2015 Joe Shuster Award winners

Shuster_Superman-princessrescue_finalOn Sunday, October 18th in London, ON at the Forest City Comic Con the winners of the 2015 awards were announced. They are:

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ADRIAN ALPHONA for Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)


BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY for Seconds – A Graphic Novel (Random House Canada)

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JLU_7_Cooke_var1-600x485OUTSTANDING WEBCOMICS CREATOR / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

NICOLE CHARTRAND for Fey Winds (A Fantasy Webcomic)

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MARIKO TAMAKI for This One Summer (Groundwood Books)


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

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours 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 Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young 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 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.

AGENT JEAN! TOMES 6 ET 7 par ALEX A. (Presses Aventure)


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

Named after Harry Kremer, the original owner and founder of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario. Kremer was one of Canada’s first comic book shop owners and a highly regarded patron of comic arts.



Already announced:

The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple

The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community and are named after the pen name of prolific letter writer and fan Jim Burke of Toronto.

– Authors of the book The Great Canadian Comic Books, published in 1971, which looked primarily at the Canadian Whites, comics published in Canada during World War II. Hirsh and Loubert acquired the Bell Features archives and reprint rights for the comics, which included Nelvana of the Northern Lights and Johnny Canuck, from Bell’s capital investor John Ezrin. The archives included copies of the comics, original artwork and more which were used as the foundation for the book. It was followed by a two-year touring gallery exhibit ‘Comic Art Traditions in Canada, 1941-45.’ They would go on to form animation studio Nelvana, Ltd. (named after Adrian Dingle’s character) with Clive Smith and would later donate the material from Bell Features to the National Archives where they reside to this day, preserving part of our national comics heritage. Without their efforts, recent collections of Adrian Dingle’s Nelvana and Leo Bachle’s Johnny Canuck would not have been possible.

– Rob or Bob as he was known to his friends and customers, was a long-time fixture on the Toronto comics scene as a comics retailer and fan. At his Danforth Avenue store Shining Knight Comics, later rebranded Comics & More, Bob believed strongly that the local comics shop should be active in, and support the local community. He sponsored many local teams, schools and young people’s organizations. In the summer of 2014 he was diagnosed with brain cancer and began treatment, but succumbed to the disease in late 2014, he was 54 years old.

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

DORIS SLATER (1918-1964)
Doris Slater of Chatham and later Toronto, Ontario attended the Ontario College of art in the late 1930’s, and was hired by brother-in-law Ted McCall at Anglo-American Comics to work on the first issues of Grand Slam Comics and Three Aces Comics for which she drew characters like Pat the Air Cadet and Martin Blake, The Animal King. In the fall of 1944 Doris made arrangements to draw scripts from Pat Joudry’s popular CBC radio show “Penny’s Diary” for Bell Features’ Active Comics 29-26. Around this time she also married popular Canadian crooner Russ Titus and soon had two children Robin and Patricia. The marriage did not last long as Titus moved to England to pursue an entertainment career under the name Larry Cross. After the decline of the Canadian comics industry, Doris drew commercially for magazines and children’s books and did murals. She would move to teaching, and taught art in Brantford and later Ottawa. In 1964, Doris Titus was killed in head on collision. Her daughter Patti, who was in the back seat, survived the accident. Doris Slater/Titus was 56, and is recognized as Canada’s first female comic book creator.

James Waley was the publisher, editor-in-chief, and sometimes writer, artist and colourist of Orb Magazine, a quality black and white magazine-sized anthology, which could be found on Canadian newsstands between 1974 and 1976. Orb lasted six issues. With it, Jim provided readers with some of the most sophisticated comic book stories available anywhere while giving a start to many young creators, many of whom would become the finest Canadian comic artists and writers of their generation. He also co-created Canadian superhero the Northern Light, who debuted in Orb and would later appear in the American publication Power Comics. Waley’s many other subsequent accomplishments include writing for Heavy Metal, creating a comic from scratch for Charlton, filling the Propeller Gallery with art by prominent Toronto comic book artists, running the monthly one-day convention “Supershow” for many years at the Ontario College of Art, and being instrumental in developing the Joe Shuster Award as co-founder and instigator of the idea of a Canadian comic book award.

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About The Joe Shuster Awards

Canada has a rich tradition of supporting our national arts communities with awards that recognize the achievements of our citizens in books, music, stage, television and film – the JOE SHUSTER AWARD, established in 2004, is Canada’s national award that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comics books, graphic novels and webcomics.

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 and neighbour Jerry Siegel that electrified the industry over 75 years ago in 1938 and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon and spawned a legion of costume-clad adventure heroes and heroines.

It was the absence of Superman and his costumed peers from Canadian newsstands during World War II that would help spawn Canada’s first and last country-wide attempt at launching an indigenous, Canadian comic book industry and saw the rise of popular characters like Freelance, Nelvana and Johnny Canuck. The end of the war eliminated these restrictions and Canadian comic companies disappeared shortly afterwards. Since then Canadian creators have been part of a larger North America-wide comic-book industry and in some cases, international publishing efforts, which is why we recognize Canadians who work within the framework of the larger comics ‘industry’.

For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

About The Convention

A celebration of nerd culture like no other: the largest event of its kind ever to hit London, Ontario will return on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Featuring a new venue at the London Convention Centre and a new partnership with Project Play, the event will feature costumes, vendors, panels, board games, and video game tournaments. The event promises to a celebration of nerd culture and the popular culture that surrounds it.

In its first year the Forest City Comicon was the largest first-year comic con type event ever held in London and surrounding area. Fans are encouraged to sign-up for the Forest City Comicon’s e-mail updates at http://www.forestcitycomicon.ca to be included in special announcements leading up to the event. Vendor information is also available through this website.

The Forest City Comicon can be reached by e-mail at info@forestcitycomicon.ca


8 thoughts on “2015 Joe Shuster Award winners

  1. […] These were the real highlights of the awards ceremony for me and it seemed to come off quite well even though it was crammed into about 50 minutes. Kevin Boyd tells me that the Shusters will become a travelling awards show annually moving from con to con across the country with Montreal in July of 2016 being the next stop. For a complete list of this year’s winners see here. […]

  2. […] These were the real highlights of the awards ceremony for me and it seemed to come off quite well even though it was crammed into about 50 minutes. Kevin Boyd tells me that the Shusters will become a travelling awards show annually moving from con to con across the country with Montreal in July of 2016 being the next stop. For a complete list of this year’s winners see here. […]

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