Nominations announced for 2011 Joe Shuster Awards

Last updated on August 4th, 2015 at 08:28 am

The nominees were announced this morning for the seventh annual Joe Shuster Awards, which recognize the achievements of Canadian comics creators. The awards are named in honor of Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster, co-creator Superman. Our very own Peter DeCourcy was lucky enough to be part of the Nomination Committee.

The winners will be announced on June 18 at a ceremony held during the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. The nominees are:

Outstanding comic book artist
• Camilla d’Errico – Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #4-5, “Little Red Riding Hood” from Fractured Fables (Image Comics)
• Stuart Immonen – New Avengers #61-62/Finale/Vol.2 #1-7, “The Avengers” from Origins of Marvel Comics #1, “Second Coming: Prologue” from X-Men – Second Coming: Prepare (Marvel Comics)
• Jacque Lamontagne – Aspic 01: La naine aux ectoplasmes (Soleil)
• Francis Manapul – Adventure Comics #6, The Flash #1-6, Superman/Batman #75 (DC Comics)
• Julie Rocheleau – La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)
• Fiona Staples – Mystery Society #1-5 (IDW), Northlanders #29 (DC/Vertigo), Fringe: Tales from the Fringe #4 (DC/Wildstorm)
• Cameron Stewart – Batman and Robin #7-9, 16 (DC Comics), Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm (Disney Press)

Outstanding comic book cartoonist
• Scott Chantler – Two Generals (McClelland & Stewart), Three Thieves Book One: Tower of Treasure (Kids Can Press)
• Darwyn Cooke – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Man with the Getaway Face (IDW), Weird War Tales #1 (DC Comics)
• Pascal Girard – Jimmy et le Bigfoot (La Pastèque) / Bigfoot (Drawn & Quarterly)
• Jeff Lemire – Sweet Tooth #5-16 (DC/Vertigo), “A Civilized Thing” from Strange Tales II #1 (Marvel Comics)
• Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim Vol.6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Oni Press)
• Siris – Vogue la valise (La Pastèque)
• James Stokoe – Orc Stain #1-5 (Image Comics), “Silver Surfer” from Strange Tales II #3 (Marvel Comics)
• Tin Can Forest (aka Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek) – Baba Yaga and the Wolf (Koyama Press)

Outstanding comic book colorist
• Brad Anderson – Clients include: Dark Horse, DC Comics, Marvel Comics
• Jean-Francois Beaulieu – Clients include: Marvel Comics
• Blond – Clients include: Boom! Studios, DC Comics, Zenoscope
• Nathan Fairbairn – Clients include: DC Comics, Marvel Comics
• Francois Lapierre – Magasin général Tome 6: Ernest Latulippe (Casterman)
• Dave McCaig – Clients include: DC Comics, Image/Top Cow, Marvel Comics
• Julie Rocheleau – La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)

Outstanding comic book cover artist
• Kalman Andrasofszky – Action Comics #887, R.E.B.E.L.S. #12- 19 (DC Comics), Dazzler, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Update #2-5 (Marvel Comics), Artifacts #3 (Image/Top Cow), Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #3 (Boom! Studios)
• Chris Bachalo – Amazing Spider-Man #630-633, Secret Avengers #4 Variant, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants: Storm & Gambit #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
• Jacques Lamontagne – Aspic 01: La naine aux ectoplasmes (Soleil)
• Mike Del Mundo – Amazing Spider-Man #626, 628 Variant, Daredevil #506 Variant, Heroic Age: One Month to Live #1-5, Hulk: Let the Battle Begin, Klaws of the Panther #1-4, Marvel Heartbreakers, Marvel Zombies 5 #5, Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1, Spider-Girl #1 Variant, S.W.O.R.D. #4-5 (Marvel Comics)
• Jeff Lemire – Sweet Tooth #5-16 (DC/Vertigo)
• Fiona Staples – Mystery Society #1-5 (IDW), DV8: Gods and Monsters #1-8 (DC/Wildstorm), Superman/Batman #79 (DC Comics), Acts of Violence: An Anthology of Crime Comics (New Reliable Press), Magus #1 (12 Gauge Comics)
• Zviane – Apnée (POW POW)

