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

Canadian Comics celebrate 75th Anniversary in 2016

48a19df3-5598-4d41-a0f1-fac019f96329A special message from Chapterhouse Comics:


 It took the Second World War, an Act of Parliament, and a bunch of out-of-work artists to kick start a Canadian comic book industry that in 2016 is marking its 75th year. Toronto Publisher, Chapterhouse Comics (and home base to some of Canada’s legends- including Captain Canuck, Northguard, The Northern Light and Johnny Canuck) is placing a ’75 years’ logo on all its publications this year to recognize the Diamond Anniversary of the comic book in Canada, and urges other Canadian Publishers of Comic Book related Material and Media outlets to do the same.

‘The 75 Years logo is a testament to the industry we all know, love and want to flourish, here in our home and native land’ says Chapterhouse Publisher Fadi Hakim. ‘The logo is available for download on, and we urge all Canadian publishers to celebrate this milestone with us.’

Leading up to Canada Day 2016 and Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017, Chapterhouse is also celebrating 75 years with two upcoming publications: the first ever Official Price Guide of Canadian War Time Comics (summer 2016) and Bell Features: The Originals (November 2016) a coffee table sized book reproducing original war time comic book art pages from the national collection at the Library and Archives in Canada. The books, spearheaded by Canadian Comic Book Researcher Ivan Kocmarek, will become essential reading on the subject. Kocmarek points out that “We need to bring these lost comics and the people who created them back home to the place they deserve in our Canadian cultural identity.”

Kocmarek, in collaboration with Jim Finlay and Big B Comics’ Walter Durajlija- is also archiving every Canadian Comic, old and new, via an on-line database. The project, dubbed ‘Canada’s Own Comics’ is scheduled for completion at the close of Canada’s 150th.

Please forward any questions or queries to 

Tony White, Media Co-ordinator, Chapterhouse Comics Group 

On-Line Resources: 

Congratulations to Justin Trudeau, our 23rd Prime Minister


No this isn’t the swearing in ceremony. It’s Justin Trudeau at the Montreal Comic Con posing with Star Wars cosplayers. Trudeau has been known to pop in and check out the Montreal and Ottawa comic cons.

We don’t usually draw attention to politics here at the JSA blog, but we thought we’d take a few moments to congratulate our new prime minister, sworn in yesterday at a ceremony in Ottawa.

Joe Shuster Awards Presentation Schedule – 3PM, October 18, 2015 at the Forest City Comic Con in London, ON

Ceremony will be held in a theatre at the London Convention Centre.

The Joe Shuster Awards are brought to you care of our platinum sponsor:

Happy Harbor Comics of Edmonton, AB.

3PM Start

Ceremony order:

Opening remarks

The T.M. Maple Awards brought to you by All New Comics
Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert presented by Ivan Kocmarek
Robert Charpentier presented by Brian Garside

Canadian Comic Creator Hall of Fame Inductions
Doris Slater presented by Ivan Kocmarek
James Waley presented by Ron Kasman

Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comics Retailer Award brought to you by the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF) – presented by Scott Vanderploeg (coordinator)

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) brought to you by The Dragon Comic Shop of Guelph, ON – presented by Jennifer Haines (coordinator)

The Gene Day Award (Self-Publishing) – presented by Kevin Boyd (coordinator)

The Joe Shuster Awards – presented by Kevin Boyd (coordinator)
Outstanding Webcomics Creator
Outstanding Cover Artist
Outstanding Writer
Outstanding Artist
Outstanding Cartoonist brought to you courtesy of THE STORY ATTIC


Canadians Tamaki and Carroll win 2015 Ignatz Awards

Winners of 2015 Ignatz logo_ignatzAwards Announced

In order to give honor to people that have outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, the Ignatz Awards are awarded at SPX (Small Press Expo), held on September 19 and 20, 2015 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

18659623Female creators swept the awards this year, taking top honors in all categories. Creator Sophia Foster-Dimino took three awards – Outstanding Mini Comic, Promising New Talent, and Outstanding Series – for her self-published comic Sex Fantasy, while Sophie Goldstein won two: Outstanding Comic and Outstanding Graphic Novel for her book The Oven.

The Ignatz was awarded in nine categories, were created by a panel of five cartoonists, and were voted on by attendees of this year’s SPX. This year’s judges were Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein, and Corinne Mucha. The ceremony was MC’ed by Templar, Arizona creator C. Spike Trotman and was sponsored by ComiXology.

