (DC Comics)

Cover/Couverture

* Kaare Andrews – The Immortal Iron Fist 27 (Marvel Comics)
* Paul Bordeleau – Faüne, tome 2: La maison du Faüne (La Pastèque)
* Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex 50 (DC Comics)
* Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
* Marc Delafontaine – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
* Dale Eaglesham – Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special 1 (Marvel Comics)
* Dale Keown - The Astounding Wolf-Man 16 Variant (Image Comics)
* Igor Kordey - Unknown Soldier 5 (DC/Vertigo)

Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web

* Attila AdorjanyMetaphysical Neuroma
* Kate BeatonHark! A Vagrant
* Andy BelangerBottle of Awesome and Raising Hell
* Rene Engström Anders Loves Maria
* Karl KerschlThe Abominable Charles Christopher
* Gisèle Lagacé and David LumsdonEerie Cuties and Ménage à 3
* Tara TallanGalaxion
* Steve WolfhardCat Rackham

Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist, Cover & Writer Nominees selected by: Laurent Boutin (Planète BD), Patrick Marleau (Imaginaire), Rachelle Goguen (Living Between Wednesdays), Leonard Wong (Vancouver Comicon), Jamie Coville (The Collector Times), Jeff Brown (Dork Shelf), Mike Jozic (freelance writer), Troy Wilson (author), Gareth Gaudin (Legends Comics), Jonathan Ellis (PopImage), Don McPherson (Eye on Comics), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Lloyd Chesney (Legends Comics), Jonathan Kuehlein (JPK Comics), and Alex Kennedy. Webcomics Nominees selected by Scott Townsend, Jason Truong, Allison Covey, Robert Haines and Kevin Boyd. Nominating committees coordinated by Award Directors Kevin Boyd and Robert Haines.

Additional nominees will be announced in April 2010 for the following categories: Publisher/Editeur, Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants, and the Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées.

Submissions from self-publishers will be accepted until May 10, 2010 for the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées. Please visit http://joeshusterawards.com/gene-day-award-for-canadian-self-publishers/ for full details. The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 Bursary. Finalists will be announced in May 2010.

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Three inductees will be announced in May 2010.

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 Award

The Joe Shuster Award is Canada’s first national achievement award program for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics and has no restrictions on language, content and/or genre. The Joe Shuster Award 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 (except for cover art).

The Joe Shuster Award program is administered by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, a not-for-profit organization.

For more information please contact info@joeshusterawards.com or visit www.joeshusterawards.com

Kevin A. Boyd
Executive Director
kevin@joeshusterawards.com

Robert Haines
Associate Director
robert@joeshusterawards.com

Allison Covey
Director of Publisher Relations
allison@joeshusterawards.com

Chris Owen
Director of Media Relations
chris@joeshusterawards.com

Boughts and Thoughts - March 17th, 2010

American Vampire #1 - Can't say that I enjoyed it. Was kind of bored. Doubt I'll continue.

X-23 #1 (One-Shot) - Another book that I can't say I enjoyed. Just X-23 dealing with stuff. Wanted more action, rather than dealing with demons inside of her.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Boughts and Thoughts - March 3rd, 2010

Chew #9 - Chew has been a fun series to read, but I think once this arc is done, I'm done with it.

Girl Comics #1 - I really only bought this issue, because of the artwork by Agnes Garbowska. The story she worked on (written by Robin Furth), was originally solicited for issue #2, but was moved up to the first issue. The fun story mixes up Hansel & Gretel with Franklin Richards & Valeria Richards.

Green Hornet #1 - What would have been Kevin Smith's Green Hornet movie, in comic book form! I think I'll wait for the collected.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Signed by Stan "The Man" Lee!


Back in mid-December, through Stan Lee's Facebook page, there was a contest. Stan Lee: Holiday Contest. It was really answering a set of five questions, and the first few or so that sent in their answers, won something.

I was one of those winners!

The photo on the side is one of the items I received in the prize envelope. Everything that I received is POW! Entertainment promo items, but still, it's pretty damn cool that I won something, and that it's signed by Stan Lee! :)