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Posted - 03/24/2017 :  09:36:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit Richv1's Homepage  Reply with Quote Bookmark and Share

Title: Toronto Comics Anthology Vol. 1
Publisher: TO Comix
Writers: various
Artists: various
Edited by: Steven Andrews, Nelson da Roca, and Miike Something
Cover Pencils and Inks by: Adam Gorham
Cover Colours by: Paris Alleyne
Price: $ 9.99 CDN
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.tocomix.com
Comments: This comic is made by comic writers and artists from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This anthology has a collection of eleven stories.
You just have to read the Foreword in this book. Ty Templeton could not have written it better. If this does not make you want to read this nothing will and believe me this will.
"Blackout" Written by Miike Something and art by Todd Sullivan.
Two boys decide to play a new video game. They get far more than they expected out of it. The story has excitement and chills. Plus we see a friendship grow. It is all presented so wonderfully and with beautiful art that shows off all the characters so well.
"The Perfect Gold Heist of 1952" Written by Christopher Bird and illustrated by Nick Hendricks.
This is a short two page story based on real events. The art is basic with no frills. The art does show a sinister man in the shadows.
"The Tale of the Eyeball Tree" Story by Oliver Ho and drawings by Brice Hall.
This is one weird story filled with magic and love. Gorgeous art portrays the trees and you will definitely feel for the little girl. She is so wonderful.
"Brutal" Story by Mark Foo and art by David Oxley.
Have you ever wondered what the true purpose of all the concrete and steel buildings in Toronto are? Be careful what you find out because you just may not want to know. The art does set the atmosphere for this story and it is well written.
"WTF at the CNE" Written by Christopher Bird and illustrated by Greg Jensen.
The CNE had a lot of weird shows and competitions. Yes they are or were all real. The water skiing elephant is draw cute and looking afraid.
"The Ghost of Maple Leaf Gardens" Written by Steven Andrews and art by Xan Grey.
This is a touching story about a ghost. The poor thing. The ghost buster here is just a man who knows what he is doing. Beautiful art illustrates this fine story.
"The Cheese Poems of James McIntye" Written by Christopher Bird and art by Adam Prosser.
James McIntye really did write poems about cheese. He is shown as a man who loved his work. He is drawn with a fun look on his face.
"Different Times" Story by Nelson da Rocha and art by Stephany Lein.
This story is about super-heroes. Super-heroes from the future visit ones in the past. The art does showcase each one well. The ones in the past we see are sexist, racist and just not nice guys by modern standards.
"The Bathing Suit Trails of 1936" Script and inks by Christopher Bird and pencils by Kelvin Sue.
From 1936 to 1938 men could not go swimming topless. They could go topless as long as they did not swim. Nice simple art accompanies this story.
"The Scottish Play" Written and illustrated by B.C. Holmes.
Jamie here is shown as such a courageous young man. He does what is right for him even knowing how others will react to it. Jamie in the drawings is a brave soul.
"Doors Into Darkness" Story by Daniel Reynolds and art by Kelvin Sue.
Dennis meets Rui. The art is nice and clean looking, the lines are solid. Dennis learns he has much more to do with his life tha being a janitor. Dennis is a good guy and on his way to becoming even better.
"The Disappearance of Ambrose Small" Written by Christopher Bird and illustrated by Leo Lee.
Ambrose Small in 1919 disappeared. His disappearance was real and it is still a mystery today what happened to him. The art is good and the story briefly tells you about Ambrose.
This collection of Toronto stories by people from Toronto is wonderfully presented.


Title: Toronto Comics Anthology Vol. 2
Publisher: TO Comix
Writers: various
Artists: various
Cover Pencils and Inks by: Adam Gorham
Cover Colours by: Paris Alleyne
Price: $ 14.99 CDN
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.tocomix.com
Comments: This comic is made by comic writers and artists from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This anthology has a collection of nineteen stories.
"Home" Story by Mark Foo and art by Xan Grey. A woman makes a journey to Toronto. She is a scientist. This story is going along great it has excitement and keeps you focused on it and the main character is an amazing woman. The art is illustrated well. The ending though makes no sense.
