Happy New Year! 2014 marks 10 years of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards

cropped-541599031_dcca9f97ab.jpgIn Spring 2005 the first annual Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators was held at the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon and a lot of great books and talent have been honoured over the decade since then.

As 2013 draws to a close, please join us as we present an overview of 9 years worth of Joe Shuster Award Winners.

Note that some winners in 2005-2008 were selected by public voting. In 2009 all categories became jury selected.

2005 – Darwyn Cooke for DC: The New Frontier (DC Comics)
2006 – Bryan Lee O’Malley for Scott Pilgrim Vol. 2 (Oni Press)
2007 – Darwyn Cooke for The Spirit (DC)
2008 – Jeff Lemire for Essex County Books 1 and 2 (Top Shelf)
2009 – Dave Sim for Glamourpuss (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
2010 – Michel Rabagliati pour Paul, tome 06: Paul à Québec (La Pastèque)
2011 – Tin Can Forest for Baba Yaga and the Wolf (Koyama Press)
2012 – Ramon Perez for Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)
2013 – Jeff Lemire for Sweet Tooth (DC/Vertigo) and The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)

2005 – Kaare Andrews for Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One (Marvel)
2006 – Pia Guerra for Y the Last Man (DC/Vertigo)
2007 – Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone for Batman/The Spirit (DC)
2008 – Dale Eaglesham for Justice Society of America (DC)
2009 – David Finch for Ultimatum (Marvel)
2010 – Stuart Immonon for Ultimate Spider-Man and New Avengers (Marvel)
2011 – Francis Manapul for the Flash, Adventure Comics and Superman/Batman (DC)
2012 – Stuart Immonen for Fear Itself (Marvel)
2013 – Isabelle Arsenault pour Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)

2005 – Samm Barnes for Doctor Spectrum (Marvel MAX)
2005 – Ty Templeton for The Batman Adventures (DC)
2006 – J. Torres for Teen Titans Go! and Legends of the Dark Knight (DC) and Love as a Foreign Language (Oni)
2007 – Darwyn Cooke for Superman Confidential (DC)
2008 – Cecil Castellucci for the PLAIN Janes (DC/Minx)
2009 – Mariko Tamaki for Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx) and Skim (Groundwood Books)
2010 – Maryse Dubuc pour Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)
2011 – Émilie Villeneuve pour La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)
2012 – Kurtis J. Wiebe for The Green Wake and The Intrepids (Image Comics)
2013 – Fanny Britt pour Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)

ACHIEVEMENT 2005, 2008
2005 – Dave Sim and Gerhard for the completion of Cerebus. Begun in 1977, this 300-issue series is a milestone in comic book publishing and is the longest running creator-owned comic book series
2008 – David Watkins for using comics as a teaching tool.

PUBLISHERS 2005-2011
2005 – Arcana Studio
2006 – Drawn & Quarterly
2007 – Drawn & Quarterly
2008 – Drawn & Quarterly
2009 – Les 400 Coups/Mécanique Générale
2010 – La Pastèque
2011 – Koyama Press

2006 – Brian K. Vaughan
2007 – Brian K. Vaughan
2008 – Ed Brubaker

2007 – Dan Kim
2008 – Ryan Sohmer and Lar De Souza
2009 – Cameron Stewart
2010 – Karl Kerschl
2011 – Emily Carroll
2012 – Emily Carroll
2013 – Michael DeForge

Favourite Overall Creator – English Language Publications 2007-8
2007 – Dan Kim
2008 – Faith Erin Hicks

Favourite Overall Creator – French Language Publications 2007-8
2007 – Michel Rabagliati
2008 – Philippe Girard

2008 – Steve Skroce
2009 – Niko Henrichon
2010 – Darwyn Cooke
2011 – Fiona Staples
2012 – François Lapierre
2013 – Mike Del Mundo

COLOURISTS 2008-2011
2008 – Dave McCaig
2009 – François Lapierre
2010 – Nathan Fairbairn
2011 – Julie Rocheleau

2009 – Kean Soo for Jellaby Vol. 1 (Hyperion)
2010 – Svetlana Chmakova for Nightschool: The Weirn Books (Yen Press)
2011 – Scott Chantler for Three Thieves Book 2 (Kids Can Press)
2012 – Paul Roux pour Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses (Les 400 Coups)
2013 – Jo Rioux for Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press)

2009 – Jesse Jacobs for Blue Winter, Shapes in the Snow
2010 – Ethan Rilly for Pope Hats #1
2011 – John Martz for Heaven All Day
2012 – Dakota McFadzean for Ghost Rabbit
2013 – Cory McCallum, Matthew Daley for The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case

2005 – Now & Then Books (Kitchener, ON)
2006 – Strange Adventures (Halifax, NS)
2007 – Happy Harbor (Edmonton, AB)
2008 – Big B Comics (Hamilton, ON)
2009 – Legends Comics and Books (Victoria, BC)
2010 – The Beguiling (Toronto, ON)
2011 – Planete BD (Montreal, QC)
2012 – The Silver Snail (Toronto, ON)
2013 – Heroes Comics (London, ON)

The Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame
2005 Joe Shuster (1914-1992)
2005 Leo Bachle (aka Les Barker) (1926-2003)
2005 Adrian Dingle (1911-1974)
2005 Hal Foster (1892-1982)
2005 Ed Furness (1911-2005)
2005 Rand Holmes (1942-2002)
2006 Jon St. Ables (1912-1999)
2006 Owen McCarron (1929-2005)
2006 Win Mortimer (1919-1998)
2006 Dave Sim (1956-)
2007 Albert Chartier (1912-2004)
2007 Gerald Lazare (1927-)
2007 Jacques Hurtubise aka ZYX (1950-)
2007 Gene Day (1951-1982)
2008 Ted McCall (1901-1975)
2008 Pierre Fournier (1949-)
2008 Stanley Berneche (1947-)
2008 John Byrne (1950-)
2009 George Menendez Rae (1906-1992)
2009 Real Godbout (1951-)
2009 Ken Steacy (1955-)
2009 Diana Schutz (1955-)
2010 Richard Comely (1950-)
2010 Dave Darrigo (1954-)
2010 George Freeman (1951-)
2010 Serge Gaboury (1954-)
2010 Deni Loubert (1951-)
2010 Jean-Claude St. Aubin (1951-)
2011 Chester Brown (1960-)
2011 Todd McFarlane (1961-)
2012 No Inductees Selected
2013 Murray Karn (1924-)
2013 Vernon Miller (1912-1974)
2013 Arn Saba (Katherine Collins) (1947-)


YALSA releases their nominations for “Great Graphic Novels for Teens”

Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by the Young Adult Library Services Association (USA).

2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations Continue reading

1,000,000 Scott Pilgrims

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Scott Pilgrim Reaches New Level of Epicness

There are now over one million copies of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series in print, and that’s only counting the North American Oni Press edition. The series has also achieved international success being translated into thirteen different languages worldwide with more to come!

“A million copies in print is a stunning achievement,” said Ku Yu Liang, head of Diamond Book Distributors. “It’s great watching Scott Pilgrim and Oni Press grow over the years.” The Scott Pilgrim series first hit shelves in 2004 and has since gone from an indie sensation to a New York Times bestseller and most recently adapted by Universal Studios into a major motion picture, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera.

“All this for a little black & white book,” said O’Malley upon hearing the good news. “it’s an amazing success story for indie comics and I can’t thank the fans enough.” Creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and the Scott Pilgrim series have both been honored with multiple awards including the Eisner, Harvey, Doug Wright, Joe Shuster, and National Cartoonists Society Reuben awards, in addition to being named Entertainment Weekly and Wizard Magazine’s Independent Comic of the Year.

Oni Press Publisher Joe Nozemack said about the works, “I’m convinced that Scott Pilgrim will go down as one of those series that changed comics forever. When I’m out and see someone wearing a Scott Pilgrim t-shirt or sitting in a cafe reading one of the books, I get so excited about comics entering the mainstream and to know that Oni Press’ books are helping lead the way, it’s an indescribable feeling.” Nozemack founded Oni Press, Inc. in 1997 with the goal of publishing a varied line of comics and graphic novels that were missing from the market. Twelve years later, Oni is still fighting for diversity in comics by publishing one of the most eclectic catalogs in the industry.

Cooke and O’Malley win Harveys.

At the pretty much Canadian-free Baltimore show this last weekend, the Harvey awards were handed out and two Canadians won awards: DARWYN COOKE and BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY each took home a Harvey for their 2009 publications.



2010 Outstanding Cartoonist – Michel Rabagliati

Ty Templeton is a Canadian creator that needs no introduction… yet here he is getting one! Ty has been a force in comics for almost three decades. He’s also a comic book guru instructing the next generation of comics creators on how to look at what the medium has to offer. On June 5th, Ty was called upon to present the award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book / Graphic Novel Cartoonist. We’ve done our able best to transcribe his presentation from that evening for your reading pleasure:

Ty Templeton presents the award for Outstanding Cartoonist

Ty Templeton:

I was asked to present this award, I think, early this morning. They told me – don’t worry, they’ll write something for me to say. And I’m going to read for you what they wrote for me – this is wonderful. They wrote: What is a Cartoonist? . And they wrote under that: Ty Answers.

(Ye editor’s note: this is absolutely true!)

