The 2018 Joe Shuster Award Winners

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JSA2007logoSeptember 5, 2018 — The JOE SHUSTER AWARD is Canada’s national award that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comic books, digital comics and graphic novels.

The nominated works were published between January 1 and December 31, 2017. The award winners were chosen by a jury vote.

All images shown are copyright (c) and trademark (TM) their respective owners, and are used to promote the nominations.

And the winners are:

Writer / Scénariste

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Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN – Chapterhouse, Image Comics

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Artist / Dessinateur

STUART IMMONENAMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25-31, 789, MARVEL LEGACY 1 (MARVEL COMICS), EMPRESS 7 (ICON/MARVEL COMICS)

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JEFF LEMIREROUGHNECK (GALLERY 13), ROYAL CITY 1-8 (IMAGE COMICS)

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Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

MENAGE A 3GISELE LAGACE, DAVID LUMSDON (adult content)

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

gene-day-colours-revised-21Named 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 13th, 2017.

This year the award will be split into two categories:

Single Creator/Creative Team:

MARIE AND WORRYWART: COMICS ABOUT ANXIETY – JENN WOODALL (C)

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(C)=Cartoonist, (A)=Artist, (W)=Writer

Anthology Format:

MOONSHOT: THE INDIGENOUS COMICS COLLECTION VOL. 2 – EDITED BY HOPE NICHOLSON (AH COMICS)

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

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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 across the country and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports.

GOTHAM CENTRAL – MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

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The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

x4JFdYgx_400x400This 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.

Another Castle (Oni Press) by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau

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The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple

maple-775697The 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.

2018 Recipient: MARK ASKWITH (1956-)

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Mark Askwith (born April 6, 1956) is a Canadian producer, writer, interviewer (and sometime-publisher/editor), and a familiar name in the fields of science fiction and comics.

After working at Oberon Press, and Coach House Press, between 1982 and 1987, Askwith managed one of the premiere North American comic book stores – The Silver Snail in Toronto. Situated at that time opposite the Bakka-Phoenix Science Fiction Bookstore, it provided an opportunity to soak up the comics/Sci-Fi atmosphere, and allowed Askwith to meet legendary (and local) Science Fiction and comics authors, including Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Leaving the Silver Snail in 1987, he started work on a Prisoner comic with Dean Motter (below), and worked in an art directorial supportive role on Ron Mann’s comics documentary Comic Book Confidential (Sphinx Productions, 1988), an overview/history of the comic book medium in the U.S.A, from the 1930s to the ’80s. The documentary featured interviews with such noteworthy individuals as Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, and William M. Gaines. The success of the documentary inspired Askwith to expand upon some of Mann’s ideas into a television magazine programme which would similarly explore areas of fan interest (comics, Science Fiction, horror, etc.) largely through interviews and commentary. The programme was called Prisoners of Gravity.

In 1989, Askwith became a full-time television producer and writer, and one of his first programmes was Prisoners of Gravity. The brainchild of Askwith, Daniel Richler, and Rick Green (who also hosted the programme), Prisoners of Gravity was a Canadian news magazine program that explored speculative fiction, specifically Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Comics. Produced by TVOntario, the series ran for 139 episodes over five seasons.

The establishing framework for the programme is not dissimilar to that of its similarly-targeted peer Mystery Science Theater 3000, both featuring a stranded host who ostensibly broadcast the programme themselves from isolation. The similarities largely end there, however. MST3K was a comedy programme that focused each episode on a particular film and provided running gag commentary on it. Prisoners of Gravity ran a series of interviews with authors and creators from the science fiction and comics communities, with the host linking the subject matter together and focusing down on a specific topic for that episode.

Episodes from the first season (broadcast between August 1989 and March 1990, and now believed largely missing/wiped) reportedly focused on areas including UFOs, Star Trek and Comic book conventions. The subsequent four seasons (preserved, and available for viewing by appointment at The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy[1] public library located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada) often featured episodes on much more specific topics. These included “Will Eisner & The Spirit”, “Watchmen”, “Cyberpunk”, “Ray Bradbury”, “The Sandman”, “Tolkien” and Jack Kirby” among many others.

Many of the interviews for these programmes (including specific interviews with Watchmen creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and Sandman author Neil Gaiman) were apparently carried out by Askwith himself.

Prisoners of Gravity first aired on TVOntario and ran for five seasons and 139 episodes before being canceled in 1994. Many of its episodes were subsequently syndicated, and have appeared (briefly) on PBS, The Discovery Channel and Space, of which Askwith is one of the founding producers.

Askwith was one of the founding producers of the channel, which was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996, and debuted on October 17, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. EST, under the ownership of CHUM Limited. Askwith is particularly involved in the documentary side of things, and the so-called ‘interstitial’ materials which pepper the channels’ output. The first of which was a comment on the channels first-broadcast film Forbidden Planet by noted Canadian Science Fiction author Robert J. Sawyer.

He has produced – and appeared in – SPACE’s HypaSpace Daily/Weekly, an entertainment news show which looks specifically at the Science Fiction news, which was later renamed InnerSpace.

Askwith has dabbled in writing himself, mostly comics.

Most notably, his collaboration with Dean Motter in helping write the authorized “The Prisoner” sequel met with considerable critical and fan-approval. The four-part prestige-format mini-series, serialized between 1988 and 1989 has subsequently been collected in graphic novel format as Shattered Visage, still in print (since 1990) and published by DC Comics/Warner Bros. in the US, and Titan Books in the UK.