Outstanding comic book publisher
• Les 400 Coups
• Conundrum Press
• Drawn & Quarterly
• Kids Can Press
• Koyama Press
• La Pasteque
• UDON Entertainment

Outstanding webcomics creator(s)
• Attila Adorjany – Metaphysical Neuroma
• Kate Beaton – Hark! A Vagrant
• Emily Carroll – His Face All Red, Dream Journals, The Death of José Arcadio, Out the Door, The Hare’s Bride
• Karl Kerschl – The Abominable Charles Christopher
• Drazen Kozjan – The Happy Undertaker, Friday’s Fables
• Simon Roy – Dead Lands; Simon Roy and Ed Brisson – Skimming the Till, Catching Up
• Salgood Sam (aka Max Douglas) – Dream Life
• Connor Willumsen – Everett, Hot Brunette, Batman Comic, Explanation for Sator Stuff

Outstanding comic book writers
• Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery – Kill Shakespeare #1-8 (IDW)
• Kathryn Immonen – Heralds #1-5, X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back #1-4, “Good to be Lucky” from Girl Comics #2, “It’s Not Lupus” from Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way #1, “A Chemical Romance” from Marvel Heartbreakers (Marvel Comics)
• Sylvain Lemay – Pour en finir avec novembre (Mécanique Générale)
• Jeff Lemire – Brightest Day: The Atom Special #1, “The Atom” stories in Adventure Comics #516-521, – “A Look At Things to Come In… Superboy” from Action Comics #892, Superboy #1-2 (DC Comics)
• J. Torres – Lola: A Ghost Story, Yo Gabba Gabba: Good Night Gabbaland, Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball (Oni Press), Batman: The Brave and the Bold #11 (DC/Jonny DC), Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E #2-3 (Boom! Studios), “Psyche” from Hack/Slash: Trailers #2 (Image Comics)
• Émilie Villeneuve – La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)
• Jim Zubkavich – Skullkickers #1-4 (Image Comics), Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1-4 (Udon Entertainment)

Comics for kids
Binky to the Rescue, by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)
Felice et le Flamboyant Bleu, by Mikaël (PLB Editions)
Fishing with Gubby, written by Gary Kent, art by Kim La Fave (Harbour Publishing)
Food Fight: A Graphic Guide Adventure, written by Liam O’Donnell, art by Mike Deas (Orca Book Publishers)
Titi Krapouti & Cie Tome 1, by Stéphanie Leduc (Glénat Québec)
Three Thieves Book 1: Tower of Treasure, by Scott Chantler (Kids Can Press)
Two Generals, by Scott Chantler (McClelland & Stewart)

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers
Jason BradshawBoredom Pays #2
Michel HellmanIceberg
Nick MaandagStreakers
John MartzHeaven All Day
Elaine WillLook Straight Ahead #1-2

The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer
Amazing Fantasy (Red Deer, AB)
Amazing Stories (Saskatoon, SK)
Another Dimension Comics (Calgary, AB)
Comic Book Addiction (Whitby, ON)
The Comic Hunter (Moncton, NB)
Comic Readers (Downtown Regina, SK)
Golden Age Collectibles (Vancouver, BC)
Hill City Comics & Games (Thunder Bay, ON)
L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
Planete BD (Montreal, QC)

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame
• Chester Brown
• Todd McFarlane

Congrats to all the nominees!

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  1. February 2, 2011

    I like the long list of Retailer candidates. We’ve (Big B) dealt with Another Dimension in Calgary many times. Great staff and a deserving store. I’m pulling for my friends at CBA out in Whitby though. Comic Book Addiction is a great shop. Steve, Nick and their crew are doing an amazing job with their store! Good luck to all the shops.

