Item! Sequential’s David Hains writes up the first meeting of the Toronto Comic Jam for The Grid.
Item! Brad Mackay reviews the Michael Choquette-edited Someday Funnies anthology for The Globe and Mail.
Item! Did you know that Art Deco cartoonist John Held Jr., famous for his flapper drawing in The New Yorker and Life, was also a crappy novelist? Me neither. Here’s the lowdown on Held’s Crosstown, the story of a Jazz Age Golddigger.
Item! Toronto cartoonist Gibson Quarter is featured on the latest edition of TdotComics’ Quinntessential Comics.
Item! The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) kicks off its run-up to the show with a series of interviews, beginning with Cloudscape Comics publisher Jeff Ellis.
Item! Robin Bougie is interviewed about the newly launched annual edition of Cinema Sewer and the Sleazy Slice comic book.
Item!Faith Erin Hicks is profiled by her paper The Coast on the occasion of the release of Friends With Boys, her new webcomic turned graphic novel Now we just have to wait anxiously for the graphic novel of her Superhero Girl strip. Hicks recently reviewed the latest issue of Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder in comic strip form (the same source also hipped me to the fact that Hicks and writer J. Torres will be is collaborating on a book called Bigfoot Boy to be released this Fall by Kids Can Press).
Item! Hicks will be launching the book as part of the regular Ladies Night event at Strange Adventures comic shop in Halifax. The event was recently written up in the Dalhousie student paper and also generated some lame controversy from some unfortunate quarters.
Item! U.S. musical and graphic art genius Daniel Johnston will be releasing a comic called SPACE DUCKS through Boo! Town publishers.
Item! Bernie Mierault (The Jam) has a new limited edtion graphic novel out called To Get Her.
Item! Jan Berenstain died this past Friday at age 88. Before creating the famous bear family with her husband Stan, the couple were quite well known for their risque magazine cartoons and books.
Item! Matt Forsythe is interviewed by the SPACE channel about his new book, Jinchalo. Nice little video that takes place inside the D+Q store.
Item! Chris Randle reviews the collaboration between artist and Kramers Ergot contributor Shary Boyle and musician Christine Fellows for The Toronto Standard.