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Joe Shuster Awards 2014 (September 22) 19 Photos

Full 2014 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony (1:13:35, 67.3mb)
Presented at the Back Space Toronto, 587A College Street, Toronto, Ontario.
The awards start off with a video of Stan Lee who congratulating a 2007 Joe Shuster Awards. The Awards had flashed 2014 on the screen for comedic effect.
The presenters were Kevin Boyd, Jennifer Haines, Robert Haines, Anthony Falcone & Scott VanderPloeg, Robert Pincombe, Andrew Walsh, Ivan Kocmarek and Scott Chantler.
Awards went to:

Writer:
Ed Brisson – Sheltered 1-5, Comeback 3-5, Dia De Los Muertos 2 “The Skinny One” (Image), Secret Avengers 10-11 (Marvel)
Maryse Dubuc avec Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils T.06 : Un été trop mortel (Dupuis)
Ray Fawkes – Batgirl 17-18, Constantine 5-9 (w/Jeff Lemire) 1-4, Justice League Dark (w/Jeff Lemire) 16-21, Legends of the Dark Knight 9 “Tap Tap”, Trinity of Sin: Pandora 1-6, Young Romance “Dreamer” (DC Comics), Time Warp “00:00:03? (DC/Vertigo) Creepy 14 “Black Feathers” (Dark Horse), Pathfinder: Goblins 3 “The Way of the Goblin” (Dynamite)
Jeff Lemire – Animal Man 16-26, Annual 2, Constantine (w/Ray Fawkes) 1-5, Batman: Black and White 2 “Winter’s End”, Green Arrow 17-16, Justice League of America (w/Geoff Johns) 6-7, Justice League Dark (w/Ray Fawkes) 16-21, Swamp Thing (w/Scott Snyder) 17 (DC Comics), American Vampire Anthology 1 “Canadian Vampire” (DC/Vertigo)
Ryan North – Adventure Time 12-23, Midas Flesh 1 (Boom!)
Ami Vaillancourt – Kissinger & nous T.01, Charlebois & l’Osstidgang (Glénat Québec)
Kurtis Wiebe – Rat Queens 1-3, Peter Panzerfaust 8-15, Dia De Los Muertos 3 “Lonesome” (Image)

Cartoonist / Auteur:
Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground (IDW)
Ray Fawkes – The Spectral Engine (McClelland & Stewart)
Réal Godbout – Amérique ou le disparu (La Pastèque) / Amerika (Conundrum Press, 2014)
Jeff Lemire – Trillium 1-5 (DC/Vertigo), Adventures of Superman 1 “Fortress” (DC Comics)
Francis Manapul – The Flash (with Brian Buccelato, USA) 16-17, 19-25 (DC Comics)
Joe Ollmann – Science Fiction (Conundrum Press)
Zviane – les Deuxièmes (Pow Pow)

Artist / Dessinateur:
Nick Bradshaw – Wolverine and the X-Men 23, 31-25, Annual 1 (Marvel Comics)
Delaf – Les Nombrils 06 : Un été trop mortel (Dupuis)
Djief – Le crépuscule des Dieux T.07: Grand hiver (Soleil)
Jason Fabok – Detective Comics 16-20. 22-25 (DC Comics)
Stuart Immonen – All-New X-Men 5, 9-14, 16-18, X-Men: Battle for the Atom 1 (Marvel Comics)
Julie Rocheleau – Colère de Fantômas T.01: Les bois de justice (Dargaud)
Chip Zdarsky – Sex Criminals 1-3 (Image)
Fiona Staples – Saga 9-17 (Image)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures:
Kalman Andrasofszky
Nick Bradshaw
Mike Del Mundo
Djief
Ken Lashley
Michael Walsh
Julie Rocheleau

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web:
Attila Adorjany – Metaphysical Neuroma
Olivier Carpentier and Gautier Langevin - Far Out
Emily Carroll – The Three Snake Leaves, Grave of the Lizard Queen, Out of Skin
Kadi Fedoruk – Blindsprings
Canaan Grall – Max Overacts
Dakota McFadzean – The Dailies and Chilblains
Ty Templeton – Bun Toons
Jayd Aït-Kaci (with Christina Strain) – The Fox Sister

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants):
The Advenures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)
L’Agent Jean tomes 4 et 5 by Alex A. (Presses Aventure)
Bigfoot Boy Vol.2 by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (Kids Can Press)
Guiby tome 1 by Sampar (Michel Quintin)
Hocus Pocus Takes the Train by Sylvie Desrosiers and Remy Simard (Kids Can Press)
Odd Duck by Cecil Castelucci and (Sara Varon) (First Second)
Spera Vol.2 by Josh Tierney and Kyla Vanderklugt (with various non-Canadian artists) (Archaia)
Couette tomes 2 et 3 by (Severin Gauthier) and Minikim (Dargaud)

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs):
Jordyn Bochon – The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe: The Claw of the Earth #2
Antonin Buisson – garder le rythme
Stephen Burger – TALK!
James Edward Clark – Evil Issue 2
Cloudscape Comics Collective – Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea
Mike Myhre – Barbaric Sword of Savagery
Diana Tamblyn – Gerald Bull and the Supergun Vol. 1
Steven Gilbert – The Journal of the Main Street Secret Lodge

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants):
Amazing Stories (Saskatoon, SK)
Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
Timemasters (St. John’s, NL)
The Comic Shop (Vancouver, BC)

New Award! The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple:
Jim Burke (1956-1994) (A.K.A. T.M. Maple) & Debra Jane Shelly (1974-2014)

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées:
Cy Bell (1904-197?), Edmond Good (1910-1991), Ty Templeton (1962-)

Details about the awards can be found JoeShusterAwards.com



San Diego Comic Con 2014 (July 23-27) - 56 Photos

Graphic Novel Programming At Your Library (47:43, 43.6mb)
On the panel was creator Greg Evans, retailer Joe Field and Librarian Hillary W. Chang. Hillary had organized a Hawaii tour for Greg Evans around a number of Libraries. She talked about reaching out to creators to get them to do visits. Greg talked about how much lead time is required for creators and the difficulties of agreeing to a visit either too far out or too soon. Joe talked about the amount of time needed to successfully plan the event and needing at least 2-3 months of lead time. Joe also gave a origin of FCBD and how he and other libraries use it to do events. Hillary explained why Librarians should get involved and the best way to do it. Evans gave the differences between doing an event at a Library vs a book store. Hillary told a humorous story about internal difficulties in planning the event, but said the visit is well worth any problems that can come up. A lot of Librarians were in the audience and asked questions about their situation and doing programming. I came in a few minutes late to this panel.

Spotlight On Bill Finger: The co-creator of Batman (47:10, 43.1mb)
The panel was moderated by Dr. Travis Langley and on it was Benjamin and Athena Finger, Lee Meriwether, Michael Uslan, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Mark Evanier, Jens Robinson and Tom Andrae. Part way through the panel Writer/Editor Denny O'Neil came up on stage and talked about his meeting and spending an evening with Bill Finger. They showed a video montage of some of the things Bill co-created, from Batman characters, Wildcat and the original Green Lantern. Part way through the panel a Neal Adams video was played where he talked about the importance of Bill Finger. Michael Uslan talked about meeting Bill twice as a kid and taking Athena and Jerry Robinson to the Dark Knight movie premiere and introduced them to the director and actors who played the major characters. Tom said when he co-wrote the Batman and Me book with Bob Kane he tried getting as much about Bill Finger in there as he could. He also revealed that Orson Wells was a fan of Batman comics and used a bit of a Batman story Bill wrote for a movie. Athena said she was in hiding and how people didn't believe her when she spoke about her grandfather being the co-creator of Batman. She thanked Marc for finding her and slowly bringing her out. Benjamin also said the same thing, kids didn't believe him until Marc's book was in his school and he could show it to them. Lee Meriwether talked about meeting Batman fans and what makes them different. She was also really happy to be a part of the "Batman family." Jens Robinson discussed his father Jerry Robinson and his role in working on Batman. Mark Evanier gave the origin on the Bill Finger award, Jerry Robinson's role and his own experience of meeting Bill Finger.

Spotlight on Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin (49:47, 45.5mb)
The two talked about their body of work with the covers on a screen. They started off with The Fringe and went through Small Favors, Banana Sunday, Marvel Adventures, X-Men First Class, Gingerbread Girl, Prepare to Die, Bandette, Colder, Batman 66, Adventure Time: The flip side mini-series, The Witcher and then announced books that were upcoming from them. This included Angry Birds, I was the Cat, an Aliens, Prometheus and Predator book that ties all 3 worlds together, Colder The Bad Seed, a new print collection of Bandette that reprints issues 6 to 9 and a new 5 book deal Paul sold to Bloomsbury for a middle age book series. Along the way the two of them talked about things in particular to a title or just in general. Both of them worked in comic shops and for a while Paul worked at Powell's bookstore, which had a perk of being able to borrow books for a long time or buy them at an employee discount. Paul discussed making Marvel Adventures an all ages book, meaning adults can enjoy it too, he didn't like that often All Ages is thought of as kids only comics. Paul said he liked writing stories from a variety of genres to keep him fresh as it helps him to be a better all-around writer than just sticking to one genre would. In particular he liked doing stories other than event type comics, taking something small and making it an event for that particular character. He laughed about once turning in an issue of Marvel Adventures that had an 18 page fight scene in response to an editor who was always asking for more action, only the have the editor still ask for more action. Both Colleen and Paul chatted about Bandette, the online comic from Monkey Brain and how they liked the freedom of being able to tell the story without a publisher mandated page count, if the story required less or more pages, they can do it. Paul has been doing a bunch of video game related comics, which he said was messing with his video game downtime as he sometimes can't take his mind off comics while playing them now. Colleen said she wanted her characters to have fun in her stories. The Aliens/Prometheus/Predator book all has writers living in Portland, which is says is great for getting together and hashing out stuff between them.

Jules Feiffer Goes Noir (54:17, 49.7mb)
Panel was with Mark Evanier, Paul Levitz and William Menaker, from Liveright, a subdivision of WW Norton. Jules Fifer was supposed to be at San Diego but had to decline due to recent health issues. Paul discussed doing an interview with Jules for his upcoming book about Will Eisner. Jules revealed he was working on a new book called Kill My Mother and it's a noir book, something he held off doing for a very long time because he felt his noir storytelling was not as good as Will Eisners. Jules now felt confident enough to give it a try. They had a couple of Kill My Mother books there and passed them around the audience. Mark and Paul talked about the importance of Jules the Great Comic Book Heroes book. They said he had brought a lot of respectability to comics because Jules was incredibly respected for his comics and other award winning written works. So if Jules said these Golden Age comic artists were good, then people who had dismissed them began re-examining them with a different perspective. Part of the book was printed in Playboy and this lead to Bill Everett getting work in comics again as he was called a genius in that excerpt. Mark said the book was like the opposite of Seduction of the Innocent. Paul mentioned that Jules grew up in the same neighbourhoods with the same income and education level as most comic artists of the golden age but managed to bring himself up to much higher heights in terms of diversity and respectability, but Jules always owned up and never shied away about his past in working in the comic book industry. William also talked about Jules and how WW Norton wanted to publish anything Jules would create. The group talked about how Jules was doing new and experimental work, which at his age (83) was very surprising. Mark talked about seeing a play that had dancers holding the pose of a Jules dancing drawing, while people in street clothes came in and read dialogue from his comics. It was a very entertaining play to watch both those things and he's surprised it's still not in production somewhere because it's a very cheap play to put on. They took Q&A from the audience and revealed which Golden Age artists influenced Jules.

Teaching Content Through Comics: Math, Science and History (54:37, 50.0mb)
On the panel was Jason Batterson, Tracy Edmunds, Geoffrey Golden, Josh Elder, Nick Dragotta and Jonathan Hennessey. This panel started a few minutes early. Jason talked about his math book taught in comic book form where the characters are monsters and how girls have been "caught" secretly reading it on the playground. Geoffery Golden discussed his book Probamon, a pokemon parody that shows kids how to solve math/logic problems. It's very much inspired by Square 1 and Sesame Street. Nick Dragotta does Howtoons, a science comic about building things out of local household items. It encourages kids to learn by playing, following the instructions of the book. He mentioned he has 1 page showing kids how to use a hacksaw and as a result some Libraries put the book into the adult section. He disagrees with this as he thinks kids need to learn how to use tools in order to get into the nitty gritty of building things. He has a 2nd book coming out. Fred Van Lente announced his new books, Action Presidents (US). It is a follow up to his Action Philosophers series. Jonathan Hennessey showed his The Comic Book History of Beer and said it's his goal to bring ideas that have been floating around in academia out into a more mainstream audience via the graphic novel format. In particular this looks at the theory that early humans learned to do agriculture in order to create beer and not to feed themselves. At the end Josh Elder plugged his Mail Order Ninja book.

Manga: Lost in Translation (49:20, 45.1mb)
The moderator was Jonathan Tarbox, on the panel was Ed Chavez, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, Nathan Collins and Stephan Paul. Lillian talked about trying to find the origin on Glomp and things it could be a Matt Thorn created sound effect. They took questions and said that sound effects are a difficult thing to translate from Japan. They have 2 different types of sound effects and some of them make noise for things that don't make noise, like the reaching of a hand. They also said Japanese puns are also very difficult and have to come up with a US equivalent that gets the spirit of the joke across. The group discussed problems generated for them by bad scalations causing fans to get mad at them for "getting it wrong" when they have a better knowledge of the Japanese language than the scanlators. They also revealed sometimes their "wrong" translations are due to Japanese editors who can't read English (and likely got an intern who barely understands English to translate for them) demand changes to something incorrect because they feel they need to change something to justify their job. Most of them talked about doing translation on a freelance basis, which many of the panelists were. Editors on the panels said it's in their interest to have a number translators working for them part time. They fear if they rely on a few key people and one gets sick it can make the books late. They also said using the same translators creates a sameness across the line in terms of the voice of the comics. The more translators working reduce that. The group didn't like editors that paid extremely low rates or in 1 case nothing at all as they asked scanalators to do the work for free. They gave $10 a page as being a very, very good rate for a translator. They also said the negotiating part for a page rate is difficult, too high you don't get the work, too low and you have a difficult time getting better rates down the road. They also talked about translator should technically be invisible so that it's a seamless reading experience but they'd like to get credit, copyright and royalties for their work. The group also discussed using Japanese terms vs American ones and said sometimes you should keep things more on the Japanese side like when it's a historical story.

Will Eisner Teacher And Mentor (47:41, 43.6mb)
On the panel was moderator Paul Levitz, Joe Quesada, Batton Lash, Drew Friedman, and Mike Carlin. The panel was about Esiner's time teaching at the New York School of Visual Arts. Batton talked about how he and a friend talked the principal into starting a comic book art course. The principal said if 30 students signed up they would do it. He asked what teachers they would like and as a perfect wish list they suggested Will Esiner and Harvey Kurtzman. They were flabbergasted when they both agreed to become teachers. Paul asked who would be a good teacher today and Mike Carlin suggested panellist Joe Quesada (who said he couldn't due to professional time constraints). Drew said when he was there, only a few students in the class know the importance of the teachers they had. Quesada talked about while he was there he had a 2 hour conversations with Eisner and how much he learned from him. He also talked about prior going to the school he was trying to draw like Mike Mignola and when he met him, Mike knew who he was, told him he was aping him wrong and spent 5 hours helping him out, which was huge for him. They discussed Gallery Magazine, which was a magazine Will put out with the students work. Drew was the editor of it for 1 year. Will was big on not just how to draw, but also how to manage yourself in the business end of being an artist. He was big on the artist being in charge of their own work. At one point Will would bring in other artists to teach a class like Neal Adams. Will very strongly insisted that comics would not die, despite the naysayers. He promoted the medium and believed it would always survive. Quesada said while the business goes up and down, if the business survived Wertham and the Senate Hearings then comics aren't going away. Drew said his father worked for Magazine Management Inc (the owner of Marvel comics - that published magazines). He said got Marvel comics from him back in the early 60s. Mike Carlin said he learned about storytelling from Eisner. Paul said Will knew that everything on the comic page was there for a reason and he would big and finding and explaining that reason. The group talked about Eisner's Sequential Art books and other good books out there now. They also discussed comics now being done digitally and how they think he would react to that. The group revealed how both Eisner and Kurtzman would pay students for jokes for their books.

CBLDF: Graphic Novels and their Turbulent Past: Now Classroom Tools of Tolerance (54:32, 49.9mb)
On the panel was Charles Brownstein, Meryl Jaffe, Royden Lepp, Betsy Gomez, JenniferL. Holm, Matt Holm and Matt Phelam. They first talked briefly about Wertham and Seduction of the Innocent. Matt Phelan talked about publishers originally not wanting his GN because GNs "weren't for kids" until Schoolastic published Bone. Royden Lepp discussed pulling back on what he shows in terms of violence in his work. The group also discussed drugs and violence, diversity, how to depict violence, giving kids a book to doodle in as an alternative to causing problems in class, but also how to create a safe space as kids do get into trouble for drawing violent imagery, how that a drawing can be a better way to learn something. They also recommended books to a new librarian who sought advice on what to rack for her graphic novel selection.

CBLDF: Dr. Wertham's War on Comics (50:59, 46.6mb)
Charles Brownstein did an introduction for Carol Tilley. Carol started by reading a great letter sent to by a young woman in response to the Readers Digest except of Seduction of the Innocent. Carol gave some comic industry marketplace info, particularly in comparison to traditional children's books. She also gave stats on how popular comics were with the general audience. She talked about the ACMP and the in house advisory committees, particularly Dr. Laura Bender and Josette Frank. She revealed that a group Bender & Franks were involved in gave a bad review to a particular authors children's book, who then introduced Senator Kefauver and Wertham and convinced Kefauver to look into comic books. Carol talked about comic pro's that talked with Wertham and some that agreed with him. She went over briefly of the hearings and the CCMA. Carol then gave several examples of Wertham distorting and falsifying evidence in order to make the case against comic books.

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Who Created Batman? (51:10, 46.8mb)
Kathleen McClancy gave a brief introduction and the panel was moderated by Dr. Travis Langley. On the panel was Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Tom Andre, Arlen Schumer, Jens Robinson, Athena Finger, Denny O'Neil and Brad Ricca. The panel started with a video of Kane giving a version of story of where he created Batman and Robin. Afterwards Marc Tyler Nobelman talked about the many parts of the Batman mythos that Finger was responsible for. There was some information about Bill and his family given. They also talked about the inspirations of Batman and in particular the large amount of crime that was going on in New York at the time. They also discussed the Joker and Robin's creation.

Spotlight on Don Rosa (57:34, 52.7mb)
This was moderated by Gary Groth. Don talked about his father owning a construction company and his sister`s comic collection which he inherited when she moved out of the house. He said the first cheque he ever wrote was to Gary Groth for his Fantastic fanzine. He spoke about his love of the Dell and Archie comics (and dislike of Harvey comics) and movies. He said he got much of his storytelling from movie directors and he was making paper movies. He revealed that Will Elder, Mort Wiesinger superman stories and Robert Crumb were among his artist influences. He said he went to college to be a civil engineer and while he was there he did a strip in his college newspaper. They wanted him to be political, but at that time he wasn't very political at all, so he ended up doing Carl Barks like stories. His other influences were Hal Foster and Walt Kelly. He said he once did an underground Uncle Scrooge story. He said he has a massive comic collection. He did go into the family business but didn't find it very rewarding. He got into drawing duck stories when he came across Gladstone publishing them and told them he had to be the one to do new duck stories and they agreed to let him do one. He quit Gladstone and comics when Disney demanded all his original art. He wasn't getting paid much to do the stories so he was counting on the sale of the art pages to keep him afloat. Don ended up quitting comics for a year but wound up working on Tail Spin cartoon, writing a couple of episodes. He then discovered Disney books was being published in Europe and were super popular there so he sent them a telegram about doing some work for them. After a couple of funny phone calls he got the job. He thinks people were hungry for new good duck stories, which he provided. He talked about how popular the ducks are over in Europe. He said after WWII the European economy was devastated and comics were a cheap mass market entertainment to that people could afford and enjoy. He talked about his meeting Carl Barks once. He said he doesn't have a website, said there are some good fan ones that is even better than what he could come up with. He said how he's not a fan of Disney because they bully small companies. His favourite stories involve glittering gold. He likes to have complete control of his work, which is why he didn't stay very long in animation. He revealed he puts the work DUCK in every story and why he draws black noses on everybody. He also talked about liking always being compared to Carl Barks.


Spotlight on Jim Steranko (54:52, 50.2mb)
[Note: The audio file is hosted on SoundCloud where the file can be heard but not downloaded, as per Jim Steranko and J. David Spurlock wishes] Moderated by J. David Spurlock, Jim Steranko talks about his growing up poor and a very mean art teacher he had as a child who would rip up his artwork, telling him he was no good. He also told his story about meeting Bob Kane and slapping him across the face, after Bob had slapped him the previous day. There was an applause vote as to which story he should tell towards the end and the winner was how he left Marvel, he also elaborated some of his funny arguments with Stan Lee and his winning them. This audio recording is copyright © Jim Steranko and J. David Spurlock.

30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo! (40:16, 36.8mb)
Stan Sakai talks about why he chose a Rabbit for Usagi Yojimbo, his hatred of drawing horses (which is why Usagi is always walking everywhere), he also goes into how he chooses animals for his characters. There is an update on Sharon, Stan's wife who is dealing with a brain tumour at this time and the Sakai Project, a book featuring drawings of Usagi Yojimbo by many of the top artists in the industry that will go towards Sharon's care. Diana had asked for some questions via facebook prior to the panel and asked some of them at the panel. They also talked about Stan's other work, including his Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, which puts Usagi 20 years in the future.

Comic Journalism: The Hulk Tales a Butt Selfie and You Won't Believe What Happens Next (53:35, 49.0mb)
This panel had Jill Pantozzi (TheMarySue.com), Joshua Yehi (ign.com) Matt Meyliknov (MultiversityComics.com), Rich Johnston (BleedingCool.com) and Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com). It was moderated by Heidi MacDonald (ComicsBeat.com). The group talked about what was different in 2014 for comics journalism. There was a back and forth about what constituted a 'real' news story and writing what you are passionate about. They also discussed stories they felt were under reported and the use of social media.

The Best and Worst Manga of 2014 (45:48, 41.9mb)
Moderated by Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga.com), on the panel was Brigid Alverson (Mangablog.MangaBookshelf.com), David Brothers (4thletter.net), and Christopher Butcher (UdonEntertainment.com). The group goes through their picks on the best manga of the year by various age categories, the worst manga for any age, the under rated but great manga, most anticipated new manga, most wanted manga and favourite digital only manga. Each person has a minute to talk about their picks with Deb using a dinger to let them know their time is up and to finish. There was a draw at the end for some Manga that Chris bought that I've edited out.

Spotlight: Chuck Dixon (52:41, 48.2mb)
Chuck Dixon did a brief introduction to himself and his work and opened it up to Q&A. Recently Chuck Dixon talked about how Marvel and DC editors have blacklisted him because he is a conservative and appeared on Fox News. He started off talking about how he's always been conservative and was able to professionally work with Denny O'Neil and Cat Yronwode, both editors are known for being very far left in their political views. Chuck says he writes escapist entertainment and keeps his personal views out of his writing and can write either left or right wing views if required. He was questioned by audience members regarding other well-known conservatives who still get work by Marvel and DC, he gave examples on how certain conservative creators were denied work and believes that some issues editors don't mind you being conservative on, but if you touch the third rail, like he did, you are blacklisted. He said there were a lot of conservative creators who have e-mailed him in support of his views but were afraid of coming out about their politics in fear of it costing them work. Chuck also answered questions about books and characters he worked on or created. He said he loved working on the Punisher and Batman, he gave an origin of the Birds of Prey book and the Batman villain Bane. He also talked about Nightwing, revealed details about Azrael and how his story was cut short by 6 months. Chuck revealed his love of the 1966 Batman TV show and how he would sneak small references in Batman to tease his editor Denny O'Neil who hated it, also that he loved the 90s animated series. He gave his opinion of DC's new 52. He said he loved doing the Batman/Punisher crossover and told us who would win in a fight. He also revealed he was on tap to write the Expendables 2 movie but walked away when they offered him comic book rates instead of movie rates. He talked about meeting and recommending Dan Slott to editors for writing jobs and he also gave a run down on his work, both in comics and in prose he is doing now.

