The 2nd Annual Joe Shuster Awards.
By Jamie Coville
I've included audio mp3 recordings of the awards. They are available in
All of it. http://www.TheComicBooks.com/Audio/JoeShusterAwards2006.mp3
Or broken up into pieces. Those will be throughout the report.
Now on to the Award Ceremony.
Rob Salem and Rick Green hosted the awards again this year. They were quite funny and did a great job. Founder of the Joe Shuster Awards James Waley gives a small speech. Then the keynote speaker Gerard Jones spoke a bit about Joe Shusters family origins and a bit about the origins of the comic book industry.
Sara "Samm" Barnes presented the award for Outstanding Canadian Comic
Book Artist Award. The Winner was Pia Guerra. Barnes accepted the award
on her behalf.
Mark Askwith presented the Hall of Fame award to the family of Owen McCarron. Adam McCarron (son) and Dorothy (widow) accepted the award.
Jill Thompson presented the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Publisher Award. The winner was Drawn and Quarterly. The award was accepted by Chester Brown, who gave a small speech about being proud to be published by Drawn and Quarterly.
Rob Pincombe presented the Hall of Fame award to the family of Jon St. Ables / Stables. It was accepted by his son Jon Stables and his grand-daughter Rosalind.
Ed the Sock and Liana K dressed up as Golden Age Flash and Power Girl. They did it as a joke to the new initials of the the awards: JSA. They did a funny skit and presented the award for Harry Kramer Award for Outstanding Comic Book Retailer Award. The award went to Strange Adventures of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Owner Calum Johnston accepted the award.
Honourable mention was given to runner-up Happy Harbour Comics & Toys of Edmonton, Alberta. It owners are Jay Bardyla & Shawna Roe.
Rob Salem and Rick Green presented the Canadian Fans Favourite International (non-Canadian) Comic Book Creator award. The winner was Brian K. Vaughan writer of Runaways, Ex Machina and Y the Last Man. Adrian Alphona (artist for Runaways) had Brian on the cell phone and by holding it up to the microphone, Brian spoke to the crowd. His voice came through loud and clear and it was a neato moment.
Rob Pincombe presented the Hall of Fame award to the family of Win Mortimer. The award was accepted by his nephew Robert Cutting and his daughter Laura.
Tom Grummett presented the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer Award. The award went to J. Torres, who was there and accepted the award.
J. Michael Straczynski presented the Hall of Fame Award to Dave Sim. Dave accepted the award and then sung "My Way."
Dave Sim then presented the award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist. The winner was Bryan Lee O'Malley. Bryan accepted the award. Then the ceremony closed.
I hung around a bit to chat with Gerard Jones, then left. There was cake and sandwiches for everybody else.
To learn more about the Hall of Fame inductees and the Joe Shuster Awards, visit their website at: http://www.shusterawards.com/
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