Ivan Kocmarek reflects on promoting Canadian wartime comic books

Here’s my chat with Ivan Kocmarek about Canadian wartime comic books. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Ivan is a retired Hamilton teacher and comic book collector for over 50 years. He edited Heroes of the Home Front with more 300 pages of the history of Canadian comics in the World War II era from Bell Features artists and over 150 pages of original art. Ivan has been instrumental in many exhibits promoting Canadian wartime comic books including World War II Comics In Canada exhibit held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, Ontario. His most recent project was curating a book entitled Trailblazers – A Tribute To Canada’s WWII Comic Creators.

Presented in cooperation with the RAID Gallery, Trailblazers is a very special homage by contemporary artists, celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the first published Canadian comic books and their creators. Canadian wartime comic enthusiast Ivan Kockmarek has edited an anthology of tributes to Canada’s original comic creators by some of the best current creators. Contributors include Michael Gilbert (on Mr. Monster’s creator Fred Kelley), Ken Steacy, Ho Che Anderson, Dave Sim, James Waley (Orb), Eric Kim, Ronn Sutton (of Dark Horse fame), Ron Kasman and many more.

You can discover more about Ivan online at ComicBookDaily.com

Ivan has a podcast called Cataclysmic Comics Backpack available on Anchor.fm


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