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The Joe Shuster Awards are run by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. The CCBCAA is a not-for-profit organization that relies on sponsorship, eBay and convention sales of prints and memorabilia or private donations.

2011 Canadian Comics Wrap Survey: Scott Chantler

Tell us about yourself – a brief bio/intro.

I’m the cartoonist of the graphic novels TWO GENERALS, NORTHWEST PASSAGE, and the THREE THIEVES series, and a commercial illustrator whose clients have included McDonald’s, Reebok, Macy’s, Rogers, The New York Daily News, The National Post, The Toronto Star, and Maclean’s. When I’m not doing either of those things, I teach Writing for Graphic Novels at Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto.

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2011 Canadian Comics Wrap Survey: Anthony Del Col

Tell us about yourself – a brief bio/intro.

I am the co-creator and co-writer of IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare, an adventure series that mashes up the Bard’s greatest heroes and villains. The Shuster- and Harvey Award nominated-series has received a great deal of critical acclaim and profiles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Colbert Report, CBC, BBC and Publisher’s Weekly. Prior to working on Kill Shakespeare I spent time in the music (as a manager for Nelly Furtado and other artists), television and film industries.

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Jerry Robinson (1922-2011) (Updated x2)

Jerry Robinson was the keynote speaker at the first Joe Shuster Awards ceremony in 2005 (pictured above) and the third in 2007. Jerry was a key factor in the foundation of the Joe Shuster Awards and the recognition of the life and work of his friend Joe Shuster. Rest in Peace, Jerry.

Sad news coming from the U.S., as it seems that legendary American comic book creator Jerry Robinson passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.

We here at the Joe Shuster Awards owe a tremendous amount to Jerry, as he was a very keen supporter of the program from the onset and our condolences go out to his wife Gro and son Jens.

Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio, Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras and Batman editor Mike Marts have issued a shared statement on behalf of DC Comics:

Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons. As an artist myself, it’s impossible not to feel humbled by his body of work. Everyone who loves comics owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for the rich legacy that he leaves behind. (Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of BATMAN: HUSH)


Jerry Robinson was one of the greats. He continued to be a vibrant, creative force well into his nineties (Jerry Robinson would have been 90 years old on Jan.1, 2012), with ideas and thoughts that continue to inspire. Jerry was a great advocate for creators. It was my pleasure to meet and work with him. He will be missed.(Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher, DC Entertainment)


It’s impossible to work at DC Entertainment­ without feeling the impact of Jerry Robinson’s contributions to the industry. His influence continues to resonate today.(Bob Harras, DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief)


Jerry Robinson was an innovator, a pioneer in storytelling. His artwork was always astonishing, but his contributions to the Dark Knight mythology go far beyond art. The streets of Gotham City are a little lonelier today…Jerry will truly be missed. (Mike Marts, Batman line editor)

Ty Templeton has done a more detailed write-up on his blog:

Jerry Robinson passed away yesterday, just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He was the last surviving member of the group of four men who created the mythology of Batman : Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Jerry Robinson. Jerry was Bob Kane’s first ghost artist, and probably the most important of the Batman artists of the Golden Age.

Along with writing partner Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson created the Joker, Alfred the Butler, Robin, the Batcave and a host of other important parts of Gotham City while Bob Kane watched from across the room and pretended to be the one doing it. Though Kane spent his life lying about the huge contributions that his partners made, comics historians did eventually see through the nonsense, and Robinson lived long enough to get his due as one of the seminal creators of our industry. There was at least THAT justice.

Batman and Robin, keeping the cartoonists’ drawing table safe, thanks to Jerry Robinson!

I had the rare chance to meet him a couple of times over the years, at awards ceremonies and conventions, etc, and Jerry was delightful and awe-inspiring company whenever I was fortunate enough to be around him. I’ll never forget the first thing he said to me, though: When I told him I was a Batman creator, writing and drawing the characters he helped create, he reached out to shake my hand and said (with a twinkle in his eye) “Where’s my cheque?”

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jerry Robinson…my world would not be the same without having shared the planet with you for the last forty-eight years. You gave me a childhood filled with unbridled joy and fun and I cannot conceive of who I would have turned out to be if you’d never been there before me.