"Fire on the S.S. Noronic" Written by Christopher Bird and illustrated by Brice Hall.
This is a tragic real life story of a fire on a ship. Proper precautions were not taken and this lead to many deaths. The brave people of Toronto who helped out saved many lives as well. The art is well done showcasing this tragedy. The terror of this incident is brought across in the drawings.
"We Were Here" Written by Aaron Feldman and art by Ryan Garcia.
Even in a future where the world has gone to hell two people can find love. This is a beautiful story written low key with nice soft art to match it. Wonderfully told story.
"Hero" Written by Mark Foo and illustrated by Greg Jensen.
We see our hero all suited up in costume and ready to stalk the nights delivering justice. Well if weather permits. Very funny story guaranteed to make you smile and feel good. The art does not have a lot of detail but it works well enough in this story. The hero is posed just right for his scenes.
"Bloodsuckers" Written by J.M. Frey and art by Ryan C. Cole.
The art is cute. The story is about vampires with something to do with where they are living but it is never made all that clear.
"Cool New Job" Story and art by David Oxley.
Trina gets a new job and as she tells her friend Ginger about it. This is an interesting Canadian take on the Power Rangers. The story is fun and entertaining with great characters.
"Discount Demon of the West End!" Art by Ally Rom Colthoff and words Steven Andrews.
Sarah finds a demon who has to obey her. Does she get him to conquer the world for her well no, does she get riches well no, she does have him sort underwear though. This story is so cute. Sarah is a wonderful person and she influences this demon. It is wonderful to see and read.
"Toronto the Rude" Written by J.M.Frey and illustrated by Tim Lai.
A writer and two editors are talking about New York and Toronto. Toronto is more polite and New York more kind so they say here. Is it true visit both and see. The art is simple with nothing to stand out about it.
"Sandwich Boards and Salami" Art and story by B.C. Holmes.
Crad Kilodney was a Toronto author his books were unconventional. A woman thinks back about the books of his she bought from him. More so about him. The story gives some great advice on writing. The art is what it should be for this story. It shows the characters as you would expect.
"The Keeper" Written by Nelson Da Rocha and illustrated by Ariane Laurence.
There is not much to this story. It needed to be long to get into it more. It is about some killers but it is not long enough to get you interested in it. The art is simple and basic with sparse backgrounds.
"The Black Spire of York" A gothic story translated by Miike Something , illustrated by Todd Sullivan.
Nice art done in the period the story is set. This tale is one of warning. If your evil you will be punished. Oxley gets his well earned reward.
"The Icelandia Boycotts" Written by Christopher Bird and art by Leo Lee.
This story is all about racism and that if you do stand up to it it can be beat. Nice art but without enough detail. The message is clear here people should not be discriminated against because of skin color or race, it is wrong.
"Major North" Artist Christopher Yao and writer Sam Noir.
Here we see Major North a Native Canadian super-hero. He has the supernatural manifestation of the Canadian identity which gives him superhuman strength, speed, and stamina. Here all Canadians are heroes and all get to feel what it is like to be Major North. The art could be more focused, it is indistinct. The line art needs to be more solid.
"The Monster Artist" Story by Yi-Sung Oliver Ho and art by Rina Rozsas.
Lily is a wonderful character she is so full of life and loves to draw. The story itself flows nicely but the ending makes no sense. The drawings of Lily are beautiful and convey her character perfectly.
"Redevelopment and Reunion" Written by Daniel Reynolds and art by Stephany Lein.
Toronto stands still for no one. The art is vague on the people but the backgrounds have plenty of detail. We see four men who waited on a dream to long.
"Started from the Bottom" Story by Alex Correa and art by Kelvin Sue.
Lots of work goes into a huge display. The story does have two friends together but the story does not have much of a plot. The art is nice and clean cut.
"The Toronto Patty Wars of 1985" Written by Christopher Bird and art by Elli Fata.
People actually complained that Jamaican Beef Patties should be called Jamaican Patties only. Such a silly thing to complain about. The patty both Jamaican and regular hamburger ones are well drawn. They might just make you hungry.
"Reflections" Written by Jesse McGibney and art by Ariane Laurence.
