The 2015 Joe Shuster Award Nominees / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2015

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JSA2007logoThe 2015 Joe Shuster Award Nominees / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2015

BROUGHT TO YOU BY HAPPY HARBOR COMICSHHC_v1_logoJune 15, 2015 – Canada has a rich tradition of supporting our national arts communities with awards that recognize the achievements of our citizens in books, music, stage, television and film – the JOE SHUSTER AWARD is Canada’s national award that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comics books, graphic novels and webcomics.

They are named after pioneering Canadian-born 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 his friend and neighbour Jerry Siegel that electrified the industry over 75 years ago in 1938 and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon and spawned a legion of costume-clad adventure heroes and heroines.

It was the absence of Superman and his costumed peers from Canadian newsstands during World War II that would help spawn Canada’s first and last country-wide attempt at launching an indigenous, Canadian comic book industry and saw the rise of popular characters like Freelance, Nelvana and Johnny Canuck. The end of the war eliminated these restrictions and Canadian comic companies disappeared shortly afterwards. Since then Canadian creators have been part of a larger North America-wide comic-book industry and in some cases, international publishing efforts, which is why we recognize Canadians who work within the framework of the larger comics ‘industry’.

Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators of original works published and distributed during the year 2014, as well as reviewing websites, retail stores and more. Qualifying creators must be Canadian citizens – living at home or abroad, or a recognized as a permanent resident of Canada and been living in Canada for at least three years. The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

The ceremony will take place in Fall 2015 at a venue to be announced.

And the nominees are:

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

SOPHIE BEDARDGlorieux printemps
BOUMBoumeries
NICOLE CHARTRANDFey Winds
MICHAEL DEFORGESticks Angelica, Folk Hero
CANAAN GRALLMax Overacts
KATE LETHLittle Ghost
TARA TALLANGalaxion
TY TEMPLETONBun Toons

Writer / Scénariste

ED BRISSON – 24, X-File/TMNT (IDW), The Field, Sheltered (image), Robocop: Beta, Robocop: Last Stand, Sons of Anarchy (Boom!)
BRENDAN FLETCHER – Gotham Academy (with BECKY CLOONAN), Batgirl (with CAMERON STEWART ) (DC)
ALEXANDRE FONTAINE-ROUSSEAU – Les cousines vampires (Pow Pow)
JEFF LEMIRE – Animal Man, Green Arrow, New 52: Future’s End, Teen Titans: Earth One (DC) The Valiant (with MATT KINDT) (Valiant)
RYAN NORTH – Adventure Time, Midas Touch (Boom!), Original Sins (Marvel)
YVES PELLETIER – Le pouvoir de l’amour (La Pastèque)
MARIKO TAMAKI – This One Summer (Groundwood Books)
KURTIS WIEBE – Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens (image)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

DARWYN COOKE
MIKE DEL MUNDO
KARL KERSCHL
KEN LASHLEY
FRANCIS MANAPUL
FRANCOIS MIVILLE-DESCHENES
JULIE ROCHELEAU
CAMERON STEWART

Artist / Dessinateur

ADRIAN ALPHONA – Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
NICK BRADSHAW – Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers (Marvel)
LEONARD KIRK – Fantastic Four (Marvel)
MIKAEL – Promise Tome 2 – L’Homme souffrance (Glénat BD)
JULIE ROCHELEAU – La colère de Fantômas -2- Tout l’or de Paris (Dargaud)
JILLIAN TAMAKI – This One Summer (Groundwood Books)
CHIP ZDARSKY – Sex Criminals (image)

Cartoonist / Auteur
SPONSORED BY THE STORY ATTIC

BLONK – 23h72 (Pow Pow)
NINA BUNJEVAC – Fatherland (Jonathan Cape)
EMILY CARROLL – Through the Woods (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
MICHAEL CHO – Shoplifter (Pantheon)
MEAGS FITZGERALD – Photobooth: A Biography (Conundrum Press)
JESSE JACOBS – Safari Honeymoon (Koyama Press)
BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY – Seconds : A Graphic Novel (Ballantine)
RICHARD SUICIDE – Chroniques du centre-sud (Pow Pow)

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
SPONSORED BY THE DRAGON

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 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.

