Nominations for the 2009 Joe Shuster Awards

UPDATE: MAY 6, 2009: The awards presentation date has been moved to the weekend of September 26-27, 2009. Watch the site for details as they become available.

Preface: It’s important to reflect as you review this list that in most cases COMICS ARE A COLLABORATIVE MEDIUM, and that while these awards are handed out along the specific category guidelines of Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, etc. AS PER THE PUBLISHED CREDITS it should be noted that many members of each comic book or graphic novel’s creative team had input in the storytelling process.

Preface, part two: Eligible creators are Canadian citizens (at home and abroad) and permanent residents in Canada that were identified on the eligible creators lists for works published in 2008 (lists can be found elsewhere on this website). Between January and May 2009 the Nominating Committees reviewed and selected the creators that they felt did the best work (i.e. they were chosen from the master list by MERIT and by CONSENSUS). Nominees are not contacted in advance about their feelings about being nominated, and nominations are not withdrawn by request.

For Immediate Release


Toronto, Canada — April 2, 2009. From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents. The JOE SHUSTER AWARDS are a way of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of these Canadian creators – past, present and future. Since their establishment in 2004, the JOE SHUSTER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR AWARDS have been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

Between January and March 2009, the Nominees were selected from master lists of eligible works originally published in English and/or French in 2008. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents were eligible for consideration. Now that the list of nominees has been finalized, nominated creators will have their work reviewed by a jury, who will ultimately decide the winners. Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Toronto on the weekend of September 26-27, 2009. Details to be announced.

JOE SHUSTER AWARDS 2009 NOMINEES for Work Published in 2008Artist/Dessinateur

  • Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America #12, 14-15, 18-22 (DC Comics)
  • David Finch – Ultimatum #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
  • Karl Kerschl & Serge LaPointe – Teen Titans: Year One #1-6 (DC Comics)
  • Jacques Lamontagne – Les Druides, Tome 4 : La Ronde des Géants (Soleil Productions)
  • Steve McNiven – Amazing Spider-Man #546-548, Wolverine #66-70 (Marvel Comics)
  • Steve Rolston – Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), “Familiar” – House of Mystery #4 (DC/Vertigo), You Ain’t No Dancer #3 (New Reliable Press)
  • Stephen Sadowski – Avengers/Invaders #1-7 (Marvel Comics/Dynamite Entertainment), Project Superpowers #0 (Dynamite Entertainment), Jack the Lantern: Ghosts #2 (Castle Rain Entertainment)


  • Grégoire Bouchard – Vers les Mondes Lointains (Paquet)
  • Darwyn Cooke – “Chapter X: The Greater Good” Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1, The Spirit #12 (DC Comics)
  • Francis Desharnais – Burquette (Les 400 coups)
  • Jean-Paul Eid – Des tondeuses et des hommes (La Pastèque)
  • Michel Gagne – “The Saga of Rex” Chapter 5 – Flight Vol. 5 (Ballantyne Books)
  • Faith Erin Hicks – The War at Ellsmere (Slave Labor Graphics)
  • Jeff Lemire – Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse (Top Shelf)
  • Seth – “Thoreau MacDonald” Kramer’s Ergot 7 (Buenaventura Press)
  • Dave Sim – Glamourpuss #1-4, Judenhaas (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Colourist/Dessinateur Couleur

