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The Comic Book Collector: Eddy Smet, Ivan Kocmarek, and the History of Canadian Comics
The Words Festival is very pleased to present, "The Comic Book Collector," an afternoon event with comic book collector and retired Huron University College professor Eddy Smet! We will also feature a presentation by Ivan Kocmarek, author of Heroes of the Home Front.

The Comic Book Collector: Eddy Smet, Ivan Kocmarek, and the History of Canadian Comics
Hosted by Diana Tamblyn
7 November 2021, 2PM

Eddy and Ivan will join us for a double-feature presentation and conversation on the story of Eddy's comic book collection and his store (The Comic Book Collector, 1979-86), as well as a discussion of the history of Canadian comics and comic book culture. Rare and valuable selections from the Dr. Eddy Smet Comic Book Collection at Western University Archives will be on display at Museum London for part of the Words Festival, 5 - 14 November!

His donation of nearly 10,000 comic books, which established the Dr. Eddy Smet Comic Book Collection at Western Archives, includes Silver and Bronze Age classics like rare Batman appearances from the 1970s and 1980s written by Denny O’Neil, Frank Miller’s revolutionary run on Daredevil, Alan Moore’s complete runs on Watchmen, Miracleman and Swamp Thing, and the first 14 issues of Captain Canuck, arguably Canada’s most popular and important superhero comic.

Among his most recent donation to Western Archives is a rare collection of ‘Canadian Whites.’ For collectors, these are books produced and published in Canada as a result of the War Exchange Conservation Act (WECA) which banned the import of American comics during the Second World War. Implemented by the Canadian government in December 1940, WECA was repealed in 1946. Once U.S. imports resumed, the Canadian industry soon died.

His donation also offered 125 Canadian Whites, including the famed Triumph-Adventure Comics No. 2, featuring the first appearance of Nelvana of the Northern Lights, one of the earliest female superheroes, debuting months before Wonder Woman.

Nov 7, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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