So that’s what I’m going to do

Basically, we’re living in a world where deadlines suggest that we have to we have to collaborate with other people. That we have to use the craft and intelligence and the oversight of another collaborator to create great comics. The thing that we know first and foremost about cartoonists is that they don’t get along with anybody – because they’re not willing to work with other cartoonists.  And basically that means they have no social skills at all. They spend all of their time in a basement studio or in the attic, because we do not work on the ground floor! And, eventually, our abilities to interact with other people atrophies so badly where we’re sort of forced into cartooning because it’s either that or Una-bombing. I can’t speak about the rest, but I’m not good with wiring. So, I’m assuming that is why these people became cartoonists, because it was either that or just killing people through the mail.

What makes a cartoonist interesting is that very thing – that they do not collaborate – they write it and draw it together.  There is no one around to say “don’t do that”, “that’s a little too rough-edged”, “that’s too kooky”, or “that’s too weird”.  And so as a result, you get stuff that is unlike any other forms of comics, because these are being created by people don’t have someone looking over their shoulder, and don’t want someone there. These artists don’t want your help; they know what they’re doing. And as a result, you get stuff that is either spectacularly awful or spectacularly interesting.  But in every case, what you get is singular and unique because there is nobody pitching in to soften or to round off the edges. I’m going to read you the name of the winner – because they did give me that!

I was told that this was the most difficult choice they had to make all year – two of the members of the panel were killed in the arguing! But the winner they did come up with was Michel Rabagliati for Paul tome 6: Paul à Québec.

I’ve been asked to read a few of the things that the still-surviving members of the jury wrote about Michel’s work:

Eric Bouchard – Rabagliati has never been so fully in possession of his graphic storytelling abilities — he pushes himself and succeed with plenty of graphic tricks, and knows how to drive a reader and push the right buttons. This is a superb drama which conveys to you a broad gamut of feelings.

Patrick Berube – With this sixth volume, I really do feel like the cartoonist is at the top of his game. I really thought that it would be hard for him to do something better than Paul Goes Fishing but I think he did it. The story does not stray as it did in previous volumes and he cleverly uses the passing of time to strengthen the pacing of the plot. I really believe that stories with universal appeal often take place in settings local or dear to the author (which is the case here). As for the visuals, he uses realistic backgrounds coupled with slightly more cartoony characters to great effect. I think it makes the strong story of family relationships in the face of tragedy even more engaging than it already is.

Dr. Bart Beatty – Rabagliati has been the most consistently impressive cartoonist in Canada over the past decade and this is, by far, his best book. It is completely confident and self-assured. I think that this is the one that moves him into the top rank of cartoonists in the world today

That’s pretty high praise, and I think he deserves it. Congratulations Michel!

The award was accepted on Michel’s behalf by Ethan Rilly, winner of the Gene Day Award earlier in the evening.

Ethan Rilly: I think that Michel Rabagliati is a grand slam. He is a masterful storyteller. He has this beautiful, clear visual style, and he has economic and expressive brush lines. Also, his Paul books are bursting with earnestness and humour and charm and wit. I am looking forward to bringing this back to Montreal to give to Michel. I’m sure that if Michel were here he would give a very sincere thanks to his excellent Quebec-based publisher La Pastèque, and to the Joe Shuster Awards nominating committee and the jury that selected him… Thank you.

Michel Rabagliati and the original cover art - from Le Soleil.

Like many kids in North America, Michel Rabagliati grew up reading comic books, but since he was born in 1961 in Montreal, instead of reading The Hulk or Superman, he was immersed in all the major comic albums being published in Belgium and France: Tintin, Spirou, Gaston, and of course Asterix, among others. Rabagliati faithfully subscribed to all the European comics magazines, and he would copy his favorite artists, writing and drawing his own comic strips and quickly forgetting them in a drawer. By the mid 1970s his interests turned toward graphic design and after studying this and typography, he became a graphic designer and commercial illustrator in 1982. His illustrations have since appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Utne Reader, The Advocate, The National Post, Maclean’s and Canadian Business.

Nearly a decade later in 1990, Rabagliati was asked to design a logo for the new comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly and he encountered a whole new world of comics publishing in English. Interested in comics again, he began seeking out comics in French and English and it wasn’t long before he was writing and drawing his own comics again. In 1999, at 36, Rabagliati had his first comic book published by the Montreal publisher La Pastèque, which was translated the following year as Paul in the Country by D+Q, earning him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. In 2003, D+Q published the English translation of Michel’s first full-length original graphic novel, Paul Has A Summer Job, followed by Paul Moves Out (2005), and Paul Goes Fishing (2008).

Michel Rabagliati lives in Montreal with his partner and daughter.

Biography – Drawn+Quarterly

2010 Outstanding Writer – Maryse Dubuc

Robin Fisher participated in both the Story and Art juries this year, and she returned later in the evening to present the Outstanding Writer Award.

Robin Fisher has been living, eating, sleeping and breathing comics for the past 10 years.  She’s worked in comic book stores, she’s written for The Comics Journal, she’s attended comic conventions all along the West Coast and interviewed many comic creators as the host of The Onamatopoeia Show which runs every Sunday afternoon from 3-4 from Montreal on 1690AM CJLO. This is Robin’s second time serving on the Joe Shuster Awards jury.

Robin Fisher:

There were a lot of nominees this year, and the writing styles were very, very different.

You’ll have to forgive me in advance, as my discussion of the Outstanding Writer for 2010 and the book the writer is winning for is completely focused on my personal experiences with this book and appreciation for this author. This definitely was a jury decision, and we had a lot of interesting books and comics to read this year. As we began to discuss the nominees we quickly narrowed down our choices to two specific writers, both of whom were working in very distinct and different comics traditions.

Robin Fisher presenting the Outstanding Writer Award.

I’m an Anglophone. I moved to Montreal four years ago. While the culture, events and history of the region is all very  interesting to me, the thing that I was most excited about moving there was, because I’m a comics fan and commentator — to experience Quebec’s BD scene. Vancouver has a very small comics scene — and it is a wonderful scene, I’m not criticizing — but it’s that Montreal and the rest of Quebec have a completely different approach to comics in their daily lives – in the way that they treat, love and appreciate them.

One of the first reminders that I had entered a different world was when I noticed a Les Nombrils hardcover for sale at my local grocery store. FYI, Maryse Dubuc has been selected as the Outstanding Writer for 2010 for Les Nombrils, tome 4 – Duel de belles (Dupuis), just so you know!

Les Nombrils = The Bellybuttons

I immediately snapped it up. Initially, it was hard reading, because it was in French, but there was a lot that I did understand, because I can read French much more easily than I can speak it.  I found it an immensely enjoyable read. The things that I liked about it, and the reason that I believe it was nominated – was that not only could I understand it, but the premise was very straight-forward and accessible.

The main characters are – Karine, she’s the tall one – called the Asparagus, or the Wet Noodle by her two ‘friends’ – I use the term loosely – whose names are Jenny and Vickie – I call them “the Nasties”. Even though they’re friends, they keep Karine around to make themselves look better, and they don’t treat her well at all!

I adore these characters, but there were so many times that upon reading what Jenny and Vickie were doing to Karine, and I felt like yelling “those bitches!”. I really fell for Karine – she’s so heartfelt, and so pure and sweet. Even though these nasty girls did all those things to her, she still remain their steadfast friend.

Admittedly, this is a very “girly” comic – it’s full of romance, CEGEP drama (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel, which is literally translated as “College of General and Vocational Education” but commonly called “General and Vocational College”), boys and fashion. As a girl, this appealed to me.

But there is so much more to it than that. It reminded me of “Mad” magazines with its hidden visual gags. The Noodle’s ex-boyfriend gives her a statue he found in Africa that looks like her. The arms are posed in a certain way. Karine gets upset, of course, because her ex is now with somebody else. She accidentally breaks the statue. The next time you see the statue, it is posed appropriately! All these little gags that Maryse Dubuc put in, makes the story that much more appealing. It is possible to appreciate the books in the format of one-page gag panels. But, if you read all four books, all together, there is an immense payoff at the end of this fourth book, which is the one that Maryse Dubuc is winning the award for!

I cried at the end of Book Four. I read that book five times! The ending  just really did it for me. After all the nasty things that happen to her, Karine has stayed true to her friends and her character. But by the end of book four, Karine has a boyfriend, and she’s changed her whole style and her character has transitioned right before our eyes. As a woman, it was really, really exciting to see that.

So, let’s recap!

It’s clever, it’s funny, the characters evolve, and they are far from two-dimensional. They’re the sort of people that are easy to relate to. Maryse has an excellent knack for teen dialogue, as well in finding the humour in the simplest situations. I always found something new, every time I re-read it. Again, this is a very involving story. Lastly, the fantastic art by Marc Delafontaine didn’t hurt either!

Delaf and Dubuc surrounded by Les Nombrils

So, in my mind, Les Nombrils also deserves more than just Outstanding Comic Book Writing – it will always be the comic that made me fall in love with Montreal.

Congratulations Maryse… and thanks!