2011 Canadian Comics Wrap Survey: Jim Zub

Jim Zub is the Canadian-based co-creator and writer of Image Comics’ Skullkickers, an action-comedy fantasy series about two monster mashing mercenaries. He’s also the creator and writer of UDON Comics’ upcoming graphic novel Makeshift Miracle, currently serializing online at www.makeshiftmiracle.com. When not writing comics he helps manage projects at UDON and teaches animation-related courses at Seneca College in Toronto.

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2011 Canadian Comics Wrap Survey: Paul Bordeleau

Originaire de Grande-Rivière, Gaspésie, Paul Bordeleau vit et travaille à Lac-Delage près de Québec.

Illustrateur-pigiste depuis 1988, il est illustrateur-éditorialiste pour l’hebdomadaire VOIR (Québec) de 1992 à 2004 et pour le journal LA PRESSE (Montréal), de 2001 à 2002.

Parmi ses premières publications BD, figure l’album « Rituel » mettant en vedette Victor Météore, autopublié en 1988 à l’occasion du Symposium de bande dessinée actuelle de Québec.

Vient ensuite sa participation à la revue Safarire, avec, entre autres, la première version imprimée du Docteur Smog, sur des scénarios d’André-Philippe Côté. Il met ensuite en ligne sur son BDblog le premier chapitre de TROGLO, qui obtiendra la même année une nomination au 2006 Joe Shuster Awards, catégorie « Outstanding Canadian Web Comic Creator ». Toujours en 2006, il participe au collectif Plan cartésien chez Mécanique générale ainsi qu’au numéro « Spécial Québec » du magazine Spirou.

En septembre 2009, Paul Bordeleau est l’un des bédéistes invités du festival BoomFest de Saint-Pétersbourg en Russie. Au Québec, de nombreux téléspectateurs ont pu observer son travail dans le générique de la télésérie « La galère », diffusée à Radio-Canada.

2011 marque la conclusion de sa trilogie intitulée « FAÜNE », avec la parution du tome 3 —Sabots de neige. Publiée aux éditions de la Pastèque, cette trilogie s’amorce en 2008 avec le tome 1 — Culotte de poils, dont le lancement s’est déroulé à l’occasion du Festival de la BD francophone de Québec et se poursuit en 2009 avec le tome 2 — La maison du FAÜNE.

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2011 Canadian Comics Survey: Mike Del Mundo

Mike’s intro/bio: My name is Mike Del Mundo aka Deadly Mike (a name manifested from my bboy days) but I prefer being called Mike. I mainly do pretty covers for Marvel Comics and dabble in interiors once in a while. I also do illustration and Design work mainly for advertising and editorial. (Mike was also nominated for a Joe Shuster Award in 2011 for his 2010 covers).

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Présentation de la librairie PLANÈTE BD: Lauréat du Prix Harry Kremer

Présentation de la librairie PLANÈTE BD

Nom: Librairie Planète BD

Adresse: 3883 rue St-Denis, Montréal, Québec H2W 2M4

Téléphone : (514) 759-9800

Courriel : info@planetebd.ca

La librairie Planète BD appartient à Carrefour BD Inc., une société créée par un groupe de lecteurs passionnés et réunis autour du projet de doter Montréal d’une véritable librairie spécialisée exclusivement dédiée à la bande dessinée (BD).  Elle a ouvert officiellement ses portes le 25 mars 2008 et ne compte aucune autre succursale.

Planète BD emploie à temps plein 4 libraires spécialisés. La direction est assurée par M. François Mayeux, président du conseil d’administration de Carrefour BD Inc. et conseiller en BD, comptant 25 années d’expérience en librairie et dans le milieu de la diffusion. Les autres libraires comptent chacun entre 8 et 10 années d’expérience en librairie.

Planète BD occupe une superficie d’environ 1200 pieds carrés entièrement consacrée à la vente de livres neufs ainsi que quelques magazines consacrés à la BD.

Quelques produits dérivés (T-shirts, figurines) sont également offerts à l’occasion ou peuvent faire l’objet de commandes spéciales.

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Wizard World Toronto Comic Con 2012 loses a day (Updated x2).

