It’s finally time to announce the nominees for our 2020 Sequential Magazine Awards sponsored by Strange Adventures Comics & Curiosities in Halifax NS, Dartmouth NS & Fredericton NB. The Sequential Magazine Awards, originating in 2017, are fan voted awards organized by Sequential Magazine to allow Canadian comic fans to show their appreciation for their favourite local indie comics and creators as well as discover more great Canadian made comics. Below are the names of this year’s nominees for comics published in 2020 and some information about them (listed in alphabetical order). Please read as much as possible to make your fair selection. These nominees were chosen by our magazine team based off of public submissions and our own preferences. The winners are decided entirely by public vote so share your support for your favorite creators to help their chance of winning. Click the button below to go to the voting poll when you are ready. Voting ends at midnight Feb 28th. One vote per person please and we will use techniques to catch duplicate voting.
- Best Comic Book
- Best Graphic Novel
- Best Webcomic
- Favourite Writer
- Favourite Artist
- Favourite Cartoonist
- Favourite Colourist
- Favourite Letterer
Best Comic Book
Set in a sci-fi future after a decade of warfare against the despot Baron Klaus, a rogue embittered soldier decides to storm the Baron’s manor and kill him herself. A year later, stories are sung of her heroism, but the mystery of her motives remain. Thus begins the tale of COMMANDER RAO, a thrilling fast-paced action comic of how violence begets violence, and how all the heroics of warfare are meaningless in the eyes of what has been lost.
Story/Art by Fell Hound (she/her)
Logo/Lettering by LetterSquids
Death & Comics
Death & Comics is an anthology of short stories written by Randy Stone and drawn by some of comics’ greatest up and coming talent. Genres range from crime to horror to satire and more, but each story is tied to death in some way.
Creators involved in Death & Comics (order of appearance)
- Randy Stone – writing, lineart, inks, letters
- D.C. Stuelpner – cover art
- Gavin Guidry – lineart
- Maddy Wahl – colours
- Christian DiBari – lineart
- Jenn St. Onge – lineart, colours, lettering
- Matthew Dunn – lineart, colours
- Erin Kubo – painted art
- Aditya Bidikar – lettering
- Reilly Stone – ink assist
- Waylon Stone – ink assist
- Taylor Stauft – lineart
- Chris Piers – pencils
- Ellie Wright – colours
Oktana & Ko #3
What begins as a superhero origin story turns more into a journey of discovery. Dogged at every turn by
criminal syndicates and the vindictive Tobias Langdon, CEO of a weapons development company) Nancy – who begins calling herself Oktana after the boat smugglers destroyed – and her octopus companion Ko transformed now into a powerful half mechanical hectopus – are joined by Nancy’s genius brother Jack. Together, they seek to understand not just what has happened to them, but also what might be happening to their planet in Part 3 of Oktana & Ko.
To those already familiar with the story, this issue is the next chapter in Oktana’s life. She is coming back
to the place where her ship sank, her team was killed, and something in the deep remains unexplained.
- Creator and writer Yuriy Levytskyy
- Editor Robert Iveniuk
- Pencil and ink George Todorovski
- Inside double page Oliver Castaneda
- Colorist Angel RD
- Lettering Ken Reynolds
- Main front cover George Todorovski
Space Cowboy and the Triumphanteers #2
That cosmic super-sheriff, SPACE COWBOY and his valiant adventure-team, the TRIUMPHANTEERS, defend the earth!…But their arch-foe, the evil BABYHEAD has discovered a lost alien super-weapon and conquers Grandway City! Can Space Cowboy save his friends(and the world)in time???
- Cartoonists: Jeff Knott & Derek Jessome
- Colorist: Rick Laffin
- Letterer: Dave Howlett
- Proofer: Mr. J
- Editor: Bruce Brett
Spectrum is an ongoing series focusing on teenage experiences with coming out, diversity, ethical and personal dilemmas that all contribute to the rainbow of experience that is life for LGBT people.
- Creative Team:
- Writer, Letterer: Michael McAdam
- Artist: Jeremy Thew
- Colorist: Marvin Marvida
- Editor: Michael McAdam
The Gathering Place #2
The second issue of The Gathering Place is a collection of four short stories that celebrate the lives and works of four female creative spirits – Isabel McLaughlin, Daphne Odjig, Laura Muntz Lyall, and Edith Hester McDonald-Brown.
