Justin! You da man for finding this link:

Canadian Superheroes

This site ( is the National Library of Canada. I think it's extremely cool that the NLC would recognize the history of comics in Canada.

The shockwave intro features art by the legendary Ken Staecy, who among other accomplishments, did his trademark colours for the covers of the first two issues of Todd McFarlane's Spawn.

Ken lives (unless he moved recently) in Victoria, where I lived during my teenage love-affair with comic books. Todd McFarlane also lived just outside of Victoria at the time. I had the good fortune to meet each of them at comic book conventions. I begged the owner of Curious Comics to let me work a convention once, at the age of 13 or 14, and had a whole pile of comics and posters signed by Todd.

It was pretty cool to grow up constantly in the shadow of legends, first with the great Oilers teams in Edmonton, then the great comic book artists in Victoria. Now in SF, I live amongst the legends of the tech industry. Now that I'm old enough to appreciate such things, it makes it even sweeter.

Written on October 29, 2001