NOMINEES FOR THE 2012 JOE SHUSTER AWARDS

For immediate release:

The ceremony for the 8th Annual Awards Canadian comic book creators will be held on September 15, 2012 at the Montreal Comic Con.

Toronto (Canada), May 9, 2012. From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents, and the JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating their achievements. Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award program has been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The juried awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

In April of this year, the nominees were chosen from lists comprising all eligible titles published during the year 2011 *, by Canadian citizens living at home or abroad and Canadian permanent residents **. Now that the nominees have been selected, their works will be evaluated by different juries who will determine winners in each category.

Winners will be announced during a public ceremony on the evening of Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Montreal Comic Con, which takes place from September 14-16, 2012 at the Palais de Congres (Montreal).

Artist / Artist Team:

  • Chris Bachalo Age of X: Alpha 1, Avengers 13, 15, Wolverine and the X-Men 1-3, X-Men 7-10 (Marvel Comics)
  • Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Delcourt)
  • Stuart Immonen Fear Itself 1-7, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image)
  • Fred Jourdain Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon (Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)
  • Jeff Lemire  Jonah Hex 69 (DC Comics), “A Coffin for Mrs. Bishell”/ Outlaw Territory Vol. 2 (Image)
  • Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn (with Michel Lacombe) Swamp Thing 1-3, Batman Incorporated 3, 5 (DC Comics)
  • Cameron Stewart Chapter 1: The School of Night“/Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes! 1 (DC Comics), Suicide Girls 1-4 (IDW)

Cartoonist:

  • Chester Brown Paying For It: A Comic Strip Memoir About Being A John (D+Q)
  • Darwyn Cooke  “The Seventh“/Parker: The Martini Edition, “Betty Saves the Day“/Rocketeer Adventures 2 (IDW)
  • Guy Delisle  Chroniques de Jerusalem (Delcourt)
  • Ray Fawkes  One Soul, Possessions Book Two (Oni Press)
  • Francois Lapierre Chroniques Sauvages (Glenat Quebec)
  • Jeff Lemire  Sweet Tooth 17-25 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Ramon Perez Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia Press)
  • Michel Rabagliati Paul au Parc (La Pasteque)

 Cover Artist:

  • Kalman Andrasofszky  X-23 5-19, X-Men: Earth’s Mutant Heroes 1 (Marvel Comics), Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero 6-10 (Boom!)
  • Kaare Andrews  Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis 5, Ultimate Comics Hawkeye 1-4, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 156, 1-5,  Ultimate Comics X-Men 1-5, Ultimate Comics Ultimates 1-5 (Marvel Comics)
  • Fred Jourdain  Le Dragon Bleu / The Blue Dragon (Éditions Alto/Ex Machina/House of Anansi Press)
  • Francois Lapierre Chroniques Sauvages (Glenat Quebec)
  • Jeff Lemire  Jonah Hex 69 (DC Comics), Sweet Tooth 18-28 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Francis Manapul  The Flash Vol.4 9-12, The Flash Vol. 5 1-4, Flashpoint: Grodd of War 1, Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost 1-3, Green Lantern 4, Green Lantern Corps 62, Superboy 5, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents 5 (DC Comics) 7 Warriors (Boom!)
  • Yanick Paquette Batman Incorporated 3-5, Knight and Squire 1-6, Swamp Thing 1-4  (DC Comics)

Webcomic Creator / Creative Team:

 

  • Jayd Ait-Kaci (artist)  The Fox Sister, Sfeer Theory
  • Emily Carroll (cartoonist)  Comics 2011 (Anu-Anulan and Yir’s Daughter, Dream Journal Mar 30th, Margot’s Room, The Prince and The Sea)
  • Tony Cliff (cartoonist)  Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
  • Kate Craig (cartoonist) Heart of Ice
  • Iris and Zviane (cartoonists)  L’ostie d’chat – Leblog de Jasmin et Jean-Seb
  • Drazen Kozjan (cartoonist) The Happy Undertaker
  • Ty Templeton (cartoonist) Bun Toons

Writer / Writing Team:

  • Anthony Del Col, Connor McCreery  Kill Shakespeare 9-12 (IDW)
  • Francis Desharnais Motel Galactic (Editions Pow Pow)
  • Maryse Dubuc, Marc Delafontaine Les Nombrils T.5: Un Couple D’enfer (Dupuis)
  • Kathryn Immonen Avengers: Origins – Thor 1, Captain America and the First Thirteen 1, Wolverine and Jubilee 1-4, “Queen, King, Off-Suit“/X-Men: To Serve and Protect 4 (Marvel Comics), “Say You’re Dead“/Outlaw Territory Vol.2 (Image)
  • Jeff Lemire Animal Man 1-4, Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown 1-3, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 1-4, Giant Size Atom 1, Superboy 3-11 (DC Comics), Sweet Tooth 26-28 (DC/Vertigo), “-“/Brilliant! Tragic! The Comic Book 1 (Art Brut)
  • Tristan Roulot  Le Testament de Capitaine Crown T.1: Cinq Enfants du Putain, Goblins T.5: La Fleur au Canon, Psykoparis T.1 (Soleil)
  • Kurtis G. Wiebe Green Wake 1-8, The Intrepids 1-6 (Image), “Logan‘s Lost Lesson“/Marvel Holiday Special 2011 (Marvel Comics)
  • Jim Zubkavich Skull Kickers 5, 7-11 (Image)

The Dragon Award – Comics for Kids

This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.

  • Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses  Paul Roux (Les 400 Coups)
  • Big City Otto Vol.1 Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)
  • Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung  Willow Dawson (Puffin Books)
  • L’Agent Jean Tome 1: Le Cerveau de l’Apocalypse Alex A. (Presses Aventure)
  • Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop John Lang (Puffin Books)
  • Luz Sees the Light  Claudia Davila (Kids Can Press)
  • Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday Katie and Steven Shanahan (Self-Published)
  • Three Thieves Book 2: The Sign of the Black Rock Scott Chantler (Kids Can Press)

Gene Day Award – Self-Publishing

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work during the previous calendar yearor, but did not have the books distributed by a third party distributor. The nominees were selected from over 50 individual publications submitted for review. The award winner will also receive a bursary of $500.

  • Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday by Katie and Steven Shanahan
  • Ghost Rabbit by Dakota McFadzean
  • Drupe by Jeremy Bourgeois Raymonde
  • 21 Journeys by the Cloudscape Comics Collective,
  • Fifteen Months by Colleen MacIsaac

Harry Kremer Award – Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer

Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). Shops are recommended by the general public and a separate Retailer Award Committee reviews all materials received and select a short list of stores that has shown merit in a variety of categories such as: (1) Support of a wide variety of innovative material, (2) Overall appeal of the store and usage of space, (3) Knowledge, (4) Community activity, and (5) Adherence to standard ethical business practices.

10 Selected, 5 Finalists will be announced later:

  • Amazing Stories (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
  • The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
  • Golden Age Collectables (Vancouver, BC)
  • Heroes (London, ON)
  • L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
  • Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)
  • Studio 9 Comic Shop (Montreal, QC)
  • Warp 1 Comics and Games (Edmonton, AB)

The five finalists are:

  • Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
  • The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
  • Comic Readers (Regina, SK)
  • L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
  • Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame

There will be no inductee 2012

Artist, Cartoonist, Cover Artist & Writer Nominees selected by: Jonathan Kuehlein, Laurent Boutin, Jamie Coville, Gareth Gaudin, Patrick Marleau, David Kelly Lloyd Chesney, Eric Bouchard, Martin Dubé, Sarrah Young, Tyler Jirik, Leonard Wong, Jeff Brown, Amy Chop, Mike Jozic, Andrew Uys, Kevin Boyd and Robert Haines. Webcomics Nominees selected by Andrew Walsh, Allison Covey, Tyrone Biljan, Robert Haines, Peter DeCourcy and Kevin Boyd. Gene Day Award Nominees selected by Robert Haines, Kevin Boyd.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the eligible creators for another memorable year of great comics, both in print and online!

About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)
With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great artist, JOE SHUSTER (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.
About The Joe Shuster Award
The Joe Shuster Award is the only national achievement award program for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics without restrictions on language, content and/or genre. Creator nominees are nominated for their body of work during the previous calendar year.  Self-publisher award is submission-based. The Joe Shuster Award program is administered by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004.

For more information please contact info@joeshusterawards.com or visit

Kevin A. Boyd, Executive Director kevin@joeshusterawards.com
Robert Haines, Associate Director robert@joeshusterawards.com
Allison Covey, Publisher Relations allison@joeshusterawards.com
Tyrone Biljan, Art Director tyrone@joeshusterawards.com
Andrew Walsh, Webcomics andrew@joeshusterawards.com
* Creators in most categories are nominated for the SUM of their work. Periodicals are listed even if a collected edition is released during the same category year.