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

    • SID BARRON (1917-2006) 8969060622_19ca88fd6a_o.jpg

Sid Arnold Barron was born in Toronto on June 13, 1917. From his obituary written by Tom Hawthorn for the Globe and Mail in 2006 (he died on April 29 in Victoria) we learn that he was an illegitimate child of a Belgian officer billeted with his mother’s family. He was raised by his aunt and her family who moved the family quickly to Victoria, B. C. when Sid was just two. He did not learn the truth about his real mother until he was an adult. Sid also had a pronounced stammer and was treated for the speech disorder. He took classes from Allan Edwards (who also taught Pierre Berton) in the late thirties. In his mid-twenties he began working in the fledgling Canadian comic book industry for the last major publisher, Educational Projects out of Montreal which began publishing its main comic, Canadian Heroes Comics in October of 1942. Sid drew a variety of stories for this, almost entirely, non-fictional comic.

In 1958 Sid began working as a cartoonist for The Victoria Times and then in 1961 began selling cartoons to the Toronto Star. A year later he moved to Calgary to work for The Albertan while still selling material to The Star. In 1964 his work also began to appear in Maclean’s Magazine.

His medium was black ink and crayon on commercial board and his subject matter dealt wittily, dryly, and satirically with themes from daily life rather than the directly political. His cartoons were dense and packed with nuances and detail. Robert Fulford called him “…the poet of the mundane….”

His cartoons almost always contained his trademark, striped “puddy tat” somewhere in the lower vestiges of the piece, holding up a sign with a snide comment and often a old biplane sailing through the background trailing a “Mild, isn’t it?” banner.

Sid Barron quit cartooning in 1989 and moved to Coombs on Vancouver Island with his wife Jesi, herself an artist, to concentrate on painting water colours with a nautical theme carrying on his life-long passion for boats.

Canada remembers Sid Barron as a war-time comic book artist,an editorial cartoonist, and a fine arts painter.

Biography by Ivan Kocmarek.

    • JACQUES GOLDSTYN aka BORIS (1958-) 594270-gf
  • Jacques Goldstyn was born in 1958 in Saint-Eugène d’Argentenay, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. A graduate of the Université de Montréal in geology, he was a petroleum geologist who worked in locations such as Gaspésie , Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Alberta.In 1981, he began his career as an illustrator. Also known by the pen name of Boris, Jacques Goldstyn is an illustrator and a political cartoonist. He is a regular contributor to the children’s magazine Les Débrouillards and his books include Letters to a Prisoner and Bertolt, both of which were chosen as a Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Books of 2017. He has twice won Le Grand Prix du journalisme indépendant for editorial illustration and lives in Montreal, Quebec. In 2017, he won the Governor General’s Award for the album Azadah.
    • DAVID BOSWELL (1953-) rf01cover-big

David E. Boswell (born 1953) is a comic book writer and artist, illustrator, and photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia who has worked in the comics industry. He is the creator of the series Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman.

Boswell grew up in London, Ontario, and Hamilton and Dundas, Ontario. He studied film at Oakville, Ontario’s Sheridan College, where he graduated in 1974. After graduation, Boswell attempted to earn a living as a cartoonist, and his first full-page comic, “Heart Break Comics”, was published in The Georgia Straight from 1977–1978. Boswell moved to Vancouver in 1977, and in 1978, he launched Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman. Another title Boswell created was Ray-Mond.

Boswell’s influences include film directors Josef von Sternberg and Luis Buñuel, composer Hector Berlioz, comedians Buster Keaton, and W.C. Fields, and humourist Robert Benchley, as well as early Hollywood and European cinema stars, and he often features references in his work. He has written a number of screenplays for movies, none of which have been made.

Boswell based the character of Reid Fleming on a childhood bully with the same name. Reid employs extremely aggressive means in delivering his dairy products. His supervisor is Mr.Crabbe, whose head is unusual in shape, and who has little, if any, patience with Reid Fleming. If it was up to him, Reid would have been fired years ago, but Reid’s employer, Mr. O’Clock, prefers to just dock Reid’s pay for all the milk trucks he wrecked in his recklessness (8 at the start of the story); O’Clock’s reticence to fire Reid may be due to the fact that he is Reid’s biological father, as implied in issue #5 (#6 under the Deep Sea Comics imprint); at the end of the issue, a scene set in the future shows that Reid is now president of the company.

Reid is in love with Lena Toast, who has a TV show with Commander Bob. The latter wears “winged boots of doom” that do not enable him to fly. He gets around in a flying house, and uses a rope ladder to literally drop in on a randomly selected guest and kidnap him or her to be interviewed on the show. He uses a power blast on uncooperative guests. He is not the only super-powered character on the show. Reid is able to lift his milk truck with his bare hands and has a degree of invulnerability that has prevented serious or lethal injury. Lena, having been divorced 3 times now, is not a good prospect for a guaranteed marriage.

In the 1980s Hollywood bought the rights to the screenplay, which was written by Boswell. A film has yet to be made.

Although Reid’s adventures were first published in The Georgia Straight newspaper in 1978, the first comic book collecting them was self-published by Boswell in 1980. This 36-page magazine was the only Reid Fleming comic book for six years. The character did appear in a secondary role in the 44-page Heartbreak Comics in 1984.

In 1986 Eclipse Comics republished the 1980 issue, and then began publishing a regular series, appearing annually for five issues, and finally the unnumbered Fun with Reid Fleming in 1991. Eclipse went bankrupt not long after, leaving Reid without a publisher for several years. From 1996–1998, the Canadian publisher Deep Sea Comics reprinted the 1980 issue and the five Eclipse issues as Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman 1-6, followed by three issues (#7-9) of new material.

After again lying dormant for four years, Reid Fleming was revived for a Dark Horse Comics one-shot teaming him with Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot. This has been the last new Reid Fleming material to date.

2011 saw the first of two hardcover collected volumes released by IDW Publishing, Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman Volume 1 contains the first Reid Fleming comic and the mini-series Rogue to Riches as well as Heartbreak Comics.