Spotlight on Michelle Nolan (46:57, 42.9mb)
On the panel was Michelle Nolan, long time comic dealer Bud Plant and moderator Maggie Thompson. Maggie had asked Michelle 5 ways comics have changed over the years. Bud talked about Michelle's evolution from fan that used to buy books off him to professional. Michelle discussed her writing about comics and felt that teen humour and Archie comics in particular don't get enough historical focus. Bud and Michelle talked about their fanzine and also starting what they felt was the first free standing comic book store along with 4 other partners. They revealed they only old sold back issues because nobody would sell them new comics. They discussed Phil Suiling, inventor of the Direct Market and how Bud was the west coast distributor for his books. Regarding Phil, they talked about his comic conventions and Michelle revealed she bought a car just for the purpose of driving to the convention and using it to buy and take back a large collection of comics they bought. Michelle told what it was like for her growing up buying old comics and how she found and got them. She held up a Patsy Walker comic she just bought and talked about what was in that she liked. She said she had 37,000 comics and still wants 10,000 more. She very much enjoyed writing columns for Comic Book Marketplace and Comics Buyers Guide and said she was very resistant to e-mail to first but eventually had to join the internet.

Spotlight on Brian Haberlin (51:06, 46.7mb)
Brian went through his history in comics, his working for Marvel, Top Cow, co-creating several characters including Witchblade, doing digital colouring, having his own studio, getting into publishing and movie deals and the lesson he learned from it, then working for Todd McFarlane as EIC of his comics, he said he started publishing the TPD collections of the Spawn books when he was there. He also revealed how Todd ended up hiring him to draw Spawn for a while. Brian then left, starting his own studio again. Brian revealed how he had a movie deal with Sony, but then Columbine happened and felt his movie was too violent. So they then started to repurposes it as a children's cartoon, which didn't make a whole lot of sense to him. He promoted his new book called Anomaly, which is interactive with mobile phones and tablets. He showed how if you have one with the camera on aimed at the book animated characters come out that you can see on your mobile device. The characters will also interact if you do things like poke at them too much. He used this same technology on post cards that he put out to promote the book. He also has built into the book a game you can play via the mobile device and said he's done 3 updates to add new stuff for the mobile application. He also showed his 3D printed models. There was a draw at the end of the panel which I removed from the audio.

Fan vs Pro Comic Trivia Match (49:32, 45.3mb)
On the Pro side was Len Wein, Anthony Tollin and eventually Michael Davis. Filling in for Michael for a bit was Derek McCaw, who upon Michael showing up joined his usual fan team of David Oakes and Peter Svensson. Tom Galloway was the moderator this year. The topic of this year's match was characters celebrating their 75th, 50th and 40th year anniversary. Len Wein who is known for not being able to answer questions regarding the books he's written got a standing ovation for answering his 2nd ever. Michael Davis made a lot of black related jokes, one of which was accepted as an answer to a question to great humour. Among the characters that have questions about them were Batman, Hawk and Dove, Metamorpho, Avengers and JSA.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Friday 2014 (July 25) - 75 Photos

2014 Will Eisner Awards (2:35:01, 141mb)
The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The welcome was done by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator. Among the presenters Bill Morrison, Vanessa Marshall, Orlando Jones, Jonathan Ross, Batton Lash, Terry Moore, Kevin Eastman, Phil LaMarr, Thomas Lennon, Reginald Hudlin, Kelly Hu, François Schuiten, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Sergio Aragonés and others. The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier and Athena Finger. The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam. The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.


Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) 2014 (May 9 - 11) - 210 Photos

Note: Friday May 9th was Librarian & Educator day. For the general public TCAF was May 10-11th.

The Brinkley Girls, WWI and American Patriotism in Women's Comics: A talk by Trina Robbins. (38:58, 35.6mb)
The Introduction is by Dr. Barbara Postema. Trina talked about Nell Brinkley with a big touch screen TV (which she liked). She also talked about Nell's work, what it was saying, ran through some highlights of some stories she told with her art and talked about her politics and humour, among other aspects. Trina then answered a variety of question about Nell, rediscovering her, why traditional comics history don't touch on female cartoonists and Nell's original art.

Great Creator Visits! (50:05, 45.8mb)
Moderated by Scott Robins, this panel featured Lynn Johnston and Raina Telgemeier talking about their visits to schools and libraries. Lynn opened up about not liking to do schools where the kids are forced to be there. She said they can be disruptive, a lot like she was at that age. She prefers events where those in attendance want to be there. Raina talked about having to deal with rowdy kids. Lynn said she doesn't like overly long introductions because they drain the energy of the room. They gave a list of don't for events and among them were staff not aware of the event, no advertising, not being able to sell their books after the show, no bathroom or coffee breaks between events and friends of the organizer wanting to dominate your time after the show. They also talked about good creator visits they did. Both of them spoke about the struggle to make deadlines while doing visits, the age level they prefer talking to, doing visits on Skype and interviews via twitter. The audience asked questions about their gay characters and what response they got from them. Lynn also talked about her decision to age the characters as the strip went on and how that affected merchandising. Lynn said she really liked Rania's book Smile and gave Rania a big public stamp of approval for her work as a cartoonist.

Collection Maintenance. (1:05:38, 60.1mb)
On the panel was Robin Brenner, Scott Robins and Max Dionisio. It was moderated by Lindsay Gibb. They started by talking about their libraries, what they carry and what moves really well. Each gave which websites they follow for keeping up with comic news. The method in which they house their collection was discussed. They spoke about how they handle Manga and buying series (full series or the first few volumes). They talked about weeding out books that just don't circulate, something they all have to do. They discussed how to avoid pigeon holding their Libraries collection. Max talked about his unique situation in an all-boys school in handling GLBT books. He finds them scattered around the library all the time so he knows they are being read, but they don't get taken out because kids are afraid of outing themselves or just getting teased/bullied when others see their name on the Library card. They also discussed how digital access to comics has affected their circulation.

Comics and Undergrads. (53:33, 49mb)
Moderated by Lindsay Gibb, the panellists where Marta Chudolinska, Dr. Dale Jacobs and Dr. Barbara Postema. They started off talking about how they got involved in comics and how it relates to their current academic work. They discussed what they like about comics, specific books they use in their teachings, how wordless comics are good for education, assignments they use comics to teach, how much they use their library for their lessons, if they got any pushback to their work and how some of the theory between comics and picture books have a lot of overlap. Barbara mentioned that sometimes wordless comics get called picture books. Marta talked about how the Library she works for tries to provide access to things that is out of reach for many people due to cost or scarcity, like artists editions books and comics criticism.

2014 Book Talk: Kids. (34:36, 31.6mb)
Andrew Woodrow-Butcher spoke about some upcoming kids books that would be good for libraries. Among the books he mentioned were the new Amulet Vol 6, Cleopatra in Space, Salem Hyde, Star Wars Jedi Academy, the Hilda series, Zita the Spacegirl, Jellaby (now back in print), A Cat Named Tim, Cat Dad King of the Goblins, new Amelia Rules books, The Dumbest Idea Ever, a new Battling Boy book, Anna and Froga, Courtney Crumrin Vol 5, a new Lego book, A Regular Show book, a bigger, full colour reprinting of Dragon Ball Z, the Marvel Digests, itty bitty Hellboy and Aw Yeah Comics, Samurai Jack, Power Lunch, the Sonic the Hedgehog and Megaman crossover book, Mermin, Dinosaurs, The Kings Dragon, Hidden, Gajin, Maddy Kettle, new Adventure Time books and WWE collections of their comics. Within the panel was Kazu Kibuishi talking about Amulet and it's evolution. Kazu also revealed his serious health problems prior to doing the book where he got so sick he went into a coma. John Martz talked about a Cat Named Tim and Jim Zub talked about Samurai Jack going from a mini-series to ongoing. Note: I cut out about 4 minutes from the audio where they do a door prize giveaway.

In Conversation: Kate Beaton and Lynn Johnston. (1:11:11, 65.1mb)
This was moderated by Raina Telgemeier. Chris Butcher started the evening off with small talk about TCAF and how they try to be inclusive of all genders and show a diversity of people from different backgrounds. He mentioned this year they are getting international press coverage and have artists from 20 different countries this year, which he's really happy about. He made a sly Rob Ford joke about being sorry he named it the Toronto Comics Art Festival. Chris also thanked their sponsors of the show as well. Rania asked a variety of questions and they started with how the two of them got started in comics. Lynn talked about her and Jim Davis (of Garfield fame) starting out at the same time. Throughout the show she talked about her previous jobs working in animation and a medical artist. Kate talked about starting her web comic at a fortunate time when there was a lot less competition for people's attention on the internet. The two talked about their role models and particularly female role models. Kate said Lynn was one for her. Raina mentioned that Lynn was the first female and Canadian winner of the Reuben Award and asked her what that was like. Lynn said it was very stressful because at the time some people wanted Jim Davis to win (and some didn't) and she felt she was too young and hadn't really done anything yet to deserve the award at the time. In particular she mentioned a lot of MAD artists (like Mort Drucker) who hadn't won the award yet and should have gotten it before her. She also told a funny story about how she handled other cartoonists when she was president of the Cartoonists Society. The two talked about criticism from men. Family was a topic with how far you go, if they regret putting something out there and if they felt later that they overshared information. They talked about how fans shared personal stories with them. This lead into Lynn talking about the outing of a gay character in For Better Or For Worse and the reaction she got from readers and newspapers. She thinks it was the best story she did and the one she's the most proud of. They talked about their efforts to help out young artists. Lynn mentioned how when she has something personally bad happen to her she's thinks it will be turned into a great story. Rania asked if they still love comics as much now as they did when starting out. Kate said she still does. Lynn talked about how her father loved the comics and comedy in general and would read comics to her, point out the details in them, and would run films back and forth to show how it was all choreographed. Lynn also revealed she loves comedians and wanted to be one. Rania asked what keeps them coming back to the drawing board. She also asked each of them what she is doing now. They also took some questions from the audience. Lynn said she really enjoyed working on the animated For Better Or For Worse cartoon, said it was great working with all those people doing different things (music, artists, sound effects, etc..). She also revealed from working on the cartoon she drew her strip with more detail as the animators needed detailed everything about her strip in order to make the cartoon. Kate talked about her growing up in small town and being like the only artist there.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Spotlight. (55:48, 51mb)
Heidi MacDonald moderated this panel. They started off with how the two ended up working together and in particular how Sleeper came about. Ed was very outspoken during the panel, saying he wished he had retained ownership of it. Sean talked about his art and where digital is used to create it. The two spoke about their process of working together today. They revealed they hadn't seen each other in person in 5 years, but e-mailed each other daily. Ed said that he signed on to work with Marvel to publish through their Icon imprint. He also said the imprint was started for Bendis but they brought on David Mack's book so it didn't appear that way. He revealed that he got just got the rights back to Criminal a week ago and will be moving the series over to Image. He said that Icon was a imprint that was used as a favour to people who did their superhero books and didn't want his career to be at the mercy of favours from other people. He also revealed that Dan Buckley had to justify Icon to the shareholders as Marvel doesn't make much money from it. Ed said for a while he was paying creators out of pocket for a while on Criminal. Regarding his writing, Ed likes adding subtext in his stories so people get a lot out of it and it's not a quick read. He wants people to get something new out of the story when it gets re-read. Ed expressed appreciation for something Sean does that he sees no other penciler do is actually write in where the lettering would go to ensure that there is room there for the word balloon. So many other artists don't do that, which leaves not enough room for the dialogue and that leads to production issues. They also went over how Sean doesn't do splash pages very often. Ed brought up the "Archie" story within Criminal and what he was reacting too when he wrote it. He revealed he's been talking to Joe Hill about horror and wants to delve into that. Ed discussed the reason he does crime stories because when he was on the wrong side of the law in his youth, involved in shoplifting, doing and selling drugs to other kids in his school and he likes the stories about the desperation of committing a crime and the twisted version of the American Dream. Ed revealed there is a new book coming about the 1940s+ Hollywood with blacklists, the studio system and other issues. He said he had family that was working in Hollywood at the time and he wants to incorporate that information into the book.

Michael DeForge and Friends. (55:15, 50.5mb)
On the panel were Jillian Tamaki, Annie Koyama, Patrick Kyle, Michael DeForge and Ryan Sands. The creators (everybody but Annie) are involved in Youth in Decline. They revealed there is a Lose collection coming about that collects issues #2 to #5. Michael said #1 does not fit in with the rest of the stories so he's not putting it into this book. The group talked about how and what they choose to put online vs. what's for print. They talked about collaborating with others and how they handle differences of opinion. Doing anthologies and their growing popularity, Jillian also asked questions to Michael and kind of co-moderated the panel. Annie revealed she has seen creators online that she was interested in publishing, but there was no contact info for the creator so she moved on. Michael was credited as being a good writer by Jillian and wondered if the change in his drawing style has affected how he writes stories. They talked about a new book that is coming out, took questions from the audience, and talked quite a bit about the need for validation among their peers. They also talked about needing a trusted another set of eyes to look at their work and give feedback prior to publication.

Trina Robbins Spotlight. (57:44, 52.8mb)
During this panel Trina went though some parts of Pretty in Ink, her final book about female comic artists. She went through some of the earliest comic artists, starting with the first comic strip drawn by a female and ending with the Women Comix anthology and a photo of the 40th reunion of the Women Comix anthology. After that Johanna Draper Carlson interviewed her about why she did the new book. She had revealed she was very unhappy with her last book due to all the typos. She was really unhappy with her editor on that book and was not shy in saying so. Gary Groth of Fantagraphics asked her to do this book and she had a lot of new information and wanted to correct some bad information in her previous books. She said Gary worked with her to make sure there wasn't a single typo in this book. The audience also asked questions and she revealed that she would love to write Wonder Woman but DC would never hire her. She also felt that DC/Marvel female editors did not support female creators, but would say they did in order to sell that there was no sexism in comics - in order to keep their jobs.

History/Nonfiction Comics. (58:33, 53.6mb)
This panel was moderated by Brigid Alverson. On the panel was Nick Bertozzi, Nick Abadzis, Diana Tamblyn, Nate Powell, Meags Fitzgerald and Tyrell Cannon. The group talked about why they choose to do Nonfiction works, how doing it helps them as creators, how they deal with the facts getting in the way of telling a good story, the visual research and how important it is, if the subject is still alive and do they reach out to them, if they worry about their audience reaction to the book, how they deal with direct quotes when it doesn't work with the script.

Ed Brubaker: Writing Comics Noir. (55:22, 50.6mb)
Andrew Murray and Adam Hines from Guys with Pencils podcast moderated the panel. Ed talked about how he got involved with Noir as a child. He also talked about his past, saying one story from Lowlife was actually autobiography. He revealed that his parents worked in the Navy and when he was young he lived in Guantanamo Bay for a couple of years. He explained what Noir means to him and if he thought Noir characters had to be bad people. He discussed what TV shows he likes (or liked), mentioning the Sopranos and a Canadian show called Intelligence that he said was cancelled because of politics, specifically citing Prime Minister Stephen Harper as being the reason. Ed said his uncle was a CIA operative that was outed in the 70s (presumably in Inside the Company: CIA Diary book). The Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie came up and he said what it was like being an extra on it and being happy it was a good film. Ed mentioned that he spends half his time writing TVs and movie screenplays, saying he wrote a remake of Maniac Cop. Regarding Criminal, they are now hiring cast for it. There were questions from the audience and he told us who inspires him today to be a better writer.

Stuart Immonen and Sean Phillips in Conversation. (1:01:10, 56.0mb)
While the two talked there was a slide show of art going on in the background which sometimes came up in the conversation. They started off with some very early work and how they got published. Sean talked about inking, painting covers, photo-referencing & design. Stuart talked about using 3D models; both said they looked at other peoples sketchbooks to keep with what younger artists are doing. They discussed the tools they used to make art with, they showed some work outside of comics that Sean did and got into page/panel design. This brought out questions from Ed Brubaker who was in the audience, asking about the grid design used in their books (which got some laughs from the audience). Stuart talked about doing digital comics in that the entire thing was designed to be read on a tablet or phone, and the amount of re-thinking about the effects of reading comics this way that it took, both in terms of the size of the screen and the non-traditional gutter space. There were other creators in the audience that also began talking about contributing to digital comics (the panel became a round table discussion for a couple of minutes), Sean talked about a job he had to turn down, Stuart talked about a small Pirates of the Caribbean story that he did in a completely different style and how it lead to the work he did on Nextwave.


The Doug Wright Awards 2014 (May 10) - 26 Photos

The Doug Wright Awards 2014. (1:20:18, 73.5mb)
The ceremony went as follows:
Introduction of the nominee's and sponsor appreciation by Brad Mackay.
Doug Wright's youngest son Ken Wright spoke on behalf of the family.
Opening monologue by Scott Thompson.
Pigskin Peters Hat/Award: Emily Carroll for Out of Skin.
Jeet Heer explains why the jury chose Carol's work.
Don McKellar (minus 1 tooth) read the nominee's for the Spotlight Award.
Spotlight Award (AKA "The Nipper"): Steven Gilbert for The Journal of the Main Street Secret Lodge.
Nick Maandag explains why the Jury picked Gilbert's book.
Michael Hirsh gave his history in recovering and preserving the archives of the Canadian Whites.
Induction of all 200+ creators of the Canadian Whites into the Giants of the North Hall of Fame.
The last two surviving cartoonists Gerry Lazare and Jack Tramblay were there and gave their acceptance speech. They were followed by Adrian Dingles youngest son Christpher.
Best Book: Paul Joins the Scouts, Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press).
Closing by Brad Mackay. Then Hope Nichols and Rachel Riley talk about the just published Nelvana of the North (created by Adrian Dingle) Collection.


New York Comic Con 2013 (October 9 - 13) - 56 Photos

Note: October 9th was a Professional only day hosted by ICv2 and sponsored by Heidi MacDonald's The Beat, Publisher's Weekly and Valiant Entertainment. The first 2 panels below are from that day.

Graphic Novels - Growing in a Digital World. (1:01:51, 56.6mb)
This was moderated by Calvin Reid (Publisher's Weekly). On the panel was Trudy Knudsen (Manger eContent Acquisitions, Follett), Dallas Middaugh (Director, Publisher Services) Barry Nalebuff (author, Mission in a Bottle), Rich Johnson (Founder, Brick Road Media), Greg Goldstein (President & COO, IDW) and Leyla Aker (Vice President Publishing, Viz). The group talked about digital comics in libraries. Trudy said they are very popular and they need more of them. It was said that comics are great for reluctant readers and manga is the most popular form of comics in libraries. The publishers on the panel discussed getting comics into libraries. Leyla mentioned when going digital Viz decided to build their own App instead of selling through the usual channels, because none of them could do right to left reading method digitally and also so they would get the data on their customers reading habits. IDW said they've been making books like the Artists Edition line to give people a reason to buy print as you can't replicate full sized art digitally. Leyla said Viz had worked to get day and date translations released at the same time as the Japanese publishers as a way of combating free scanlations that were coming out on the web before their version was released. Barry said Scott McCloud's book (Understanding Comics) was very useful when they hired and illustrator for his book. He also talked about the difficulties with getting media coverage because it's a business book told via comics format. Both the business and graphic novel media see it as belonging to the other and not covering it. The group had discussed the diversity of comics out there. They said comics for kids has seen a great deal of growth recently, particularly My Little Pony. Scholastic had ordered more My Little Pony books than anything they've ordered previously. The group had answered questions on how they sell a new type of product they haven't sold before and how they come up with a price point. They talked about getting journalists to cover their work. At the end they spoke about Manga by non-Japanese creators too.

The Rise of Geek Culture. (1:06:31, 60.9mb)
On the panel was Ed Catto (co-founder Bonfire Agency), Shawn Kirkham (Director, Business Development Skybound), Gerry Gladstone (Co-Owner Midtown Comics), Steve Rotterdam (co-founder Bonfire Agency), Rob Salkowitz (Author, Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture) and the moderator was Milton Greipp (ICV2). The panel started off with Ed Catto giving a presentation of some numbers of how many people are involved in Geek Culture and how much money is spent. He explained the effect of Geeks opinion and how geeks become taste makers for others to follow, then how that influences the media. New Apple and Samsung commercials that incorporates geek culture within their ads were shown to demonstrate how geek culture has entered into the mainstream. They spoke about marketing to the different type of fans and went through some good and bad examples of companies trying to market to geeks (the touched on this topic a couple more times throughout the panel). Another topic that came up is if we have reached "peak geek" or not. Gary was concerned about too many bad superhero movies could hurt the comics industry and said we were not too big to fail. Shawn had talked about the success and new/odd cross promotions of the Walking Dead (including a new debt card). The group discussed efforts in getting movie/tv watchers to buy the comics. Towards the end the group had spoke about the growth in geek girls and cosplay in particular.

Protect It and Publish It! Creating and Protecting Your Comic Book Property. (1:56:04, 106mb)
This is a 2 part panel that I've merged into a single file. Moderated by Thomas Crowell Esq. (Entertainment Attorney) with him were 2 other entertainment attorneys, Matthew Tynan and Sheafe Walker Esq. Also with them was 3 creators, Allan Norico, David Gallaher and Alan Robert. The legal team gave a disclaimer that what they say during the panel is not legal advice. They first talked about copyright, what those rights are, when you get those rights, what the benefits are to registering the copyright and how you can do that. They presented information about contracts, the Chain of Title, why you would want a contract between collaborators, the legal distinction of who the author of the work is and how that is determined legally, the potential pitfalls of joint authorship, exclusive and non exclusive rights, how ideas in themselves can't be copyrighted and what work for hire is. They also talked about the benefits of setting up an LLC, hiring an artist and work for hire agreements. Major comic book cases were touched on briefly and they gave an intellectual properties rules of thumb. The 2nd part of the panel was more about the creative end. They went into issues of promoting what you created in terms of pitching it to publishers and gave a run down of do's and don'ts during a pitch. They mentioned networking with publishers (and their editors) at conventions and tips about establishing a relationship with them at the con. They spoke about negotiating a publishing deal, online submissions, tips on working with the publisher after the deal has been made. They went into royalties and talked about how the current royalty pool works in terms of what creative role (writer, artist, inker, etc..) gets what percentage of the royalties. They quickly addressed DIY (Do It Yourself) publishing in terms of printing, distributing and digital publishing. Then they gave a contracts rule of thumb. After both sessions they took questions from the audience. Much of the audience were creative people. Those involved at the panel worked together on a book titled The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators, which will be out March of 2014.

Comics, Hollywood and What Creators Need to Know. (1:24:47, 77.6mb)
This panel was moderated by Buddy Scalera. On the panel was Mike Richardson (Dark Horse), freelance writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti and Ross Richie (Boom!) Jimmy talked about his experience licensing Ash and Painkiller Jane. Mike talked about Dark Horse licensing comics and how his licensed work became Movies (Predator 2 is an example) and his own work being licensed into movies. He told many stories from licensing the Mask, Time Cop and other movies. Ross explained his history of working for Malibu Comics and going away to work for Hollywood. He ran away screaming from Hollywood and started up his own comic book publishing. Because Hollywood reads comics, they recognized his name and came after him for Boom! books. Jimmy explained what breaking down a series means for a TV show. Ross helped manage a talk about what certain terms mean in Hollywood and the various roles that Agents, Producers, Managers and Entertainment Lawyers play and where/why you would need one. Somebody asked about people stealing their ideas and Jimmy and Mike says it actually happens all the time. They wouldn't name names but Jimmy talked about ideas that he had pitched to particular directors suddenly done without his involvement. He said he had a really hard lesson in a company admitting they stole the idea but to successfully litigate it would cost him 2 million dollars. Since he couldn't afford that he had to walk away. Mike talked about getting sued for movies like the Mask and Time Cop. The talked about shopping the property around. Mike and Ross talked about first look deals what they are and the pro's and con's of the deal. Ross Ritchie had to leave part way through. Jimmy spoke about why he's doing a lot more written work as of late and wanting to raise his profile. Mike talked about giving Carla Speed McNeil more spotlight. Mike said thanks to the internet if you have talent it is much easier to get noticed as people are looking for talented artists. Jimmy and Mike said you can't do a comic that is a movie pitch as you recognize right away and it's makes a bad comic. Mike said publishers that try the comic to movie business model usually fail because it takes a long time for the movie to get made, if it gets made at all. Mike said comic creators want to keep the certain comic book related rights and you want an entertainment lawyer and they should get involved in with rest of the movie as much as possible. Mike said Dark Horse got the rights to do Prometheus comics and he's very happy about it. Mike gave advise on how to pitch to him and recommended the Mystery Box Ted Talk. At the end Buddy spoke against downloading comics.

Editors on Editing. (1:11:43, 65.6mb)
This panel was more about how to break into comics via pitching to editors. On the panel was Warren Simons (Valiant), Scott Allie (Dark Horse) and Chris Ryall (IDW). Moderating the panel was Buddy Scalera. They first talked about their recent books. They then went through the do's and don'ts of pitching as a writer or artist. They talked about pitching at a con, establishing relationships, using the online submission process. The audience asked some questions and they answered questions on how to become an editor and how to become an intern. They spoke briefly about licensing issues and what happens when a deadline gets missed. At the end they plugged other upcoming books and Buddy asked fans not to download/torrent comic books.

CBLDF: Secret History of Comic Book Censorship. (1:00:11, 55.1mb)
On the panel was Charles Kochman (Abrams Art), Carol Tilly (Teacher/Researcher/Librarian) and Charles Brownstein (CBLDF). Carol started off the panel with reading a letter written to Wertham from a kid who disagreed with his articles. She revealed which comic creators reached out and talked to Wertham, giving him industry related information. She delved into the first version of the ACMP code and a couple of the people on DC's advisory committee. She said that Wertham had a particular dislike for those on the advisory committee and revealed how an unrelated negative book review caused an angry author to link Wertham with Senator Kefauver. Carol spoke of how Gaines asked his readers to write to the Senate to defend the comic books they enjoyed and Carol found and read some of those letters. She also revealed that 200 letters were sent to the Senate and they are within the National Archives. She talked a bit about the code and the reaction to it and surprised the audience by revealing Carl Barks was seemingly in favor of CCA censorship. She showed how Wertham altered and just made up answers to questions that his patients gave in regards to comic books to further his agenda. She ended off talking about how censorship of comics is still alive and ongoing in her home town with books being challenged and taken out of libraries. Charles Brownstein explained how censorship was still ongoing in schools and libraries and comic shops were still being persecuted for selling comics for adults. He talked about Manga being attacked and Ryan Matheson being held up at the Canadian border for it due to ignorance of the artform. He also said there is now a book that helps people understand Manga. Charles Kochman revealed that Cathy Gaines is in the audience and Brownstein said they were selling a Gaines was right t-shirt with her permission. Charles Kochman said they have a book about some of the non-EC horror comics that Wertham was not in favour of called The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You To Read.

IDW: The Ultimate Panel (1:01:01, 55.8mb)
On the panel was Dirk Wood (moderator), Chris Ryall, Greg Goldstein, Darwyn Cooke and Scott Dunbier. Part way through the panel was the surprise guest Jim Steranko. They started off the panel announcing the new Parker book is called Slayground. Darwyn said it's a short book that is one of his favourites in the Parker series and recommended it as a place to start. Because it's a shorter story, he is also including a The Seventh, a short Eisner winning story that has not been collected yet. They also announced IDW is republishing the print version of Parker books in hardcover format with Darwyn doing 10 full colour chapter illustrations and covers. Among the other announcements were: Artists Edition Peanuts, Kirby New Gods (issues 2, 5-8) and Dave Gibbons made a pre-recorded video to announce Watchmen - in colour but not the full story. After Jim Steranko showed up, they announced 2 books, a bigger sized Steranko done Agents of Shield stories from Strange Tales, then a Nick Fury / Captain America book at a slightly smaller size because the size of the paper the artists drew on shrank. Also within the Nick Fury / Captain America book will be a Steranko romance story. Jim mentioned that he did 29 comics and they've all have been kept in print. He says he seems to have made a big impact in comics for a small amount of work. Jim told a few stories about wanting to do new work for Marvel and DC over the last 5 years but was always turned down either because he wanted to do comics in a new format, something in his story violated the their universe or because they decided they didn't need him working on that particular character. Darwyn mentioned said one nice thing about IDW is how quick they are in getting an answer to you. He said when Scott Dunbier started with IDW he told him about wanting to do the Parker books adaptation and 2 weeks later Scott called back, saying they got the rights and they were working on it. With DC it took them 4 years to approve the New Frontier story. There were questions from the audience about IDW licensing properties, doing more work with John Byrne, how Darwyn adapts a book to Graphic Novel format.

Beyond the Webcomics. (1:00:12, 55.1mb)
The moderator was agent Seth Fishman. On the panel was Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja) and Kate Beaton ( Hark A Vagrant). The room was full and was standing room only. The group talked about why they are starting to do work outside of webcomics. Ryan mentioned webcomics becomes a wacky resume. Chris said he once used his comic to try and get dates on Myspace. They took a show of hands and saw plenty of people in the audience do webcomics. They all spoke about prioritizing their webcomics with other work and projects they had to turn down. Ryan discovered that with Kickstarter what you write on there is legally binding, so he's now doing more choose your adventure books. Kate is doing a picture book for Scholastic. Kate also spoke about why she got an Agent. Chris talked about his Longshot mini-series for Marvel and he's doing a Dr. McNinja card game. He revealed he does a live comedy show at a nearby theatre, but he never speaks about it online because he wants to get good at it first. They all revealed a dream project they'd like to do. They also talked about Networking in Person vs. Online and working on multiple properties, including ones you don't own. They advised webcomic creators that it's best to wait until you have enough material to hook people (like a month's worth) before you start advertising it.

Yoe! Books Presents: Fiends, Ghouls & Haunted Horror!. (50:23, 46.1mb)
Craig Yoe gave a rousing speech about the 1950's pre-code comics. Along the way he showed a number of horror comics and specific panels that was used to criticize comics. He also gave an overview of comic book history from the 1950s in regards to Wertham and the Comics Code. He also talked about Bob Wood, Jack Cole and Wally Wood, all of whom are comic creators that had their life cut short by either suicide or murder. He talked about the content of his books are often in the public domain, but he does respect the artists and pays them or their estate. He revealed he will be working on book of Stanley P. Morse published comics, which were among the most gruesome of the 1950's comics.

New Transmedia Story Worlds. (56:10, 51.4mb)
I had joined the panel just after it had started. The panel was made up primarily of Starlight Runner Entertainment employees. The moderator was Jeff Gomez (CEO), on the panel was Mark Pensavalle (COO), Chip Brown (Harper Collins Sr. VP & Publisher), Fabian Nicieza (CIO), Chrysoula Artemis (COO) and Darren Sanchez (Production Manager). Chip talked about the bible being a transmedia property and how it's been used in a variety of media. Fabian said their proof of concept was their Hot Wheels contract. He explained Mattel came to them about how they could sell more toys. Fabian wrote 8 page mini comics for each car, giving them a driver and self-contained but interconnected story. The story was the basis of the Hot Wheels video game and cartoon show and the show was then sold on DVD. He said they generated an additional 200 million dollars for Mattel. The group talked about working directly with James Cameron on Avatar and how James helped Fox see them as not just a marketing expense. They said their work on Avatar won't be seen until the 2nd and 3rd movie comes out. They mentioned that large companies like Disney are not transmedia friendly as they have multiple departments and the work gets bounced around and back to them. They talked about difficulties they have working with publishers as they are not getting the transmedia thing. They revealed they went to San Diego one year and pretended they had a product to sell just to generate some interest in what they are doing. Currently they are doing bible related transmedia work. An audience member had brought up Marvel and they said they do get transmedia and are doing it well, but said the stories/characters are not consistent across the mediums. They said the movie version, the comic and cartoon versions of the characters are all different. They took questions from the audience and Fabian said creators should focus on selling to a publisher a story, and if successful then work in the transmedia. He said all transmedia has a core media that it starts from.

Creative Graphic Novels for Kids. (58:25, 53.4mb)
The panel was moderated by Chris Duffy. On the panel was Jimmy Gownley, Sheila Keenan, Nathon Fox, Paul Pope, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Andrew Arnold and Jon Chad. They talked about what goes on before they do the first draft of the Graphic Novel. The creators said the idea being something they are so in love/obsessed with they can spend 1 or 2 years working on it full time. Sheila's book involved a lot of research as it involves 3 wars. Also mentioned was needing to like their collaborations because they'll be working together daily the entire time. Other topics they talked about was keeping the art the same throughout the book, creators moving from traditional comic book publishers to traditional bookstore aimed publishers who are used to marketing kids comics, if they tested their ideas on kids prior to writing or finishing the book. Jimmy mentioned when he started Amelia Rules the traditional comic industry was actively hostile to kids comics. He said he really needed to reach out to kids to market his books. Paul talked about how he is now interacting with all ages when in libraries and schools promoting his book. They also talked about if the hero of the book needs to be the same age as the intended readership. Paul said he hates it when an editor imposes rules because of the way things have worked in the past. He said you are just asking for them to be broken. They spoke about influences on their current book and what book they love that they think everybody should read. Another topic was how much dialogue they can use in kids books and if there are things they can do in kids book that they can't in adult books.


Joe Shuster Awards 2013 (August 24) - 23 Photos

Full 2013 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony. (59:52, 54.8mb)
Presented at the Ontario Art Museum - Jackson Hall, The awards were hosted by Ty Templeton and Rob Salem.
The awards start off with a video of Stan Lee who congratulating a 2007 Joe Shuster Awards. The Awards had flashed 2013 on the screen for comedic effect.
In order of presentation:
Presented by Kevin Boyd, Outstanding Cover Artist: Mike Del Mundo for A+X #2B, Amazing Spider-Man #678-679, 683B, Incredible Hulk #4B, Ka by Cirque de Soleil #1, Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1-5, Max Payne 3 #3, New Avengers #24B, Scarlet Spider #1B, 4B, Uncanny X-Men #17, Untold Tales of Punisher Max #5, Venom #16-17, 20, 22B, Wolverine #314-317, X-Men Legacy #1-2 (Marvel)
Presented by Anthony Falcone & Scott VanderPloeg, Harry Kremer Award for Canadian Comic Book Retailer: Heroes in London, Ontario
Inducted by Robert Pincombe into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame: Vernon Miller (1912-1974)
Presented by Andrew Walsh, Outstanding Web Comic Creator: Michael DeForge: Ant Comic
The Gene Day Award, presented by Rachel Richey: The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case by Cory McCallum and Matthew Daley
Inducted by Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame: Murray Karn (1924-)
The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids), presented by Amy Chop and Jennifer Haines: Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press): Jo Rioux
Presented by Anthony Del Col, Outstanding Writer: Fanny Britt: Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)/Jane, The Fox and Me (Groundwood Books)
Inducted by Ken Steacy into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame: Arn Saba (Katherine Collins) (1947-)
Presented by Ty Templeton and Rob Salem, Outstanding Artist: Isabelle Arsenault: Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)/Jane, The Fox and Me (Groundwood Books)
Also presented by Ty Templeton and Rob Salem, Outstanding Cartoonists: Jeff Lemire: Sweet Tooth #29-40 (DC Comics), The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)
Details about the awards can be found JoeShusterAwards.com



San Diego Comic Con 2013 (July 17-21) - 157 Photos

How to Get News Coverage for Small Press Publishers (50:52, 46.5mb)
This was moderated by Rik Offenberger from the First Comic News website. On the panel was Albert Ching (Newsarma), Glenn Hauman (ComicMix), Tanya Tate (Justa Lotta Tanya), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Alan Kistler (AlanKistler.com), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Chris Thompson (Pop Culture Hound), Holly Golightly (Jim Balent Studios), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), J.C. Vaughn (The Scoop) and Bryan Young (Big Shiny Robot). The group was there mainly to answer questions for creators/publishers in the audience. They started off by going down the line to explain the best way to be contacted if you are looking to get your work promoted. They also gave advice on what not to do like using exclamation points in a press release. They had talked about when not to be contacted (eg right now, as they are at a convention and theirs are piling up) and how much lead time is required for types of coverage. Kickstarter was a big topic as everybody gets swamped with pleas to promote Kickstarter campaigns and why they rarely do them. They also talked a bit about sending them PDF files.

Dan Parent Spotlight (46:48, 42.8mb)
This was an interview of Dan Parent by Rik Offenberger and Chris Thompson. Parent started by talking about reading comics as a kid, how we went to the Kubert school and how that lead to a job in the Archie Comics production office. He said he worked there for 10 years getting a good on the job education, including the switch to a more digital form of producing comics. He talked about pitching stories while at Archie and how many of them were rejected at first (and for good reason). Eventually he started getting stories approved and he talked about some of the stories that got a lot of mainstream media coverage. Regarding stories they talked about the move to doing longer stories and using the parent characters more. Regarding art Parent talked about working with Dan DeCarlo and drawing clothes on the female characters. They also talked about the Veronica solo series he pitched and has been successful with Archie and the Kevin Keller character and how he came about. His work outside of Archie was talked about, including Felix the Cat, Barbie Comics, Carney Comics and Bratz. The audience asked questions about Archie's Madhouse, his favorite Archie characters, artists outside of Archie he's currently reading. Dan mentioned Archie's 50th Anniversary year is coming up. Some outside of comics stuff has come up, including his being on the Weakest Link and Who Wants to be a Millionaire TV shows. He also told a funny story about being in Tijuana once.

Roman Dirge REBUILT! (42:40, 39.0mb)
This was moderated by Titan Comics senior editor Steve White. The reason Roman was "REBUILT" was due a bad accident he was in about a year ago. He was hit very hard by an SUV and said they measured the distance he flew to be 15 feet. His leg was broken and had to be reattached to him. He has lost some of the bone in his leg and now needs a walking stick to get around. Roman talked about the time it took him to recover. He says since being hit has made him more motivated to get work done. He showed art on 3 new projects he is currently working on, this including a graphic novel called Monocle, a superhero book called Stringbean (it's very dark and strange) and a TV show called Battleboy. He had also talked about Lenore and upcoming plans for her and any other media possibilities with the character. He revealed that other strange things have been happening to him that could have seriously injured or killed him since the accident.

8th Annual All Star Podcasters Panel (53:35, 49.0mb)
On this panel was a who's who of long running podcasters. Moderating the panel was John Siuntres (Word Balloon), on it was fellow podcasters Brian Christman (Comic Geek Speak), John Mayo (Comic Book Page, Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly Comics World), Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Conor Kilpatrick (iFanboy) and Ben Blacker (Nerdist). The group had talked about digital comics and argued about digital vs print sales. They had also talked about comic book movies. Heidi brought up at the big 2 are not creating major artists anymore. They also talked about 'event' comics. The group talked about sponsorships (one major sponsor was there in the audience) in terms of making money from the podcast, the length of their shows, how open podcasting is now and how professional one has to be to do the show. The group ended the panel by talking about what comics they are enjoying now.

Family Feud: The Comics Blogging Panel (53:38, 49.1mb)
The panel was moderated by a very hungry Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter). On the panel was Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Tony Isabella (Tony Isabella's Bloggy Thing), Alexa Dickman (Ladies Making Comics), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), and Graeme McMillan (Many different sites). There was a very large audience and Tom joked about the panel being a pre-show for the next panel (Mega64: Decade of Perfection) which got the audience laughing. The group introduced themselves particularly to the crowd who were not familiar with them. Tom had received some questions from his readers and asked them. Among the topics talked about writing in a way to generate hits from search engines, (eg using words like exclusive, which generate traffic) or topics that they might not normally cover and how it may compromises their writing. Lots of discussion was around those that have writers contributing to their blog. Among the topics for them were letting contributors develop their voice, how much they pay their writers and if it's hypocritical to write negatively about companies exploiting their talent while they pay their own writers little to nothing. The amounts being paid to contributors was revealed and what other forms of compensation they are getting. For those that work (or had worked) in print how writers got paid was discussed. The group also talked about creator rights issues, gender issues, creators in need and they also took questions from the audience.

Tony Isabella Spotlight (51:39, 47.2mb)
Mark Evanier interviewed Tony about his career in comics. They talked about his getting involved in comic fandom, his comic reading as a kid, particularly FF annual #1, his love of giant monsters, his living in New York City and the seedy hotel on Times Square he lived in. He spoke about his editorial work at Marvel, writing books under tight deadlines when other people blew them, his favorite artists to work with, in particular Frank Robins and Eddie Newell, him getting a chance to work with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby. Tony revealed that he wrote a large, multi issue Captain America story only to later find out that Kirby had already been hired to take over the book after a few issues. He also spoke a bit about co-writing with Bob Ingersol. He said said he would have loved to have more time on Daredevil and Ghost Rider. He said his original champions pitch was Iceman and Angel buddy book with them on the road getting involved in certain situations. Said he would still liked to have written that. Tony also won an inkwell award for his work in comics and Tony gave his love to the convention for having him as a guest.

Jose Delbo Spotlight (52:58, 48.4mb)
Moderated by his daughter/agent Silvana Frontera. Jose talked about differences between European and US comics. How he worked on superheroes except for the Flash. He didn't want to draw him. He loves doing Westerns and the Lone Ranger in particular. He did a number of other media type adaptations over many years, including the Beatles Yellow Submarine, Monkee's Comic Book, Transformers and NFL Superpro among others. He said he liked working on the Monkee's because he can be comical and not be so strictly on model as he was with other books. Jose revealed that his father wanted him to be a lawyer and was worried that he would be poor as an artist. When he got his first cheque he gave it to his father and he never cashed it, he saved it as a symbol of his son having made it and making good living. Jose talked about learning under Carlos Clemen (a famous Argentina artist). He would move to Brazil to work. His wife had a uncle who was an US citizen and asked him if he'd like to come to USA, he said yes and came over. He also told a story about almost getting drafted to go to Vietnam, he told them he was married with 2 kids and they put him at the bottom of the list to put into service. He said he is happy for comic book conventions because 8 year olds do not know what comic books are, that blew his mind and he knew comics were in trouble then. He said he finds artists today too similar in style and colourists don't believe that white is a colour. He talked about his love of Joe Kubert and working as a teacher in his school. He talked about his former Dell editor/writer DJ Arneson. He said Dell/Western destroyed all the original art, but he knew a kid who spoke Spanish in the production dept and he snuck him some of his art back, he mentioned getting some of his Turok art, but he didn't get any of his Lone Ranger which is disappointing for him. He also said credits were not allowed in those books but he would sneak his name in the rocks of Turok. Jose was asked about his relationship with editors. He mentioned Paul Levitz came by and asked him how he was doing earlier which he thought was very nice. He told a funny story about a kid who wanted a transformers sketch at a convention but he couldn't remember how to draw the character. As he was drawing the kid kept correcting him and a reporter was nearby and wrote a story in the paper about a kid teaching him how to draw, which was embarrassing at the time. He said when he was drawing Transformers he was given the toys to help towards refrence but he had to keep his grandkids from playing with them. He felt the superheroes today have bodies that are too super. Said Superman gets his powers from another planet and doesn't need Arnold Schwarzenegger's body and Batman is an intelligent detective. Said they have him flying and super strong now. In regards to working digital, he only uses computers for reference photos. Regarding inkers he liked, in named Al Williamson in particular. He said for a while he wasn't inking his work and Al called him and asked why. He said he didn't know why and it wasn't his decision, but he would ask that his pencils would go to him. So he called his editor and asked for Al and then Al got Transformers pages to ink. Al hated them, only did 5 or 6 pages and quit. Jose would have liked to ink his own work but he couldn't justify the time to do it. He mentioned doing some work on a new Transformer book but couldn't say what. Jose also got an inkpot award from the Comic Con organization.

Kim Thompson Tribute (46:55, 42.9mb)
Kim Thompson was a long time co-owner/editor of Fantagraphics who recently passed away due to cancer. On the panel was Eric Reynolds, Gary Groth, Diana Schutz, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. Gary talked about Kim first getting involved with Fantagraphics. Diana talked about first meeting Gary and Kim. She said Kim would later reach out to her and other women, asking them to contribute to the Amazing Hero magazine, which was very rare at the time. Hernandez Bros and Eric talked about meeting Kim and working with him. Gary talked about how he, Kim and Harlan Ellison met in order to try and make up after the lawsuit, but Harlan did not like Kim's review of Frank Millers work and they instead got into a huge argument over it. Diana talked about working with Kim over the last few years doing translations. Gary talked about how they all lived in the Fantagraphics house and Kim used to regularly work in his bathrobe. He would always be wearing shorts or sweatpants unless it was something super formal. Gary said Kim had knowledge about what was good cartooning. The group talked about Kim not having any guilty pleasures and loved Brian De Palma movies. They all said he was always working, including late at night or very early in the morning. Gilbert thinks there would be no Vertigo or many independent publishers around if it was not for Kim's groundbreaking work wih Fantagraphics. Eric talked about Kim championing some artists, including Jason which he wasn't convinced would do so well.

Carmine Infantino Tribute (49:22, 45.1mb)
On the panel were Jon B, Cooke, Elliot S! Maggin, Paul Levitz, Martin Pasko and moderating the panel was J. David Spurlock. Carmine Infantino was a long time extremely important artist, editor and publisher, much of his work for DC Comics. Elliot talked about Carmine patching up the many fights he and Julie Schwartz had. Both he and Martin said Carmine wasn't pretentious. Elliot told a story about Carmine and Julie getting into an argument and Julie said "I was here before you and I'll be here after your gone!" and Carmine just laughed, he didn't let stuff said during heated arguments bother him. Paul talked about how after the 1966 Batman show started to drop in ratings nobody at DC had any idea of where to take the company. Carmine provided DC with a direction and really experimented in ways that publishers didn't do prior to that. Today publisher's experiment the ways Carmine did back then, trying all sorts of new ideas with different creators. Martin talked about Carmine's cover design and David said all the DC covers were pretty much laid out by Carmine from when he was art director and on up. David mentioned that as Carmine moved up the ladder at DC, he kept doing his old jobs. One time an HR person within the company was reviewing who did what within the organization and they told Carmine he did the work of 5 people. David revealed that Stan Lee had offered Carmine a job in the mid 1960s and DC promoted him in order to keep him. Martin and David talked about the many behind the scene changes that Carmine was responsible for that he doesn't get credit for, both small and large. David said one of them was ordering his artists to update their swipe files so that females were not drawn with 1950's style clothing. They talked about how many artists got their start at DC comics, with Carmine liking their art and telling editors to get the artist a script. Paul talked about how when Carmine took over, he broke down the BS formality at DC at the time and made it much more open and about creating good comics. He said Carmine made DC more open to fans and solicited their opinions, much more than Marvel did at the time. Elliot talked about him suggesting DC do a Superman movie and writing a pitch, Julie disagreed, thinking superheroes were over and he went to Carmine. Carmine sent Elliot and another writer to talk with Mario Puzo about it. Paul revealed that in the early 60s, Carmine won the best artist in fandom awards 4 times in a row and people don't realize how popular he was with fans during that time. David said Carmine really went to bat to hire Kirby back, despite resistance within DC and he went to bat for many other artists as well. David and Martin said Carmine was really influential and that Bernie Krigstein and John Romita learned from him.