  2. February 2, 2011

    I’d really like to see the initial submission list for the creator awards and the retailer submissions including videos: overall a more transparent nomination and vetting process the public can also experience.

  3. February 2, 2011

    As for the retailer award, we follow a process similar to the Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award and receive requests for various stores to be considered throughout the year, and Robert conducts interviews with stores that are posted on the website regularly. Every interview is considered material for review by the Kremer Award Sub-Committee.

    From the press release: “Retailer Award Committee reviews all materials received and select a short list of stores that has shown merit in a variety of categories such as: (1) Support of a wide variety of innovative material, (2) Overall appeal of the store and usage of space, (3) Knowledge, (4) Community activity, and (5) Adherence to standard ethical business practices.”

    We’ll do things like Secret Shop, talk to Diamond, contact people we know in the area for their opinions, etc. A few of our members are well traveled and go out of their way to visit stores when they are on the road.

    Now that 10 stores have been selected, each is being contacted for more information and for store videos (as is done with the Eisners) and based on those submissions and responses, the winner will be selected.

  4. February 2, 2011

    The full lists of eligible comics and creators were available on the website during the entire review process (as your editor who participated in the process can attest, as can another of this site’s columnists who sits on the Executive Committee of the Awards Association), and regular updates on the selection process were posted (and linked to on Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to them) about the selection process as they were taking place.

    We won’t be making the balloting a “Survivor-style” process where the public can watch as creators are voted on and off the island, but we’ve gone to some lengths to make the process transparent for anyone that chooses to do a little investigation.

    Plus, we make ourselves available to respond to inquiries if something isn’t clear.

  5. February 2, 2011

    I’ve posted some links but they currently await moderation: visit the website – select About Us (top of the page or on the sidebar) to learn about the awards organization and goal. As I pointed out to your query – more information about each category is also available on the top and on the right sidebar “Categories”). On Monday we posted the FULL nominees list of creators suggested by the French and English nomcoms, and also on Monday we posted the full list of Gene Day submissions.

    If you would like to see what retailers didn’t get nominated you can visit the retailer links we have posted for each province. We also have the list webcomics posted as it’s own list.

  6. February 2, 2011

    Thanks for all the feedback Kevin; I apologize for having difficulty navigating the Shuster website and its many nested menus 😉 I approved the comment with your links.

    My comment about transparency was more about the retailer awards; again I apologize for poor phrasing and thank you for making yourself available. I clicked through all the retailer links but you can’t get a sense of the store that way, thus my request for their submitted videos. If the Kramer Award is picked by committee does every committee member go to every nominated store? How are the criteria verified, especially 4 and 5? If secret shoppers and local residents are used how many for each store verify and provide feedback?

    Nomination Process:
    Who composed the 2011 list in step one? I couldn’t locate it on the site. It sounds like a major job to track every comic (print and web) done by a Canadian comics creator, especially small press. Is it based on your shipping posts done on the site?

  7. February 2, 2011

    Was it really? Well, as I indicated in my reply, there were no retailer videos, that’s for the next round of decision-making. Basically we reviewed each website, looked over the interviews done on our site (we do have a selection menu that allows you to search for posts tagged ‘Retailer’), looked at the stores that people suggested to us, and then made our short lists and discussed them (similar to every other award category).

    I would say that step 1 is identifying stores based on 1-3 or 4 if it was obvious what they were doing (such as last year’s winner The Beguiling), while in step 2 we ask them to tell us more about their store and how they feel they meet all of the criteria. However, something that might cause a store to be disqualified initially for 5) would be breaking street dates on an early shipped release. We had two this year that did that, and that was verified with multiple sources. We have no reason to release that information to the public because we are not here to identify the worst stores, just some of the best.

    As thanked in the credits of the press release posted on our site, Jason Truong did the majority of the verification of the English releases and Laurent Boutin did the same for the French releases. However we did receive some updated information from publishers, retailers and the creators themselves. The shipping lists are the just the first step in the process.

  8. February 2, 2011

Make It Good.