Maryse Dubuc (1977-)

Avec une enfance et une adolescence bien occupées, à partager son temps entre lecture et concours d’orthographe, entre natation, patinage artistique et volley-ball, qu’elle pratique au niveau Excellence, Maryse Dubuc est une superactive. Côté études, elle obtient un DEC en Lettres françaises au Cégep de Sherbrooke, puis s’installe quelques temps à Montréal, où elle étudie la communication à l’UQAM. En 2002, elle publie chez Modulo Editeur quatorze livrets de lecture mettant en scène un petit extra-terrestre appelé Lexibul. C’est alors qu’elle se lance dans le livre jeunesse en publiant notamment ‘La Fille parfaite’ en 2003. D’autres ouvrages suivront, parmi lesquels ‘Le Gâteau gobe-chagrin’ et ‘Ma Voisine est une vedette’ en 2004. Elle est également scénariste de Bande dessinée aux côtés de son compagnon Marc Delafontaine, dit Delaf, avec lequel elle réalise la série ‘Les Nombrils’, qui paraît dans le magazine canadien ‘Safarir’ et dont le premier tome est sorti en album sous le titre ‘Pour qui tu te prends ?’ en 2006. Maryse Dubuc est membre de l’Association des écrivains québécois pour la jeunesse et de l’Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois.

As a child and adolescent she divided her time between reading and spelling competitions and swimming, figure skating and volleyball, which she still practices at – Maryse Dubuc is superactive. She obtained a diploma in French literature at the Cégep de Sherbrooke, then settled for a while in Montreal – studying communications at UQAM. In 2002, she had fourteen books published by Modulo that starred a little alien called Lexibul. Then she moved to writing children’s books with the title ‘La Fille parfaite’ (‘The Perfect Girl’) in 2003. Other books followed, including ‘Le Gâteau gobe-chagrin’ and ‘Ma Voisine est une vedette’ in 2004. Along with her companion, cartoonist Marc Delafontaine aka  Delaf, she created the series ‘Les Nombrils’, which originally appeared in the Canadian comics magazine ‘Safarir’ (Safari). The first hardcover Les Nombrils volume was released in 2006. Maryse Dubuc is a member of the Quebec Writers’ Association for Youth and the Union of Writers and Writers of Quebec.

2010 Outstanding Artist – Stuart Immonen

David Okum is an artist and teacher from Waterloo, Ontario. He has been exhibiting and publishing artwork since 1984. David continues to produce, publish and exhibit his work regularly. In addition, he creates commissioned artwork as well as graphic design work for individuals and organizations. This year, David sat on the Joe Shuster Awards jury for the categories of Cover, Artist and Colourist.

On Saturday, June 5th David presented the award for Outstanding Artist.

David Okum presenting the Outstanding Artist award.

David Okum:

The Outstanding Comic Book Artist Award is a difficult award to judge – it’s a very difficult task narrowing a list of 8 great and talented artists down to a single person. We all make judgment calls about which artist is our favourite – usually this is very subjective – it’s based on the project they are currently working on, and the characters they are involved with. From there, it could be the style, the line, the flow of artwork, or simply the way an artist draws feet! These choices are all subjective, they’re not quantitative.

Art from New Avengers 60

In order to get to this point, the jury had to come to the table with personal first choices. We had it narrowed down before the provisional meeting, to about four artists, and we debated the pros and cons of each. Finally, we had shortlisted down to two artists – and as you can imagine, that was not an easy task, considering this line-up. Looking deeper into the work that these two artists produced, it was easy to see how both were worthy of the award this year. Ultimately, it came down to a discussion of which artist was successful for the media, namely in the area of graphic storytelling.

Art from Ultimate Spider-Man 133

Our award winning artist stood out because his art contained strong storytelling, and avoided the pinup approach, while making excellent use of clean lines, layout, powerful emotion, and dynamic figures that suggested motion in action. Ultimately each page, each image, had an emotional honesty that seemed to depict people actually reacting to what was happening around them – everything from getting crashed through a building, to feeling weirded out after an unwanted hug. That’s range!

Art from "Trampoline Hall" - Liberty Comics 2

Ladies and gentlemen, the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Comic Book Artist for 2010 goes to Stuart Immonen for Ultimate Spider-Man 130-133, New Avengers 55-60, Fantastic Four 569 (Marvel), and the short story “Trampoline Hall” for the CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 (Image)

Stuart Immonen studied at Toronto’s York University, pursuing a career in art. In 1988, he self-published a series called Playground; it was his first published work. He worked at several smaller comic book companies before being hired by DC Comics and Marvel Comics in 1993. Since then, Immonen has drawn such high-profile characters as Superman, Hulk, the Legion of Super Heroes, and the X-Men. His recent work includes stints on the titles Ultimate Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men with writers Warren Ellis and Brian K. Vaughan, as well as a 12-issue run pencilling Nextwave, which again paired him with Warren Ellis. Stuart Immonen has also done work for Top Cow and Image Comics.  In 2005, Immonen published 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions, a series of fifty comics that gently detail why he no longer does sketches for fans. Besides self-publishing, Immonen also produced acclaimed webcomics such as Never as Bad as You Think (collected by Boom! Studios) and Moving Pictures (collected by Top Shelf), both of which are co-authored with his wife, writer Kathryn Immonen.

2010 Outstanding Colourist – Nathan Fairbairn

Robin Fisher has been living, eating, sleeping and breathing comics for the past 10 years.  She’s worked in comic book stores, she’s written for The Comics Journal, she’s attended comic conventions all along the West Coast and interviewed many comic creators as the host of The Onamatopoeia Show which runs every Sunday afternoon from 3-4 from Montreal on 1690AM CJLO. This is Robin’s second time serving on the Joe Shuster Awards jury.

Robin presented the award for Outstanding Colourist:

Robin Fisher:

I’ve read a lot of comics, and I’ve seen a lot of colour styles come and go. Over the last 15 years we’ve seen the obvious influence of the computer on these colourists’ work. Gone are the days of colour guides, nownearly everything is done using computers. I often pay attention to the colour when it’s something special, like for example on the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale mini-series “Superman for All Seasons” – which had a very different tone and feel than the colour work done on their earlier collaboration “Batman: The Long Halloween.”  It definitely makes a difference on the reading experience when done right. Great colour enhances rather than overwhelms.

Robin Fisher presents the Outstanding Colourist Award

It seems though, that with the advent of computer colouring that the average colourist working in the industry is a worker bee that’s part of the hive of comic-making — as mainstream publishers crank out dozens of new books per week, few of which make an impact.

So, after looking at all these nominated comics, and just looking specifically at the colouring, there was one person whose work stood out for me the most, and when we gathered together as a jury, I found that I wasn’t the only one who felt that Nathan Fairbairn produced the most outstanding comic book colouring of this year’s nominated creators.This is the third year that Nathan has been nominated for the Outstanding Colourist Award.

Not to say that Nathan wasn’t a worker bee! Nathan Fairbairn’s 2009 colouring work included the following titles and issue numbers: Amazing Spider-Man #605, Dark Reign: The List – X-Men #1, Dark X-Men: The Confession #1 (Cover), Guardians of the Galaxy #16, 18-19, House of M: Masters of Evil #1, Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1, Nation X #1, Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard #1-2, Timestorm 2009-2099: Spider-Man, War of Kings: Warriors #2, Wolverine #72, Wolverine: Origins #32, Wolverine: Weapon X #6-8, X-Factor #39-50, 200 (Variant) (Cover), X-Factor #45, X-Men: Kingbreaker #2-4, X-Men Origins: Gambit #1 (Marvel Comics), and finally, Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #4-5 (Oni Press)

What sold me on Nathan initially was Wolverine’s hair!

Art from Dark Reign - The List: The X-Men

Every strand had a graduation of colour. It seemed rather time-consuming, but I was very impressed. This guy put in an effort, and when looking at the rest of the books, I couldn’t ignore the detail of those colour waves – for example, in Norman Osborne’s hair, or the delineated fur of the dog in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Art from Wolverine 72

When I continued on with the “Guardians of the Galaxy”, I realized that his colour style drastically changed for the book. It was more of an obvious blocky Piet Mondrian primary style, and it ended up looking like computer animation. It was mixed up, and added to the overall feel of the book. It makes him a very versatile colourist, I feel. He also used a very bombastic and colourful style for “The Guardians of the Galaxy” and it made a definite impact. Other members of the jury also pointed to his Guardians issues as being standout.

Art from the Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary special

His style is obviously his, and he evolves for each book. When Nathan colours, the other thing I like about it is that you don’t see the computer erase tool that he used. A lot of colourists seem to use that little circle – just a little bit of this, a little bit of that.  But Nathan, it actually seemed like he was paying attention to ensure that these artifacts didn’t make it to the finished work. The graduation of colours was fantastic. You can see sweat, patience, and seamless colour blending, one into the other. Obviously he must use a computer, but he made it look like human meticulousness. There’s no rush, no ‘chunky things’, just flow.

Congratulations Nathan!

The jury was particularly impressed by Nathan's colouring on Guardians of the Galaxy

Art from Guardians of the Galaxy 16

Nathan's award was accepted by his friend Mike Winters who delivered a short speech Nathan had written for him.

Nathan Fairbairn has been coloring comics since 2007. Currently, he is working on Heralds and Hawkeye & Mockingbird for Marvel, and Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne for DC. His sketches can be seen at analog-blog.com. He is also a contributor to Comictwart.com. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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2010 Comics for Kids Award Winner – Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vols.1-2 by Svetlana Chmakova

The Comics for Kids Award is sponsored by Guelph, ON comic shop The Dragon, which is owned by Jennifer Stewart. Jennifer presented the award at the Joe Shuster Awards ceremony in Toronto on June 5, 2010.