Jeffery Brown Spotlight (49:18, 45.1mb)
This was moderated by Leigh Walton. Jeff talked about getting into comics, his autobiographical books and how they started. He said people in his life don't appear to be too bothered by their depiction because he makes himself look very unflattering. He talked about the style of art he chooses for which project. He talked about Bighead and how it came about. Leigh gave the reason for the small sized Jeffery Brown books and why they are all different sizes. They then talked about his Star Wars books, Darth Vader and Son, Star Wars: Vader's Little Princess and they revealed a new Star Wars: Jedi Academy book and showed a video trailer for it. His next autobiographical book is about his wife's pregnancy and his relationship with his father. His father is a minister but he is no longer practicing religion. They talked about his use of colour on the books. They gave a handout showing a sample of his upcoming work to those the audience that asked questions. Jeff revealed he wants to do a book about the business side of comic art. He is also a teacher and those types of questions get asked a lot by his students.

Joe Kubert Tribute (48:58, 44.8mb)
Moderated by Mark Evanier. On the panel was Sergio Aragonés, Paul Levitz, Marv Wolfman, Tom Yeates, Jon B. Cooke and Russ Heath. The panelists signed 3 books about Joe Kubert by Bill Schelley which would be auctioned off for Hero Initiative. The panelists talked about Joe and what they liked about him. Sergio was always amazed on how fast Kubert drew and he was drawing realistically. Paul said his funeral drew such a large crowd they had to borrow police from 2 nearby towns, considering the burial was done by Jewish traditions (where it's done fairly quickly) it was an amazing crowd of people that showed up. Many more would have showed up if there was more notice. Marv talked about Joe teaching him about how to pace a story by taking one of his stories and ignoring his art direction and drawing it his way. He said Joe went over the art and explained what he was doing and why and that was an enormous eye opener for Marv and it taught him a lot about writing. Marv also told a story about art that needed to be inked right away to make deadline and the only pen in the area was a lettering pen, which has a very fat nub and is not something you draw or ink with. Joe made that pen sing and did a great job of inking despite the tool not being fit for the job. Marv also talked about when he was an assistant editor under Kubert he would often have to completely re-write Bob Kanigher stories for Joe. Tom Yeates said he met Joe before he started the school and connected with him right away, Joe then called him up when he was starting his school. While Tom was there he started getting work and tried to draw like Joe in terms of surface detail, but found it wasn't working and he learned from Joe about the under the surface detail that makes his drawings work. Jon talked about Joe using the school to give back to creators as Joe had started when he was 11 and learned from multiple artists while sweeping floors at a comic sweatshop. Russ mentioned Joe gave hard backslaps and told some funny stories about Joe. He also said that inking Joe was very hard. Sergio told a funny story about how Joe said he was going to take his 5 kids, wife and mobile home and go on vacation. Sergio told him he should go to Mexico and drew him a map of Mexico and everywhere they should go and how they would get there. A few months later Joe told Sergio that he had actually used his map to go into Mexico and thanked him for it being so accurate. Sergio was stunned that he would go into Mexico with his family just based on his drawn map. Mark Evanier told an early San Diego con story about Joe doing a fund raising sketch for the con and a friend of his was too late to bid on it and lost it (price $300), Mark talked to Joe and he quickly did another sketch that was even better than the first one and the winner of the previous sketch wanted the new one instead. Marv and Paul said Joe was also a very good businessman too, something that was pretty rare back in those days.

Russ Heath Spotlight (55:38, 50.9mb)
This was moderated by Mark Waid. Russ talked about where he grew up and his early influences. He mentioned his father was a cowboy among his many other jobs, but as a result he watched a lot of western related serials. His father would tell him that if the actor was wearing a flowery shirt or something that the character wasn't a real cowboy. Russ took from that that when writing/drawing fiction you need to be true to whatever you are depicting. He said he got started in comics when at 16 his father took him to Holyoke and he was given a script, but was told he couldn't draw it in pen. He had to buy a brush and after a few days he figured out how to use it. This stunned Mark as some artists take years to figure out how to use a brush. Russ talked about joining the air force. He mentioned he was in and out of high school as he did not have good marks. He said prior to drawing for a living he was a lifeguard and ran a scuba diving club. He did some advertising work, but then had a wife and kid and needed more money. The advertising paid $35 a week, he was looking for work during lunch hour and found Stan still working. Stan offered him $75 a week to draw for him, which he did. Russ liked doing westerns but didn't like doing Batman because of all the straight lines on the buildings. Said he knew Harvey Kurtzman from Marvel as he was doing the 1 page Hey Look! gags. They had lunch together a couple of times and that lead to Harvey giving him some work at EC comics. Russ talked about Kanigher and not in a positive way. He said he was also friends with Ross Andru and Gray Morrow. He talked about moving to California in the 70s and working in animation. He also worked on Annie Fanny for Playboy while in the Playboy mansion. He was going to quit Annie when Hugh called him up, doubled his salary and offered to pay him to move to Chicago, which he did. He also told a funny story about sabotaging Will Elder's paint pants. He talked about Archie Goodwin and said he was a very good editor and visual writer. He mentioned on an script Archie drew stick figure layouts of his story. Russ didn't look at them and drew his own stick figure layouts. When he was done he compared the two and found all but 1 of the layouts matched exactly and there was about 40 panels. Of newer artists he likes Adam Hughes. Russ also answered questions on National Lampoon, inking Micheal Golden and other artists in general. He also told about becoming fast friends with Dave Stevens when they worked together at Hanna-Barbera. He said they both caused chaos there.

Gerry Conway Spotlight (53:09, 48.6mb)
This was Conway doing a Q&A with the audience. Among the topics he answered questions on were the creation of the Punisher, the bridge Gwen Stacy was thrown off and the snap sound effect, how he got into Marvel, DC comics being like Mad Men TV Show in the 60s, how he broke into DC comics, how he then got into Marvel comics and some of his reasons for going back and forth between the companies. He revealed after Gwen's death he didn't read any fan mail or do conventions for a long time, why Gwen never came back, the Clone storyline, villains who were often throw aways like The Grizzly, the issues comics are facing today, how Phantom Stranger at DC was his first regular gig, his moving into writing TV and films. He also said that after writing Law and Order Hollywood thinks he can't write superhero movies. He is now writing a YA novel, he also told a funny story about the Spider-Mobile, both how it came about and it coming back one day in an unexpected way.

That 70's Panel (1:20:25, 73.6mb)
Moderated by Mark Evanier. On the panel was Tony Isabella, Val Mayerik, Elliot S! Maggin, Martin Pasko and George Perez. They talked about their 1st pro sale, when they felt they made it, "Oh Wow!" moments on working with their heroes. They explained was different about their generation from the previous one. Martin talked about a sad story of meeting a poor Bill Finger who told him to "always get the credit." The group talked about royalties. Mark Evanier told a funny story about being the 1st person to use express mail for DC. The group talked about how express mail changed the industry in both good and bad ways. Mark also told a funny story about being in a strip club with other artists that were also using Fed Ex. The group also talked about sexism in the industry back then.

The Best and Worst Manga in 2013 (47:47, 43.7mb)
Moderated by Deb Aoki, on the panel was Brigid Alverson, David Brothers, Chris Butcher and Shaenon Garrity. The group talked about the best manga in various categories and where it could be bought at the con (or seen online). They were fairly quick as they ran through the titles and Deb had a dinger if the people talked too long. They had all taken turns talking about their favourite books, sometimes 2 people would talk about the same book. They had pointed out that Fantagraphics is not publishing any bad manga right now. When they went through the worst list some of the best books were on that list too which generated a crowd reaction and debate among the panelists. They also had an under rated section too. Towards he end they were short of time and really rushed through the last of the books. You can find this list online here.

Comic Arts Conference Session #22: Superman On Trial: The Secret History of the Siegel and Shuster Lawsuits (50:36, 46.3mb)
Moderated by Heidi MacDonald, on the panel was Jeff Trexler and Brad Ricca. They talked about how the lawsuits became part of the superman mythos now. Ricca talked about how Donenfeld actually had published the Lone Ranger but the creator took it back and thinks that had a lot to do with Donenfeld wanting to own and keep Superman. The group talked about what if scenarios. Jeff talked about the early 90s settlements between Siegel and Shuster families that are at this time in effect (and might remain that way). Brad also talked about Joe Shuster's last years and how it wasn't all doom and gloom. He had been married once (but divorced, his wife was into a cult) and had a girlfriend. Also on the panel and spoke towards the end was Peter M. Coogan, who said he had some some research for the DC side. Also in the audience was Wayne Smith, Senior Vice President, Senior Litigation & Chief Patent Counsel at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies and Lillian Laserson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DC Comics Inc. Lillian gave a what if senario at the end of the panel believing that if Siegel and Shuster not sued DC in 1947 they would have been treated the same way Bob Kane was treated and Bob died a very wealthy man. [Jamie's note: This is bullshit in my opinion and other comic historians I've talked to also do not agree with this scenario.]

Jerry Ordway Spotlight (52:36, 48.1mb)
DC Editor Mike Carlin moderated the panel and joked at the beginning it was the spotlight on Dan Jurgens panel (who was in the audience). Jerry talked about where he grew up, his doing finishes on other artists pencils, getting penciling work, also inking John Byrne's pencils, always needing to be working and says it throws you off your rhythm to take a few days break. He talked about periods where he got really swamped, one time he had to do Fantastic Four, Superman and Crisis of Infinite Earths #5 at once. He talked about working on the Superman relaunch with Byrne and Marv Wolfman. How he took an active role in plotting Superman, then took over writing it. Carlin said the 'weekly' Superman books were a real team effort where everybody pitched in, he mentioned Roger Stern was really strong and keeping continuity straight and clear for everybody across all the books. Ordway revealed that Byrne was originally going to do Shazam. He had done colouring for the books and used watercolour on the covers. He also explained his process for creating a comic.

Dan Jurgens Spotlight (52:53, 48.4mb)
This was also moderated by Mike Carlin, who again joked this was the Jon Bogdamov panel. Jurgens talked about growing up in a small town and occasionally hanging out wiht Curt Swan. He loved the 60's Batman TV show and was introduced to comics by seeing his friends read some after it. The first comic he bought was Superman. They talked about his family's reaction to becoming an artist. He said when he was a teenager he loved Simonson's Manhunter and wrote and drew a Manhunter story. He sent it to DC and somebody sent it to Simonson. Walt wrote Jurgens a letter asking if he could keep the story in exchange for a Manhunter drawing. He agreed and Simonson sent him a really great full colour large sized drawing. Jurgens revealed he showed his work to Mike Grell when he was in the area, and Grell suggested him to DC as a replacement for him on Warlord. DC had him and another artist do a 5 page tryout and he won the job. He talked about how he got to start writing and how he got the Superman job. He also talked about the creation of Booster Gold. They then talked about the Death of Superman and one of the reasons it was done was do to a negative reaction to not getting to do the Lois Lane marriage and the popularity of Image Comics. They said that all the drew designs for Doomsday and voted and Jurgens design had won the vote. They talked about the major media coverage the story got and how they originally planned to bring Superman backed got changed to something more epic in nature. The destruction of Coast City was volunteered by the editor of Green Lantern who very much wanted to tie into what was happening with Superman. Louise Simonson suggested doing the different Superman when they did the return and Jurgens agreed to let his Cyborg version become the bad guy. Jurgens talked about what it's like seeing Booster Gold on TV and also his Marvel work. Along them was Superman with long hair after he returned, the red underwear, if death of Superman will be adapted into other media Armegeddon 2001 with Monarch and working digitally. He says he still sends the physical boards to inkers to work on and will continue to do so until he can't any longer.

Fans vs Pros Trivia Challenge (47:43, 43.6mb)
The fans were Peter Svensson, David Oates and Tom Galloway and the pro's were Len Wein, Elliot S! Maggin and Martin Pasko. The question asker was Derek McCaw. I was asked to be the official score keeper. The topic was characters celebrating their 50th anniversary. Tom Galloway was in top form this panel and answered a lot of the questions single handedly. Len answered some correct questions on the Pro side and Elliot S! Maggin answered one question in a hilarious, not the answer we were looking for way, but we took as true. All throughout the panel the jokes were flying fast and furious. In the end the Fan side one 360 to 110.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Friday 2013 (July 19) - 170 Photos

Full 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (2:40:55, 147mb)
The 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The welcome was done by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator. Among the presenters are Kayre and Bill Morrison, Maurice LaMarchie, Lauren Tom & David Herman, Chris Hardwick, Milestone Media founders Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle, Edward James Olmos, Becky Cloonan, Ellen Forney, James Marsters, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Neil Gamian and Jonathan Ross. The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier. The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam. The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.


Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2013 (May 10-12) 241 Photos

Note: Friday May 10th was Librarian & Educator day. For the general public TCAF was May 11-12th.

Comics Defense 101 (1:10:03, 64.1mb)
Moderated by Robin Brenner and on the panel was Gene Ambaum, Charles Brownstein, Diana Maliszewski, Rebecca Scoble and Eva Volin. This panel was about challenges to Graphic Novels, which if successful can result in the book being removed them from the library or School. They started off talking about their more bizarre challenges, everything from Jeff Smith's Bone to Phoebe Gloeckner's A Child's Life. They also talked about push back against comics both from the communities they are in and from staff within the library or school. The librarians and teachers in the audience asked questions on how to deal with situations they are currently facing. One librarian told a funny story about how a child in her middle school had the Walking Dead TPDs and was renting them out to his classmates to read at $2 a book, but wanted to house them in the library.

Bill Amend and Raina Telgemeier conversation (54:46, 50.1mb)
This was mainly Raina interviewing Bill but Bill also asked Raina some questions about her career. The panel started with Bill explaining he did a comic strip in a thing called a newspaper (and showed a really old newspaper, like it's something most people don't know about, which generated laughs). He had a sample of his strips that he put on screen and read them in voices. He did this because he learned not to assume that everybody knows his comic strip. Among the topics discussed was pitches prior to Foxtrot. Bill's education and his original career plan. He talked about the Foxtrot children's book called AAAA! and the reason why it was published. Bill also talked about his self published collection of strips formatted for the iPad. Bill revealed how much of Foxtrot he is creating now and what else he is doing with his time. He answered some questions from the audience and spoke about exchanging letters with Bill Watterson. Raina talked about how comic strips were her artistic influence and how when she was 10 a local teacher handed her a bunch of early Foxtrot comics he photocopied and she had the opportunity to have her art reviewed by Bill but never followed up on it.

The State of YA (Young Adult) Comcs (54:18, 49.7mb)
Moderated by Gina Gagliano, Eva Volin, Robin Brenner, Cecil Castellucci, Svetlana Chmakova, Faith Erin Hicks and John Green talks about problems with the YA comics market and what they thought the market needed. They talked about a trend of publishers doing adaptations instead of original work. They all mentioned they like to see more ethnic diversity in the lead characters in YA, and they are hoping for a watershed book that really hits it big that will convince publishers to invest more in doing original work and supporting it. Other topics discussed was how in YA prose they can do things like a sex scene that they can't do in a YA comic. The topic of Manga came up a lot in regards to it's content and it's limitations. They also took questions from the audience.

Comics and Accessibility (47:06, 43.1mb)
Tory Woollcott was the presenter of this panel. She talked about literacy and how she thinks it's should be about our ability to understand vs. our ability to read. She read from her book Mirror Mind which is about her experience growing up and being dyslexic. She talked about her experience with kids with a learning disability and explains the label of being illiterate (and by extension, stupid) creates life long self esteem issues that prevents kids from reaching their full potential in life. She also says it's important to try find these kids and reach out to help them because they won't talk about their problem. She gave examples of books that help kids with leaning disabilities like wordless books for various age groups and graphic novel adaptations of more famous books. She answered questions from the audience about dealing with people who feel that reading comics isn't “real” reading and other stereotypes about comics. She also talked about her 5 ticks on what moves a book out of all ages category and into a higher age bracket.

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez interview by Tom Spurgeon (1:38:35, 90.2mb)
This was a special ticketed event held on Friday night. It was a Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez interview by Tom Spurgeon. To start off the night Ab Velasco of the Toronto Reference Library talked about why the library hosts TCAF and why they think the event is great. Then TCAF organizer Chris Butcher came on and talked a bit about his history with the Beguiling and TCAF. Tom then proceeded with the interview. While Tom spoke he showed pictures of the Hernandez brothers art and a few pictures of them. Among the topics they talked about was when they knew they would be doing comics for a living, changing the format of Love and Rockets while it was being published, their place in comics when they started eg, not underground or mainstream, doing longer stories within Love and Rockets, their work outside of Love and Rockets and why they did them, Love and Rocket covers, character design, drawing with a 6 panel grid, being at this for 30 years and how it's like to be the older established pro in comics industry. They also answered some questions from the audience.

Comics Adaptations (58:06, 53.2mb)
On the panel were creators who had adapted a book (or book series) into a graphic novel. The creators were Hope Larson, Raina Telgemeier, Daniel Lafrance and Svetlana Chmakova. The panel was moderated by Scott Robins. The group had talked about what makes a good adaptation, why they chose to adapt somebody else's work, the positive and challenging parts of doing comic adaptations, working with the author or their estate if they are no longer alive, editing the book as they are adapting it in particular with modifying dialogue, what they learn and take to their own works after adapting somebody else's story and if they would let somebody adapt their own creator owned work into another medium.

Michel Rabagliati Spotlight (42:51, 39.2mb)
Brigid Alverson interviews Michel Rabagliati on his series of Graphic Novels. The two talked about the new book Paul joins the Scouts. He mentions that it takes place when the FLQ (a Quebec Terrorist group) were bombing mailboxes and that environment is the backdrop of the story. He also talks about the catholic aspect of the book and they are highly involved with the scouting organization. Rabagliati also talked about his work in general, saying the stories are 80% autobiographical. He revealed his process of how he creates his books, going from writing to drawing. He explained where computers take part in the creative process and how he got his daughter involved in doing the toning of the book. He also talked about the books being translated from Quebec French to different languages. Rabagliati revealed a bit about his 8th book that he is working on now.

Writing Life (55:41, 50.9mb)
On this panel were creators that did autobiographical non-fiction Graphic Novels. They were Derf, Lucy Knisley, Ulli Lust and Raina Telgemeier. The group talked about their books. They felt there was a difference between non-fiction and memoir books and spoke about how different people remember events differently. Derf spoke about how he was able to go back and talk to his high school friends about events with Jeffery Dahmer and revealed that people usually remembered things pretty much the same way. They also talked about depicting other people they know (eg family members) and if their reaction to it changes the way they tell a story. The group talked about if they leave stuff out of their comics and if some personal stories are "not for sale." This panel was moderated by Robin Brenner.

Michael Kupperman Spotlight (49:58, 45.7mb)
Michael Kupperman entertains the crowd by reading some of his comics and showed an animated short. Among the comic he read from was one that was supposed to be in the Greatest American Comics series, but was rejected due to legal concerns. Kupperman answers questions from moderator Jacquelene Cohen and the audience. Among the topics discussed was his children affecting his humor, his stand up comedy, how "dream logic" affects his work, pop culture influences, characters he likes to use, the changes in his art over the years.


Doug Wright Awards 2013 (May 11) 15 Photos

The Doug Wright Awards (1:30:52, 83.1mb)
The ceremony went as follows:
Introduction of nominee's and sponsor appreciation by Brad Mackay.
Opening monologue by Scott Thompson.
Pigskin Peters Hat/Award: David Collier for Hamilton Illustrated (Wolsak & Wynn).
Seth gives an appreciation of David's work (until David stops him by smacking him with a seat cushion).
Spotlight Award (AKA "The Nipper"): Nina Bunjevac for Heartless (Conundrum Press).
Julie Delporte gives an appreciation of Nina Bunjevac's book.
Albert Chartier was inducted into The Giants Of The North hall of fame.
An appreciation was done by Jimmy Beaulieu and Guy Badeaux (Bado).
Best Book: The Song of Roland by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press).
Joe Ollman gives an appreciation of Michel Rabagliati and explains why the jury chose his book.
Closing by Brad Mackay.


C2E2 2013 (April 26-28) - 143 Photos

Integrating Comics into the Common Core (48:57, 44.8mb)
Moderating the panel was Josh Elder who is involved with Reading with Pictures.com On the panel was Carol Tilley from University of Illinois and Jim McClain. Josh talked about Reading with Pictures and how it's purpose is to make graphic novel text books that could be used in class. He showed examples already done, one part by Roger Landridge of Muppets fame. Jim McClain is a math teacher who often heard that GNs could teach any subject except math. Challenge accepted he said. He produced a comic book at his expense that had a team with math names and type powers and they get into problems that require math to resolve. He was selling the print edition at his booth, but a digital version is on Comixology. The book is called Solution Squad. Carol Tilley talked about her role as a teacher for Librarians trying to expand the use of graphic novels in classrooms and libraries. Questions were asked and answered towards the end of the panel.

Silver Age Trivia Challenge! (45:51, 41.9mb)
Mr. Silver Age Craig Shutt moderates an Silver Age Trivia Challenge between Mark Waid and 5 fans. The fans are: Mike Chary, Jason Fliegel, Mike Sangiacomo, Jim Caldwell and Doug Tonks. The microphone is by the 5 fans so you can hear them deliberate their answers. A mix of Marvel and DC questions were asked about a wide area of topics, from identifying the a villain by their first line if dialogue in a comic to whether a DC story was true, imaginary, a dream or a hoax. Do you know who Sif's brother is? Who is the first super villain Daredevil fought? Who was the first DC Silver Age Superhero to debut in their own ongoing title? Or What does Superman have to write on the blackboard when he's called into court? The answers are are revealed along with other brain devouring bits of Silver Age comic trivia. This was conduction on a stange located on the showroom floor, so some background noise is present.

Digital First Comics: The New Trend (56:57, 52.1mb)
On the panel are John D. Roberts co-founder of Comixology, writer Mark Waid, artists Peter Krouse, James Tynnion IV, and Reilley Brown. They talk about the new trend which is comics appearing digitally first, be it for free or for sale, then in print if the creators want to. Waid talked about seeing the print costs of monthly comics while working at Boom! and deciding to sell his print collection and start up Thrillbent, his online comics website. He and the artists talk about doing comics in a landscape format and also using the web's technology to change how they tell stories. Particularly they mentioned horror comics can be done better as there are more chances to surprise people. John D. Roberts talked about Comixology's new indy/self publishers portal where people can submit their own comics to be published on Comixology. They showed a number of books that are already on available for purchase on their site now. Waid also announced that Thrillbent is starting a kids comic section on his site, with the comics being done by the Aw Yeah Comics group (Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, and Marc Hammond).

Comix Chix with Kate Kotler - LIVE (1:00:42, 55.5mb)
Moderated by Katie Kotler, on the panel was artist Amy Reader, Game Developer Jen Aprahamian, editor & blogger Heidi McDonald, blogger Jill Pantozzi, artist Jenny Frison, and actress & entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein. The group first talked about getting into comics and eventually the controversies involving women in comics particularly in fandom and the way women are portrayed in comics and games. A point hit on at the end was the lack information on the demographic of those purchasing their comics. Those within the comic industry mentioned that their editors have told them they don't know who is buying their comics today, they only know what sold well recently. The audience also asked questions as well.

