Saturday, August 16, 2008

Volume Three, Number Three

When I began making plans to revive E-Dispatches from the Great White North as well as having the column appear at and in the electronic version of The People's Comic Book Newsletter my hope was also to eventually have it as a blog. Now, thanks to my best buddy and fellow comics creator Lloyd Smith that hope has become a reality. As of this installment as well as being a part of the Jazma Online Universe E-Dispatches can now be found at . Lloyd did a fantastic job of setting the whole thing up for me as you'll see when you check it out. There's lots of neat stuff there including places for you to comment of what I've written, a list of my favourite links and connections to CE Publishing Group's website and Lloyd's blog
( ) where he writes about 70s comics and other nifty stuff. So give it a look, folks, and let me know what ya think.

I have another bit of business I want to take care of here before getting into this installment's subject. Now that E-Dispatches is appearing as a blog I will be increasing it's frequency, starting with once a week. As well as reviewing comics I'll also be discussing various aspects of comics, the comics industry and comics related subjects. So keep your eye on the blog, folks, 'cause there will be lots of neat stuff for you to read in the coming weeks and months. Now to this installment's subject.

As some of you know I've been a professional writer since 1974 and have been working in the comics industry in some capacity since 1988. Over the years I've been asked a lot of questions about writing in general and comics writing in particular with the three most frequently asked questions being a) where do I get my ideas, 2) do I do the artwork, and 3) can my work be found online. I'll answer the first two in a future installment of E-Dispatches. Today though I am going to tackle the third question and the answer is yes, you can find my work online. The problem there though is trying to find it as when one does a search if you don't use the proper terms I won't come up. (Try it. Google Jonathan Gilbert and what you will find is lots of sites for a certain actor I share the same name with and not a mention of me).

So I've decided for anyone out there who is interested in seeing some other stuff I've done that I'll provide some links. I'm sure there is other work on mine online somewhere out there-and if anyone can provide me with the links it would be greatly appreciated-but this is all I can find.

1)E-DISPATCHES FROM THE GREAT WHITE NORTH VOL. 2: This version of E-Dispatches used to appear a site that no longer exists but when I moved it to Jazmaonline for Vol. 3 I had all of that material brought along. My guess is Vol. 1 is floating around out there too somewhere but I haven't yet been able to track it down. Anyway, Vol. 2 can be found at .

2)CE PUBLISHING GROUP: This is the comics publisher that I write and edit for. The previews section has samples of my comics work and there's a section that features updates on future projects. .

3) HORROR DAYS AT RIVERDALE HIGH: At you will find an article I wrote some years back about the Archie Comic Publications' short-lived horror comics line, Red Circle Comics Group.

4)SPIRITKEEP .NET: At this message board ( ) you will find an article I wrote a number of years back for a newspaper here in Port Stanley Ontario (The Lake Erie Beacon) about a legendary fresh lake monster said to exist in Lake Eire.

5)INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD VASSEUR: While I didn't write this it might give you some additional insight into my career as a writer. .

And that's it for the links. As I mentioned if anyone knows of any other places where my work is I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know. Or better yet, post the information up at my blog which is at .


That pretty much wraps things up for this installment but before I go I want to give a quick plug to one of the businesses located here in Port Stanley Ontario. Called Grandpa's Dollhouse it is located at 223A Colborne Street a few steps north of the lights at the village's main intersection. Owned and operated by my friend Liz Dieleman, Grandpa's Dollhouse has lots of interesting stuff including figurines, doll house kits and doll house accessories. If you'd like to find out more about this gem of a store you can check out .


That's it, folks. See you next week when I'll be reviewing a comic by Canadian comics publisher Crystal Fractal Comics.

Jonathan A Gilbert is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Port Stanley, Ontario Canada. If you'd like to learn more about where he lives check out Jonathan can be emailed at or .

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