Jennifer is also a teacher of Latin and Drama at the Linden School in the heart of Toronto.  Underwhelmed by decades of the market exclaiming that “Comics aren’t just for Kids”, Jennifer decided to push back and reaffirm that ‘Comics are for Kids’ by creating and sponsoring this award.  At her school and at her store, working with the Word On The Street festival, assisting libraries and schools in selecting age appropriate reading through her Comics In The Classroom program, and presenting papers on comics such as: ‘the role of Mythology in the formation of the superhero’ and ‘the role of Women in Comics’, Jennifer works to promote reading and a love of comics to a new generation of readers.

This year Jennifer worked with a group of teachers and librarians who utilize comic books in their classrooms, so they could apply their hands on experience, and expertise, to this award.

The “Comics for Kids” 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 targetted at readers 14 and under.

Jennifer Stewart:

Someday I hope to actually have a nomination that’s in Latin, so I can actually use my Latin teaching for this award! But, I am very happy to be here to present this award again.

I feel that this is a hugely important area of the comic industry, and I look forward to seeing more and more retailers embracing the kids’ comics market.  There are a lot of publishers out there – not necessarily distributing their product through Diamond – that publish amazing books for kids. I hope that more and more of them begin to get recognition for their efforts.

The winner of the 2010 Comics for Kids Award is Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Volumes 1 and 2, by Svetlana Chmakova (published by Yen Press)

These books, the first two of a series, were chosen by the jury not only for their lavish and engaging art but also for their positive storylines — focusing on loyalty, family and the courage of its female protagonist.

The jury also felt that these books successfully combine all the elements necessary to capture the imagination of a reluctant reader. It’s the kind of book that you can give to a student, or a child and they would be instantly engaged and drawn into that story, and thus foster a lifelong love of reading.

Congratulations Svetlana!

Jennifer Stewart presents the "Comics for Kids" Award

NIGHTSCHOOL by Svetlana Chmakova

One of the Original Global Manga offerings in Yen Plus, Night School is an urban fantasy about a night-time school for witches, werewolves, vampires and other creatures of the night. It can be loosely described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Harry Potter and it is a story Svetlana has been dying to write since high school. The main characters in the book are ‘weirns’, a special type of witch who are born with demon guardian spirits bound to them.

Nightschool answers the age-old question—Where do demons get their diplomas? Schools may close for the night and the lights may be off, but class is still in session. At the Nightschool, werewolves, vampires, and witches gather to learn everything from spell casting to calculus. Alex, a young weirn has always been home-schooled, but dark forces seem to be drawing her closer to the Nightschool and the mysteries within.

Svetlana Chmakova was born and raised Russian, and came to Canada at the tender age of 16. She finished high school here, then graduated Sheridan College with a three-year Classical Animation Diploma and is currently a freelance artist, as well as a fledgling North-American equivalent of a manga-ka. She has been in a love-hate relationship with comics and manga for several years now because she is too weak to break it off. Svetlana has drawn for how-to-draw-manga books, RPG manuals, toy designs, animation, book covers and a bunch of online comics.  Her previous series, Dramacon, was published by Tokyopop.


by Svetlana Chmakova

April 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2859-8 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 192 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Teen

Schools may lock up for the night, but class is in session for an entirely different set of students. In the Nightschool, vampires, werewolves, and weirns (a particular breed of witches) learn the fundamentals of everything from calculus to spell casting. Alex is a young weirn whose education has always been handled through homeschooling, but circumstances seem to be drawing her closer to the Nightschool. Will Alex manage to weather the dark forces gathering?


by Svetlana Chmakova

October 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2860-4 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 192 pages | 5.75”x 8.25″ | Teen

When Alex’s sister, Sarah, vanishes and all memory and evidence of her existence is erased, Alex is determined to get to the bottom of her sister’s disappearance. What better place to start her investigations than the Nightschool itself? But when she discovers that sneaking into the Nightschool isn’t as simple as it might seem, Alex enrolls as a student. But is she prepared for what she might find?

Outstanding Publisher 2010: Montreal’s La Pastèque

When considering what makes an Outstanding Comic Book Publisher the nominating committee looks at things such as: quality and diversity of material published, production values, artistic quality, as well as originality of the material. We are fortunate here in Canada, as evidenced by the five nominated publishers, to have an industry that supports the creative voice of Canadian comic creators who produced a wide diversity of works in 2009.

One thing that was quite striking about the books published by the five nominated publishers: they stand out. When placed on a shelf with other graphic novels and comic books, these books cry for attention. Whether we are talking about the wonderful packaging of graphic novels like George Sprott, Binky the Space Cat, Harvey, The Hipless Boy or Horus – the graphic novels published by the five nominated Canadian publishers stood out.

2010’s Outstanding Publisher is Montreal’s La Pastèque (which translates in English as The Watermelon).

Established in July 1998 – and launched with the publication of Sputnik, tome 1 in December of that same year, Montreal publisher La Pastèque emerged from discussions that Frédéric Gauthier and Martin Brault participated in at Quebec comics festivals. 1997 was a pessimistic time for comics publishing in Quebec, and there was a lot of uncertainty as to the future of the medium in the Quebec market and doubt as to whether the industry would be able to sustain itself. Frédéric and Martin wanted to turn things around – and used the foundation of their company as a means to “rattle the cage” and bring a more optimistic and creative spirit to BD publishing in Quebec.

They favored a renewal of interest in great comics by adopting a few different commercial and artistic practices to make it viable in Quebec to publish Bande dessinée of a more personal nature. They felt that, with the  changes that were occurring around the world in the comics publishing world, that there was an audience for great graphic albums by Quebecois creators with unique visions like some of the great creators who had emerged from the Franco-Belgian traditions and the North American independent comics scene.

Their choices of who to publish, and the publications themselves eloquently embody their editorial approach. Martin and Frédéric say that the essence of their passion for great comics is evident in the works that they have published to date. Twelve years and more than seventy-five titles later, they have more than demonstrated that their intuitions were correct.

La Pastèque had a wonderful year in 2009, releasing a number of fantastic works from a group of top notch creators, three of whom were nominated for Joe Shuster Awards in 2010.  La Pastèque is a leader in publishing original Bande dessinée, some of which is later translated into other language by other publishing companies, such as the Paul series by cartoonist Michel Rabagliati (published in English by fellow nominee and past winner Drawn & Quarterly). They have also revived some older graphic album series such as Godbout & Fournier’s Red Ketchup and Eid’s Jérôme Bigras.

The roster of talent involved, the quality of work produced and the fantastic production values on their books made this a very easy selection for the Joe Shuster Awards Jury.

La Pastèque acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Quebec’s tax credit program for support of book publishers and the Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC).

In 2009, La Pastèque released 9 graphic novels:

184 rue Beaubien by Cyril Doisneau


Faüne, tome 2: La maison du Faüne by Paul Bordeleau



Harvey by Hervé Bouchard and Janice Nadeau



Miam miam fléau by Marsi


Mon petit nombril by Pascal Colpron


Paul, tome 6: Paul à Québec by Michel Rabagliati



Red Ketchup, tome 3: Red Ketchup contre Red Ketchup by Réal Godbout and Pierre Fournier

2008 HALL OF FAME Inductee: Pierre Fournier

2009 HALL OF FAME Inductee: Réal Godbout


Les rois du pétrole by Vincent Bergier and Laurent Kling

Secret Identities by Nicholas Mahler

Félicitations Frédéric et Martin!

Jeff Brown of Dorkshelf.com presenting the Outstanding Canadian Publisher Award

The Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Publisher Award was presented on June 5, 2010 as part of the 6th Annual Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony by Jeff Brown, the Comics Editor and Co-creator of the website dorkshelf.com. Jeff was also a member of the Nominating Committee.

Marian Churchland a Russ Manning finalist

It’s award season, and we’ve just heard that Marian Churchland is a finalist for the 2010 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, which will be presented in July as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony in San Diego, CA.

Marian’s graphic novel Beast also received quite a bit of consideration as a potential nominee in the very loaded Joe Shuster Cartoonist category this year.

Congratulations Marian!

Gene Day Award nominees, Hall of Fame inductees Announced


Final Nominees Announced for Gene Day Award, HALL OF FAME Inductees Named

Toronto, Canada — May 26, 2010.

Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award has been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

In March 2010, the Awards Association announced the nominees for the categories of Outstanding Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist, Cover Art, Webcomic Creator/Creative Team and Writer. These nominees can be viewed here: https://joeshusterawards.com/2010/03/17/nominations-for-the-2010-joe-shuster-awards/

In April 2010, the Awards Association announced the nominees for the categories of Comics for Kids, the Harry Kremer Retailer and Outstanding Publisher Awards. These nominees can be viewed here: https://joeshusterawards.com/2010/04/28/outstanding-publisher-harry-kremer-retailer-and-comics-for-kids-award-nominations-announced/


The winners of the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards will be announced at a free admission public ceremony in Toronto starting at 8PM on the evening of Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jonathan Llyr. The presentation ceremony date also coincides with the 6th Annual Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 5 & 6, 2010.



In honour of the 35th Anniversary of the publication of  CAPTAIN CANUCK #1 in 1975, the three creators most closely associated with the character will be added to the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame: including co-creator and writer/artist/publisher Richard Comely, artist George Freeman and artist Claude St. Aubin, all of whom are being included for their many contributions to the Canadian comics community since the 1970’s (not just for Captain Canuck).