I Have No Sewing Machine, but I Must Cosplay! (1:02:44, 57.4mb)
On the panel was Chris Troy (cosplayer), Meryle Idzerda and Lyndsey Cepak (both costume makers). They had talked about not being ashamed about buying or having a costume made for you. They said cosplaying is about having fun and not to let other peoples opinions about the "proper" way to cosplay get in the way of that. They gave lots of advise on where to get costumes or parts of costumes, the pitfalls of buying costumes and places where there are great do it yourself tutorials. They also went into the types of materials to use that look good, are light and easy to work with. Lyndsay also advised when starting to cosplay to do something simple and progress there (if you want to). She told a horror story of trying to do a full Iron Man costume saying how much time and money she spent on it and eventually had to give up on it. The group also answered questions and gave tips to the cosplayers in the audience.

The CHEW Panel (1:00:58, 55.8mb)
John Layman and Rob Guillory start of the panel by announcing the TV deal is dead, knowing that's what everybody wants to know. He explained what happened with it and why he thinks Chew won't be done as a Live Action TV series. They spend the hour answering questions from the audience and explaining what they plan on doing with Chew outside of comics. John goes into how Chew started and the how he ended up hiring Rob to draw it. John revealed when the series is going to end and at least 1 character who will live to the end. The group talked about funny comic industry in jokes that's within the series. Rob also talks a bit about his history working in the comic industry prior to Chew. The two also answered questions from the audience.

Derf Backderk on My Friend Dahmer (54:03, 49.4mb)
Derf Backderf talked about his Graphic Novel My Friend Dahmer. He explained he was a friend and a fan of Dahmer in high school in the 1970s. He showed lots of pictures of Dahmer back then. He talked about the strange antics that Dahmer in high school that was (then) funny to him and his friends. He also talked about how the media, from the top to the bottom of the respectability scale were leaving messages on his answering machine and were parked outside his home and banging on his door at 6AM to get an interview. Backderf talked also about the history of the book and how he spent 20 years researching the book, from talking to his old high school classmates to going back to his high school and getting into Dahmer's old house. Derf answered questions from the audience. The last bit of the panel got cut off due to space on the recorder.

Exorcising the Spectore of the Fake Geek Girl: Discussing Geek Culture, Gate-Keeping and Sexism (1:01:30, 56.3mb)
Sponsored by ChicagoNerds.com and moderated by Carlye Frank, Michi Trota, Dawn Xiana Moon, Erin Tipton, Laura Koroski & Karlyn Meyer talk about the supposed fake geek girl and why people are so focused on the topic as of late. The group talks about "Gate Keeping", the process where other geeks try to determine who can and can't call themselves a geek. The group had asked the women in the audience how many "geek credentials" questioned and almost all of them raised their hands. They also talked about it not just happening by men to women, but how other women did it too (with one of the panelists admitting having done it in the past). They also went into how really attractive people go through this as well.


HobbyStar Toronto ComiCON 2013 (March 9 - 10) - 71 Photos

Ty Templeton's How To Write a Graphic Novel (47:32, 43.5mb)
Ty talked about Jim Shooter's theory of the triage of storytelling. With Information, Change and Emotion. He first disabused that people want to read your GN unless it was really compelling and told people new information in some manner. He laid out 5 types of stories, and 6 flavours of fiction. He used several volunteers from the audience to represent the flavours and with the crowd they can up with 3 ideas, that they ran through the flavours to see if there was enough of them to make an interesting story. Throughout the panel Ty walked around and engaged the audience. This was a shortened version of lesson he gives at his Comic Book Boot Camp.

Mike Zeck Spotlight (40:00, 36.6mb)
Moderated by Fred Kennedy, Mike Zeck explained what he has been doing over the last 20 years. He said he is doing licensing work for DC comics and he explains what is involved in doing that type of work. Mike talked about how he broke in, at first doing work at Charlton, then meeting Stan Lee who recommended that Marvel hire him. Zeck further gets into which Marvel editor finally hired him, what books he worked on and under what conditions. Kraven's Last Hunt was asked about and Mike talked about his admiration for the story. He also told who's his favorite character is to draw. Zeck also explained why he preferred working in licencing vs drawing comic book stories. He touched on some of his forgotten 90s work and Jerry Ordway's recent blog post about Agism within the comics industry.

Sketch Duel: Mike McKone and Lee Weeks (50:34, 46.3mb)
Mike McKone and Lee Weeks decided to they wanted to draw the Hulk for the sketch duel but people in the audience gave out suggestions to what the Hulk would be doing. While the sketching was going on they answered some questions for the audience, talked about other artists they loved, characters they wanted to work on, working with writers and how much input they get on a story among other topics. There were tickets drawn for the sketches and two people won the sketches at the end. The panel was moderated by Fred Kennedy.

Sketch Panel: Joe Jusko (53:03, 48.6mb)
This was supposed to be a sketch duel between Joe Jusko and Mark Texeira but Texeira did not show up for some reason. Joe had no problem doing the panel by himself, he took the suggestion of drawing Vampirella for the audience. As he drew, he answered questions for the audience and occasionally stopped to show his progress with the drawing. About 10 minutes into the panel Renee Witterstaetter (former Marvel editor and now agent) came in and began moderating the panel, taking questions from the audience and asking questions of her own. Jusko about talked about being at the Joe Kubert school and winning a DC award of most promising new talent. He talked about how after school he immediately decided to paint and learned how to do it via trial and error. Joe said he was an assistant to Howard Chaykin and explained how he helped him get started at Heavy Metal and Marvel Comics. He also talked about how early in his career he was also a police officer. He gave advise on what artists should and shouldn't do when learning to draw. He also talked about the Marvel Cards he's known for and why a new set hasn't been done yet. He talked about the market for painted work and what his favorite work is to date.


New York Comic Con 2012 (October 11 - 14) - 126 Photos

Irwin Hasen Spotlight (51:21, 47mb)
On the panel was Irwin Hasen, Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth and Paul Levitz. The panel was moderated by Danny Fingeroth. Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth told funnies stories about Irwin, Paul Levitz talked about Irwin and Jack Kirby were two golden age artists who knew how to draw a fight and why. Irwin was funny and spoke a lot about his past and didn't pull any punches about his feelings for former publisher MC Gaines who died in a boating accident. J. David Spurlock came on the stage briefly to tell stories about Irwin. Along the way Irwin's book The LoverBoy was plugged. Note: There is some adult language spoken on the panel.

Brian Wood & Dark Horse (56:20, 51.5mb)
Interviewed by Dark Horse editor Jeremy Atkins, Brian Wood talks about his new series The Massive as well as his upcoming Star Wars work. He mentioned going to a recent Star Wars convention and how the diverse fans and their easy going ways had a big impact on him. Brian answers questions from the audience and talks about his other work from Conan, DMZ, the Couriers and more. He also answers questions on writing and other topics.

Grant Morrison Spotlight (53:21, 48.8mb)
Interviewed by Kim Alexander of SiriusXM, Grant talks about his new creator owned projects called Happy, Multiversity and Annihilator. He answers questions from the audience about superheroes, particularly Superman, Batman and Jeff Lemire's run on Animal Man, movie scripts he's written, Jack Kirby and his ideas, also how he doesn't turn down work and juggles multiple projects at the same time.

Joe Simon Memorial (57:13, 52.3mb)
On the panel was Emily Groben (Joe Simons Grand Daughter), Jim Simon (Joe's son), Dave Gibbons, Paul Levitz, and Angelo Torres. The panel was moderated by Steve Saffel. Angelo talked about working with Joe on The Fly and the humor magazine Sick. Paul Levitz talked about getting to read and having to write a column about Prez #1 that matched the hype DC editors were giving the book. Levitz later talked about how Joe Simon and Will Eisner were two creators from the Golden Age that had business smarts. Dave Gibbons talked about being a fan of Joe's and being able to speak to him on the phone during last year's San Diego Comic Con. Emily, who looked after Joe during the last few years of his life talked about waking him up and with the news of his collection of Crime stories made the New York Times best seller list. Jim Simon talked about working with Joe and how it could be difficult, but also spoke of how wonderful of a father Joe was. Steve Saffel spoke of how Simon fought to get Kirby's name as a creator on the recent Captain America movie (something Marvel was against) and also negotiated to get Kirby's heirs some money on their shared work that is now being reprinted. Towards the end Mark Waid showed up and apologized for not making it to the panel on time and talked about meeting Joe Simon.

The Image Comics Experience (57:33, 52.7mb)
A group of male image comic creators were on this panel to talk about their upcoming work and other books being announced. On the panel was Kieron Gillen, Andy Diggle, James Asmus, Jim Festante, Jim McCann and Jonathan Hickman. The panel was moderated by Eric Stephenson. After the announcements they went straight to the audience for questions. Among the things the panelists talked about were breaking into Image, how to work through when parts of a story when it isn't working, they broke down how to make a full story into a comic book issue by issue. They also revealed what they read to generate new ideas and what they are usually doing when ideas come to them.

Garth Ennis & Avatar (44:18, 40.5mb)
Moderated by Avatar owner William Christensen. Announced is an Crossed movie that will be made by Avatar themselves. Garth talked about coming back to write more Crossed and then the answered questions from the audience. He talked a bit about doing more work for Avatar and Dynamite, talked about the Boys, why Preacher is unlikely to migrate to film, his religious views, why he doesn't love superheroes and what he thinks of their dominance of the comics industry. He also talked about Alan Moore's work and how it kept him reading comics.

Hellboy in Hell with Mike Mignola (56:32, 51.7mb)
Panelists include Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, James Harren and Tyler Crook. Announcements were made about Mignola coming back to write and draw Hellboy comics. Then they answered questions from the audience, most of which were aimed at Mignola. Among the topics were more Hellboy movies both live action and animated, the Comics crossing over with other characters, creating monsters, comic and non-comic influences, the benefits of having other artists draw Hellboy. James and Tyler talked about getting to work on stories that followed up on stuff they enjoyed reading as fans. All of the artists talked about working digitally.

Image Comics - Female Creators (58:16, 53.3mb)
Moderated by Jennifer de Guzman. On the panel was Christine Larsen, Alex de Campi, Amy Reeder, Fiona Staples, Ming Doyle and Jordie Bellaire. They started off telling their origin stories on how they got into comics either as a fan and/or as a professional. The group talked a lot about women body types and beauty in comics. They also answered questions from the audience about working with male collaborators, gave advise about writing female characters and all plugged works by other female creators. Note: There is some adult language spoken on the panel.


San Diego Comic Con 2012 (July 20-24) - 174 Photos

How to Get News Coverage (53:51, 49.3mb)
Moderated by Rik Offenberger, a bunch of comic news sites writers talk about how to get coverage on their sites. One the panel was Rich Johnston, Alan Kistler, Bryan Young, Dan Manser, Holly Golightly, Chris Thompson, J.C. Vaughn, Josh Waldrop, Heidi MacDonald and Glenn Hauman. They taled about what e-mails they did and did not read, what information should be in the e-mail, things that people shouldn't do which will ensure you get ignored, they also talked about smaller sites vs bigger sites when it comes to promoting a project.

Spotlight on Geof Darrow (100:30, 55.3mb)
Geof Darrow wins an Inkpot award and talks about how he got started in comics with Moebius, Frank Miller and the Wachowski Brothers. He showed a partly worked on Shaolin Cowboy Anime that had no audio, but gave funny commentary as it played. He talked in detail about trying to get the anime created and some road bumps he encountered along the way. Geof took the unusual step of asking the audience questions and giving them some signed prints for answering them. The audience did ask him some questions and the Geof talked about good movies the audience should see towards the end.

Bleeding Alliance of Beat Reporters (47:51, 43.8mb)
On this panel was Andy Khouri, Rich Johnston, Heidi MacDonald and Tom Spurgeon. The panel was moderated by Douglas Wolk. The group talked about making a living with their blogs, how they deal with commentators, how much they write vs editing their contributors, what type of stories get under reported, why they got into comics journalism and they took questions from the audience.

ComicsPro: Retail Optimism (54:31, 49.9mb)
A cross section of retailers talked about reasons to be Optimistic in the current comic market. On the panel was Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord, CA), Carr D'Angelo (Earth-2 Comics, Sherman Oaks, CA), Thomas Gaul (Corner Store Comics, Anaheim, CA), and Calum Johnston (Strange Adventures Bookshop, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). From the back Amanda Emmert (Muse Comics + Games, Colorado Springs, CO) asked questions. They revealed some very good news about how the market has rebounded in 2012 and also trades stories with the audience of primarily retailers on cheap, easy promotions that created big sales. They talked about the demographics of readers now and how digital comics market is affecting them, among other topics.

Spotlight on Larry Hama (51:52, 47.4mb)
Larry Hama got an inkpot award to start off the panel. He then began taking questions from the audience. He talked about how his service in Vietnam influenced GI Joe. How old Japanese influenced the ninja aspect of GI Joe. How much long term planning he puts into his stories. Larry spoke about The Baroness and how she was a breakthrough for girl action figures as Hasbro thought boys wouldn't buy those characters at first. He talked about the animated ads for the GI Joe comic books, said they were really a way around using the animation limit to advertise the toys. Larry also talked a bit about his Wolverine run. editing the Nam (a very realistic Marvel book about the war) and how it won an award.

Comic Book Entrepreneurs (50:24, 46.1mb)
Moderated by Rob Salkowitz, on the panel were 4 Comic book Entrepreneurs in different areas of the industry. They were David Steinberger (ComiXology), Mike Richardson (Dark Horse Comics), Peter Levin (Nerdist) and Joe Field (Flying Colors). They all talked about how they started their own businesses and gave tips for doing so to the audience. Other topics were the hardest part of starting their business and fighting back against those that doubt your ability.

A Tribute to Richard Alf (49:20, 45.1mb)
Richard Alf was one of the co-founders of the San Diego Comic Con and was it's chairman in the early years. Moderated by Mike Towry, friends of Richard Ed Cormier, Earl Bookhammer, David Clark, Bob Beerbohm, William Clausen, Paul Sammon, George Clayton Johnson, Greg Koudoulian, David McClone, Denis Smith, Clayton Moore, David Glanzer and Rob Ray from San Diego University gather to talk about meeting Richard, what he was like, how he helped the convention and more.

comiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital (48:16, 44.2mb)
comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts give a short history of their 5 year old company and then answer questions from the floor. They announced that Bongo and Abrams are now going to be selling their books digitally through their website. Among the questions they answered were about release times for their new comic books and doing 3D Comics for 3D monitors.

Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Focus on Steve Englehart (49:09, 45mb)
Travis Langley moderated this Q&A with Steve Englehart. They talked about Engleharts formal education and getting into the comic business, working in the Marvel bullpen, the reason he stopped writing the Avengers, his writing for DC Comics, bouncing in and out of the comic industry, his work on the Nightman TV show (a character he created for Malibu), how he got Stan Lee's okay to do a God character in Dr. Strange (funny bit of deception), Marvel vs. DC competition, his views on academic reviews of his work among other topics.

CBLDF: The Fight To Defend Manga (49:20, 45.1mb)
Charles Brownstein gives a bit of history of comics and censorship and what the CBDLF does to fight it. He talks about specific issues with the problems of crossing the Canadian Boarder. With him was Ryan Matheson who talked about his horrendous ordeal when the border authorities deemed an manga chibi parody on his laptop to be child porn and tried to get him to confess to the "crime." Matheson talks about the various head games that were played on him while in custody and how eventually all charges were dropped when it was clear they didn't have a case.

Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel (46:14, 42.3mb)
Klaus Janson, Denis Kitchen, Charles Kochman and Diana Schutz talk about Will Einser and his influence on the Graphic Novel. They talked about what underground comics influenced Eisner, Klaus talked about he reacted to Eisner's Graphic Novels when they came out and how Einser influenced him and Frank Miller. The Denis and Diana talked about how it took some time for the format to catch on and even talked a bit about the term itself. The panel was moderated by Charles Brownstein.

Spotlight on Gilbert Shelton (1:78:01, 70.5mb)
Moderator Gary Groth does an interview with Gilbert Shelton and talks about his career. He had a number of pieces of artwork and got Gary to talk about them throughout the interview. Among the topics were origins of Wonder Worthog and Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, talked about working with Harvey Kurtzman and how he knew Janis Joplin, said he used to do graphitti and had a potty character he would spray on billboards, and the how and why he ended up living in France. Shelton also answered questions from the audience.

Ted Naifeh and the 10th Anniversary of Courtney Crumrin (53:26, 48.9mb)
Ted Naifeh talks about what comics he loved as a kid (and still does with one particular character), how he got private art lessons as a kid, talked a bit about his parents and where they worked, his artist influences. Ted spoke a lot about Courtney and designing her as well as the new colour editions of her books. The audience also asked questions about various aspects of Courtney and her world, from particular characters reappearing and potential stories about Courtney as an adult. The panel was moderated by editor Jill Beaton.

Digital Comics Price Fight (51:35, 47.2mb)
Moderated by Chip Mosher, Mark Waid, Jeff Webber, Scott Kurtz, Chris Ross talk about how to price digital comics. Mark Waid was late getting to the panel which lead to Chip calling his cell and leaving a voice message with the audience participation. The group talked about what price a digital comic should be and a bit about how much comics they should get for that price. Scott Kurtz was not shy about talking about his issues with the way ComiXology business works, those on the panel asked the audience some question about pricing structures for digital comics. DRM (digital rights management) was also an issue that was brought up too.

The Fine Line of Inking (50:47, 46.4mb)
On this panel we have a few inker/artists who talk about their work and inking. The panelists are Mark Schultz, Rudy Nebres, Gary Gianni and Andrew Farago was the moderator. Klaus Janson was supposed to be on the panel but was not able to make it for some reason. The group talked about how they got into the industry and their influences. Part way through Rudy was given an inkpot award. A large number of the audience were artists themselves who asked technical questions about inking which the panelists, particularly Rudy, answered for them.

Super Secrets: Lifting the Curtain on the Man of Steel (55:28, 50.7mb)
Larry Tye, author of Superman (a new book about the history of the character) and Mark Waid talk about Jerry Siegel in particular, his father, the origins of the Superman. Waid talks about finding the K-Metal story that Jerry wrote that introduces an early version of Kryptonite and has Superman revealing his secret identity to Lois Lane. Tye talks about George Reeves suicide and the conspiracy theory around it. Waid also talks about the 100 page memoir that Jerry wrote and the lawsuit between the Siegel heirs and Warner Brothers. Tye and Waid gave their opinions on what they think needs to happen for resolution to the case.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Friday 2012 (July 13) - 105 Photos

Full 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (2:19:47, 127mb)
The 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The welcome was done by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator. Among the presenters are Kayre and Bill Morrison, Tricia Helfer and Michael Trucco, Lynn Johnston and Alison Bechdel, Michael and Laura Allred, George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Ross, RC Harvey, Erin Gray and Michael Uslan, Debbi Derriberri and Phil LaMarr. The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier. The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam. The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.


Ottawa Comic Con 2012 (May 12-13) - 120 Photos

Focus on Web Comics with Ryan Sohmer & Lar DeSouza (49:20, 45.1mb)
They are best known for doing the Least I Could Do and Looking for Group webcomics. This was a Q and A about them and webcomics in general. The two (mainly Ryan) answered a bunch of question and told some stories about their experiences and also talked a bit about The Gutters , another webcomic that Ryan writes and Lar occasionally contributes too. Specifically Ryan talked about Dan Didio (who's has been made fun of in the strip) greeting him at a convention and his reaction to the strips. Other topics include newspaper syndication, Ryan's writing work in other mediums, and his love for Red Bull.


Hobby Star Toronto ComiCON 2012 (March 10-11) - 54 Photos

Exploring the Dark Corners of the DCU (56:00, 51.2mb)
Jeff Lemire, Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy talk about their dark books of the new DCU. The panel is moderated by Tyler Jirik of the The Dragon (Guelph, ON comic book store). Jeff goes into detail about Animal Man and talks a bit about the upcoming Swamp thing crossover and his taking over of Justice League Dark. Yanick and Marco talk about Swamp Thing and their artistic influences and the group altogether talked about working on non-superhero books. The audience also asked questions as well.

Mark Bagley Spotlight (49:28, 45.3mb)
Mark Bagley goes through his career in some depth in this panel moderated by Writer Jason Shayer. He talks about winning the Marvel Try-Out contest and meeting Jim Shooter, to working on New Warriors, Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, Ultimate Spider-Man, a bit about his time at DC and coming back to Ultimate Spider-Man. Along the way he is very open in talking about who helped his career and who tried to hurt it.

George Perez Spotlight (1:01:18, 56.1mb)
Writer Jason Shayer talks to George Perez about his career in comics running through the more popular runs including Teen Titans, Crisis, Wonder Woman, Avengers and JLA/Avengers. George does talk about the first JLA/Avengers crossover from the 80s that didn't go through. Perez also talked about his love of drawing and how he thinks that's kept him popular over the years. He also did not shy away from talking about his problems with editorial and writing committees and the havoc they have created in the new DCU.


San Diego Comic Con 2011 (July 20-24) - 150 Photos

Maggie Thompson Spotlight (48:46, 44.6mb)
Valerie Thompson interviews her mother about her early involvement with Sci-fi fandom and how that bridged into comic fandom. In particular she talks about starting up a network of comic fans back in the 1960s and how that lead to the starting of some key fanzines such as The Comic Buyers Guide and eventually The Comic Reader.

Roy Thomas Spotlight (53:37, 49mb)
Roy Thomas is interviewed by Mark Evanier about his career. Among the things they talked about are Roy's editing style, Conan, Barry Windsor Smith, Star Wars, Mort Weisinger, Dracula, Alter Ego, Stan Lee and more.

Indie Comics Marketing 101 (54:03, 49.4mb)
On the panel is Sam Humphries, Laura Hudson, Ben McCool, J.K. Parkin and it's moderated by Chip Mosher. They talk about Sam Humphries successful launch of Our Love is Real and Ben McCool's cross country signing tour. Chip Mosher, Laura Hudson and J.K. Parkin with advise on how to market to comic book news sites.

The Black Panel - Dwayne McDuffie Tribute (1:19:39, 72.9mb)
Dwayne McDuffie was a very intelligent well loved writer, editor, producer of comic books and animation. He is best known for Milestone Media, Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10, Damage Control, Deathlok and more. He died suddenly earlier this year and this panel comprised of his friends and colleagues to talk about Dwayne. On the panel were the co-founders of Milestone Media Denys Cowan, Derrick Dingle and moderator Michael Davis. Also on was Peter David, Keith Knight, Reggie Hudlin, Phil LaMarr and Matt Wayne. They all talked about Dwayne's intelligence, generosity and creativity. Towards the end they invited fans who's had experiences with Dwayne to speak about them and a few people who are now professional writers spoke of how Dwayne took hours of his time to critique their work and how he helped them become the professional writers they are today.

Gene Colan Tribute (44:56, 41.1mb)
Marv Wolfman, Roy Thomas, Dean Mullaney, Andrew Farago, Steve Leialoha, Glen David Gold and moderator Mark Evanier gather to talk about Silver Age artist Gene Colan who passed away earlier this year. The panelists talked about those that inked him, his drawing style, him working as Austin Adams at Marvel and more.

The Golden Age of Fanzines (1:14:35, 68.2mb)
On this panel are the pioneers of comic fanzines and organized fandom. Panelists include Maggie Thompson, Richard and Pat Lupoff, Richard Kyle, Paul Levitz, Roy Thomas, Jean Bailes and moderated by Bill Schelley. Each talk about how they started their fanzines started. A lot of the audience were fanzine publishers as well and they asked questions about other fanzines (Rocket Blast Comic Collector in particular) and thanked the group for doing fanzines and welcoming them into their world.