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  • TOM GRUMMETT (1959-)grummett

Saskatoon’s Tom Grummett is a Canadian comic book artist who’s been a mainstay of the industry since the late 1980s. He is best known for his work on such DC Comics titles as Superman, Superboy, Robin, Teen Titans, and Power Company and Marvel Comics titles such as Avengers/Thunderbolts, Generation X, Silver Surfer, X-Men Unlimited, New Thunderbolts and Spider-Man.

2018 sponsors include:

  • The Dragon
  • All New Comics
  • The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF)

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.

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

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July Awards Ceremony Postponed

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I regret to inform all that we are unable to finalize the 2018 winners and make the awards in time for the ceremony on July 7th in Montreal at the Montreal Comic Con. Unfortunately our juries need more time to deliberate and gather information/review materials, and the Dragon Award nominees have yet to be announced. Based on this, after consulting with other members of the committee, we have decided to postpone the ceremony and reassess the timeline.

We will still proceed with a panel on July 7 at 5:30 where we will discuss Canadian comics and have some special presentations to the 2017 winners who are present at Montreal Comic Con 2018.

More information to come on when the ceremony will take place.

Kevin A. Boyd,
Director, Joe Shuster Awards

The 2018 Joe Shuster Award Nominations / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2018

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Update: Ceremony has been postponed, special panel at the Montreal Comic Con to take place on Saturday, July 7th at 5:30 pm to celebrate the nominees and the 2017 winners and inductees.

Please note: Dragon Award for Comics for Kids nominees are still pending. They will be added to the nominees list when available.

1941c_shuster_1.jpegMay 29, 2018 — 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 comic books, digital comics and graphic novels.

They are named after pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914- July 30, 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, published by National Periodical Productions (now known as DC Comics) 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.shusteraward-portraitcolour6.jpg

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 Canadian creators who work within the framework of the larger comics ‘industry’ rather than only those creators who have successfully published their creations within Canada alone.

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The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

All images shown are copyright (c) and trademark (TM) their respective owners, and are used to promote the nominations.

The ceremony date is still to be determined.

A special panel celebrating the nominees and some of the 2017 winners will take place at the Montreal Comic Con at 5:30PM on July 7, 2018 at the Palais des congrès, Montreal, QC. Room 512A

And the nominees are:

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

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MENAGE A 3GISELE LAGACE, DAVID LUMSDON (adult content)
SUBNORMALITYWINSTON ROWNTREE
BUN TOONSTY TEMPLETON
STRANGEBEARDKELLY TINDALL
TRUE PATRIOT PRESENTS #2-6VARIOUS
RAGMOPROB WALTON

Writer / Scénariste

ED BRISSON IRON FIST 1-7, 73, BULLSEYE 1-3, CABLE 150, OLD MAN LOGAN 25-29 (MARVEL COMICS)
MEREDITH FINCHROSE 1-6 (IMAGE COMICS), CATWOMAN: ELECTION NIGHT 1 (DC COMICS)
JEFF LEMIREDEATH OF X 3-4, EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN 16-20, IVX 1-6, MOON KNIGHT 8-14, OLD MAN LOGAN 13-24, THANOS 1-12 (MARVEL COMICS), BLOODSHOT REBORN 0, BLOODSHOT SALVATION 1-4, BLOODSHOT USA 4 (VALIANT COMICS), BLACK HAMMER 7-13, GIANT-SIZED ANNUAL 1, SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN AND THE LEGION OF EVIL 1-3 (DARK HORSE COMICS), DESCENDER 18-25 (IMAGE COMICS), HAWKMAN FOUND 1 (DC COMICS)
CHIP ZDARSKYDR. STRANGE 1.MU, PETER PARKER – THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN 1-5, STAR-LORD 1-6, ANNUAL 1 (MARVEL COMICS) HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (DC COMICS)
JIM ZUBAVENGERS 1.MU, SECRET EMPIRE UNITED 1, THUNDERBOLTS 7-12, UNCANNY AVENGERS 25-28, ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 1-3, 0, ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 1-2 (w/Yusako Komiyama) (MARVEL COMICS), GLITTERBOMB: THE FAME GAME 1-4, WAYWARD 21-25 (IMAGE COMICS), DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FROST GIANT’S FURY 3-5 (IDW) FREELANCE 1-4 (w/Andrew Wheeler) (CHAPTERHOUSE)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

MICHAEL CHO – DC Comics, Marvel Comics
MIKE DEL MUNDO – Marvel Comics
DALE KEOWN – Marvel Comics, DC Comics
MIKAEL – Dargaud
DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN – Chapterhouse, Image Comics
JULIE ROCHELEAU – Casterman
FIONA STAPLES – Image Comics

Artist / Dessinateur

MIKE DEL MUNDOTHE AVENGERS 1-6, 9-11, MIGHTY THOR 700 (MARVEL COMICS)
DAVID FINCHBATMAN 16-20, 24 (DC COMICS)
STUART IMMONENAMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25-31, 789, MARVEL LEGACY 1 (MARVEL COMICS), EMPRESS 7 (ICON/MARVEL COMICS)
RAMON PEREZJANE (ARCHAIA), NOVA 1-5, 7, GENERATIONS: MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN, PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN 1 (MARVEL COMICS)
JULIE ROCHELEAUBETTY BOOB (CASTERMAN)
FIONA STAPLESSAGA 42-48 (IMAGE COMICS)

Cartoonist / Auteur

MICHEL FALARDEAUL’ESPRIT DU CAMP (STUDIO LOUNAK)
RON KASMANTHE TOWER OF COMIC BOOK FREAKS (CALIBER COMICS)
JEFF LEMIREROUGHNECK (GALLERY 13), ROYAL CITY 1-8 (IMAGE COMICS)
LORNA MAPADURAN DURAN, IMELDA MARCOS AND ME (CONUNDRUM PRESS)
JOE OLLMANNTHE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK (DRAWN+QUARTERLY)
STEVE SKROCEMAESTROS 1-3 (IMAGE COMICS)
JILLIAN TAMAKIBOUNDLESS (DRAWN+QUARTERLY)
FRANCOIS VIGNEAULTTITAN (POW POW)
ANNE VILLENEUVEUNE LONGUE CANICULE (MECANIQUE GENERALE)

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 13th, 2017.

