Topic: Comic Cons
This past Saturday there was a special awards ceremony held in Toronto, Canada...
Which I was made aware of when sent the ballot results, as I'm a 'Fan' of 'The Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Fan Page' on Facebook.
So what exactly are these awards and who are they named for?
Well, here is that data from their Fan Page:
"The first national achievement award for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics, the Joe Shuster Awards were established in 2004 and first presented in April 2005. The awards are named after Joe Shuster, the Canadian-born co-creator of Superman, and are named as such with permission of his estate. The Joe Shuster Awards honour the people who create comics, publish comics and sell comics.
Creator nominees are nominated for their BODY OF WORK during the previous calendar year, not just for one specific work. Hall of Fame and Retailer Awards are selected by individual committees after a review and discussion of eligible candidates. Four Hall of Fame candidates will be initiated into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame in 2009. Aside from the retailer award committee, active creators acted as advisors so as not to influence a bias in any of the creative awards categories.
The Joe Shuster Awards are run by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association (CCBCAA), a not-for-profit organization that relies on sponsorship, eBay and convention sales of prints and memorabilia or private donations."
My thanks to Kevin Andrew Boyd, Executive Director, who sent me the list of winners on Saturday night 9:34 PM, which is blogged here today:
"Announced a few hours ago at a packed ceremony held at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall, the 2009 Joe Shuster Award winners are:
* David Finch – Ultimatum #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
* Dave Sim – Glamourpuss #1-4, Judenhaas (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
* François Lapierre - “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes du Québec (Glénat Québec), Magasin général 4 (Casterman)
* Mariko Tamaki - Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), Skim (Groundwood Books)
* Niko Henrichon – Hostile Tome 1 (Dupuis)
Webcomics/Bandes Dessinées Web
* Cameron Stewart – Sin Titulo
* Les 400 Coups/Mécanique Générale
Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants
* Kean Soo, Jellaby Book 1 (Hyperion)
Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct Canadian de Bandes Dessinées
* Jesse Jacobs for Blue Winter, Shapes in the Snow.
The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
* Legends Comics and Books (Victoria, British Columbia)
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
* George Menendez Rae (1906-1992)
Congratulations to all of the winners and the nominees!"
The reason I published the cover of the winner of the Gene Day award: Jesse Jacobs for 'Blue Winter, Shapes in the Snow' at the top right of this blog post, is because I have blogged about Gene Day here before, of whom the award is named for. (Click this link for that story.)
I think it is great that there is a Canadian Awards Ceremony for Canadian creators and comics and related items. Yes, there are cross-overs of Canadians working in American (USA) comics and graphic novels, but still it is important to honor local born creators in their own countries.
Matter of fact I had another Facebook Friend, (Bruce Durham), messaged me after learning I was going to blog about these awards that... "I don't think many people know that half of the creative team behind Superman was Canadian, and that the Daily Planet was named after the Daily (now Toronto) Star".
So if You are aware of other countries that have 'local' awards ceremonies, feel free to email / message me about them as they come up! I'm willing to read about them and possibly blog about those awards also!
If you are on Facebook you can find out more about the Shuster Awards AND post your thoughts at their Facebook Fan Page at:
If you don't belong to Facebook... You can find out more from the Awards web site:
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