That 70's Panel (45:24, 41.5mb)
Creators from the 70s gather to talk about their work at that time. Moderated by Mark Evanier, the panelist are Roy Thomas, Walter & Louise Simonson, Len Wein, Mike Royer and Joe Staton. Mark asked about their first work in comics, how long they felt the comic industry was going to last (many assumed it would be dead in 5 years), what career they might have pursued if the comic industry did collapse, their views on older artists that was still working, Warren Publishing (Jim Warren in particular), Star Wars, Manhunter and more.

ComicsPro: So You Want To Be A Comic Book Retailer? (1:21:24, 74.5mb)
Moderated by Joe Field, retailers Portyln Polston, Jennifer Haines, Chris Brady and Diamond outside Sales Manager Dave Hawksworth give a brief rundown of their experience and answer questions from existing and aspiring retailers on starting up a comic store or improve a store. Among the topics covered are getting female readers, stocking back issues, digital comics, percentage of sales on comics vs trades and other topics.

50 Years of Comic Fandom (1:17:18, 70.7mb)
Roy Thomas, Bill Schelley, Maggie Thompson, Richard & Pat Lupoff, Richard Kyle and Jean Bailes talk to Mark Evanier about their start in organizing fandom. Richard (Dick) & Pat Lupoff and Bill Schelley receive inkpot awards from the Comic-con organization. They also talked about the reaction of sci-fi fandom towards comic fandom. The panelists reveal the first comic convention they've ever attended and the first fanzine they contributed to.

Is the Comic Book Doomed? (46:01, 42.1mb)
Douglas Wolk brings together a number of people in the industry to talk about the lifespan of the 32 page comic book. On the panel is Amanda Emmert (Retailer, ComicsPro), Laura Hudson (Media, Comic Alliance), Vijaya Iyer (Co-Publisher, Cartoon Books) and Mark Waid (Long time writer & editor). Emmert and Waid go back and forth about the viability of the monthly comic with Iyer discussing how Bone would be done if it were launched today. There is a bit of talk about why digital would replace the monthly as well.

CBLDF: 25 Years of Protecting Creativity (52:01, 47.6mb)
Charles Brownstein gives a history comic book censorship and the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund. He outlines the major cases the fund has been involved in over the years and their results. Charles mentions that there is a worrying trend of censors targeting readers instead of retailers and publishers, but wrapping up their objections as child pornography to tarnish the reputations of those who purchase the books of which they do not approve of.

Walter and Louise Simonson Spotlight (1:16:13, 69.7mb)
Scott Dunbier interviews Walter and Louise Simonson about their careers. Walter talks about drawing and eventually writing and in particular talk about the Alien adaptation Graphic Novel/Album with Archie Goodwin published by Heavy Metal. Louise talks about her time as editor of Warren Publishing and Marvel. She also talks about Power Pack. At the end of the panel one lucky fan wins an Artists Edition of Walt Simonson's Thor.

Jack Kirby Tribute (1:04:15, 58.8mb)
The annual Jack Kirby Tribute panel has Walter Simonson, Erik Larsen, Mike Royer, Richard Kyle and UK Celebrity Jonathan Ross. Moderated by Mark Evanier, the group talk about Jack and his inkers. Among them was Vinnie Colletta, Mike Royer, Joe Sinnott and Steve Ditko. Jonathan talks about his love of Jack Kirby and his desire to do a documentary on him (talk of his documentary on Steve Ditko popped up). They also talk about his DC work and the redrawing of Superman. Several people made announcements of upcoming Jack Kirby work coming out, including a movie about the time Jack helped the CIA rescue American hostages in Iran.

The Philippine Invasion (41:16, 37.7mb)
Philippino artists Ernie Chan, Alex Nino, Tony DeZuniga and Gerry Alanguilan are interviewed by Mark Waid about their getting started at DC Comics. Nino talks about switching from DC to Marvel in order to get the "real" page rate for artists at the time. He also talks about the freedom they at DC because his work was more suited to horror, which wasn't popular in their local comic market. They discuss how the comic industry reacted to the Philippino artists when they started. Gerry talks about his working for DC today. They also talked about Nestor Redondo and how he influenced all of them.

Richard and Pat Lupoff Spotlight (47:04, 43mb)
Moderated by Maggie Thompson, Richard and Pat Lupoff talk about their lives before getting in comic fandom. Pat reveals about how they met and became a couple. Richard (Dick) talks about his life prior to fanzines, being an Army Lieutenant and working for IBM. He also talks about the productions of the fanzines. How he met Otto Binder and also a great story about mystery writer Don Westlake gave him an essay to print in which he told off the science fiction editors that he had worked for previously. I should note that Donald Westlake is the writer of the Richard Stark's Parker stories that Darywn Cooke is adapting for IDW.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2011 (July 22) - 103 Photos

2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (3:09:55, 173mb)
The 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Introduction by Masters of Ceremonies Bill Morrison. He was assisted by the lovely Kayre Morrison.
The welcome was done by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator.
Presenters included Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon, Joëlle Jones, Gerry Alanguilan, Jill Thompson, Phil LaMarr, Dave Gibbons & Jonathan Ross, Lance Henriksen, Anina Bennett & Paul Guinan, Glen David Gold & Patrick McDonnell, Ian Boothby, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, Greg Rucka and Walter & Louise Simonson.
The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award was presented by Chris Bailey. The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier. The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Sergio Aragones presented the Hall of Fame and Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam.
The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.


Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2011 (May 7-8) - 219 Photos

David Boswell Spotlight (38:51, 35.5mb)
David Boswell talks about his career and a lot about his most famous creation Reid Fleming: The Worlds Toughest Milkman. Boswell explains how and why he got into doing comics, some of the inspiration behind Reid Fleming, why what was originally supposed to be a one page joke became an ongoing comic. Boswell spoke about the making of the Graphic Novel reprinting the Reid Fleming stories and what went into it. He goes into the new Reid Fleming Graphic Novel that's currently being created. He also talks about the proposed Reid Fleming movie, the script he wrote and the big name actors that attempted to get it made and more. The panel was moderated by Tom Spurgeon

Telling True Stories (45:55, 42.0mb)
This panel includes a number of non-fiction writers spanning from autobiographical, history to biographies on other people. On it are David Collier, Tory Woolcott, Jim Ottaviani, GB Tran and Zach Worton. The panel was moderated by Greg Means. The group talked about writing about people who are alive and would likely read the work vs. people who are dead and gave reactions that they've received from family members to their subjects. They talked about how their behaviour changes when they are regularly doing autobiographic comics, also how they depict themselves in their works. Just about everybody admitted to fictionalizing their work in some manner and went into the how and why of doing that. Researching their topics was also discussed.

Usamaru Furuya Spotlight (1:03:41, 58.3mb)
Manga creator Usamaru Furuya is interviewed by Chris Butcher on this spotlight. Chris starts off by explaining how Furuya's work was translated to English 10 years ago and it was among the only book that dealt with the Japanese youth culture of the time. Through an interpreter, Furuya answers questions about why he has changed his style from project to project, his breaking the 4th wall in earlier works and letting the readers know what is going on with him as he's drawing the story, his work on a Japanese Earthquake and how it relates to the catastrophe that had recently occurred in Japan. He also answers questions from the audience about his work and the Internet.


Doug Wright Awards 2011 (May 7) - 12 Photos

The Doug Wright Awards (1:25:50, 78.5mb)
The awards were hosted by Don McKellar
Among the presenters are: Erin Karpluk, Mark Medley & Michael Redhill
The ceremony was as follows:
Introduction of nominee's and sponsor appreciation by Brad Mackay
Pigskin Peters Hat/Award: Spotting Deer by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
Best Emerging Talent: Alex Fellows, Spain and Morocco
Seth interviews Giants of the North Hall of Fame inductee David Boswell, who is then inducted by Chester Brown
Best Book: Bigfoot by Pascal Girard (Drawn and Quarterly)
Closing by Brad Mackay


Hobby Star Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event 2011 (April 9-10) - 55 Photos

Q&A with Geoff Darrow and Bob McCleod (50:34, 46.3mb)
It was moderated by Comic Book Daily's Brent Chittenden. The two talked about how they broke into comics, what they are doing now, the people they worked with in the past including Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Geoff told some funny stories from his time working at the Hanna Barbara animation studio. There was talk about Jack Kirby, Moebius, working under deadlines and more. The audience asked a number of questions. There was about 30 people in the audience for the panel. It was a hilarious panel that became the buzz of the show afterwards.

Sketch Duel: Khoi Pham, Marcus To & Marcio Takara (40:13, 36.8mb)
This was advertised as Khoi Pham and Marcus To, but Marcio Takara was a surprise 3rd addition to the panel. They took suggestions from the crowd and Marcio chose Deadpool for the 3 of them to draw. While drawing there was some Q&A going on with the artists, among the topics were how they broke in, formal art education, previous jobs, inspirations, working in a studio vs. by themselves, dream jobs and other topics. There was 50 people in attendance and at the end 3 winners from the crowd got the Deadpool sketches. Click these links to see Khoi Pham, Marcus To & Marcio Takara sketches and the fans that won them.


Hobby Star Toronto Fan Expo 2010 (August 27-29) - 181 Photos

Drawing Ahead: The Future of Comics (51:36, 47.2mb)
Moderated by Kill Shakespeare co-writers Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, Creators Andy Belanger, Ramon Perez, Cameron Stewart, Willow Dawson and Scott Chantler talk about the Future of Comics. More specifically they talk about print comics, digital comics and piracy, the European market, the Direct Market, Digital Markets and middle men, also traditional Comics and Bookstore oriented publishers and they way they market and sell their books.

Stan Lee Q & A (37:11, 34mb)
Stan Lee answers questions from Space Network's Mark Askwith and the audience. Nuff Said!

Marvel: Pint of C. B. (1:01:38, 56.4mb)
Pint of C. B. is Marvel's Senior Vice President, Creator and Content Development C. B. Cebulski filling in for Joe Quesada to answer questions for fans. With him is Spider-Man editor Steve Wacker and Manager of Sales and Communication Arune Singh to help answer questions. They make some announcements, particularly concerning Alpha Flight and other books and open up the floor for questions.

Yoshitaka Amano Spotlight (46:01, 42.1mb)
Yoshitaka Amano is an artist/designer who worked on classic anime such as Speed Racer and Gatchaman, influenced by Western Comics (Neal Adam's Batman among them) he would design characters for anime, movies and video games. He is best known for his work on the Vampire Hunter D franchise. In the US he was the artist for Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters and Elektra & Wolverine: The Redeemer (written by Greg Rucka). Through a translator he answers questions about his Manga, Game Design, and working on US Comics. Fan also ask him for his opinions on beauty and how to cosplay his characters.

Hitoshi Ariga Spotlight (45:51, 41.9mb)
Udon's Managing Editor Matt Moylan interviews creator Hitoshi Ariga through Michelle Hayashi, translator and Japanese Liaison. Hitoshi Ariga works on the Mega Man franchise and is the creator of the Mega Man MegaMix manga series. They talk about all things Mega Man, characters, how he draws gutters for the manga, who would win in a fight between Mega Man and Astro Boy, favorites & least favorite characters and more.


San Diego Comic Con International 2010 (July 21-25) - 210 Photos

Comic Arts Conference: New Fun About Siegel and Shuster (1:20:09, 73.3mb)
Moderated by Comic Book writer and Men of Tomorrow Author Gerard Jones, this panel brings together a number of people with new info to reveal about Siegel and Shuster from a variety of different angles. Panelist were Lauren Agostino (Lawyer), Brad Ricca (Author), Mary Wheeler-Nicholson/Brown (Granddaughter of DC founder Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson) and Mel Gordon (Author).
Brad Ricca has gone though the early work of Siegel and Shuster and found a lot of characters that they pulled from real life, from their school teachers, popular movie stars at the time, to specific buildings. He is compiling a book about all of this and had a little slide show with Shuster's art and photo's of the people and places to compare too.
Lauren Agostino was told to throw some old court documents away by an old, long retired ex-lawyer. She found out some of those documents were from the 1947 lawsuit between Siegel and Shuster and DC comics.
Nicky Brown talked about dispelling some myths about her grandfather based on her research into his history and presents evidence that Wheeler-Nicholson gave a very specific and detailed outline on the Slam Bradley character. Her research is ongoing and is looking into what other characters Wheeler-Nicholson might have given a detailed outlines on.
Mel Gordon has written a book about Funny Man, a character created by Siegel and Shuster after Superman. Along the way he talked about Jewish humor and brings up details about Zisha Breitardt, a Polish-Jew strong man that often labeled himself Superman and did lots of true and faked amazing feats to show off his strength. It was also mentioned that he toured in both Toronto and Cleveland around the time the two were growing up. He appears to be a strong likely influence on the creation of Superman.

Spotlight on Jenette Kahn (48:55, 44.7mb)
Jenette Kahn was Publisher, later President and Editor in Chief of DC Comics between 1976 and 2002. She is interviewed by former DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz. They go over her time at DC comics and how she was greeted at first and some of the major projects she had a direct hand in. Specifically they talk about a comic about land mines that was handed out to Children in areas with land mines were still hidden. One of those asking questions was overseas handing those books out and spoke to how effective they were in drawing kids attention, getting them to read and take serious the threat of land mines. There is a lighting round of names and her reactions to them. They also talked about her being a producer of the Clint Eastwood Gran Torino movie. Kahn talks about what was all involved in getting it made and the list of big name actors that turned down the movie. This panel started late due to the previous panel going over it's time.

Spotlight on Robert Kirkman (43:50, 40.1mb)
Sina Grace moderates a spotlight on Robert Kirkman. They talk about Skybound, the new imprint under Image that Kirkman is heading up. They promote the first book coming out called Witch Doctor and bring up it's creators Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner to talk about it. There is a long Q & A with fans where Kirkman goes into Kevin Smith mode answering questions and having snappy conversations with his fans. Anybody that asked questions were also given a free Witch Doctor promo comic. A lot of the questions focus on the upcoming Walking Dead TV show.

Geek Girls Exist (48:43, 44.6mb)
Moderated by Kristin Rielly, this panel includes Bonnie Burton (Star Wars Craft Book), Kiala Kazebee (ThatIsNoMoon.com), Morgan Romine (The Frag Dolls), Kari Byron (Mythbusters), Veronica Belmont (Qore), Jill Pantozzi (Has Boobs, Read Comics), Sarah Kuhn (One Con Glory) and Marian Call (Singer/Songwriter). They talk about when they realized they were geeks, how they got their geek jobs, their role models and give advice for Geek Women looking for Comics and Gaming related jobs. Also during the panel Marian Call sings a song that was cheered by the audience.

Spotlight on Moto Hagio (55:05, 50.4mb)
Moto Hagio was presented with an Inkpot Award. Matt Thorn moderated the panel and did the translating for Moto. They went over her career, highlighting some popular and not so popular works. She was very funny about her work, telling jokes about how she treats her characters and why she did certain series. As they went through the work she would point out which stories are in the new collection of her works from Fantagraphics called A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. She explained which US Sci-Fi authors she read and influenced her. Some of the audience did not need any translating as they were laughing at her jokes before the translation was done. When the Q&A period was going on, some of them spoke to her in Japanese as well, but gave an English translation for the audience too.

Spotlight on Stuart and Kathryn Immonen (48:11, 44.1mb)
This panel was moderated by John Siuntres of WordBalloon.com. It starts off with Stuart being asked about his earliest work and then receiving an Inkpot Award. From there it goes through both Stuart and Kathryn's career in comics, when they worked together and apart. They talk about their most recent work together, Moving Pictures from Top Shelf. They go into what their next book together will be and answer questions from fans, particularly about their superhero work. Kathryn talks about Hellcat and her upcoming work, Stuart talks about Nextwave.

Comics Pro: So You Want To Become A Comic Book Retailer? (1:23:25, 76.3mb)
Comics Pro is an organization dedicated to helping other brick and mortar Direct Market retailers. Moderator and Comics Pro President Joe Field believes the Direct Market can support another 1,000 comic book shops and uses this panel to reach out and help people wanting to open their own stores. On the panel is Diamond Comics Dave Hawksworth, Retailers Thomas Gaul, Derrick Taylor, David Wheeler and Michael Ring. They present a range of newer and established stores who've found success and are willing to share their knowledge. The group gave their comic retailing origin stories and talked about what makes their stores unique. All retailers talked about the importance of creating a sense of community within the store. There was also a lively Q&A with the audience with a lot of questions. Among the topics covered was the Online Market (Amazon, etc..), Kids Market, Buying a store vs. Opening a new one, Doing a Manga style cafe and more.

Spotlight on Peter Bagge (50:04, 45.8mb)
Jason T. Miles moderated this panel. Peter Bagge receives an Inkpot Award at the beginning. The two talk about Bagge editing Weirdo and the differences between them and RAW which was running at the same time. Bagge also explained further about how art spiegelman (then RAW editor) tried to get the fine art world to take comics seriously. Bagge explains why he doesn't like what was called fine art at the time and prefers low brow humor. He also talked about his time at School of Visual Arts and why he dropped out. In terms of new work, he is still working for Reason Magazine and is doing stories about women writers during the 1920s. What is appealing to him is how they ignored societies rules and did what they wanted. He's hoping to have them collected in a book when he is done. The first one is now online.

Comics Criticism Panel (50:10, 45.9mb)
The panelists were R. C. Harvey, Gary Groth, Brian Doherty, Douglas Wolk, R. Fiore and Gerard Jones. Ben Schwartz did the Moderating. They talked about if comics criticism is now in a Golden Age or not. They went into “outsiders” getting involved with comics and comics criticism and the pro's and cons of that. R. Fiore spoke a lot about his disappointment in the intelligence of modern society, likening it to Flowers for Algernon when Charlie goes back to being mentally disabled. At the end they spoke about the influence Harvey Pekar had on comics.

Comics Reprints Panel (49:20, 45.1mb)
Panel moderated by Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum. Panelists were Craig Yoe!, Dean Mullaney, Daniel Herman, Peggy Burns, Gary Groth (who arrives about 5 minutes in), Steve Saffel and Charles Pelto. The group talked about the cyclical nature of comic reprints. Yoe! brought up the earliest newsstand comics were reprints of comic strips, then comic strips were reprinted again the 60s and 70s in paperback books. Peggy Burns talked about making books for readers vs. collectors. She mentioned how collectors give them negative feedback because they choose to exclude certain things from their books. There was also talk of how the later volumes don't sell as well as the first one, but that they all see it through to the end because they love the material and made the commitment to it. They went into their stories involving having to put out an S.O.S. to fans for missing art and weird stories of finding it. This went into a stories about dealing with families and how they can help and hurt reprinting old comic strips. On the panel Gary Groth announced that they worked out the rights with Disney about publishing the complete Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse.

Bill Everett Panel (50:03, 45.8mb)
Author of Fire and Ice: Bill Everett, Blake Bell interviews Bill's daughter Wendy Everett. Blake showed some early work of Bill's showing how good he was, and actually much better than most if not all golden age comic artists working during that time period. Wendy spoke about what Bill was like as a father. She goes into detail about how hugely creative he was and gives examples of things he was did for them (her and her two brothers). Wendy said her father taught her to letter comics and involved her brothers in comics in different ways. Wendy reveled what the inspiration for Daredevil was and what colour they wanted the costume to be (it wasn't yellow). They also talked about Everett's alcoholism and how it started and that he eventually joined AA. Blake mentioned a couple of comic creators that Everett helped out with their drinking problems as well. Blake revealed that after Everett died the ACBA (Academy of Comic Book Artists) created a Bill Everett foundation and that it has been rolled into HERO Initiative. Blake said 10% of the book proceed will also be going to HERO as well.

Fan vs. Pro Comic Trivia contest (1:16:25, 69.9mb)
Panel was moderated by Peter David wearing a Galactus hat. Fans were Michael Grabois, David Oakes and Tom Galloway. On the Pro's side it was Len Wein, Kurt Busiek and was supposed to be Mark Waid. Mark was unable to make it to the panel, taking his place was Peter Svensson who took his spot 2 years ago. He altered Mark Waid's name tag adding a “Pal” (ala Jimmy Olson) and his name underneath. There was some delay as people were waiting for Mark. Kurt offers his Hershey Kisses to people in the crowd that could answer one of his trivia questions. Kurt also brought a kazoo with him and occasionally played it. The theme this year was Pre-Crisis DC in recognition to thier 75th Anniversary. The questions were unbelievably hard and there were many that nobody on either side got. Everybody agreed that Mark Waid would have been answer some of them though. Still people on the panel wanted to strangle the guy that wrote the questions. Peter David was extremely funny on stage and got the audience involved by having sides say “ooohh” and “aahh” at times and giving which question number they were asking. The “series” between the two was tied 6-6 prior to the start of event. Details on the previous contests can be found here.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2010 (July 23) - 52 Photos

Full 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (2:56:28, 161mb)
The 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Introduction by Masters of Ceremonies Bill Morrison and Maurice LaMarche. Assisted by Kayre Morrison.
The welcome was done by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator.
Denis Kitchen made an announcement of Contract with God being made into a movie.
Presenters included James Robinson, Thomas Jane, Phil LaMarr, Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon, Milo Manara and Chris Claremont, Peter Bagge, Dave Gibbons, James Sturm and Jillian Tamaki, C. Tyler, Laurie Sandell, Berkeley Breathed also the entire cast of Scott Pilgrim was on stage and a few of them took turns presenting awards. The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award was presented by Eric Shanower, The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier and Jerry Robinson, The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara, The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Sergio Aragones presented the Hall of Fame and Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam.
The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.


Joe Shuster Awards 2010 (June 5) - 27 Photos

Full 2010 Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony. (1:57:47, 107mb)
Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Llyr, assisted by Sarrah Young
Hall of Fame induction for Serge Gaboury, presented by Robert Pincombe
Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer to The Beguiling, accepted by store manager Chris Butcher, presented by Mark Askwith
Outstanding Comic Book Publisher Award for La Pastque, presented by Jeff Brown
Hall of Fame induction for Dave Darrigo, presented by Joe Kilmartin
Comics for Kids Award to Svetlana Chmakova for Night School Vol 1 & 2 (Yen Press), presented by Jennifer Stewart
Gene Day Award for Self Publishing to Ethan Rilly for Pope Hats 1, presented by Jeff Lemire
Hall of Fame induction for Deni Loubert, presented by Ty Templeton
Outstanding Cover Award to Darwyn Cooke for Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW), presented by Duane Murray
Outstanding Comic Book Colourist to Nathan Fairbairn, presented by Robin Fisher, accepted by Mike, friend of Mr. Fairbairn
Outstanding Comic Book Artist to Stuart Immonen, presented by David Okum
Hall of Fame induction for Cloude St. Aubin, George Freeman and Richard Comely (The Captain Canuck team), presented by Kalman Andrasofszky, Leslie Livingston and Ron Kasman
Outstanding Comic Book Writer Award to Maryse Dubuc for Les Nombrils, Tome 04: Duels de Belles (Dupris), presented by Robin Fisher
Outstanding Web Comics Creator Award to Karl Kerschl, presented by Duane Murray
Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist Award to Michel Rabagliati for Paul, Tome 06: Paul A Quebec (La Plasteque), presented by Ty Templeton
Closing by Jonathan Llyr.
Details about the awards can be found JoeShusterAwards.com


Hobby Star Toronto ComiCON 2010 (June 5-6) - 29 Photos

All Panels moderated by Walter Dickinson of Toronto Cartoonists Workshop.

