The 2017 Joe Shuster Awards Nominees Unveiled

The 2017 Joe Shuster Awards Nominees Unveiled 1

The 2017 Joe Shuster Awards nominations has been announced featuring titles from major publishers and indie comic creators.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the Joe Shuster Awards, they are a prestigious Canadian Awards show that exists to honour and raise awareness towards Canadian content creators, specifically, self-published comics, books, graphic novels and web comic creators. The Joe Shuster awards are named after Canadian artist Joe Shuster (July 10, 194-July 30, 1992) who was renowned for his dynamic and inventive visual style, which set the standard for storytelling in a graphic medium.

The birth of Superman which was co-produced by Shuster and his friend and neighbour Jerry Siegel, is what really set things in motion for the Canadian Comics industry, specifically the absence of the now world famous Caped Crusader on Canadian news stands during World War II, ushered in the creation of unique Canadian comic heroes such as Freelance, Nelvana and Johnny Canuck. The end of World War II abolished these restrictions and the rest was as they say, was History. As Canadians we not only honour the great comic artist with the Joe Shuster Award show, but also get the opportunity to highlight some of the great Canadian talent that contributes to the world of Comics and pop culture.

The Nominees for the prestigious Joe Shuster Awards are listed below:

Webcomics Creator:

BOUM – Boumeries

EMILY CARROLL – Some Other Animal’s Meat



SAM LOGAN – Sam & Fuzzy




FANNY BRITT – Louis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)

GORD DOWNIE – Secret Path (Simon & Schuster)

BRENDEN FLETCHER – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink#1-5 (Boom! Studios), Batgirl #48-52, Black Canary #7-12, Gotham Academy #14-18, Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1-4, “Predators” – Wonder Woman 75TH Anniversary Special (DC), Motor Crush #1 (image)

JEFF LEMIRE – Black Hammer #1-6 (Dark Horse), Descender #9-17, Plutona 4-5 (image),  All-New Hawkeye #3-6, All-New X-Men #1-3, Moon Knight #1-9, Old Man Logan #1-15, Extraordinary X-Men #1-17 (Marvel) Bloodshot Reborn #10-18, Bloodshot U.S.A., 4001 A.D. Bloodshot (Valiant)

RYAN NORTH – Jughead #9-11 (Archie) Howard the Duck #6, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4-15 (MARVEL)

BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY – Snotgirl #1-5 (image)

CLAUDE PAIEMENT ET JEAN-PAUL EID– La femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)

CHIP ZDARSKY – Jughead #4-8 (Archie), Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, Howard the Duck #3-11, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (Marvel)

The 2017 Joe Shuster Awards Nominees Unveiled

Cover Artist:

NICK BRADSHAW –  Alters #1v-2v (Aftershock) Titans #6v (DC Comics) Rocketeer at War #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v (IDW), Spidey #2-4, 6 (Marvel), Army of Darkness/Xena: Warrior Princess: Forever… and a Day #3-4, Kiss #3, Red Sonja Vol. 4 #0 (Dynamite)

MICHAEL CHO – Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus TP Vol. 1, The Flash: Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1 TP, Suicide Squad: The Silver Age Omnibus HC (DC), A-Force #3v, All-New Hawkeye #4v, All-New, All-Different Avengers #5v, Amazing Spider-Man #7v, Astonishing Ant-Man #5v, Captain Marvel #2v, Civil War II #1v, 2v,3v,4v, 5v,6v,7v,8v Daredevil #4v, Darth Vader #25v, Doctor Strange #5v, Howard the Duck #4v, Invincible Iron Man #6v, IvX #1v, Mighty Thor #4v, Occupy Avengers #1v, Scarlet Witch #3v, Spider-Gwen #5v, Spider-Man #1v, Totally Awesome Hulk #3v, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5v, Uncanny Inhumans #5v, Vision #4v (Marvel)

MIKE DEL MUNDO – Carnage #4-11, Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe  – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season One #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season Three #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier #1, GTTMCU: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy #1, IvX #1v, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1v, Spider-Man/Deadpool #1v, Star Wars: Han Solo #5v, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1v, 7v, Vision #3-4,7-12, Weirdworld #2-6 (Marvel Comics)

GISELE LAGACE – Archie Meets the Ramones #1, Josie and the Pussycats #1v (Archie), Jem and the Holograms #20v, 21v (IDW) Street Fighter Unlimited #4v (UDON)

FRANCOIS MIVILLE-DESCHENES – Reconquêtes, Tome 4, La mort d’un roi (Le Lombard)