In addition to the Captain Canuck trio of Comely, Freeman and St. Aubin, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee also selected three individuals with long and varied contributions to comics and comic book publishing in Canada – Cartoonist and animator Serge Gaboury, Publisher Deni Loubert, as well as Writer and Retailer Dave Darrigo (who also co-founded these awards in 2004).

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







Full biographies of the inductees will be published on this site after the ceremony on June 5th.

The 2010 inductees were selected by: Scott Dutton, Joe Kilmartin, Phil Latter, and Robert Pincombe. Thanks to John Bell and Bob MacMillan for their input in the early stages of the selection process.



Gene Day

We are honoured to announce the nominees for the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishing, which honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work during the previous calendar year. In order to qualify for the award, the creators must be a citizen and current resident of Canada who wrote and/or illustrated a comic book of their own creation (includes creative teams), which they published and sold independently and did not have said works initially distributed by a third party distributor.

The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 bursary from the Awards Association.

The Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées

Adam Bourret – I’m Crazy
Evan Munday – Quarter-Life Crisis: Only the Good Die Yung
Ethan Rilly – Pope Hats 1
Benjamin Rivers – Snow 2
Tory Woolcott – Mirror Mind

Nominees for the Gene Day Award were selected by members of the Award Association’s Executive Committee. The nominees were selected from over 60 individual publications submitted for review.

About Gene Day (1951-1982)

Gene Day (1951-1982) began his career in the Canadian alternative comix scene, working with and encouraging a new generation of Canadian comic creators create their own comics. In the seventies he began his own publishing imprint, Shadow Press / House of Shadows and put out over twenty issues of Dark Fantasy, a horror/fantasy/sci-fi digest that featured the early writings of Joe Lansdale, Charles De Lint, John Bell and Charles R. Saunders, amongst others; a short-lived comic publication, Out of the Depths and various other one-shots, portfolios, and prints. Those early roots led Day to be noticed my larger publishers, Day continued working in comics until his untimely death. Dave Sim credits Gene Day as his earliest and most influential mentor and the inspiration for his own self-publishing efforts. Gene Day was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2007.

About Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Llyr

Jonathan Llyr is one of the most recognizable geeks in Canada today. As host of the nationally broadcast SPACE Channel’s SPACEY AWARDS for their first five years, Jon earned the respect of Hardcore Nerds everywhere when, over the years, Richard Dean Anderson had him ‘thrown off’ the set of STARGATE SG-1 (with a bonus instruction of “one shot to the kneecaps”), Bruce Campbell attacked him in the woods behind his house with a chainsaw, and Katie Sackhoff let him climb into her Viper.

Jon got his start on TV in 1998, after years of honing his skills as a professional actor and the artistic director of the Shakespearean theatre company, Tempest Theatre Group, SPACE needed someone who would wear a rubber turtle shell on his head (shades of Alan Rickman in GALAXY QUEST, anyone?) and it was a perfect fit. So, for several years, Jon appeared weekly on the cult TV show SPACEBAR as Grot, the loveably clueless alien barfly cum barkeep. Eventually trading shell for battered orange ball-cap, Jon was then seen five nights a week on DRIVE-IN CLASSICS as the genially pontificating drive-in theatre projectionist, Drive-in Dick – font of all B-movie knowledge and wisdom.

Jon’s subsequent stint as host, reporter and interviewer for HYPASPACE and HYPASPACE WEEKLY put him in close contact with stars like Patrick Stewart, Andy Serkis, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (at the same time in what proved to be an awesome media scoop!), David Hayter, Jolene Blalock, George Takei, Tricia Helfer, Steven Spielberg and many others.

Heading out into strange, new worlds with The HardcoreNerdity Network is his latest challenge.

None of this is surprising, considering Jonathan’s formative years. When he was a kid, his mom used to write him sick-notes so he could ditch school and line up on opening day for STAR TREK movies. She let him glue his Lego together in the shape of a phaser and paint it silver. She looked the other way when he put her good oven mitts on his feet so that he could be ‘Cornelius’ from PLANET OF THE APES. She made the rest of the family be quiet as he sat in front of the t.v., painstakingly making audio-cassette recordings of STAR TREK episodes so he could play them back at bedtime. That was in the days before VCRs. And when the family got one of those – Jon’s mom bought him his very first movie. It was SUPERMAN. And she let him stay home from school (again) to watch it before she wrapped it up as his Christmas present (he had to promise to look surprised when he opened it). So, really? This is all her fault.

About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)

With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great 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 Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.

About The Joe Shuster Awards

Created in 2004, the Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national achievement award program for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. The Joe Shuster Award program is administered by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, a not-for-profit organization.

For more information please contact info@joeshusterawards.com or visit www.joeshusterawards.com

Congratulations to Eagle Award nominees! Cooke, O’Malley, Immonens, Stewart

The Annual UK Comics Industry Awards – The Eagle Awards announced their 2010 Nominees for work published in 2009.

Favourite Newcomer Writer
Al Ewing
Jonathan Hickman
Kathryn Immonen
Kieron Gillen
Mike Lynch

Favourite Newcomer Artist

David Lafuente
Declan Shalvey
Jamie McKelvie
John Cullen
Matt Timson

Favourite Writer

Alan Moore
Geoff Johns
John Wagner
Tony Lee
Warren Ellis

Favourite Writer/Artist
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Darwyn Cooke

David Mazzucchelli
Paul Grist

Favourite Artist: Pencils
Frank Quitely
Guy Davis
Ivan Reis
J.H. Williams III
Stuart Immonen

Favourite Artist: Inks
Butch Guice
Charlie Adlard
Gary Erskine
Kevin O’Neil
Mark Farmer

Favourite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork
Adi Granov
Alex Ross
Ben Templesmith
J.H. Williams III
James Jean

Favourite Colourist
Ben Templesmith
Christina Strain
Dave Stewart
Laura Martin
Len O’Grady

Favourite Letterer
Annie Parkhouse
Chris Eliopoulos
Nate Piekos (Blambot)
Richard Starkings (Comiccraft)
Simon Bowland
Todd Klein

Favourite Editor
Axel Alonso
Matt smith
Nick Lowe
Stephen Wacker
Tom Brevoort

Favourite Publisher
Image Comics

Favourite American Colour Comicbook

Batman & Robin
Captain Britain and MI13
Doctor Who
Phonogram – The Singles Club

Favourite British Colour Comicbook

The Beano
The Dead: Kingdom Of Flies

Favourite American Black and White Comicbook
I Kill Giants
Scott Pilgrim
The Venger: Dead Man Rising
Usagi Yojimbo
Walking Dead

Favourite British Black and White Comicbook
Chloe Noonan
Dragon Heir
Space Babe 113
Whatever Happened To The World’s Fastest Man ?

Favourite New Comicbook
Batman and Robin
Doctor Who
Rí Rá

Favourite Manga
Fullmetal Alchemist
GoGo Monster
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Favourite European Comicbook

Chimpanzee Complex
Largo Winch
L’Histoire Secrete
Requiem Chevalier Vampire
Rí Rá

Favourite Single Story Published During 2009

Doctor Who : The Time Machination
Doctor Who: Black Death White Life
From the Pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Harker
Phonogram The Singles Club 4 : Konichiwa Bitches
R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1: Starro the Conqueror

Favourite Continued Story Published During 2009

Doctor Who: The Forgotten
Judge Dredd: Tour of Duty
Phonogram: The Singles Club
Scalped #19-24: The Gravel in your Gut
Walking Dead #61 – 65: Fear The Hunters

Favourite Cover Published During 2009

2000AD #1631 (D’Israeli/Dirty Frank)
Batgirl #2
Batman & Robin #4 (Frank Quitely)
Batman and Robin #3
Doctor Who: The Forgotten #6

Favourite Original Graphic Novel Published During 2009

Asterios Polyp
League of Extraodinary Gentlemen: Century
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
The Hunter

Favourite Reprint Compilation

Captain Britain by Alan Moore & Alan Davis Omnibus
Charley’s War: Underground and Over The Top
Doctor Who: The Forgotten
Saga of the Swamp Thing
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures

Favourite Magazine about Comics

Back Issue
Comics International
Comics Journal

Favourite Comics-Related Book
Comic Book Design (Gary Millidge)
Peter and Max
The Insider’s Guide to Creating Comics and graphic Novels – Andy Schmidt
The Marvel Art of Marko Djurdjevic
War Stories (Mike Conroy)

Favourite Comics-Related Movie or TV Show

Smallville (hey, it is filmed in Canada with a lot of Canadian actors)
The Big Bang Theory
Watchmen (ditto)

Favourite Comics Related Website
2000ad online
Forbidden Planet Blog

Favourite Web-Based Comic

Freak Angels
Order of the Stick
Sin Titulo

Roll of Honour
Brian Bolland
Dick Giordano
Joe Kubert
John Hicklenton
Peter David

A look at the covers nominated for Outstanding Cover Art by a Canadian Artist

The eight nominated covers feature a number of different styles – from borderline abstract to photo-realistic – and are a nice cross-section of Canadian creators. From Vancouver we have Kaare Andrews and Igor Kordey, from Quebec Paul Bordeleau and Marc Delafontaine (also nominated for Outstanding Artist this year), Toronto native and currently living in Halifax and Florida – Darwyn Cooke has been nominated twice this year (and is also nominated for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Cartoonist this year), there’s Ottawa’s Dale Eaglesham for his retro Miss America special cover, and finally Toronto artist Dale Keown .