This is a short and very frightening tale. It has you thinking what if it could really happen. The art is gorgeous scary.
"Sultan of Hanlon Point" Author Rob Shapiro and artist Nicole A. Trudel.
The Babe hit his very first home run in Toronto. One young boy has one weird adventure that is the adventure of a lifetime. The Babe looks like a guy who really enjoys baseball.
"We Still Got It" Writer Mark Maia and artist James Riehl.
Here two old foes reminisce about younger days. These two a super-hero and his super villain used to have such grand battles. As we see even in old age they still can. Beautiful art accompanies this story. The story is fun and entertaining.


Title: Toronto Comics Anthology Vol. 3
Publisher: TO Comix
Writers: various
Artists: various
Cover Pencils and Inks by: Adam Gorham
Cover Colours by: Mike Spicer
Price: $ 19.99 CDN
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.tocomix.com
Comments: This comic is made by comic writers and artists from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This anthology has a collection of thirty stories on various topics.
"Karina" Writer and artist Simon Phommaneth.
One cutely drawn school girl and yes she is drawn in a cute school uniform looks beautiful in this anime style. She chases down a thief. The thief has powers which he is shown using well. The girl she can fight and is a martial artist. The fighting scenes are illustrated beautifully and action packed. It is powers versus city knowledge, man vs girl and yes the best one wins.
"Just in Time" Writer and Artist Andrew "ARG!" Gregoire.
A woman goes through the daily grind of going to work. She makes the effort. The pay off though for her troubles is a let down. The art illustrating this woman is cute.
"Snow Blind" Writer & letterer Howard Wong and artist Keith Grachow.
One woman a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Urban Command is out patroling the streets of Toronto keeping them safe from mutants and children in this future story. There needed to be a lot more explanation of what is going on. The art is outstanding and the woman it is easy to tell is a beauty as she is illustrated.
"Lofty Aspirations" Writer BC Holmes& letterer and artist Xan Grey.
Here we see real life and TV shows are different. A super-hero and a villain he faced are not the same as on a TV show. Plus how real people handle meeting a real villain, a real criminal in real life is shown here. It is a refreshing look to see handled realistically.
The art to is done in a realistic style. People are drawn as real people.
You can easily identify with the people in this story.
"Etienne and the Far West" Writer M. Blankier and artist Leo Lee.
This story has a man searching for something, a place? It does not ever really tell you. The art is a matte style which in its way is done fine for the story but could use more detail.
"Architecture" Writer Ricky Lima and artist Kelvin Sue.
This is a lighthearted look at the buildings and vehicles of Toronto. They are as much a part of it as the people. The story is wonderfully written and drawn.
"The Dark" Writer Aaron Feldman and artist Joshua Rosen.
Two women sit eating a meal in the dark. You can feel the tension between them. One woman offers comfort and support when it is needed most. It is a beautiful story. The definitely suits the story.
"Hogtown" Writer & Letterer Phil McClorey and artist Greg Menzie.
Two vampires are working at a hog processing plant. Well one thing leads to another and we have vampire pigs. There is a first for everything. The pigs are drawn very well to give them a vampire look and a touch of evil.
"A Work in Progress" Writer & artist Gwen Howarth and writer & letterer Sam Noir.
Gwen the writer and artist on this story writes about them self. Gwen is transgender. She reaches out to those around her and finds acceptance. It is great to see that people in general are open and accept others who are difference in some ways but the same in others. People are people.
"Shrieking Freaks" Writer & artist Saffron Aurora.
This is a simple story with simple straightforward art. A young woman just wants her own place where she can be herself. A simple ambition to make her happy.
"Toward a Frontier" Writer & artist Brice Hall.
Here we get a look at Toronto in a future with little hope. The people survive and that is about it. Humanity goes on just they are alive but not really living. You will feel some sadness for them. The art is good but nothing special. There are some nicely illustrated expressions on the faces.
"One Night on the TTC" Writer Ryan Clement and artist Jeanna LeClair.
Two friends meet up at the air terminal and with super-heroes, dragons, wizards, demons and vampires there it is easy to see this place is not normal but very special. The girls ride on the TTC does lead to them bonding and having fun. This story has a magical side but is basicly about two friends that grew apart and are now growing close again. The art style is nice, not scary at all for the monsters and the girls are cutely drawn.