The winners of the Ignatz Awards for 2015 are:

Outstanding Mini Comic: Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Story: “Sex Coven” from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki (Youth in Decline)

Outstanding Comic: The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse Books) (FEB150903)

Outstanding Anthology: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics Books)

Promising New Talent: Sophia Foster-Dimino – Sphincter: Sex Fantasy

Outstanding Online Comic: The Bloody Footprint by Lilli Carré

Outstanding Series: Sphincter: Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Graphic Novel: The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse Books)

Outstanding Artist: Emily Carroll – Through the Woods (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

This weekend in Baltimore, they will be presenting the 2015 Harvey Awards.

Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony – Sunday, October 18 in London, ON at the Forest City ComiCon

The 2015 Joe Shuster Awards are brought to your courtesy of Happy Harbor Comics of Edmonton, AB.HHC_v1_logoFor a list of nominees please click here.
For a list of nominees for the Gene Day Award please click here.

The 11th annual ceremony presentation of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards will take place on Sunday, October 18th, 2015 in London, Ontario at the Forest City ComiCon.

fc3headerlargestThe convention features many great comic guests including nominated creators BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY, CHIP ZDARSKY, SCOTT CHANTLER and more!

2015 Sponsors


Award Sponsors:

The Harry Kremer Retailer award is brought to you courtesy of of the COMIC LEGENDS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CLLDF).

The T.M. Maple Award is brought to you courtesy of ALL NEW COMICS, INC.

The Dragon Award for Comics for Kids is brought to you courtesy of THE DRAGON comic shop.

The Outstanding Cartoonist Award is brought to your courtesy of THE STORY ATTIC.


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.

For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at

About The Convention

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

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

The Forest City Comicon can be reached by e-mail at

2015 Gene Day Award Nominees


Here are your 2015 nominees for self-published comics from 2014:

DUST-SHIP GLORY #1 and #2 by Elaine M. Will and Andreas Schroeder

EVIL #3 by James Edward Clark

THE PITIFUL HUMAN LIZARD #1 and #2 by Jason Loo


TREADWELL by Dominic Bercier (Mirror Comics)


Canadians win big at last night’s Eisners: Tamakis, Carroll, Staples Cooke, D+Q

eisner-awards1Last night in San Diego the Eisner Awards were handed out and as usual many Canadians took the top spots, this year in particular Canadian women dominated in many categories including Best Short Story, Best Continuing Series, Best Graphic Albums (new and reprint) and Best Penciller/Inker. So congratulations to Emily Carroll, Fiona Staples, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Darwyn Cooke, D+Q and those who participated in the Dream Another Dream anthology.

18659623thissaga_tp_04DC+Comics+Darwyn+Cooke+Variant+Cover+Month+-+Detective+Comics+#37Best Short Story
“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, (link is external)

Best Continuing Series
Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Anthology
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon) features the work of many Canadian artists among the 140 contributors to the project.

Best Graphic Album—New
This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll (McElderry Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Showa 1939–1944 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Penciller/Inker
Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Cover Artist
Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers (DC)

byrne2Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame member John Byrne joined the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.

Byrne does not consider himself to be a Canadian because he emigrated from the UK in the 60s and left Canada in the 80’s to become an American citizen. He was Canadian in the years in between where he became a superstar creator and made the X-Men the biggest book in the industry with fellow Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Chris Claremont.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards.

Full list (Courtesy of the Comics Reporter)

The 2015 Joe Shuster Award Nominees / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2015

JSA2007logoThe 2015 Joe Shuster Award Nominees / Les nominés pour le prix Joe Shuster 2015

BROUGHT TO YOU BY HAPPY HARBOR COMICSHHC_v1_logoJune 15, 2015 – 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.

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

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

Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators of original works published and distributed during the year 2014, as well as reviewing websites, retail stores and more. Qualifying creators must be Canadian citizens – living at home or abroad, or a recognized as a permanent resident of Canada and been living in Canada for at least three years. The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

The ceremony will take place in Fall 2015 at a venue to be announced.