- Nelson Caetano: Writer / Illustrator
- Antonio Caetano: Digital Colour Artist
- Nelson Caetano, Jr.: Asst. Digital Colour Artist
- Sandy Caetano: Editor
The Remedy: Chapter 1
The Remedy is a surrealist cyberpunk comic that tells the emotional tale of Detective Xander Slate, a man who explores a mystery that prompts him to process his own sense of loss. The story is set in a post-cataclysm world where the remnants of humanity live in enormous floating cities. Racked with boredom and anxiety, they seek escape through technology and comforts while struggling to connect with one another. This bland utopia is thrown into chaos by five renegades who model themselves after artistic movements from history, and use art and technology to disrupt the system. Detective Slate must find out who they are, what they want, and why they know so much about the death of his husband.
Written and Drawn by Nick Johnson (he/him)
Undergrowth is a story focused on giant robots and mental health. After a planet is ravaged by invading mechs 3 dead kids are given ancient spirits to pilot and fight back.
- Writer – Ricky Lima
- Artist – Daniele Aquilani
- Lettering – Andrew Thomas
Best Graphic Novel
Drunk Days – A Belly Full of Hot Poison
An Autobiographical diary comic about the day to day struggles of quitting alcohol. Luke Humphris drags his negative traits into the sunlight and tries to figure out where he belongs in this world.
Written and Illustrated by Luke Humphris (he/him)
Group of 7: A Most Secret Tale
The First World War. Vimy Ridge. Canada’s baptism by fire. Its secret history was classified… UNTIL NOW.
Group of 7: A Most Secret Tale collects issues #1-6 of the acclaimed comic book series Group of 7 in one complete volume with updated art and bonus content.
- Writer – Chris Sanagan (he/him)
- Artist – Jason Lapidus (he/him)
Halls of the Turnip King
Prince Tatian of Elvania would rather be at home playing video games than heading off on a diplomatic mission to the Dwarven Mines. Every minute spent on the road and in meeting rooms feels like agony. Impatient and in way over his head, he fumbles his way along in the hopes of getting out as quickly as possible. But of course nothing ever works smoothly, especially when the prince and his entourage aren’t much smarter than a basket of turnips.
Written and Illustrated by Brenda Hickey she/her
Ice Massacre: The Graphic Novel
The warrior women of Eriana Kwai are the island’s last hope of gaining freedom from the dangerous mermaids who have slain the men sent before them. Can Meela overcome her feelings for one of the mermaids she was trained to kill? Join Meela and her crew as they embark on the Massacre in this webcomic adaptation of Tiana Warner’s award-winning Mermaids of Eriana Kwai trilogy.
- Tiana Warner – Writer and co-creator (she/her)
- April Pierce – Illustrator and co-creator (them/they)
- Rachel “Tuna” Petrovicz (she/her)
The Krillian Key: Salamander Run Vol 1
Pursued by warring human/alien hybrids, the immortal Kyrill, also known as Salamander, is the key to a prison forged by the seven gods of creation. While one of the warring factions moves to protect him, the other seeks to use him to open the prison. Kyrill’s story unfolds in a war-ravaged dystopia where his people, Indigenous North Americans, are space pirates who control the solar system’s spaceways. The Krillian Key: Salamander Run is a fun, sassy and fast-paced graphic novel set in the post-apocalyptic future of Neo-New York circa 2242, with flashbacks to modern-day Canada.
Written and Illustrated by Neal Shannacappo (he/him)
Neal Shannacappo is a Nakawe graphic novelist and poet from Rolling River FN in Manitoba. He’s Eagle clan and currently living, working and playing in Ottawa.
Editor: Jennifer Lum
THRUD: Volume I
A comic about a mute girl named Thrud and her sidekick Kvasir in a post-Ragnarok Norse world!
