CAEAA Puts Out Call World-wide for Judges for the 2007 Elans Video Game and Animation Categories

VANCOUVER July 24, 2007 - The 2nd Annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA), along with their Event Partners Electronic Arts (EA), Autodesk/Annex Pro, N-GAGE by NOKIA, Ernst & Young and the British Columbia Provincial Government announced their call for Judges today to Video Game and Animation Companies around the world for the 2007 Elans held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts.

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According to, a shipment of erotic/gay comic books headed for Priape, Montreal was confiscated by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) due to obscene content. Icarus Blog and Newsarama point out that the shipment contained French editions of manga by Gengoroh Tagame.

San Francisco, CA– May 29, 2007 – Empire Theatres and VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, have announced the special showing of the first NARUTO™ feature film — NARUTO™ THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW in 17 Empire Theatres locations across Canada on Saturday June 23, 2007.

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As part of the Spring/Summer Workshops at Max the Mutt Animation School, DRAMACON writer and artist Svetlana Chmakova will be teaching a two day seminar (April 28th & 29th) in creating manga. Nominated for both Harvey and Eisner awards, Svetlana is a celebrated OEL Manga creator with two volumes of DRAMACON under her belt and a new series called NIGHT SCHOOL in development for Yen Press. She is also a regular cartooning contributor for COSMOGIRL.

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Gemini Jetpack, a manga and anime store located in Waterloo, Ontario, has announced that it will be closing its doors due to various reasons:

First up, is the vastly changed market place. When we started up, over 5 years ago, one of my motivations was that you couldn’t find anime anywhere. None. At least not the good kind anyway. Now, years later, anime seems to be on every network, with specialty anime devoted networks popping up all the time, not to mention Anime On Demand. And that's cool, but hurts business here of course.

Source: The Comic Reporter

The Star Online has published an article titled "Maids in Canada," which looks at the new iMaid Cafe that opened a few years ago in Toronto, Canada. From the article: "A TINY eatery decorated almost completely in black and white is creating a big buzz in Toronto, Canada, but it’s not the decor getting attention – it’s the servers, who all wear French maid outfits."


ANN reports that a maid cafe has opened in Scarborough Ontario by a 24-year old student named Aaron Wang. The new cafe, iMaid Cafe, puts a Chinese twist on the traditional Japanese-style maid cafe.

Source: ANN

Update: Ed points out that the maid cafe has already been around for almost a year.