YANICK PAQUETTE AND NATHAN FAIRBAIRN – Batgirl and the Birds of Prey  #1-5, Batman #49, Batman #7-8, Batman/Superman #28-32, Justice League #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v, 5v, 6v, 7v, 8v, 9v, 10v, 11v,  Swamp Thing #1v, Titans Hunt #5, Wonder Woman #52, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC) Lake of Fire #2v (image)

RAMON K. PEREZ – Betty and Veronica #1v, Jughead #6v (Archie), All-New Hawkeye #3-6, Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5v, Nova #1 (Marvel)

MARGUERITE SAUVAGE – Archie #6v, 7v, 12v, Josie and the Pussycats #1v (Archie), Goldie Vance #1v, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink #1v (Boom!), Spell on Wheels #3 (Dark Horse), Red Sonja #1-6 (Dynamite), Glitterbomb #2v (image), Black Panther #7v, Captain Marvel #1v, Mighty Thor #8v, Patsy Walker, Hellcat #1v (Marvel), Faith #1v, 2v, Faith II #3v,  (Valiant)

v = Variant cover


ISABELLE ARSENAULT – Louis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)

JEAN-PAUL EID – La femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)

DAVID FINCH – Batman #1-5, Wonder Woman #48-50 (DC)

STUART IMMONEN – Empress #1-6 (Millarworld/Marvel)

GISELE LAGACE – Archie Meets the Ramones #1 (Archie), Die Kitty Die #2-3 (Chapterhouse),  Betty Boop #1-3 (Dynamite)

JEFF LEMIRE – Secret Path (Simon & Schuster)

YANICK PAQUETTE – Batman #49-50, Nightwing Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC)

FIONA STAPLES – Saga #33-40 (image)



KAARE KYLE ANDREWS – Renato Jones The 0ne % #1-5 Season One (image)

CAB – Hiver nucléaire, tome 2 (Front Froid)

GUY DELISLE – S’enfuir, récit d’un otage (Dargaud)

TEVA HARRISON – In Between Days: A Memoir of Living With Cancer (House of Anansi Press)

MICHEL HELLMAN – Nunavik (Pow Pow)

COOKIE KALKAIR – Les 9 derniers mois de ta vie de petit con (Les Arènes BD)

REGIS LOISEL – Mickey Mouse: Café “Zombo” (Glénat BD)

FRANCIS MANAPUL – Trinity #1-2 (DC)

Gene Day Award (Self-Publishers) / Prix Gene Day

Named after the late and great Howard Eugene Day, this award highlights Canadian authors and creative teams that have self-published their work, but did not use a third party to distribute said work.

MITCH COOK, KEITH GRACHOW – Saltwater #1 (Kika Mika Comics)

JOHN FLEMING, COLETTE TURNER – Badassical #1 (Dapper Drone)

MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HERON, ANDREA FORT, SAM BECK – Songs for the Dead #1 (Necromancer Press)

JAMIE MICHAELS, EVIN COLLIS – Canoe Boys (Dirty Water Comics)

NUNUMI – Sky Rover

VARIOUS – Toronto Comics, Vol. 3 (Toronto Comics Anthology)

harry-kremer-portrait-paulHarry Kremer Award (Retailers)

Named After Harry Kremer, owner of Now & Then Books, which is located in Kitchener Ontario. This award is meant for comic book stores have shown exemplary merits in a variety of categories.






The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids)

This award is reserved for works that are targeted towards children aged 14 and under, the award acknowledges the necessity and merits of fiction aimed at kids as they help contribute to the life long love for reading.

ALEX A. – Les experiences de Mini-Jean tome 1 (Presses Aventure)

FANNY BRITT, ISABEL ARSENAULT – Louis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)

SCOTT CHANTLER – Three Thieves Vol. 7: Iron Hand (Kids Can Press)

FAITH ERIN HICKS – Nameless City Vol. 1 (:01 First Second)

ERIC ORCHARD – Bera the One-Headed Troll (:01 First Second)

GUILLAUME PERRAULT – Le facteur de l’espace (La Pastèque)

  1. TORRES, SEAN K. DOVE – Brobots Vol. 1 (Oni Press)

The ceremony will take place on the first weekend of September 2017 in Toronto, ON, exact details will be posted on July, 30, 2017, including the nominees for this particular award, which is given out to those who are outside of the creative and or retail realm, but have contributed to the Comic’s industry.

The Joe Shuster Awards is shaping up to be a great year for the Canadian Comic community and should prove to once again reaffirm our country’s love for the medium.

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