One of the things I’m thinking about in the wake of the MCC is a way in which the JSAs can better recognize important figures in Canadian comics who are NOT comic book creators.
Our Hall of Fame is currently exclusive to creators, and yet there are people who did not create comics who are worthy of recognition… in particular I’m thinking about some of the ground-breaking retailers of the 1970’s and 1980’s, as well as fandom personalities such as Jim Burke aka T.M.Maple.
We could just open the restrictions on the Hall of Fame or we could do something different. We did name the retailer award after pioneering retailer Harry Kremer, but we don’t have a mechanism in place to recognize other important retailers. Or we could just expand the tradition of naming any new specific awards after some of these individuals “if the shoe fits” and there’s a relationship between the theme of the award and a specific person.
On that note, we’re open to suggestions. Please email me at Kevin@joeshusterawards.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and I look forward to receiving your feedback.
All the best,
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 27th
Based on the feedback we’ve received privately and discussions had internally, we will keep the focus squarely on comic book creators – publishers, editors, artists, writers, inkers, and colourists of renown for the time being. 2010 was a big year with 6 inductees – so in 2011 we’re going to return to 2-3 Hall of Fame inductees and focus on well established creators. Super fans and retailers will have to be considered elsewhere for the time being.