This year the award will be split into two categories:

Single Creator/Creative Team:

GLADIASAURS, BEAVER DAMN 1 – A. SHAY HAHN (C)
FEAST OF FIELDS – MOR: PART 1 – SEAN KAREMAKER (C)
DEAD CHARLIE T.3: LES AMAZONES DE VENUS – THIERRY LABROSSE (C)
WHERE IS ZORG?, WRESTLEMON – JEFF MARTIN (C)
HEROES OF HOMEROOM C – ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER (W) w/ Carlos Granda (A)
FIR VALLEY – JASON TURNER (C)
MARIE AND THE WORRYWART, MAGICAL BEATDOWN VOL.2 – JENN WOODALL (C)

(C)=Cartoonist, (A)=Artist, (W)=Writer

Anthology Format:

HOGTOWN HORROR – BOOK DESIGN AND LAYOUT BY TIM LAI (HOGTOWN COMICS)
MOONSHOT: THE INDIGENOUS COMICS COLLECTION VOL. 2 – EDITED BY HOPE NICHOLSON (AH COMICS)
RAID.ONE – EDITED BY ROB COUGHLER AND RAMON PEREZ (RAID STUDIO)
READ MORE COMICS 3 – DAVID CRAIG, JAMES SPENCER AND ROBB MIRSKY (READMORECOMIX.COM)
YONGE AT HEART – EDITED BY STEVE ANDREWS, AARON FELDMAN, ALLISON O’TOOLE (TORONTO COMICS)

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 across the country and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports.

ALPHA COMICS – CALGARY, ALBERTA
COMIC READERS – REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN
DOWNTOWN COMICS – ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND
GOTHAM CENTRAL – MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO
LIBRAIRIE Z – MONTREAL, QUEBEC
TAZMANIAN COMICS – VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
TITAN GAMING AND COLLECTIBLES – WHITEHORSE, YUKON

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

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.

Nominees List Pending 

The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple

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.

2018 Recipient: MARK ASKWITH (1956-)

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

  • SID BARRON (1917-2006) 
  • JACQUES GOLDSTYN aka BORIS (1958-) 
  • DAVID BOSWELL (1953-) 
  • TOM GRUMMETT (1959-)

2018 sponsors include:

  • The Dragon
  • All New Comics
  • The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF)
  • Montreal Comic Con

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.

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

The passing of two legends…

JACK TREMBLAY, Hall of Fame inductee in 2017 for his role in the creation of comics during Canada’s Golden Age, passed away on November 11, 2018 in Montreal. The CCBCAA would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Tremblay, born in 1926, was 92.

STAN “the Man” LEE, the Maestro of Marvel Comics, passed away on November 12, 2018. Born, in 1922, he was 95 years old. Comics’ greatest ambassador, Stan Lee’s legacy is immense and he is probably the most well known comic book creator. While he was not Canadian, he definitely had impact on any Canadian with a love for anything related to Marvel Comics.

Dragon Prize Nominees 2018

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Stone Heart (First Second) by Faith Erin Hicks

Brave (Yen Press) by Svetlana Chmakova

Brobots vol.2 (Oni Press) by J. Torres and Sean Dove

Titi Krapouti & cie tome 3 La Reserve Etoilee (self-published) by Stephanie Leduc

Jimmy Tornado Tome 1: Atlas ne repond pas (Presses Aventure) by Frédéric Antoine et Jean-François Vachon

The Dragon Award for “Comics for Kids” / Prix de “Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants” recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long readingWorks 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 Eisner Award winning The Dragon comic book shop. In turn, this juried award is also be selected by an independent team of educators and librarians from across Canada, after giving thorough consideration to the nominated works. Nominees will be for new work published in either English or French in the previous calendar year.

Congratulations all!

 

 

 

2018 Awards Update

cropped-541599031_dcca9f97ab.jpgSelection process is well underway and we are looking at announcing the nominees on Tuesday, May 29th.

Here’s what we’re looking at as far as categories go:

THE JOE SHUSTER AWARDS for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book:

  • ARTIST / ARTIST TEAM
  • WRITER
  • CARTOONIST
  • COVER ARTIST
  • WEBCOMICS CREATOR/CREATIVE TEAM

THE HARRY KREMER COMIC BOOK RETAILER RECOGNITION AWARD

THE DRAGON PRIZE – COMICS FOR KIDS (Younger Readers)

THE GENE DAY AWARD – SELF-PUBLISHED COMICS

THE GENE DAY AWARD – COMICS ANTHOLOGY COLLECTION

T.M. MAPLE AWARD – COMMUNITY IMPACT BEYOND CREATING COMICS

CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR HALL OF FAME

2018 Gene Day Award books received so far… updated 5/13 + News

gene-day-colours-revised-21Here’s a list of what we have received to date. All were self-published in 2017. The list is still being updated. If you still want to submit your comic for consideration please visit here. 

Submissions are now closed as of today (5/13) – aside from one package at the post office which will be picked up 5/14.

And now a special Announcement

This year we will be diving the Gene Day Award into two categories, the names are still being worked out, but essentially we will be moving Anthology Collections featuring the work of 3 or more separate stories with different creators/creative teams into a separate category.