* Kaare Andrews – The Immortal Iron Fist 27 (Marvel Comics)

* Paul Bordeleau – Faüne, tome 2: La maison du Faüne (La Pastèque)

* Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex 50 (DC Comics)

* Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)

* Marc Delafontaine – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)

* Dale Eaglesham – Miss America Comics 70th Anniversary Special 1 (Marvel Comics)

* Dale Keown – The Astounding Wolf-Man 16 Variant (Image Comics)

* Igor Kordey – Unknown Soldier 5 (DC/Vertigo)

2010 Joe Shuster Awards: A look at the Outstanding Artist nominees…

Let’s get to know your Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist Nominees for 2010 (for work published in 2009).

Some historical info on the nominees in relation to this award:

– this is the first year that Chris Bachalo, Cameron Stewart, Djief and Francis Manapul have been nominated in this category.

– Darwyn Cooke won the award in 2007 (which he shared with J. Bone for Batman/Spirit 1)

– Dale Eaglesham won the award in 2008 for his work on Justice Society of America.

– Marc Delafontaine has been nominated for this award twice.

– Stuart Immonen has been nominated for this award four times.

* Chris Bachalo – Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man 1-4, Dark Avengers Annual 1, New Avengers 51-52, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 2 – “Black & White” , (Marvel Comics)

CHRIS BACHALO is internationally recognized as one of the most popular artists in the comic industry. His body of work covers a wide spectrum of genres ranging from the critically acclaimed “Sandman,” “Shade,” “Death, The High Cost of Living” and “Batman” series for DC to “Incredible Hulk,” “Uncanny X-Men,” “New X-Men,” “Captain America” and the quirky pop favorite “Generation X,” which he co-created with Scott Lobdell for Marvel Comics. Generation X, became the first title from Marvel that was adapted into a live action film for Fox. Both “Death” and “Sandman” are currently being developed for the big screen. The short story “The Wheel” written by Stardust and Beowulf writer Neil Gaimen and illustrated by Chris featured the Death character and was inducted into the library of Congress in 2003. It was created as part of a tribute to 911. His cover work for the title Hunter, The Age of Magic for DC was included as part of a New York gallery show for the Society of Illustrators. He is currently working on Marvels’ flagship title, The Amazing Spiderman.Chris also co-created two creator owned properties. He collaborated with Heroes, the hit television show, writer, producer Jeph Loeb on the Vertigo/DC, titled “The Witching Hour” that has been published worldwide and is currently being developed into a screenplay. He also co-created with Ben Ten’s Joe Kelly the retro-futuristic, Sci Fi epic, Steampunk, published by Cliffhanger /DC.

In addition to Chris’ popularity at local conventions, Chris has made guest appearances on televisions “Pictionary” and the “Sci-Fi” channel. His most recent guest appearance included both Australia and New Zealand. Other appearances have included locations such as England, Italy, France and numerous cities in the US and Canada.

In addition to his work in comics, Chris’ artwork has graced the covers of “ The Hollywood Reporter” and “PSM” (play station magazine). Other clients have included Activision, Oakley, Taco Bell, Stuff magazine, Mad Magazine, Upper Deck, Disney, Neiman Marcus and he was commissioned to do artwork that was transformed into a 50’ X 80’ mural at the Marvel/Universal theme park in Orlando, Florida.

Chris is a Canadian citizen and was born in Portage La Prairie, Canada. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife, Helen, and his son, Dylan. We regret to mention that his Siamese fighting fish, Spike, recently passed away.

* Darwyn Cooke – Jonah Hex 50 (DC), Madman Atomic Comics 14 – “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Madman Movie” (Image Comics)

Darwyn Cooke is a graphic designer and animator who turned his attention toward cartooning in the late nineties. Known primarily for his work on the DC line of superheroes, Cooke has always had an affinity for crime fiction and has often cited the Parker books as a great source of creative inspiration. Cooke has won multiple Eisner, Harvey and Joe Shuster Awards as well as the National Cartoonist Society’s Best Series Award. In 2008 Cooke was Emmy nominated for the animated adaptation of his magnum opus The New Frontier.

* Marc Delafontaine – Les nombrils, tome 04: Duels de belles (Dupuis)

Marc Delafontaine est né le 9 octobre 1973 à Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada).

Marc Delafontaine a étudié en Arts plastiques avant de se lancer à son compte. Il a longtemps travaillé dans le dessin animé, que ce soit pour du clean-up, du layout-posing ou du storyboard. Il a également illustré quelques livres jeunesse et publié de courtes histoires de bande dessinée dans quelques magazines et collectifs québécois.

Il illustre maintenant la série Les Nombrils éditée en albums aux éditions Dupuis, tout en collaborant de près avec Maryse au niveau du scénario.

Delaf et Dubuc forment un couple dans la vie comme dans la création.

* Djief  Bergeron – Saint-Germain, Tome 1: Le Comte des Lumières (Glénat)

Jean-François Bergeron alias Djief – Né le 7 juillet 1971 au Canada, Jean-François Bergeron est dessinateur et auteur de bandes dessinées. Ses compétences touchent les domaines du multimédia et des jeux vidéo en passant par le storyboard et l’illustration. Après des études en graphisme, il est recruté par une firme de production vidéo de la région de Québec. En quelques semaines, il apprend le métier d’infographiste 3D et flairant le potentiel de l’imagerie virtuelle et des nouveaux médias, il fonde avec ses frères et quelques amis Studio Virtuel Concept. Il y travaille à titre de concepteur-infographiste ou de directeur artistique sur les principaux mandats de l’entreprise jusqu’en 99.

Son expérience lui permet alors de devenir concepteur de jeux vidéo pour A2M pendant près d’un an et par la suite de se joindre à l’équipe de Sarbakan comme concepteur. Enfin, après 4 ans passés dans le domaine du jeu vidéo, il se tourne vers la bande dessinée en devenant dessinateur pour le studio Grafiksismik. Par la suite, il devient auteur de bandes dessinées indépendant.

Il a remporté des prix à titre de créateur de BD dont un international et a participé à plusieurs publications dans le domaine du 9e Art. Ayant débuté sérieusement dans les années 90 en illustrant des scénarii d’André-Philippe Côté, ce n’est qu’au début 2000 qu’il perce le marché européen sous le pseudo “Djief” avec de courts récits publiés dans le magazine SPIROU. Il illustre aussi à peu près dans la même période et pour le marché Nord-Américain cette fois-ci, une série de comic books intitulée: The Grimoire, scénarisé par Sébastien Caisse. Ensuite entre ses productions de dessins pour la Courte échelle, il illustre deux séries de bande dessinée pour les éditions Soleil: le diptyque Tokyo Ghost et la série Le Crépuscule des Dieux, toutes deux scénarisées par Nicolas Jarry. Il travaille aussi en parallèle sur la série Saint-Germain aux éditions Glénat. Scénarisé par Thierry Gloris, ce récit baroque de capes et d’épées est leur première collaboration signée chez un éditeur.

Djief Bergeron worked for many years in the fields of 2D-3D animation and video game design. In those years he designed environments and characters for platforms and online games. In 2005, he joined Grafiksismik studio as a house artist working full-time on illustrations and comic books. In 2006, he continues as a freelancer in the comic books field. He also produced stories for french europeen comics magazines. He presently works for the french publishers Soleil and Glénat

* Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America 26 (DC Comics), Amazing Spider-Man 591, Fantastic Four 570-572, Captain America 600 – “The Persistence of Memorabilia”, Amazing Spider-Man Extra! 3 – “Nice Things”, Origins of Siege 1 – “Doctor Doom” (Marvel)

It all began in the late 1960s, at the family coffee table, where a shy little boy could not rest until he put to paper the wild and wondrous stories cooked up by his imagination…

Dale Eaglesham is a veteran comic book illustrator who has been working in the industry since 1986. He has worked with DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, and CrossGen, among others. In January 2009, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, where he will be illustrating the Fantastic Four. Working on this legendary series is a childhood dream come true for Dale.

He most recently illustrated the critically-acclaimed relaunch of Justice Society of America for DC Comics, where he worked alongside superstar writer Geoff Johns and cover artist Alex Ross. The book was DC Comics’ second best-selling book almost every month and was in the overall Top 15 since its relaunch.

Before working on the JSoA, he also illustrated the very popular Villains United series, which was written by Gail Simone. He is also known for his work inaugurating Batman: Gotham Knights, as well as his two-year run on Green Lantern.

Dale has been included several times on the coveted Wizard Magazine’s Hot 10 Artists list, and in June 2008, he received the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist of the Year for his work on Justice Society of America.

* Stuart Immonen – Ultimate Spider-Man 130-133, New Avengers 55-60, Fantastic Four 569 (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “Trampoline Hall” (Image Comics)

Stuart Immonen studied at Toronto’s York University, pursuing a career in arts. In 1988 he produced his first comics work, a self-published series called Playground. He worked at several smaller comic book companies before joining DC Comics and Marvel Comics in 1993.