And the nominees are:

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

SOPHIE BEDARDGlorieux printemps
MICHAEL DEFORGESticks Angelica, Folk Hero
KATE LETHLittle Ghost

Writer / Scénariste

ED BRISSON – 24, X-File/TMNT (IDW), The Field, Sheltered (image), Robocop: Beta, Robocop: Last Stand, Sons of Anarchy (Boom!)
BRENDAN FLETCHER – Gotham Academy (with BECKY CLOONAN), Batgirl (with CAMERON STEWART ) (DC)
ALEXANDRE FONTAINE-ROUSSEAU – Les cousines vampires (Pow Pow)
JEFF LEMIRE – Animal Man, Green Arrow, New 52: Future’s End, Teen Titans: Earth One (DC) The Valiant (with MATT KINDT) (Valiant)
RYAN NORTH – Adventure Time, Midas Touch (Boom!), Original Sins (Marvel)
YVES PELLETIER – Le pouvoir de l’amour (La Pastèque)
MARIKO TAMAKI – This One Summer (Groundwood Books)
KURTIS WIEBE – Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens (image)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures


Artist / Dessinateur

ADRIAN ALPHONA – Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
NICK BRADSHAW – Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers (Marvel)
LEONARD KIRK – Fantastic Four (Marvel)
MIKAEL – Promise Tome 2 – L’Homme souffrance (Glénat BD)
JULIE ROCHELEAU – La colère de Fantômas -2- Tout l’or de Paris (Dargaud)
JILLIAN TAMAKI – This One Summer (Groundwood Books)
CHIP ZDARSKY – Sex Criminals (image)

Cartoonist / Auteur

BLONK – 23h72 (Pow Pow)
NINA BUNJEVAC – Fatherland (Jonathan Cape)
EMILY CARROLL – Through the Woods (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
MICHAEL CHO – Shoplifter (Pantheon)
MEAGS FITZGERALD – Photobooth: A Biography (Conundrum Press)
JESSE JACOBS – Safari Honeymoon (Koyama Press)
BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY – Seconds : A Graphic Novel (Ballantine)
RICHARD SUICIDE – Chroniques du centre-sud (Pow Pow)

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

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

AGENT JEAN TOMES 6 ET 7 (Presses Aventure) – ALEX A.
ARIANE ET NICOLAS TOME 8 (Vents d’Ouest /Premières Lignes) – PAUL ROUX

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.

Nominees for the Gene Day Award will be announced in early July 2015 along with the date and location of the award ceremony.

Harry 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 and Anthony Falcone 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 them at:

IMAGINAIRE (Quebec City, QC)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Sponsors




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.

For more information please contact Awards Director Kevin A. Boyd at

What’s going on? Where are the nominations?

We did announce the nominations on June 6th at the Niagara Falls Comic Con, however we have yet to relay that information here on our site, to our media partners and on social media. Why?

The nominees were finalized in some cases the morning of June 6th, so we could read off the list of nominees, but when we send it out in a written format, there are things that we want to have correct – including concise biographies for our Hall of Fame and TM Maple Award recipients. Nearly everything is written up and ready to go, but we need to finalize some biographies. so it looks like the release will go out on Monday, June 15th.

Thank you for your patience!

Director’s Remarks before the Announcement of the 2015 Nominees

One bit of pigeon-holing I will always argue against is that the Joe Shuster Awards are mainstream (i.e. superhero) comics awards and it’s a shame that we were identified in that manner in the one book out there on Canadian comics, I think we prove — year after year after year — that we are as inclusive of all published and distributed comics featuring work by Canadians as possible and we go beyond that by including webcomics and self-published works. In certain categories there may be more genre comics featured than in others, but in others you’ll see more works by creators producing personal works, there is room for both. Which is why I always argue that we are an inclusive award, not a mainstream one.

One thing that the awards intend to do is support comics retailers, and we also have the retailer award, of course, to showcase some great shops across the country. In the core categories we nominate creators whose books can be ordered, promoted and sold to your clients. In some cases (BD, certain books not orderable from Diamond) they are not easily obtainable, but we can certainly point retailers in the right direction to carry those nominated and winning books. Canadian retailers should consider including works in other languages to expand their customer base, and since we are a bilingual nation, having both languages featured makes some sense (and you can see the work being produced in both languages is fantastic), so I urge retailers to look at everything nominated.

The only disappointing aspect of what we do with the awards is that we have to narrow the lists down to a select number of nominees. In some categories there are dozens of creators who could easily be among the top seven or eight, but because we can only have 7 (or 8) nominees each year some people will not be included. You may see a person win one year, and then not be nominated the following year – because the awards are for outstanding creators – it isn’t a competition for best, but for finding work that “stands out” on the racks and shelves, and online.

