This is cool, I can recommend the first half of day one for sure! -Max

The Society For The Promotion Of Canadian Comics hosted it’s first Symposium and you can catch recordings of the conversations and panels here now!

Bios and links for the participants are here. I’ve embedded the playlist, their YouTube page is here to subscribe to. And their social feeds are here: Twitter, FB, Instagram.

I caught part of day one live but glad to see the rest via this record. -Max

A bit about the origins of ‘80 Years and Beyond: A Virtual Symposium on Canadian Comics

The Canadian Parliament passed the War Exchange Conservation Act late in 1940 to preserve its currency for the war effort by limiting the importation of nonessential goods. Periodicals, including popular American comic books, were one casualty. Within a few months, Canadian artists and entrepreneurs responded by launching a domestic comic book industry. This industry gave us four publishing companies and six years of original Canadian comics production.

The 80th anniversary of the first comic books published in Canada celebrates one important milestone in a long history of comics production in this country. Taking this anniversary as a point of departure, “80 Years and Beyond: A Virtual Symposium on Canadian Comics” was a two-day virtual symposium, hosted by Brescia University College, that featured 40+ scholars, creators, publishers, retailers, collectors, and fans for a series of focused conversations about the past, present, and future of comics and cartooning in Canada. The symposium took place on October 15 and 16, 2021, and marked the first dedicated conference on Canadian comics, including cartoons, graphic novels, and web comics.

Organinzing Committee:
Dominick Grace (Brescia University College)
Candida Rifkind (University of Winnipeg)
Zachary J.A. Rondinelli (Brock University)
Meaghan Scanlon (Library & Archives Canada)
Ivan Kocmarek (Independent Scholar)