Author: Maddy Beaupré

Friday Poll: Best Comic Book Movie or BEST Comic Book Movie?

The list of my Top Five Comic Book Movie Adaptations is a little unconventional, in that there’s only two items on the list. (My list of Top Five Comic Book Movies That Had Great Potential But Really Let Me Down consists of one. I’m looking’ at you, 2008’s The Dark Knight.) In one corner we have Josie and the Pussycats, from all the way back in 2001. In addition to Rosario Dawson, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Tara Reid portraying the trio of feline rockstars from Riverdale, you have also have Alan Cumming and Parker Posey bringing in some comedy...

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Anne of Green Gables for Mayor! (But you can call her ‘Cordelia’)

The results to last Friday’s poll on who should replace Rob Ford (the infamous, lying, crack-smoking and friend to Etobicoke drug dealers, mayor of Toronto) are in! Poor old Captain Canuck and Drake/Aubrey Graham/Jimmy Brooks of Degrassi got no votes whatsover. Snidely Whiplash, Wolverine, and Nelvana of the Northern Lights all tied at 6.25% of the vote. Robin Charles Scherbatsky Jr., Benton Fraser of the RCMP, and Ramona Flowers (“Gideon always says Toronto is one of the great cities, so…” we assume she got her citizenship eventually) tied at 12.5%. Coming in second is Jules Callaghan (aka the Pink Ranger of Flashpoint), and in first place, who is the fictional character you want to see mayor-ing it up in Hogtown, the Big Smoke, Muddy York, the Tee-Dot-Oh-Dot–y’know, Toronto the Good? Why, it’s none other than Anne Shirley from L.M. Montgomery’s Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables! The loquacious and imaginative farm girl orphan from PEI might be more qualified than you’d expect. She likes trees, flowers, and poetry, earned a B.A. back when that was not a popular thing to do for women, and she’s an effective communicator and public speaker. You’ll love her renditions of The Highwayman and The Lady of Shallot! And the closest she’s ever got to being inebriated in public was that one time she accidentally got her pal Diana Barry drunk, but she swears she...

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Interview with Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey of the Nelvana of the Northern Lights Kickstarter

Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey are mere hours away from seeing their Kickstarter campaign to reprint the Canadian WWII-era comics featuring Nelvana of the Northern Lights come to a close. One of the first female superheroes to hit comics, Nelvana was the creation of Canadian artist Adrian Dingle, with connections to Inuit culture and Group of 7 artist Franz (Frank) Johnston. During the second world war, the Canadian government banned the import of luxury goods, including comics, which enabled a Canadian comic industry to spring up without competition from their southern neighbours. Nelvana of the Northern Lights debuted in Triumph-Adventure Comics #1 published by Hillborough Studios in 1941 (pre-dating even the iconic Wonder Woman), and later published by Bell Features. As the war came to an end, the trade restrictions were lifted and American comics once again flooded the market. Nelvana made her last appearance in 1947, and her comics have never been reprinted. As I wrote previously, I’m very excited to have this incredible character brought to light, and to have the chance to read her adventures, which is why I was pleased to get the chance to ask Nicholson and Richey a few questions about the project. Maddy Beaupré: Congratulations on the success of the Kickstarter so far! Since you’ve flown past your original $25k goal, it looks like you’ve now surpassed four stretch goals. Are you...

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Nelvana of the Northern Lights: The Kickstarter Project that Warms My Cold, Canadian, Superhero-Lovin’ Heart

The World War II-era comics starring Nelvana of the Northern Lights are being reprinted! She is Canada’s first superhero, and one of the first female superheroes to exist, even pre-dating Wonder Woman by a few months. The project, headed up by Hope Nicholson and Rachael Richey, is being crowdfunded by way of a Kickstarter project. Being able to read Nelvana’s stories is a dream I’ve had since I first became interested in comics. Back in early 2007, my childhood interest in superheroes was rekindled by an article in Bitch Magazine about the dilemmas of superheroines in comics. I was smitten with all things Batman and was just itching to find female superheroes I could relate to, and part of my blind googling included searches for “Canadian superheroes”. Along with Johnny Canuck, Captain Canuck, Northguard, and Fleur de Lys, and the more embarrassing members of Marvel Comics’ Alpha Flight (*cough*Puck*cough*), I came across Nelvana. Of course, the name “Nelvana” was already familiar to me, as it’s the name of a Canadian animation company that produced several cartoon shows from my childhood, like Care Bears and Babar. But I had never before heard of Nelvana the superhero. How could that be? She had a commemorative stamp made for her by Canada Post and everything! So clearly she was important to what’s referred to as “Can-con” (Canadian content). During WWII, Canada banned...

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