Every comic book fan knows that Superman was created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.  However, not every comic book fan knows that Shuster was born in Toronto, Ontario, or that the Canadian comic book awards are named in his honor.

Canadian-born Joe Shuster was the co-creator of Superman.

Joe Shuster in 1975

Canada’s Joe Shuster Award honours Canadians who create, self-publish, and sell comics books, graphic novels, and webcomicsThey are named after pioneering Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914- July 30, 1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry.

The nominees are:

Writer / Scénariste

  • 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 -18, Gotham Academy: Second Semester -4, “Predators” – Wonder Woman 75THAnniversary Special (DC), Motor Crush  (image)
  • Jeff Lemire – Black Hammer -6 (Dark Horse), Descender -17, Plutona 4-5 (image),  All-New Hawkeye -6, All-New X-Men -3, Moon Knight -9, Old Man Logan -15, Extraordinary X-Men -17 (Marvel) Bloodshot Reborn -18Bloodshot U.S.A., 4001 A.D. Bloodshot (Valiant)
  • Ryan North – Jughead -11 (Archie) Howard the Duck , The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl -15 (Marvel)
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley – Snotgirl -5 (image)
  • Claude Paiement et Jean-Paul Eid– La femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)
  • Chip Zdarsky – Jughead -8 (Archie), Civil War II: Choosing Sides , Howard the Duck -11, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (Marvel)
Artist Isabelle Arsenault has been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award in two categories.

Isabelle Arsenault 

Artist / Dessinateur

  • Isabelle Arsenault – Louis parmi les spectres (La Pastèque)
  • Jean-Paul Eid – La femme aux cartes postales (La Pastèque)
  • David Finch – Batman -5, Wonder Woman #48-50 (DC)
  • Stuart Immonen – Empress -6 (Millarworld/Marvel)
  • Gisèle Lagacé – Archie Meets the Ramones  (Archie), Die Kitty Die -3 (Chapterhouse),  Betty Boop -3 (Dynamite)
  • Jeff Lemire – Secret Path (Simon & Schuster)
  • Yanick Paquette – Batman #49-50, Nightwing Rebirth , Wonder Woman: Earth One (DC)
  • Fiona Staples – Saga #33-40 (image)

Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web

Writer, illustrator, and musician Gisèle Lagacé has been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award in three categories.

Gisèle Lagacé 

Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures

  • Nick Bradshaw –  Alters #1v-2v (Aftershock) Titans #6v (DC Comics)Rocketeer at War #1v, 2v, 3v, 4v (IDW), Spidey -4, 6 (Marvel), Army of Darkness/Xena: Warrior Princess: Forever… and a Day -4Kiss , Red Sonja Vol. 4  (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 -11, Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe  – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season One , GTTMCU: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season Three , GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers , GTTMCU: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger GTTMCU: Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier GTTMCU: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy , IvX #1v, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1v, Spider-Man/Deadpool #1v, Star Wars: Han Solo #5v, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1v, 7v, Vision -4,7-12, Weirdworld -6 (Marvel Comics)
  • Gisèle Lagacé – Archie Meets the Ramones , 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 , 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 -6, Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5v, Nova  (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  (Dark Horse), Red Sonja -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)

Cartoonist / Auteur

  • Kaare Kyle Andrews – Renato Jones The 0ne % -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 -2 (DC)

The Dragon Award (Comics for Kids) / Le Prix Dragon (Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants)

  • Alex A. – Les experiences de Mini-Jean tome 1 (Presses Aventure)
  • Fanny Britt, Isabelle 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)
  • J. Torres, Sean K. Dove – Brobots Vol. 1 (Oni Press)

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

  • Mitch Cook, Keith Grachow – Saltwater  (Kika Mika Comics)
  • John Fleming, Colette Turner – Badassical  (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 Award (Retailers) / Prix Harry Kremer (Détaillants)

SCIFI.radio wishes good luck to all the nominees.  Bonne chance!


Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.