Calgary and Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expos join forces with Fan Expo HQ

calgary-expoFanExpoToday, the people behind the Calgary and Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expos announced that the shows are joining the Fan Expo HQ family of shows that includes shows in Toronto, Regina, Vancouver, Dallas, Boston as well as the MegaCon brand shows in Orlando and Tampa Florida.

The Calgary Expo has grown steadily since the mid-2000’s and is now a massive entertainment event that is one of the biggest events of it’s kind in Canada, and North America in general.

Please note: The Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo is not part of the arrangement and the organizers behind the Saskatoon event have announced they plan to continue the show as an independent entity again.

To be up front about this, I am the Comic Relations Coordinator for Fan Expo HQ as well as the director of these awards, and I am now booking for the Calgary and Edmonton events.

I’ll be working to ensure that those events have well managed comics sections with a great selection of comics talent as guests. The comics team at Fan Expo HQ is very excited about the possibilities and personally, I am excited to be returning to the Calgary Expo again after many years absence.

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The 2017 Joe Shuster Award Winners

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Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

 

Writer / Scénariste

  • JEFF LEMIREBlack Hammer #1-6 (Dark Horse), Descender #9-17, Plutona 4-5 (image),  All-New Hawkeye #3-6, All-New X-Men #1-3, Moon Knight #1-9, Old Man Logan #1-15, Extraordinary X-Men #1-17 (Marvel) Bloodshot Reborn #10-18,Bloodshot U.S.A., 4001 A.D. Bloodshot (Valiant)

 

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • MICHAEL CHO – Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus TP Vol. 1, The Flash: Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 TP, Suicide Squad: The Silver Age Omnibus HC (DC), A-Force #3v, All-New Hawkeye #4v, All-New, All-Different Avengers #5v, Amazing Spider-Man #7v, Astonishing Ant-Man #5v, Captain Marvel #2v, Civil War II #1v, 2v,3v,4v, 5v,6v,7v,8v Daredevil #4v, Darth Vader #25v, Doctor Strange #5v, Howard the Duck #4v, Invincible Iron Man #6v, IvX #1v, Mighty Thor #4v, Occupy Avengers #1v, Scarlet Witch #3v, Spider-Gwen #5v, Spider-Man #1v, Totally Awesome Hulk #3v, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5v, Uncanny Inhumans #5v, Vision #4v (Marvel)

v = Variant cover

 

Artist / Dessinateur

  • YANICK PAQUETTE & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN – Batman #49-50, Nightwing Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC)

 

Cartoonist / Auteur

  • GUY DELISLES’enfuir, récit d’un otage (Dargaud)

 

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

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 30th, 2016.

  • NUNUMI – Sky Rover

 

harry-kremer-portrait-paulHarry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
Named after the Harry Kremer, the original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The CCBCAA maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee overseen by Scott VanderPloeg (Comic Book Daily) reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories. For inquiries please contact Scott at: kremerretailer@comicbookdaily.com

  • L’IMAGINAIRE (LAURIER, QC) 

DRAGONsmThe Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.

  • ERIC ORCHARDBera the One-Headed Troll (:01 First Second)

 

Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Bandes Dessinées Canadien 
A lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators (artists, writers, cartoonists, editors and in some cases, publishers) for their contributions to comic books.

JACK TREMBLAY (1926-)

GABRIEL MORRISSETTE (1959-)

LOVERN KINDZIERSKI (1954-)

JULIE DOUCET (1965-)

STUART IMMONEN (-)

THE T.M. MAPLE AWARD / PRIX T.M. MAPLE

The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community.

The person selected for 2017 is:

KENNETH KETTER

Ken was the founder and primary organizer of COSMICON (Winters College – York University, 1972-76), one of Canada’s earliest comic book events and predecessor to modern pop culture conventions by being multi-genre, mixing comic books, film and music, complete with notable industry guests, dealers, art shows, film presentations and live music.

Before Cosmicon, Canadian comic conventions were mostly small gatherings of club members and swap meets.

In 1968, Captain George Henderson – owner of Canada’s first comics shop, Memory Lane, had brought Stan Lee to the city for the Triple FanFair (no doubt inspired by the convention of the same name that had been taking place in Detroit around the same time – the three fandoms in the name being science fiction, movies and comics). That event took place in tents on Markham Street (former home of Memory Lane and later, the Beguiling).

For the most part Canadian comic fans of this era in this region had to pile in a car and drive to Detroit, Chicago or primarily New York to attend a comic book convention.

What happened at York University was pretty amazing and was the highlight for many young fans, a lot of whom would go on to work in comics or related activities and it came together at Winters College at Toronto’s York University due to the vision and perseverance of the event’s founder Ken Ketter, with the assistance of people like Ronn Sutton, Ron Kasman, Mark Segal and Gloria Agnew.

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About T.M. Maple
T.M. Maple was the pseudonym of Jim Burke (1956-1994), a fan who wrote more than 3,000 letters to comic book letter columns between 1977 and 1994. Burke’s letters were quite popular among readers as well as editors, and he wrote prolifically to a diverse number of comic publishing companies and titles. Burke originally signed his letters as “The Mad Maple,” but Marvel Comics editor Tom DeFalco abbreviated it to “T.M. Maple” to make it sound like a real name (thus circumventing a new policy at the company to stop printing letters submitted under pseudonyms). Burke took a liking to the new name and began using it exclusively (including variations like “Theodore Maddox Maplehurst”) until 1988, when in Scott McCloud’s Zot! #21 he revealed his real name. Burke published a fanzine about comics in the late 1980s. With artist/publisher Allen Freeman, Burke co-created the superhero Captain Optimist. Jim Burke had a fatal heart attack in 1994.

About The Joe Shuster Awards

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

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

2017 Sponsors:

Current sponsors include:
The Dragon
All New Comics
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF).

 

2017 Ceremony info, Hall of Fame, TM Maple.

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Ceremony date:

The winners will be announced online and at a private industry gathering in Toronto on Friday, September 1, 2017.

HALL OF FAME SELECTION COMPLETED

I would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee for their work in selecting the inductees for 2017. The committee consisted of Walter Durajlija, Jennifer Haines, Ivan Kocmarek, Robert Pincombe, and Ken Steacy, with input from James Waley.

This page will be updated with biographical information (currently being prepared by the CCBCAA).

Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Bandes Dessinées Canadien 
A lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators (artists, writers, cartoonists, editors and in some cases, publishers) for their contributions to comic books.

JACK TREMBLAY (1926-)
GABRIEL MORRISSETTE (1959-)
LOVERN KINDZIERSKI (1954-)
JULIE DOUCET (1965-)
STUART IMMONEN (-)

maple-775697THE T.M. MAPLE AWARD / PRIX T.M. MAPLE

The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community.

The person selected for 2017 is:

KENNETH KETTER

Ken was the founder and primary organizer of COSMICON (Winters College – York University, 1972-76), one of Canada’s earliest comic book events and predecessor to modern pop culture conventions by being multi-genre, mixing comic books, film and music, complete with notable industry guests, dealers, art shows, film presentations and live music.