AGENT JEAN TOMES 6 ET 7 (Presses Aventure) – ALEX A.
THREE THIEVES BOOKS 4 AND 5 (Kids Can Press) – SCOTT CHANTLER
A CAT NAMED TIM AND OTHER STORIES (Koyama Press) – JOHN MARTZ
MIDAS FLESH (Boom!) – RYAN NORTH
MADDY KETTLE: THE ADVENTURE OF THE THIMBLEWITCH (Top Shelf) – ERIC ORCHARD
ARIANE ET NICOLAS TOME 8 (Vents d’Ouest /Premières Lignes) – PAUL ROUX
THIS ONE SUMMER (Groundwood Books) – MARIKO TAMAKI, JILLIAN TAMAKI

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 30th, 2015.

Nominees for the Gene Day Award will be announced in early July 2015 along with the date and location of the award ceremony.

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)

Named after the Harry Kremer, the original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The CCBCAA maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee overseen by Scott VanderPloeg and Anthony Falcone from Comic Book Daily reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories. For inquiries please contact them at: kremerretailer@comicbookdaily.com

AMAZING STORIES (Saskatoon, SK)
ANOTHER DIMENSION (Calgary, AB)
THE COMIC HUNTER (Moncton, NC)
COMIC READERS (Regina, SK)
CONSPIRACY COMICS (Burlington, ON)
EXPERT COMICS (Montreal, QC)
GALAXY COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES (Winnipeg, MB)
IMAGINAIRE (Quebec City, QC)
PARADISE COMICS (Toronto, ON)
STADIUM COMICS (Brampton, ON)

The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
SPONSORED BY ALL NEW COMICS, INC.

The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community.

MICHAEL HIRSH (1948-) AND PATRICK LOUBERT (1947-)
– Authors of the book The Great Canadian Comic Books, published in 1971, which looked primarily at the Canadian Whites, comics published in Canada during World War II. Hirsh and Loubert acquired the Bell Features archives and reprint rights for the comics, which included Nelvana of the Northern Lights and Johnny Canuck, from Bell’s capital investor John Ezrin. The archives included copies of the comics, original artwork and more which were used as the foundation for the book. It was followed by a two-year touring gallery exhibit ‘Comic Art Traditions in Canada, 1941-45.’ They would go on to form animation studio Nelvana, Ltd. (named after Adrian Dingle’s character) with Clive Smith and would later donate the material from Bell Features to the National Archives where they reside to this day, preserving part of our national comics heritage. Without their efforts, recent collections of Adrian Dingle’s Nelvana and Leo Bachle’s Johnny Canuck would not have been possible.

ROBERT CHARPENTIER (1960-2014)
– Rob or Bob as he was known to his friends and customers, was a long-time fixture on the Toronto comics scene as a comics retailer and fan. At his Danforth Avenue store Shining Knight Comics, later rebranded Comics & More, Bob believed strongly that the local comics shop should be active in, and support the local community. He sponsored many local teams, schools and young people’s organizations. In the summer of 2014 he was diagnosed with brain cancer and began treatment, but succumbed to the disease in late 2014, he was 54 years old.

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées

DORIS SLATER (1918-1964)
Doris Slater of Chatham and later Toronto, Ontario attended the Ontario College of art in the late 1930’s, and was hired by brother-in-law Ted McCall at Anglo-American Comics to work on the first issues of Grand Slam Comics and Three Aces Comics for which she drew characters like Pat the Air Cadet and Martin Blake, The Animal King. In the fall of 1944 Doris made arrangements to draw scripts from Pat Joudry’s popular CBC radio show “Penny’s Diary” for Bell Features’ Active Comics 29-26. Around this time she also married popular Canadian crooner Russ Titus and soon had two children Robin and Patricia. The marriage did not last long as Titus moved to England to pursue an entertainment career under the name Larry Cross. After the decline of the Canadian comics industry, Doris drew commercially for magazines and children’s books and did murals. She would move to teaching, and taught art in Brantford and later Ottawa. In 1964, Doris Titus was killed in head on collision. Her daughter Patti, who was in the back seat, survived the accident. Doris Slater/Titus was 56, and is recognized as Canada’s first female comic book creator.