The Zen of Inking with Ernie Chan. (54:30, 49.9mb)
Bronze Age inker and artist Ernie Chan talks about being an artist in the Philippines, how they worked and the tools they used, then coming over to America and working with artists like John Buscema and Gil Kane. He talks about how he inked Marvel and DC books, his penciling work and some of his very recent commissions.
Ernie Chan's art, which is talked about during the panel can be seen here.

Greg Rucka - A Novel Approach. (50:12, 45.9mb)
Greg Rucka answers questions about how he got into comics, writing books, working with various artists and other writers. He also tells a story about being an EMT and how he helped a woman that got stabbed in the throat in New York City. Rucka talks about his changed views on the movie industry after his experiences on the set of Whiteout. Greg also tells us about his upcoming creator owned work as well.

Shop Talk with Philip Tan, Barry Kitson and Francis Manapul. (57:29, 52.6mb)
These 3 artists talk about their art education, the process they use when working with different writers. More specifically Kitson talks about working with Mark Waid, Manapul talks about Geoff Johns and Jim Shooter, and Philip Tan talks about working at Marvel and with Dan DiDio. Kitson talks about Negative Space and leading the readers eye around the page and Manapul joins in. They also talked about the benefits and pitfalls of using Agents among other topics.

Chris Sprouse - From Panel to Page. (54:49, 50.1mb)
Chris Sprouse talks about his process of drawing comics. He takes us through going from thumb nails, to layouts to the finished page. Sprouse also talks about why he sticks to working on paper and when and how he does use a computer. He talks about what programs he does use to help him on certain things. Chris also goes into designing new characters and what he thinks of computer colouring.
Chris Sprouse's art, which is talked about during the panel can be seen here.

Jeff Lemire - Bruisers, Brawlers and Invisible Men. (47:35 43.5mb)
Jeff Lemire explains how he went from being an celebrated indy cartoonist to a monthly superhero writer for DC. He talks about his earliest work and winning the Xeric Grant and how that helped him. Jeff gives insight to the real and not real parts of Essex County trilogy and how the 3 book series came together. He mentions how things are going for him in Vertigo and also his now creating a new origin for The Atom and writing Superboy.


Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2010 (May 8-9) - 152 Photos

Feature: Jim Woodring, Dan Clowes, James Sturm, Seth and Chester Brown. (55:23, 50.7mb)
Moderated by Jeet Heer, these 5 heavyweight cartoonists talk about going from Comic Books to Graphic Novels, choosing their next books subject, they reasons they want (and try) to draw in a different style and autobiographical comics.

Comics and Social Media (52:45, 48.3mb)
Moderated by Robin McConnell, Jeff Rowland, Kate Beaton, Rich Stevens, Ray Fawkes and James Sturm talk about social media, or more generally the internet affects their work. James Sturm talks about his recent decision to cut himself off the Internet for 4 months. Other topics was about dealing with the audience feedback and their own personal privacy, also about when they felt they became legitimate.

Webcomics and Serial Story telling (53:47, 49.2mb)
Ananth Panagariya, Merridith Gran, Spike, Tara Tallan, Cameron Stewart and Ramon Perez talk about doing long form webcomics. The panel is moderated by Holly Post. Without naming it they talk about Jonathan Rosenberg recent blog post about possibly shutting down his long running Goats webcomic and feelings of legitimacy. Other topics include how much of their story they have planned out, how their audience comments changes their stories, having their characters grow, introducing new characters & getting and keeping new readers.

Re-making History: Curating and Packaging Reprints (52:14, 47.8mb)
Dan Nadel, Evan Dorkin, Jeet Heer and Seth talk about the resurgence of comic strips and other old comics. They talk about how the designs of the reprints affects changes how people view the work. Other topics are good and bad design, without naming some people who were doing the bad designs, the ethics of redesigning other peoples work, a bit about Jack Kirby and Siegel & Shuster legal situations.


Doug Wright Awards 2010 (May 8) - 11 Photos

Full 2010 Doug Wright Awards Ceremony. (1:24:09, 77mb)
The awards were hosted by Actor Peter Outerbridge
Among the presenters are Matt Forsythe, Carl Wilson, Jeet Heer and Geoff Pevere.
The ceremony was as follows:
Introduction of nominee's and sponsor appreciation by Brad Mackay
Pigskin Peters Hat/Award: Marc Bell for Hot Potatoe (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Emerging Talent: Michael DeForge Lose #1 (Koyama Press)
Kate Beaton gives a tribute to Giants of the North Hall of Fame inductee Martin Vaughn-James
Best Book: George Sprott: (1894-1975) by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly Books)
Closing by Brad Mackay


C2E2 2010 (April 16-18) - 113 Photos

Burn It! Surviving Graphic Novel Challenges (50:11, 45.9mb)
Deborah Caldwell-Stone from the American Library Association talks about censors that try to get Graphic Novels pulled from Libraries. She talks about specific cases and has with her David Powell who was involved in a famous case of two library staff that was restricting access to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

Dark Horse Heroes (56:40, 51.8mb)
Dark Horse is bringing back the Gold Key heroes Turok, Dr. Solar and Magnus the Robot Fighter with Jim Shooter at the helm. This panel has Jim Shooter along with Dark Horse Editor Chris Warner, artists Dennis Calero and Bill Reinhold talk about the books. Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson is in the audience and answers a couple of questions too.

Mr. Silver Age trivia Challenge, Mark Waid vs. 5 Fans (54:06, 49.5mb)
Hosted by Mr. Silver Age (aka "Craig Shutt"), Mark Waid takes on 5 knowledgeable fans in Silver Age trivia. Do you know which JLA member disguised themselves as Wonder Woman before taking on a villain? Spider-Man's first full feature story? The creators of The Parasite? These questions and a ton more are asked and answered.

Old Media, New Media, Comics Media (1:04:23, 58.9mb)
The Beat's Heidi MacDonald moderates a panel of bloggers about the difference between covering comics in print vs. online. On the panel are Lucas Siegel (Newsarama), Bridget Alverson (Manga Blog, Good Comics for Kids), Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading), Noah Berlatsky (The Hooded Utilitarian), Ron Richards (iFanboy), Caleb Goellner (Comics Alliance), and Rick Marshall (MTV Splash). All of them talk about their work in print before working online and the major changes in doing so.

Bill Willingham Spotlight (1:05:04, 59.5mb)
Comic Writer Bill Willingham gets the spotlight with his friend Steven Sullivan and Fans taking turns asking the questions. There are spoilers and secrets revealed about what is coming up in the Fables Universe his other work.

Indie Is In (36:43, 33.6mb)
Mark Waid moderates a panel with Jeff Smith, creator of Bone. They two talk about Dave Sim, somebody trying remove Bone from a Library because they found it offensive and creating comics in general, and how he got retailers to take notice of Bone. Towards the end Jeff Smith has to leave early to catch his flight (at the urging of the audience). Mark Waid answers questions for the remaining 5 minutes of the panel. I was a little late to the start of this panel but they hadn't offically started it yet as they were expecting more people to show up.


Wizard World Toronto 2010 (March 26-28) - 94 Photos

Max Brooks Panel (56:49, 52mb)
Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z author talks humourously about why he wrote his books, gives many real world details behind the World War Z stories. He also talks about the World War Z comic book, tells us about himself and answers questions from the audeince. Note: Max Brooks swears.


Joe Shuster Awards 2009 (September 26) - 55 Photos

Full Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony (92:01, 84.2mb)
Order of Presentation:
Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, Jonathan Llyr from Hardcorenerdity.com
Co-Executive Director James Waley
Outstanding Cover by a Canadian Comic Book Artist
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Colourist
Hall of Fame - Rèal Godbout
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book &/or Graphic Novel Publisher
Harry Kremer outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer
Hall of Face - Ken Steacy
Co-Executive Director Kevin A. Boyd's
Outstanding Canadian WebComics Creator / Creative Team
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist
Hall of Fame - George Menendez Rae
Comics For Kids
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist
Hall of Fame - Diana Schutz
Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishing
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer
Presenters included Robert Pincombe, Ty Templeton, Dave Ross, Bill Paul, Mark Askwith, David Day, Mike Cherkas, Jennifer Stewart, Jessica Frey and others.
Winners can be found here at the Joe Shuster Awards.


Toronto Word on the Street 2009 (September 27) - 30 Photos

Sequential Presents: Oh, Canada. Surveying the Landscape of Canadian Comics. (50:50, 46.5mb)
The panel was hosted by Bryan Munn and Salgood Sam from Sequential. On the panel was Brad Mackay (pronounced Macka-eye) from the Doug Wright Awards and Kevin Boyd from the Joe Shuster Awards. Much of the panel talked about their respective organizations when it comes to a variety of Canadian cartooning topics. Brad Mackay did do much of the talking.

Webcomics! (50:02, 45.8mb)
Hosted by Chris Butcher, the panel consisted of 5 webcomic creators. They were Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), Andy Belanger (Transmission X), Kean Soo (Jellaby), Faith Erin Hicks (Ice and War at Ellsmare) and Emily Horne (A Softer World). They talked about a variety of webcomics issues, how and why they started, what day has the lowest web traffic, supporting themselves with a web comic, getting into print, etc.. Due to a dead battery lost about the last 5 minutes of the panel.


Hobby Star Toronto Fan Expo 2009 (August 28-30) - 128 Photos

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski (73:39, 67.4mb)
JMS answers questions from the crowd about his work and tells some very funny stories about his path to becoming an established writer. Highlights include his encounters with his hero Rod Sterling and his faking his graduation from school to please his parents.

Stanley Cup of Joe (59:42, 54.6mb)
Joe Quesada along with Arune Singh (Manager of Sales Communications), CB Cebulski and Mike Pasciullo answer fan questions about everything Marvel.

Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke (56:21, 51.6mb)
Cartoonist Darwyn Cooke speaks about his Parker: The Hunter Graphic Novel adaptation. He also talks about behind the scenes stories about how a Spirit animated movie almost came to pass, the New Frontier animated movie and future work. Darwyn is very open and candid in this spotlight. The Panel was moderated by Robert Haines. I should note I was a few minutes late for the beginning of the panel.

Writing Comics with Len Wein (51:08, 46.8mb)
Industry Veteran Len Wein does a panel about writing comics and writing in general. He starts off with a small talk about the subject then asks the audience for questions. Much of the audience was interested in becoming writers and asked pretty on topic questions.

Mondo Marvel (52:30, 48mb)
Joe Quesada, Arune Singh, Kathryn Immonen (writer), Tom Brennan (Spider-man Assistant Editor) and CB Cebulski. Off to the side was Mike Pasciullo. They start off promoting some of upcoming books then go into taking questions from the audience. A couple of audience members vent their frustration over One More Day storyline and the recent Marvel Diva's book. The rest of them asked questions about everything Marvel. There was also some good natured ribbing regarding DC doing Wednesday Comics vs their online comics.


San Diego Comic Con 2009 (July 22-26) - 181 Photos

Secret Origins of Comic-Con. (61.8mb, 67:32)
Participants of the first and early San Diego Comic cons tell their stories of how it all began. Panelist include Richard Alf, Greg Bear, Dave Clark, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry, Scott Shaw!, Barry Alfonso, Roger Freedman, Ken Krueger, and moderated by William R. Lund. This panel gets cut off before it ends due to a dead battery.

Indie Comics Marketing 101. (41.7mb, 45:33)
How to market your comics if you are not a big publisher. Boom! Marketing director Chip Mosher, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald and filling in for Shanon Wheeler is popular blogger and creator Kevin Church. Chip goes through the mind set and some rules on marketing yourself, Heidi and Kevin goes through some do's and don'ts on the press end. The panel is moderated by the former manager of development and content at MySpace, Sam Humphries.

Spotlight on Jerry Robinson. (41.8mb, 45:43)
Moderator Mark Waid interviews Jerry Robinson about his career in comics, particularly focusing on his early Batman days and his latest work as a guest curator for an exhibition on Superhero comic art.

Golden and Silver Age of Comics. (69.1mb, 75:31)
Panelists include Murphy Anderson, Gene Colan, Ramona Fradon, Russ Heath, Jack Katz, Jerry Robinson and Leonard Starr. The group tells stories about their time in comics. The panel is moderated by Mark Evanier.

COMICSPRO: Selling More Comics and Graphic Novels: A Forum for Publishers. (54.9mb, 60:01)
Joe Field (ComicsPro President and Flying Colours owner), Phil Boyle (Coliseum of Comics chain owner) and Judd D'Angelo (Earth 2 chain co-owner) give instructions to publishers and creators on how to sell more comics.

Spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie. (45.8mb, 50:02)
Dwayne McDuffie receives an inkpot award and just does a straight Q&A with the audience. He answers questions about writing comics and animation. In particular about Fantastic Four, Damage Control, Static Shock and the Milestone Universe, Justice League, Teen Titans and Ben 10.


The Black Panel. (74.1mb, 81:00)
Moderated by Michael Davis. This laugh out loud funny panel's participants include Ludacris, Michael Jai White, Kel Mitchell, Prdodical Sunn, Jimmy Diggs, Reggie Hudlin, Denys Cowan, a surprise guest Michelle Nichols. There was also a performance by a singer Asia Lee, Queen of Cali. Artist Ken Lashley was in the crowd and stood up to participate towards the end. There was much promoting of upcoming projects and some Q&A from the audience.

Spotlight on Sheldon Moldoff. (42.4mb, 46:22)
Mark Waid interviews Sheldon Moldoff about his career, in particular about his time working on Batman. Moldoff also talks about the time he sued DC and won (but still continued to work for them) and his very bad experience with Bill Gaines. I should note I missed about the first 5 minutes of the panel.

Spotlight on Denis Kitchen. (94.5mb, 54:04)
Michael Dooley gave a very long introduction to Denis Kitchen and also ran a quick moving power point showing lots of Kitchen's underground art. They talked a bit about his career, what he's doing now and took questions from the audience.

Comic-Con: El Cortez Memories. (45.6mb, 49:51)
Moderated by David Scroggy, this panel includes many early comic con goers and they tell funny stories about the old El Cortez hotel the comic con used to be held in. On the panel was Sergio Aragonés, Mike Friedrich, George Clayton Johnston, Jack Katz, Lee Marrs, Mike Royer, William Stout and Mark Evanier.

Harvey Kurtzman Tribute. (46.9mb, 51:14)
Panelists include Paul Levitz, Denis Kitchen, William Stout, Charles Kochman and Harvey's daughter Nellie Kurtzman. Panel is moderated by Mark Evanier. The group talk about Harvey, his strengths and his career path in an open and honest way.

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel. (51.9mb, 56:42)
Mark Evanier is the moderator. On the panel is Bill Mumy, Mike Royer, Steve Saffel, and the inspiration for the 5 String Mob from Jimmy Olsen comics, Barry Alfonso, Roger Freedman, William R. Lund, Scott Shaw! and Mike Towry. The panel talks about Jack, point out that several of the audience members also have Jack Kirby connections as well.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2009 (July 24) - 50 Photos

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2009. (154mb, 169:17)
Categories are in order of appearance:
Best Publication for Kids, Best Publication for Teens/Tweens
Best Coloring
Best Lettering
Best Digital/Web Comic
The Bill Finger Excellence in Comics Writing Awards
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Best Cover Artist
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Best Comics-Related Book
Best Publication Design
Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips
Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books
Best Humor Publication
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan
The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award
Hall of Fame
In Memoriam
Best Writer
Best Writer/Artist
Best New Series
Best Limited Series
Best Continuing Series
The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
Best Short Story
Best Anthology
Best Reality-Based Work
Best Graphic Album-Reprint
Best Graphic Album-New
The awards were hosted by Bill Morrison. Neil Gaiman gave the keynote speech. Among the presenters were:
Patton Oswald, Robert Garant & Thomas Lennon, Blair Butler, Jeff Smith & Terry Moore, Jason Lutes & Seth, and Matt Wagner & Amy Reeder Hadley.
There was much humor to be had, poking fun at previous award shows and other creators.
Winners are listed here.



Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) 2009 (May 9-10) - 106 Photos

The Secret History of Manga in North America! (46mb, 50:20)
Jason Thompson a long time editor, writer, historian of various Manga related books takes us through Manga's journey in the North American market. He goes through the magazines, comic books, publishers, people and events that have shaped the industry. The panel is both educational and funny as Jason tells some behind the scenes anecdotes that have happened over the years.

International Perspectives on Manga. (46.7mb, 51:01)
Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Becky Cloonan (East Coast Rising, Demo) Eric Ko (UDON), Antoine Dodé (Armelle et Mon Oncle) and Jason Thompson (Manga: the Complete Guide) talk about their experiences with Manga. The panel is hosted by About.com Manga guide (and cartoonist) Deb Aoki.

Scott McCloud Panel. (69.4mb, 75:51)
Scott McCloud talks about comics, comics, comics and does so very enthusiastically. The panel is hosted by Mark Askwith. The audience also asks questions as well. Note: Scott occasionally uses foul language, but very politely.

Craig Yoe and Secret Identity: the Fetish Drawings of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster. (35.7mb, 39:03)
Craig Yoe talks about his new controversial book about a previously unknown period in Joe Shusters life where he began drawing dirty comics. The characters bare a very close resemblance to Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and others. Yoe also talks about Frederic Wertham's involvement in the situation and reveals some information regarding correspondence between himself and Shuster's sister. The panel is hosted by Douglas Wolk.

Will Libraries Save Graphic Novels? (50.6mb, 55:21)
Lisa Heggum (Librarian, Toronto Public Library), Diana Malizewski (Teacher, Toronto District School Board), Scott Robins (Blogger Book Comics for Kids/SLJ), Kent Allin (Teacher, Hastings and Price Edward District School Board), Jim Ottavini (Comic Writer, Editor and Publisher) & Douglas Davey (Librarian, Halton Hills Public Library) talk about Graphic Novels in libraries and schools. The panel is hosted by Jason Azzopardi, the Beguiling's Library Services Coordinator.

Comics, Newspapers and the Internet. (68.6, 75:00)
Rich Stevens (Diesel Sweeties), Brendan Buford (Comics Editor for King Features Syndicate), John Martz (Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society and co-creator of Drawn.ca), Stuart Immonen (Artist Ultimate Spider-Man, and webcomic artist) & Scott McCloud (cartoonist, Understanding Comics series, Zot) talk about the webcomics, newspaper print comics, and the Internet. Hosted by the very funny Chip Zdarsky/Steve Murray (cartoonist for National Post and Monster Cops and Prison Funnies). Note: Scott McCloud occasionally swears.



Doug Wright Awards 2009 (May 9) - 19 Photos

Full 2009 Doug Wright Awards. (116mb, 127:38)
The awards were hosted by Actor, Writer and Director Don McKellar.
Among the presenters are Stuart McLean, Andrew Coyne, Jeet Heer, Adrian Tomine and a video from Bob Rae.
The ceremony was as follows: A Burlington City Councilor announces the new Doug Wright Drive.
Pigskin Peters Hat/Award: Matt Forsythe for Ojingogo.
Best Emerging Talent: Kate Beaton for History Comics.
A talk between Brad Mackay, Seth and Chris Oliveros about the new Doug Wright Collection.
A surprise award to Chris Oliveros for 20 year anniversary of Drawn and Quarterly.
A surprise gift from the Doug Wright Family to Seth, Brad Mackay and Chris Oliveros for their work on the Doug Wright Collection.
Giants of the North, Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Frise.
Best Book: Jillian & Mariko Tamaki for Skim.


San Diego Comic Con 2008 (July 23-27) - 156 Photos

How Not to Break Into Comics. (50.5mb, 55:13)
Randal C Jarrell (Oni) and Jennifer de Guzman (SLG). The two talked about a bunch of mistakes that the vast majority of beginners make when trying to break into comics. It was quite humorous as they spent about a half hour going down a laundry list of stuff aspiring pro's have done to them. Then they took questions from the audience.

The Future of the Comic Pamphlet. (40.8mb, 44:39)
On this panel was retailer Carr D'Angelo, Image Comics Joe Keatinge, Age of Bronze creator Eric Shanower and it was moderated by author Douglas Wolk. I missed the first 5 minutes rushing between panels but when I came in Eric Shanower was talking about Age of Bronze in comic book vs. Graphic Novel format. Eric admitted the comics don't make him much money and wonders if he should still be doing them. He says he ends up using the left over comics as giveaways and even brought a Diamond box full of various Age of Bronze issues to give away to the audience. Joe Keatinge took exception to the calling a comic a pamphlets and brought some normal 3 way folded pamphlet leaflets to show everybody saying "THIS is a pamphlet!" Towards the end the panelist and audience talked about how to grow comic book sales, with everybody recognizing distribution is a major issue that couldn't be easily or quickly fixed.

Golden Age/Silver Age of Comics Panel. (73.4mb, 80:16)
This was moderated by Mark Evanier and it's panelists were Russ Heath, Al Jaffee, Larry Lieber, Jerry Robinson and Al Feldstein. Mark Evanier asks the panel to tell funny stories about other creators they've worked with, as well as talking about particular stories they were proud of. Jerry Robinson and Larry Lieber did some back and forth joking about the respective Iron Man and Batman movies. Larry Lieber tells a funny story about him attending Premier of the Iron Man movie.

That's 70's (Comics) Panel. (66.7mb, 72:56)
This was also moderated by Mark Evanier. Panelist were Jim Starlin, Joe Staton, Mike Grell, Mike W. Barr, Bernie Wrightson and eventually Len Wein. The group told stories about who their mentors were in the comic industry, works they did they were especially proud of and other topics. There was also some funny stories about how they used colour to get around the Comics Code.

Jim Warren spotlight. (50.8mb, 55:33)
For those that don't know, Jim Warren was a publisher that put out Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella and many other titles. He got a huge applause when he showed up which really moved him. On the panel with him was Verne Langdon and it was partially moderated by Phil Kim. Jim said at the beginning that he usually hated panels like this as they were boring a lot of the stuff said on them was not true. Jim spent much of his time standing while speaking. He is hard of hearing now and was just given magazine names to discuss, which he did. Eventually he took questions from the audience. He was very blunt on his dislike of Creepy's first editor Russ Jones.

Colleen Doran's Resources for Creators Panel. (39.9mb, 43:36)
Colleen was a bit late getting the this panel. She had a bunch of info to give out to help freelancers, particularly with the issue of legal assistance, health care, copyright and trademarks. She also brought up her experiences with a bad publisher and discussed the proposed Orphan Works bill.

The Black Panel. (82mb, 89:36)
The panel was moderated by Michael Davis. On the panel was Method Man, Faith Cheltenham, somebody sitting in Dwayne McDuffie's spot but I didn't catch his name, Rusty Cundieff, John Dokes, Denys Cowan and Reggie Hudlin. There was plenty of people asking about support issues within the black community. From the audience Jamal Igle joined when one person asked if the more conservative looking black creators were the ones getting work or not. This was a hilarious panel with several laugh out loud moments.

The World of Steve Ditko. (49.1mb, 53:41)
The panel was moderated by Blake Bell, the author of Strange and Stranger The World of Steve Ditko. This panel was different because it had a wide cross section of panelists. There was underground cartoonist Kim Dietch, Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth, creator Jim Starlin, former Marvel editor Carl Potts, and TV host Liana K. They looked at and talked about Blake Bells Top 10 pieces of Ditko art, which spread throughout his early and mid career. There was a lot of talk about what Ditko did well and set him apart from other artists, there was a bit of talk about how his views changed his work. There was also a bit of contention between an audience member and Liana K over Ditko's philosophical views. The panel was educational in terms of describing what Ditko brought to comic art and eventually lost.

