What happened to the summer?On August 21 we held the launch party for Reform School Ninja Girls which was a huge success — the original art is still up on display in the gallery until September 5th.
Last weekend we wrapped up Fan Expo Canada for another successful year, and buzz around town is that they had well over 110,000 attendees over four days. It was an exciting weekend for the Lounge, what with our booth at the show, Kevin participating in the Canadian Superhero Renaissance Panel on Friday, Rachel participating in the Golden Age of Canadian Comics panel on Sunday and the 9th Annual Joe Shuster Awards being presented on the Saturday night at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Joe Shuster Award Winners:
Artist – Isabelle Arsenault for Jane, le renard & moi
Writer – Fanny Britt for Jane, le renard & moi
Cartoonist – Jeff Lemire for Sweet Tooth and the Underwater Welder
Cover Artist – Mike Del Mundo for some amazing covers for Marvel Comics
Gene Day – The Pig Sleepby Cory McCallum and Matt Daley
Dragon Award – Cat’s Cradle Vol. 1 by Jo Rioux
Webcomics – Ant Comicby Michael DeForge
Harry Kremer Retailer – Heroes (London, ON)
Hall of Fame: Vernon Miller, Murray Karn, Arn Saba (Katherine Collins)
On Monday we had an impromptu visit/signing with the fine folks from UK publisher Neil Gibson Comics, including creator Neil Gibson himself. They’ve left some copies of TWISTED LIGHT at the store for sale along with a special offer to those that buy it to get a copy of TWISTED DARK for free either digitally or in print!
Rachel will be enjoying a restful vacation from September 3rd to 19th and we hope she has a great time. Mike Bothelho and Kellam Templeton-Smith will be filling in for her while she is away.
Our next evening event in September is the CEREBUS: LOW SOCIETY book launch on Saturday, September 7th with special guests Rob Walton (editor), Gerhard and the many talented participants in the Comics Lab Project. We’ll have copies of the book well in advance of the distributed copies, courtesy of Aardvark-Vanaheim.
On September 13-15 we’ll be exhibiting at the MONTREAL COMIC CON (look for us at booth 429) and Kevin will be accepting CGC Signature Series requests for the event. If there is something you would like us to bring to the event for you please let us know in advance.
On September 20-22 it looks like Kevin will be driving down to Columbus, OH for Wizard World Ohio to complete the Stan Lee signing that was originally schedule for Fan Expo (unfortunately Stan was not feeling well and had to leave early) and as a result he will be accepting some CGC Signature Series requests for that event as well.
On Saturday, September 28th we have LADIES NIGHT IV, one of our most popular reoccurring events.
WHERE: The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, 587A College Street (2nd Floor)
WHO: J. Torres, Ramon Perez, J. Bone, Jack Briglio, Howard Wong, Adrian Alphona and Jay Stephens.
True Patriot is a comic book anthology featuring Canadian superheroes written and drawn by some of your favourite Canadian comic book creators. Most of the folks working on this project grew up reading Alpha Flight, Captain Canuck, or Wolverine comics and have always thought that there should be more Canadian superheroes out there. So, they put together a 100-page, full-colour anthology for your reading pleasure (and ours) for only $25!
The Anthology includes contributions from Adrian Alphona (Runaways), Andy B. (Kill Shakespeare), J. Bone (Super Friends), Jack Briglio (Scooby Doo), Scott Chantler (Two Generals), Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Agnes Garbowska (Girl Comics), Faith Erin Hicks (Adventure Time), Tim Levins (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Ramon Perez (A Tale of Sand), Ron Salas (28 Days Later), Jay Stephens (Secret Saturdays), J. Torres (Teen Titans Go), Howard Wong (After the Cape).
Launch Party includes guests such as: Adrian Alphona, J. Bone, Ramon Perez, J. Torres, Jack Briglio, Howard Wong and Jay Stephens! We’ve also received art from Tom Fowler, Adam Gorham and Agnes Garbowska to display in the gallery.
