Live announcement: Saturday, May 5th* at 10 pm following “On the Couch with Ty Templeton” at the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, 587A College Street in Toronto, capping off a day of FCBD signings and activities. “On the Couch” is scheduled to begin at 8PM and will be followed by an Industry Night social event.
At the time of writing this, the Webcomics and Gene Day categories are still being discussed. Update: Webcomics has been finalized.
Online announcement: will follow a few days afterwards. We will not** post the nominated list on this site until May 8th or May 9th so as not to compete against the announcement of the Doug Wright Award winners.
UPDATE: * Yes, we are fully aware that the Doug Wright Awards are being announced that evening. The DWAs will be presented between 7 and 9 pm (corrected – thanks Brad!) May 5th at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall and the ceremony is open to the public. You may even see people associated with these awards there since the AGO is about a 20 minute walk away from the Comic Book Lounge.
We were planning initially to announce the nominees in early April and we decided to hold off a month and (a) use the time to debate/discuss some of the categories and (b) allow the other Canadian awards to wrap up. With the Bedelys, Bedeis Causa, Expozine and now the Wright Awards presented throughout April and into May we can announce the JSA nominees and not have to worry about tripping on other people’s toes, those awards will all have been presented by the time our press release goes out.
However… we did want to do something comics positive on Free Comic Book Day – the industry’s ONE day a year to let comic book shops shine, and we do have an award for Canadian comic book retailers, so we opted to piggy back the announcement at the tail end of a FCBD event in Toronto called “On the Couch with Ty Templeton” whereby the nominees would be announced after “On the Couch” wraps up. There may be a short break between the two.
Note: I’ve decided to hold back the announcement until 10 PM instead of immediately following the wrap up of “On the Couch”.
** The 10 comic book retailers that have been selected for the Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer Award WILL be posted online here on May 5th. Perhaps your local retailer is one of the finalists! Finalists in the other categories will be announced a few days after that.