The 2016 Joe Shuster Award Nominations / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2016

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Comic books, like Jazz, are a North American invention that has been embraced all over the globe — and from the Platinum Age to the present day, Canadian artists, writers and cartoonists have been shaping them along the way.

Canada’s national comic book award, the Joe Shuster Awards, celebrate these Canadians who create comics at home or abroad. They are named after Joe Shuster (1914-1992), the Canadian artist that co-created a character that has had tremendous impact on the comic book industry, pop culture and the world.

2016 also marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the first comic book published exclusively for the Canadian market, Better Comics #1 (1941).

The work of those nominated, published in 2015, will be presented for review to the awards jury. The ceremony will take place in Fall 2016 at a venue to be announced.

Writer / Scénariste
Brendan Fletcher – Batgirl, Black Canary, Gotham Academy (DC Comics)
Normand Grégoire- La petite patrie (La Pastèque)
Kathryn Immonen
– Russian Olive to Red King (Adhouse Books), Operation S.I.N., Agent Carter: SHIELD Anniversary Special (Marvel Comics)
Jeff Lemire – Justice League United  (DC Comics) Descender, Plutona (Image), All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men (Marvel Comics), Book of Death: Fall of Bloodshot , Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)
Ryan North – Adventure Time (Boom!) Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics)
Chip Zdarsky – Jughead  (Archie) Kaptara  (Image Comics), Howard the Duck  (Marvel Comics)

Artist / Dessinateur
Andy Belanger – Southern Cross (Image Comics)
Stuart Immonen – Russian Olive to Red King (Adhouse Books), All-New Captain America, Star Wars (Marvel Comics)
Leonard Kirk – Captain Canuck (ChapterHouse Comics) Fantastic Four, Squadron Supreme (Marvel Comics)
Julie Rocheleau – La petite patrie (La Pastèque)
Steve Skroce – We Stand on Guard  (Image Comics)
Fiona Staples – Archie  (Archie Comics), Saga  (Image Comics)
Cameron Stewart – Fight Club 2  (Dark Horse Comics)

Cartoonist / Auteur
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Samuel Cantin – Whitehorse: Première partie (Éditions Pow Pow)
Michael DeForge – Dressing (Koyama Press)
Francis Manapul – Detective Comics  (DC Comics)
Michel Rabagliati – Paul dans le Nord (La Pastèque)
Ethan Rilly – Pope Hats 4 (Adhouse)
Seth – Palookaville 22 (Drawn & Quarterly)
Jillian Tamaki – SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn & Quarterly)
Zviane – Ping-Pong (Éditions Pow Pow)

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.

Nemo Balkanski – The Deliverer
Stephen Gilbert – Colville
Kathleen Gros – Last Night at Wyrmwood High
A. Shay Hahn – Homeless G-Men 1-3, Battle Rally 1-2 and Crypto-Zombic 1
Various: Clouscape Comics Collective – Epic Canadiana Vol. 2
Various: Toronto Comics Anthology – Toronto Comics, Vol 2

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN LEGENDS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CLLDF)

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 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 Scott at: kremerretailer@comicbookdaily.com

Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, QC)
Gotham Central (Mississauga, ON)
The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
Time Masters (St. John’s, NF)

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.

March Grand Prix (Stone Arch Press) – Kean Soo
Awkward (Yen Press) – Svetlana Chmakova
Sex is a Funny Word (Seven Stories Press) – Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (Kids Can Press) – Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys, Claudia Davila
Windmill Dragons (Toon Books) – David Nytra
l’Agent Jean Tome 08 (Presse Aventure) – Alex A.
Salome et les hommes en noir (Bayard Canada)- Valerie Amiraux, Francis Desharnais
Le prisonnier sans frontieres (Archambault) – Jacques Goldstyn

The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
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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. Selected for 2016:

