Alrite. I ate a very large bean tortilla, half a bottle of wine, one row from a bag of Double Chocolate Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies, and a chai tea, but this epic accomplishment did nothing to assuage my essential grumpy old man nature. Let’s face it, Canadian comics news ranges from boring, to ludicrous, to depressing, to transcendentally beautiful and enlightening. With the emphasis on the first three.
Item: An Olympic message from Northstar. The former Olympian and Alpha Flight member slaloms around some classic comic book covers.
Item: In ridiculous international news, a copy of Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman, sold last week for $1,075,500.00 U.S., narrowly edging out the even $1 million paid for Action Comics #1 earlier in the week. The price (4x Overstreet!) includes a buyer’s premium to auctioneer Heritage Auctions. Holey Ripoff, Batman! It’s sad that the actual physical artifacts of comics fallen/been raised to this level. At the same time, the same ridiculous collector’s market has elevated the actual work of the creators to the point where some of the older original art pages are now worth corresponding money. Too bad most of the artists from the Golden Age are dead. CBC report.
Item: Retailers from Toronto, Kitchener, and London participate in a roundtable discussion. Peter Birkemoe: “Most comic shops in North America are not shops that sell comics but shops that sell comics and merchandise relating to superheroes or other similar genres. More people than ever are reading comics in all age groups but they aren’t necessarily going to comic book stores to get them.”
Item: Alex Jansen, the publisher of new Canadian imprint Pop Sandbox, has won a $45,000 grant to produce an online “interactive graphic novel” about suicide survivors. The Next Day won the National Film Board & TVO’s first ever Digital Calling Card and the money will go to production. (National Post)
Item: Ottawa cartoonist/designer/painter Andrew King has painting exhibit.
Item: Shane Koyczan, the slam poet who became an online sensation after his performance at the Olympics opening ceremonies, is working on a graphic novel.
Item: Chris Butcher takes on manga/anime fans who sell copyright-infringing work, including Nick Simmons. Um, shouldn’t conventions organizers clamp down on that crap? I mean, some of it is nice, and their are fans who manage to mash things up to a new level of art, but it’s pretty obviously illegal, isn’t it? Sure, some of it is tribute, some parody, but taking money for it? Speaking of parody, I just read Lose #1 by Michael Deforge, which chronicles in part the adventures of Green Lantern in artschool, and it is highly recommended.
Item: A profile of and Wolverine sketch by Dale Eaglesham.
Item: A profile and Wolverine sketch by Rebecca Kraatz. This is my favourite so far, and not just because I loved her last comic.
Item: Von Allan launches “the road to god knows…” in Ottawa March 14.
Item: The latest edition of the inkstuds podcast is a special “mangastuds” panel hosted by Deb Aoki.