Since then, Immonen has drawn such high-profile characters as Superman, Hulk, the Legion of Super Heroes, and the X-Men. His recent work includes runs on the titles Ultimate Fantastic Four and Nextwave with writer Warren Ellis, Ultimate X-Men with writer Brian K. Vaughan, and Ultimate Spider-Man and most recently, New Avengers, with writer Brian Michael Bendis. Stuart Immonen has also done work for Top Cow and Image Comics.

In 2005, Immonen published 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions, a series of fifty comics that gently detail why he no longer does sketches for fans. Besides self-publishing, Immonen also creates webcomics and strips with his wife, Shuster-nominated writer Kathryn Immonen (Never as Bad as You Think, Moving Pictures).

* Francis Manapul – Adventure Comics 0-3, 5, Superman/Batman 60-61 (DC Comics)

Francis Manapul is a comic book artist living in Toronto, Canada currently working for DC comics. His list of credits include Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, Legion of Super-Heroes, Iron and the Maiden, Necromancer, Sept Guerrieres, Tomb Raider, Darkness, G.I Joe and of course Witchblade. Francis is currently illustrating the adventures of The Flash, with writer Geoff Johns, for DC Comics.

* Cameron Stewart – Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye 1-3 (DC/Vertigo), Uncanny X-Men First Class Giant-Size Special 1 – Origin of Wolverine segment (Marvel), The CBLDF Presents Liberty Comics 2 – “The Apocalipstix in Taboo Boogaloo” (Image Comics)

Cameron Stewart is the Eisner Award-nominated and Shuster Award-winning illustrator of Batman & Robin, Seaguy, Catwoman, The Other Side, Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian, The Apocalipstix and Sin Titulo.

JSA Update

So here’s where we stand as of today:

The 3rd wave of Visions Wolverine auctions end tomorrow night – April 27th – and there’s a lot of interest in some of the pieces already, especially the one by Francis Manapul. Expect the 4th wave to launch tomorrow as the 3rd comes to a close. Still have enough for probably AT LEAST one more round after that (which would make it five in total). So far so good.


The nominees for the following categories will be announced on Wednesday, if all goes as planned:

Outstanding Publisher

Harry Kremer Outstanding Retailer

Comics for Kids


While we have decided the individuals who will be joining the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame this year, we won’t be announcing them until mid-May as we would like to make sure they or their families (if deceased) have been notified before the general public.


This year we’ve broken down our Jury into two units:

1. The “ART JURY” — will be looking at the artwork only categories of OUTSTANDING ARTIST, OUTSTANDING COLOURIST, and OUTSTANDING COVER ART.

2. The “STORY JURY” — will be looking at the categories that involve writing elements such as OUSTANDING CARTOONIST, OUTSTANDING WRITER and OUTSTANDING WEBCOMIC CREATOR / CREATIVE TEAM.

We decided to subdivide our jury so that we can ensure that we don’t overwhelm those people helping us out with too much material (although some of our jury members are eager to devour that much comics material – we have two individuals who will be participating in both). We selected the natural break of ART and STORY categories in that members of the STORY jury are required to be able to read material published in both of our national languages – French and English. FYI We won’t be announcing WHO the jury members are until AFTER they’ve made their decisions so that they can deliberate in anonymity.

The Jury member names will be announced in the May press release that reveals who the Hall of Fame inductees are as well as the nominees for the GENE DAY AWARD FOR SELF-PUBLISHING.


Speaking of The Gene Day Award, we should be getting the entries from Calgary early next week and we’ll be accepting entries right up to the day after TCAF (which is May 10th). We’re reviewing the entries as they arrive and we should have the shortlist of nominees ready for the May 19th Release. There is still time to send in your entry!

Paul à Québec – the movie!

The film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World movie comes out later this summer, and now word is coming out that Michel Rabagliati’s award-winning/nominated BD Paul à Québec is going to be making the jump to the big screen!

‘Paul à Québec’: Karine Vanasse produira l’adaptation de la bande dessinée

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Productrices Associés, la boîte de production de Nathalie Brigitte Bustos et Karine Vanasse, et André Rouleau de Caramel Films ont acquis les droits d’adaptation cinématographique de la bande dessinée ‘Paul à Québec’.

François Bouvier réalisera le film en plus d’en signer la scénarisation aux côtés de Michel Rabagliati, le père du personnage.

Le projet est présentement en développement et a été soumis aux institutions pour financement en écriture.

Dernier tome d’une série de six albums vendus à plus de 100 000 exemplaires, ‘Paul à Québec’ a récemment été la première bande dessinée québécoise à remporter le Prix du Public au Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême.

Il a de nouveau reçu les honneurs lundi soir dernier à Montréal. Il a obtenu le Prix Bédélys de la Meilleure BD québécoise et le Bédélys de la Meilleure BD francophone.

Rappelons que la série ‘Paul’ est traduite en six langues.

‘À la suite de notre collaboration sur le film “Polytechnique”, le désir de développer un nouveau projet ensemble s’est manifesté très rapidement. Nous voulions aller vers un sujet plus léger mais à la fois touchant et rassembleur. Nous voulions parler de sentiment, d’amour, de joie et de la vie telle que plusieurs d’entre nous la vivons. “Paul à Québec” a été un véritable coup de coeur’, disent Nathalie Brigitte Bustos et Karine Vanasse dans un communiqué.

‘Dans ces temps particulièrement difficiles, il est important de revenir aux vraies valeurs et pour moi, l’amour et la famille en sont deux que Michel Rabagliati a su magnifiquement exploiter dans son livre. Il va donc de soi que le film en sera teinté tout au long et c’est ce qui compte à mes yeux’, déclare de son côté André Rouleau, qui a notamment produit le très attendu ‘Funkytown’ mettant en vedette Patrick Huard.


Presented yesterday at a ceremony in Quebec City as part of the 23rd Festival de la bande dessinée francophone de Québec (FBDFQ) the BÉDÉIS CAUSA consist of four awards – the nominees are listed below – with the winners in BOLD. Congratulations to all!

Prix Réal-Fillion
Auteur québécois, scénariste ou dessinateur, s’étant le plus illustré avec son premier album professionnel (Quebec author – either a writer or artist, who has produced their first professional graphic novel – i.e. best newcomer)
• JEAN-SÉBASTIEN BÉRUBÉ, avec Radisson t. 1 – Fils d’iroquois (Glénat Québec)
• PASCAL COLPRON, avec Mon petit nombril (La Pastèque)
• SÉBASTIEN RIVEST, avec Malaise (Mécanique générale/Les 400 coups)

Grand prix de la Ville de Québec

Meilleur album de langue française publié au Québec (Best French language graphic novel published in Quebec)
• PAUL À QUÉBEC, de Michel Rabagliati (La Pastèque)
• TUEZ VELASQUEZ, de Philippe Girard (Glénat Québec)
• JIMMY ET LE BIGFOOT, de Pascal Girard (La Pastèque)

Prix Albéric-Bourgeois
Meilleur album de langue française publié à l’étranger par un auteur Québécois, dessinateur ou scénariste. (Best French language graphic novel published outside of Quebec by a Quebec author – either a writer or artist)

• SAINT-GERMAIN T. 1 – LE COMTE DES LUMIÈRES, de Jean-François Bergeron et Thierry Gloris (Glénat)
• LES NOMBRILS T. 4 – DUEL DE BELLES, de Delaf et Dubuc (Dupuis)
• MAGASIN GÉNÉRAL, T. 5 – MONTRÉAL, de Régis Loisel et Jean-Louis Tripp (Casterman)

Prix Maurice-Petitdidier
Coup de coeur du jury pour album francophone publié à l’étranger (Jury’s choice for a French Language Graphic Novel published outside of Quebec)
• DIEU EN PERSONNE, de Marc-Antoine Mathieu (Delcourt)
• BLAST, de Manu Larcenet (Dargaud)
• PINOCCHIO, de Winschluss (Les requins marteaux)



Eisner Award Nominations Announced: Cooke, Lemire lead (somewhat) healthy Canadian representation!

Canadian creators are once again very well represented in this year’s nominations.

Leading the pack is Darwyn Cooke for Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter with three nominations: Adaptation from Another Work, Graphic Album – New, and Writer/Artist!

Following is Jeff Lemire with two nominations – one for Best New Series (Sweet Tooth) and the other for Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Essex County Trilogy).

Canadian webcomics creators and studio-buddies at Transmission-X Karl Kerschl and Cameron Stewart get a nod each in the Best Digital Comic Category for the Abominable Charles Christopher and Sin Titulo respectively.

Congratulations to Troy Little for Angora Napkin‘s nomination in the Best Publication for Teens category, to Bryan Lee O’Malley for Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5‘s nomination in the Best Humor Publication race, and to Fiona Staples in the best Penciller/Inker or P/I Team category for her series North 40!

Hall of Fame inductee Hal Foster‘s work has been nominated in the Best Archival project category for the absolutely stunning Prince Valiant by Hal Foster Vol.1 1937-1938.

On top of that, the many Canadian creators that participated in Flight Vol. 6 and Popgun Vol.3 can take pride in the fact that their work has been nominated in the Best Anthology category.

Also, American citizen living in Canada Steve McNiven was also nominated for his work on Wolverine (the Old Man Logan storyline) in the Best Limited Series or Story Arc and as part of the Penciller/Inker or P/I Team with Dexter Vines.