JAMES WALEY (1951-)
James Waley was the publisher, editor-in-chief, and sometimes writer, artist and colourist of Orb Magazine, a quality black and white magazine-sized anthology, which could be found on Canadian newsstands between 1974 and 1976. Orb lasted six issues. With it, Jim provided readers with some of the most sophisticated comic book stories available anywhere while giving a start to many young creators, many of whom would become the finest Canadian comic artists and writers of their generation. He also co-created Canadian superhero the Northern Light, who debuted in Orb and would later appear in the American publication Power Comics. Waley’s many other subsequent accomplishments include writing for Heavy Metal, creating a comic from scratch for Charlton, filling the Propeller Gallery with art by prominent Toronto comic book artists, running the monthly one-day convention “Supershow” for many years at the Ontario College of Art, and being instrumental in developing the Joe Shuster Award as co-founder and instigator of the idea of a Canadian comic book award.

2015 Sponsors

Primary Sponsor: HAPPY HARBOR COMICS

Award Sponsors: ALL NEW COMICS, INC., THE DRAGON, THE STORY ATTIC

General Sponsors: BIG B COMICS, STRANGE ADVENTURES, VISIONS OF UTOPIA, COMIC BOOK LOUNGE

About The Joe Shuster Awards

Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s national award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. The name is used with the approval of the Estate of Joe Shuster – Michael Catron, Estate Agent.

For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

Nominations for the 2009 Joe Shuster Awards

UPDATE: MAY 6, 2009: The awards presentation date has been moved to the weekend of September 26-27, 2009. Watch the site for details as they become available.

Preface: It’s important to reflect as you review this list that in most cases COMICS ARE A COLLABORATIVE MEDIUM, and that while these awards are handed out along the specific category guidelines of Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, etc. AS PER THE PUBLISHED CREDITS it should be noted that many members of each comic book or graphic novel’s creative team had input in the storytelling process.

Preface, part two: Eligible creators are Canadian citizens (at home and abroad) and permanent residents in Canada that were identified on the eligible creators lists for works published in 2008 (lists can be found elsewhere on this website). Between January and May 2009 the Nominating Committees reviewed and selected the creators that they felt did the best work (i.e. they were chosen from the master list by MERIT and by CONSENSUS). Nominees are not contacted in advance about their feelings about being nominated, and nominations are not withdrawn by request.

For Immediate Release

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2009 JOE SHUSTER AWARDS

Toronto, Canada — April 2, 2009. From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents. The JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of these Canadian creators – past, present and future. Since their establishment in 2004, the JOE SHUSTER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR AWARDS have been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

Between January and March 2009, the Nominees were selected from master lists of eligible works originally published in English and/or French in 2008. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents were eligible for consideration. Now that the list of nominees has been finalized, nominated creators will have their work reviewed by a jury, who will ultimately decide the winners. Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Toronto on the weekend of September 26-27, 2009. Details to be announced.

JOE SHUSTER AWARDS 2009 NOMINEES for Work Published in 2008Artist/Dessinateur

  • Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America #12, 14-15, 18-22 (DC Comics)
  • David Finch – Ultimatum #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
  • Karl Kerschl & Serge LaPointe – Teen Titans: Year One #1-6 (DC Comics)
  • Jacques Lamontagne – Les Druides, Tome 4 : La Ronde des Géants (Soleil Productions)
  • Steve McNiven – Amazing Spider-Man #546-548, Wolverine #66-70 (Marvel Comics)
  • Steve Rolston – Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), “Familiar” – House of Mystery #4 (DC/Vertigo), You Ain’t No Dancer #3 (New Reliable Press)
  • Stephen Sadowski – Avengers/Invaders #1-7 (Marvel Comics/Dynamite Entertainment), Project Superpowers #0 (Dynamite Entertainment), Jack the Lantern: Ghosts #2 (Castle Rain Entertainment)