Those of you who live in and around Toronto who ordered the book from Indiegogo may request to pick up your copy of True Patriot at the event. If you pick up your book, they unfortunately cannot refund your shipping, however, in exchange you’ll get a True Patriot postcard, (blank) book plate, plus you can get some creators to sign your book! If you’ve already paid for a book plate sketch, you can get an additional (blank) book plate or a True Patriot/Pacific Rim mash-up mini-poster. Ooh…
If you did not preorder it don’t fret because copies of TRUE PATRIOT will be available for sale at the Comic Book Lounge. The book costs $25.
Note: artists attending these events may or may not be doing sketches, but if so you’ll have to arrange pricing individually, and the money will go directly to them. They may also have other swag for sale (e.g. prints, original art, etc.).
I… HUNGER! This past Saturday we held an art show and signing with artist supreme Leonard Kirk to celebrate the release of the first issue of the Age of Ultron spin-off mini-series THE HUNGER. Poor Ultimate Rick Jones just wants to grab a bite to eat at the Burger Shack but he keeps being called away by the Ultimate Watcher and he experiences the same time shift that other major characters experienced at the end of AoU – then a tear in the universe opens and Galactus 616 crosses over and merges with Gah Lak Tus, the predatory artificial intelligence of the Ultimate universe.
Leonard did a great job on the art and we had a great time. The artwork is on display at the Lounge this week, but will be heading off to Leonard’s art dealer next weekend. For now it is available for sale at the Lounge. He’s even got some preview pages from issue #2 up – well worth checking out! RENOVATING AGAIN?
Yes, we’re making some more changes… well, UPGRADES, to the retail store.
Over the long weekend we are installing new slatwall pieces in the front section so we can better showcase our other products — from those awesome sketchbooks, card cases and buttons that Guerilla Printing makes, to our expanding selection of t-shirts, statues, toys and other collectibles.
We’ve got lots of fun things coming in this August in advance of Fan Expo (August 22-26), like a selection of POP figures, more board games and things like that, so we want a place to properly display these cool items.
It will also allows us to better support and display the work of Artist in Residence Christopher Yao and our relationship as a friend and partner of the Sean Ward Show.
The TRUE PATRIOT ANTHOLOGY TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH is scheduled for Saturday, August 10th at the Lounge. Starting at 7pm — anthology contributors Adrian Alphona, Ramon Perez, J. Bone, J. Torres, Howard Wong, Jack Briglio and more will be at the store signing copies and we’ll be displaying original artwork and prints featuring these amazing new Canadian superheroes in the gallery!
NEW COMICS IN ON JULY 31
3 GUNS #1 (OF 6) 3.99
ABSOLUTION RUBICON #2 WRAP CVR (MR) 3.99
ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER SPECIAL 2013 #1 (NOTE PRICE) 4.99
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #3 3.99
AKANEIRO #3 (OF 3) 3.99
AMALAS BLADE #4 (OF 4) 3.5
ANGEL & FAITH #24 REBEKAH ISAACS VAR CVR 2.99
ANGEL & FAITH #24 STEVE MORRIS CVR 2.99
ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #2 4.99
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BEDLAM #8 (MR) 3.5
BIONIC MAN #22 3.99
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CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 2.99
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DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #7 (OF 12) 3.99
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FLASH ANNUAL #2 4.99
GI JOE #6 3.99
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #192 3.99
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IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #12 2.99
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KING CONAN HOUR O/T DRAGON #3 (OF 6) 3.5
LAST OF US AMERICAN DREAMS #4 (OF 4) 3.99
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SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #7 3.99
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SUPERBOY #22 2.99
SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2 4.99
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TMNT ONGOING #24 (C: 1-0-0) 3.99
TOM STRONG AND THE PLANET OF PERIL #1 (OF 6) 2.99
TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #2 (TRINITY) 2.99