Finally, Montreal-based Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly received four nominations for collections of comics material by international cartoonists, three are specifically for Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life – Best Reality-Based, Best US Edition of International Material – Asia, Lettering (the latter nomination to American cartoonist Adrian Tomine). In a surprise to many, Canadian Cartoonist Seth was not nominated for George Sprott, a title which has received universal acclaim and multiple award nominations.

Congratulations to all!

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominees 2010

Best Short Story
“Because I Love You So Much,” by Nikoline Werdelin, in From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the 3rd Millennium (Fantagraphics/Aben malen)
“Gentleman John,” by Nathan Greno, in What Is Torch Tiger? (Torch Tiger)
“How and Why to Bale Hay,” by Nick Bertozzi, in Syncopated (Villard)
“Hurricane,” interpreted by Gradimir Smudja, in Bob Dylan Revisited (Norton)
“Urgent Request,” by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Brave & the Bold #28: “Blackhawk and the Flash: Firing Line,” by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz (DC)
Captain America #601: “Red, White, and Blue-Blood,” by Ed Brubaker and Gene Colan (Marvel)
Ganges #3, by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics)
The Unwritten #5: “How the Whale Became,” by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
Usagi Yojimbo #123: “The Death of Lord Hikiji” by Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series
Fables, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy et al. (Vertigo/DC)
Irredeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (BOOM!)
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)
The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)

Best Limited Series or Story Arc
Blackest Night, by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Oclair Albert (DC)
Incognito, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)
Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ Media)
Wolverine #66–72 and Wolverine Giant-Size Special: “Old Man Logan,” by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, and Dexter Vines (Marvel)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best New Series
Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick, art by Tony Parker (BOOM!)
Ireedeemable, by Mark Waid and Peter Krause (BOOM!)
Sweet Tooth, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo/DC)
The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo/DC)

Best Publication for Kids
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, by Jarrett J. Krosoczeka (Knopf)
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, by Eleanor Davis (Bloomsbury)
Tiny Tyrant vol. 1: The Ethelbertosaurus, by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme (First Second)
The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly (Abrams ComicArts/Toon)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz hc, by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best Publication for Teens
Angora Napkin, by Troy Little (IDW)
Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
A Family Secret, by Eric Heuvel (Farrar Straus Giroux/Anne Frank House)
Far Arden, by Kevin Cannon (Top Shelf)
I Kill Giants tpb, by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura (Image)

Best Humor Publication
Drinky Crow’s Maakies Treasury, by Tony Millionaire (Fantagraphics)
Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me, And Other Astute Observations, by Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics)
Little Lulu, vols. 19–21, by John Stanley and Irving Tripp (Dark Horse Books)
The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet the Muppets, by Roger Langridge (BOOM Kids!)
Scott Pilgrim vol. 5: Scott Pilgrm vs. the Universe, by Brian Lee O’Malley (Oni)

Best Anthology
Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu (Fantagraphics)
Bob Dylan Revisited, edited by Bob Weill (Norton)
Flight 6, edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Villard)
Popgun vol. 3, edited by Mark Andrew Smith, D. J. Kirkbride, and Joe Keatinge (Image)
Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays, edited by Brendan Burford (Villard)
What Is Torch Tiger? edited by Paul Briggs (Torch Tiger)

Best Digital Comic
Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl, http://www.abominable.cc
Bayou, by Jeremy Love, http://zudacomics.com/bayou
The Guns of Shadow Valley, by David Wachter and James Andrew Clark, http://www.gunsofshadowvalley.com
Power Out, by Nathan Schreiber, http://www.act-i-vate.com/67.comic
Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart, http://www.sintitulocomic.com/

Best Reality-Based Work
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
Footnotes in Gaza, by Joe Sacco (Metropolitan/Holt)
The Imposter’s Daughter, by Laurie Sandell (Little, Brown)
Monsters, by Ken Dahl (Secret Acres)
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)
Stitches, by David Small (Norton)

Best Adaptation from Another Work
The Book of Genesis Illustrated, by R. Crumb (Norton)
Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation, adapted by Michael Keller and Nicolle Rager Fuller (Rodale)
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, adapted by Tim Hamilton (Hill & Wang)
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
West Coast Blues, by Jean-Patrick Manchette, adapted by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—New
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzuccheilli (Pantheon)
A Distant Neighborhood (2 vols.), by Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
The Book of Genesis Illustrated, by R. Crumb (Norton)
My mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill, by Jean Regnaud and Émile Bravo (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Absolute Justice, by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithewaite (DC)
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, by Josh Neufeld (Pantheon)
Alec: The Years Have Pants, by Eddie Campbell (Top Shelf)
Essex County Collected, by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
Map of My Heart: The Best of King-Cat Comics & Stories, 1996–2002, by John Porcellino (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Bloom County: The Complete Library, vol. 1, by Berkeley Breathed, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Bringing Up Father, vol. 1: From Sea to Shining Sea, by George McManus and Zeke Zekley, edited by Dean Mullaney (IDW)
The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons 1913–1940, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)
Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons, by Gahan Wilson, edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
Prince Valiant, vol. 1: 1937–1938, by Hal Foster, edited by Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, Walt McDougall, and W. W. Denslow (Sunday Press)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
The Best of Simon & Kirby, by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, edited by Steve Saffel (Titan Books)
Blazing Combat, by Archie Goodwin et al., edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
Humbug, by Harvey Kurtzman et al., edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures deluxe edition, by Dave Stevens, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics, edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly (Abrams ComicArts/Toon)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
My mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill, by Jean Regnaud and Émile Bravo (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)
Tiny Tyrant vol. 1: The Ethelbertosaurus, by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme (First Second)
West Coast Blues, by Jean-Patrick Manchette, adapted by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Years of the Elephant, by Willy Linthout (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
The Color Trilogy, by Kim Dong Haw (First Second)
A Distant Neighborhood (2 vols.), by Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
Oishinbo a la Carte, written by Tetsu Kariya and illustrated by Akira Hanasaki (VIZ Media)
Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka, by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ Media)
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)

Best Writer
Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Daredevil, Marvels Project (Marvel) Criminal, Incognito (Marvel Icon)
Geoff Johns, Adventure Comics, Blackest Night, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin (DC)
James Robinson, Justice League: Cry for Justice (DC)
Mark Waid, Irredeemable, The Incredibles (BOOM!)
Bill Willingham, Fables (Vertigo/DC)

Best Writer/Artist
Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter (IDW)
R. Crumb, The Book of Genesis Illustrated (Norton)
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
Terry Moore, Echo (Abstract Books)
Naoki Urasawa, Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka (VIZ Media)

Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction
Reinhard Kleist, Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness (Abrams ComicArts)
Willy Linthout, Years of the Elephant (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan/Holt)
David Small, Stitches (Norton)
Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know: A Good and Decent Man (Fantagraphics)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Michael Kaluta, Madame Xanadu #11–15: “Exodus Noir” (Vertigo/DC)
Steve McNiven/Dexter Vines, Wolverine: Old Man Logan (Marvel)
Fiona Staples, North 40 (WildStorm)
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)
Danijel Zezelj, Luna Park (Vertigo/DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Émile Bravo, My mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
Mauro Cascioli, Justice League: Cry for Justice (DC)
Nicolle Rager Fuller, Charles Darwin on the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation (Rodale Books)
Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse); Magic Trixie and the Dragon (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know: A Good and Decent Man (Fantagraphics)

Best Cover Artist
John Cassaday, Irredeemable (BOOM!); Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
Salvador Larocca, Invincible Iron Man (Marvel)
Sean Phillips, Criminal, Incognito (Marvel Icon); 28 Days Later (BOOM!)
Alex Ross, Astro City: The Dark Age (WildStorm/DC); Project Superpowers (Dynamite)
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)

Best Coloring
Steve Hamaker, Bone: Crown of Thorns (Scholastic); Little Mouse Gets Ready (Toon)
Laura Martin, The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures (IDW); Thor, The Stand: American Nightmares (Marvel)
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
Alex Sinclair, Blackest Night, Batman and Robin (DC)
Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, BPRD, The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, Umbrella Academy, Zero Killer (Dark Horse); Detective Comics (DC); Northlanders, Luna Park (Vertigo)

Best Lettering
Brian Fies, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? (Abrams ComicArts)
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
Tom Orzechowski, Savage Dragon (Image); X-Men Forever (Marvel)
Richard Sala, Cat Burglar Black (First Second); Delphine (Fantagraphics)
Adrian Tomine, A Drifting Life (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
ComicsAlliance, http://www.comicsalliance.com, edited by Laura Hudson
Comics Comics, edited by Timothy Hodler and Dan Nadel (www.comicscomicsmag.com) (PictureBox)
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon (www.comicsreporter.com)

Best Comics-Related Book
Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel, by Annalisa Di Liddo (University Press of Mississippi)
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)
The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, by Helen McCarthy (Abrams ComicArts)
Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater, by Eric P. Nash (Abrams ComicArts)
Will Eisner and PS Magazine, by Paul E. Fitzgerald (Fitzworld.US)

Best Publication Design
Absolute Justice, designed by Curtis King and Josh Beatman (DC)
The Brinkley Girls, designed by Adam Grano (Fantagraphics)
Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
Life and Times of Martha Washington, designed by David Nestelle (Dark Horse Books)
Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz, designed by Philippe Ghielmetti (Sunday Press)
Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? designed by Neil Egan and Brian Fies (Abrams ComicArts)