The 5th Annual Joe Shuster Awards: Saturday, June 27, 2009.

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The date has finally been confirmed and set:  Saturday, June 27th, 2009 is the presentation date for the 5th Annual Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards.

The awards will once again be presented at the Toronto Public Library’s Lillian H. Smith Branch Auditorium, 239 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto Public Library's Lillian H. Smith Branch, home of the Merrill Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
Toronto Public Library's Lillian H. Smith Branch, home of the Merrill Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy

Current plans are to continue the 2008 tradition of having a “Sequential Art Symposium” during the day — including Canadian comics industry related talks and a modest artist alley for attending Canadian creators to display and sell their work, as well as this year’s Visions of an Icon: Wolverine Art Gallery show.

One thought on “The 5th Annual Joe Shuster Awards: Saturday, June 27, 2009.

  1. A commonly asked question — Why don’t you hold it at a con anymore?

    The answer: Timing.

    The Nominating process begins after January 1, and the NomComs need about three months to finalize the ballot (end of March), it takes two weeks to get copies of the works on the ballot to the jury (now Mid-April), another month to give them time to review the nominees and to finish with the judging (now Mid-May), and a week to actually make the awards (now Late-May). So we have to look at events in June or later. Ideally we don’t want to go past September. After June 1 and before September 1 doesn’t leave many options, and we also need to avoid conflicts with other major comics events (like San Diego, Chicago cons) and holiday weekends (like Canada Day).

    (It is true that when we did public voting we could wrap earlier, but now that the awards are juried there has to be more time allotted to give jury members a chance to actually review before making a decision. They have to decide seven categories, and that can be a lot of material)

    Really, we would love to tie these festivities in with an existing event, but either the timing isn’t right (too early / too late in the year), or the schedule doesn’t work well for an after hours presentation, or the event isn’t interested.

    So no con this year. Maybe 2010. That being said, we are developing programming around the ceremony to make the day leading up to it interesting. Our primary concern with the ceremony is not “butts in seats” as most events require, but making sure that nominees and their families are able to attend. We want to produce an entertaining celebration of comics — promoting the winners and raising awareness of Canadian comic creators and their work is the PRIMARY concern of the organization. Plans are to still support and have a presence at as many events as we can though.

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