For the real comic book fans that need to know… they feature art from 1939: Superman #1 (artist: Joe Shuster), 1945: Superman #32 (artist: Wayne Boring), 1971: Superman #233, (artist: Neal Adams), 1986: Man of Steel #1 (artist: John Byrne), 2004: Superman #204, (artist: Jim Lee) and 2012: Superman Annual #1 (artist Kenneth Rocafort).
In what I am sure is a first in Canada (or anywhere), each coin has “SUPERMAN” in the Kryptonian language in both English and French. So does that make the coins tri-lingual, even if one of the languages is fictitious?
If you are wondering why these two Crown corporations are celebrating an American icon, Superman co-creator Joe Shuster was born in Toronto (where he worked at the Toronto Star) before moving to the United States as a teenager.
Grab the kids and head to your local comic book store to score free comics for the kids (and yourself). Unsure where the local comic book shop is? Use the store locator.
I used to bring the kids every time I pick-up my comics but I think it oversaturated them to the medium. They have little to no interest in comics. Unless it’s a $20 Sonic import manga. Kids today! Why if my father wanted to take me to buy comics I would have been ecstatic. Actually he did but he was more driver / bank account than willing participant.
For us full time comic readers, FCBD is an excellent opportunity to try out a new title with no risk. I have started collecting a few series after getting a free issue at FCBD.
There are quite a few choices for even the little kids like Sponge Bob, Sesame Street, The Smurfs and Tinker Bell (I wonder which my daughter will pick?…. Tinker Bell) to name just a few. Check out the full list of available comics for this year.
Selection and quantity will vary. Remember, it’s the local shop and not the comic publishers that purchased these issues for us fans so don’t be greedy.
The kids (who did want to come with dad) had fun last year when there was a Master Chief in store and they posted with him.
Well that’s it, after 158 years the Canadian Mint is pulling the plug on the penny.
Cash transactions will now be rounded to either .00 or .05. For example .01, .02, .06 and .07 will round down and .03, .04, .08 & .09 will round up. The Canadian Mint has a good FAQ on the procedure with pictures. Electronic transactions will not be affected.
Even Google has gotten in on things with a Google doddle for our poor penny. The funny thing is that 2013 is visible as the year on the penny and the Canadian Mint did not mint any with that year. Looks like Google has taken some artistic license with their doodle.
Hold on to that lucky penny you find on the street, it has now become a rarity and doubly lucky.
Does anyone have any bicycles they could lend to my Aunt Louise? She has family coming into town and they plan to do some biking around town. If you have one (or two) let me know and I’ll put you in contact with my aunt.