Happenings: The Joe Shuster Awards – Sat. June 5th at 8pm

This Saturday night, June 5th, 2010 – starting at 8pm (seating begins shortly after 7:30pm) at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall – 2 Sussex Avenue (South of Bloor Street at St. George and Sussex) it’s the presentation of the 6th Annual Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards.

The Joe Shuster Awards do honour a lot of different people in a lot of different fields – creative, retailer, publisher. The ceremony will run somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours.

Please find below the Ceremony Presentation Order – including a full, final list of all nominees in every category, followed by some information about our host, Jonathan Llyr and the nominating committees and juries.

The CCBCAA would like to thank to the artists and creators who submitted Superman artwork in 2008 and Wolverine artwork in 2009.



Master of Ceremonies / Maître de cérémonie: Jonathan Llyr
Assistant to / Assistant à Jonathan Llyr: Sarrah Young
Audio-visual Presentation / Présentation audio-visuelle: Tyrone Biljan & Innis Town Hall AV Services



Hall of Fame / Temple de la Renommée: Serge Gaboury

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer / Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
– Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
– The Beguiling (Toronto, ON)
– Elfsar (Vancouver, BC)
– Fichtre! (Montreal, QC)
– Heroes (London, ON)

Outstanding Comic Book Publisher / Éditeur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
– Conundrum Press
– Drawn & Quarterly
– Les 400 Coups
– Kids Can Press
– La Pastèque

Hall of Fame / Temple de la Renommée: Dave Darrigo

Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants – Sponsored by Guelph, ON store The Dragon
– Alain M. Bergeron, Samuel Parent – Capitaine Static, Tome 3: L’Étrange Miss Flissy (Québec Amérique)
– Svetlana Chmakova -Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 1-2 (Yen Press)
– Mary Labatt, Jo Rioux – A Sam & Friends Mystery, Book 2: Lake Monster Mix-Up (Kids Can Press)
– Mario Landry, Marcel Levasseur – Laflèche, Tome 02: Cobequid (Boomerang)
– Johane Matte – Horus, Tome 1 – L’enfant À Tête De Faucon (Les 400 Coups)
– Kean Soo – Jellaby Book 2: Monster in the City (Hyperion)
– Ashley Spires – Binky the Space Cat (Kids Can Press)
– Melanie Watt -Scaredy Squirrel at Night (Kids Can Press)

Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct de Bandes Dessinées
– Adam Bourret – I’m Crazy
– Evan Munday – Quarter-Life Crisis: Only the Good Die Yung
– Ethan Rilly – Pope Hats No. 1
– Benjamin Rivers – Snow No. 2
– Tory Woolcott – Mirror Mind

Hall of Fame / Temple de la Renommée: Deni Loubert

Outstanding Cover / Couverture Exceptionnel
– Kaare Andrews – The Immortal Iron Fist 27 (Marvel)
– Paul Bordeleau – Faüne, Tome 2: La maison du Faüne (La Pastèque)
– Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex 50 (DC)
– Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
– Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils, Tome 04: Duels de Belles (Dupuis)
– Dale Eaglesham – Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special 1 (Marvel)
– Dale Keown – The Astounding Wolf-Man 16 Variant (image)
– Igor Kordey – Unknown Soldier 5 (DC/Vertigo)

Outstanding Comic Book Colourist / Dessinateur Couleur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
– Brad Anderson – Various comics / BD divers (DC, Marvel)
– Chris Chuckry – Various comics / BD divers (DC/Vertigo, IDW, Marvel)
– Maryse Dubuc – Les Nombrils, Tome 04: Duels de Belles (Dupuis)
– Nathan Fairbairn – Various comics / BD divers (Marvel, Oni Press)
– Lovern Kindzierski – Various comics / BD divers (DC/Vertigo, IDW, Marvel)
– Francois Lapierre – Magasin général, tome 05: Montréal (Casterman)
– Dave McCaig – Various comics / BD divers (Dark Horse, DC, DC/Vertigo, image, image/Top Cow, Marvel, Oni Press)
– Ronda Pattison – Various comics / BD divers (Dark Horse, IDW, image, Marvel, Red 5)

Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
– Chris Bachalo – Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man 1-4, Dark Avengers Annual 1, New Avengers 51-52, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 2 (Marvel)
– Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex 50 (DC), Madman Atomic Comics 14 (image)
– Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils, Tome 04: Duels de Belles (Dupuis)
– Djief Bergeron – Saint-Germain, Tome 1: Le Comte des Lumières (Glénat)
– Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America 26 (DC), Amazing Spider-Man 591, Fantastic Four 570-572, Captain America 600, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 3 , Origins of Siege 1 (Marvel)
– Stuart Immonen – Ultimate Spider-Man 130-133, New Avengers 55-60, Fantastic Four 569 (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 (image)
– Francis Manapul – Adventure Comics 0-3, 5, Superman/Batman 60-61 (DC)
– Cameron Stewart – Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye 1-3 (DC/Vertigo), Uncanny X-Men First Class Giant-Size Special 1 (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 (image)

Hall of Fame – Special Presentation / Temple de la Renommée – Présentation Spéciale
Celebrating Captain Canuck’s 35th anniversary / 35e anniversaire Capitaine Canuck à l’honneur
Claude St. Aubin, George Freeman, Richard Comely

Outstanding Comic Book Writer / Écrivain Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
– Kelley Armstrong – Angel 18-22 (IDW)
– Ian Boothby – Futurama Comics 43-44, Simpsons Comics 150, Simpsons Super Spectacular 8 (Bongo)
– Hervé Bouchard – Harvey (La Pastèque)
– Maryse Dubuc – Les Nombrils, Tome 04: Duels de Belles (Dupuis)
– Kathryn Immonen – Runaways 11-14, Patsy Walker: Hellcat 5 (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 (image)
– Dean Motter – The Spirit 29 (DC Comics)
– Ty Templeton – Star Trek: Mission’s End 1-5 (IDW)
– J. Torres – Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E 0-1 (Boom!), DC Holiday Special ’09, Batman: The Brave and the Bold 5-8, 11 (DC)

Outstanding Web Comics Creator or Creative Team / Créateur ou Créateurs Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées Web
– Attila Adorjany – Metaphysical Neuroma
– Kate Beaton – Hark! A Vagrant
– Andy Belanger – Bottle of Awesome and Raising Hell
– Rene Engström – Anders Loves Maria
– Karl Kerschl – The Abominable Charles Christopher
– Gisèle Lagacé and David Lumsdon – Eerie Cuties and Ménage à 3
– Tara Tallan – Galaxion
– Steve Wolfhard – Cat Rackham

Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist (Writer/Artist) / Créateur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées
– Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
– Jeff Lemire – The Nobody, Sweet Tooth 1-4 (DC/Vertigo), Noir: A Crime Comics Anthology (Dark Horse), Awesome 2: Awesomer (Top Shelf)
– Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Oni Press)
– Philippe Girard – Tuer Velasquez (Glénat Québec)
– Michel Rabagliati – Paul, Tome 06: Paul à Québec (La Pastèque)
– Simon Roy – Jan’s Atomic Heart (New Reliable Press)
– Seth – George Sprott 1894-1975 (Drawn & Quarterly)
– Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas – Red: A Haida Manga (Douglas & McIntyre)

Jonathan Llyr is one of the most recognizable geeks in Canada today. As host of the nationally broadcast SPACE Channel’s SPACEY AWARDS for their first five years, Jon earned the respect of Hardcore Nerds everywhere when, over the years, Richard Dean Anderson had him ‘thrown off’ the set of STARGATE SG-1 (with a bonus instruction of “one shot to the kneecaps”), Bruce Campbell attacked him in the woods behind his house with a chainsaw, and Katie Sackhoff let him climb into her Viper.