John Bell (1952-)
John Bell was born in Montreal in 1952. When he was ten he moved with his family to Halifax and has since always considered himself a Maritimer. After 26 years as an archivist for the National Archives in Ottawa, Bell retired in 2008 to Lunenberg and has based himself there. John Bell has published over 20 books as a cultural historian working in the areas of Canadian Science Fiction, Atlantic Canadian Literary History, Canadian baseball writing, Canadian pulp magazines, Canada’s connection with the American Civil War and, most importantly for the Shusters, three books on Canadian comic book history His Canuck Comics (1986), Guardians of the North (1992), and Invaders from the North (2006) have become essential reading and classic source books in the field.  Between the mid-70s and mid 90s, Bell collected every comic book published in Canada and this collection along with his collection of Canadian war-time comics, Canadian original comic art, and Bell Features correspondence were all donated to the National Archives and serve as a rich repository of information in the field. He is currently editing a collection of memoirs from the First World War and working on a guide to vintage Canadian non-sports cards.

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

Selected for induction in 2016 by the Hall of Fame Committee (Walter Durajlija, Ivan Kocmarek, Hope Nicholson, Robert Pincombe and James Waley):

Tedd Steele (1922-1994)
Tedd Steele was born in Toronto on April Fool’s day in 1922. As a 19 year-old, he created Canada’s first caped and masked superhero with Wolf Savage in the newsprint tabloid Canadian Rocket (April, 1941) and a month later the caped crusader Rock Thunder in the first issue of the pulp magazine Victory. About a year later Steele was hired by Cy Bell and created Pvt. Stuff for Joke Comics and Speed Savage for Triumph Comics. Steele also drew Dixon of the Mounted for ten early issues of Active Comics and was the artist on the final four appearances of Thunderfist. He was noted for drawing himself and friends Leo Bachle and Ron Saakel into a number of stories and also created Woody and the Wolf for later issues of Wow Comics. After the comics period Steele turned to writing and did a small number of paperbacks for Export publishing. He also had a career in advertising until he retired in 1990 to Bridgenorth, just outside Peterborough. Tedd Steele died on June 16, 1994 in Bridgenorth.

Ley aka Shirley Fortune (?-?)
Ley Fortune was an artist working for the first Canadian comic book publisher, Maple Leaf in the 1940s. She drew among others covers and features like ‘Mono The Air Cobra’ for Rocket Comics (which would become known as ‘Bush Pilot’ after the war), as well as ‘Circus Girl’ and ‘Caribou Trail’. Ley Fortune was a pen name for Shirley Fortune, who was a student of Jack Shadbolt at the Vancouver School of Art in 1938-39. Fortune would also work on the strip Brok Windsor, created by Jon St. Ables.

(Please note: biographical information on Shirley Fortune is still being collected, and will be expanded upon prior to the awards ceremony)

Fred Kelly (1921-2005)
Frederick George Kelly was born in 1922 to aviator Robert Huntington Kelly and his wife Margaret. At the tender of age of twenty Fred found himself living in the snowy Bruce Peninsula drawing sample comic pages then riding his Harley down to Toronto to try to sell them to Bell Features. Art director Adrian Dingle, creator of Nelvana of the Northern Lights, would critique the young artist’s work and tell him to come back once he’d improved. Fred returned week after week, showing Dingle his determination to improve. It paid off when Fred was finally hired. He proved to be a workhorse that Dingle could count on for action-packed, well-drawn pages to fill Bell’s extensive comic book line-up.

Fred’s first strip was The Blade, a 19th century buccaneer who falls into suspended animation and wakes up in 1945 to fight the Japanese. Fred too took over established Bell characters like Red Thortan and Active Jim but also added a slew of his own creations to the Bell line-up like Betty Burd, Steve Storms, Cinder Smith and Clip Curtis. In addition to his work for Bell Features Kelly contributed numerous historical strips to the Montreal-based Canadian Heroes comics, which published educational comics for Canadian youth.

Kelly’s most famous creation is Doc Stearne, a soldier of fortune who, in his final, 2-part adventure, dons a mask and a silver and scarlet costume to fight supernatural beasts as Mister Monster. But no sooner had Doc donned his goggles than Bell Features stopped publishing original material. After an attempt to break into US comic strips Fred left the comic biz to work in medical illustration and later on, real estate. Eventually he rediscovered his art through painting.

