Guelph has been good to Group of 7. Local press jumped on the concept when it was first launched publicly in early 2017 and local businesses (The Dragon, Royal Cat Records) and institutions (Guelph Public Library, Guelph Civic Museum) have been keen to help spread the word by providing a space for our promo postcards. Our first school presentation was at Central Public School and our first signing was (again) at The Dragon. Suffice to say, John McCrae’s hometown has given us a great deal of support so we were thrilled to be included in this year’s Guelph Book Bash, a celebration of local authors, creators, books and publications organized by Vocamus Press, a local non-profit that promotes Guelph book culture.
Any event that sells local craft beer (Wellington Brewery), falafels (Osmows) and is hosted right around the corner from my house has our stamp of approval. With any luck, as more issues are released over the next year, we’ll be invited back for the Book Bash’s 5th anniversary.
Our first official review is out! Check out what First Comics News had to say about Issue #1. The Alan Moore reference is the icing on the cake!
We came. We sold comics. We ate homemade breakfast sandwiches. We sweat buckets.
Our first experience officially exhibiting the comic was truly memorable. On the hottest day of the year, we set up shop between a jewelry artist and a homemade greeting card creator and got down to the business of introducing shoppers to the wild world of Group of 7. Special shout out to Jason’s dad Stan, who lent us his tent without which we would have been extra crispy by day’s end and Pamela and Kaleigh, the organizers of the Perth Pop-Up Market. We felt so welcomed and supported!
Today, Jason and I travelled to Newmarket to present the comic to the History Heads of the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and facilitate a discussion about its application in secondary school classrooms. It was a very positive and productive meeting with both sides suggesting possible avenues for student exploration including: history, art, ESL and critical thinking. One suggestion that we hadn’t thought of was translating the book into French, which now is something that’s on the radar.
Jason and I were always aware of the educational potential of Group of 7 but today’s meeting really brought that home. At the end of it, our 15 minute presentation had evolved into a 30 minute discussion and we had a number of requests for running comic-related classroom workshops across the region – a most welcome development. Looking forward to launching our first workshop sometime this Fall!
The in-store retail train just keeps on a-chugging. Issue #1 is NOW AVAILABLE on the shelves at Cyber City Comix in the north end of Toronto (Steeles and Bathurst). Big thanks to Darryl at Cyber City for making this happen!
Yesterday was a milestone. Our first signing! In a comic book store! To help celebrate its 19 birthday, The Dragon (Guelph ON) invited us to sign Group of 7 alongside Marvel and DC artist Ken Lashley (Xmen, Age of Apocalypse, Superwoman, Deadpool, Black Panther, etc). Unfortunately Jason couldn’t attend (which is a real shame because I had so many people comment on how much they love the G7 art) but overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better first signing. The people were great (we sold 9 copies and a bunch of kids showed me the comics they made at home), The Dragon were amazing hosts and Ken was an unbelievably kind and patient table-mate. So much great advice on starting out in the comics biz, what to expect moving forward and the unique working relationship between writer and artist.
Special shout out to Austin (pictured below) for being our very first store signing! Also, apologies to everyone I signed the book for. Upon reflection, my handwriting/signature/messaging is currently “meh.” I’ll get better, I promise.
Great news! If you live in Toronto or area, you can now pick up YOUR copy of Group of 7 Issue #1 at The Beguiling! We’re absolutely thrilled to have our book available in one of Canada’s great comics stores!
Well one store BUT two locations so “stores” is technically correct. If you’re in Guelph or surrounding area, you can pick up YOUR copy of Group of 7 Issue #1 at The Dragon (both downtown and south end locations)! The folks there were even kind enough to feature Group of 7 in its own display. So shop early, shop often and most importantly, shop at The Dragon.
Print edition of Issue #1 is NOW available! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order YOUR copy. Comics are $5 each plus shipping.
Oh that sweet new comic smell.
Happy Canada Day everyone! Jason and I are thrilled to present Group of 7 #1 – a most secret tale of Canadian daring and danger from the Great War. Read all 22 pages on the website for FREE or purchase your own digital copy via Gumroad here. We hope to have print editions available to order sometime this summer.
We’re hard at work on Issue #2 and appreciate all the love and support you have sent our way. Have a safe and happy holiday!