Signals Design Group, a Vancouver based creative services firm, designed a series of stamps for Canada Post honouring Great Canadian Comedians. The stamp series features Jim Carrey, Olivier Guimond, Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short in some of their most memorable roles, including Carrey as Ace Ventura, Myers as Dr. Evil and Short as Ed Grimley.
These iconic Canadian comedians were all chosen by Canada Post for their talented and impressive careers. Signals’ designers Kosta Tsetsekas, Mike Savage and John Belisle worked closely with Canada Post as well as the comedians and their families to design the colourful series.
The design team decided on a fresh, pop culture feel for the stamps to reflect the spirit and energy of the comedians. The team worked on a treatment of the stamps that would work well with the variety of sources for imagery — as well as varied quality. The treatment allowed for the main portrait to stand out visually while still celebrating the beloved characters the comedians brought to life.
“As a creative person, I really admire what these Canadians have achieved,” said Signals Principal, Kosta Tsetsekas. “Great comedians have to work hard for years before achieving success. They take chances, learn from failure, and push boundaries. These are all things I can relate to as a designer. I’m also really excited to be part of a stamp issue that celebrates something at which Canadians excel. We are known around the world for our great comedians and I’m just happy to have a hand in saluting their achievements.”
The collection includes five booklets containing a total of 50 stamps retails for $42.50. A single booklet costs $8.50.
The stamps measure 40 mm x 26 mm and are available in booklets of 10. The five separate Official First Day Covers measure 191 mm x 113 mm and the souvenir sheet featuring all five comedians measures 130 mm x 95 mm.