Jury #2 – Cartoonist, Webcomics, Writer

Our five person jury for the categories of Outstanding Cartoonist, Outstanding Writer and Outstanding Webcomics Creator/Creative Team, what we affectionately referred to as the ‘Story’ Jury consists of:

– author, educator and cultural historian Dr. BART BEATTY

managing editor of the Comic Book Bin PATRICK BÉRUBÉ

– lecturer and blogger ERIC BOUCHARD

– radio personality ROBIN FISHER

– writer, actor and director DUANE MURRAY

Full Biographies Follow:

Dr. Bart Beatty
Dr. Bart Beatty is the Associate Professor in the University of Calgary’s Communication and Culture Department. He also writes a semi-regular column “Bart Beatty’s Conversational Euro-Comics” for the Comics Reporter website. Books include “Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990’s” (University of Toronto Press), “The System of Comics” (The University Press of Mississippi), “Canadian Television Today” – co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Sullivan (University of Calgary Press), “Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture” (University Press of Mississippi). He has also contributed chapters to a number of different books and journals on cultural studies, as well as been a conference presenter at events around the world.

Patrick Bérubé
Patrick Berube was born in a small Quebec village located along the St-Lawrence and grew up between a pile of American comic books and a pile of European Bandes Dessinées. After graduating university, he decided to use his free-time to get even more involved in the comic industry by managing comic book events, giving conferences about sequential art and organizing exhibits based on cartoonists’ work. In 2008 he decided to start writing for the Canadian comic book website The Comic Book Bin and became it’s managing editor in early 2009. He currently lives in Saguenay, QC  where he teaches Tourism in Cegep.

Eric Bouchard
Eric Bouchard has worked as a specialized bookseller in French language comics since 1998. He’s been the manager of the larger French language comics section in Quebec (Monet bookstore) from 2004 to 2009. He studied graphic design in CEGEP, has completed a degree in language sciences and is actually back to school working on a master’s degree in literary studies with a research thesis on comics semeiology.

He has given several lectures on different aspects of comics for public and school libraries and in conferences, and at classes for librarians, library science students and teachers. He wrote articles on comics for many years for Le libraire, and, since last year, on a regular basis for Le délivré, the Monet bookstore’s blog.  He has sat or is sitting as many well known comics awards juries such as the Prix Bédélys, the Prix Bédéis Causa, and now the Joe Shuster Awards.

Personal blog : Le champ du signe

Robin Fisher
Robin’s mission in life is to brainwash every man, woman and child into realizing that comics are more than just juvenile pabulum. When done right they can be an amazing amalgam of art and literature. Comics can make you laugh, cry, think and feel just as much as your favorite movie or book.. While looking visually stunning at the same time. It’s my favourite medium. Robin knows there are comics out there for everyone, but they are hard to find. Let her be your guide, your cartoon gal. For the past 10 years she’s been living, eating, sleeping and breathing comics. From writing comic stories, to editing fund-raising anthologies. she’s worked in comic book stores, she’s written for The Comics Journal, she’s attended comic conventions all along the West Coast and interviewed many. She is also the host of The Onamatopoeia Show which runs every Sunday afternoon from 3-4 from Montreal on 1690AM CJLO. This is Robin’s second time serving on the Joe Shuster Awards jury.

Duane Murray
Duane is a Toronto-based writer, director and actor. As a writer and director Duane has consulted on wide-release feature film and feature documentary scripts. He has also co-written and co-directed music videos and short films with Shane Belcourt, two of which, Pookums and The Squeeze Box, have shown at the imaginative Film Festival as well as Moviola. Duane is currently developing a television series with Shane Belcourt as well as other future feature film projects. This is Duane’s second time serving on the Joe Shuster Awards jury.

Coordinators: Kevin Boyd, Robert Haines

Thanks to the following publishers, companies and individuals for their assistance in obtaining review copies for these jury members:
Boom! Studios
Drawn & Quarterly
The Dragon
Douglas & McIntyre
Glénat Québec
Jeff Lemire
New Reliable Press
Oni Press
La Pastèque

Special thanks to our publisher liaison Allison Covey.