National comic awards announce 2007 nominees



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Most Canadian comic book creators have a soft spot for Joe Shuster.


The pioneering Toronto-born artist who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created Superman back in 1938 was so visionary and iconic that his was truly the only name that is fitting for the annual Canadian comic book creator honours: The Joe Shuster Awards.

As the online balloting for the third annual honours kicks off at that love for Shuster is evident among the nominees.

“To be nominated for a Shuster is an honour of the highest order,” said creator Rob Walton, who is up for outstanding cartoonist for his book, Ragmop.

“Shuster co-created more than a character, he created an entire industry. Superman has achieved an artistic immortality that continues to inspire artists and filmmakers and reach new audiences in a way that is unique in popular culture.

“What more can an artist ask for?”

Fellow outstanding cartoonist nominee Scott Chantler, creator of the critically acclaimed series Northwest Passage, said the name does add something to the awards.

“Naming the award for Joe Shuster was a brilliant idea,” Chantler said.

“There are few other names which inspire such strong feelings in comic book creators.”

“I was thrilled to be nominated in 2006, and thrilled again to be nominated this year.”

For creator Ty Templeton, a 2005 winner for outstanding writer who is nominated for the same prize again as well as top cartoonist, the existence of the awards themselves is a source of pride.

“The comics industry is delightfully over-represented by Canadians (perhaps our weather allows us more time indoors, drawing) and anything that promotes our cartooning boys and girls to a wider audience is a good thing,” he said.

Shuster Awards will be handed out in nine categories this year: Writer, artist, cartoonist, publisher, web comic creator, international creator and English and French awards for favourite Canadian creator, along with top Canadian retailer — and will be announced on June 9, 2007 at a ceremony at the Holiday Inn, 370 King St. W. in Toronto in conjunction with the fifth annual Paradise Toronto Comicon.

New inductees to the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame will be announced next month and presented at the same ceremony.

Online voting is on now at and ends at midnight on May 11, 2007.