Written and Illustrated by Zach Schuster (he/him)
What Will Not Last
One author, four artists, and an exploratory anthology that challenges the concepts of letting go and hope for the future. In this graphic novel, What Will Not Last, readers are pulled into four unique narratives that defy expectations. Will a father let his son be sacrificed for the good of his people? Is a spandex suit and the love of Citiesville’s people enough to make Hero-Man a real hero? Do nightmares come alive? Will a space exploration team find what they’re looking for? Fantasy, superhero, horror, and science fiction genres are represented in this stunning culmination of Canadian talent that asks more questions than it answers and leaves you wanting more.
- Written and Lettered by Lyndon Radchenka (@Radchenka)
- Art on The Watcher by Christopher Smith (@chrismithart)
- Art on Hero-Man by Zach Schuster (@zmschuster)
- Art on The Light Under the Door by GMB Chomichuk (@gmbchomichuk)
- Art on Infinite Universe: Epilogue by Steven Kaul (@KaulSteven)
- Edited by Allison Alexander (allisonexander)
XII: Of Magic and Muses Volume 2
Willow, Georgia and Emma have accidentally wrapped both Tillie and Aaron into their magical girl shenanigans much to their chagrin. However, things seem to be getting even harder to keep quiet as these magical powers have turned from intriguing to infectious. Between daylight daydreams, tanking a track star, bathroom breakdowns and betrayal from within – our quarreling quintet might be in bigger trouble then they ever thought possible.
- Kristen Kiomall-Evans – Writer, Comic Artist
- Rachel Ho – Cover Artist
- Melissa Capriglione – Illustrator
- Ai Yoku – Illustrator
- Kristen Lee – Illustrator
Crown & Anchor
After accidentally acquiring an ancient relic dating back to the creation of the world, political and spiritual forces pressure seven pirates to quickly restore & reshape Aventus before it returns to ruin. This story contains themes such as finding family, adventure, mythology, agency, and contains a vast network of mail-delivering seagulls
Writer/Letterer Toben Racicot (He/Him)
Art by Alaire Racicot (She/Her)
Folklore is a post-apocalyptic superhuman horror story, following the survivors of a biological weapon that has twisted the world’s greatest heroes into abominable shadows of their former selves. Uncertain of the future and guided by the man who was once the world’s most renown hero, their party must make their way across an America where mankind is fractured and hunted by the saviors who once swore to defend them.
Folklore is written by Adam Ma, and Illustrated by Colin Tan Wei
Frightmare City is a monthly crime/horror hybrid comic from filmmaker and writer, AC Turner. Recently, AC discovered “Welcome To Fear City”, a long forgotten
pamphlet distributed by the NYPD. In it, a Hooded Death’s Head warned readers to “Stay away from New York” as authorities grappled with uncontrollable violence that left the city teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Reading the pamphlet, AC thought “what if”? What if “Welcome To Fear City” was actually a thinly veiled warning
against something more sinister than conventional crime. Something more evil. With this in mind, AC teamed up with some incredible artists from around the world and began crafting a new, nightmarish version of New York. A city where crimes are perpetrated and punished each in their own horrible way.
- AC Turner – Creator/Writer
- Fabio Alves – Artist
- Ulises Carpintero – Artist
- Ivan David – Artist
- Sika Murti – Artist
- Luis Morocho Salaza – Artist
- Toni Doya – Artist
- Marcos Lima – Artist
- Moke Moai – Artist
Ghost Junk Sickness
-Team CARTRIDGE is a team of two siblings based out of Kingston Ontario who collaborate on both writing and art for Ghost Junk Sickness.
-Ghost Junk Sickness is a scifi action packed LGBTQ+ friendly comic about two hunters with an unstable dynamic who are pushed to pursue a deadly bounty dubbed The Ghost.
-Team CARTRIDGE is comprised of two people, Kristen Lee and Laura Lee and currently have Ghost Junk Sickness published online by the company Hiveworks. Kristen goes by She/they and Laura goes by She/her
Doug is a lowly office demon at Hell, Inc. For Doug, trying to wring any bit of happiness he can out of his soul-crushing existence is a full time job. In between clumsily trying to start an office romance and running afoul of his boss, Doug finds himself in charge of the new intern – a newly deceased and terrified human soul.
Doug’s path to happiness just got a lot longer.