Cartoonist/Créateur

  • Grégoire Bouchard – Vers les Mondes Lointains (Paquet)
  • Darwyn Cooke – “Chapter X: The Greater Good” Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1, The Spirit #12 (DC Comics)
  • Francis Desharnais – Burquette (Les 400 coups)
  • Jean-Paul Eid – Des tondeuses et des hommes (La Pastèque)
  • Michel Gagne – “The Saga of Rex” Chapter 5 – Flight Vol. 5 (Ballantyne Books)
  • Faith Erin Hicks – The War at Ellsmere (Slave Labor Graphics)
  • Jeff Lemire – Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse (Top Shelf)
  • Seth – “Thoreau MacDonald” Kramer’s Ergot 7 (Buenaventura Press)
  • Dave Sim – Glamourpuss #1-4, Judenhaas (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Colourist/Dessinateur Couleur

  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu – G.I. Joe: America’s Elite 31-36, Voltron: A Legend Forged 1 (Devil’s Due), Marvel Zombies 3 #1-3, Wonderful Wizard of OZ #1, X-Men: Divided We Stand #1, X-Men Legacy #215 (Marvel Comics)
  • Blond – Team 14 #1 (Digital Webbing), Freshman: Summer Vacation Special #1, Magdalena/Daredevil #1, True Blood: The Great Revelation NN, Witchblade: Takeru Manga #11-12 (image/Top Cow), Ultimate Fantastic Four #50-59 (Marvel Comics), Beyond Wonderland #4, Grimm Fairy Tales 2008 Annual (Zenoscope)
  • Chris Chuckry – Brave and the Bold #17-18, Countdown to Mystery #4-8, Simon Dark #4-7, Two Face: Year One #1-2 (DC Comics), Air 1-5 (DC/Vertigo), G.I. Joe #0 (IDW), Comic Book Tattoo (image), Amazing Spider-Man #546, 565-567, newuniversal: Shockfront #1-2, The Twelve #1-8 (Marvel Comics)
  • Maryse Dubuc – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Nathan Fairbairn – Fear Agent 21 (Dark Horse), Pilot Season: The Core #1 (image/Top Cow), Civil War: House of M #3, Guardians of the Galaxy #1-3, Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? NN, Wolverine: Origins #31, X-Men: Divided We Stand #2, X-Men: Kingbreaker #1, X-Men Legacy #217, X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, 3, Young Avengers Presents #1 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #3 (Oni Press)
  • Lovern Kindzierski – Sandman: The Dream Hunters #1-2 (DC/Vertigo), The Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons #1-2Coraline (HarperCollins), Giant-Size Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics) (Devil’s Due),
  • François Lapierre – “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec), Magasin général 4 (Casterman)
  • Dave McCaig – Star Wars: Dark Times #11-12 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #861-863, Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge #1-3. Joker’s Asylum: The Penguin #1, JSA Classified #35-37 (DC Comics), Family Dynamic #1-2 (DC/Johnny), House of Mystery #4, Northlanders #2-8, 11-12 (DC/Vertigo), Broken Trinity: Angelus #1, First Born: Aftermath #1, Pilot Season: The Core #1 (image/Top Cow), Fantastic Four Cosmic Size Special #1, Secret Invasion X-Men #1-4, Ultimate Iron Man II #3-5 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #2 (Oni Press) (DC/Johnny DC),

Writer/Écrivain

  • Ian Boothby – Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #14, Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2008, Futurama #35-39, Simpsons Comics #136, 141, 148, Simpsons Summer Shindig #2, Simpsons Super Spectacular #7 (Bongo Comics)
  • Cecil Castellucci – Janes in Love (DC/Minx)
  • Darwyn Cooke – “Dragster Riot starring Robin the Boy Wonder”, “Wonder Woman and Black Canary” Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1, Superman Confidential 11 (DC Comics)
  • Maryse Dubuc – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Ray Fawkes – The Apocalipstix (Oni Press)
  • François Lapierre – “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec)
  • Mariko Tamaki – Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), Skim (Groundwood Books)
  • J. Torres – The Family Dynamic #1-3, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #11, 13, 17-19, Teen Titans Go! #51-55 (DC/Johnny DC), Wonder Girl #5-6 (DC Comics)

