The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is one of the most influential and important comic book event in North America. It’s mission is to “promote the creators of comic books in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics”. In the spirit of this mission, the Comics Beat has conducted a […]
Kate Beaton is a Canadian national treasure. Her art is always lovely, her sense of humour refreshing and clever. Beaton offers us her holiday 2016 comic strip presented in two long posts. If you’re only familiar with her published books Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops, this is a much more personal series of […]
I’ve recently had the chance to interview Luc Bossé, the founder and editor of Montreal’s Pow Pow Press, about their work and their upcoming releases. They’ve recently released three books in English: Art Wars by Francis Desharnais, Earthbound by Blonk and Going Under by Zviane. Each of these books has a unique style and I found all of them to be a […]
The winners of the 2016 Joe Shuster Awards were announced last night at the Forest City Comic Con in London, ON. The awards are presented by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association and they honor the best in Canadian comics creators. (Superman co-creator Joe Shuster was born in Toronto.) The winners are below marked with […]
Luc Bossé is a cartoonist and graphic designer from Montreal and founder and editor of Pow Pow Press, a French Canadian graphic novel publishers. In 2015, Luc launched a crowdfunding campaign to translate four books and begin publication in English. I’ve spoken with Luc about his career, colour printing, where Pow Pow Press is going and about the difficulties in moving from the French to the English distribution models.
I’m working on a longer account of TCAF for PW, but here’s some photos to capture the high while it’s fresh. While the weekend was tinged with sadness over the passing of Canadian native son Darwyn Cooke, the general mood was a celebration of the kind of creative spirit that Darwyn embodied. TCAF s always a chance to catch […]
More awards! This time for Canadian comics. The nominations for The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning, have just announced their finalists and they are: 2016 Doug Wright Award for Best Book Dressing by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press) Melody by Sylvie Rancourt (Drawn & Quarterly) Palookaville #22 by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly) […]