Written and Drawn by Jeff Martin
Between the punishing heat, choking ash, and endless desert, the barren world of Erj is no easy place to live—and yet precocious runaway Dal is dead set on finding a quiet corner to work out her complicated relationship with the concept of family. But when the sun itself threatens to fall from the sky, Dal is flung headlong into a race against time that will determine the fate of civilization itself! Braving perilous ruins, murderous cultists, and her own ill-tempered sister, Dal will find her place in the world, even if it kills her. And everyone else.
- Writer: Ty Dunitz (he/him)
- Artist: Jenn Lee (she/her)
- Colours & Letters: Ty Dunitz (he/him)
Soul to Call
The world has never been the same since the Fall. Over two thirds of the human population are dead, otherworldly abominations wander the ruins, and the occult runs rampant.
In hopes of salvaging the only scrap of family remaining in her life, aloof courier Avril seeks an Anathema, a creature rumored to have the abilities that she’ll need if she wishes to be reunited with her blood.
Writing and Art by Katherine (Rommie) Lang (she/they)
Utown is the story of a seedy neighborhood that a cast of misfits call home. Inspired by a string of real events that took place in my own city, the story follows Samuel, a 24 year-old semi-aspiring artist (but mostly a video store clerk) who’s doing his best at avoiding adulthood. When gentrification shows up at his doorstep, he must face the fact that the town he grew up in is no longer his safe haven–and that he’s not ready to leave just yet. With no money and little options, it’s time for him to either step up and prove his worth as a serious artist or keep on repeating old, toxic behaviors.
Writing and Art by Cab (she/her)
AC Turner (he/him)
Growing up as a kid in a small Maritime community, AC Turner collected comic books and wondered what adventures awaited in his own life. As an adult, he’s poured his experiences piloting gliders, panning for gold, and producing films, into storytelling, wanting to contribute to the
world he’s always loved.
Find his written work in his creator owned crime/horror comic book
series Frightmare City, and stay tuned as he continues work on a spy series based on a certain character developed by Ian Fleming…
Alan Russette (he/him)
Born in Windsor, but raised in London, Ontario, Alan Russette is a substitute teacher and academic by day and comic book writer by night. An avid comic reader since age 9 or 10, Russette was inspired to bring his own creations to life after reading the rebooted and reimagined adventures of Captain Canuck. A chance meeting with artist Stephan Petersen at a local comic convention started the ball rolling in earnest. Project: I.M.P.A.C.T. is his first foray into the world of creator-owned independent comics.
Dino Caruso (he/him)
Dino Caruso lives with his wife, two boys and two rabbits in Ontario, Canada. He has been published by Action Lab Comics, Caliber Comics and Markosia. He has had short stories appear in anthologies from a variety of publishers. He is honoured to have worked with so many amazing collaborators.
Kristen Kiomall-Evans (she/they)
K. Kiomall-Evans has been making comics since 2009 and has been self-publishing her own work since 2015. She works as a solo force as writer, artist, letterer and publisher; as well as web developer and marketer. Born out of a maple tree like most Canadians, she spends her time ranting on twitter, reading sapphic stories and playing video games badly.
Randy Stone (he/him)
Randy Stone has had books published by Scout Comics and Arcana, but is now primarily focussed on self publishing his work through Altruist Comics. After successful campaigns for Death & Comics and Crime Pays, he has turned his attention to The Sensational Swan, currently on Kickstarter!
Tiana Warner (she/her)
Tiana Warner is a f/f fantasy romance author from British Columbia, Canada. Her books include the critically acclaimed, Amazon bestselling trilogy “MERMAIDS OF ERIANA KWAI”, as well as its graphic novel adaptation and a forthcoming valkyrie series with Entangled Teen. Tiana is also a writing coach for aspiring YA authors, a former programmer with a Computer Science degree, a lifelong horseback rider, and an outdoor enthusiast who loves to explore BC with her hyperactive rescue mutt, Joey.
Alaire Racicot (she/her)
Alaire has worked with several indie comic writers to help them produce their comics. Thorn Squadron, Adventures in Cryptozoology, and War are available online to read. She has also drawn guest art for comics Rising Sand and Galebound, and has been published in S.M. Beiko’s Gothic Tales of Haunted Love Vol 2: The Beloved Hereafter. Her current projects are Crown & Anchor (with Toben Racicot) and Sidequest (with Grant Stoye, Martina Bonanni, and Toben Racicot). She enjoys crinkle cut fries, video games, and ferociously tickling her son.
