There’s nothing like becoming a hall of famer.
The Joe Shuster Awards Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall Of Fame will welcome four new members at the annual awards ceremony on June 9 and the weight of the honour is not lost on one of the new inductees.
“I’m very pleased about it. Of course, what else would you be?” said Toronto’s Gerald “Jerry” Lazare, 79, who is being inducted for his work on the “Canadian whites”, comics produced in this country during World War II.
“It’s great. I was only 16 when I did those comics and I’ve made my living as an artist ever since,” added Lazare, who transitioned from comics to a highly successful career as an illustrator and eventually into an acclaimed career as a fine arts painter.
Joining Lazare in the Class of 2007 are Jacques Hurtubise, A.K.A. Zyx, whose work includes the creation of the popular Sombre Vilain comic for the French-language magazine Le Jour back in the 1970s; the late Albert Chartier, whose work spanned from the 1930s through the 70s and included the beloved characters Onésime and Séraphin; and the late Howard “Gene” Day, a pioneer in the Canadian alternative comics scene in the 1970s and later a successful artist on many projects for Marvel Comics, including Master Of Kung-Fu and Star Wars.
The induction of these four creators will be held along with the annual Joe Shuster Awards presentation at the Holiday Inn, 370 King St. W., in Toronto at 8 p.m. Members of the public are welcome.
Voting still on:
Vote for your favourite Canadian creators for the 2007 Joe Shuster Awards online at www.joeshusterawards.com. Balloting ends at midnight on May 11, 2007.
Past Joe Shuster Awards Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall Of Famers:
Jon St. Ables