Cooke, Lemire, Manapul, O’Malley, Stokoe and More Nominated for the 2011 Shuster Awards

Anticipation is mounting in Canada this morning as nominations have been announced for the 2011 Shuster Awards! The winners will be announced in Calgary, Alberta during a ceremony at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo on 18th June. Nominees are limited to Canadian comics creators living in that country or abroad, but that's more than a mere niche. You'll recognize many of these names, including creators like Jeff Lemire, Darwyn Cooke, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, Francis Manapul, Todd McFarlane, Orc Stain creator James Stokoe, Mystery Society artist Fiona Staples, and many, many more. 

Let's have a look at those nominees: 


Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

* CAMILLA D’ERRICO – Sky Pirates of Neo Terra #4-5, “Little Red Riding Hood” from Fractured Fables (Image Comics)

* STUART IMMONEN – New Avengers #61-62/Finale/Vol.2 #1-7, “The Avengers” from Origins of Marvel Comics #1, “Second Coming: Prologue” from X-Men – Second Coming: Prepare (Marvel Comics)

* JACQUES LAMONTAGNE – Aspic 01: La naine aux ectoplasmes (Soleil)

* FRANCIS MANAPUL – Adventure Comics #6, The Flash #1-6, Superman/Batman #75 (DC Comics)

* JULIE ROCHELEAU – La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)

* FIONA STAPLES – Mystery Society #1-5 (IDW), Northlanders #29 (DC/Vertigo), Fringe: Tales from the Fringe #4 (DC/Wildstorm)

* CAMERON STEWART – Batman and Robin #7-9, 16 (DC Comics), Prince of Persia: Before the Sandstorm (Disney Press)


Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist / Créateur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

* SCOTT CHANTLER – Two Generals (McClelland & Stewart), Three Thieves Book One: Tower of Treasure (Kids Can Press)

* DARWYN COOKE – Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Man with the Getaway Face (IDW), Weird War Tales #1 (DC Comics)

* PASCAL GIRARD – Jimmy et le Bigfoot (La Pastèque) / Bigfoot (Drawn & Quarterly)

* JEFF LEMIRE – Sweet Tooth #5-16 (DC/Vertigo), “A Civilized Thing” from Strange Tales II #1 (Marvel Comics)

* BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY – Scott Pilgrim Vol.6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Oni Press)

* SIRIS – Vogue la valise (La Pastèque)

* JAMES STOKOE – Orc Stain #1-5 (Image Comics), “Silver Surfer” from Strange Tales II #3 (Marvel Comics)

* TIN CAN FOREST (aka Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek) – Baba Yaga and the Wolf (Koyama Press)


Outstanding Comic Book Colourist /Coloriste Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

Due to space considerations, nominees with a large number of publications have been reduced to a listing of the publishers for whom they coloured books in 2010. A full list of publications will be made available on the website.

* BRAD ANDERSON – Clients include: Dark Horse, DC Comics, Marvel Comics

* JEAN-FRANÇOIS BEAULIEU – Clients include: Marvel Comics

* BLOND – Clients include: Boom! Studios, DC Comics, Zenoscope

* NATHAN FAIRBAIRN – Clients include: DC Comics, Marvel Comics

* FRANÇOIS LAPIERRE – Magasin général Tome 6: Ernest Latulippe(Casterman)

* DAVE McCAIG – Clients include: DC Comics, Image/Top Cow, Marvel Comics

*” – La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)


Outstanding Comic Book Cover Artist / Dessinateur Couvertures Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

* KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY – Action Comics #887, R.E.B.E.L.S. #12- 19 (DC Comics), Dazzler, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Update #2-5 (Marvel Comics), Artifacts #3 (Image/Top Cow), Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #3 (Boom! Studios)

* CHRIS BACHALO – Amazing Spider-Man #630-633, Secret Avengers #4 Variant, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants: Storm & Gambit #1 Variant (Marvel Comics)

* JACQUES LAMONTAGNE – Aspic 01: La naine aux ectoplasmes (Soleil)

* MIKE DEL MUNDO – Amazing Spider-Man #626, 628 Variant , Daredevil #506 Variant, Heroic Age: One Month to Live #1-5, Hulk: Let the Battle Begin, Klaws of the Panther #1-4, Marvel Heartbreakers, Marvel Zombies 5 #5, Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1, Spider-Girl #1 Variant, S.W.O.R.D. #4-5 (Marvel Comics)

* JEFF LEMIRE – Sweet Tooth #5-16 (DC/Vertigo)

* FIONA STAPLES – Mystery Society #1-5 (IDW), DV8: Gods and Monsters #1-8 (DC/Wildstorm), Superman/Batman #79 (DC Comics), Acts of Violence: An Anthology of Crime Comics (New Reliable Press), Magus #1 (12 Gauge Comics)

* ZVIANE – Apnée (POW POW)


Outstanding Comic Book Publisher / Éditeur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées









Outstanding Web Comics Creator(s) /Créateur(s) Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées Web

ATTILA ADORJANY – Metaphysical Neuroma

KATE BEATON – Hark! A Vagrant

EMILY CARROLL – His Face All Red, Dream Journals, The Death of José Arcadio, Out the Door, The Hare’s Bride

KARL KERSCHL – The Abominable Charles Christopher

DRAZEN KOZJAN – The Happy Undertaker, Friday’s Fables

SIMON ROY – Dead Lands SIMON ROY & ED BRISSON – Skimming the Till, Catching Up

SALGOOD SAM (aka Max Douglas) – Dream Life

CONNOR WILLUMSEN – Everett, Hot Brunette, Batman Comic, Explanation for Sator Stuff


Outstanding Comic Book Writer(s) / Écrivain(s) Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

* ANTHONY DEL COL & CONOR MCCREERY – Kill Shakespeare #1-8 (IDW)

* KATHRYN IMMONEN – Heralds #1-5, X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back #1-4, “Good to be Lucky” from Girl Comics #2, “It’s Not Lupus” from Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way #1, “A Chemical Romance” from Marvel Heartbreakers (Marvel Comics)

* SYLVAIN LEMAY – Pour en finir avec novembre (Mécanique Générale)

* JEFF LEMIRE Brightest Day: The Atom Special #1, “The Atom” stories in Adventure Comics #516-521, – “A Look At Things to Come In… Superboy” from Action Comics #892, Superboy #1-2 (DC Comics)

* J. TORRES – Lola: A Ghost Story, Yo Gabba Gabba: Good Night Gabbaland, Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball (Oni Press), Batman: The Brave and the Bold #11 (DC/Jonny DC), Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E #2-3 (Boom! Studios), “Psyche” from Hack/Slash: Trailers #2 (Image Comics)

* ÉMILIE VILLENEUVE – La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)

* JIM ZUBKAVICH – Skullkickers #1-4 (Image Comics), Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1-4 (Udon Entertainment)


Comics for Kids / Bandes Dessinées pour Enfants

This award recognizes the works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers, and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Works considered for this award are comic books and graphic novels by Canadian creators that are targeted at readers 14 and under. Nominees for this award are selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Haines, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprietor of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop.

* BINKY TO THE RESCUE by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press)


* FISHING WITH GUBBY written by Gary Kent, art by Kim La Fave (Harbour Publishing)

* FOOD FIGHT: A GRAPHIC GUIDE ADVENTURE written by Liam O’Donnell, art by Mike Deas (Orca Book Publishers)

* TITI KRAPOUTI & CIE Tome 1 by Stéphanie Leduc ( Glénat Québec)

* THREE THIEVES BOOK 1: TOWER OF TREASURE by Scott Chantler (Kids Can Press)

* TWO GENERALS by Scott Chantler (McClelland & Stewart)


The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers / Le Prix Gene Day pour Éditeurs Direct de Bandes Dessinées

Named after the late Howard Eugene Day (1951-1982), this award honours Canadian comic book creators or creative teams who self-published their work during the previous calendar yearor, but did not have the books distributed by a third party distribut. The nominees were selected from over 50 individual publications submitted for review. The award winner will also receive a bursary of $500.

JASON BRADSHAW – Boredom Pays #2


NICK MAANDAG – Streakers

JOHN MARTZ– Heaven All Day

ELAINE WILL – Look Straight Ahead #1-2


The Harry Kremer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer /Le Prix de Harry Kremer pour Détaillant Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

Named after the late Harry Kremer, original owner of Now & Then Books (in Kitchener, Ontario). Shops are recommended by the general public and a separate Retailer Award Committee reviews all materials received and select a short list of stores that has shown merit in a variety of categories such as: (1) Support of a wide variety of innovative material, (2) Overall appeal of the store and usage of space, (3) Knowledge, (4) Community activity, and (5) Adherence to standard ethical business practices.






COMIC READERS (Downtown Regina, SK)



L’IMAGINAIRE (Quebec City, QC)

PLANÈTE BD (Montreal, QC)


Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame / Temple de la renommée Créateur Canadien de Bandes Dessinées



Selected credits:

Yummy Fur (Self-Published/Vortex) (1980-1993)

Ed the Happy Clown (Vortex/Drawn & Quarterly) (1989/2005-6)

The Playboy (Drawn & Quarterly) (1992)

I Never Liked You (Drawn & Quarterly) (1994)

Underwater (Drawn & Quarterly) (1994-1997)

Louis Riel (Drawn & Quarterly) (1999-2003)

The Little Man – Short Strips 1980-1995 (Drawn & Quarterly) (2006)

Paying for It (Drawn & Quarterly) (2011)


* TODD McFARLANE (1961-)

Selected credits:

Coyote (Eclipse) (1985)

Infinity, Inc. (DC Comics) (1985-1987)

Detective Comics (DC Comics) (1987)

The Incredible Hulk (Marvel Comics) (1987-1988)

Invasion (DC Comics) (1988)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel Comics) (1988-1990)

Spider-Man (Marvel Comics) (1990-1991)

IMAGE COMICS (Founding Partner) (1992-Present)

Spawn and related titles (Image Comics) (1992-present)

MCFARLANE TOYS (1994-Present)


Haunt (Image Comics) (2009-present)


Congratulations to all the nominees! And here's hoping we each find something new to read amongst all these credits! 


  1. This is great. I often forget just how many creators are Canadian. Congrats on the noms!

  2. Eaglesham seems to be missing.

  3. With luck maybe now a few of these noms are added to the Calgary Con guest list soon…

  4. Wow, it looks as if Jeff Lemire and Scott Chantler are going to clean house this year. Look at all the categories they’re in; Chantler’s got two different books in the Kids category. (Which is kind of weird; is Two Generals really for kids? Dudes get blown to pieces with grenades in that book. I think his work is so rigorously all-ages it becomes hard to neatly categorize in that way.)

  5. Two Generals is kind of the bomb.

  6. I shop at The Comic Hunter. 🙂

  7. I didn’t even realize Stokoe and Bachalo were Canadian!

    @harwellpkg I’m not sure who they should have bumped for Eaglesham, I’d say everyone on that list had a better year than him.

  8. @gobo  We’re filing claims. Stokoe is ours, elk eaters! 

  9. @PaulMontgomery  Over our dead and dessicated gronches.

  10. @PaulMontgomery  The flesh of the elk is both delicious and fortifying, and strengthens our young. And the precious velvet we harvest from their antlers provides immunity from your contemporary urban diseases. Stake your claim, and languish!

  11. I was kind of amazed the Two Generals got a nomination in books for kids.  While I have thought about using this book in my history classroom, I would not say it for kids.  An amazing book though, thanks to Josh for the recommendation!

  12. The way the Comics for Kids award has been explained to me is that the nominations and final selection are made by educators who pick books that they feel would be enriching for a young audience and generate lifelong readers. I personally wouldn’t give the book to anyone younger than about 12, but myself and the folks at McClelland & Stewart all hoped that it would find a young audience (as well an adult one, of course).

    In that spirit, I think the Comics for Kids nomination is understandable, most welcome, and flattering.

    Nice to see so much love for my work here. Much appreciated…thanks, everyone!

  13. @ScottChantler  That makes sense. Two Generals is definitely something I’d want a lifelong reader to have. Best of luck!