Before Cosmicon, Canadian comic conventions were mostly small gatherings of club members and swap meets.

In 1968, Captain George Henderson – owner of Canada’s first comics shop, Memory Lane, had brought Stan Lee to the city for the Triple FanFair (no doubt inspired by the convention of the same name that had been taking place in Detroit around the same time – the three fandoms in the name being science fiction, movies and comics). That event took place in tents on Markham Street (former home of Memory Lane and later, the Beguiling).

For the most part Canadian comic fans of this era in this region had to pile in a car and drive to Detroit, Chicago or primarily New York to attend a comic book convention.

What happened at York University was pretty amazing and was the highlight for many young fans, a lot of whom would go on to work in comics or related activities and it came together at Winters College at Toronto’s York University due to the vision and perseverance of the event’s founder Ken Ketter, with the assistance of people like Ronn Sutton, Ron Kasman, Mark Segal and Gloria Agnew.

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Steranko Poster for Cosmicon I

About T.M. Maple
T.M. Maple was the pseudonym of Jim Burke (1956-1994), a fan who wrote more than 3,000 letters to comic book letter columns between 1977 and 1994. Burke’s letters were quite popular among readers as well as editors, and he wrote prolifically to a diverse number of comic publishing companies and titles. Burke originally signed his letters as “The Mad Maple,” but Marvel Comics editor Tom DeFalco abbreviated it to “T.M. Maple” to make it sound like a real name (thus circumventing a new policy at the company to stop printing letters submitted under pseudonyms). Burke took a liking to the new name and began using it exclusively (including variations like “Theodore Maddox Maplehurst”) until 1988, when in Scott McCloud’s Zot! #21 he revealed his real name. Burke published a fanzine about comics in the late 1980s. With artist/publisher Allen Freeman, Burke co-created the superhero Captain Optimist. Jim Burke had a fatal heart attack in 1994.

About The Joe Shuster Awards

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

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

Canadians win at the 2017 Eisners

eisner-awards1Last night in San Diego, the annual Will Eisner Awards were presented and a number of Canadians took home or shared many of the top prizes.

Big winner of the night was Fiona Staples, who continues to win accolades for the ongoing image Comics series Saga (artist, cover artist, best continuing series).

Best Short Story – “Good Boy” by Tom King and David Finch in Batman Annual #1

Best Continuing Series – Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga_36-1Best Limited Series – The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta, covers by Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso

Best New Series – Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston

Best Publication for Teens (13-17) – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Best Humor Publication – Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson and Derek Charm

Best Anthology – Love is Love (included the work of many Canadian creators)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team – Fiona Staples, Saga

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers) – Fiona Staples, Saga

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Joe Shuster Award Nominations / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2017

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Artwork by Tom Grummett.

July 10, 2017 – Canada has a rich tradition of supporting our national arts communities with awards that recognize the achievements of our citizens in books, music, stage, television and film – the JOE SHUSTER AWARD is Canada’s national award that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comics books, graphic novels and webcomics.

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2014 Superman Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint – Art by Joe Shuster

They are named after pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914- July 30, 1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and his friend and neighbour Jerry Siegel, published by National Periodical Productions (now known as DC Comics) that electrified the industry over 75 years ago in 1938 and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon and spawned a legion of costume-clad adventure heroes and heroines.

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It was the absence of Superman and his costumed peers from Canadian newsstands during World War II that would help spawn Canada’s first and last country-wide attempt at launching an indigenous, Canadian comic book industry and saw the rise of popular characters like Freelance, Nelvana and Johnny Canuck.

captain-canuckThe end of the war eliminated these restrictions and Canadian comic companies disappeared shortly afterwards. Since then Canadian creators have been part of a larger North America-wide comic-book industry and in some cases, international publishing efforts, which is why we recognize Canadian creators who work within the framework of the larger comics ‘industry’ rather than only those creators who have successfully published their creations within Canada alone. 

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The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

All images shown are copyright (c) and trademark (TM) their respective owners, and are used to promote the nominations.

The ceremony will take place on the first weekend of September 2017 in Toronto, ON. Exact date and time, venue & the Master of Ceremonies to be announced July 30, 2017 along with the Hall of Fame Inductees and recipient(s) of the TM Maple Award.

And the nominees are:

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Writer / Scénariste

  • FANNY BRITTLouis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • GORD DOWNIESecret Path (Simon & Schuster)
  • BRENDEN FLETCHERMighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink#1-5 (Boom! Studios), Batgirl #48-52, Black Canary #7-12, Gotham Academy #14-18, Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1-4, “Predators” – Wonder Woman 75TH Anniversary Special (DC), Motor Crush #1 (image)
  • JEFF LEMIREBlack Hammer #1-6 (Dark Horse), Descender #9-17, Plutona 4-5 (image),  All-New Hawkeye #3-6, All-New X-Men #1-3, Moon Knight #1-9, Old Man Logan #1-15, Extraordinary X-Men #1-17 (Marvel) Bloodshot Reborn #10-18, Bloodshot U.S.A., 4001 A.D. Bloodshot (Valiant)
  • RYAN NORTHJughead #9-11 (Archie) Howard the Duck #6, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4-15 (MARVEL)
  • BRYAN LEE O’MALLEYSnotgirl #1-5 (image)
  • CLAUDE PAIEMENT ET JEAN-PAUL EIDLa femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)
  • CHIP ZDARSKYJughead #4-8 (Archie), Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, Howard the Duck #3-11, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (Marvel)

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Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • NICK BRADSHAW –  Alters #1v-2v (Aftershock) Titans #6v (DC Comics) Rocketeer at War #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v (IDW), Spidey #2-4, 6 (Marvel), Army of Darkness/Xena: Warrior Princess: Forever… and a Day #3-4, Kiss #3, Red Sonja Vol. 4 #0 (Dynamite)
  • MICHAEL CHO – Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus TP Vol. 1, The Flash: Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 TP, Suicide Squad: The Silver Age Omnibus HC (DC), A-Force #3v, All-New Hawkeye #4v, All-New, All-Different Avengers #5v, Amazing Spider-Man #7v, Astonishing Ant-Man #5v, Captain Marvel #2v, Civil War II #1v, 2v,3v,4v, 5v,6v,7v,8v Daredevil #4v, Darth Vader #25v, Doctor Strange #5v, Howard the Duck #4v, Invincible Iron Man #6v, IvX #1v, Mighty Thor #4v, Occupy Avengers #1v, Scarlet Witch #3v, Spider-Gwen #5v, Spider-Man #1v, Totally Awesome Hulk #3v, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5v, Uncanny Inhumans #5v, Vision #4v (Marvel)
  • MIKE DEL MUNDO Carnage #4-11, Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe  – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season One #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season Three #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy #1, IvX #1v, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1v, Spider-Man/Deadpool #1v, Star Wars: Han Solo #5v, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1v, 7v, Vision #3-4,7-12, Weirdworld #2-6 (Marvel Comics)
  • GISELE LAGACE Archie Meets the Ramones #1, Josie and the Pussycats #1v (Archie), Jem and the Holograms #20v, 21v (IDW) Street Fighter Unlimited #4v (UDON)
  • FRANCOIS MIVILLE-DESCHENES Reconquêtes, Tome 4, La mort d’un roi (Le Lombard)
  • YANICK PAQUETTE AND NATHAN FAIRBAIRN Batgirl and the Birds of Prey  #1-5, Batman #49, Batman #7-8, Batman/Superman #28-32, Justice League #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v, 5v, 6v, 7v, 8v, 9v, 10v, 11v,  Swamp Thing #1v, Titans Hunt #5, Wonder Woman #52, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC) Lake of Fire #2v (image)
  • RAMON K. PEREZ Betty and Veronica #1v, Jughead #6v (Archie), All-New Hawkeye #3-6, Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5v, Nova #1 (Marvel)
  • MARGUERITE SAUVAGE – Archie #6v, 7v, 12v, Josie and the Pussycats #1v (Archie), Goldie Vance #1v, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink #1v (Boom!), Spell on Wheels #3 (Dark Horse), Red Sonja #1-6 (Dynamite), Glitterbomb #2v (image), Black Panther #7v, Captain Marvel #1v, Mighty Thor #8v, Patsy Walker, Hellcat #1v (Marvel), Faith #1v, 2v, Faith II #3v,  (Valiant)