Years later, the young American artist Michael T. Gilbert stumbled across a coverless copy of Super Duper Comics #3 featuring Mr. Monster’s first and last appearance. Intrigued by this lost character, Gilbert revived Doc and his beastie-battling alter ego in a series of hilariously over the top supernatural adventures. Gilbert even lured noted Captain Canuck artist George Freeman into the mayhem as a collaborator. Ironically, Gilbert’s version Mr. Monster has helped to make him one of the most well known characters of Canada’s “lost” history. Fred Kelly passed in 2004 a week after his 83rd birthday. But with the publication of Kelly’s entire Doc Stearne run later this year by Comic Syrup Press, we can all enjoy the robust, high octane thrills of Fred’s original Mr. Monster.

Mark Shainblum (1963-)
Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal with extension credits in comic books, newspaper strips, webcomics and prose science fiction and fantasy. He is best known the comic community as the co-creator, along with illustrator Gabriel Morrissette, of the acclaimed indy superhero series Northguard and the bestselling parody comic series Angloman, which appeared in two books from Signature Editions, and later as a weekly comic strip in the Montreal Gazette.

Mark also worked on the classic Canadian superhero Captain Canuck, and with Sandy Carruthers, Canadiana: The New Spirit of Canada, a webcomic featuring the first female Canadian flag superhero with her own series. To get away from maple leaves a little bit, Mark also wrote Michael Moorcock’s Corum for First Comics and stories for other independent publishers. He is currently working on a new science fiction series for Charlton Neo, and a revival and reboot of Northguard from Chapterhouse Comics.

Mark also casts a wide shadow across Canadian comics history as a publisher. At 18 he published two issues of a semi-pro comics and sci-fi fanzine called Orion: The Canadian Magazine of Time and Space. Later, he founded Matrix Graphics and published the first guide to Canadian comic books, edited by John Bell. In addition to Northguard, Matrix also put out the mini-series Mackenzie Queen and back-up strip The Jam, the first published works by comic artist Bernie Mireault.

Recently, Mark contributed to Mark Twain’s Niagara, a graphic novel from AH Comics, based on an original screenplay by Zach Schwartz. In late 2016, Chapterhouse Comics will be publishing a colour trade paperback collecting the entire run of the original Northguard (with new colour by Mireault), and the brand new reboot series.

Darwyn Cooke (1962-2016)
It is with pride and a great deal of sadness that we are immediately inducting Darwyn Cooke into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, whom the world lost to cancer in the spring of this year. A friend and supporter of these awards, Darwyn Cooke was a singular talent and one of the giants of Canadian comics – in talent, passion, and heart.

Hailing from Toronto, one of three brothers, he began his path to working in comics in 1985 with an issue of DC’s New Talent Showcase, but it would be a winding path to the medium. He worked for a time as an art director and graphic artist in Toronto before moving to Los Angeles to work with Bruce Timm and his team on Warner Bros animated properties like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Men In Black: The Series. The opening sequence to Batman Beyond is pure Darwyn. Then it was back to comics.

It started with Batman: Ego, then redesigning Catwoman, instilling a bit of himself into detective Slam Bradley (co-created by Joe Shuster), there were a couple of visits with the web-head, and he brought Canadian hero Wolverine back to Toronto for an adventure in Toronto’s Little Italy and then it was onto the project for which he will be most fondly remembered, a passion project that those of us in Toronto watched come together in a manner unlike any other. At art shows, parties and social events Darwyn and collaborator J. Bone would be there showing images for a comic in a manner akin to advertising pitches – storyboards, a printed synopsis, powerful, iconic images of Superman with an exploding bomb, or heroic test pilot Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris kissing by the ignited tail end of a fighter jet. At a show in Las Vegas near launch time for the first issue he showed up with a full team in 1960’s flight attendant uniforms, and he was, of course, the captain. DC: The New Frontier would earn many awards, including the Joe Shuster Cartoonist award (his first of 11, now 12, Joe Shuster Awards). It would go on to be adapted into one of the best and most enjoyed DC animated movies, and he was there to shepherd his baby into another medium that he loved. DC The New Frontier is one of those timeless, essence-defining character pieces that remind us why people love superheroes, scratch that – heroes.

