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This project was successfully funded on August 31, 2014.

Resurrecting Canada's greatest comic book hero, Johnny Canuck! Reprinting Johnny's adventures that captivated Canada in the 1940s!

About this project

Why Johnny Canuck?

Johnny Canuck is the first Canadian national hero, Canada's Captain America if you will. See, way back in 1942, a very young Leo Bachle and his active imagination created Johnny Canuck! Johnny's character was kind of a Jack of all trades, a flying ace and fighter, secret agent, and officer in the Canadian military. Most of the time, Johnny was saving "foreign beauties" and fought the axis on almost every war front. He met up with Hitler no fewer than three times and was trained in trapeze and boxing! Throughout his comics he travelled to Yugoslavia, Russia, Germany, Libya, Tibet, and China. It wasn't until the final issue that Johnny's story took place in Canada, and just off the coast of Halifax! Johnny's adventures are unforgettable, and although it's been 70 years, I promise when you read this book you won't be able to put it down!

Stretch Goals!

The campaign was funded early! What do you get if we go over? Lots of goodies! Also, check the updates for cool add-ons like True Patriot books, prints and more Comic Syrup Press products!

23,000 by August 18th, 2014: Everyone getting a mail out incentive will also get a "WWJCD - What Would Johnny Canuck Do" silicon bracelet! **ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED**

25,000 - Every Johnny Canuck funder will be thanked in the book! **ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED**

29,000 - All softcover books are upgraded to nice hardcover! **ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED**

31,000 - Johnny Canuck sticker Bookplates!

36,000 - Everyone receiving an incentive by mail gets the first issue (16 pages) of another great Canadian Golden Age creation, "Doc Stearn/ Mr. Monster"!

The History

Canada had comics in the 40s, you say? Yeah! In December of 1940, the Canadian government imposed the War Exchange Conservation Act, banning American made luxury items which included comics. This created a comic book market for Canadian publishers, and for a short time, Johnny Canuck was one of Canada’s favourite comic book heroes. When the war ended and the ban was lifted in 1946, what is now known as Canada's golden age ended. 

Wondering why the name Johnny Canuck sounds familiar? Johnny Canuck is a character that has been around for over a century, originally appearing in political cartoons as a personification of Canada. A version of him is also the mascot for the NHL team, the Vancouver Canucks! In 1942, the young artist and writer Leo Bachle recreated the character to fit with modern comics and the country's desire for a Canadian hero during WWII. The series ran for 28 issues but ended when the ban lifted.

Johnny Canuck creator Leo Bachle
Johnny Canuck creator Leo Bachle

Johnny Canuck is a staple of Canada’s popular culture and in all variations, this character is seen as the true Canadian or the spirit of Canada. With the success of this campaign is a rare opportunity to be able read Johnny Canuck's adventures which have been out of print for 70 years! Let's make it so, so that the stories can be read by Canadians everywhere, in homes, schools and libraries.

Any questions? Send them on my way! And don't forget to follow on Facebook and Twitter for fun updates! 

The very first page of Johnny Canuck! Read more on Facebook or Twitter!
The very first page of Johnny Canuck! Read more on Facebook or Twitter!

Who is in charge of this operation? 

I’m Rachel Richey, a tireless Canadian comics fan. I’ve worked with the comics collection at Library and Archives Canada, documenting, cataloguing and researching all kinds of Canadian comics from zines to Alpha Flight to Johnny Canuck and Nelvana. Along the way I’ve worked as a retailer at The Comic Book Lounge, researcher for Lost Heroes, administration for the Doug Wright Awards and writer for my own blog, ComicSyrup.com

Most recently I'm part of the two woman team that brought you Nelvana of the Northern Lights, the first Canadian Golden Age comic character to be reprinted in over seventy years. I couldn't be more proud to offer everyone the chance to add another Canadian classic to their collection.

What do I have to offer? 

Along with the softcover book at over 230 pages of comics and a Leo Bachle biography by Robert Pincombe, there is a multitude of creators excited to offer their support! Seth (Palookaville, Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists) has generously agreed to write the introduction to the book and many great artists are contributing original art interpretations of Johnny Canuck to bring him up to speed with the times! Some of these include:

Leonard Kirk (Batman, Fantastic Four)
Leonard Kirk (Batman, Fantastic Four)
Francis Manapul (The Flash, Batman Detective)
Francis Manapul (The Flash, Batman Detective)
Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck, X-23)
Kalman Andrasofszky (Captain Canuck, X-23)
Alex Perkins (True Patriot)
Alex Perkins (True Patriot)
Scott Hepburn (Orchid, Captain Marvel)
Scott Hepburn (Orchid, Captain Marvel)
Ken Lashley (X-Men, Avengers Assemble)
Ken Lashley (X-Men, Avengers Assemble)
Marco Rudy (Swamp Thing, Spider-man)
Marco Rudy (Swamp Thing, Spider-man)
Andy Belanger (True Patriot, Kill Shakespeare)
Andy Belanger (True Patriot, Kill Shakespeare)
Brandon Webb, Web Artist
Brandon Webb, Web Artist
    
David Cutler (Northern Guard, Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders)
David Cutler (Northern Guard, Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders)
Scott Chantler (True Patriot, Two Generals)
Scott Chantler (True Patriot, Two Generals)
Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Spectral Engine)
Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Spectral Engine)
Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium)
Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium)
Ramón K Pérez (Wolverine and the X-Men, Amazing Spider-man)
Ramón K Pérez (Wolverine and the X-Men, Amazing Spider-man)
Marcus To (Red Robin, New Warriors)
Marcus To (Red Robin, New Warriors)
Cary Nord (Conan, X-O Manowar)
Cary Nord (Conan, X-O Manowar)
Jason Loo (Pitiful Human Lizard)
Jason Loo (Pitiful Human Lizard)
Meaghan Carter (Take Off!)
Meaghan Carter (Take Off!)
Salgood Sam (Dream Life, RevolveR)
Salgood Sam (Dream Life, RevolveR)

AND OUR SURPRISE CONTRIBUTOR…

Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier, Parker)
Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier, Parker)

Where is the money going and what happens if there's too much? 

The money is going to printing fees, shipping fees, and honourariums among other small costs. This time around I have acquired at least one copy of all the issues ahead of time, which will save time and money. So, should we make it that far, going over budget will be fun for everyone since I have some exciting stretch goals planned!

Stretch Goals!

Should the campaign exceed its funding goal, here are a few stretch goal incentives!

NEW INCENTIVE: Funding by August 15th, 2014! If we make our goal by this date, everyone will get a "WWJCD - What Would Johnny Canuck Do" silicon bracelet! Use this tag and #JCkicks and when tweeting and sharing!

25,000 - Every Johnny Canuck funder will be thanked in the book!

30,000 - Softcover books are upgraded to hardcover!

35,000 - Everyone receiving an incentive by mail gets the first issue (16 pages) of another great Canadian Golden Age creation, "Doc Stearn/ Mr. Monster"!

Video Production Team:

Consists of the talented Ron Tungol Photography and masterful editing by Scott Edwards.

Risks and challenges

We really don't want Johnny Canuck to sit on a cold shelf again for another 70 years. Let's be able to read the fun and exciting stories that are the foundation of our comics culture and a truly Canadian product. If you can go to the library to read Captain America, let's be able to go the library and read Johnny Canuck.

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