  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu – G.I. Joe: America’s Elite 31-36, Voltron: A Legend Forged 1 (Devil’s Due), Marvel Zombies 3 #1-3, Wonderful Wizard of OZ #1, X-Men: Divided We Stand #1, X-Men Legacy #215 (Marvel Comics)
  • Blond – Team 14 #1 (Digital Webbing), Freshman: Summer Vacation Special #1, Magdalena/Daredevil #1, True Blood: The Great Revelation NN, Witchblade: Takeru Manga #11-12 (image/Top Cow), Ultimate Fantastic Four #50-59 (Marvel Comics), Beyond Wonderland #4, Grimm Fairy Tales 2008 Annual (Zenoscope)
  • Chris Chuckry – Brave and the Bold #17-18, Countdown to Mystery #4-8, Simon Dark #4-7, Two Face: Year One #1-2 (DC Comics), Air 1-5 (DC/Vertigo), G.I. Joe #0 (IDW), Comic Book Tattoo (image), Amazing Spider-Man #546, 565-567, newuniversal: Shockfront #1-2, The Twelve #1-8 (Marvel Comics)
  • Maryse Dubuc – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Nathan Fairbairn – Fear Agent 21 (Dark Horse), Pilot Season: The Core #1 (image/Top Cow), Civil War: House of M #3, Guardians of the Galaxy #1-3, Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? NN, Wolverine: Origins #31, X-Men: Divided We Stand #2, X-Men: Kingbreaker #1, X-Men Legacy #217, X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, 3, Young Avengers Presents #1 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #3 (Oni Press)
  • Lovern Kindzierski – Sandman: The Dream Hunters #1-2 (DC/Vertigo), The Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons #1-2Coraline (HarperCollins), Giant-Size Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel Comics) (Devil’s Due),
  • François Lapierre – “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec), Magasin général 4 (Casterman)
  • Dave McCaig – Star Wars: Dark Times #11-12 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #861-863, Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge #1-3. Joker’s Asylum: The Penguin #1, JSA Classified #35-37 (DC Comics), Family Dynamic #1-2 (DC/Johnny), House of Mystery #4, Northlanders #2-8, 11-12 (DC/Vertigo), Broken Trinity: Angelus #1, First Born: Aftermath #1, Pilot Season: The Core #1 (image/Top Cow), Fantastic Four Cosmic Size Special #1, Secret Invasion X-Men #1-4, Ultimate Iron Man II #3-5 (Marvel Comics), Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #2 (Oni Press) (DC/Johnny DC),


  • Ian Boothby – Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #14, Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2008, Futurama #35-39, Simpsons Comics #136, 141, 148, Simpsons Summer Shindig #2, Simpsons Super Spectacular #7 (Bongo Comics)
  • Cecil Castellucci – Janes in Love (DC/Minx)
  • Darwyn Cooke – “Dragster Riot starring Robin the Boy Wonder”, “Wonder Woman and Black Canary” Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1, Superman Confidential 11 (DC Comics)
  • Maryse Dubuc – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Ray Fawkes – The Apocalipstix (Oni Press)
  • François Lapierre – “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec)
  • Mariko Tamaki – Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), Skim (Groundwood Books)
  • J. Torres – The Family Dynamic #1-3, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #11, 13, 17-19, Teen Titans Go! #51-55 (DC/Johnny DC), Wonder Girl #5-6 (DC Comics)


  • Adrian Alphona – Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season Two #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
  • Darwyn Cooke – The Spirit #12 (DC Comics)
  • Marc Delafontaine – Les Nombrils, Tome 3 : Les liens de l’amitié (Dupuis)
  • Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America #14 Variant (DC Comics)
  • David Finch -Amazing Spider-Man #572 Variant (Marvel Comics)
  • Philippe Girard – Les Ravins (Mécanique Générale)
  • Niko Henrichon – Hostile Tome 1 (Dupuis)
  • Steve McNiven – Kick-Ass #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
  • Dean Motter – Mister X: The Condemned #1 (Dark Horse)
  • David Sim – Glamourpuss #4 Zombie Variant (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web


  • Aardvark-Vanaheim
  • Arcana Studio
  • Conundrum Press
  • Drawn & Quarterly
  • La Pastèque
  • Les 400 Coups/Mécanique Générale
  • Red 5 Comics
  • Udon Entertainment

Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist & Writer Nominees selected by:Jay Bardyla (Happy Harbor Comics), Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Ty Buttars (blogger and collector), Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Rachelle Goguen (Strange Adventures, Living Between Wednesdays), Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jonathan Kuehlein (The Toronto Star), Robin McConnell (Inkstuds podcast), Shawna Roe (Happy Harbor Comics) and the Vincent Massey College Comic Book Club (Montreal) under the direction of Mr. Steven Bakos. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Cover Nominees selected by: Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Kevin A. Boyd, Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Robert Haines, Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jason Truong. Additional input provided by Ty Buttars (blogger and collector), and Rachelle Goguen (Strange Adventures, Living Between Wednesdays). Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Webcomics Nominees selected by: The CCBCAA Executive. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd and Scott Townsend.

Publisher Nominees selected by: Éric Bouchard (Librarie Monet), Laurent Boutin (Librarie Planète BD), Kevin A. Boyd, Allison Covey, Martin Dubé (Librarie Fichtre!), Peter Fisico (All New Comics), Francis Hervieux (journalist and collector), Jason Truong. Coordinators: Kevin A. Boyd (English publications) and Francis Hervieux (French publications).

Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants
Nominees will be announced in early May 2009.

Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées
Submissions from self-publishers will be accepted until May 18, 2009. Please visit for full details. The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 Bursary.

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Nominations from retailers and the general public will be accepted until May 18, 2009.

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
Four inductees will be announced in early May 2009.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the eligible creators for another memorable year of great comics, both in print and online!