v = Variant cover

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Artist / Dessinateur

  • ISABELLE ARSENAULTLouis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • JEAN-PAUL EIDLa femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)
  • DAVID FINCHBatman #1-5, Wonder Woman #48-50 (DC)
  • STUART IMMONENEmpress #1-6 (Millarworld/Marvel)
  • GISELE LAGACEArchie Meets the Ramones #1 (Archie), Die Kitty Die #2-3 (Chapterhouse),  Betty Boop #1-3 (Dynamite)
  • JEFF LEMIRESecret Path (Simon & Schuster)
  • YANICK PAQUETTEBatman #49-50, Nightwing Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC)
  • FIONA STAPLESSaga #33-40 (image)

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Cartoonist / Auteur

  • KAARE KYLE ANDREWSRenato Jones The 0ne % #1-5 Season One (image)
  • CABHiver nucléaire, tome 2 (Front Froid)
  • GUY DELISLES’enfuir, récit d’un otage (Dargaud)
  • TEVA HARRISONIn Between Days: A Memoir of Living With Cancer (House of Anansi Press)
  • MICHEL HELLMANNunavik (Pow Pow)
  • COOKIE KALKAIRLes 9 derniers mois de ta vie de petit con (Les Arènes BD)
  • REGIS LOISELMickey Mouse: Café “Zombo” (Glénat BD)
  • FRANCIS MANAPULTrinity #1-2 (DC)

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

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 30th, 2016.

  • MITCH COOK, KEITH GRACHOW – Saltwater #1 (Kika Mika Comics)
  • JOHN FLEMING, COLETTE TURNER Badassical #1 (Dapper Drone)
  • MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HERON, ANDREA FORT, SAM BECK – Songs for the Dead #1 (Necromancer Press)
  • JAMIE MICHAELS, EVIN COLLIS – Canoe Boys (Dirty Water Comics)
  • NUNUMI – Sky Rover
  • VARIOUSToronto Comics, Vol. 3 (Toronto Comics Anthology)

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harry-kremer-portrait-paulHarry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
Named after the Harry Kremer, the original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The CCBCAA maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee overseen by Scott VanderPloeg (Comic Book Daily) reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories. For inquiries please contact Scott at: kremerretailer@comicbookdaily.com

  • CYBER CITY COMIX (NORTH YORK, ON)
  • DRAWN & QUARTERLY (MONTREAL, QC)
  • GOLDEN AGE COLLECTABLES (VANCOUVER, BC)
  • L’IMAGINAIRE (LAURIER, QC)
  • TIMEMASTERS (ST. JOHN’S, NF)

DRAGONsmThe Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.

  • ALEX A. – Les experiences de Mini-Jean tome 1 (Presses Aventure)
  • FANNY BRITT, ISABEL ARSENAULTLouis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • SCOTT CHANTLERThree Thieves Vol. 7: Iron Hand (Kids Can Press)
  • FAITH ERIN HICKSNameless City Vol. 1 (:01 First Second)
  • ERIC ORCHARDBera the One-Headed Troll (:01 First Second)
  • GUILLAUME PERRAULTLe facteur de l’espace (La Pastèque)
  • J. TORRES, SEAN K. DOVEBrobots Vol. 1 (Oni Press)

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The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community.

The recipient(s) of the TM Maple Award will be announced on July 30, 2017.

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

The inductees to the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame will be announced on July 30, 2017.

2017 Sponsors:

Current sponsors include:
The Dragon
All New Comics
The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF).

About The Joe Shuster Awards

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

The Joe Shuster Awards are assembled by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association. For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at kevin@joeshusterawards.com

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Convention links disabled

FXC Dale KeownA popular page on this site, which receives a minimum of 100 hits on even the quietest of days has had the links removed for the time being: CONVENTIONS ACROSS CANADA.

The page had not been updated since summer 2016 and the CCBCAA is taking a step back because we aren’t regularly updating the page, although conventions are taking place all of the time across the country and new ones are popping up seemingly daily. Nearly every weekend there are multiple happenings that would qualify for our list (having comics content – creators and/or sales of comics and graphic novels).

Another issue with the explosion of new comic conventions is cancellations. For various reasons conventions do get cancelled – vendor tables sales are weak, funding falls through, show is unable to book guests, etc. – and we would prefer to have accurate listings which means checking to see if events actually happen.

While we are certain that the page will be back to listings of some kind, we are currently discussing the best way to focus on accuracy and quality.

Some notes about the process.

The CCBCAA (Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association) maintains a database of Canadian creators and review distributor catalogues and publisher websites for identifying eligible releases as well as use online resources for checking publication dates. We also work with retailers across the country who provide information and feedback.

For the categories of Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, Cover Artist, and the Dragon Award (comics for younger readers), eligible creators are Canadian (by citizenship or residency status). Their work had to have been professionally distributed – this includes direct market and/or book distribution – national and/or international. In most categories there are creators whose work was published in English or French, as Canada has two official languages. Technically though, as long as it is first publication, it could be in any language including pantomime.

Webcomics eligibility have the same nationality requirements but have to have an archive or dating system for when the new comics are posted. All require a posting date during the previous calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). The current market sees most comic publications see a concurrent digital release, the Webcomic creator/creative team award recognizes those who created content exclusively for an online audience with no concurrent print release (although the comics may eventually be collected for print). Ease of access and originality of presentation (use of the platform – scrolling, clicking, limited animation) are considered in addition to quality of content.

Now we are nearing the end of the nominating period, the CCBCAA needs to start assembling our juries for 2017 and assemble the nominated work for them to review. Once the list goes live next week, we will start assembling review copies for the jury members. Once that process begins we can begin to estimate and establish a deadline for the jury’s decision. We learned the hard way that public vote is manipulative, which is why the system is committee selected, jury voted. It gives each jury member the opportunity to review each work individually and give nominees equal footing. In our earliest years we had nominating committee followed by public vote on select categories and it was a perfect storm of problems because it leads to campaigning. Campaigning, we feel, is not conducive to the process of selecting the most outstanding work.

