First Half of JULY 2013! Canada Day(s) Sale, Marathon, Shuster’s Birthday, Ladies Night III

JUNE 28-29, JULY 2-10 – CANADA DAY(S) SALE!

Details TBA

JUNE 30-JULY 1 – The Comic Book Lounge will be closed for the holiday.

JULY 6THE 12 HOUR COMIC BOOK MARATHON

11am-11pm to participate please contact

JULY 10JOE SHUSTER’S BIRTHDAY!

Details pending.

JULY 13 – LADIES NIGHT III

7pm-Midnight – The guys stay home.

 

The Political Art of Matt Bors @ The Comic Book Lounge – May 10, 2013.

mattborsJoin award-winning, nationally syndicated political cartoonist and comics editor Matt Bors as he cracks open the subject of political comics. From gun control to women’s rights, climate change to the War in Afghanistan (where he traveled as a comics journalist in 2010), Bors shows us how, in a world of controversy, political comics have become a surprisingly effective way to make a point.

Guest MC and Live Interview by Alice Quinn (TDotComics.com + Quinntessential Comix)
Seating Begins at 7:00PM
Program Begins @ 7:30PM

Hosted by Ad Astra Comics and The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery with support from Quintessential Comix

Organized in conjunction with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) – For more information, visit www.TorontoComics.com

FCBD is almost here! MAY 4th — 11am to 7pm @ the Comic Book Lounge

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IS BACK!
2nd Annual Celebration at the Comic Book Lounge
Saturday May 4th
11AM – 7PM

SALE 20% OFF ALL BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS (excluding Artist’s Editions)
ALL BACK ISSUES ON SALE

SPECIAL AFTERNOON APPEARANCE BY THE TORONTO X-MEN & MORE!

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GUESTS INCLUDE:

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INCLUDING A SPECIAL GALLERY EXHIBITION  OF POPEYE ART BY KEN!

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COVER FRB WHITE

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Heading into April – What’s new and what’s changing at the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery

boneIt’s been a busy month, and lots of things are going on here at the Comic Book Lounge and with our partner in the space Guerilla Printing. As pointed out earlier, this weekend we are closed on Friday and Sunday for the Easter Holidays. We will be open on Monday.

Tomorrow night, March 28, it’s the end of an era at 587A College as it marks the final night for the last Toronto Cartoonists Workshop course at our location. The TCW may offer courses again in the future, but at this point there is nothing new scheduled. We’ll be working with Guerilla to get a new door sign made to mark this adjustment a.s.a.p.

yaoWith no upcoming classes Guerilla and the Lounge have been working to improve the community space to make it a bit more retail oriented and filled with fun stuff. The area will still house the Gallery portion — and currently we still have J. Bone’s Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #1 art on display (until April 1) as well as a series of cover recreation paintings by local artist Amato available.

We currently have a HUGE SALE on selected Marvel, DC, Dynamite, Boom! and IDW hardcovers and trades in the community space. We’ve been adding items to this area every week, and there are some AMAZING deals! Trades as low as $2 and hardcovers as low as $5!!!!!

sean wardOn most days of the week you will also find our artist in residence, Christopher Yao, hard at work on his various assignments and producing sketch covers. Chris has a whole selection of sketch covers on sale right now at the Lounge.

We’d also like to take the time to welcome Sean Ward to 587A College. Sean is now based in the Guerilla Printing section of 587A but is often engaging customers and staff alike at the Lounge with his ineffable wit and charm.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April has a lot of things lined up for it already. Here’s a quick overview of the next few Lounge events:

April 5 – Rock Testament art show and Industry Night (8-11pm)
April 6 – The 12 Hour Comic Book Marathon (11am-11pm)
April 13 – Ladies Night II (7pm-Midnight)

We do have some plans for the upcoming Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 4) and the Comic Book Lounge will be exhibiting at two upcoming conventions in May and June:

Ottawa Comic Con – May 10-12
Niagara Falls Comic Con – June 8-9

Also, keep in mind that the Taste of Little Italy Street Festival is scheduled for June 15-17. That means that College Street will be blocked off to vehicular traffic between Bathurst and Ossington.