He would follow it up with a Superman series written for friend and artist Tim Sale, called Superman: Kryptonite. Slam Bradley was merely a glimmer of his love for noir, that he would explore at first in a revival of Will Eisner’s Spirit for DC Comics, at first in a fun crossover with Batman, but then in a year long series of mini-masterworks honouring Will Eisner but infused with his own unique sensibilities. This was followed by a series of brilliantly illustrated graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark’s (nom-de-plume of author Donald Westlake) Parker books. These books stood out from nearly everything else being published during those years by their unique design, their unique use of black white and painted with a singular colour. By that time Darwyn was the darling of the Will Eisner and the Joe Shuster Awards, producing iconic covers, short stories and he was a regular face at events like the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the San Diego Comic-Con. In 2014 he produced a series of iconic “widescreen” covers for DC Comics that earned him another Joe Shuster Award in 2015.

A lover of the form of comics, he would talk of taking comics into different mediums, such as webcomics. A strong critic of the industry but also a big cheerleader for it, he would always give it to you straight if he didn’t agree with something you said or did but was quick with praise if he approved. You knew where he stood on things and where you stood with him. In the months since his passing there have been so many stories, so many unique moments shared and re-shared.

2016 Sponsors

Primary Sponsor: HAPPY HARBOR COMICS

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

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

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.

Visit http://www.joeshusterawards.com for more information and links.

Kevin A. Boyd, Director. / kevin@joeshusterawards.com

August’s Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo cancelled

12821596_1527599094207810_3257149674920035357_nYesterday Brasco Entertainment, who also put on the Red Deer (Alberta) Comic & Entertainment Expo announced the following:

It is with great regret that we must inform you that the 2016 Vancouver Comic & Entertianment Expo, Aug 5-7 will not be going forward.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: info@brascoexhibitions.com

There has been no detailed explanation given for the cancellation of the inaugural show, scheduled to be held at BC Place. A number of celebrity guests had been announced and comic guests were promised as coming but never revealed. The facebook page is promising reimbursements for any ticket purchases already made.

Brasco Exhibitions, formerly known as Comic & Entertainment Expo International, is headed by CEO Ben Marasco, of Calgary, AB.

Vancouver, BC has a large and growing comics culture, is home to VanCaf (May 2016), Fan Expo Vancouver (November 2016), Vancouver Comicon (semi-regular) and the Vancouver Comic Show (3x a year).

 

Dave Sim revisits Cerebus… in Hell?

Earlier this week news broke of plans to return Canada’s longest running self-published, creator-owned comic book character back to print in new stories.

Sim’s Cerebus, which ran for 300 issues from 1977 until 2004 is an tremendous achievement, one for which the cartoonist has been inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.

Since withdrawing from public appearances a decade ago, Sim has been active – publishing projects like Judenhaas, 26 issues of Glamourpuss, the Cerebus Archive project, a weekly webshow “Cerebus TV”, variant covers for IDW and most recently, has been working on a full restoration of the Cerebus phone books, including digital copies available for purchase.

Cerebus-in-Hell-0-Dave-Sim-0348eOn the verge of the 40th anniversary of Cerebus #1, Sim has decided to tell the story of what happened after Cerebus died and was dragged off, apparently to Hell, at the end of the series.

Late October sees the publication of the 0 issue of Cerebus in Hell?:

CEREBUS IN HELL? #0
(W) Dave Sim (A) Dave Sim & Various (CA) Dave Sim, Hieronymus Bosch
The first new Cerebus comic since 2004! Where has Cerebus been since he died twelve years ago? Is he in hell? Purgatory? Limbo? Some strange 1980 disco with links to Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Henry Kissinger? Some ancient Greek disco with links to Plato, Socrates, Aristotle? Some 1990s disco with links to The Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays, and Oasis? Is he stuck inside his own Cerebus Online Disco Twitter-feed? Well, wherever he is, he deserves it, so feel free to laugh at his misfortune! This one shot leads into the Cerebus In Hell? 4-issue mini-series in 2017 celebrating Cerebus’ 40th-anniversary!