2017 Gene Day Award submissions (for 2016 self-published comics)

Many thanks to everyone that sent in a copy of their books for consideration by the committee for the Gene Day Award, which honours self-published books from the previous calendar year. We received a lot of books and we’ve divided them into 2 sections:

  • those published in 2016 – these will be considered for this year’s Gene Day Award
  • those published in 2017 – these will be held for consideration for 2018

13 entries were eligible for this year:

BADASSICAL #1 by John Fleming, Colette Turner

BONES OF THE COAST by the Cloudscape Comics Collective

THE BOOK by Various, George Todorovski, Rene Vriends, editors

CANOE BOYS by Jamie Michaels, Evan Collis

DRUNK TALES by Jesse Davidge, Andrew Fielden

GLOAMING #2 by Michael McAdam, Kyle Burles

JACK GRIMM: HARBINGER OF DEATH #1-3 by Gary Boyarski

NYOBI #2-3 by Larry Higgins, Steve Beaulieu

PAPER ROCK SCISSORS N’STUFF WARS by Luanga A. Nuwame, George Leon

SALTWATER #1 by Keith Grachow, Mitch Cook

SKY ROVER by Nunumi

SONGS FOR THE DEAD #1 by Michael Christopher Heron, Andrea Fort, Sam Beck and Nick Nobles

SPECTRUM #1 by Michael McAdam, Jeremy Thew

THUNDER #5 by Michael McAdam, Myk Emmshin

TORONTO COMICS VOL. 3 by Various, Steven Andrews, Aaron Feldman and Allison O’Toole, editors

UNA THE BLADE by Steve LeCouilliard and various.

We’ll be narrowing down this list to about a half dozen entries, which will be announced on Monday, July 10, 2017 along with the other nominations for the 2017 Joe Shuster Awards.

Joe Shuster Awards 2017

The selection process is currently underway for the 2017 nominees, we are currently looking to announce the nominees on Joe Shuster’s Birthday – MONDAY, JULY 10.

The ceremony, or at the very least the announcement, of the 2017 award winners will take place in Toronto, ON on Labour Day Weekend in September.

We have also received a large number of entries for the Gene Day Award, many past the deadline of May 15. We’ll allow these entries up to a grace period of Friday, June 23rd (as two more postal receipts arrived today to be picked up).

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday and the 13th year of the Joe Shuster Awards. We are currently opening a call for sponsorships for this year’s awards. Interested businesses should contact kevin@joeshusterawards.com for information.

2017 CATEGORIES
OUTSTANDING ARTIST
OUTSTANDING CARTOONIST

OUSTANDING COVER ARTIST
OUTSTANDING WEBCOMICS CREATOR/CREATIVE TEAM
OUTSTANDING WRITER
CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR HALL OF FAME
THE DRAGON PRIZE – COMICS FOR KIDS/YOUNGER READERS
THE GENE DAY AWARD – SELF-PUBLISHED COMICS
THE HARRY KREMER AWARD – CANADIAN COMIC BOOK RETAILER
THE TM MAPLE AWARD – CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

2017 is Canada’s Sesquicentennial

image019This year mark’s Canada’s 150th birthday, and while we haven’t yet established the dates and location for this year’s awards ceremony, it’s time to start the ball rolling on 2017.

GENE DAY AWARD

To be considered for this self-publishing award, please send one copy of your book (with the month and year of publication indicated somewhere on the comic or in an accompanying letter) to:

Gene Day Award c/o K. Boyd
484 Oriole Parkway, Unit 305
Toronto, ON
M5P 2H8

Please refer to the Gene Day section for additional rules and guidelines.

Deadline May 31, 2017.

CREATOR & COMICS FOR KIDS AWARDS

If your book was published and distributed in English or French in 2016 then you are already eligible for consideration. If you are concerned we may not know about your comics, please email kevin@joeshusterawards.com to ensure we are aware that you are Canadian and eligible for consideration.

RETAILER AWARD

Feel free to let us know about how great your local store is. Previous winners are not eligible to win the award again, so in some ways it is like a Hall of Fame for great Canadian comic shops.

HALL OF FAME & TM MAPLE

The recipients are decided by committee but please feel free to send us your recommendations.

The Winners of the 2016 Joe Shuster Awards

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On Sunday, November 6 at the Forest City Comic Con in London, ON, the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association announced the winners of the 12th Annual Joe Shuster Awards and they are:

Writer / Scénariste

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Jeff Lemire

Justice League United  (DC Comics)

Descender, Plutona (Image),

All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men (Marvel Comics),

Book of Death: Fall of Bloodshot , Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)

Artist / Dessinateur

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Steve Skroce

We Stand on Guard  (Image Comics)

Cartoonist / Auteur

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Jillian Tamaki

SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn & Quarterly)

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

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Epic Canadiana Vol. 2

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

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Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)

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

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Awkward (Yen Press) –

Svetlana Chmakova

The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community. Selected for 2016:

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John Bell (1952-)

John Bell was born in Montreal in 1952. When he was ten he moved with his family to Halifax and has since always considered himself a Maritimer. After 26 years as an archivist for the National Archives in Ottawa, Bell retired in 2008 to Lunenberg and has based himself there. John Bell has published over 20 books as a cultural historian working in the areas of Canadian Science Fiction, Atlantic Canadian Literary History, Canadian baseball writing, Canadian pulp magazines, Canada’s connection with the American Civil War and, most importantly for the Shusters, three books on Canadian comic book history His Canuck Comics (1986), Guardians of the North (1992), and Invaders from the North (2006) have become essential reading and classic source books in the field.  Between the mid-70s and mid 90s, Bell collected every comic book published in Canada and this collection along with his collection of Canadian war-time comics, Canadian original comic art, and Bell Features correspondence were all donated to the National Archives and serve as a rich repository of information in the field. He is currently editing a collection of memoirs from the First World War and working on a guide to vintage Canadian non-sports cards.

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

Selected for induction in 2016 by the Hall of Fame Committee (Walter Durajlija, Ivan Kocmarek, Hope Nicholson, Robert Pincombe and James Waley):

Tedd Steele (1922-1994)
Tedd Steele was born in Toronto on April Fool’s day in 1922. As a 19 year-old, he created Canada’s first caped and masked superhero with Wolf Savage in the newsprint tabloid Canadian Rocket (April, 1941) and a month later the caped crusader Rock Thunder in the first issue of the pulp magazine Victory. About a year later Steele was hired by Cy Bell and created Pvt. Stuff for Joke Comics and Speed Savage for Triumph Comics. Steele also drew Dixon of the Mounted for ten early issues of Active Comics and was the artist on the final four appearances of Thunderfist. He was noted for drawing himself and friends Leo Bachle and Ron Saakel into a number of stories and also created Woody and the Wolf for later issues of Wow Comics. After the comics period Steele turned to writing and did a small number of paperbacks for Export publishing. He also had a career in advertising until he retired in 1990 to Bridgenorth, just outside Peterborough. Tedd Steele died on June 16, 1994 in Bridgenorth.