Alien Toilet Monsters #1 by Eric Barnett and Carol Zara

Arkade by Mark Allard-Will and Elaine M. Will

Auric of the Great White North #3 by Davis Dewsbury, Andrew Thomas

Badassical #2 and #3 by John Fleming, Collette Turner

Beaver Damn #1 by A. Shay Hahn

Dead Charlie T. 3: Les Amazones de Venus by Thierry Labrosse

Dead Charlie: Alive and Kicking by Thierry Labrosse

Death Metal Duck Number 1 by Cam Heydon and Justin Heggs

Dominion Jack #0 by Jack Briglio and Dominic Bercier

Dryade 1 by Stephanie Leduc

Feast of Fields – Mor: Part 1 by Sean Karemaker

Fir Valley by Jason Turner

Gehenna: Death Valley #4 by Becka Kinzie

A Girl Called Echo Vol. 1 by Katherina Vermette, Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk

Gladiasaurs by A. Shay Hahn

Greylight by Christopher Yao

happily ever after #1 by Ricky Lima and Nicolas Londeix

Heroes of Homeroom C by Anthony Ruttgaizer

Hey, Broheim by Wm. Bobo

Hogtown Horror Vol. 01 by Various

Jack Grimm: Harbinger of Death #4 by Gary Boyarski

The Journal of the Main Street Secret Lodge Vol. 2 by Steven Gilbert

Magical Beatdown Vol. 2 by Jenn Woodall

Maria and Worrywart: Comics about Anxiety by Jenn Woodall

Morgan’s Organs #2 by Daniel Brodie, Robert Jennex

The Monsters Brawl by Sam Noir and Christopher Yao

North #2 and #3 by Scott Sawyer

Pangaea and the Key of Mirrari by Dominic Bercier

Paper Route #2 by Sean Jordan, Alex Kennedy and Dave Howlett

Polybius Dreams #1 by Ben Grisanti, Keith Grachow

RAID.ONE  by RAID Studio

Read More Comix 3 by James Spencer, Robb Mirsky & David Craig

The Rangeroads by Courtney Loberg

Saltwater #2 by Mitch Cook and Keith Grachow

Shelly #1 by Stephany Lein

The Cold Fire: Chapter III – The Nightcap by Aaron Navrady

Those White Horses by Juan Sepulveda and Jaume Palop

Titi Krapouti & cie 3 by Stephanie Leduc

Victorian 4 #2 by Sam Noir and Matthew Tavares

Where is Zog? by Jeff Martin

Wrestlemon by Jeff Martin

Zelpha Comics Sampler: One Shot by Marie Jane Works, Luanga ‘Lue’ Nuwame, Greg Merritt, Dan Hammond

Zip Kramer: Savior of the Cosmos by Sam Noir and Marvin Law

2018! JSA Ceremony in Montreal in July. Info on submitting for the Gene Day Award.

montreal-comicconIt’s March 4th and after a brief down period our website is back up and running and we’re full steam ahead on the planning for the 2018 Joe Shuster Comic Book Creator Awards.

Plans are currently being made to present the awards this summer in July at the Montreal Comic Con, the organizers of which have graciously agreed to host the ceremony at their convention which falls between Canada Day (July 1) and Joe Shuster’s Birthday (July 10).

The majority of the Joe Shuster Awards are nominated based on material available to the public. We are aiming to have the 2018 nominees selected by Free Comic Book Day weekend and the announcement will be made on that weekend (first weekend of May).

gene-day-colours-revised-21I have received a lot of entries for the 2018 Gene Day Award for self-published works already, but if you would like to submit your entry for consideration, please send one copy of your 2017 self-published work to:

Gene Day Award – c/o K. Boyd, 305-484 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, ON M5P 2H8.

Please refer to the Gene Day Award page link for more specifics.

Deadline is MAY 1, 2018.  After that the entries will be reviewed and the top entries announced at the 2018 Gene Day Award Nominees.

You can give me entries in person at:

TORONTO COMICON – March 16-18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

CALGARY EXPO – April 26-29 at the Calgary Stampede Park (I will be in the Big Four Building)

Ask a staff member or volunteer about where to find me – I (Kevin Boyd) am the Comic Relations Coordinator at both of those events and will be on site at both.

 

Calgary and Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expos join forces with Fan Expo HQ

calgary-expoFanExpoToday, the people behind the Calgary and Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expos announced that the shows are joining the Fan Expo HQ family of shows that includes shows in Toronto, Regina, Vancouver, Dallas, Boston as well as the MegaCon brand shows in Orlando and Tampa Florida.

The Calgary Expo has grown steadily since the mid-2000’s and is now a massive entertainment event that is one of the biggest events of it’s kind in Canada, and North America in general.

Please note: The Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo is not part of the arrangement and the organizers behind the Saskatoon event have announced they plan to continue the show as an independent entity again.

To be up front about this, I am the Comic Relations Coordinator for Fan Expo HQ as well as the director of these awards, and I am now booking for the Calgary and Edmonton events.

I’ll be working to ensure that those events have well managed comics sections with a great selection of comics talent as guests. The comics team at Fan Expo HQ is very excited about the possibilities and personally, I am excited to be returning to the Calgary Expo again after many years absence.

2017 Ceremony info, Hall of Fame, TM Maple.

Ceremony date:

The winners will be announced online and at a private industry gathering in Toronto on Friday, September 1, 2017.

HALL OF FAME SELECTION COMPLETED

I would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee for their work in selecting the inductees for 2017. The committee consisted of Walter Durajlija, Jennifer Haines, Ivan Kocmarek, Robert Pincombe, and Ken Steacy, with input from James Waley.

This page will be updated with biographical information (currently being prepared by the CCBCAA).

Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Bandes Dessinées Canadien 
A lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators (artists, writers, cartoonists, editors and in some cases, publishers) for their contributions to comic books.

JACK TREMBLAY (1926-)
GABRIEL MORRISSETTE (1959-)
LOVERN KINDZIERSKI (1954-)
JULIE DOUCET (1965-)
STUART IMMONEN (-)

maple-775697THE T.M. MAPLE AWARD / PRIX T.M. MAPLE

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.

The person selected for 2017 is:

KENNETH KETTER

Ken was the founder and primary organizer of COSMICON (Winters College – York University, 1972-76), one of Canada’s earliest comic book events and predecessor to modern pop culture conventions by being multi-genre, mixing comic books, film and music, complete with notable industry guests, dealers, art shows, film presentations and live music.