Of course, this has raised many questions among fans and readers of the comic (including for some… why?) as well as questions about the status his two announced but unreleased projects with IDW (Cerebus Covers, and the Strange Death of Alex Raymond – expanding on and completing the story he began in Glamourpuss) but today, June 24, Sim’s company, Aardvark-Vanaheim, put out a press release with some more details  including

(a) the revelation that since his recent medical problems in early 2015 he has not been able to draw

(b) the comic will consist of a series of four panel strips that feature Cerebus photoshopped by Sandeep Atwal into Gustave Dore’s engravings of Dante’s Inferno (and Hieronymus Bosch’s Hell on the cover to #0) with dialogue by Sim.

(c) in a move to create demand for the comic, some of the strips will be published online in advance of publication as a webcomic. The first strip launches tomorrow, June 25th on cerebusdownloads.com as a daily webcomic, and on Fridays the previous week’s worth of strips will be published on amomentofcerebus.com starting on Friday, July 1st. The webcomic will run into October.

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Darwyn Cooke (May 13, 1962- May 14, 2016)

72 TCAF Darwyn CookeIt is with a heavy heart that I report that Canadian cartoonist Darwyn Cooke has passed, less than a day after the world learned that he was battling aggressive cancer and had been moved to palliative care.

Social media was flooded Friday with condolences and appreciations for the man and his art.

The Joe Shuster Awards, on behalf of our extended Canadian family of creators, retailers and fans, would like to extend our condolences to his wife Marsha, his brother Dennis, extended family and friends.

Please note: We pulled this news shortly after first posting it – we heard initially from reliable sources, but they pulled their social media post (we later learned) by request and we were later similarly contacted because it was just too soon — we did not want to be the only source for this information. I, on behalf of the organization,  apologize for any stress caused the family and the confusion this caused, the intention was not malicious, we were under the impression that this had been shared with the intent of getting the word out, and that’s on me.

The following public statement on behalf of the family was issued around 11am ET on Saturday morning:

We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET. We read all of your messages of support to him throughout the day yesterday. He was filled with your love and surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hero Initiative.

Please continue to respect our privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

A longer statement will come later today.

“Then we shall not be weary. Then we shall prevail.” — John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier speech

 

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Darwyn Cooke was a singular talent and a larger than life human being. Our ambassador to the world and one of our greatest comics exports.

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He has also won more Joe Shuster Awards than any other creator in our 11+ years and has been nominated nearly every year. His work was the gold standard for quality.

2005 – Cartoonist, DC: The New Frontier
2007 – Cartoonist, The Spirit
2007 – Writer, Superman Confidential
2007 – Artist, with J. Bone, Batman/The Spirit
2010 – Cover Artist, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter
2015 – Cover Artist, DC Variant month

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Many great articles and eulogies to Darwyn have appeared since the news broke, and it has been covered by nearly every major news outlet in Canada and the United States. The outpouring of love and the amazing stories are filtering out across social media are a great testament to the lives that he touched in both his work and as a person.

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity Exhibition May 12-Sept 14 2016

internet-bac.jpg;pv9667742aece2ebb6Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity. The exhibition features reproductions of art by Canadian comic book artists such as Jeff Lemire, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Darwyn Cooke, and John Byrne. See some of your favourite superheroes from the Marvel and DC universes drawn by Canadians, along with some of Canada’s own finest superheroes. The exhibition also features comics about Canadian history, as well as selections from Canada’s outstanding contribution to the genre of biographical and realist comics.

May 12 to September 14, 2016
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Comics celebrate 75th Anniversary in 2016

48a19df3-5598-4d41-a0f1-fac019f96329A special message from Chapterhouse Comics:

CANADA IS CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF CANADIAN COMICS AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE IT.