Cover/Couverture

  • Adrian Alphona – Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season Two #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
  • Darwyn Cooke – The Spirit #12 (DC Comics)
  • Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America #14 Variant (DC Comics)
  • David Finch -Amazing Spider-Man #572 Variant (Marvel Comics)
  • Philippe Girard – Les Ravins (Mécanique Générale)
  • Niko Henrichon – Hostile Tome 1 (Dupuis)
  • Steve McNiven – Kick-Ass #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
  • Dean Motter – Mister X: The Condemned #1 (Dark Horse)
  • David Sim – Glamourpuss #4 Zombie Variant (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web

Publisher/Éditeur

  • Aardvark-Vanaheim
  • Arcana Studio
  • Conundrum Press
  • Drawn & Quarterly
  • La Pastèque
  • Les 400 Coups/Mécanique Générale
  • Red 5 Comics
  • Udon Entertainment

Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist & Writer Nominees selected by:Jay Bardyla (Happy Harbor Comics), Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Ty Buttars (blogger and collector), Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Rachelle Goguen (Strange Adventures, Living Between Wednesdays), Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jonathan Kuehlein (The Toronto Star), Robin McConnell (Inkstuds podcast), Shawna Roe (Happy Harbor Comics) and the Vincent Massey College Comic Book Club (Montreal) under the direction of Mr. Steven Bakos. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Cover Nominees selected by: Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Kevin A. Boyd, Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Robert Haines, Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jason Truong. Additional input provided by Ty Buttars (blogger and collector), and Rachelle Goguen (Strange Adventures, Living Between Wednesdays). Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Webcomics Nominees selected by: The CCBCAA Executive. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd and Scott Townsend.

Publisher Nominees selected by: Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Kevin A. Boyd, Allison Covey, Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jason Truong. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants
Nominees will be announced in early May 2009.

Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées
Submissions from self-publishers will be accepted until May 18, 2009. Please visit http://joeshusterawards.com/2009-awards-sat-june-27/gene-day-award-for-canadian-self-publishers/ for full details. The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 Bursary.

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Nominations from retailers and the general public will be accepted until May 18, 2009.

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Four inductees will be announced in early May 2009.

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 Awards

The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national achievement awards for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics and the only awards without restrictions on language, content and/or genre. The Joe Shuster Awards honour the people who create comics, publish comics and sell comics. Creator nominees are nominated for their BODY OF WORK during the previous calendar year, not just for one specific work (except for cover art).

The Hall of Fame, Harry Kremer Retailer Award and the new Gene Day Award for self-publishers are selected by individual committees after a review and discussion of eligible and/or submitted candidates. Four Hall of Fame candidates will be initiated into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2009. Aside from the retailer and self-publisher award committee, active creators can only act as advisors so as not to influence a bias in any of the creative awards categories.

The Joe Shuster Awards are run by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association (CCBCAA), a not-for-profit organization that relies on sponsorship, eBay and convention sales of art donations, prints and memorabilia as well as private donations. 2009 sponsors include: Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), Sipps Publishing, Diamond Distributors, Quebecor World, and comicspriceguide.com and all of the artists that donated pieces to last year’s Visions of an Icon: Superman art show and sale.

For more information please contact info@joeshusterawards.com or visit http://www.joeshusterawards.com

Cerebus Archive to launch in early 2009

Regular Cover

Regular Cover

Press release courtesy of Aardvark-Vanaheim:

Why an aardvark? Follow Dave Sim from the early 1970s and see rejections from DC, Marvel, Skywald, Warren and Charlton (among others). Filled with comics stories, strips and cartoons — all complete in each fun-filled issue — as well as original letters, manuscripts and many rejection form letters from the Off-White House’s extensive 1972-to-the-present Cerebus Archive, this promises to yield unique insight into the creation of a comic-book masterpiece.

Get in on the ground floor of what could well be Aardvark-Vanaheim’s NEXT 300-issue limited series! The first issue and the zombie variant issue will be solicited in the February 2009 issue of Diamond Previews. Cerebus Archive will be published bi-monthly, alternating with Dave Sim’s glamourpuss.

Zombie Variant

Zombie Variant