________________ CM . . . . Volume III Number 12 . . . . February 14, 1997

CM News

Making History With True North Comics

The Halifax Explosion McClelland & Stewart and The CRB Foundation Heritage Project have launched True North Comics, a new series of comic books that bring to life some of the defining and dramatic moments of Canadian history. McClelland & Stewart, the Canadian Publishers, and The CRB Foundation, producers of the popular Heritage Minute film shorts, hope that the comic book series will give Canada's youth a sense of just how exciting Canada's past is.

Starting on February 17, and continuing for two weeks, the more than 900 branches of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada will give away free to their customers copies of the first issue of True North Comics, The Halifax Explosion. One million copies of the comic book will be handed out in every part of Canada - 750,000 in English edition and 250,000 in French. A further three True North Comics will be given away by McDonald's during the course of 1997.

The Halifax Explosion the first of four comic books to be released in 1997, is being issued to help celebrate Heritage Day (February 17). The comic book tells the story of one man's bravery on December 6, 1917, just before the city of Halifax was devastated by the worst man-made explosion in the world to that date.

McClelland & Stewart and The CRB Foundation recognize that many Canadians of all ages have little idea just how extraordinary the history of their own country really is. True North Comics will captivate them with vibrantly illustrated, dramatic and historically accurate stories about some thrilling moments and fateful adventures from our past.

The next three comics in the True North series are: The Man Behind the Mask, about the night in 1959 when Montreal Canadiens' goalie Jacques Plante first put on a mask and changed the face of hockey forever; NITRO! which tells the groundbreaking story of one young man recruited in China for the highly dangerous work of building the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Rocky Mountains; and Discovering Dinosaurs, which shows Joseph Tyrrell's amazing discovery of dinosaur fossils in the badlands of Alberta in 1884.

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