40 Days left…

It's CRUNCH time!

… and the four unique juries are all hard at work looking at all of the books and comics.

It’s hard to believe that we are a mere 40 days and forty nights away from the presentation of the 7th annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo.

As the only National comics award to embrace and include all types of comics and graphic novels produced by Canadians, we’re really quite stoked about being able to present the awards in Western Canada for the first time and the fine folks at the Calgary Expo have been great with helping us out and being our host con.

10 awards are being presented for Outstanding Canadian Comics & Graphic Novels:

– Artist
– Writer
– Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
– Colourist
– Cover Artist
– Publisher

Note: For the 6 categories listed above, the comics the creators are being honoured for had to be published for the first time in either French or English during the 2010 calendar year. They also had to be professionally distributed through existing channels of distribution, such as Diamond Distributors, Inc.

Plus:

– Outstanding Webcomics Creator / Creative Team (for new content available online in 2010)

– The Harry Kremer Retailer Award

– The Gene Day Self-Publisher Award (for self-published, non-professionally distributed original content print comics first made available in 2010)

– The Comics for Kids Award (professionally distributed original books that debuted in 2010 and are aimed at readers 14 years of age and younger)

As well, two Hall of Fame induction presentations will take place – for CHESTER BROWN and TODD McFARLANE.

We’ve received confirmation that a number of nominees will be in attendance at the Calgary Expo this year, including Scott Chantler, Francis Manapul, Jeff Lemire, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, J. Torres, Jim Zubkavich, Connor McCreery, Kate Beaton, Sylvain Lemay, Fiona Staples, Camilla D’Errico, and Connor Willumsen. Things are looking good for James Stokoe, Emily Carroll and Cameron Stewart to also be there for the event in June, and we’ll hopefully be confirming a few more creators will be present.

Over the next month as things get finalized we’ll be letting you know about our 2011 hosts and other significant details about the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards!

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