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Comics shop nominated for Shuster Award, announces closing

Jellaby 2, nominated for best kids' comic

Jellaby 2, nominated for best kids' comic

Most of the Joe Shuster Award nominations were announced in March, but the award committee made several additional nominations this week.

The nominations are below, but already there is an ironic footnote: Elfsar Comics & Toys of Vancouver was nominated for the Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer, and the same day announced it will close its doors for good on May 23.

It’s not a naked bid for the sympathy vote: Elfsar’s landlord has raised its rent, and store owner Ethan Peacock hints darkly that a neighboring supermarket covets the space. However, later on in Elfsar’s farewell letter Peacock also brings in digital comics as a possible factor:

The fact is the “modern age” of comics is changing at a rapid pace. With one million in sales through mobile formats such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle, and PSP formats in 2009, I believe that in the next 5 to 10 years we will see the most significant changes to the comic industry as a whole. Heck the biggest threat, known as the iPad has not even hit Canada yet and we have already seen the ripple effect in our business.

However, Elfsar plans to continue as an e-tail site.

Here are all the new nominees:

Publisher/Éditeur

- Conundrum Press
- Drawn & Quarterly
- Les 400 Coups
- Kids Can Press
- La Pastèque

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées

- Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
- The Beguiling (Toronto, ON)
- Elfsar (Vancouver, BC)
- Fichtre! (Montreal, QC)
- Heroes (London, ON)

Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants

- Binky the Space Cat – Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)
- Capitaine Static, tome 3: L’Étrange Miss Flissy – Alain M. Bergeron, Samuel Parent/Sampar (Québec Amérique)
- Laflèche, tome 02: Cobequid – Mario Landry, Marcel Levasseur (Boomerang)
- Horus, tome 1 – L’enfant À Tête De Faucon – Johane Matte (Les 400 Coups)
- Jellaby, Book 2: Monster in the City – Kean Soo (Hyperion)
- Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 1-2 – Svetlana Chmakova (Yen Press)
- Scaredy Squirrel at Night – Melanie Watt (Kids Can Press)
- A Sam & Friends Mystery, Book 2: Lake Monster Mix-Up – Mary Labatt, Jo Rioux (Kids Can Press)

(Via The Beat.)

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2 Comments

Thanks for the news, sad as it is.

One little clarification: Shoppers Drug Mart, the store Ethan mentions as possibly coveting their space, is actually a pharmacy.

I went to this store quite a few times over the past few years, though I didn’t keep my pull list with them (too many little rules). Their stock was really great, though the prices were a bit high, often taking real advantage over the currency exchange. That said it was a good store and if I couldn’t find a trade or back issue anywhere else, chances were good that they’d have it.

Until a few months ago, where the owner behaved like a total dick towards me and things got rather nasty. I hadn’t been in a while and the atmosphere and demeanour had really shifted. I

Now I know why, I guess.

I was pretty sure that the drop in customer service/relations would cause difficulties eventually, but it seems that rising rent did the job first….and may have been the reason for the attitude problems in general. The place had been pretty dead as is. They were having a “buy two get one free” sale on trades for a MONTH and the place still had rolling tumbleweeds.

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