Additional nominees in the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards have been announced in the Outstanding Canadian Publisher category,as well as the Finalists for the Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer Award and the Comics for Kids Award. Winners will be announced at a free admission public ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jonathan Llyr. The presentation ceremony date also coincides with the 6th Annual Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 5 & 6, 2010.
– Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
– The Beguiling (Toronto, ON)
– Elfsar (Vancouver, BC)
– Fichtre! (Montreal, QC)
– Heroes (London, ON)
– Binky the Space Cat – Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)
– Capitaine Static, tome 3: L’Étrange Miss Flissy – Alain M. Bergeron, Samuel Parent/Sampar (Québec Amérique)
– Laflèche, tome 02: Cobequid – Mario Landry, Marcel Levasseur (Boomerang)
– Horus, tome 1 – L’enfant À Tête De Faucon -Johane Matte (Les 400 Coups)
– Jellaby, Book 2: Monster in the City – Kean Soo (Hyperion)
– Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 1-2 – Svetlana Chmakova (Yen Press)
– Scaredy Squirrel at Night – Melanie Watt (Kids Can Press)
– A Sam & Friends Mystery, Book 2: Lake Monster Mix-Up – Mary Labatt, Jo Rioux (Kids Can Press)
Nominees for the Publisher and Harry Kremer Retailer Awards were selected by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association Executive Committee after a careful review of published materials and a retailer review/screening process that included retailer interviews conducted on our website. In order to qualify for the Retailer Award a store must be in business for three years or longer.
Nominees for the Comics for Kids Award were selected by:
– Jennifer Stewart, MA, B.Ed — High School teacher at The Linden School, owner of The Dragon comic shop in Guelph, ON
– Beth Alexander, B.Ed — Elementary teacher at The Linden School
– Diana Pai, B.Ed — High School teacher at St. Clements School
A final announcement will be made in May for the inductees into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bande s Dessinées as well as the finalists for the for the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées.
the Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene
Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées.
Please visit http://joeshusterawards.com/gene-day-award-for-canadian-self-publishers/ for full details. The winner of the Gene Day Award also receives a $500 Bursary.
The Harry Kremer Retailer Award, is named after the late owner of Kitchener, ON store Now & Then Books. Kremer’s store was one of the first comic book specialty shops in North America and Kremer has a tremendous impact as a retailer, aficionado and patron of the sequential arts. His legacy is seen in the five tremendous nominees this year, some of the best stores in North America, let alone Canada – including stores from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
While there are at least a dozen great Canadian publishers, the five nominees for this year’s Outstanding Publisher Award all distinguished themselves in ways that our nominating committee felt set them apart. The five nominees include three Quebec-based publishers – three time winner Drawn & Quarterly last year’s winner Les 400 Coups and multiple nominee La Pastèque. Nova Scotia’s Conundrum Press has been distinguishing itself with a series of unique and engaging graphic novels, and Toronto-based Kids Can Press who have been producing a lot of great material aimed at younger readers, as evidenced by the three nominations the company received for the Comics for Kids Award.
This will be the second year for the Comics for Kids Award, an award that we are particularly proud of here at the Awards Association – as it is one nominated by teachers and aimed at identifying books for educators, libraries and parents that they feel are quality material for younger readers (aged 15 years or younger). As educators and librarians report to us, there is a growing interest in quality graphic novels aimed at younger readers and we want to do our part to identify the Canadian-created books that are worthy of their attention.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.