Post-Easter, many empty shells:

Item: Ed Brisson writes to let us know that there will be no Vancouver Comix Jam in April due to conventions, Easer, and booking issues.

Item: Cartoonist Ken Boesem has been honoured by Xtra West magazine as one its Visual Artists of the Year “for capturing and reflecting our everyday lives in his comic strip The Village, a slice-of-life narrative that follows a group of gay Davie Villagers as they struggle with love, life, dating, work, money and friends.” Congratulations Ken!

Item: Comic book artist Kaare Andrews is shooting his first movie as a director. The Vancouver production of his thriller Altitude has been getting tons of press, including this profile of leading-lady Jessica Lowndes, and this profile of Andrews himself, who apprenticed at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto.

Item: Eric San aka dj Kid Koala is prepping a second graphic novel entitle Space Cadet. The artist is profiled by McGill Daily’s Liam O’Keefe.

Item: Speaking of cartoonist/musicians, the Wright Award-nominated Chris von Szombathy has a new website. His new cd, as one-half of the duo Tour de Fours, The New Standard, is available on itunes.

Item: at the Shuster Awards blog, Robert Haines interviews Haida manga artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas about his work and new book Flight of the Hummingbird (Greystone Books).

Item: In this Ontario school, the boys and girls are separated and the boys get to read Frank Miller’s Dark Knight.

Item: Jeet Heer writes about early graphic book reviews by the American cartoonist Milt Gross.

Item: The Eisner Awards were announced awhile ago, and several Canadian names are on the list, including Seth, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, Darwyn Cooke, and many others. The Shusters blog and D+Q have coverage.