The 2013 Joe Shuster Award Nominees / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2013

Full list of 2013 Nominees / La liste complète des nominés 2013

2013 marks the 75th year since the debut of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the pages of Action Comics #1. Tom Grummett prepared this portrait of Joe in 2005 that has adorned the Joe Shuster Award plaques ever since. Fun facts: Joe was left handed, the building in the background is the original Toronto Star building that inspired the Daily Star / Daily Planet building in Superman’s Metropolis. On the drawing table behind Joe is an earlier version of ‘The Superman’.

Canada has a rich tradition of supporting our national arts communities with awards that recognize the achievements of our citizens like the Genie Awards for film and television and the Juno Awards for music – the JOE SHUSTER AWARD is Canada’s national award that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell all kinds of comics, graphic novels and webcomics.

Joe Shuster in 1975.

They are named after pioneering Canadian-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 his friend Jerry Siegel, that electrified the industry 75 years ago in 1938 and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon.

Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators including all eligible original works published and distributed during the year 2012. Qualifying creators must be Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents in Canada. The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Toronto, open to the public, on the evening of Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM. This year the awards will be held in JACKMAN HALL, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

And the nominees are:

Artist / Dessinateur

  • Isabelle Arsenault Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)jane-renard0
  • Patrick Boutin-GagnéBrögunn (Soleil)album-cover-large-14995
  • Stuart ImmonenAll-New X-Men #1-4, AvX: VS #1, #6, Avenging Spider-Man #7, Secret Avengers #21 (Marvel Comics)all-new-x-men-1
  • Yanick PaquetteSwamp Thing #5, 7-9, 13-14 (DC Comics)249798_20120606163811_large
  • Ramón K. PérezJohn Carter and the Gods of Mars #1-5, AvX:VS #6 (Marvel Comics)JohnCarter_TheGodsOfMars_1_Cover
  • Fiona StaplesSaga #1-8 (Image Comics)Saga_1_cvr
  • Marcus ToBatwing #9-15, 0, The Flash #10,15, Huntress #4-6 (DC Comics)248074_20120502085557_large

Cartoonist / Auteur

  • Geneviève CastréeSusceptible (Apocalypse)susceptible-couv
  • Scott ChantlerThree Thieves Book 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press)1179175
  • Darwyn CookeBefore Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5 (DC Comics), Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score (IDW)Parker_The_Score_Cover
  • Michel FalardeauFrench Kiss 1986 (Glénat Québec)1313645-gf
  • Brandon GrahamMultiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1-3 (Image Comics)Multiple-Warheads_Alphabet-to-Infinity_1-420x645
  • Jeff LemireSweet Tooth #29-40 (DC Comics), The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)underwaterwelder72dpi_lg
  • Francis ManapulThe Flash #5-9,11-15, 0 , Annual #1 (DC Comics)242175_20120703081900_large

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • Geneviève Castrée – Susceptible (Apocalypse)susceptible-couv
  • Darwyn CookeBefore Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5, The Shade #4B (DC Comics), The Shadow #7B (Dynamite Entertainment), Richard Stark’s Parker – The Score, Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter SC, Rocketeer Adventures #1-4 (IDW), Creator Owner Heroes #7C, It Girl and the Atomics #2B (Image Comics)256967_20120922121543_large
  • Mike Del MundoA+X #2B, Amazing Spider-Man #678-679, 683B, Incredible Hulk #4B, Ka by Cirque de Soleil #1, Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1-5, Max Payne 3 #3, New Avengers #24B, Scarlet Spider #1B, 4B, Uncanny X-Men #17, Untold Tales of Punisher Max #5, Venom #16-17, 20, 22B, Wolverine #314-317, X-Men Legacy #1-2 (Marvel Comics)246564_20120414114046_large
  • Stuart ImmonenAll-New X-Men #1-4, Avengers #14, Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX: VS #1B, #6B, Captain America and Namor 635.1, Uncanny X-Men #14, Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (Marvel Comics)263398_20121219123105_large
  • Jacques LamontagneLes Druides, Tome 7 : Les disparus de Cornouaille (Soleil)dr
  • Yanick PaquetteSwamp Thing #5-15,0, Annual #1 (DC Comics)262621_20121205172110_large
  • Fiona StaplesLife with Archie #24B (Archie), Dark Horse Presents #10 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #15B, National Comics Madame X #1 (DC Comics), Smoke and Mirrors #1B (IDW), Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)255548_20120815103429_large

Writer / Scénariste

  • Ed BrissonComeback #1-2 (Image Comics)612982564715907
  • Fanny BrittJane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)jane-renard0
  • Alexandre Fontaine-RousseauPinkerton (Colosse)cex_002
  • Kathryn ImmonenAvenging Spider-Man #7, AvX:VS #1,#6, Journey into Mystery #646-647 (Marvel Comics)journey
  • Jeff LemireAnimal Man #5-15, 0, Animal Man Annual 1, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #5-9, Justice League Dark #9-15, 0, National Comics Eternity #1 (DC Comics)249320_20120530160813_large
  • Ryan NorthAdventure Time #1-10 (KaBoom!)adventuretimeothercoverbig
  • Jim ZubkavichPathfinder #1-3 (Dynamite Entertainment), Skullkickers #13-17 (Image Comics)skullkickers13

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of youngdragonsm2 readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.