Jon got his start on TV in 1998, after years of honing his skills as a professional actor and the artistic director of the Shakespearean theatre company, Tempest Theatre Group, SPACE needed someone who would wear a rubber turtle shell on his head (shades of Alan Rickman in GALAXY QUEST, anyone?) and it was a perfect fit. So, for several years, Jon appeared weekly on the cult TV show SPACEBAR as Grot, the loveably clueless alien barfly cum barkeep. Eventually trading shell for battered orange ball-cap, Jon was then seen five nights a week on DRIVE-IN CLASSICS as the genially pontificating drive-in theatre projectionist, Drive-in Dick – font of all B-movie knowledge and wisdom.

Jon’s subsequent stint as host, reporter and interviewer for HYPASPACE and HYPASPACE WEEKLY put him in close contact with stars like Patrick Stewart, Andy Serkis, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (at the same time in what proved to be an awesome media scoop!), David Hayter, Jolene Blalock, George Takei, Tricia Helfer, Steven Spielberg and many others.

Heading out into strange, new worlds with The HardcoreNerdity Network is his latest challenge.

None of this is surprising, considering Jonathan’s formative years. When he was a kid, his mom used to write him sick-notes so he could ditch school and line up on opening day for STAR TREK movies. She let him glue his Lego together in the shape of a phaser and paint it silver. She looked the other way when he put her good oven mitts on his feet so that he could be ‘Cornelius’ from PLANET OF THE APES. She made the rest of the family be quiet as he sat in front of the t.v., painstakingly making audio-cassette recordings of STAR TREK episodes so he could play them back at bedtime. That was in the days before VCRs. And when the family got one of those – Jon’s mom bought him his very first movie. It was SUPERMAN. And she let him stay home from school (again) to watch it before she wrapped it up as his Christmas present (he had to promise to look surprised when he opened it). So, really? This is all her fault.

The 2010 Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association:
The Joe Shuster Awards are run by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association (CCBCAA), a not-for-profit organization that relies on sponsorship, eBay and convention sales of art donations, prints and memorabilia as well as private donations. The CCBCAA was founded in the fall of 2004. Executive: Kevin A. Boyd (Director), Robert Haines (Associate Director), Allison Covey (Publisher Liaison), Chris Owen and Tyrone Biljan (Art Director). Associates: Jason Truong, Scott Townsend, Jennifer Stewart.

2009 Publications: Laurent Boutin (Planète BD), Patrick Marleau (Imaginaire), Rachelle Goguen (Living Between Wednesdays), Leonard Wong (Vancouver Comicon), Jamie Coville (The Collector Times), Jeff Brown (Dork Shelf), Mike Jozic (freelance writer), Troy Wilson (author), Gareth Gaudin (Legends Comics), Jonathan Ellis (PopImage), Don McPherson (Eye on Comics), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Lloyd Chesney (Legends Comics), Jonathan Kuehlein (JPK Comics), and Alex Kennedy.
Webcomics / Publisher / HARRY KREMER / GENE DAY: members of the CCBCAA.
COMICS FOR KIDS: Beth Alexander, Diana Pai, Jennifer Stewart

2010 JURIES:
ARTIST/COLOURIST/COVER: Blake Bell, Amy Chop, Robin Fisher, Duane Murray, David Okum
CARTOONIST/WEBCOMICS/WRITER: Dr. Bart Beatty, Patrick Berube, Eric Bouchard, Robin Fisher, Duane Murray
COMICS FOR KIDS: Douglas Davey, Renee Jackson, Graham Purcell
HALL OF FAME: Scott Dutton, Phil Kilmartin, Phil Latter, Robert Pincombe, with initial input from John Bell & Bob MacMillan.

ABOUT JOE SHUSTER (1914 – 1992)
With the permission of his estate (Jean Shuster Peavy, Warren Peary & Estate Agent Mike Catron), the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great Toronto-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 Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.

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