Colin Tan Wei (he/him)
Colin is a TV animation designer, and has worked on shows including Super Dinosaur, Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, LEGO Marvel Avengers and LEGO Star Wars The Holiday Special. A big fan of world building, storytelling, and wristwatches – you’ll find plenty hidden within the pages of Folklore.
Jade McGilvray (she/her)
Jade is an artist/writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. She loves stories with body horror and themes that touch on what makes us human. By day, she works in the film/games industry as a 3D Generalist, and by night, she swims back to the darkest depths of the ocean to plot new and horrifying comics.
Jenn Lee (she/her)
Jenn Lee is a comic artist and sometimes kids book illustrator living in Toronto with her family and two cats. When not co-creating the fantasy adventure comic Rising Sand, Jenn can usually be found with her face inches from the dirt looking for sea life fossils or cursing at trees (aka taking bird photos).
Kelvin Nyeusi-Mawazo (he/him)
I’m an author and an illustrator, and I own a publishing company named Black Sun Comics. We create African-centered science fiction and fantasy comics (a genre known as frotopian/Afrofuturism). We’ve been operating since about 2015. We released our first book in 2016 at the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM Canada) and have been going strong since then
Sandy Carruthers (he/him)
Sandy Carruthers is probably best known for being the artist for The Men in Black- a comic book series that came out in 1980 and became the Hollywood blockbuster MIB. He also did a series of graphic novels for Lerner Publishing as well as worked on Captain Canuck. He was part of the Charlton Neo revival initiative with writers Roger MacKenzie and Paul Kupperberg and is currently publishing his own comics through SANDSTONE COMICS – an Atlantic Canadian house that publishes works such as CENTURY MAN, Leap Frog and Dark| SANCTUARY (with writer DA Stewart). Sandy lives in Prince Edward Island with his wife Holly and three cats, and enjoys visits from his grandson Fynn!
Brenda Hickey (she/her)
BRENDA HICKEY is a comic artist and writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She got her start in the comic industry with IDW’s “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” series, working on the main series as well as many of the mini series. In 2018 she branched out and illustrated “Ward’s Valley”, an original graphic novel written by Bobby Curnow and published by Top Shelf. Her creator owned book “Halls of the Turnip King” was published in January 2020 by Pegamoose Press.
Caroline Breault (aka Cab) is a comic artist based in Montreal. She is the creator of the graphic novel series Hiver Nucléaire with Frondt Froid (Nuclear Winter with Boom! Studios) and has made covers for various American publishers. She likes vacant lots, architecture, hot beverages and inking with dipping pens.
Dominic Bercier (he/him)
Dominic Bercier is a Franco-Ontarian-Canadian writer-artist-designerpublisher-inventor,musician-singer-songwriter, and principal creatorowner-founderof Mirror Comics Studios, established 2015, Ottawa,Canada. He is a multi-award-winning De La Salle HS Arts Program graduate and classically trained visual artist, as well as an Associate of OCAD, with a degree in illustration which he earned while drawing backgrounds for Image Comics, Dark Horse, Top Cow and more. Bercier is also bipolar, and a spoonie who understands that people would if they could. He is a champion of secret empaths, indie comics, books, music, animation and art. He is the creator of several graphic novels and bandes dessinées, including 12 volumes in The PopTerra Collection and the creator of SIGNAL Saga, which he invented in 1991. He is a multi-award-nominated Canadian cartoonist with the goal of making the world a better place through creativity, art and culture.
Fell Hound (she/her)
Fell Hound is a queer, Asian-Canadian illustrator from Toronto, most notable for her use of bold colours and lighting. She began her work in various fan zines before launching her debut narrative zine Do You Believe in an Afterlife? in 2019, followed by the explosive action one-shot Commander Rao in 2020. Since then her work has been featured in various anthologies, including Starbound and Boston Powers with Boston Comics Roundtable, Project: Starless Daydream – A Narrative Mech Zine, and the upcoming Project Big Hype – Shonen Jump for Western Comics. When not drawing cool stuff, she likes to drive ambulances.