Mar 8: Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #1 Release Party with J. Bone

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Please join us from 7pm-11pm on Friday, March 8th for the Rocketeer Hollywood Horror #1 release party and gallery show featuring all of the original art to #1 by artist J. Bone, as well as the cover by Roger Langridge and J. Bone! Jason will be at the Lounge and happy to sign a copy of the book for you.

We’ve also got copies of the original Dave Stevens Rocketeer Deluxe Edition hardcover available, as well as a couple of copies of the Dave Stevens Rocketeer Artist’s Edition (2nd Printing) remaining.

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THE ROCKETEER Experiences a “Hollywood Horror”!

Continuing their relationship with Dave Stevens’ high-flying hero, IDW Publishing is pleased to announce a brand-new Rocketeer miniseries for 2013!

Fans of Cliff Secord’s aeronautic acrobatics will be treated to THE ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR! Written by Eisner and Harvey Award winner Roger Langridge (Thor, Popeye, Snarked!) and illustrated by Eisner nominee J. Bone (Batman/The Spirit), Hollywood Horror is another action-packed chapter in the saga of comics’ favorite flyboy! As an added bonus, legendary comics superstar Walter Simonson has signed on as cover artist!

“You can count the really great superheroes created since the 1960s without taking your shoes and socks off, and The Rocketeer would have to be somewhere near the top of that very short list, so it’s a great privilege to be writing his adventures,” said Langridge. “And I’m particularly thrilled to be working with J. Bone on the art chores. He’s definitely an artist’s artist, in the best possible sense. We’re working hard to give this story our own personal twist without losing the classic Rocketeer tone, so you can expect plenty of fiendish schemes, famous cameos, derring-do, pretty girls and (of course) thrills galore!” he continued.

“Roger has given me so many terrific characters from the world of The Rocketeer and old Hollywood that drawing each scene excites me to get on to the next; and the next,” said Bone. “I enjoyed my initial taste of drawing the Cliff and Betty in The Rocketeer Adventures #4 so much that I’m thrilled to be drawing them again!”

Always caught in the middle, it’s a pulp thrill ride when Cliff finds himself embroiled in a dark mystery in the seemingly picturesque heart of Hollywood’s golden age! He may be neck-deep in mystery and mayhem, but it wouldn’t be a Cliff Secord caper if his sweetheart, the stunning Betty, weren’t steamed at him!

For fans of high-altitude adventure and on-the-ground intrigue, there’s simply no substitute for The Rocketeer!

THE ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR #1 (FC, 32 pages, $3.99)

Mar 1: KILL SHAKESPEARE-THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1 Launch Party with Andy Belanger, Becky Cloonan & Anthony Del Col

An after hours 19+ event – please r.s.v.p. to info@comicbooklounge.com so we can register your name on the guest list. There is no admission cost.

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The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery is proud to present this private launch party for KILL SHAKESPEARE – THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1. There is no admission charge. The event includes a gallery show of original artwork by ANDY BELANGER (Kill Shakespeare, Swamp Thing) and BECKY CLOONAN (Conan: Queen of the Black Coast, Batman), as well as an appearance by Tide of Blood co-writer ANTHONY DEL COL.

Feb. 9th: 1st Year Anniversary Minicon + Sale + On the Couch + Industry Night = AWESOME!

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Hard to believe it has been a year since we opened our doors on February 8th, 2012 and we would like to celebrate by holding some special events on the weekend of February 9-10.

We’re planning a three stage celebration – an in-store MINICON on Saturday afternoon, followed by the return of On the Couch with Ty Templeton and an Industry Night Party after that.

We’re also having an anniversary sale — books at 20-75% off, some recent back issues at 50% off and a lot more!

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Special appearances and signings all day. Guests include:
MINICON – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH – Noon until 7pm

Jeff Lemire – unfortunately Jeff has to head out of town for a conference and won’t be able to attend – he has relayed his regrets and promises to come back in March for a signing to celebrate the launch of Constantine #1.

