Sunday, February 27, 2011

Georges St. Pierre's Autograph at The Striking Truth Premiere (Updated)

Ultimate MMA April 2011 (Volume 11, No. 4)I went down to the premiere of The Striking Truth last night (Friday Feb. 25th, 2011). The movie is a documentary that follows Georges St. Pierre (current UFC Welterweight Champion) and David "The Crow" Loiseau over a four-year period.

With my past experiences with TIFF, I was hoping that this movie premiere would be somewhat like that, where I would be able to get an autograph. And I figured that this would be the best time to get an autograph from GSP, instead of around the time of UFC 129.

Thankfully, I was able to get an autograph at the premiere. As a matter of fact, I got the first autograph at the premiere. Ended up losing my Sharpie in the process, since GSP used it to sign other items for a few other people (You're Welcome, to those, before he gave the Sharpie to someone else).

Georges St. Pierre

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Toronto ComiCON Report - February 6th, 2011

Catwoman by Marcus To (2011)The first Toronto con of the year has come and gone. Today was the Winter Toronto ComiCON. The show was a nice one for me. It was also a little more productive for me, than the last con.

I didn't really go into this con with much of a plan for sketches. I had a couple on my mind, and was just going to play the rest, by ear.

Georges Jeanty was the special guest for this convention.

Though, the guest that did catch my eye, when announced, Mike Del Mundo (Joe Shuster Awards Nominee for Outstanding Cover Artist). The name rung a bell, during the time I was doing the weekly releases for the Joe Shuster Awards. It's a name that I remember, from Bright Anvil Studios, back when I started attending cons regularly, in 2004.

With his recent work for Marvel on covers and some interiors, I wanted to get something done by him. Unfortunately, it was something that he wasn't able to get to before the show, or at the show, so I'll post that when I get it.

The next sketch that I was planning on acquiring at the show, is the one posted above, Catwoman by Marcus To.

Catwoman by Vince Sunico (2011)As I mentioned, I didn't have any other plans for sketches. I did get the one to the left, by Vince Sunico. This was one near the end of my time at the show. It would have been earlier in the day, but the crowd in the early afternoon, prevented me from getting to that area of the room.

Only picked up one book, while at the con. Image Holiday Special 2005. Found it at the All New Comics booth.

After the con, off to Smoke's Poutinerie, for some awesome poutine. Then, to my parents' restaurant, Lucky Bamboo (3175 Rutherford Rd., Vaughan, ON), to pick up some chicken wings for the Super Bowl. Finally, home, to watch a disappointing Super Bowl (I wanted the Pittsburgh Steelers to win).

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


For Immediate Release
(for comics, graphic novels and webcomics published in 2010)

7th Annual Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards – Presentation Ceremony on June 18, 2011 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

Toronto, Canada — February 1, 2011. 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 the national awards program for recognizing the outstanding achievements of Canadian comic book creators, publishers and retailers. The awards are named after pioneering Toronto-born artist Joe Shuster who, along with writer Jerry Siegel, created the iconic super-powered hero, Superman.

In January of this year, nominees were selected from master lists of eligible works originally published during the 2010 calendar year*. Canadian citizens living at home or abroad, as well as permanent residents were eligible for consideration**. Now that the lists of nominees have been finalized, nominated creators will have their work reviewed by juries, who will decide the winners.

Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in Calgary, Alberta on the evening of Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo which takes place June 17-19, 2011 at the BMO Round-Up Centre.


Outstanding Comic Book Artist / Dessinateur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

  • CAMILLA D’ERRICOSky 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 LAMONTAGNEAspic 01: La naine aux ectoplasmes (Soleil)
  • FRANCIS MANAPUL Adventure Comics #6, The Flash #1-6, Superman/Batman #75 (DC Comics)
  • JULIE ROCHELEAULa fille invisible (Glénat Québec)
  • FIONA STAPLESMystery Society #1-5 (IDW), Northlanders #29 (DC/Vertigo), Fringe: Tales from the Fringe #4 (DC/Wildstorm)
  • CAMERON STEWARTBatman 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 CHANTLERTwo Generals (McClelland & Stewart), Three Thieves Book One: Tower of Treasure (Kids Can Press)
  • DARWYN COOKERichard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Man with the Getaway Face (IDW), Weird War Tales #1 (DC Comics)
  • PASCAL GIRARDJimmy et le Bigfoot (La Pastèque) / Bigfoot (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • JEFF LEMIRESweet Tooth #5-16 (DC/Vertigo), “A Civilized Thing” from Strange Tales II #1 (Marvel Comics)
  • BRYAN LEE O’MALLEYScott Pilgrim Vol.6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Oni Press)
  • SIRISVogue la valise (La Pastèque)
  • JAMES STOKOEOrc 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
  • JULIE ROCHELEAU La fille invisible (Glénat Québec)

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

  • KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKYAction 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 LAMONTAGNEAspic 01: La naine aux ectoplasmes (Soleil)
  • MIKE DEL MUNDOAmazing 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 LEMIRESweet 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)

Outstanding Comic Book Publisher / Éditeur Exceptionnel de Bandes Dessinées

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

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

  • ANTHONY DEL COL & CONOR MCCREERYKill Shakespeare #1-8 (IDW)
  • KATHRYN IMMONENHeralds #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 LEMAYPour 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 (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 VILLENEUVELa fille invisible (Glénat Québec)
  • JIM ZUBKAVICHSkullkickers #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.

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 distributor. The nominees were selected from over 50 individual publications submitted for review. The award winner will also receive a bursary of $500.

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.

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

  • CHESTER BROWN (1960-)
  • 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)
Hall of Fame inductees selected by Robert Pincombe, Phil Latter and Joe Kilmartin. Artist, Cartoonist, Colourist, Cover Artist & Writer Nominees selected by: Laurent Boutin, Peter DeCourcy, Patrick Marleau, David Kelly, Ty Buttars, Eric Bouchard, Martin Dubé, Sarrah Young , Kevin de Vlaming, Leonard Wong, Steven J. Hodges, Jeff Brown, Mike Jozic, Troy Wilson, Jonathan Ellis, and Kelly Dowd. Webcomics and Publisher Nominees selected by Andrew Walsh, Allison Covey, Tyrone Biljan, Robert Haines and Kevin Boyd. Gene Day Award Nominees selected by Allison Covey, Kevin Boyd and Robert Haines. Nominating committees coordinated by Kevin Boyd and Robert Haines. Special thanks to Jason Truong and Laurent Boutin for their assistance in compiling the eligible books from 2010.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the eligible creators for another memorable year of great comics, both in print and online!

About Joe Shuster (1914 – 1992)
With the permission of his estate, the Joe Shuster Awards are named in honor of the great artist, JOE SHUSTER (1914-1992), whose clear, dynamic style and inventive visual flourishes set the standard for graphic storytelling during the infancy of the North American comic book industry. It was Superman, a co-creation of Shuster and Siegel, which electrified the industry 71 years ago and, almost overnight, transformed comic books into an enormous pop-cultural phenomenon that endures to this day.
About The Joe Shuster Award
The Joe Shuster Award is a national achievement award program for Canadians working on comic books, graphic novels and webcomics and has no restrictions on language, content and/or genre. Creator nominees are nominated for their work during the previous calendar year. The Joe Shuster Awards also honour the people who publish and sell comics. Retailer and self-publisher awards are submission-based. The Joe Shuster Award program is administered by the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004.

For more information please contact or visit

Kevin A. Boyd, Executive Director
Robert Haines, Associate Director
Allison Covey, Publisher Relations
Tyrone Biljan, Art Director
Chris Owen, Media Relations
Andrew Walsh, Webcomics
* Creators in most categories are nominated for the SUM of their work. Periodicals are listed even if a collected edition is released during the same category year.
** The exceptions being the Publisher and Self-Publisher awards which have residency requirements.