Thursday, April 02, 2009  
2008 Shuster Nominees Announced

:: Posted by BK @ 4/02/2009 02:18:00 AM
justice society of america #14 variant cover by dale eaglesham 2008The nominees for the 2009 Shuster Award nominees were announced in a press release and on the Shuster website earlier today.

This year's nominees are an interesting mix of French- and English-language comics from a variety of publishers from Canada, the U.S.A., and France.

Among the publishers, DC (and its various imprints) and Marvel seem to lead the pack in nominations. La Pasteque, Mecanique General/400 Coups and Aardvark-Vanaheim are the most-nominated Canadian publishers. Glenat Quebec is also recognized for a story in its sole Canadian publication. New Reliable Press and Groundwood Books both get a nod (although the Shusters seem to be following the lead of the Governor General awards and have chosen to ignore Jillian Tamaki's work in Skim). And although none of their books were really nominated, Arcana Studio, Conundrum Press, Drawn & Quarterly, Red 5, and Udon were all nominated in the best publisher category.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a June 27 ceremony. Nominees for a new children's comics prize will be announced in May, as will the nominees for the self-publishing prize (for which submissions are still being accepted).

The nominees, for works published in 2008, are:

Best Artist
(comic book artist(s) or illustrator/illustrator team)
*Marc Delafontaine (aka Delaf) - Les Nombrils 3 (Dupuis)
*Dale Eaglesham - JSA #12, 14-15, 18-22 (DC)
*David Finch - Ultimatum #1-2 (Marvel)
*Karl Kerschl & Serge LaPointe - Teen Titans: Year One #1-6 (DC)
*Jacques Lamontagne - Les Druides 4 (Soleil)
*Steve McNiven - Amazing Spider-Man #546-548, Wolverine #66-70 (Marvel)
*Steve Rolston - Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), "Familiar" - House of Mystery #4 (DC/Vertigo), You Ain't No Dancer #3 (New Reliable Press)
*Stephen Sadowski - Avengers/Invaders #1-7 (Marvel/Dynamite), Superpowers #0 (Dynamite), Jack the Lantern: Ghosts #2 (Castle Rain)

Best Cartoonist
("Bedeist?" "Auteur?")

*Gregoire Bouchard - Vers les Mondes Lointains (Paquet)
*Darwyn Cooke - "Chapter X: The Greater Good" New Frontier Special #1, The Spirit #12 (DC)
*Francis Descharnais - Burquette (Les 400 coups)
*Jean-Paul Eid - Des tondeuses et des hommes (La Pasteque)
*Michael Gagne - "The Saga of Rex" Chapter 4 - Flight Vol. 5 (Ballantyne)
*Faith Erin Hicks - The War at Ellsmere (Slave Labor)
*Jeff Lemire - Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse (Top Shelf)
*Seth - "Thoreau MacDonald" in Kramer's Ergot 7 (Buenaventura Press)
*Dave Sim - Glamourpuss #1-4, Judenhaas (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Best Colourist/Dessinateur Couleur
*Jean-Francois Beaulieu
*Blond
*Chris Chuckry
*Maryse Dubuc
*Nathan Fairbairn
*Lovern Kindzierski
*Francois Lapierre
*Dave McCaig

Best Writer
("Scenariste"?)

*Ian Boothby - many Simpsons comics (Bongo)
*Cecil Castellucci - Janes in Love (DC/Minx)
*Darwyn Cooke - stories in New Frontier Special #1, Superman Confidential 11 (DC Comics)
*Maryse Dubuc - Les Nombrils 3 (Dupuis)
*Ray Fawkes - The Apocalipstix (Oni)
*Francois Lapierre - "Gedeon et la bete du lac" Contes et legendes du Quebec (Glenat Quebec)
*Mariko Tamaki - Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx), Skim (Groundwood Books)
*J. Torres - The Family Dynamic #1-3, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #11, 13, 17-19, Teen Titans Go! #51-55 (DC/Johnny DC), Wonder Girl #5-6 (DC Comics)

Best Cover
("Couverture")

*Adrian Alphona - Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season Two #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)
*Darwyn Cooke - The Spirit #12 (DC)
*Marc Delafontaine - Les Nombrils 3 (Dupuis)
*Dale Eaglesham - JSA #14 Variant (DC Comics)
*David Finch -Amazing Spider-Man #572 Variant (Marvel)
*Philippe Girard - Les Ravins (Mecanique Generale)
*Niko Henrichon - Hostile Tome 1 (Dupuis)
*Steve McNiven - Kick-Ass #1 Variant (Marvel)
*Dean Motter - Mister X: The Condemned #1 (Dark Horse)
*David Sim - Glamourpuss #4 Zombie Variant (Aardvark-Vanaheim)

Best Webcomic

*Kate Beaton - Hark! A Vagrant
*Michael Cho – Papercut
*Lar De Souza & Ryan Sohmer - Least I Could Do and Looking for Group
*Kathryn & Stuart Immonen - Moving Pictures
*Karl Kerschl - The Abominable Charles Christopher
*Gisele Lagace - Menage A 3
*Ramon K. Perez– Kukuburi and Butternut Squash (w/Robert Coughler)
*Cameron Stewart - Sin Titulo

Best Publisher

*Aardvark-Vanaheim
*Arcana Studio
*Conundrum Press
*Drawn & Quarterly
*La Pasteque
*Les 400 Coups/Mecanique Generale
*Red 5 Comics
*Udon Entertainment


See all the details about issue numbers, story titles, nominators, and sundry other credits at the Shusters website.
(top image: best cover nominee Dale Eaglesham's variant cover for JSA #14)

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