About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)

With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great artist, JOE SHUSTER (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.

About The Joe Shuster Awards

The Joe Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national achievement awards for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics and the only awards without restrictions on language, content and/or genre. The Joe Shuster Awards honour the people who create comics, publish comics and sell comics. Creator nominees are nominated for their BODY OF WORK during the previous calendar year, not just for one specific work (except for cover art).

The Hall of Fame, Harry Kremer Retailer Award and the new Gene Day Award for self-publishers are selected by individual committees after a review and discussion of eligible and/or submitted candidates. Four Hall of Fame candidates will be initiated into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2009. Aside from the retailer and self-publisher award committee, active creators can only act as advisors so as not to influence a bias in any of the creative awards categories.

The Joe Shuster Awards are run by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association (CCBCAA), a not-for-profit organization that relies on sponsorship, eBay and convention sales of art donations, prints and memorabilia as well as private donations. 2009 sponsors include: Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), Sipps Publishing, Diamond Distributors, Quebecor World, and and all of the artists that donated pieces to last year’s Visions of an Icon: Superman art show and sale.

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New for 2009: The “Comics for Kids” Award / Prix de “Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants”

As the members of the CCBCAA Executive have been talking and working with the community about ways in which to raise public awareness of Canadian comic book creators and their work, we’ve also been talking with teachers and librarians about how we can help them identify suitable works to promote to students and younger readers.

For that purpose, one of the two new awards that will debut in 2009 is the Joe Shuster “Comics for Kids”  Award / Prix de “Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants”.

The “Comics for Kids”  Award / Prix de “Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants”  recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targetted at readers 14 and under.

Nominees for this award will be selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Stewart, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprieter of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop. In turn, this juried award will also be selected by an independant team of educators and librarians from across Canada, after giving thorough consideration to the nominated works.

As with the other Joe Shuster Awards, nominees will be for new work published in either English or French.

January 7th, 2009 Releases featuring Canadian Creators

Here is the start of what I hope to be a weekly posting, which will feature releases containing Canadian Comic Book Creators. If I have missed any works by Canadian Comic Book Creators, please leave a comment, or send me an email at

Agents of Atlas trade paperback – Marvel Comics US$24.99
Collecting the mini-series illustrated by Leonard Kirk.

Amazing Spider-Man #582 – Marvel US$2.99
Features a page coloured by Chris Chuckry.

American Splendor: Another Dollar trade paperback – DC/Vertigo US$14.99
Features artwork by Darwyn Cooke and Ty Templeton.

Broken Trinity: Angelus – image/Top Cow US$2.99
Coloured by Dave McCaig.

Looney Tunes #170 – DC Comics US$2.50
Features a story written by Sam Agro.

Marvel Spotlight: Dark Reign – Marvel Comics US$3.99
Cover by Yanick Paquette.

Marvel Zombies 3 #4 – Marvel US$3.99
Coloured by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.

Mirror’s Edge #3 – DC/Wildstorm US$3.99
Colours by Jim Charalampidis.

NYX: No Way Home #5 – Marvel Comics US$2.99
Illustrated by Kalman Andrasofszky and Ramon K. Perez. Cover by Alina Urusov.

Runaways: Pride And Joy Premiere Hardcover – Marvel Comics US$19.99
Collecting the first six issues of Runaways vol. 1, Illustrated Adrian Alphona and Craig Yeung (issue 6). Cover by Alphona.

The Sandman: The Dream Hunters #3 – DC/Vertigo US$2.99
Coloured by Lovern Kindzierski.

Tales of the Batman: Tim Sale trade paperback – DC Comics US$19.99
Features a story written by Darwyn Cooke from Solo #1.

Cerebus Archive to launch in early 2009

Regular Cover

Regular Cover

Press release courtesy of Aardvark-Vanaheim:

Why an aardvark? Follow Dave Sim from the early 1970s and see rejections from DC, Marvel, Skywald, Warren and Charlton (among others). Filled with comics stories, strips and cartoons — all complete in each fun-filled issue — as well as original letters, manuscripts and many rejection form letters from the Off-White House’s extensive 1972-to-the-present Cerebus Archive, this promises to yield unique insight into the creation of a comic-book masterpiece.

Get in on the ground floor of what could well be Aardvark-Vanaheim’s NEXT 300-issue limited series! The first issue and the zombie variant issue will be solicited in the February 2009 issue of Diamond Previews. Cerebus Archive will be published bi-monthly, alternating with Dave Sim’s glamourpuss.

Zombie Variant

Zombie Variant