Ley aka Shirley Fortune
Ley Fortune was an artist working for the first Canadian comic book publisher, Maple Leaf in the 1940s. She drew among others covers and features like ‘Mono The Air Cobra’ for Rocket Comics (which would become known as ‘Bush Pilot’ after the war), as well as ‘Circus Girl’ and ‘Caribou Trail’. Ley Fortune was a pen name for Shirley Fortune, who was a student of Jack Shadbolt at the Vancouver School of Art in 1938-39. Fortune would also work on the strip Brok Windsor, created by Jon St. Ables.

Fred Kelly (1921-2005)
Frederick George Kelly was born in 1922 to aviator Robert Huntington Kelly and his wife Margaret. At the tender of age of twenty Fred found himself living in the snowy Bruce Peninsula drawing sample comic pages then riding his Harley down to Toronto to try to sell them to Bell Features. Art director Adrian Dingle, creator of Nelvana of the Northern Lights, would critique the young artist’s work and tell him to come back once he’d improved. Fred returned week after week, showing Dingle his determination to improve. It paid off when Fred was finally hired. He proved to be a workhorse that Dingle could count on for action-packed, well-drawn pages to fill Bell’s extensive comic book line-up.

Fred’s first strip was The Blade, a 19th century buccaneer who falls into suspended animation and wakes up in 1945 to fight the Japanese. Fred too took over established Bell characters like Red Thortan and Active Jim but also added a slew of his own creations to the Bell line-up like Betty Burd, Steve Storms, Cinder Smith and Clip Curtis. In addition to his work for Bell Features Kelly contributed numerous historical strips to the Montreal-based Canadian Heroes comics, which published educational comics for Canadian youth.

Kelly’s most famous creation is Doc Stearne, a soldier of fortune who, in his final, 2-part adventure, dons a mask and a silver and scarlet costume to fight supernatural beasts as Mister Monster. But no sooner had Doc donned his goggles than Bell Features stopped publishing original material. After an attempt to break into US comic strips Fred left the comic biz to work in medical illustration and later on, real estate. Eventually he rediscovered his art through painting.

Years later, the young American artist Michael T. Gilbert stumbled across a coverless copy of Super Duper Comics #3 featuring Mr. Monster’s first and last appearance. Intrigued by this lost character, Gilbert revived Doc and his beastie-battling alter ego in a series of hilariously over the top supernatural adventures. Gilbert even lured noted Captain Canuck artist George Freeman into the mayhem as a collaborator. Ironically, Gilbert’s version Mr. Monster has helped to make him one of the most well known characters of Canada’s “lost” history. Fred Kelly passed in 2004 a week after his 83rd birthday. But with the publication of Kelly’s entire Doc Stearne run later this year by Comic Syrup Press, we can all enjoy the robust, high octane thrills of Fred’s original Mr. Monster.

Mark Shainblum (1963-)
Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal with extension credits in comic books, newspaper strips, webcomics and prose science fiction and fantasy. He is best known the comic community as the co-creator, along with illustrator Gabriel Morrissette, of the acclaimed indy superhero series Northguard and the bestselling parody comic series Angloman, which appeared in two books from Signature Editions, and later as a weekly comic strip in the Montreal Gazette.

Mark also worked on the classic Canadian superhero Captain Canuck, and with Sandy Carruthers, Canadiana: The New Spirit of Canada, a webcomic featuring the first female Canadian flag superhero with her own series. To get away from maple leaves a little bit, Mark also wrote Michael Moorcock’s Corum for First Comics and stories for other independent publishers. He is currently working on a new science fiction series for Charlton Neo, and a revival and reboot of Northguard from Chapterhouse Comics.

Mark also casts a wide shadow across Canadian comics history as a publisher. At 18 he published two issues of a semi-pro comics and sci-fi fanzine called Orion: The Canadian Magazine of Time and Space. Later, he founded Matrix Graphics and published the first guide to Canadian comic books, edited by John Bell. In addition to Northguard, Matrix also put out the mini-series Mackenzie Queen and back-up strip The Jam, the first published works by comic artist Bernie Mireault.

In late 2016, Chapterhouse Comics will be publishing a colour trade paperback collecting the entire run of the original Northguard (with new colour by Mireault), and the brand new reboot series.

Darwyn Cooke (1962-2016)
It is with pride and a great deal of sadness that we are immediately inducting Darwyn Cooke into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, whom the world lost to cancer in the spring of this year. A friend and supporter of these awards, Darwyn Cooke was a singular talent and one of the giants of Canadian comics – in talent, passion, and heart.

Hailing from Toronto, one of three brothers, he began his path to working in comics in 1985 with an issue of DC’s New Talent Showcase, but it would be a winding path to the medium. He worked for a time as an art director and graphic artist in Toronto before moving to Los Angeles to work with Bruce Timm and his team on Warner Bros animated properties like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Men In Black: The Series. The opening sequence to Batman Beyond is pure Darwyn. Then it was back to comics.

It started with Batman: Ego, then redesigning Catwoman, instilling a bit of himself into detective Slam Bradley (co-created by Joe Shuster), there were a couple of visits with the web-head, and he brought Canadian hero Wolverine back to Toronto for an adventure in Toronto’s Little Italy and then it was onto the project for which he will be most fondly remembered, a passion project that those of us in Toronto watched come together in a manner unlike any other. At art shows, parties and social events Darwyn and collaborator J. Bone would be there showing images for a comic in a manner akin to advertising pitches – storyboards, a printed synopsis, powerful, iconic images of Superman with an exploding bomb, or heroic test pilot Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris kissing by the ignited tail end of a fighter jet. At a show in Las Vegas near launch time for the first issue he showed up with a full team in 1960’s flight attendant uniforms, and he was, of course, the captain. DC: The New Frontier would earn many awards, including the Joe Shuster Cartoonist award (his first of 11, now 12, Joe Shuster Awards). It would go on to be adapted into one of the best and most enjoyed DC animated movies, and he was there to shepherd his baby into another medium that he loved. DC The New Frontier is one of those timeless, essence-defining character pieces that remind us why people love superheroes, scratch that – heroes.

He would follow it up with a Superman series written for friend and artist Tim Sale, called Superman: Kryptonite. Slam Bradley was merely a glimmer of his love for noir, that he would explore at first in a revival of Will Eisner’s Spirit for DC Comics, at first in a fun crossover with Batman, but then in a year long series of mini-masterworks honouring Will Eisner but infused with his own unique sensibilities. This was followed by a series of brilliantly illustrated graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark’s (nom-de-plume of author Donald Westlake) Parker books. These books stood out from nearly everything else being published during those years by their unique design, their unique use of black white and painted with a singular colour. By that time Darwyn was the darling of the Will Eisner and the Joe Shuster Awards, producing iconic covers, short stories and he was a regular face at events like the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the San Diego Comic-Con. In 2014 he produced a series of iconic “widescreen” covers for DC Comics that earned him another Joe Shuster Award in 2015.

