By Patrick Bérubé
April 12, 2010 - 09:08
The first logical place to begin with is Delaf (Marc Delafontaine) and Dubuc (Maryse Dubuc). Like last year, this duo is the most nominated among the French-Canadian nominees for their work on the fourth volume of Les Nombril,s published by Dupuis. Either Delaf or Dubuc are in nomination for: Best Artist (Delaf), Best Colourist (Dubuc), Best Writer (Dubuc) and Best Cover (Delaf). As I said last year, the couple has been enjoying much success since each volume of Les Nombrils sells more than a 100, 000 copies on the European market. For those who have never heard of the series, it is about two very egocentric girls and the suffering they can inflict on the third member of their trio, the totally unhip Karine.
In the best artist category we also have Djief (Jean-François Bergeron) in nomination for his new series Saint-Germain. Djief is little known in the North American market even though he did some work for the now-defunct Speakeasy Comics. In Europe, however, he has been working on Saint-Germain from Glénat, Le Crépuscule des Dieux from Soleil and on various cover illustrations.
One of the nominations for best writer goes to one of my surprise for 2009. Hervé Bouchard being awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Harvey was something I really had not seen coming. Not that he did not deserve it but a comic book getting such recognition from the literary world is not something you see every day.
And lastly but not the least, Paul Bordeleau was nominated for best cover with Faune vol. 2. Bordeleau is a seasoned illustrator and comic book work is something I wish he would do even more often. This is not is first nomination in the Shuster however since he was a nominee in 2006 in the webcomic category.
Editor's Notes: Patrick Bérubé, the author of this article was invited to be part of the jury of the 2010 Shuster Awards, after writing this article. He will no longer cover the Shuster Award, similar Canadian Awards or comment directly on the works of the nominees. The Comic Book Bin is independent and lists any conflict of interests clearly.