The 2018 Joe Shuster Award Nominations

Awards celebrate excellence in the Canadian comic creators and publications.

The nominations for the 2018 Joe Shuster Awards have been announced this week.  Commonly nickednamed “The Shusters”, they are Canada’s national comic book awards that honours and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comic books, digital comics and graphic novels.

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

The ceremony will take place at the Montreal Comic Con July 6-8, 2018 at the Palais des congrès, Montreal, QC.

And the nominees are:

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

Writer / Scénariste

  • ED BRISSON – IRON FIST 1-7, 73, BULLSEYE 1-3, CABLE 150, OLD MAN LOGAN 25-29 (MARVEL COMICS)
  • MEREDITH FINCH – ROSE 1-6 (IMAGE COMICS), CATWOMAN: ELECTION NIGHT 1(DC COMICS)
  • JEFF LEMIRE – DEATH OF X 3-4, EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN 16-20, IVX 1-6, MOON KNIGHT 8-14, OLD MAN LOGAN 13-24, THANOS 1-12 (MARVEL COMICS), BLOODSHOT REBORN 0, BLOODSHOT SALVATION 1-4, BLOODSHOT USA 4(VALIANT COMICS), BLACK HAMMER 7-13, GIANT-SIZED ANNUAL 1, SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN AND THE LEGION OF EVIL 1-3 (DARK HORSE COMICS), DESCENDER 18-25 (IMAGE COMICS), HAWKMAN FOUND 1 (DC COMICS)
  • CHIP ZDARSKY – DR. STRANGE 1.MU, PETER PARKER – THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN 1-5, STAR-LORD 1-6, ANNUAL 1 (MARVEL COMICS) HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (DC COMICS)
  • JIM ZUB – AVENGERS 1.MU, SECRET EMPIRE UNITED 1, THUNDERBOLTS 7-12, UNCANNY AVENGERS 25-28, ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 1-3, 0, ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 1-2 (w/Yusako Komiyama) (MARVEL COMICS), GLITTERBOMB: THE FAME GAME 1-4, WAYWARD 21-25 (IMAGE COMICS), DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FROST GIANT’S FURY 3-5 (IDW) FREELANCE 1-4 (w/Andrew Wheeler) (CHAPTERHOUSE)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • MICHAEL CHO – DC Comics, Marvel Comics
  • MIKE DEL MUNDO – Marvel Comics
  • DALE KEOWN – Marvel Comics, DC Comics
  • MIKAEL – Dargaud
  • DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN – Chapterhouse, Image Comics
  • JULIE ROCHELEAU – Casterman
  • FIONA STAPLES – Image Comics

Artist / Dessinateur

  • MIKE DEL MUNDO – THE AVENGERS 1-6, 9-11, MIGHTY THOR 700 (MARVEL COMICS)
  • DAVID FINCH – BATMAN 16-20, 24 (DC COMICS)
  • STUART IMMONEN – AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25-31, 789, MARVEL LEGACY 1 (MARVEL COMICS), EMPRESS 7 (ICON/MARVEL COMICS)
  • RAMON PEREZ – JANE (ARCHAIA), NOVA 1-5, 7, GENERATIONS: MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN, PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN 1 (MARVEL COMICS)
  • JULIE ROCHELEAU – BETTY BOOB (CASTERMAN)
  • FIONA STAPLES – SAGA 42-48 (IMAGE COMICS)

Cartoonist / Auteur

  • MICHEL FALARDEAU – L’ESPRIT DU CAMP (STUDIO LOUNAK)
  • RON KASMAN – THE TOWER OF COMIC BOOK FREAKS (CALIBER COMICS)
  • JEFF LEMIRE – ROUGHNECK (GALLERY 13), ROYAL CITY 1-8 (IMAGE COMICS)
  • LORNA MAPA – DURAN DURAN, IMELDA MARCOS AND ME (CONUNDRUM PRESS)
  • JOE OLLMANN – THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK (DRAWN+QUARTERLY)
  • STEVE SKROCE – MAESTROS 1-3 (IMAGE COMICS)
  • JILLIAN TAMAKI – BOUNDLESS (DRAWN+QUARTERLY)
  • FRANCOIS VIGNEAULT – TITAN (POW POW)
  • ANNE VILLENEUVE – UNE LONGUE CANICULE (MECANIQUE GENERALE)

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 13th, 2017.

This year the award will be split into two categories:

Single Creator/Creative Team:

  • GLADIASAURS, BEAVER DAMN 1 – A. SHAY HAHN (C)
  • FEAST OF FIELDS – MOR: PART 1 – SEAN KAREMAKER (C)
  • DEAD CHARLIE T.3: LES AMAZONES DE VENUS – THIERRY LABROSSE (C)
  • WHERE IS ZORG?, WRESTLEMON – JEFF MARTIN (C)
  • HEROES OF HOMEROOM C – ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER (W) w/ Carlos Granda (A)
  • FIR VALLEY – JASON TURNER (C)
  • MARIE AND THE WORRYWART, MAGICAL BEATDOWN VOL.2 – JENN WOODALL (C)

(C)=Cartoonist, (A)=Artist, (W)=Writer

Anthology Format:

  • HOGTOWN HORROR – BOOK DESIGN AND LAYOUT BY TIM LAI (HOGTOWN COMICS)
  • MOONSHOT: THE INDIGENOUS COMICS COLLECTION VOL. 2 – EDITED BY HOPE NICHOLSON (AH COMICS)
  • RAID.ONE – EDITED BY ROB COUGHLER AND RAMON PEREZ (RAID STUDIO)
  • READ MORE COMICS 3 – DAVID CRAIG, JAMES SPENCER AND ROBB MIRSKY (READMORECOMIX.COM)
  • YONGE AT HEART – EDITED BY STEVE ANDREWS, AARON FELDMAN, ALLISON O’TOOLE (TORONTO COMICS)

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 across the country and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports.

  • ALPHA COMICS – CALGARY, ALBERTA
  • COMIC READERS – REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN
  • DOWNTOWN COMICS – ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND
  • GOTHAM CENTRAL – MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO
  • LIBRAIRIE Z – MONTREAL, QUEBEC
  • TAZMANIAN COMICS – VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • TITAN GAMING AND COLLECTIBLES – WHITEHORSE, YUKON

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.

Nominees List Pending 

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.

2018 Recipient: MARK ASKWITH (1956-)

Producer, writer, interviewer (and sometime-publisher/editor), and a familiar name in the fields of science fiction and comics.

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

  • SID BARRON (1917-2006) 
  • JACQUES GOLDSTYN aka BORIS (1958-) 
  • DAVID BOSWELL (1953-) 
  • TOM GRUMMETT (1959-)

2018 sponsors include:

  • The Dragon
  • All New Comics
  • The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund (CLLDF)
  • Montreal Comic Con

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.

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