"Bells" Writer & artist Angeline Mauri.
A story about love. It is always great to see two people so in love. The emotions of the one are so strong and openly shown. This is a touching story and illustrated nicely.
"A Night to Remember" Writer Rob Shapiro and artist Christopher Yao.
Three girls are prom dress shopping when something more exciting and frightening intrudes. The story does not have a plot. The art is well enough but mainly the characters are just standing around.
"The Way Home" Writer Jeff Estrella and artist Tom Turner.
This is a religious story in a way. It is also more. A boy realizes where his home is now. He is a smart boy and meets a few interesting people in Toronto. The mystical side of the story is illustrated so well here.
"Date with the Majestic Rat" Writer & artist Jason Loo.
Majestic Rat goes on a date and things do not go well for either of them. Than Majestic Rat gets to be the hero he is. Yes his date sees him as the heroic soul he is. Things start looking up for both of them. The art is gorgeously done and brings out both sides of Majestic Rat at his worst and best.
"Toonie" Writer & artist Turin Giri.
This is a touching story. Good art shows off a man who at first you might not like and may find annoying but then you are shown him up closer and get to learn a little about him. The poor guy.
"#ModernViking" Writer & artist Mandy James.
A viking in modern times just wants a noble death. The story is cute and the art does not really match it. The art style is not done as humorously as it should be.
"TTC-YA" Writer Keith WTS Morris & artist Meagan Moynagh.
Well this story is the start of an adventure. It just seems to cut off at the end though, is this part one of a bigger story? The art looks great and the aliens are typical looking. The alien buildings are well designed.
"Buried, Not Forgotten" Writer & letterer Corey Reid and artist Cleopatria Peterson.
This is an interesting story about two brothers. Their relationship is something else. The art has some nice detail to it.
"Taste of the Neighborhood" Writer Sari Lynne and writer & artist Shane Kirshenblatt.
Neighbors making friends and just meting those around them for fun and friendship. It is nice to see a nice story about people just getting together and hanging out. The art is clear and simple. The dog is drawn lovely.
"Ghosts Over Garlic Mashed Potatoes" Writer Allison O'Toole and artist Meaghan Carter.
This is a spooky tale of a haunted house being investigated. The art does have a frightening and disturbing look to it as it shows us what is within the house.
"Kunik and the Slave-Wizard of the Tower" Writer & letterer Steven Andrews and artist Ally Rom Colthoff.
Two barbarians face a wizard and the battle goes not as you might think but as the barbarians planned. The story is presented well and the twist at the end is a surprise. The dragons are illustrated wonderfully.
"Something Just as Great" Writer Shawn Morrissey and artist Katie Mackay.
Aw this is a cute story about family and the relationship between a father and his child. The art is done to dark but the characters look good enough to get a feeling of the relationships they have.
"Ghost of Bellwoods Past" Writer & artist Shawn Daley.
This time traveling story has cute art but the story does not fully make sense because it is so short and does not have enough time to get into everything going on.
"Rumble" Writer and artist Joy Santiago.
This is a one page simple story hi-lighting the variety of food available in Toronto. The art to dark and indistinct.
"Chinatown's Lost Movie Palaces" Writer & artist Sam Noir and artist Matthew Tavares.
This story is just about remembering your heritage. It can be done in part by going to the movies and remembering the past. The art is ok but with only one page you do not get to see a lot of it especially with the word boxes taking up so much room.
"Then and Now" Writer & artist Stephany Lein.
How fifteen years can change your outlook on Toronto. It certainly does do that. The art is simple, nothing stands out about it it is just there.
"Curly Plays the Rex" Writer & artist D.A. Bishop.
Nice nostalgic story about Curly Roberts and his blues music being felt by others. It gives you a good feeling instead as you read this and the art shows Curly off beautifully.
"Toronto Search" Artist Rebecca Slack.
This is a huge picture search drawing that will keep you busy for a good while.
This is a wonderful collection of short stories for and about Canadians but anyone can enjoy them. Toronto is a gathering place for so much talent.

Richard Vasseur
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