Thursday, March 11, 2010

NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 Officially Recommended as a Classroom Resource by Curriculum Services Canada

NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 - Officially Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada
NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 Recommended by Curriculum Services Canada

I'm extremely proud to announce that the NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1, which I designed and illustrated for LesPlan Educational Services Ltd., has been officially approved as a recommended classroom resource by Curriculum Services Canada (CSC).

From the CSC Website:

"CSC Evaluation Recommendation:

The NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 is recommended to support curriculum topics in Geography and Language at the Junior level in Canadian schools.

Format:

The comic book format of the learning resource is engaging and supports students in accessing the content ..."

Read more on CSC's Website ...

NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 - Recommended Resource page on Curriculum Services Canada
Click on the above image to visit the NetTrekkers Recommended Resource page on Curriculum Services Canada.

About CSC:

"Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) is the Pan-Canadian standards agency for quality assurance in learning products and programs. We are an incorporated, not-for-profit organization that provides services including the development, implementation, evaluation, and accreditation of teaching and learning resources ...

Teachers, administrators, and parents know they can count on the CSC Seal. Resources that receive the CSC Seal meet high standards. The material matches, supports, and complements Pan-Canadian curriculum standards."

Click here to download a brochure for NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook #1 (PDF format).

Or, click on the following images to enlarge ...

Free previews of both the NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook and Teacher's Resource Guide can be downloaded from LesPlan in PDF format.

You're also invited to visit My Selected Portfolio to see some additional page samples from the comics appearing in this book.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Tooned in to MythTickle by Justin Thompson

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
Tooned in to MythTickle by Justin Thompson

This past week, I was delighted to find two wonderful cartoon treasures waiting in my mailbox. The first was One: The First MythTickle Collection by Justin Thompson (pictured above). The second was the latest issue of Stay Tooned! Magazine, which, as you can also see in the above photo, just so happens to feature an interview with non other than the extremely talented creator of MythTickle, Justin Thompson!

If you're a comic strip fan and have never read MythTickle, do yourself a HUGE favour: head over to Universal Press Syndicate's GoComics.com and take a good look n' read before continuing ...

It's okay, I'll wait ...

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... Pretty impressive, eh?

Now, let's take a peak inside One: The First MythTickle Collection (click to enlarge) ...

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
A peak inside One: The First MythTickle Collection

The glossy, full colour pages immediately attract your eyes. And as you can see above, individual panels of some strips are arranged using a flexible layout, so the book feels refreshing from start to finish.

When I found out that Justin was working on this book, I knew that it would be a delight to hold in one's hands. As you can learn in his Stay Tooned! Magazine interview, Justin is not only an extremely talented cartoonist, but he also works as a designer and illustrator for Creative Associates -- the company formed by the late Charles M. Schulz to handle the licensing of his now legendary comic strip, Peanuts.

As if that wasn't enough, Justin has even worked as a professional Renaissance Festival stuntman -- armour, horse, lance and all! And so, he has a really unique blend of skills and experiences that help make his work what it is.

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
SPECIAL BONUS! "Yochi: A Samurai Story"

The book concludes with a beautifully written and illustrated 32-page bonus story called, "Yochi: A Samurai Story." The tale is a real delight to read, and I look forward to sharing it with my daughter.

Needless to say, I've been a fan of Justin's work for some time now, and so, I was extremely honoured when he asked if I was interested in offering a blurb for his book.

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
Some well deserved praise.

But you don't have to just take my word for it. Order a copy directly from Justin, and you'll read praise for MythTickle from so many other cartoonists including: Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Mark Tatulli (Lio! and Heart of the City), and several webcartooning contemporaries.

Most important of all, you can have your copy personalized ...

Mythtickle Book One by Justin Thompson
A cartoon collection signed by the creator ... PRICELESS!

Thanks again, Justin, for inviting me to support this first piece of MythTickle's printed history!

Speaking of supporting printed history ...

If you're a fan of ANY form of cartooning (animation, comic strips, editorial and/or gag cartoons, etc.) and are not a subscriber of Stay Tooned! Magazine, do yourself a HUGE favour and click the following cover of Issue #5 ...

Stay Tooned! Magazine, Edited by John Read
Stay Tooned! Magazine - Issue #5, Edited by John Read

... Tell John, "Mike Cope says Hello!!" :)

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

P.S. John has given me permission to continue using that closer since I've been using it for so long!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

"Stimulus Package" Gag Cartoon in Reader's Digest Canada Magazine (March 2010)

Reader's Digest Canada Magazine - March 2010 CoverThe March 2010 issue of Reader's Digest Canada Magazine is now available at bookstores and newsstands.

This month, one of my gag cartoons is published in the As Kids See It department on Page 59. Special thanks to the editors at Reader's Digest Canada!

My gag cartoon is entitled "Stimulus Package" and is dedicated to all the kids out there whose wallet's have been feeling a pinch lately ... Mine included!!

Reader's Digest Canada Magazine - March 2010 - Stimulus Package Cartoon by Mike Cope
"Stimulus Package" in Reader's Digest Canada Magazine (March 2010).

Click the above image to see the full cartoon.

Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope