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The Long Game

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  In Ottawa’s touristy Market district, a rare driveway-width alley runs almost unnoticed directly off of Murray Street. Between Navarra Restaurant and Not Your Father’s Barber, it leads to a tight and gravely patch of uneven land that is home to four parking spots and one story, all but windowless, beige, stuccoed, crisped edged box of a building. Once a dance school, the building that Ottawa Brands calls home couldn’t be better situated and better suited for Donald Lanouette’s needs. He’s the company’s owner-manager. Insulated by surrounding buildings, it is very quiet back there, in spite of being downtown. Entry...

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Comic books in the Heartland

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  One thing that stood out to me in the month of October was the number of comic book related articles which weren’t coming from the usual sources like ComicBookResources.com or Comicbook.com. Media outlets with mastheads involving the name ‘Herald’ seemed predominant. I take it as a telling sign that comic book culture has hit the mainstream. I particularly love to see press far from the usual comic book hot spots reporting on pop culture events. I love local press. Whether it’s Herald and News article on the comic con being held in the Klamath County Library in Oregon or,...

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Fandom Fashion

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Last week we saw something new. It seems that pop culture may have turned a corner. Earlier this month Montreal's UNTTLD label won a Star Wars fashion week contest with a Leia-inspired bikini dress. Designers José Manuel St-Jacques and Simon Bélanger were awarded the $15,000 prize on Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week. [LINK] "We decided to empower Leia and bring back the chain and make a dress out of it that's somewhat armour, somewhat very sexy," said St-Jacques. "When something is so iconic, it's easier for people to understand where you started," said Bélanger. We’ve actually seen Star Wars on the...

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The Cultural Comic Book Wave Isn’t Cresting Anytime Soon

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Upon review of the last two weeks of comic book news I’d have to say that it is the diversity of the latest entrants into the art-and-commerce melange that is the comic book industry which stands out. If you follow me on Twitter or Google Plus, you’ll know what I’m referring to (hint: it is not small independent publishers). If we can glean anything from the past couple of weeks it has become clear that the growing interest in all things comic book has not yet even begun to crest. Comic books are transitioning from pop culture to the mainstream....

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Diversity in Comics & Alexandra Forever

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  In the pursuit of a representative population general fitness level, in particular weight, wasn’t on my mind at first. I was focused on a mix of age, gender and race. It only occurred to me when I saw some of the initial panels. Steve, to his credit, has a great deal of creative freedom (or, conversely and more accurately, extremely minimal guidance) on the look of the project. In one of his renderings early on in the project he had drawn a couple of the male characters as being overweight. Seeing them it occurred to me that, up to that...

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