Shortlists for the 2012 Joe Schuster Awards Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (May 9, 2012) – From coast to coast, Canada is home to many of the comic book industry’s top talents, and the Joe Shuster Awards are a way of recognizing and celebrating their achievements. Since it was established in 2004, the Joe Shuster Award program has been Canada’s national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The juried awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

In April of this year, the nominees were chosen from lists comprising all eligible titles published during the year 2011, by Canadian citizens living at home or abroad and Canadian permanent residents. Now that the nominees have been selected, their works will be evaluated by different juries who will determine winners in each category. Winners will be announced during a public ceremony on the evening of Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Montreal Comic Con, which takes place from September 14-16, 2012 at the Palais de Congres (Montreal). The nominees for the 2012 Dragon Awards for Comics for Kids are listed below.

The Dragon Award for Comics for Kids 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 were selected from the eligible creators lists by a team of educators led by Jennifer Stewart, MA, B.Ed., who is also the proprieter of Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon comic book shop. In turn, this juried award is also be selected by an independent team of educators and librarians from across Canada, after giving thorough consideration to the nominated works.

Ariane et Nicolas Tome 6: Les Toiles Mysterieuses
by Paul Roux
Les 400 Coups

Big City Otto
(Elephants Never Forget, Book 1)
by Bill Slavin
Kids Can Press

Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung
by Willow Dawson
Puffin Books

L’Agent Jean Tome 1: Le Cerveau de l’Apocalypse
by Alex A.
Presses Aventure

Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop
by John Lang
Puffin Books

Luz Sees the Light
by Claudia Dávila
Kids Can Press

Silly Kingdom: Alengrimrickshaw’s 211th Birthday
by Katie and Steven Shanahan

The Sign of the Black Rock
(Three Thieves, Book 2)
by Scott Chantler
Kids Can Press

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