  • L’Agent Jean! Tomes 2 et 3 (Presses Aventure) – Alex A. (Cartoonist /Auteur)mo_9782896603176
  • Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press) – Jo Rioux (Cartoonist /Auteur)cat's cradle the golden twine
  • Couette Tome 1: Tombée du Ciel (Éditions Dargaud) – Minikim (Artist /Dessinateur) with/avec Sevérine Gauthier (France) (Writer /Scénariste)couette-tome-1- -tombee-du-ciel-14585
  • Fred et Putulik: L’Automne (Les éditions du soleil de minuit) – Jean Lacombe (Cartoonist / Auteur)fred_putulik
  • The Secret of the Stone Frog (Toon Books) – David Nytra (Cartoonist / Auteur)StoneFrog1
  • Spera Volume 1 (Archaia Entertainment) – Josh Tierney (Writer /Scénariste), Kyla Vanderklugt, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon (Artists /Dessinateurs) with additional non-Canadian artists / avec autre dessinateurs non canadiens.vol01_cover_big
  • Three Thieves volume 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press) – Scott Chantler (Cartoonist /Auteur)1179175
  • A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse! (Toon Books) – Frank Viva (Cartoonist /Auteur)A-Trip-To-The-Bottom-Of-The-World-With-Mouse

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award gene-day-colours-revised-2honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from over 40 individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 16th, 2013. The award winner will also receive a bursary of $500.

  • Sanya Anwar10011001cover
  • Jordyn F. BochonThe Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe: The Claw of the Earth #1 (of 3)2012-05-03-calwoftheearthcovertcaf
  • Antonin BuissonTranquillement pas vitetranquillement demo
  • James Edward ClarkEvilevil
  • Cory McCallum, Matthew DaleyThe Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Casepig sleep

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)

Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then HARRY-KREMER-portrait-Paul-Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The CCBCAA maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories such as:

  1. Support of a wide variety of innovative material
  2. Overall appeal of the store and usage of space,
  3. Knowledge,
  4. Community activity,
  5. Adherence to standard ethical business practices
  6. Have been open for at least 3 years.
  • Another Dimension – Calgary, ABanother dim
  • Amazing Stories – Saskatoon, SKamazingout
  • Heroes – London, ONheroes
  • L’Imaginaire – Quebec City, QCimaginaire2
  • Paradise Comics – Toronto, ON20091115-paradise-comics

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées

Three creators will be added in 2013:

BetterComics1Vernon Miller (1912-1974) Co-founder of British Columbia’s Maple Leaf Publishing in 1941, one of the four principal publishers of comic books in Canada during World War 2 and the years shortly after under the protection of the War Exchange Conservation Act. Maple Leaf’s first foray into publishing, Better Comics #1 (March 1941) is generally agreed to be the first original Canadian comic book because it featured new material almost exclusively created by Miller. Better Comics #1 was also the debut of Miller’s original superhero, the first Canadian superhero — The Iron Man (in full colour! Predating Marvel’s similarly named character by 22 years). Better Comics also included Earth Torpedo, Tiger Tex the Cowboy Detective, Roaring Rails, and The Hidden Passage with illustrator F.P. Thursby. Miller, who addressed his young readers as “Uncle Verne”, also produced Mystery Mountain for Rocket Comics. Miller went on to a career as a cartoonist for Vancouver newspapers, and also did illustrations for Canadian Boy Magazine in the 1960s.

Mthunderfisturray Karn (1924-) Karn worked primarily for Bell Features (ON) in the 1940s, working on titles such as Active Comics and Wow Comics illustrating strips such as Thunderfist (aka Randy Steele) and Jeff Waring as well as some narrative short features for many of the different Bell titles. Karn also produced covers for Bell, most notably on early Active Comics. Karn’s precise line work and illustrative quality gave his strips a realism that stood out from the more expressive brushwork of his fellow Bell artists. After the war, Karn relocated to the United States and worked in advertising, and became a member of the Southampton Artists Association.

aardvark-vanaheim-neil-the-horse-comics-and-stories-issue-1bKatherine Collins (formerly known as Arn Saba) (1947-) Canadian (BC) cartoonist, writer, historian, stage performer, composer and media personality. Creator of Neil the Horse in 1975, published initially in Canadian newspapers for Great Lakes Publishing, and later jumped to comic books (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Renegade Press). Neil was the first all-singing, all-dancing musical comic book, with sheet music included. In 1979, wrote and produced a 5-part documentary series for CBC radio entitled the Continuous Art exploring the cultural impact of comics, featuring interviews with many renowned cartoonists (many of which were published in the Comics Journal). Retired from comics in 1991 after Neil the Horse’s last appearance in Fantagraphics’ Critters #6, although an unpublished Neil the Horse graphic novel is said to exist.

About The Joe Shuster Awards

Established in 2004, The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national and bilingual award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman. The name is used with the approval of the Estate of Joe Shuster – Michael Catron, Estate Agent.

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  1. […] Murray Karn will be inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame this year, honoring work by Canadian artists in the comic book industry, for his work in the 1940s. The Press Release can be found here. […]

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