Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award has been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.
We are now honoured to announce the additional nominees for the categories of Outstanding Canadian Publisher, as well as the Finalists for the Harry Kremer Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer Award and the Comics for Kids Award, for books aimed at younger readers by Canadian creators.
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.
The winners of the 2010 Joe Shuster Awards 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.
- Conundrum Press - www.conundrumpress.com
- Drawn & Quarterly - www.drawnandquarterly.com
- Les 400 Coups - www.editions400coups.com
- Kids Can Press - www.kidscanpress.com
- La Pastèque - www.lapasteque.com
The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel Canadien de Bandes Dessinées
- Binky the Space Cat - Ashley Spines (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)