Joe Shuster Award

The Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards (or Joe Shuster Awards) are given out annually for outstanding achievements in the creation of comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, and comics retailers and publishers by Canadians. The awards, first handed out in April 2005, are named in honour of Joe Shuster (1914–1992), the Canadian-born co-creator of Superman.

Joe Shuster Award
Joe Shuster Award logo
Joe Shuster Award logo
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in Canadian comics
CountryCanada
Presented byCanadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association
Websitehttp://www.joeshusterawards.com

The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2004 to administer the awards.

OverviewEdit

The Joe Shuster Awards are comic book industry-oriented awards that recognize the achievements of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.[1] Founded initially as an English-language comics award, the criteria have been changed and refined since 2006 to be inclusive of all works published in Canada (see Language criteria). The majority of the awards were initially committee-nominated, public-vote awards,[1] with write-in nominations accepted for the International Creator award.[2] This was changed in 2008 to a committee-nominated, jury-selected model, with publishers nominating works within the relevant award category.[3] The model established in 2008 was designed to eliminate voter bias and ballot stuffing. The jury deliberates until they agree on a winner, discussing the merits of each candidate.[3]

They are named after Canadian-born cartoonist Joe Shuster (1914–1992), who co-created Superman in 1938.[1][4] The award, which focuses on professionally published and distributed comics from all publishers including those designated as mainstream such as DC Comics and Marvel Comics, is complemented by the Doug Wright Awards, which focuses on alternative comics, cartooning, and comic strips and avoid mainstream published works.[4]

From the Joe Shuster Award website: "When it comes to defining comics our job is to be as INCLUSIVE as possible when narrowing the selections down to an EXCLUSIVE number of annual nominees – there is only one winner in each category though! We strive to ensure that our nominates represent the entire country's output – whether that output is in English or French (Canada's two official languages) or in other languages – the central defining characteristic of our nominees are that they are Canadian. We don't censure Canadian creators who work with non-Canadian publishing houses – while Canada is a large and diverse country, for the creative awards, there are a very limited number of Canadian publishers."

Harry Kremer Retailer AwardEdit

The late Harry Kremer, owner of Now & Then Books in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, was a true pioneer in the industry and a constant and tireless promoter and patron of the medium and owner one of the first comic book specialty stores in Canada.[citation needed] His memory is kept alive in the award that has been named after him – the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Retailer Award.[1] The Award was given to Kremer's store in 2005, with open voting from 2006 onwards.[5]

Gene Day Self-Publisher AwardEdit

Named after the late comics artist and self-publisher Gene 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 distributor. The award winner receives a bursary of $500. The award was introduced in 2009.[6] Prior to this, Dave Sim had established the Howard E. Day Prize distributed annually at the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo in Columbus, Ohio, from 2002 to 2008.[7]

Comics For Kids AwardEdit

This award was established in 2004.[3] Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees are selected 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.[citation needed]

Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of FameEdit

The Hall of Fame includes dozens of creators such as Hal Foster, Win Mortimer, John Byrne, Dave Sim and more.[citation needed]

Language criteriaEdit

The Joe Shuster Awards honour original work published during the previous calendar year in any language. However, Canada has two official languages – French and English, so extra research and attention is given to works published in the two official languages. In order to ensure that bilingual works are included on the ballot, two nominating committees select the finalists in each official language and the finalists are merged for the announced ballot. The nominated books are then given to jury members who can read both official languages for equal consideration.[citation needed]

Citizenship and residencyEdit

The Joe Shuster Awards are open to all Canadian citizens.

Canadian citizens who have chosen to reside outside of Canada are still eligible for consideration, unless they contact the Awards organization and notify them that they have surrendered their Canadian citizenship and no longer wish to be considered for their recent work as a Canadian citizen.

Non-Canadians who have achieved permanent residency status in Canada are also eligible for consideration. In order to be considered for inclusion as a resident, the individual must have lived in Canada for three years. Permanent residents who do not wish to be considered may opt out of the Awards program before the selection process begins by sending a statement in writing to the Awards organization. If an approved permanent resident moves away from Canada, they are no longer considered eligible for the awards.

CategoriesEdit

Categories and winners of Joe Shuster Awards are as follows:

Outstanding AchievementEdit

  • 2005 Dave Sim and Gerhard for completing Cerebus in 2004. Begun in 1977, this 300-issue series is a milestone in comic book publishing and is the longest running creator-owned comic book series.[8]
  • 2006-2007 No winner
  • 2008 David Watkins for using comic books as a teaching tool.
  • 2009 Category suspended

Outstanding ArtistEdit

Outstanding Cartoonist (writer and artist)Edit

Outstanding PublisherEdit

Outstanding WriterEdit

Outstanding WebComic Creator/Creative TeamEdit

Outstanding ColouristEdit

Outstanding Cover (2008-2010) / Cover Artist (2011-)Edit

Comics for Kids Award (The Dragon Award)Edit

Gene Day Award for Canadian Self-Publishing (New in 2009)Edit

Harry Kremer Retailer AwardEdit

T.M. Maple AwardEdit

New in 2014. "The T. M. Maple Award will go to someone (living or deceased) selected from the Canadian comics community for achievements made outside of the creative and retail categories who have had a positive impact on the community."

  • 2014 T.M. Maple aka Jim Burke (1956-1994))[14]
  • 2014 Debra Jane Shelly (1974-2014)[14]
  • 2015 Michael Hirsh (1948-)
  • 2015 Patrick Loubert (1947-)
  • 2015 Robert Charpentier (1960-2015)
  • 2016 John Bell (1952-)
  • 2017 Kenneth Ketter

Hall of Fame InducteesEdit

Voters Choice - Outstanding International CreatorEdit

Voters Choice - Favourite Creator (English Language)Edit

Voters Choice - Favourite Creator (French Language)Edit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Stump 2006a.
  2. ^ Stump 2005a.
  3. ^ a b c Weiner, et al. 2010, p. 48.
  4. ^ a b Bell 2006, p. 187.
  5. ^ Stump 2006b.
  6. ^ "Shuster Awards Announce Honor Named for Gene Day". Comic Book Bin. May 3, 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  7. ^ "SPACE". BackPorchComics.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Stump 2005b.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Melrose 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Vu 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l MacDonald 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Spurgeon 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Spurgeon 2013.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "The winners of the 2014 Joe Shuster Awards", September 20, 2014

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