Before Cosmicon, Canadian comic conventions were mostly small gatherings of club members and swap meets.

In 1968, Captain George Henderson – owner of Canada’s first comics shop, Memory Lane, had brought Stan Lee to the city for the Triple FanFair (no doubt inspired by the convention of the same name that had been taking place in Detroit around the same time – the three fandoms in the name being science fiction, movies and comics). That event took place in tents on Markham Street (former home of Memory Lane and later, the Beguiling).

For the most part Canadian comic fans of this era in this region had to pile in a car and drive to Detroit, Chicago or primarily New York to attend a comic book convention.

What happened at York University was pretty amazing and was the highlight for many young fans, a lot of whom would go on to work in comics or related activities and it came together at Winters College at Toronto’s York University due to the vision and perseverance of the event’s founder Ken Ketter, with the assistance of people like Ronn Sutton, Ron Kasman, Mark Segal and Gloria Agnew.

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About T.M. Maple
T.M. Maple was the pseudonym of Jim Burke (1956-1994), a fan who wrote more than 3,000 letters to comic book letter columns between 1977 and 1994. Burke’s letters were quite popular among readers as well as editors, and he wrote prolifically to a diverse number of comic publishing companies and titles. Burke originally signed his letters as “The Mad Maple,” but Marvel Comics editor Tom DeFalco abbreviated it to “T.M. Maple” to make it sound like a real name (thus circumventing a new policy at the company to stop printing letters submitted under pseudonyms). Burke took a liking to the new name and began using it exclusively (including variations like “Theodore Maddox Maplehurst”) until 1988, when in Scott McCloud’s Zot! #21 he revealed his real name. Burke published a fanzine about comics in the late 1980s. With artist/publisher Allen Freeman, Burke co-created the superhero Captain Optimist. Jim Burke had a fatal heart attack in 1994.

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.

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

Canadians win at the 2017 Eisners

eisner-awards1Last night in San Diego, the annual Will Eisner Awards were presented and a number of Canadians took home or shared many of the top prizes.

Big winner of the night was Fiona Staples, who continues to win accolades for the ongoing image Comics series Saga (artist, cover artist, best continuing series).

Best Short Story – “Good Boy” by Tom King and David Finch in Batman Annual #1

Best Continuing Series – Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga_36-1Best Limited Series – The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta, covers by Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso

Best New Series – Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston

Best Publication for Teens (13-17) – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Best Humor Publication – Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson and Derek Charm

Best Anthology – Love is Love (included the work of many Canadian creators)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team – Fiona Staples, Saga

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers) – Fiona Staples, Saga

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Joe Shuster Award Nominations / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2017

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Artwork by Tom Grummett.

July 10, 2017 – 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.

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2014 Superman Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint – Art by Joe Shuster

They are named after pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914- July 30, 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, published by National Periodical Productions (now known as DC Comics) 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.

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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.

captain-canuckThe 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 Canadian creators who work within the framework of the larger comics ‘industry’ rather than only those creators who have successfully published their creations within Canada alone. 

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The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

All images shown are copyright (c) and trademark (TM) their respective owners, and are used to promote the nominations.

The ceremony will take place on the first weekend of September 2017 in Toronto, ON. Exact date and time, venue & the Master of Ceremonies to be announced July 30, 2017 along with the Hall of Fame Inductees and recipient(s) of the TM Maple Award.

And the nominees are:

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Writer / Scénariste

  • FANNY BRITTLouis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • GORD DOWNIESecret Path (Simon & Schuster)
  • BRENDEN FLETCHERMighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink#1-5 (Boom! Studios), Batgirl #48-52, Black Canary #7-12, Gotham Academy #14-18, Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1-4, “Predators” – Wonder Woman 75TH Anniversary Special (DC), Motor Crush #1 (image)
  • JEFF LEMIREBlack Hammer #1-6 (Dark Horse), Descender #9-17, Plutona 4-5 (image),  All-New Hawkeye #3-6, All-New X-Men #1-3, Moon Knight #1-9, Old Man Logan #1-15, Extraordinary X-Men #1-17 (Marvel) Bloodshot Reborn #10-18, Bloodshot U.S.A., 4001 A.D. Bloodshot (Valiant)
  • RYAN NORTHJughead #9-11 (Archie) Howard the Duck #6, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4-15 (MARVEL)
  • BRYAN LEE O’MALLEYSnotgirl #1-5 (image)
  • CLAUDE PAIEMENT ET JEAN-PAUL EIDLa femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)
  • CHIP ZDARSKYJughead #4-8 (Archie), Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, Howard the Duck #3-11, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (Marvel)

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Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • NICK BRADSHAW –  Alters #1v-2v (Aftershock) Titans #6v (DC Comics) Rocketeer at War #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v (IDW), Spidey #2-4, 6 (Marvel), Army of Darkness/Xena: Warrior Princess: Forever… and a Day #3-4, Kiss #3, Red Sonja Vol. 4 #0 (Dynamite)
  • MICHAEL CHO – Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus TP Vol. 1, The Flash: Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 TP, Suicide Squad: The Silver Age Omnibus HC (DC), A-Force #3v, All-New Hawkeye #4v, All-New, All-Different Avengers #5v, Amazing Spider-Man #7v, Astonishing Ant-Man #5v, Captain Marvel #2v, Civil War II #1v, 2v,3v,4v, 5v,6v,7v,8v Daredevil #4v, Darth Vader #25v, Doctor Strange #5v, Howard the Duck #4v, Invincible Iron Man #6v, IvX #1v, Mighty Thor #4v, Occupy Avengers #1v, Scarlet Witch #3v, Spider-Gwen #5v, Spider-Man #1v, Totally Awesome Hulk #3v, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5v, Uncanny Inhumans #5v, Vision #4v (Marvel)
  • MIKE DEL MUNDO Carnage #4-11, Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe  – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season One #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season Three #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy #1, IvX #1v, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1v, Spider-Man/Deadpool #1v, Star Wars: Han Solo #5v, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1v, 7v, Vision #3-4,7-12, Weirdworld #2-6 (Marvel Comics)
  • GISELE LAGACE Archie Meets the Ramones #1, Josie and the Pussycats #1v (Archie), Jem and the Holograms #20v, 21v (IDW) Street Fighter Unlimited #4v (UDON)
  • FRANCOIS MIVILLE-DESCHENES Reconquêtes, Tome 4, La mort d’un roi (Le Lombard)
  • YANICK PAQUETTE AND NATHAN FAIRBAIRN Batgirl and the Birds of Prey  #1-5, Batman #49, Batman #7-8, Batman/Superman #28-32, Justice League #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v, 5v, 6v, 7v, 8v, 9v, 10v, 11v,  Swamp Thing #1v, Titans Hunt #5, Wonder Woman #52, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC) Lake of Fire #2v (image)
  • RAMON K. PEREZ Betty and Veronica #1v, Jughead #6v (Archie), All-New Hawkeye #3-6, Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5v, Nova #1 (Marvel)
  • MARGUERITE SAUVAGE – Archie #6v, 7v, 12v, Josie and the Pussycats #1v (Archie), Goldie Vance #1v, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink #1v (Boom!), Spell on Wheels #3 (Dark Horse), Red Sonja #1-6 (Dynamite), Glitterbomb #2v (image), Black Panther #7v, Captain Marvel #1v, Mighty Thor #8v, Patsy Walker, Hellcat #1v (Marvel), Faith #1v, 2v, Faith II #3v,  (Valiant)

v = Variant cover

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Artist / Dessinateur

  • ISABELLE ARSENAULTLouis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • JEAN-PAUL EIDLa femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)
  • DAVID FINCHBatman #1-5, Wonder Woman #48-50 (DC)
  • STUART IMMONENEmpress #1-6 (Millarworld/Marvel)
  • GISELE LAGACEArchie Meets the Ramones #1 (Archie), Die Kitty Die #2-3 (Chapterhouse),  Betty Boop #1-3 (Dynamite)
  • JEFF LEMIRESecret Path (Simon & Schuster)
  • YANICK PAQUETTEBatman #49-50, Nightwing Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC)
  • FIONA STAPLESSaga #33-40 (image)

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Cartoonist / Auteur

  • KAARE KYLE ANDREWSRenato Jones The 0ne % #1-5 Season One (image)
  • CABHiver nucléaire, tome 2 (Front Froid)
  • GUY DELISLES’enfuir, récit d’un otage (Dargaud)
  • TEVA HARRISONIn Between Days: A Memoir of Living With Cancer (House of Anansi Press)
  • MICHEL HELLMANNunavik (Pow Pow)
  • COOKIE KALKAIRLes 9 derniers mois de ta vie de petit con (Les Arènes BD)
  • REGIS LOISELMickey Mouse: Café “Zombo” (Glénat BD)
  • FRANCIS MANAPULTrinity #1-2 (DC)

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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, 2016.

  • MITCH COOK, KEITH GRACHOW – Saltwater #1 (Kika Mika Comics)
  • JOHN FLEMING, COLETTE TURNER Badassical #1 (Dapper Drone)
  • MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HERON, ANDREA FORT, SAM BECK – Songs for the Dead #1 (Necromancer Press)
  • JAMIE MICHAELS, EVIN COLLIS – Canoe Boys (Dirty Water Comics)
  • NUNUMI – Sky Rover
  • VARIOUSToronto Comics, Vol. 3 (Toronto Comics Anthology)

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harry-kremer-portrait-paulHarry 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 (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 Scott at: kremerretailer@comicbookdaily.com

  • CYBER CITY COMIX (NORTH YORK, ON)
  • DRAWN & QUARTERLY (MONTREAL, QC)
  • GOLDEN AGE COLLECTABLES (VANCOUVER, BC)
  • L’IMAGINAIRE (LAURIER, QC)
  • TIMEMASTERS (ST. JOHN’S, NF)

DRAGONsmThe Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
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.

  • ALEX A. – Les experiences de Mini-Jean tome 1 (Presses Aventure)
  • FANNY BRITT, ISABEL ARSENAULTLouis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • SCOTT CHANTLERThree Thieves Vol. 7: Iron Hand (Kids Can Press)
  • FAITH ERIN HICKSNameless City Vol. 1 (:01 First Second)
  • ERIC ORCHARDBera the One-Headed Troll (:01 First Second)
  • GUILLAUME PERRAULTLe facteur de l’espace (La Pastèque)
  • J. TORRES, SEAN K. DOVEBrobots Vol. 1 (Oni Press)

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The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
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.

The recipient(s) of the TM Maple Award will be announced on July 30, 2017.

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

The inductees to the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame will be announced on July 30, 2017.

2017 Sponsors:

Current sponsors include:
The Dragon
All New Comics
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF).

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.

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

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FXC Dale KeownA popular page on this site, which receives a minimum of 100 hits on even the quietest of days has had the links removed for the time being: CONVENTIONS ACROSS CANADA.

The page had not been updated since summer 2016 and the CCBCAA is taking a step back because we aren’t regularly updating the page, although conventions are taking place all of the time across the country and new ones are popping up seemingly daily. Nearly every weekend there are multiple happenings that would qualify for our list (having comics content – creators and/or sales of comics and graphic novels).

Another issue with the explosion of new comic conventions is cancellations. For various reasons conventions do get cancelled – vendor tables sales are weak, funding falls through, show is unable to book guests, etc. – and we would prefer to have accurate listings which means checking to see if events actually happen.

While we are certain that the page will be back to listings of some kind, we are currently discussing the best way to focus on accuracy and quality.

Some notes about the process.

The CCBCAA (Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association) maintains a database of Canadian creators and review distributor catalogues and publisher websites for identifying eligible releases as well as use online resources for checking publication dates. We also work with retailers across the country who provide information and feedback.

For the categories of Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, Cover Artist, and the Dragon Award (comics for younger readers), eligible creators are Canadian (by citizenship or residency status). Their work had to have been professionally distributed – this includes direct market and/or book distribution – national and/or international. In most categories there are creators whose work was published in English or French, as Canada has two official languages. Technically though, as long as it is first publication, it could be in any language including pantomime.

Webcomics eligibility have the same nationality requirements but have to have an archive or dating system for when the new comics are posted. All require a posting date during the previous calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). The current market sees most comic publications see a concurrent digital release, the Webcomic creator/creative team award recognizes those who created content exclusively for an online audience with no concurrent print release (although the comics may eventually be collected for print). Ease of access and originality of presentation (use of the platform – scrolling, clicking, limited animation) are considered in addition to quality of content.

Now we are nearing the end of the nominating period, the CCBCAA needs to start assembling our juries for 2017 and assemble the nominated work for them to review. Once the list goes live next week, we will start assembling review copies for the jury members. Once that process begins we can begin to estimate and establish a deadline for the jury’s decision. We learned the hard way that public vote is manipulative, which is why the system is committee selected, jury voted. It gives each jury member the opportunity to review each work individually and give nominees equal footing. In our earliest years we had nominating committee followed by public vote on select categories and it was a perfect storm of problems because it leads to campaigning. Campaigning, we feel, is not conducive to the process of selecting the most outstanding work.

2017 Gene Day Award submissions (for 2016 self-published comics)

Many thanks to everyone that sent in a copy of their books for consideration by the committee for the Gene Day Award, which honours self-published books from the previous calendar year. We received a lot of books and we’ve divided them into 2 sections:

  • those published in 2016 – these will be considered for this year’s Gene Day Award
  • those published in 2017 – these will be held for consideration for 2018

13 entries were eligible for this year:

BADASSICAL #1 by John Fleming, Colette Turner

BONES OF THE COAST by the Cloudscape Comics Collective

THE BOOK by Various, George Todorovski, Rene Vriends, editors

CANOE BOYS by Jamie Michaels, Evan Collis

DRUNK TALES by Jesse Davidge, Andrew Fielden

GLOAMING #2 by Michael McAdam, Kyle Burles

JACK GRIMM: HARBINGER OF DEATH #1-3 by Gary Boyarski

NYOBI #2-3 by Larry Higgins, Steve Beaulieu

PAPER ROCK SCISSORS N’STUFF WARS by Luanga A. Nuwame, George Leon

SALTWATER #1 by Keith Grachow, Mitch Cook

SKY ROVER by Nunumi

SONGS FOR THE DEAD #1 by Michael Christopher Heron, Andrea Fort, Sam Beck and Nick Nobles

SPECTRUM #1 by Michael McAdam, Jeremy Thew

THUNDER #5 by Michael McAdam, Myk Emmshin

TORONTO COMICS VOL. 3 by Various, Steven Andrews, Aaron Feldman and Allison O’Toole, editors

UNA THE BLADE by Steve LeCouilliard and various.

We’ll be narrowing down this list to about a half dozen entries, which will be announced on Monday, July 10, 2017 along with the other nominations for the 2017 Joe Shuster Awards.

Joe Shuster Awards 2017

The selection process is currently underway for the 2017 nominees, we are currently looking to announce the nominees on Joe Shuster’s Birthday – MONDAY, JULY 10.

The ceremony, or at the very least the announcement, of the 2017 award winners will take place in Toronto, ON on Labour Day Weekend in September.

We have also received a large number of entries for the Gene Day Award, many past the deadline of May 15. We’ll allow these entries up to a grace period of Friday, June 23rd (as two more postal receipts arrived today to be picked up).

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday and the 13th year of the Joe Shuster Awards. We are currently opening a call for sponsorships for this year’s awards. Interested businesses should contact kevin@joeshusterawards.com for information.

2017 CATEGORIES
OUTSTANDING ARTIST
OUTSTANDING CARTOONIST

OUSTANDING COVER ARTIST
OUTSTANDING WEBCOMICS CREATOR/CREATIVE TEAM
OUTSTANDING WRITER
CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR HALL OF FAME
THE DRAGON PRIZE – COMICS FOR KIDS/YOUNGER READERS
THE GENE DAY AWARD – SELF-PUBLISHED COMICS
THE HARRY KREMER AWARD – CANADIAN COMIC BOOK RETAILER
THE TM MAPLE AWARD – CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

2017 is Canada’s Sesquicentennial

image019This year mark’s Canada’s 150th birthday, and while we haven’t yet established the dates and location for this year’s awards ceremony, it’s time to start the ball rolling on 2017.

GENE DAY AWARD

To be considered for this self-publishing award, please send one copy of your book (with the month and year of publication indicated somewhere on the comic or in an accompanying letter) to:

Gene Day Award c/o K. Boyd
484 Oriole Parkway, Unit 305
Toronto, ON
M5P 2H8

Please refer to the Gene Day section for additional rules and guidelines.

Deadline May 31, 2017.

CREATOR & COMICS FOR KIDS AWARDS

If your book was published and distributed in English or French in 2016 then you are already eligible for consideration. If you are concerned we may not know about your comics, please email kevin@joeshusterawards.com to ensure we are aware that you are Canadian and eligible for consideration.

RETAILER AWARD

Feel free to let us know about how great your local store is. Previous winners are not eligible to win the award again, so in some ways it is like a Hall of Fame for great Canadian comic shops.

HALL OF FAME & TM MAPLE

The recipients are decided by committee but please feel free to send us your recommendations.