UBER #4 WRAP CVR (MR) 3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #28 3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #9 NOW 3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #9 NOW 3.99
VENOM #38 2.99
WAKE #3 (OF 10) (MR) 2.99
WASTELAND #46 (MR) 3.99
WHAT IF AVX #4 (OF 4) 3.99
WOLVERINE IN FLESH #1 3.99
X-MEN #3 3.99
X-MEN LEGACY #14 NOW 2.99
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NEW MAGAZINES & PULPS
DC BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA FIG COLL MAG #11 DARK KNIGHT MOVIE BAT 20
SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 74 (C: 0-1-1) 14.95
DC BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA FIG COLL MAG #4 BATMAN FOREVER MOVIE B 20
NEW BOOKS AND REORDERS
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AGE OF BRONZE TP VOL 03.B BETRAYAL PT 2 (MR) 18.99
AMULET SC VOL 02 STONEKEEPERS CURSE NEW PTG (O/A) 12.99
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BEWARE THE CREEPER TP (MR) 14.99
BLACK BOLT SOMETHING INHUMAN THIS WAY COMES 7.99
BURROUGHS TARZAN SUNDAY COMICS 1931-1933 HC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2 125
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ELEPHANTMEN HC VOL 06 EARTHLY DESIRES (MR) 34.99
GANTZ TP VOL 28 (MR) (C: 0-1-2) 13.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS TP VOL 01 RING BEARER (N52) 14.99
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MARK SCHULTZ CARBON SC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-1) 24.95
WALT DISNEYS MICKEY MOUSE TALES HC (RES) (C: 1-1-0) 19.95
WORLDS OF SAM KIETH HC VOL 01 49.99
NEW TOYS AND STATUES
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS CREATURE 9-IN SCALE AF (C: 0-1-2) 29.99
GODZILLA 11-IN COLLECTIBLE FIGURE 2013 29.99
On Saturday, July 27th from 7pm-11pm we will be hosting a signing and gallery show with LEONARD KIRK featuring the original artwork from THE HUNGER #1, published by Marvel Comics. Issue #1 arrives at comic shops this Wednesday, July 24th. Many of the pages will be available for purchase.
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, with art by Leonard Kirk and covers by Adi Granov, THE HUNGER picks up where AGE OF ULTRON left off, as Galactus makes his way to the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This series leads directly into Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s CATACLYSM mini-series which may or may not be the end of the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
On Friday, May 31 from 6-9 we’ll be staying open late to host a signing to celebrating the release of Uys-Faber’s TOTEM SACRED – TAY-RA #1
Then on Sunday, June 2nd we’ll be loading up the car and heading to Utopia Hall for the Cool Collectibles Show and Sale
And then the following weekend, on June 8-9 we’ll be exhibiting at the Niagara Falls Comic-Con. Look for us near the main entrance at booth 141 (shared with Hairy Tarantula and 3rd Quadrant Comics). Comic book guests include Marc Silvestri, George Perez, Colleen Doran, Ken Lashley, Leonard Kirk, Dave Ross, Spent Pencils, Stephen Burger (Talk!) and our very own Chris Yao as well as a number of other great creators.
Join 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
On Wednesday, March 20th, from 7-9 PM the Comic Book Lounge & Gallery is proud to welcome Canadian creators JEFF LEMIRE (Essex County Trilogy, Underwater Welder, Animal Man, Justice League Dark, Green Arrow) and RAY FAWKES (One Soul, Possessions, Justice League Dark, Batgirl) for a signing to celebrate the same day release of CONSTANTINE #1 from DC Comics.
Swing on over after work / school Wednesday night for a chance to meet and hang out with Jeff and Ray at the Lounge! We’ll save a seat for you on the couch!
• The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK is unleashed in his all-new ongoing series!
• Liar, cheater, manipulator…John Constantine is all of these, and yet he uses these skills and more to protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe.
• What Constantine learns in this first issue will shake the very foundations of the New 52…and only he knows how to deal with it!
Written by: Jeff Lemire & Ray Fawkes
Art by: Renato Guedes
Cover by: Juan Jose Ryp
Variant Cover by: Renato Guedes
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Mar 20 2013
An after hours 19+ event – please r.s.v.p. to email@example.com so we can register your name on the guest list. There is no admission cost.
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.