Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing Finalists

The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association’s jury members are proud to announce the five finalists for the inaugural Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing. The winner will be announced at the 2009 Joe Shuster Awards ceremony on September 26, 2009 at U. of T.’s Innis Town Hall:

Jordyn F. Bochon for The Day After V-Day.

Jesse Jacobs for Blue Winter, Shapes in the Snow.

Miriam Libicki for jobnik!: an american girl’s adventures in the israeli army.

Dakota McFadzean for Hypocrite.

C. Eric Peters for Peter the Pan.

There were 94 works submitted for consideration, showcasing the diverse talents of self-published comics, zines and comix creators.

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The submissions were reviewed by the 2009 Gene Day Award jury:

Dr. Bart Beatty (University of Calgary), associate professor and comic critic.

Christopher Owen (Mohawk College), teaches Comic Design and Scripting as a graduate certification course.

Troy Little, Canadian cartoonist and recipient of a Xeric Grant. Self-publisher of Chiaroscuro, recently re-released by IDW.

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About the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing honours Canadian comic book creators who self-published their work during the previous calendar year.

The winner will receive a 2009 Joe Shuster Award, a bursary of $500 plus additional prize material provided by The Labyrinth (www.thelabyrinthstore.com).

Gene Day (1951-1982) began his career in the Canadian alternative comix scene. In the seventies he began his own publishing imprint, Shadow Press / House of Shadows and put out over twenty issues of Dark Fantasy, a horror/fantasy/sci-fi digest. A major force in the burgeoning Canadian small press scene, Day went on to work for Marvel Comics, a longtime inker on Marvel’s ‘Master of Kung Fu’ title by Mike Zeck, starting in 1976 and later took over as full penciler on the series. He also inked on the licensed ‘Star Wars’ series, pencilled by Carmine Infantino, as well as ‘The Mighty Thor’ and ‘Marvel Two-in-One’. Dave Sim credits Gene Day as his earliest and most influential mentor and the inspiration for his own self-publishing efforts. Gene Day was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2007.

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