Fan vs Pro Trivia Panel. (60.4mb, 66:00)
Peter David moderated and was hilarious. Mark Waid had to leave early and Kurt Busiek wasn't at the show so two audience members took up the Pro side. The name pro's were Len Wein and Robert N. Skir from the animated X-men TV show. Several people called for Peter David to join the pro side but as moderator he had already read all the questions and answers. One of the audience members (Peter Svenson) was really knowledgeable and actually answered most of the questions for the pro side. The other (Jason Luna) made some groan inducing guesses to some questions. Peter was called early in the show to discovered his flight was canceled and he'd have to spend an extra night in San Diego. He joked the winner of the show gets to put him up for the night. Overall the questions were quite heavy on DC related stuff.


Will Eisner Awards 2008 (July 25) - 57 Photos

The Eisner Awards Ceremony. (163mb, 178:06)
The awards were hosted by Bill Morrison. Frank Miller gave the keynote speech. Among the surprise celebrity presenters were Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Weidlin, Gerard Way (who won an award) and the star of The Spirit Gabriel Macht. Awards were given out to a variety of comic industry professionals, most of which were on hand to accept the awards.


Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon 2008 (July 12-13) - 32 Photos

Web Comics, The Future of the Medium? (62.8mb, 68:37)
The creators were Scott Hepburn, Andy Belanger, Karl Kersch, Cameron Stewart, Dan "Jamie" Simon, Jeff Moss, Brian McLaughlin, Tyrone McCarthy, Ramon Perez and Danielle Corsetto. The panel talked about a wide range of general webcomics issues, not really about the panel topic. Most of it was Q&A among fans and talk amongst the creators. A lot of it was pretty funny.


Mark Waid Telephone Interview 2008 (July 9th)

Mark Waid Telephone Interview (18.6mb, 20:23)
Mark Waid is a long time comic book veteran who has taken the Boom EIC position almost a year ago. He's also one of the new Amazing Spider-Man writers. In this telephone interview we talk about his working for Boom, the mini-series he did for them called Potter's Field, his upcoming work on Amazing Spider-Man and in his involvement with the lawsuits against the very stupid deadbeat Rick Olney.


Joe Shuster Awards and Sequential Art Symposium 2008 (June 14) - 67 Photos

Comics & Kids: Teaching with Sequential Art (49.8mb, 54:28)
On the panel was Teacher/Comic Book Retailer Jenn Stewart (The Dragon in Guelph, ON), Scott Chantler (Northwest Passage, Tek Jenson), Erik Kim (Owl Magazine), and Teacher/Artist Dave Watkins. The panel was an excellent talk about the benefits of using comics to teach children. Several studies were brought up about comics vs prose books in stimulating reading. Dave Watkins talked about his experience in using comics in the classroom. Jenn Stewart talked about her Comics in the Classroom project in helping teachers and librarians choose comics. Scott Chantler and Eric Kim talked about their work which is being read by children and about the sequential art in general as compared to other mediums. Some of the audience members were teachers and librarians.

Sequential Art on the Internet: Webcomics (46.2mb, 50:30)
On the panel were webcomic creators Andy B., Ramon Perez, Michael Cho (all from Transmission X) and Lar De Souza (Least I Can Do and Looking for Group). The group talked about making money from webcomics and marveled over Lar De Souza's work that sprung from making webcomics. Cho talked about the benefits of cutting out the middlemen and dealing direct with the consumer. Another topic was about giving the content away for free and if that leads to sales when it comes to print collections. The panel was moderated by Ty Buttars.

Darwyn Cooke's Next Frontier (40.9mb, 44:43)
Darwyn talked his upcoming fill in issue on Jonah Hex and how it came about (it involves alcohol), his year of doing conventions and commissions, a bit about how important San Diego is to a lot of artists is in terms of yearly income, his upcoming personal graphic novel and teases to his future project which will be announced at San Diego. He also talked a bit about the comic market in terms of black and white books vs colour in and outside of the direct market. Panel is moderated by Mark Askwith.

John Bell's Invaders From The North: Canadians and Comics (34.3mb, 37:30)
Author/Historian John Bell talks with two Hall of Fame Inductee's Pierre Fournier and Stanley Berneche about their careers in the Canadian Comics Industry. Pierre Fournier created a satirical superhero comic, Les Aventures Du Capitaine Kebec and worked on magazines Croc and Titanic over a 15 year period. Stanley Berneche worked on a counter culture humor magazine called Fuddle Duddle and created Captain Canada, also a satirical superhero feature.

Joe Shuster Awards 2008 (June 14)

Held at the Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium.

Awards are in two formats. One recording containing the entire event (80.5mb, 88:01)
and broken into sections.

Part 1. Introduction by Rick Green and James Waley's Opening Remarks (8.72mb, 9:31)
Rick starts off with some humor and explains changes to the awards. James Waley thanks those that contributed to the Awards Ceremony.

Part 2. 3rd Quadrant Comic Shop owner Daryl Collison presents Outstanding Cover by a Canadian Artist (3.46mb, 3:47)
Award went to Steve Skroce for Doc Frankenstein #6 (Burleyman). Daryl accepted the award on Mr. Skroce behalf.

Part 3. Radio DJ Bill Paul presents Outstanding Canadian Comic Book &/or Graphic Novel Publisher (3.78mb, 4:08)
Award went to Drawn and Quarterly and was accepted by creator Chester Brown.

Part 4. Space Channel's Natasha Eloi presents Outstanding Comic Book related Achievement by a Canadian (4.54mb, 4:57)
Award went to David Watkins, History Teacher at Weston Collegiate Institute for using comic books in the classroom to teach kids.

Part 5. Space Channel's Mark Askwith inducts Edwin R. "Ted" McCall to the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame (3.65mb, 3:59)
Mark Askwith accepted the award on his behalf.

Part 6. Author John Bell inducts Stanley Berneche into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame (4.71mb, 5:08)
Stanley Berneche accepts the award.

Part 7. Writer Cecil Castellucci inducts Pierre Fournier into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame (8.37mb, 9:08)
Pierre Fournier accepts the award.

Part 8. Artist Tom Grummett inducts John Byrne into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame (5.45mb, 5:57)
Tom Grummett reads an acceptance speech written by John Byrne and accepts the award on John's behalf.

Part 9. Retailer and Teacher Jenn Stewart presents the Fan voted Favourite Canadian Comic Book Creator - English Language (2.34mb, 2:33)
The award went to Faith Erin Hicks for Zombies Calling (SLG Publishing.) Jenn Stewart accepted the award on her behalf.

Part 10. HOF Inductee Pierre Fournier presents the Fan voted Favourite Canadian Comic Book Creator - French Language (2.13mb, 2:20)
The award went to writer Philippe Girard aka phlppgrrd for La pasteque (Danger Public). Pierre Fournier accepted the award on his behalf.

Part 11. Associate Director Kevin Boyd presents the Fan voted Favourite International Comic Book Creator (3.36mb, 3:40)
Prior to the award Rick Green gets everybody to give Mary Waley an applause for her work during the show. The award went to writer Ed Brubaker. Artist Cameron Stewart accepted the award on his behalf.

Part 12. Rick Green presents the Harry Kremer Outstanding Comic Book Retailer (3.09mb, 3:22)
The award went to Big B Comics (Hamilton, ON) owners Walter Durajlija and Marc Sims. Walter and Sims accepted the award.

Part 13. Gary Butler presents the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Colourist (4.45mb, 4:51)
The award went to Dave McCaig for his work on various Marvel, DC and Oni Comics. The award was accepted by Gary Butler on his behalf.

Part 14. Jonathan Kuehlein presents the Outstanding Canadian Webcomic Creator/Creative Team (4.51mb, 4:55)
The award went to Ryan Sohmer and Lar De Souza (Least I Can Do and Looking for Group.) Lar De Souza was there to accept the award on the teams behalf.

Part 15. Writer Howard Wong presents the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist (5.39mb, 5:53)
The award went to Dale Eaglesham for his work on Justice Society of America (DC Comics). Dale Eaglesham accepted the award.

Part 16. Artists Agnes Grabowska and Francis Manapul present the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer (6.16mb, 6:44)
The award went to Cecil Castellucci for The P.L.A.I.N. Janes (DC/Minx). Cecil accepted the award.

Part 17. Creator Scott Chantler presents Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (5.05mb, 5:31)
The award went to Jeff Lemire for Essex County Vol. 1 and 2 (Top Shelf). Jeff accepted the award. Then there was the closing of the ceremonies.


Hobby Star Toronto ComiCON 2008 (April 12-13) - 35 Photos

Men of Iron Panel / Sketch off (56mb, 61:03)
David Michelinie, Bob Layton and Mike Grell talk about Iron Man and the role of a freelancer in dealing with editors. Layton and Michelinie had not seen each other for 7 years prior to the panel. While the panel took place, Grell and Layton did sketches of Iron Man which then given away via a draw. Panel was moderated by Blake Bell.


Hobby Star Toronto Fan Expo 2007 (August 24-26) - 41 Photos

Romita Sketch off / Q & A Panel (58mb, 63:03)
John Romita Sr. and Jr. do sketches but also answer question from the audience. The range of questions touched every base, from John Sr.'s earliest days with Stan Lee, Joe Maneely and Bill Everett, to John Jr.'s emotions while working on the 9/11 Amazing Spider-Man book.

DC Comics Panel (47mb, 51:15)
Moderated by Blake Bell, the panel includes a variety of talent working for DC. Included is Dale Eaglesham, Frank Quitely, J. Torres, Karl Kerschl, Chris Sprouse and Paul Dini on the dais for a full-filled hour of talk about the "Company Event" syndrome, deadlines, crowd scenes, and Zuda comics!

Marvel Q & A Panel (44mb, 48:07)
Moderated by CB Cebulski and a short appearance by World War Hulk writer Greg Pak. They open up the floor to the audience for general Q & A. Many answers are given including some interesting information about the level of involvement that Brian Michael Bendis and Warren Ellis have in their books after they've written the script.


Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) 2007 (August 18-19) - 209 Photos

Make Mine Manga! Panel (48mb, 51:54)
Moderated by Lianne Sentaur who is a Manga re-writer and worked for TokyoPop and Viz. Panelist were: Bryan Lee O'Malley, Becky Cloonan, Svetlana Chmakova, Jason Thomson and Paul Gravett. A lively panel with Lianne giving good questions and the panel popped some common beliefs about Manga. Among them was the influence Americans had on the Japanese and how far back the Japanese had influenced American artists. Gravett brought up that Frank Miller is an Manga inspired artist, incorporating Goseki Kojima's work.

WebComics Panel (50mb, 49:03)
Moderated by Ed Mathews. Panelist were: Chris Hastings, R. Stevens, Meredith Gran, Matt Forsythe, Danielle Corsetto, Rob Coughler, Ryan North, Joe Santoro, Jeffrey Rowland. Among the topics were digital vs. print, making money from the web comic, other ways of doing webcomics (Zuda, Groups like ACT-IV-ATE, etc.) how long before they could quit their day job, how helpful are mainstream news articles about webcomics vs small blogs, what it's like having to live directly off their customers and not having any middle men and more.

Spotlight on Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer (56mb, 60:56)
Moderated by Chip Zdarsky. Poor, poor Chip. He did his research, came up with some intelligent questions and tried to do a serious panel. But this is Evan Dorkin we're talking about. He went into stand up comedian mode and started making fun of Chip. He talked a mile a minute and all along his cute little daughter would spit raspberry's into the microphone which made everybody laugh. Toward the end of the panel Dorkin told some funny stories about some run-in's he had with comic retailers.

Spotlight on Paul Pope and James Jean (48mb, 52:21)
Moderated by Chris Butcher. James Jean did a presentation of some of his artwork that will be coming out in a book later this year. Some of it was for an animation project that never got off the ground and some of it was just stuff he drew for himself. Paul Pope talked about illustration as well and they both talked a bit about the comic work they've done.

Graphic Novels in Bookstores Panel (41mb, 44:38)
This was focused on traditional prose book publishers and their entry into the graphic novel market. On the panel was Hope Larson, Carla Speed McNeil, Kean Soo, Raina Telgemeier and it was moderated by Scott Robins. There was a lot of talk about the learning curve book publisher editors are going through with Graphic Novels. Many of them don't realize the amount of time it takes to create one and give artists extremely tight deadlines, which quite often can't realistically be met. They also talked about Agents, new material vs. adaptations and more.


Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon 2007 (June 8-10) - 82 Photos

Women in Comics - Female Editors Panel (58mb, 63:11)
Robin Moore (Terry Moore's wife and business partner), Shelly Bond (Vertigo and MINX editor), Joan Hilty (DC and Johnny DC editor) and Renee Witterstaetter (Former Marvel editor, now Freelance editor, agent, production assistant to Michael Golden). The panel was moderated by long time pro Janet Heatherington.

Women in Comics - Visual Language of Comics Panel (74mb, 80:13)
Panel was moderated by long time industry pro Diana Tamblyn. This panel has 6 female creators. They are Tara McPherson (Cover Artist), Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon - Tokyopop), Janet Heatherington (writer, Elvira - Claypool), Raina Telgemeier (Babysitters Club - Graphix, Scholastic, Inc.), Christine Norrie (artist, Hopeless Savages - Oni, Breaking Up - Graphix, Schoolastic, Inc.) and Faith Erin Hicks (Web Cartoonist).

Kids Comics Panel (54mb, 58:48)
Janet Heatherington moderates a panel full of people involved in kids comics. On the panel was Dan Davis (artist - DC Block Party), Michele LaFramboise (French Graphic Novelist), Joan Hilty (Johnny DC Editor), J. Torres (writer Johnny DC), Mike Choi (artist - Owl Magazine), Bryan McLachlin (writer - Owl Magazine), and Tania Del Rio (artist - Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

Vertigo/MINX Sneak Peak Panel (52mb, 56:25)
Panel hosted by Vertigo/MINX editor Shelly Bond. With her was Cecil Castellucci, writer of the first MINX book The Plane Janes. Part way through DC / Vertigo editor Joan Hilty joins the panel.



Joe Shuster Awards 2007 (June 9) - 46 Photos

Held at the Holiday Inn.

Awards are in two formats. One recording containing the entire event (90mb, 97:51)
and broken into sections.

Part 1. Introduction by Rick Green & Rob Salem and speech by Jerry Robinson. (14mb, 14:42 )
Also very briefly, Stan Lee.
Part 2. Rick Green and James Waley. (8mb, 8:50)
James talks about those that contributed to the Awards Ceremony.
Part 3. Rick Green and Rob Salem present the Best Canadian Publisher Award. (4mb, 3:34)
It was won by Drawn and Quarterly. Award was accepted by cartoonist Chester Brown.
Part 4. Rick Green and Rob Salem, Space Host Natasha Eli, present the Harry Kramer Award for Best Canadian Retailer. (7mb, 6:56)
Jay and Shawna Bardyla from Happy Harbor Comics from Edmonton Alberta get the Award. A very emotional speech follows.
Part 5. Rick Green, Ed the Sock and Liana K. Present the Best Canadian Web Comic Award. (6mb, 6:20)
Winner was Dan Kim for April, May, June. He was there to accept the Award.
Part 6. Rob Salem, Hall of Fame. Inductees are: Albert Chartier, Jacques Hurtubise, Gerry Lazare, Howard Gene Day. (28mb, 30:10)
Presenters are: Francisco Rosa, Gabrielle Morrisette, Blake Bell and Dave Sim. Gene Day's Award was accepted by his brother David Day.
Part 7. Rob Salem, Gail Simone and Nicolla Scott present the Fan Favorite English and French Language Canadian Award. (7mb, 7:10)
The English award went to web cartoonist Dan Kim. It was accepted by Dan Kim. The French Language award went to Michel Rabagliati, it was accepted by Gabrielle Morrisette.
Part 8. Rick Green. Darwyn Cooke presents the Fan Favorite International Creator Award. (4mb, 3:44)
The Award was won by Brian K. Vaughan. It was accepted by Kevin Boyd.
Part 9. Rob Salem and Rick Green. Montage of Fallen Heroes. Then Outstanding Writer Award, presented by Karee Andrews. (7mb, 7:00)
Montage was a visual slide show of now dead heroes, shown with the old Incredible Hulk theme music.
The Writing Award winner was Darwyn Cooke, who accepted it.
Part 10. Rob Salem. Ty Templeton presents the Best Canadian Artist Award. (4mb, 3:40)
The award went to Darywn Cooke and J. Bone who accepted it.
Part 11. Rick Green. Matt Wagner presents the Best Canadian Cartoonist Award. (6mb, 5:45)
The winner was Darywn Cooke, who accepted his 3rd award of the night. James Waley, Rick Green and Rob Salem finish off the awards.


Hobby Star Toronto ComiCON 2007 (April 13-15) - 33 Photos

Dan Slott Panel (92mb, 100:00)
Dan Slott talks about writing comics and breaking into the big two. He also tells some funny stories about his time working for Marvel.

Carmine Infantino Panel (42mb, 45:58)
Comic Legend Carmine Infantino does a Q & A panel answering questions about his career and thoughts on the industry. Also on the panel is J. David Spurlock, publisher of Infantino's biography.


Hobby Star Toronto Fan Expo 2006 (September 1-3) - 111 Photos

Roman Dirge Panel (41 mb, 44:21)
Roman Dirge is the creator behind the cult hit Lenore Comic Book. He gets interviewed, answers some fan questions. He tells a bunch of funny, embarrassing stories about himself. He also tells you about how father and how he scared the daylights out of him repeatedly as a child.

Cup of Joe - without Joe Quesada, but with CB Cebulski (50 mb, 53:07)
CB Cebulski answers fan questions for about everything Marvel.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (40 mb, 43:23)
These two do their back and forth banter, tell some stories and answer some fan questions.

DC Big Guns panel (Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, Terry Dodson and Jim Lee) (37 mb, 40:21)
These four answer questions from the fans.


Phone Interview - Tony Tallarico 2006 (July 2nd). (28 mb, 30:00)
Tony Tallarico is a Golden/Silver Age artist known for some oddball comics. He would create the first black solo title comic book title (Lobo, a western comic from Dell) and do some political parody comics that got major mainstream press in the 60s.

A transcript can be read here.


Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon 2006 (April 28-30) - 66 Photos

Ramona Fradon panel. (51 mb, 55:44)
Starts with an introduction by Liana K and with a speech by Heidi MacDonald. Janet Heatherington interviews Silver Age artist Romana Fradon about her work. She's best known for her co-created characters Metamorpho and Aqualad.

East Meets West Manga panel. (50 mb, 54:32)
Hosted by Chris Butcher. The panel stars Svetlana Chmakova, Jill Thompson, J. Torres and others talking about doing manga and their reactions to it.


Joe Shuster Awards 2006 (April 29) - 21 Photos

Held at the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon Convention

I've included audio mp3 recordings of the awards. They are available in two formats:
The entire event (78 mb, 85:26)

Or broken up into pieces:

Rob Salem and Rick Green hosted the awards. They were quite funny and did a great job. Founder of the Joe Shuster Awards James Waley gives a small speech. Then the keynote speaker Gerard Jones spoke a bit about Joe Shusters family origins and a bit about the origins of the comic book industry.
Rob Salem, Rick Green, James Waley and Gerard Jones (16 mb, 17:09)

Sara "Samm" Barnes presented the award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist Award. The Winner was Pia Guerra. Barnes accepted the award on her behalf.
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist Award - Sara "Samm" Barnes (4 mb, 4:28)

Mark Askwith presented the Hall of Fame award to the family of Owen McCarron. Adam McCarron (son) and Dorothy (widow) accepted the award.
Hall of Fame Award - Mark Askwith and McCarron family (6 mb, 5:51)

Jill Thompson presented the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Publisher Award. The winner was Drawn and Quarterly. The award was accepted by Chester Brown, who gave a small speech about being proud to be published by Drawn and Quarterly.
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Publisher Award, Jill Thompson, Chester Brown (4 mb, 4:28)

Rob Pincombe presented the Hall of Fame award to the family of Jon St. Ables / Stables. It was accepted by his son Jon Stables and his grand-daughter Rosalind.
Hall of Fame Award - Rob Pincombe and Stables Family (9 mb, 9:30)

Ed the Sock and Liana K dressed up as Golden Age Flash and Power Girl. They did it as a joke to the new initials of the the awards: JSA. They did a funny skit and presented the award for Harry Kramer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer Award. The award went to Strange Adventures of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Owner Calum Johnston accepted the award. Honourable mention was given to runner-up Happy Harbour Comics & Toys of Edmonton, Alberta. It's owners are Jay Bardyla & Shawna Roe.
Harry Kramer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer Award - Ed the Sock and Liana K, Calum Johnston (10 mb, 10:47)

Rob Salem and Rick Green presented the Canadian Fans Favourite International (non-Canadian) Comic Book Creator award. The winner was Brian K. Vaughan writer of Runaways, Ex Machina and Y the Last Man. Adrian Alphona (artist for Runaways) had Brian on the cell phone and by holding it up to the microphone, Brian spoke to the crowd. His voice came through loud and clear and it was a neato moment.
Canadian Fans Favourite International (non-Canadian) Comic Book Creator award - Salem and Green, Adrian Alphona and Brian K Vaughan (3 mb, 2:56)

Rob Pincombe presented the Hall of Fame award to the family of Win Mortimer. The award was accepted by his nephew Robert Cutting and his daughter Laura.
Hall of Fame Award - Rob Pincombe, Mortimer Family (9 mb, 9:49)

Tom Grummett presented the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer Award. The award went to J. Torres, who was there and accepted the award.
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer Award - Tom Grummett, J. Torres.mp3 (6 mb, 5:20)

J. Michael Straczynski presented the Hall of Fame Award to Dave Sim. Dave accepted the award and then sung "My Way."
Hall of Fame Award - J. Michael Straczynski, Dave Sim (10 mb, 9:59)

Dave Sim then presented the award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist. The winner was Bryan Lee O'Malley. Bryan accepted the award. Then the ceremony closed.
Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist - Dave Sim, Bryan Lee O'Malley.mp3 (5 mb, 4:43)


Hobby Star Toronto Fan Expo 2005 (Aug 26-28) - 42 Photos

Neal Adams Panel (15 mb, 65:10)
Neal Adams is interviewed by Maggie Thompson from CBG. Among the topics Neal talks about are:


Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2005 (May 27-29) - 42 Photos

Cerebus Speaks! By Dave Sim (15 mb, 62:49)
Dave Sim reads comical excerpts from his Cerebus series, doing voice imitations of the characters from his books.

Jeff Smith presentation (12 mb, 52:39)
Jeff Smith talks while showing a slide show of images about his Bone books. This was attended by a mix of adults and kids.


Doug Wright Awards 2005 (May 28) - 10 Photos

The first Doug Wright Awards (15 mb, 62:04)
Held at the Victory Cafe on Markham Street. Featuring Seth, Doug Wrights family and more.


Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon 2005 (April 29-May 1) - 22 Photos

Warren Ellis panel. He answers questions asked by fans and tells stories.
Warren Ellis On:
Alan Moore (3 mb, 3:03)
Authority after he left (2 mb, 1:38)
Beer and the Garth Ennis Stag Party (5 mb, 5:09)
Excalibur and X-men (2 mb, 2:12)
Hellstrom and Druid (3 mb, 2:30)
His Knee Injury and Cane (2 mb, 2:00)
Picking Artists and Judge Dread (4 mb, 4:00)
San Diego Comicon and Bars (6 mb, 6:08)
Spider Glasses design (1 mb, 0:58)
Why he turned down Deadman (3 mb, 2:18)
Writing Bastards (1 mb, 1:10)
Writing JLA (1 mb, 1:10)
Writing Justice League Cartoon (3 mb, 3:15)
Writing Spider (1 mb, 0:42)


Other Con Photo's:
2005 (1st) Joe Shuster Awards (April 30) - 7 Photos
2004 Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon (June 18-20) - 42 Photos
2004 Toronto HobbyStar Fan Expo (August 27–29) - 83 Photos
2003 Toronto HobbyStar Fan Expo (August 22-24) - 101 Photos