With last week’s news about Wizard ditching October’s Central Canada Comic Con (a show that will continue under the guidance of the old owners), it seems that there are further changes afoot.

An eagle-eyed fan pointed out to us that according to the Wizard website, the dates for next year’s Wizard Toronto Comic Con have been revised. Originally announced for March 23-25, the former 3-day show has apparently dropped Friday from the schedule and will now be a two-day Saturday/Sunday event.

Other shows on their now reduced to 11-city world tour seem similarly changed. Only Austin (Nov. 2011) and Philadelphia (June 2012) remain as 3-day events. The Chicago event remains 4 days (mid-Aug. 2011) for now.

The benefit of a shortened schedule is that they can concentrate on maintaining their strong Saturday attendance, and the exhibitor rates should drop accordingly and hopefully help them fill the space. Reports from 2010 and 2011 events both indicated that Friday was slow and will not be missed.

UPDATE 1 (September): No real change for exhibitor rates – $800 for a table, $950 for a corner. Some kind of cheap table option if the exhibitor doesn’t sell anything for more than $20 and doesn’t advertize at the event. Turns out that the March 24-25 date at the DEC was another lie.

UPDATE 2 (October): In an interesting move, Wizard has decided to move their event to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Mid-April. As the MTCC is the home of Fan Expo Canada and it’s Toronto ComiCon and Toronto AnimeCon events, this is an unusual move, and has some wondering how Fan Expo will respond. It is also interesting as it now brings the Wizard Toronto show into another schedule clash with Reed Pop’s C2E2 (scheduled for April 13-15).

Wizard drops Central Canada Comic Con, attempts are being made to keep it going

According to the Raven Toys and Comics blog, American promoter Wizard has dropped the Winnipeg based Central Canada Comic Con from their schedule. The show, purchased from the original owner last year, was to debut this October 28-30 under the Wizard World banner. Wizard had already announced some guests for the event.

A quick check of the Wizard World website confirms that the C4 event has been dropped from the schedule, along with some other US events that had no 2011/2012 dates. It’s unsure as to whether the other events have been cancelled or just taken off the schedule until such time that they can be properly promoted.

Recent twitters by Wizard staff confirm that the show has been unfortunately been taken off their show tour and that they will be releasing some kind of statement “soon”.

The show facebook group is currently a hot bed of discussion over what to do next and how to keep the show going, a mere four months from it’s planned dates — it now falls back to the former owners (who were to be the local contacts for the Wizard team) to decide what to do next. That owner, Raven Toys & Comics’ Michael Paille, has announced that he will try to keep the show alive by holding various fundraising efforts.

If you are in the Winnipeg area and want to help Michael maintain the C4, he’s looking for donations (cash, airmiles) to cover guests, etc. The hall is still being held for the announced dates, so hopefully he’ll be able to pull it off. Visit the Raven Toys & Comics blog link (in the first paragraph) for more details.

The only remaining Canadian show on the Wizard tour, the Toronto Comic Con is still on the schedule for late March 2012.

7th Annual Joe Shuster Awards – June 18, 2011 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo



Ceremony Date: Saturday, June 18th, 2011 – 6-8 PM

Ceremony Hosts: AJAY FRY and TEDDY WILSON

Ceremony Location: Boyce Theatre, BMO Round-Up Centre, Calgary, AB


How Do I/How Did I Get Nominated for a Joe Shuster Award?

FCBD in London, ON — comic shops actually working together?

Not every comic city is engaging in a battle for attention. London, ON is holding it’s annual passport to FCBD event, where the comic shops in the city actually work together (…for the most part, 5 out of 6 is a great number…) for the good of the industry and the retail environment in the city.

If you are in London, you need to pick up a passport to get a chance to win one of many fabulous prizes donated by these amazing stores:
L.A. Mood Comics & Games
Comic Book Collector
Neo Tokyo
Worlds Away

Visit these 5 stores and the Central Branch of the London Public Library and get your passport stamped at each place, and drop your ballot off at the last stop for the draws! Winners will be announced on Monday May 9th, 2011.

