Monday, September 25, 2023

John Conway and Uncle Chichimus: A documentary about a pioneer of Canadian television

Well at long last I've posted my documentary about puppeteer John Conway on YouTube! I really should have posted it long ago but better late than never. I'm glad to finally have this online for everyone to see! Enjoy! - Mikey

Click here to read more about John Conway and Uncle Chichimus!

Friday, December 30, 2022

Canadian Crusader from Pythor Comics


You are what you eat!
Canadian Crusader enjoying his favourite food, a hero sandwich!

Now with his own comic book "Canadian Crusader: Heroes Past and Present"!

Canadian Crusader Book 1 from Pythor Comics!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Superhero News: Canadian Crusader is a registered trademark!

Hi everyone. I've posted a video on YouTube in order to create more awareness that the character name "Canadian Crusader" is my registered trademark. I really don't like having to contact people to tell them that they are infringing on my trademark, it's totally an unpleasant thing to do, but I will do whatever is necessary to protect my trademark... which is why I registered it in the first place. 

Here's the video:

It's unfortunate (and very frustrating) that some people don't bother doing any research before they start using a fictional character name for their online content, or for other media such as cosplay, mascots or illustrated characters. Some people simply don't care about respecting intellectual property rights and so they use whatever name they want to. However, if a fictional character name that you use as your persona online, for example, is actually someone else's registered trademark then you are guilty of trademark infringement. 

Granted, sometimes the infringement is totally unintentional and no ill will was intended by the person responsible, that's fine and I get that. However, ignorance of the law is not a valid defense, and as such the trademark owner has the right to request financial compensation if they feel the infringement caused damage to their trademark. Once made aware of the infringement, the decent thing to do is to stop using the name rather than to cause a fuss and refuse to give it up. The person who has the name registered as a trademark isn't the one causing the problem, the person who is using the name without permission is. And it's totally avoidable. 

It only takes a few seconds to do a Google search to see if a fictional character name belongs to someone else. If it pops up, don't use it! When people do a search, it avoids so much fuss and bother for everyone involved! It's also simply the professional thing to do if it's your plan to create your own character and start promoting that character in various media formats, or to start licensing that character on T-shirts and so on. It's not just your job as a creator to do your research to make sure the name you want to use is in the clear, it's your legal responsibility to do so. 

So, to those of you who do care about respecting someone else's trademark rights, I sincerely thank you! The world needs more people like you! People who care enough to do their homework.

It's kind of ironic, people often complain when big businesses have too much control of the market, yet how many of those same people couldn't be bothered to do an easy online search to make sure that they're not infringing on an independent artist's trademark? And doing a quick google search is such a simple thing to do! Or better yet, go to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) website and do a trademark search. It's just as easy and fast as a Google search. And since you're at the CIPO website, do a copyright search too just to be on the safe side. It's so easy peasy!

And I have to say, the elephant in the room is that the folks who don't care about respecting intellectual property rights would be foaming at the mouth if something they created was copied or taken from them and used by someone else without permission. It's so hypocritical!

Well, hopefully this posting will have some positive influence, we'll see!

-Mikey Artelle

aka: Owner of "Canadian Crusader" trademark registration

Monday, July 18, 2022

Ice Hogs Collection!

Many of you know that I am a puppetry geek, but did you know that my geekiness extends to mascots too! Why yes, it does!!! And today (Monday) while thrift store hopping I found one of my "holy grail" items which I've been searching for, for about 30 years!!! I'm talking about the very rare and illusive 1980's Winterlude Ice Hogs plush toy based on the original Ice Hog costume before the mascots were redesigned in the early 1990's!

The one I found is in awesome condition too! Looks like it either sat on a shelf untouched or was forgotten in storage for several decades. Many years ago I bought a pin of the 1980's Ice Hog off of ebay, so I attached it to the scarf. There's also a light brown version of this plush toy which I'm still hoping to find someday! I had no idea that this dark brown one existed until I found it today! The last picture below shows my Ice Hogs collection, which now includes all three of the Ice Hogs plush toys that were made! Someday I'm going to donate this little collection to a museum or the city archives! So happy to have finally found his guy! LOL

Update July 19, 2022

On a hunch, the next day I went back to the thrift shop where I found the dark brown Ice Hog plush toy to have a better look around, and I found the light brown one! I'm just amazed!!!!

They're both in such amazing condition, I'm so happy to have found them! The light brown one was the one I knew about, and I'm so glad to finally have found it! I think these super rare, original Ice Hog plush toys are awesome!!! :)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Canadian Crusader Issue No.1 by Pythor Comics


Silly me! I have been so focused on setting up the Pythor Comics website and blog that I completely forgot to post this news on my Art and Puppetry Blog!!! (Sigh!) Well, I'm very proud to announce that my first full colour self-published comic book is now available from Pythor Comics! Canadian Crusader issue No.1: Heroes Past and Present is a comic book version of my live puppet show of the same name. 

For more info about Canadian Crusader issue No.1 please check out the Pythor Comics Blog

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Pythor Comics Superhero Survey!

This is for anyone who is a fan of superheroes!

Take the survey here: (This survey is now closed)

L to R: Pythor the Barbarian, Moose Man, Goose Gal, Canadian Crusader, Blue Jay Boy, Griffon Shadow, and Dominion Kid.

Thank you for your time and help!

To learn more about Pythor Comics please click here.

Text and Image © Mikey Artelle, 2019

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pythor Comics: Canuck Crusaders poster!

Hey there superhero fans! Here's a look at my Canadian superhero team Canuck Crusaders in action! The gang will soon be featured in my Pythor Comics storybooks, now in the works!!! Shown above is Canadian Crusader (aka. Melvin Maples), his trusty side-kick Blue Jay Boy, super heroine Goose Gal, and the mighty Moose Man!