A lover of the form of comics, he would talk of taking comics into different mediums, such as webcomics. A strong critic of the industry but also a big cheerleader for it, he would always give it to you straight if he didn’t agree with something you said or did but was quick with praise if he approved. You knew where he stood on things and where you stood with him. In the months since his passing there have been so many stories, so many unique moments shared and re-shared.

2016 Sponsors

Primary Sponsor: HAPPY HARBOR COMICS

Award Sponsors: ALL NEW COMICS, INC., THE DRAGON, THE STORY ATTIC, THE CLLDF

General Sponsors: BIG B COMICS, STRANGE ADVENTURES, VISIONS OF UTOPIA

About The Joe Shuster Awards

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

Visit http://www.joeshusterawards.com for more information and links.

Kevin A. Boyd, Director. / kevin@joeshusterawards.com

The 2016 Joe Shuster Award Nominations / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2016

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Comic books, like Jazz, are a North American invention that has been embraced all over the globe — and from the Platinum Age to the present day, Canadian artists, writers and cartoonists have been shaping them along the way.

Canada’s national comic book award, the Joe Shuster Awards, celebrate these Canadians who create comics at home or abroad. They are named after Joe Shuster (1914-1992), the Canadian artist that co-created a character that has had tremendous impact on the comic book industry, pop culture and the world.

2016 also marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the first comic book published exclusively for the Canadian market, Better Comics #1 (1941).

The work of those nominated, published in 2015, will be presented for review to the awards jury. The ceremony will take place in Fall 2016 at a venue to be announced.

Writer / Scénariste
Brendan Fletcher – Batgirl, Black Canary, Gotham Academy (DC Comics)
Normand Grégoire- La petite patrie (La Pastèque)
Kathryn Immonen
– Russian Olive to Red King (Adhouse Books), Operation S.I.N., Agent Carter: SHIELD Anniversary Special (Marvel Comics)
Jeff Lemire – Justice League United  (DC Comics) Descender, Plutona (Image), All-New Hawkeye, Extraordinary X-Men (Marvel Comics), Book of Death: Fall of Bloodshot , Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)
Ryan North – Adventure Time (Boom!) Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel Comics)
Chip Zdarsky – Jughead  (Archie) Kaptara  (Image Comics), Howard the Duck  (Marvel Comics)

Artist / Dessinateur
Andy Belanger – Southern Cross (Image Comics)
Stuart Immonen – Russian Olive to Red King (Adhouse Books), All-New Captain America, Star Wars (Marvel Comics)
Leonard Kirk – Captain Canuck (ChapterHouse Comics) Fantastic Four, Squadron Supreme (Marvel Comics)
Julie Rocheleau – La petite patrie (La Pastèque)
Steve Skroce – We Stand on Guard  (Image Comics)
Fiona Staples – Archie  (Archie Comics), Saga  (Image Comics)
Cameron Stewart – Fight Club 2  (Dark Horse Comics)

Cartoonist / Auteur
SPONSORED BY THE STORY ATTIC

Samuel Cantin – Whitehorse: Première partie (Éditions Pow Pow)
Michael DeForge – Dressing (Koyama Press)
Francis Manapul – Detective Comics  (DC Comics)
Michel Rabagliati – Paul dans le Nord (La Pastèque)
Ethan Rilly – Pope Hats 4 (Adhouse)
Seth – Palookaville 22 (Drawn & Quarterly)
Jillian Tamaki – SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn & Quarterly)
Zviane – Ping-Pong (Éditions Pow Pow)

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day (Auto-éditeurs)
Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work but did not have the books distributed by a third party such as Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. The nominees were selected from individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 30th, 2015.

Nemo Balkanski – The Deliverer
Stephen Gilbert – Colville
Kathleen Gros – Last Night at Wyrmwood High
A. Shay Hahn – Homeless G-Men 1-3, Battle Rally 1-2 and Crypto-Zombic 1
Various: Cloudscape Comics Collective – Epic Canadiana Vol. 2
Various: Toronto Comics Anthology – Toronto Comics, Vol 2

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)
SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN LEGENDS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CLLDF)

Named after the Harry Kremer, the original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The CCBCAA maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee overseen by Scott VanderPloeg from Comic Book Daily reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories. For inquiries please contact Scott at: kremerretailer@comicbookdaily.com

Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, QC)
Gotham Central (Mississauga, ON)
The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
Time Masters (St. John’s, NF)

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)
SPONSORED BY THE DRAGON
This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.

March Grand Prix (Stone Arch Press) – Kean Soo
Awkward (Yen Press) – Svetlana Chmakova
Sex is a Funny Word (Seven Stories Press) – Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (Kids Can Press) – Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys, Claudia Davila
Windmill Dragons (Toon Books) – David Nytra
l’Agent Jean Tome 08 (Presse Aventure) – Alex A.
Salome et les hommes en noir (Bayard Canada)- Valerie Amiraux, Francis Desharnais
Le prisonnier sans frontieres (Archambault) – Jacques Goldstyn

The T.M. Maple Award / Prix T.M. Maple
SPONSORED BY ALL NEW COMICS, INC.
The T.M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community. Selected for 2016:

John Bell (1952-)
John Bell was born in Montreal in 1952. When he was ten he moved with his family to Halifax and has since always considered himself a Maritimer. After 26 years as an archivist for the National Archives in Ottawa, Bell retired in 2008 to Lunenberg and has based himself there. John Bell has published over 20 books as a cultural historian working in the areas of Canadian Science Fiction, Atlantic Canadian Literary History, Canadian baseball writing, Canadian pulp magazines, Canada’s connection with the American Civil War and, most importantly for the Shusters, three books on Canadian comic book history His Canuck Comics (1986), Guardians of the North (1992), and Invaders from the North (2006) have become essential reading and classic source books in the field.  Between the mid-70s and mid 90s, Bell collected every comic book published in Canada and this collection along with his collection of Canadian war-time comics, Canadian original comic art, and Bell Features correspondence were all donated to the National Archives and serve as a rich repository of information in the field. He is currently editing a collection of memoirs from the First World War and working on a guide to vintage Canadian non-sports cards.

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

Selected for induction in 2016 by the Hall of Fame Committee (Walter Durajlija, Ivan Kocmarek, Hope Nicholson, Robert Pincombe and James Waley):

Tedd Steele (1922-1994)
Tedd Steele was born in Toronto on April Fool’s day in 1922. As a 19 year-old, he created Canada’s first caped and masked superhero with Wolf Savage in the newsprint tabloid Canadian Rocket (April, 1941) and a month later the caped crusader Rock Thunder in the first issue of the pulp magazine Victory. About a year later Steele was hired by Cy Bell and created Pvt. Stuff for Joke Comics and Speed Savage for Triumph Comics. Steele also drew Dixon of the Mounted for ten early issues of Active Comics and was the artist on the final four appearances of Thunderfist. He was noted for drawing himself and friends Leo Bachle and Ron Saakel into a number of stories and also created Woody and the Wolf for later issues of Wow Comics. After the comics period Steele turned to writing and did a small number of paperbacks for Export publishing. He also had a career in advertising until he retired in 1990 to Bridgenorth, just outside Peterborough. Tedd Steele died on June 16, 1994 in Bridgenorth.