NoNotTyEredTy Templeton (Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man, Bun Toons)

Scott Chantler On The CouchScott Chantler (Two Generals, Three Thieves)

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Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu, You Me & Zombie)

Rob Walton (Ragmop)

Richard Pace (Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword)

David Cutler (Heroes of the North, Zombies vs. Cheerleaders, Robyn Hood)

Christopher Yao (Artist in Residence)

(There may be more surprise creator guests if their schedule permits!)

PLUS

SEAN WARD

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TORONTO BATMAN

TORONTO ROGUE COSPLAY

THAT JOKER GUY

TORONTO IRON MAN

TORONTO PUNISHER

TORONTO JOKER

TORONTO BANE

and MORE!!!!! 

The February gallery show will be a multi-creator installation of original artwork from Kevin’s personal collection.

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7-11pm On the Couch with Ty Templeton returns!

An intimate and interactive Q&A with Ty the Guy and a roundtable of industry professionals.

THIS EPISODE’S TOPIC: COLLABORATION VS. CONTROL

The pros and cons of doing collaborative work (i.e. teams such as writer, artist, inker) vs. the freedom of doing your own thing as a cartoonist. Guests include: Richard Pace, Rob Walton and more! Audience interaction is a must!

Followed by an Industry Night Party with music by DJ SEAN WARD. 

Industry Night is a licensed event.

Artists: you won’t want to miss:

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Exploring Digital Comics – Sketchbook Pro Day!
Come in and see how Sketchbook Pro can work for you – we’re planning a day of drawing demonstrations and talks between Noon and Five to show you what the software is capable of doing for you. Autodesk has sponsored the event and will be providing hardware and software for use in the drawing demonstrations.

Featuring drawing demonstrations and talks by:

– Michael Cho

– Agnes Garbowska

– Mike Del Mundo

– Tyrone McCarthy (Guerilla Printing)

– Ty Templeton

– Christopher Yao

These are free events, there is no admission charge for any of them!

The Art of Marco Rudy Gallery Show – Late November/December 2012

Marco Rudy hails from Mozambique, in Africa, but currently is living in Toronto.

Marco broke into comics through promoting his art on the internet at sites like Deviantart. It was through Deviantart that he met an American writer, Grant Chastain, who invited Marco to join the Ronin Studios forums and work with him on a project called Corrective Measures. Marco did the 1st issue and almost immediately after that began talking with Howard Wong about a “drunk Super Hero” idea he had for a mini-series and they worked on it on and off until it was eventually published at Image Comics as After The Cape. It did well, and spawned a second mini-series.

Marco met Rafael Albuquerque and joined his studio, and got to meet and work with some great artists including Mateus Santolouco, Cris Peter, Edu Medeiros as well as Rafael, himself. It was there he learned the art of inking, and it led to his first inking jobs with BOOM! Studios – working on the covers for books like Zombie Tales and Cthulhu Tales. While living in Brazil, Marco met people like Eddie Berganza, Ivan Brandon, Brazilian superstars Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá and Rafael Grampá. New opportunities arose, and he landed a job at DC Comics, working on Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis mini-series, and he also worked with writer Greg Rucka on Final Crisis: Resist, with Ivan Brandon on Final Crisis: Escape. Marco also did an issue of Superman/Batman, and The Shield mini-series. In 2011, Marco was announced as the original artist of Suicide Squad for the New 52, and while that did not work out, he would eventually work on Swamp Thing with writer Scott Snyder. Marco’s Swamp Thing artwork – is incredibly detailed, full of inventive layouts and every page explodes with creativity and imagination.

The gallery show consists of approximately 30 framed pieces — the majority of them are pages from various issues of Swamp Thing, but there are also pages from The Shield and Superman/Batman, as well as some unpublished pin-up pieces. In addition to the framed pieces, Marco has also left three folios of additional originals – most are available for purchase.

The Art of Marco Rudy runs into late December 2012.