 It took the Second World War, an Act of Parliament, and a bunch of out-of-work artists to kick start a Canadian comic book industry that in 2016 is marking its 75th year. Toronto Publisher, Chapterhouse Comics (and home base to some of Canada’s legends- including Captain Canuck, Northguard, The Northern Light and Johnny Canuck) is placing a ’75 years’ logo on all its publications this year to recognize the Diamond Anniversary of the comic book in Canada, and urges other Canadian Publishers of Comic Book related Material and Media outlets to do the same.

‘The 75 Years logo is a testament to the industry we all know, love and want to flourish, here in our home and native land’ says Chapterhouse Publisher Fadi Hakim. ‘The logo is available for download on chapterhouse.ca, and we urge all Canadian publishers to celebrate this milestone with us.’

Leading up to Canada Day 2016 and Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017, Chapterhouse is also celebrating 75 years with two upcoming publications: the first ever Official Price Guide of Canadian War Time Comics (summer 2016) and Bell Features: The Originals (November 2016) a coffee table sized book reproducing original war time comic book art pages from the national collection at the Library and Archives in Canada. The books, spearheaded by Canadian Comic Book Researcher Ivan Kocmarek, will become essential reading on the subject. Kocmarek points out that “We need to bring these lost comics and the people who created them back home to the place they deserve in our Canadian cultural identity.”

Kocmarek, in collaboration with Jim Finlay and Big B Comics’ Walter Durajlija- is also archiving every Canadian Comic, old and new, via an on-line database. The project, dubbed ‘Canada’s Own Comics’ is scheduled for completion at the close of Canada’s 150th.

Please forward any questions or queries to 

Tony White, Media Co-ordinator, Chapterhouse Comics Group 

info@chapterhouse.ca 

On-Line Resources: 

chapterhouse.ca 

canadasowncomics.com 

comicbookdaily.com/author/ikocmarek 

Congratulations to Justin Trudeau, our 23rd Prime Minister

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No this isn’t the swearing in ceremony. It’s Justin Trudeau at the Montreal Comic Con posing with Star Wars cosplayers. Trudeau has been known to pop in and check out the Montreal and Ottawa comic cons.

We don’t usually draw attention to politics here at the JSA blog, but we thought we’d take a few moments to congratulate our new prime minister, sworn in yesterday at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Joe Shuster Awards Presentation Schedule – 3PM, October 18, 2015 at the Forest City Comic Con in London, ON

Ceremony will be held in a theatre at the London Convention Centre.

The Joe Shuster Awards are brought to you care of our platinum sponsor:

Happy Harbor Comics of Edmonton, AB.

3PM Start

Ceremony order:

Opening remarks

The T.M. Maple Awards brought to you by All New Comics
Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert presented by Ivan Kocmarek
Robert Charpentier presented by Brian Garside

Canadian Comic Creator Hall of Fame Inductions
Doris Slater presented by Ivan Kocmarek
James Waley presented by Ron Kasman

Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comics Retailer Award brought to you by the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF) – presented by Scott Vanderploeg (coordinator)

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) brought to you by The Dragon Comic Shop of Guelph, ON – presented by Jennifer Haines (coordinator)

The Gene Day Award (Self-Publishing) – presented by Kevin Boyd (coordinator)

The Joe Shuster Awards – presented by Kevin Boyd (coordinator)
Outstanding Webcomics Creator
Outstanding Cover Artist
Outstanding Writer
Outstanding Artist
Outstanding Cartoonist brought to you courtesy of THE STORY ATTIC

Other Award Sponsors: BIG B COMICS, STRANGE ADVENTURES, VISIONS OF UTOPIA, COMIC BOOK LOUNGE and the FOREST CITY COMICON.

Canadians Tamaki and Carroll win 2015 Ignatz Awards

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In order to give honor to people that have outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, the Ignatz Awards are awarded at SPX (Small Press Expo), held on September 19 and 20, 2015 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

18659623Female creators swept the awards this year, taking top honors in all categories. Creator Sophia Foster-Dimino took three awards – Outstanding Mini Comic, Promising New Talent, and Outstanding Series – for her self-published comic Sex Fantasy, while Sophie Goldstein won two: Outstanding Comic and Outstanding Graphic Novel for her book The Oven.