Ley aka Shirley Fortune (?-?)
Ley Fortune was an artist working for the first Canadian comic book publisher, Maple Leaf in the 1940s. She drew among others covers and features like ‘Mono The Air Cobra’ for Rocket Comics (which would become known as ‘Bush Pilot’ after the war), as well as ‘Circus Girl’ and ‘Caribou Trail’. Ley Fortune was a pen name for Shirley Fortune, who was a student of Jack Shadbolt at the Vancouver School of Art in 1938-39. Fortune would also work on the strip Brok Windsor, created by Jon St. Ables.

(Please note: biographical information on Shirley Fortune is still being collected, and will be expanded upon prior to the awards ceremony)

Fred Kelly (1921-2005)
Frederick George Kelly was born in 1922 to aviator Robert Huntington Kelly and his wife Margaret. At the tender of age of twenty Fred found himself living in the snowy Bruce Peninsula drawing sample comic pages then riding his Harley down to Toronto to try to sell them to Bell Features. Art director Adrian Dingle, creator of Nelvana of the Northern Lights, would critique the young artist’s work and tell him to come back once he’d improved. Fred returned week after week, showing Dingle his determination to improve. It paid off when Fred was finally hired. He proved to be a workhorse that Dingle could count on for action-packed, well-drawn pages to fill Bell’s extensive comic book line-up.

Fred’s first strip was The Blade, a 19th century buccaneer who falls into suspended animation and wakes up in 1945 to fight the Japanese. Fred too took over established Bell characters like Red Thortan and Active Jim but also added a slew of his own creations to the Bell line-up like Betty Burd, Steve Storms, Cinder Smith and Clip Curtis. In addition to his work for Bell Features Kelly contributed numerous historical strips to the Montreal-based Canadian Heroes comics, which published educational comics for Canadian youth.

Kelly’s most famous creation is Doc Stearne, a soldier of fortune who, in his final, 2-part adventure, dons a mask and a silver and scarlet costume to fight supernatural beasts as Mister Monster. But no sooner had Doc donned his goggles than Bell Features stopped publishing original material. After an attempt to break into US comic strips Fred left the comic biz to work in medical illustration and later on, real estate. Eventually he rediscovered his art through painting.

Years later, the young American artist Michael T. Gilbert stumbled across a coverless copy of Super Duper Comics #3 featuring Mr. Monster’s first and last appearance. Intrigued by this lost character, Gilbert revived Doc and his beastie-battling alter ego in a series of hilariously over the top supernatural adventures. Gilbert even lured noted Captain Canuck artist George Freeman into the mayhem as a collaborator. Ironically, Gilbert’s version Mr. Monster has helped to make him one of the most well known characters of Canada’s “lost” history. Fred Kelly passed in 2004 a week after his 83rd birthday. But with the publication of Kelly’s entire Doc Stearne run later this year by Comic Syrup Press, we can all enjoy the robust, high octane thrills of Fred’s original Mr. Monster.

Mark Shainblum (1963-)
Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal with extension credits in comic books, newspaper strips, webcomics and prose science fiction and fantasy. He is best known the comic community as the co-creator, along with illustrator Gabriel Morrissette, of the acclaimed indy superhero series Northguard and the bestselling parody comic series Angloman, which appeared in two books from Signature Editions, and later as a weekly comic strip in the Montreal Gazette.

Mark also worked on the classic Canadian superhero Captain Canuck, and with Sandy Carruthers, Canadiana: The New Spirit of Canada, a webcomic featuring the first female Canadian flag superhero with her own series. To get away from maple leaves a little bit, Mark also wrote Michael Moorcock’s Corum for First Comics and stories for other independent publishers. He is currently working on a new science fiction series for Charlton Neo, and a revival and reboot of Northguard from Chapterhouse Comics.

Mark also casts a wide shadow across Canadian comics history as a publisher. At 18 he published two issues of a semi-pro comics and sci-fi fanzine called Orion: The Canadian Magazine of Time and Space. Later, he founded Matrix Graphics and published the first guide to Canadian comic books, edited by John Bell. In addition to Northguard, Matrix also put out the mini-series Mackenzie Queen and back-up strip The Jam, the first published works by comic artist Bernie Mireault.

In late 2016, Chapterhouse Comics will be publishing a colour trade paperback collecting the entire run of the original Northguard (with new colour by Mireault), and the brand new reboot series.

Darwyn Cooke (1962-2016)
It is with pride and a great deal of sadness that we are immediately inducting Darwyn Cooke into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame, whom the world lost to cancer in the spring of this year. A friend and supporter of these awards, Darwyn Cooke was a singular talent and one of the giants of Canadian comics – in talent, passion, and heart.

Hailing from Toronto, one of three brothers, he began his path to working in comics in 1985 with an issue of DC’s New Talent Showcase, but it would be a winding path to the medium. He worked for a time as an art director and graphic artist in Toronto before moving to Los Angeles to work with Bruce Timm and his team on Warner Bros animated properties like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Men In Black: The Series. The opening sequence to Batman Beyond is pure Darwyn. Then it was back to comics.

It started with Batman: Ego, then redesigning Catwoman, instilling a bit of himself into detective Slam Bradley (co-created by Joe Shuster), there were a couple of visits with the web-head, and he brought Canadian hero Wolverine back to Toronto for an adventure in Toronto’s Little Italy and then it was onto the project for which he will be most fondly remembered, a passion project that those of us in Toronto watched come together in a manner unlike any other. At art shows, parties and social events Darwyn and collaborator J. Bone would be there showing images for a comic in a manner akin to advertising pitches – storyboards, a printed synopsis, powerful, iconic images of Superman with an exploding bomb, or heroic test pilot Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris kissing by the ignited tail end of a fighter jet. At a show in Las Vegas near launch time for the first issue he showed up with a full team in 1960’s flight attendant uniforms, and he was, of course, the captain. DC: The New Frontier would earn many awards, including the Joe Shuster Cartoonist award (his first of 11, now 12, Joe Shuster Awards). It would go on to be adapted into one of the best and most enjoyed DC animated movies, and he was there to shepherd his baby into another medium that he loved. DC The New Frontier is one of those timeless, essence-defining character pieces that remind us why people love superheroes, scratch that – heroes.

He would follow it up with a Superman series written for friend and artist Tim Sale, called Superman: Kryptonite. Slam Bradley was merely a glimmer of his love for noir, that he would explore at first in a revival of Will Eisner’s Spirit for DC Comics, at first in a fun crossover with Batman, but then in a year long series of mini-masterworks honouring Will Eisner but infused with his own unique sensibilities. This was followed by a series of brilliantly illustrated graphic novel adaptations of Richard Stark’s (nom-de-plume of author Donald Westlake) Parker books. These books stood out from nearly everything else being published during those years by their unique design, their unique use of black white and painted with a singular colour. By that time Darwyn was the darling of the Will Eisner and the Joe Shuster Awards, producing iconic covers, short stories and he was a regular face at events like the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the San Diego Comic-Con. In 2014 he produced a series of iconic “widescreen” covers for DC Comics that earned him another Joe Shuster Award in 2015.

