Island comic wins awards

Dark Sanctuary earns Favourite Artist and Writer

Dark Sanctuary, Issue #4 by Sandy Carruthers and Dave (D.A.) Stewart.

PEI’s Sandstone Comics was a winner during the 2023 Sequential Magazine Awards, announced on April 12, 2024. Recognized for their work on the four-issue comic book series Dark Sanctuary, Sandy Carruthers was named Favourite Artist and Dave (D.A.) Stewart earned Favourite Writer. 

Sponsored by Strange Adventures Comics & Curiosities in Halifax, Dartmouth and Fredericton, the Sequential Magazine Awards originated in 2017 and are Canada-wide, fan-voted awards that highlightindie comics and their creators.

Carruthers, best known for his past comic book work in Men in Black for Malibu Graphics, has owned and operated Sandstone Comics since 2018, and currently publishes both his own work and that of other Maritime creators. 

Dave Stewart, who for his comic book work goes by D.A. to avoid confusion with another comic book writer, got his start in professional writing with the first issue of The Buzz. Since then, he’s written for publications and websites both in Canada and internationally, and has edited and contributed to the multi-author short horror story collection Fear from a Small Place, and has written and published a solo collection of short horror fiction entitled Monster Man.

Dark Sanctuary is available at local comic shops and by email to