The Ignatz was awarded in nine categories, were created by a panel of five cartoonists, and were voted on by attendees of this year’s SPX. This year’s judges were Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein, and Corinne Mucha. The ceremony was MC’ed by Templar, Arizona creator C. Spike Trotman and was sponsored by ComiXology.

The winners of the Ignatz Awards for 2015 are:

Outstanding Mini Comic: Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Story: “Sex Coven” from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki (Youth in Decline)

Outstanding Comic: The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse Books) (FEB150903)

Outstanding Anthology: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics Books)

Promising New Talent: Sophia Foster-Dimino – Sphincter: Sex Fantasy

Outstanding Online Comic: The Bloody Footprint by Lilli Carré

Outstanding Series: Sphincter: Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Graphic Novel: The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse Books)

Outstanding Artist: Emily Carroll – Through the Woods (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

This weekend in Baltimore, they will be presenting the 2015 Harvey Awards.

Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony – Sunday, October 18 in London, ON at the Forest City ComiCon

The 2015 Joe Shuster Awards are brought to your courtesy of Happy Harbor Comics of Edmonton, AB.HHC_v1_logoFor a list of nominees please click here.
For a list of nominees for the Gene Day Award please click here.

The 11th annual ceremony presentation of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards will take place on Sunday, October 18th, 2015 in London, Ontario at the Forest City ComiCon.

fc3headerlargestThe convention features many great comic guests including nominated creators BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY, CHIP ZDARSKY, SCOTT CHANTLER and more!

2015 Sponsors

Primary Sponsor: HAPPY HARBOR COMICS

Award Sponsors:

The Harry Kremer Retailer award is brought to you courtesy of of the COMIC LEGENDS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CLLDF).

The T.M. Maple Award is brought to you courtesy of ALL NEW COMICS, INC.

The Dragon Award for Comics for Kids is brought to you courtesy of THE DRAGON comic shop.

The Outstanding Cartoonist Award is brought to your courtesy of THE STORY ATTIC.

General Sponsors: BIG B COMICS, STRANGE ADVENTURES, VISIONS OF UTOPIA, COMIC BOOK LOUNGE and the FOREST CITY COMICON.

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

About The Convention

A celebration of nerd culture like no other: the largest event of its kind ever to hit London, Ontario will return on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Featuring a new venue at the London Convention Centre and a new partnership with Project Play, the event will feature costumes, vendors, panels, board games, and video game tournaments. The event promises to a celebration of nerd culture and the popular culture that surrounds it.

In its first year the Forest City Comicon was the largest first-year comic con type event ever held in London and surrounding area. Fans are encouraged to sign-up for the Forest City Comicon’s e-mail updates at http://www.forestcitycomicon.ca to be included in special announcements leading up to the event. Vendor information is also available through this website.

The Forest City Comicon can be reached by e-mail at info@forestcitycomicon.ca

2015 Gene Day Award Nominees

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Here are your 2015 nominees for self-published comics from 2014:

DUST-SHIP GLORY #1 and #2 by Elaine M. Will and Andreas Schroeder

EVIL #3 by James Edward Clark

THE PITIFUL HUMAN LIZARD #1 and #2 by Jason Loo

TORONTO COMICS ANTHOLOGY Vol. 1 by Various

TREADWELL by Dominic Bercier (Mirror Comics)

ULTIMATE POWER DUO PRESENTS THE ADVENTURES OF SPACE JOE: AD ASTRA by various

Canadians win big at last night’s Eisners: Tamakis, Carroll, Staples Cooke, D+Q

eisner-awards1Last night in San Diego the Eisner Awards were handed out and as usual many Canadians took the top spots, this year in particular Canadian women dominated in many categories including Best Short Story, Best Continuing Series, Best Graphic Albums (new and reprint) and Best Penciller/Inker. So congratulations to Emily Carroll, Fiona Staples, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Darwyn Cooke, D+Q and those who participated in the Dream Another Dream anthology.