A lover of the form of comics, he would talk of taking comics into different mediums, such as webcomics. A strong critic of the industry but also a big cheerleader for it, he would always give it to you straight if he didn’t agree with something you said or did but was quick with praise if he approved. You knew where he stood on things and where you stood with him. In the months since his passing there have been so many stories, so many unique moments shared and re-shared.

2016 Sponsors

Primary Sponsor: HAPPY HARBOR COMICS

Award Sponsors: ALL NEW COMICS, INC., THE DRAGON, THE STORY ATTIC, THE CLLDF

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About The Joe Shuster Awards

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

Visit http://www.joeshusterawards.com for more information and links.

Kevin A. Boyd, Director. / kevin@joeshusterawards.com

August’s Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo cancelled

12821596_1527599094207810_3257149674920035357_nYesterday Brasco Entertainment, who also put on the Red Deer (Alberta) Comic & Entertainment Expo announced the following:

It is with great regret that we must inform you that the 2016 Vancouver Comic & Entertianment Expo, Aug 5-7 will not be going forward.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: info@brascoexhibitions.com

There has been no detailed explanation given for the cancellation of the inaugural show, scheduled to be held at BC Place. A number of celebrity guests had been announced and comic guests were promised as coming but never revealed. The facebook page is promising reimbursements for any ticket purchases already made.

Brasco Exhibitions, formerly known as Comic & Entertainment Expo International, is headed by CEO Ben Marasco, of Calgary, AB.

Vancouver, BC has a large and growing comics culture, is home to VanCaf (May 2016), Fan Expo Vancouver (November 2016), Vancouver Comicon (semi-regular) and the Vancouver Comic Show (3x a year).

 

Dave Sim revisits Cerebus… in Hell?

Earlier this week news broke of plans to return Canada’s longest running self-published, creator-owned comic book character back to print in new stories.

Sim’s Cerebus, which ran for 300 issues from 1977 until 2004 is an tremendous achievement, one for which the cartoonist has been inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.

Since withdrawing from public appearances a decade ago, Sim has been active – publishing projects like Judenhaas, 26 issues of Glamourpuss, the Cerebus Archive project, a weekly webshow “Cerebus TV”, variant covers for IDW and most recently, has been working on a full restoration of the Cerebus phone books, including digital copies available for purchase.

Cerebus-in-Hell-0-Dave-Sim-0348eOn the verge of the 40th anniversary of Cerebus #1, Sim has decided to tell the story of what happened after Cerebus died and was dragged off, apparently to Hell, at the end of the series.

Late October sees the publication of the 0 issue of Cerebus in Hell?:

CEREBUS IN HELL? #0
(W) Dave Sim (A) Dave Sim & Various (CA) Dave Sim, Hieronymus Bosch
The first new Cerebus comic since 2004! Where has Cerebus been since he died twelve years ago? Is he in hell? Purgatory? Limbo? Some strange 1980 disco with links to Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Henry Kissinger? Some ancient Greek disco with links to Plato, Socrates, Aristotle? Some 1990s disco with links to The Stone Roses, the Happy Mondays, and Oasis? Is he stuck inside his own Cerebus Online Disco Twitter-feed? Well, wherever he is, he deserves it, so feel free to laugh at his misfortune! This one shot leads into the Cerebus In Hell? 4-issue mini-series in 2017 celebrating Cerebus’ 40th-anniversary!

Of course, this has raised many questions among fans and readers of the comic (including for some… why?) as well as questions about the status his two announced but unreleased projects with IDW (Cerebus Covers, and the Strange Death of Alex Raymond – expanding on and completing the story he began in Glamourpuss) but today, June 24, Sim’s company, Aardvark-Vanaheim, put out a press release with some more details  including

(a) the revelation that since his recent medical problems in early 2015 he has not been able to draw

(b) the comic will consist of a series of four panel strips that feature Cerebus photoshopped by Sandeep Atwal into Gustave Dore’s engravings of Dante’s Inferno (and Hieronymus Bosch’s Hell on the cover to #0) with dialogue by Sim.

(c) in a move to create demand for the comic, some of the strips will be published online in advance of publication as a webcomic. The first strip launches tomorrow, June 25th on cerebusdownloads.com as a daily webcomic, and on Fridays the previous week’s worth of strips will be published on amomentofcerebus.com starting on Friday, July 1st. The webcomic will run into October.

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Darwyn Cooke (May 13, 1962- May 14, 2016)

72 TCAF Darwyn CookeIt is with a heavy heart that I report that Canadian cartoonist Darwyn Cooke has passed, less than a day after the world learned that he was battling aggressive cancer and had been moved to palliative care.

Social media was flooded Friday with condolences and appreciations for the man and his art.

The Joe Shuster Awards, on behalf of our extended Canadian family of creators, retailers and fans, would like to extend our condolences to his wife Marsha, his brother Dennis, extended family and friends.

Please note: We pulled this news shortly after first posting it – we heard initially from reliable sources, but they pulled their social media post (we later learned) by request and we were later similarly contacted because it was just too soon — we did not want to be the only source for this information. I, on behalf of the organization,  apologize for any stress caused the family and the confusion this caused, the intention was not malicious, we were under the impression that this had been shared with the intent of getting the word out, and that’s on me.

The following public statement on behalf of the family was issued around 11am ET on Saturday morning:

We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET. We read all of your messages of support to him throughout the day yesterday. He was filled with your love and surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hero Initiative.

Please continue to respect our privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

A longer statement will come later today.

“Then we shall not be weary. Then we shall prevail.” — John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier speech

 

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Darwyn Cooke was a singular talent and a larger than life human being. Our ambassador to the world and one of our greatest comics exports.

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He has also won more Joe Shuster Awards than any other creator in our 11+ years and has been nominated nearly every year. His work was the gold standard for quality.

2005 – Cartoonist, DC: The New Frontier
2007 – Cartoonist, The Spirit
2007 – Writer, Superman Confidential
2007 – Artist, with J. Bone, Batman/The Spirit
2010 – Cover Artist, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter
2015 – Cover Artist, DC Variant month

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Many great articles and eulogies to Darwyn have appeared since the news broke, and it has been covered by nearly every major news outlet in Canada and the United States. The outpouring of love and the amazing stories are filtering out across social media are a great testament to the lives that he touched in both his work and as a person.

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity Exhibition May 12-Sept 14 2016

internet-bac.jpg;pv9667742aece2ebb6Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity

Alter Ego: Comics and Canadian Identity. The exhibition features reproductions of art by Canadian comic book artists such as Jeff Lemire, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Darwyn Cooke, and John Byrne. See some of your favourite superheroes from the Marvel and DC universes drawn by Canadians, along with some of Canada’s own finest superheroes. The exhibition also features comics about Canadian history, as well as selections from Canada’s outstanding contribution to the genre of biographical and realist comics.

May 12 to September 14, 2016
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario