More Canadian cartooning awards? Yes indeed. The ninth annual Joe Shuster Awards, honoring Canadian comics in multiple categories, have just been announced and it goes from Yannick Paquette to Michael DeForge and back again.

Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators of original works published and distributed during the previous year in English or in French. Qualifying creators must be Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, or a Canadian permanent resident. The award winners will be chosen by a jury vote to ensure every nominee is given adequate consideration.

The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Toronto, on the evening of Saturday, August 25, 2013. Time and exact location will be announced at a later date.


Artist / Dessinateur

  • Isabelle Arsenault – Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)
  • Patrick Boutin-Gagné – Brögunn (Soleil)
  • Stuart Immonen – All-New X-Men #1-4, AvX: VS #1, #6, Avenging Spider-Man #7, Secret Avengers #21 (Marvel Comics)
  • Yanick Paquette – Swamp Thing #5, 7-9, 13-14 (DC Comics)
  • Ramón K. Pérez – John Carter and the Gods of Mars #1-5, AvX:VS #6 (Marvel Comics)
  • Fiona Staples – Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)
  • Marcus To – Batwing #9-15, 0, The Flash #10,15, Huntress #4-6 (DC Comics)

Cartoonist / Auteur

  • Geneviève Castrée – Susceptible (Apocalypse)
  • Scott Chantler – Three Thieves Book 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press)
  • Darwyn Cooke – Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5 (DC Comics), Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score (IDW)
  • Michel Falardeau – French Kiss 1986 (Glénat Québec)
  • Brandon Graham – Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1-3 (Image Comics)
  • Jeff Lemire – Sweet Tooth #29-40 (DC Comics), The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)
  • Francis Manapul – The Flash #5-9,11-15, 0 (DC Comics)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • Geneviève Castrée – Susceptible (Apocalypse)
  • Darwyn Cooke – Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5, The Shade #4B (DC Comics), The Shadow #7B (Dynamite Entertainment), Richard Stark’s Parker – The Score, Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter SC, Rocketeer Adventures #1-4 (IDW),Creator Owner Heroes #7C, It Girl and the Atomics #2B (Image Comics)
  • Mike Del Mundo – A+X #2B, Amazing Spider-Man #678-679, 683B, Incredible Hulk #4B, Ka by Cirque de Soleil #1, Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1-5, Max Payne 3 #3, New Avengers #24B, Scarlet Spider #1B, 4B, Uncanny X-Men #17, Untold Tales of Punisher Max #5, Venom #16-17, 20, 22B, Wolverine #314-317, X-Men Legacy #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
  • Stuart Immonen – All-New X-Men #1-4, Avengers #14, Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX: VS #1B, #6B, Captain America and Namor 635.1, Uncanny X-Men #14, Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (Marvel Comics)
  • Jacques Lamontagne – Les Druides, Tome 7 : Les disparus de Cornouaille (Soleil)
  • Yanick Paquette – Swamp Thing #5-15,0 (DC Comics)
  • Fiona Staples – Life with Archie #24B (Archie), Dark Horse Presents #10 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #15B, National Comics Madame X #1 (DC Comics), Smoke and Mirrors #1B (IDW), Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)

Writer / Scénariste

  • Ed Brisson – Comeback #1-2 (Image Comics)
  • Fanny Britt – Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)
  • Alexandre Fontaine-Rousseau – Pinkerton (Colosse)
  • Kathryn Immonen – Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX:VS #1,#6, Journey into Mystery #646-647 (Marvel Comics)
  • Jeff Lemire – Animal Man #5-15, 0, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #5-9, Justice League Dark #9-15, 0, National Comics Eternity #1 (DC Comics)
  • Ryan North – Adventure Time #1-10 (KaBoom!)
  • Jim Zubkavich – Pathfinder #1-3 (Dynamite Entertainment), Skullkickers #13-17 (Image Comics)

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

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 from the eligible creators lists 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.

  • L’Agent Jean! Tomes 2 et 3 (Presses Aventure) – Alex A. (Cartoonist /Auteur)
  • Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press) – Jo Rioux (Cartoonist /Auteur)
  • Couette Tome 1: Tombée du Ciel (Éditions Dargaud) – Minikim (Artist /Dessinateur) with/avec Sevérine Gauthier (France) (Writer /Scénariste)
  • Fred et Putulik: L’Automne (Les éditions du soleil de minuit) – Jean Lacombe (Cartoonist / Auteur)
  • The Secret of the Stone Frog (Toon Books) – David Nytra (Cartoonist / Auteur)
  • Spera Volume 1 (Archaia Entertainment) – Josh Tierney (Writer /Scénariste), Kyla Vanderklugt, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon (Artists /Dessinateurs) with additional non-Canadian artists / avec autre dessinateurs non canadiens.
  • Three Thieves volume 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press) – Scott Chantler (Cartoonist /Auteur)
  • A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse! (Toon Books) – Frank Viva (Cartoonist /Auteur)

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 over 40 individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 16th, 2013. The award winner will also receive a bursary of $500.

  • Sanya Anwar – 1001
  • Jordyn F. Bochon – The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe: The Claw of the Earth #1 (of 3)
  • Antonin Buisson – Tranquillement pas vite
  • James Edward Clark – Evil
  • Corey McCallum, Matthew Daley – The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case

Harry Kremer Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)


Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). The Awards Association maintains a list of active comic book stores and a database of recommendations, referrals and secret shopper reports. A separate Retailer Award Committee reviews the data and selects a short list of stores that have shown merit in a variety of categories such as:

  • Another Dimension – Calgary, AB
  • Amazing Stories – Saskatoon, SK
  • Heroes – London, ON
  • L’Imaginaire – Quebec City, QC
  • Paradise Comics – Toronto, ON

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


Vernon Miller (1912-1974) Co-founder of British Columbia’s Maple Leaf Publishing in 1941, one of the four principal publishers of comic books in Canada during World War 2 and the years shortly after under the protection of the War Exchange Conservation Act. Maple Leaf’s first foray into publishing, Better Comics #1 (March 1941) is generally agreed as first original Canadian comic book because it featured new material almost exclusively created by Miller. Better Comics #1 was also the debut of Miller’s original superhero, the first Canadian superhero — The Iron Man (in full colour! Predating Marvel’s similarly named character by 22 years). Better Comics also included Earth Torpedo, Tiger Tex the Cowboy Detective, Roaring Rails, and The Hidden Passage with illustrator F.P. Thursby. Miller, who addressed his young readers as “Uncle Verne”, also produced Mystery Mountain for Rocket Comics. Miller went on to a career as a cartoonist for Vancouver newspapers, and also did illustrations for Canadian Boy Magazine in the 1960s.


Murray Karn (1924-) Karn worked primarily for Bell Features (ON) in the 1940s, working on titles such as Active Comics and Wow Comics illustrating strips such as Thunderfist (aka Randy Steele) and Jeff Waring as well as some narrative short features for many of the different Bell titles. Karn also produced covers for Bell, most notably on early Active Comics. Karn’s precise line work and illustrative quality gave his strips a realism that stood out from the more expressive brushwork of his fellow Bell artists. After the war, Karn relocated to the United States and worked in advertising, and became a member of the Southampton Artists Association.


Katherine Collins (formerly known as Arn Saba) (1947-) Canadian (BC) cartoonist, writer, historian, stage performer, composer and media personality. Creator of Neil the Horse in 1975, published initially in Canadian newspapers for Great Lakes Publishing, and later jumped to comic books (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Renegade Press). Neil was the first all-singing, all-dancing musical comic book, with sheet music included. In 1979, wrote and produced a 5-part documentary series for CBC radio entitled the Continuous Art exploring the cultural impact of comics, featuring interviews with many renowned cartoonists (many of which were published in the Comics Journal). Retired from comics in 1991 after Neil the Horse’s last appearance in Fantagraphics’ Critters #6, although an unpublished Neil the Horse graphic novel is said to exist.




  1. Paradise Comics being on a list of best of anything is so silly, I am not even sure what to say. It’s a tiny little store that’s dingy and unpleasant. A female friend of mine actually whispered “get me out of here” last time I was in the store because she was so creeped out by a member of their staff.

  2. Our retailer award coordinators felt that Paradise met the qualifications for the award. Sometimes stores may excel in some areas and not in others. The areas they look at are:
    Support of a wide variety of innovative material
    Overall appeal of the store and usage of space,
    Community activity,
    Adherence to standard ethical business practices
    Have been open for at least 3 years.

    Certainly as a former Paradise customer I would definitely attest to the fact that they meet many of those qualifications – particularly product knowledge and community activity, and they do try to support a wide range of innovative material.

    I’m very sorry to hear about your girlfriend being creeped out. I know they actually get very good marks on their staff, they have a good gender split (not just your typical comic shop guys), and have had interns from local schools work there.

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