18659623thissaga_tp_04DC+Comics+Darwyn+Cooke+Variant+Cover+Month+-+Detective+Comics+#37Best Short Story
“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, http://emcarroll.com/comics/darkness/ (link is external)

Best Continuing Series
Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Anthology
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon) features the work of many Canadian artists among the 140 contributors to the project.

Best Graphic Album—New
This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll (McElderry Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Showa 1939–1944 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Penciller/Inker
Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Cover Artist
Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers (DC)

byrne2Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame member John Byrne joined the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.

Byrne does not consider himself to be a Canadian because he emigrated from the UK in the 60s and left Canada in the 80’s to become an American citizen. He was Canadian in the years in between where he became a superstar creator and made the X-Men the biggest book in the industry with fellow Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Chris Claremont.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards.

Full list (Courtesy of the Comics Reporter)

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

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

What’s going on? Where are the nominations?

We did announce the nominations on June 6th at the Niagara Falls Comic Con, however we have yet to relay that information here on our site, to our media partners and on social media. Why?

The nominees were finalized in some cases the morning of June 6th, so we could read off the list of nominees, but when we send it out in a written format, there are things that we want to have correct – including concise biographies for our Hall of Fame and TM Maple Award recipients. Nearly everything is written up and ready to go, but we need to finalize some biographies. so it looks like the release will go out on Monday, June 15th.

Thank you for your patience!

Director’s Remarks before the Announcement of the 2015 Nominees

One bit of pigeon-holing I will always argue against is that the Joe Shuster Awards are mainstream (i.e. superhero) comics awards and it’s a shame that we were identified in that manner in the one book out there on Canadian comics, I think we prove — year after year after year — that we are as inclusive of all published and distributed comics featuring work by Canadians as possible and we go beyond that by including webcomics and self-published works. In certain categories there may be more genre comics featured than in others, but in others you’ll see more works by creators producing personal works, there is room for both. Which is why I always argue that we are an inclusive award, not a mainstream one.

One thing that the awards intend to do is support comics retailers, and we also have the retailer award, of course, to showcase some great shops across the country. In the core categories we nominate creators whose books can be ordered, promoted and sold to your clients. In some cases (BD, certain books not orderable from Diamond) they are not easily obtainable, but we can certainly point retailers in the right direction to carry those nominated and winning books. Canadian retailers should consider including works in other languages to expand their customer base, and since we are a bilingual nation, having both languages featured makes some sense (and you can see the work being produced in both languages is fantastic), so I urge retailers to look at everything nominated.

The only disappointing aspect of what we do with the awards is that we have to narrow the lists down to a select number of nominees. In some categories there are dozens of creators who could easily be among the top seven or eight, but because we can only have 7 (or 8) nominees each year some people will not be included. You may see a person win one year, and then not be nominated the following year – because the awards are for outstanding creators – it isn’t a competition for best, but for finding work that “stands out” on the racks and shelves, and online.

Watch for the official nominees announcement next week on this site, nominees will be announced on Saturday, June 5 at a panel at the Niagara Falls Comic Con.

Ty Templeton in hospital following a heart attack, in stable but critical condition

Ty Templeton

Ty Templeton

Early Wednesday morning friends and fans were shocked to learn that Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame member TY TEMPLETON was in hospital following a heart attack. His wife, Keiren Templeton-Smith, sent out the following update yesterday.

I don’t have Ty’s way with words or images so I can’t cushion this news within a funny Bun Toon, but Ty is currently hospitalized after having suffered a heart attack. I’m sorry to tell everyone in a Facebook post but it seemed the easiest way to reach everyone who might need to know. Email me if it’s important but at this time, our family is concentrating on Ty.

In the early hours of Thursday, April 16 she sent out another update:

Ty is still in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator. The plan is to take him off both the sedatives and the ventilator tomorrow. If you wish to send Ty a message you can email him (tybunny@gmail.com) and I will make sure he sees them when he is able. He is in critical but stable condition. His location will change in the next few days depending on his condition.

Everyone here at the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association wishes Ty a speedy recovery and are hoping for the best possible outcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ty and his family during this stressful time.