Earlier this month we asked for feedback on our categories as we determine which will make up the list for the 2012 Awards. Based on your feedback and our internal debates this is the list as it stands:
* Outstanding Artist/Artist Team (no change)
* Outstanding Cartoonist (no change)
* Outstanding Cover Artist (no change)
* Outstanding Webcomics Creator/Creative Team (no change)
Note: after a lot of discussion and debate, the team has decided that we will leave webcomics as a unique category again. A line of distinction is being drawn between digital comics (online versions of concurrent with print edition comics or online previews of digital comics) which will not be eligible for the category. This remains for comics content created exclusively for the internet (later print editions are irrelevant and are considered reprints in the print categories), and one of the nominating and judging criteria will be usage of the online delivery system itself in the storytelling and presentation of these comics.
* Outstanding Writer (no change)
* Comics for Kids Award – Beginner Reader Level
* Comics for Kids Award – Intermediate Reader Level
Note: if there are enough books of each criteria to justify having two categories, the Comics for Kids Award will be split into two categories — Beginner, for younger readers, and Intermediate, for older children. For example, Binky the Space Cat might be considered a Beginner book, while Three Thieves: Tower of Treasure might be considered an intermediate level entry. The hope is to provide more information and recommendations to parents, teachers, librarians and of, course, young readers!
* Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing (no change)
* Harry Kremer Award for Comic Book Retailing (no change)
* Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame (1-2) (no change)
There is one additional category currently being reviewed by our group and is at the proposal stage.
* TENTATIVE: Outstanding Original Graphic Novel by Canadian Creator / Creative Team
The members feel that it should be specifically for original (i.e. new) graphic novels published in French or English during the previous calendar year. Unfortunately new collections of serialized comics that are later collected that same year are not going to be eligible for this award (if it happens). We are still VERY concerned about this being duplication of efforts as many of these books may be recognized in the Cartoonist, Writer and Artist categories. As it stands, we would like to follow the lead of Comics for Kids and have a similar nomination and judging process for this potential new category.
Unfortunately we’ll be placing two categories “on hiatus” for 2012: Outstanding Publisher and Outstanding Colourist.