The Library will be hosting the first official FCBD Costume Contest at 2:30 PM, open to all ages, register before 2:15PM. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. $50 in gift certificates and Downtown Dollars for Best in Show in each category, $10 gift certificates for 2nd prizes in each category and graphic novels for the runners up! Prizes donated by the Comic Shop Crossover stores!

Here’s some news coverage: Metro News, Londoner

Have fun, kids of all ages (and the retailers, too)!

Hobby Star Marketing files an injunction against the UFC over the name “Fan Expo”

The Superman vs. Muhammed Ali statue - based on the famous cover by Neal Adams

According to Postmedia News and other sources — Hobby Star Marketing, the Toronto based producers of the comics and pop culture event Fan Expo Canada (TM) have filed an injunction against the producers of the UFC Fan Expo taking place this weekend in Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre over the use of the name Fan Expo in Canadian markets, saying that UFC Fan Expo is too similar to Fan Expo Canada and infringes upon their trademark.

The UFC Fan Expo is produced by Reed Pop (who also produce the New York Comic Con and C2E2) for Kuffa, LLC the company that owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While other UFC Fan Expos have taken place elsewhere this is the first time one is being held in Canada. HSM, a sports marketing company as well as a producer of pop culture events, contests the use of the phrase “Fan Expo” as well as the slogan  “the Ultimate Fan Experience”. HSM owner Aman Gupta, when contacted by PostMedia news, said:

We will do everything possible to protect our intellectual property and maintain the integrity of our event and our brand.

5 Retailer Finalists for the Harry Kremer Award Announced

The late Harry Kremer (1946-2002), owner of Kitchener, ON store Now & Then Books- portrait by his friend Dave Sim, colours by Paul McCusker.

On February 1st 10 stores were named as being in the running for the 2011 Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Retailer Award.

In order to move to the final round of consideration, the nominated retailers had to send in additional materials for the judging committee to consider by April 1st. Based on materials received, the 10 nominated stores have been narrowed down to a final 5, one of which will be selected as the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer – winner to be announced in Calgary on Saturday, June 18, 2011 where they will join an elite group of Canadian comic book stores that have earned the distinction since the award was founded in 2005: Happy Harbor Comics, Strange Adventures, Big B Comics, Legends Comics and The Beguiling.

The Retailer Award Jury will also be selecting the following awards: OUTSTANDING CANADIAN PUBLISHER and GENE DAY CANADIAN SELF-PUBLISHER.

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix de Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). Shops are recommended by the general public and a separate Retailer Award Committee reviews all materials received and select a short list of stores that has 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, and (5) Adherence to standard ethical business practices.

Congratulations to our five finalists!

Kazoo report

Guelph was the place to be on Saturday for anyone interested in independent comics, webcomics and zines. The Kazoo Fest Zine and Comic Expo saw more than forty creators (including Gene Day Noms Jason Bradshaw and Nick Maandag!) gather in the Norfolk United Church for this free event that drew a steady crowd out of the cold, wet weather. Originally started in 2008, this was the first year the Dragon sponsored the event and helped draw in comic creators from across the greater Toronto area. The event was a fantastic showcase for small press and zine creators that would usually get lost in the artist alley of larger conventions.

The after party that followed included Dragon owner Jennifer Haines delivering an updated version of her Women in Comics paper and the introduction of the Kazoo Fest Zine and Comic Awards. The award winners were chosen from books and zines that were submitted at the Expo on Saturday afternoon and the jury was made up of myself (Amy Chop, manager of the Dragon), Sam Ack from Kazoo and Lindsay Gibb from Broken Pencil magazine. The jury was also joined by some volunteers from the Joe Shuster Awards who helped out at the Dragon’s table during the day.

Summer Tears #1 by Harley R. Pageot and Andrea Manica

The winners were presented with their awards by event emcee Robert Haines and were as follows:

  • Best Debut: “Wich” Curated by Averill Smith
  • Best Comic: “Summer Tears #1” by Harley R. Pageot and Andrea Manica
  • Best Zine (written): “Team Dreams” by the Royal City Roller Girls

This was a great event and we hope to see everyone, and more, again next year!

Amy Chop, Manager
The Dragon
Old Quebec Street Mall
55 Wyndham St. N., Guelph, ON

Related article: Lindsay Gibb’s Kazoo report for Broken Pencil Magazine