Watch for the official nominees announcement next week on this site, nominees will be announced on Saturday, June 5 at a panel at the Niagara Falls Comic Con.

Ty Templeton in hospital following a heart attack, in stable but critical condition

Ty Templeton

Ty Templeton

Early Wednesday morning friends and fans were shocked to learn that Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame member TY TEMPLETON was in hospital following a heart attack. His wife, Keiren Templeton-Smith, sent out the following update yesterday.

I don’t have Ty’s way with words or images so I can’t cushion this news within a funny Bun Toon, but Ty is currently hospitalized after having suffered a heart attack. I’m sorry to tell everyone in a Facebook post but it seemed the easiest way to reach everyone who might need to know. Email me if it’s important but at this time, our family is concentrating on Ty.

In the early hours of Thursday, April 16 she sent out another update:

Ty is still in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator. The plan is to take him off both the sedatives and the ventilator tomorrow. If you wish to send Ty a message you can email him ( and I will make sure he sees them when he is able. He is in critical but stable condition. His location will change in the next few days depending on his condition.

Everyone here at the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association wishes Ty a speedy recovery and are hoping for the best possible outcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ty and his family during this stressful time.

Sponsorship Drive Update

We are happy to announce we have agreement in principal for four new sponsors for 2015.

Happy Harbor Comics of Edmonton, Alberta is our TITLE sponsor.

HHC_v1_logoStrange Adventures of Halifax, NS is a general sponsor of the awards.

strangeBig B Comics of Hamilton, ON is one of the Hall of Fame sponsors.

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They join The Dragon, The Story Attic, All New Comics and Comic Book Lounge as co-sponsors for 2015.

Sponsorships are still available. The more we raise, the more we can do.

New Sponsor – The Story Attic

The Joe Shuster Awards have another sponsor — the Cartoonist Award (which tends to be very graphic novel-centric) will be sponsored by film company THE STORY ATTIC.

storyattic-smallThat brings our sponsorship count up to four – The Story Attic (Cartoonist), The Dragon (Comics for Kids), All New Comics (The TM Maple Awards) and The Comic Book Lounge (Cover Artist).

Between these four sponsors we can now consider the costs of producing an awards show in 2015 (not just an online announcement of the winners).

The more awards that are sponsored, the more we can do with the ceremony. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up so far, thank you for your love and support of the Canadian comics community!

More information on sponsorships can be found here.

Dave Sim admitted to hospital

The CCBCAA would like to wish cartoonist Dave Sim a speedy recovery from his diagnosis of Secal Vulvulus, which required emergency surgery yesterday.

Sim, who had been dealing with issues with his hand, checked himself into hospital yesterday after experiencing extreme discomfort and pain in the morning. The diagnosis required immediate emergency draining of the intestine and he had to have an emergency right hemi-colectomy, which is the removal of the right side of the colon.

He is currently recovering in hospital in Kitchener, Ontario.

Status Update – Welcome new sponsor All New Comics

We are still looking for sponsorships in order to cover costs associated with putting the awards on. We are happy to announce that we have a new sponsor as of March 17th —  online retailer ALL NEW COMICS will be sponsoring our two community awards – the TM MAPLE AWARD of which two individuals are selected from the community for their contributions to Canadian comic book culture.


Current status of awards available for sponsorship:

Title Sponsor
Cover Artist – sponsored by The Comic Book Lounge (Toronto, ON)
Comics for Kids – sponsored by The Dragon (Guelph, ON)
The Gene Day Award
The Harry Kremer Retailer Award
The TM Maple Award (2) – sponsored by All New Comics (Toronto, ON)
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame

Still plenty of sponsorship opportunities open.

An Important Update on the 2015 Joe Shuster Awards

You’ve probably been wondering why there have been few announcements about the 2015 awards. That’s because at this time, the Joe Shuster Awards are out of funds. I have had to pay out of pocket for the remaining 2014 costs and cannot afford to privately sponsor the costs of doing the annual Joe Shuster Awards.

We will continue to proceed with preparations for the 2015 Awards, but at this time we cannot commit any financial resources towards the awards.

At this time we are looking for Canadian businesses who are interested in sponsoring individual awards. We also accept donations. Donations and sponsorship does not imply influence over the nominating and judging of the individual awards.

Kevin Boyd