JOE SHUSTER CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CREATOR AWARDS
The Joe Shuster Awards (sometimes referred to as the “Shusters” or the “JSAs”) are given for achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels and webcomics by Canadians. The full name is the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards.
The Joe Shuster Awards were created in 2005 by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association – James Waley, Kevin A. Boyd, Tyrone Biljan and Dave Darrigo and are named in honour of Joe Shuster (1914-1992), the Canadian-born co-creator of Superman.
The Joe Shuster Awards are nominated by a committee made up of industry journalists and fans from across Canada. The top five (sometimes six) nominees in each category are placed on a ballot. The ballot is open to a national public vote (restricted to Canadian citizens and residents) from which the winners are chosen.
A second nominating committee consisting of Canadian comic book historians select additions for the Hall of Fame.
Finally, a third committee of journalists, publishers, and creators select the Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer from nominations submitted by fans, staff, customers and/or professionals.
In 2007, the Joe Shuster Awards added two awards open to all voters, regardless of their location: International Voters Choice: Favourite Canadian Comic Book Creator (English Language) and Favourite Canadian Comic Book Creator (French Language).
From 2005-7 the awards were presented on the same weekend as the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon in Toronto, Canada. In 2008 the awards were not presented in conjunction with a comic book convention but on the same weekend as Book Expo Canada. In 2009 there are no other events scheduled around the presentation of the Joe Shuster Awards (on June 27, 2009).
Although they were founded the same year, the Joe Shuster Awards have no connection with the Doug Wright Awards. A common comparison of the two is that the JSAs are mainstream-biased and the Wrights more indie-oriented. A more accurate comparison is that the JSAs are comic book industry oriented awards (honouring individual Canadians who work on comics and graphic novels for their body of work from the previous year) while the Wrights are graphic novel work-centric awards (Canadian cartoonists win for best graphic novel or best emerging talent with a specific graphic novel). While the two both have Hall of Fame Awards, the JSAs focus more on comic book artists and writers, while the Wrights’ ‘Giants of the North’ seems to be focused more on strip cartoonists and illustrators.
In 2009, four categories are on hiatus: Outstanding Achievement related to Canadian Comic Books, Favourite Canadian Creator – English Language Publications, Favourite Canadian Creator – French Language Publications, Favourite International Creator.
In 2009 the Joe Shuster Awards were presented on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at a ceremony held in Toronto in conjunction with an art gallery show celebrating the 35th anniversary of the publication of Incredible Hulk #181 in 1974, the first published appearance of Marvel’s Canadian mutant superhero Wolverine.
The Joe Shuster Awards also featured a booth at the Toronto Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 27, 2009.
was a milestone in comic book publishing and is the longest running creator-owned comic book
2006: Category on hiatus.
2007: Category on hiatus.
2008: David Watkins for using comic books as a teaching tool.
2009: Category on hiatus.
OUTSTANDING CARTOONIST (Writer/Artist):
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Death of Captain America #1: Wolverine, Marvel Comics Presents #1-4, Wolverine #50, Avengers Classic #7 (Marvel Comics) DC Infinite Halloween Special #1 (DC Comics), The Other Side #4-5 (DC/Vertigo) Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 (Oni Press)
COMICS FOR KIDS
It recognizes creators who have produced 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.
2005: Arcana Studio
2006: Drawn & Quarterly
2007: Drawn & Quarterly
2008: Drawn & Quarterly
It honours Canadian comic book creators who self-published their work during the previous calendar year. The award includes a bursary of $500. In order to qualify you must be a citizen and current resident of Canada. Anyone who writes and illustrates a comic book of their own creation (includes creative teams) and publishes and sells that comic independently of any other publishing company and does not currently have said works distributed by a third party distributor may submit their publication for review. Format and content is at the discretion of the creators. Must include new content, not reprinted material from other sources (such as webcomics). There are no language restrictions for this award.
VOTERS CHOICE – OUTSTANDING INTERTNATIONAL CREATOR:
2009 Category on hiatus.
2009: Category on hiatus.
2009: Category on hiatus.
HALL OF FAME:
2005: Joe Shuster (1914-1992)
Leo Bachle (a.k.a. Les Barker) (1926-2003)
Adrian Dingle (1911-1974)
Hal Foster (1892-1982)
Ed Furness (1911-2005)
Rand Holmes (1942-2002)
2006: Jon St. Ables (1912-1999)
Owen McCarron (1929-2005)
Win Mortimer (1919-1998)
Dave Sim (1956-)
2007: Albert Chartier (1912-2004)
Gerald Lazare (1927-)
Jacques Hurtubise aka ZYX (1950-)
Gene Day (1951-1982)
2008: Ted McCall (1901-1975)
Pierre Fournier (1949-)
Stanley Berneche (1947-)
John Byrne (1950-)
2009: George Menendez Rae (1906-1992)
Réal Godbout (1951-)
Ken Steacy (1955-)