Nick Johnson (he/him)
Nick Johnson was born and raised in Calgary Alberta where he has spent most of his life making comics and writing stories. He obtained his Bachelor of Design from AUArts and recently spent a year and a half abroad in Scotland to obtain his Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels from the University of Dundee. He has experimented with the craft of storytelling through a variety of different fields: e-learning, children’s books, film, animation, and comic books. For New Machine Studios, he has worked as a storyboard artist, art director, writer and director of animated feature films, the most recent being Young George 2: No Dragons Allowed!
Troy Little (he/him)
TROY LITTLE originated in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He left for a while, but then went back. He has three kids, two cats and the best wife in the world.
He spent many a year working in animation before shifting his focus full time to comics. He’s written and illustrated “The Powerpuff Girls”, “Rick & Morty VS Dungeons and Dragons”, adapted Hunter S. Thompsons novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, Kevin Eastman’s “Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls” as well as his own books, “Chiaroscuro” and the “Angora Napkin” series.
He’s currently working on a collaborative book entitled “Butterfly House” with his wife, Brenda Hickey and will soon begin serializing his next book, “The Allusion of Life”online.
Sharon Gauthier (she/her)
Sharon ”Shiro” Gauthier is THE ILLUSTRATRIX. Grown organically without pesticides in Gaspé, Québec, she’s been drawing since the tender age of 3 years and two days old and shows no signs of stopping!
Lover of comics, reading AND creating, she’s done Illustrations for various card companies including Upper Deck, as well as the Strange Romance magazine collective. She has two webcomics residing on Tapas. Not happy with that, she is also the official colorist for Auric of the Great White North and did some coloring work for Lev Gleason’s Comic House (Formerly Chapterhouse); it’s a winning combination every time!
Donovan Yaciuk (he/him)
For almost a quarter century, Donovan Yaciuk has worked as a colour artist for such companies as Marvel, DC, Chapterhouse Publishing and Dark Horse comics, learning his craft as a part of Winnipeg’s now-defunct, legendary Digital Chameleon colouring studio.
Donovan is a founding member of the independent collective of Canadian comic book creators known as the Canadian Comic Book Alliance. In addition to self-publishing his own series, Spacepig Hamadeus, Donovan has made numerous colour contributions to other great independent Canadian comics, including covers and interiors for Auric of the Great White North, Lucha Mystery, True Patriot Presents, Jack Grimm: Harbinger of Death, The Adventures of Auroraman, Blackthorne, and Canadian Corps.
Ty Dunitz (he/him)
Occasionally an illustrator for the music and game industries, Ty doesn’t really read comics. He wasn’t going to make any, either—Rising Sand was supposed to be a book, at worst. But, here we are. Previous credits include some terrible strips drawn in the margins of his school notebook in grade six.
Due to a lack of nomination suggestions received we will also leave the option to write in another Canadian colourist we may have overlooked.
Andrew Thomas (he/him)
Andrew Thomas is an award-winning artist & letterer from Mississauga who has worked for Disney,
Archie, Lev Gleason Publications and more. He’s the artist on the award-winning Canadian Indie comic series,
Auric of the Great White North.
He has illustrated covers and interiors for books such as Captain Canuck, Captain Canuck Adventures,
Auroraman, and Archie’s Friend Scarlet to name a few.
In addition to illustration, Andrew is also an accomplished letterer with credits including Captain Canuck,
Northguard, Freelance, and the rebooted Silver Streak comic from Lev Gleason’s Comic House, Disney Princess with Joe Books and others.
Toben Racicot (he/him)
Lyndon Radchenka (he/him)
Lyndon Radchenka is a writer, lawyer, and comic book letterer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up on Saturday morning cartoons and thinks 1997’s Batman & Robin was “a fun movie.” Lyndon received an English degree from the University of Manitoba in 2015 and a law degree from the University of Calgary in 2019.
Despite enjoying the “classics” of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Dumas, Lyndon was drawn back to comics. Lyndon became active in the comic convention scene in 2013, and was quickly enchanted by the passion and support of the indie comics community.
Due to a lack of nomination suggestions received we will also leave the option to write in another Canadian letterer we may have overlooked.