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2018 Nominees for Joe Shuster Award Announced

Named after pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914- July 30, 1992), the JOE SHUSTER AWARD is Canada’s national award that honors and raises the awareness of Canadians that create, self-publish and sell comics books, graphic novels and webcomics. Award winners will be chosen by a jury vote, and the ceremony will take place the first weekend of September 2017 is Toronto, ON. For a full list of nominees, see below.

*Bold denotes Diamond publisher

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

  • BOUMERIES – BOUM
  • MENAGE A 3 – GISELE LAGACE, DAVID LUMSDON (adult content)
  • SUBNORMALITY – WINSTON ROWNTREE
  • BUN TOONS – TY TEMPLETON
  • STRANGEBEARD – KELLY TINDALL
  • TRUE PATRIOT PRESENTS #2-6 – VARIOUS
  • RAGMOP – ROB WALTON

Writer / Scénariste

  • ED BRISSON – IRON FIST 1-7, 73, BULLSEYE 1-3, CABLE 150, OLD MAN LOGAN 25-29 (MARVEL COMICS)
  • MEREDITH FINCH – ROSE 1-6 (IMAGE COMICS), CATWOMAN: ELECTION NIGHT 1 (DC COMICS)
  • JEFF LEMIRE – DEATH OF X 3-4, EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN 16-20, IVX 1-6, MOON KNIGHT 8-14, OLD MAN LOGAN 13-24, THANOS 1-12 (MARVEL COMICS), BLOODSHOT REBORN 0, BLOODSHOT SALVATION 1-4, BLOODSHOT USA 4 (VALIANT COMICS), BLACK HAMMER 7-13, GIANT-SIZED ANNUAL 1, SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN AND THE LEGION OF EVIL 1-3 (DARK HORSE COMICS), DESCENDER 18-25 (IMAGE COMICS), HAWKMAN FOUND 1 (DC COMICS)
  • CHIP ZDARSKY – DR. STRANGE 1.MU, PETER PARKER – THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN 1-5, STAR-LORD 1-6, ANNUAL 1 (MARVEL COMICS) HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (DC COMICS)
  • JIM ZUB – AVENGERS 1.MU, SECRET EMPIRE UNITED 1, THUNDERBOLTS 7-12, UNCANNY AVENGERS 25-28, ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 1-3, 0, ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 1-2 (w/Yusako Komiyama) (MARVEL COMICS), GLITTERBOMB: THE FAME GAME 1-4, WAYWARD 21-25 (IMAGE COMICS), DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FROST GIANT’S FURY 3-5 (IDW) FREELANCE 1-4 (w/Andrew Wheeler) (CHAPTERHOUSE)

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • MICHAEL CHO – DC Comics, Marvel Comics
  • MIKE DEL MUNDO – Marvel Comics
  • DALE KEOWN – Marvel Comics, DC Comics
  • MIKAEL – Dargaud
  • DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN – Chapterhouse, Image Comics
  • JULIE ROCHELEAU – Casterman
  • FIONA STAPLES – Image Comics

Artist / Dessinateur

  • MIKE DEL MUNDO – THE AVENGERS 1-6, 9-11, MIGHTY THOR 700 (MARVEL COMICS)
  • DAVID FINCH – BATMAN 16-20, 24 (DC COMICS)
  • STUART IMMONEN – AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25-31, 789, MARVEL LEGACY 1 (MARVEL COMICS), EMPRESS 7 (ICON/MARVEL COMICS)
  • RAMON PEREZ – JANE (ARCHAIA), NOVA 1-5, 7, GENERATIONS: MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN, PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN 1 (MARVEL COMICS)
  • JULIE ROCHELEAU – BETTY BOOB (CASTERMAN)
  • FIONA STAPLES – SAGA 42-48 (IMAGE COMICS)


Cartoonist / Auteur

  • MICHEL FALARDEAU – L’ESPRIT DU CAMP (STUDIO LOUNAK)
  • RON KASMAN – THE TOWER OF COMIC BOOK FREAKS (CALIBER COMICS)
  • JEFF LEMIRE – ROUGHNECK (GALLERY 13), ROYAL CITY 1-8 (IMAGE COMICS)
  • LORNA MAPA – DURAN DURAN, IMELDA MARCOS AND ME (CONUNDRUM PRESS)
  • JOE OLLMANN – THE ABOMINABLE MR. SEABROOK (DRAWN+QUARTERLY)
  • STEVE SKROCE – MAESTROS 1-3 (IMAGE COMICS)
  • JILLIAN TAMAKI – BOUNDLESS (DRAWN+QUARTERLY)
  • FRANCOIS VIGNEAULT – TITAN (POW POW)
  • ANNE VILLENEUVE – UNE LONGUE CANICULE (MECANIQUE GENERALE)

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 individual publications submitted for review before the deadline of May 13th, 2017.

This year the award will be split into two categories:

Single Creator/Creative Team:

  • GLADIASAURS, BEAVER DAMN 1 – A. SHAY HAHN (C)
  • FEAST OF FIELDS – MOR: PART 1 – SEAN KAREMAKER (C)
  • DEAD CHARLIE T.3: LES AMAZONES DE VENUS – THIERRY LABROSSE (C)
  • WHERE IS ZORG?, WRESTLEMON – JEFF MARTIN (C)
  • HEROES OF HOMEROOM C – ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER (W) w/ Carlos Granda (A)
  • FIR VALLEY – JASON TURNER (C)
  • MARIE AND THE WORRYWART, MAGICAL BEATDOWN VOL.2 – JENN WOODALL (C)


(C)=Cartoonist, (A)=Artist, (W)=Writer

Anthology Format:

  • HOGTOWN HORROR – BOOK DESIGN AND LAYOUT BY TIM LAI (HOGTOWN COMICS)
  • MOONSHOT: THE INDIGENOUS COMICS COLLECTION VOL. 2 – EDITED BY HOPE NICHOLSON (AH COMICS)
  • RAID.ONE – EDITED BY ROB COUGHLER AND RAMON PEREZ (RAID STUDIO)
  • READ MORE COMICS 3 – DAVID CRAIG, JAMES SPENCER AND ROBB MIRSKY (READMORECOMIX.COM)
  • YONGE AT HEART – EDITED BY STEVE ANDREWS, AARON FELDMAN, ALLISON O’TOOLE (TORONTO COMICS)