Read on for the complete list of the 2013 Joe Shuster Award winners, Larry Hama’s “ten rules for drawing a comic book page,” Top Cow’s 2013 Talent Hunt, an extended preview of Kiss, Me Satan #1, Marvel movie casting news, and more.
The 2013 Joe Shuster Award winners
Last weekend’s Fan Expo Canada saw the 9th Annual Joe Shuster Awards being presented to the winners at a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall in Toronto. Named after pioneering Toronto-born artist (and Superman co-creator) Joe Shuster, the Shuster Awards are Canada’s first national and bilingual award recognizing outstanding achievement in the creation of comic books, graphic novels, and webcomics.
Below is the list of this year’s nominees, with the award winners highlighted in bold:
Outstanding Artist Award
- Isabelle Arsenault: Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)/Jane, The Fox and Me (Groundwood Books)
- Patrick Boutin-Gagné: Brögunn (Soleil)
- Stuart Immonen: All-New X-Men #1-4, AvX: VS #1, #6, Avenging Spider-Man #7, Secret Avengers #21 (Marvel Comics)
- Yanick Paquette: Swamp Thing #5, 7-9, 13-14 (DC Comics)
- Ramón K. Pérez: John Carter and the Gods of Mars #1-5, AvX:VS #6 (Marvel Comics)
- Fiona Staples: Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)
- Marcus To: Batwing #9-15, 0, The Flash #10,15, Huntress #4-6 (DC Comics)
Outstanding Cartoonist Award
- Jeff Lemire: Sweet Tooth #29-40 (DC Comics), The Underwater Welder (Top Shelf)
- Geneviève Castrée: Susceptible (Apocalypse)
- Scott Chantler: Three Thieves Book 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press)
- Darwyn Cooke: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5 (DC Comics), Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score (IDW)
- Michel Falardeau: French Kiss 1986 (Glénat Québec)
- Brandon Graham: Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1-3 (Image Comics)
- Francis Manapul: The Flash #5-9,11-15, 0 , Annual #1 (DC Comics)
Outstanding Cover Artist Award
- Mike Del Mundo: A+X #2B, Amazing Spider-Man #678-679, 683B, Incredible Hulk #4B, Ka by Cirque de Soleil #1, Marvel Zombies Destroy! #1-5, Max Payne 3 #3, New Avengers #24B, Scarlet Spider #1B, 4B, Uncanny X-Men #17, Untold Tales of Punisher Max #5, Venom #16-17, 20, 22B, Wolverine #314-317, X-Men Legacy #1-2 (Marvel Comics)
- Geneviève Castrée: Susceptible (Apocalypse)
- Darwyn Cooke: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1-5, The Shade #4B (DC Comics), The Shadow #7B (Dynamite Entertainment), Richard Stark’s Parker – The Score, Richard Stark’s Parker – The Hunter SC, Rocketeer Adventures #1-4 (IDW), Creator Owner Heroes #7C, It Girl and the Atomics #2B (Image Comics)
- Stuart Immonen: All-New X-Men #1-4, Avengers #14, Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX: VS #1B, #6B, Captain America and Namor 635.1, Uncanny X-Men #14, Wolverine and the X-Men #15 (Marvel Comics)
- Jacques Lamontagne: Les Druides, Tome 7 : Les disparus de Cornouaille (Soleil)
- Yanick Paquette: Swamp Thing #5-15,0, Annual #1 (DC Comics)
- Fiona Staples: Life with Archie #24B (Archie), Dark Horse Presents #10 (Dark Horse), Action Comics #15B, National Comics Madame X #1 (DC Comics), Smoke and Mirrors #1B (IDW), Saga #1-8 (Image Comics)
Outstanding Writer Award
- Fanny Britt: Jane, le renard & moi (La Pastèque)/Jane, The Fox and Me (Groundwood Books)
- Ed Brisson: Comeback #1-2 (Image Comics)
- Alexandre Fontaine-Rousseau: Pinkerton (Colosse)
- Kathryn Immonen: Avenging Spider-Man #7, AvX:VS #1,#6, Journey into Mystery #646-647 (Marvel Comics)
- Jeff Lemire: Animal Man #5-15, 0, Animal Man Annual 1, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #5-9, Justice League Dark #9-15, 0, National Comics Eternity #1 (DC Comics)
- Ryan North: Adventure Time #1-10 (KaBoom!)
- Jim Zubkavich: Pathfinder #1-3 (Dynamite Entertainment), Skullkickers #13-17 (Image Comics)
Outstanding Webcomics Creator Award
- Michael DeForge (Cartoonist): Ant Comic
- Attila Adorjany (Cartoonist): Metaphysical Neuroma
- Jayd Ait-Kaci (Artist): The Fox Sister
- Sophie Bédard (Cartoonist): Glorieux Printemps 9-20
- Iris (Cartoonist): Folk
- Salgood Sam (Cartoonist): Dream Life
- Ty Templeton (Cartoonist): Bun Toons
The Dragon Award for comics for children (readers ages 14 and younger)
- Cat’s Cradle Volume 1: The Golden Twine (Kids Can Press): Jo Rioux (Cartoonist)
- L’Agent Jean! Tomes 2 et 3 (Presses Aventure): Alex A. (Cartoonist)
- Couette Tome 1: Tombée du Ciel (Éditions Dargaud): Minikim (Artist) with Sevérine Gauthier (France; Writer)
- Fred et Putulik: L’Automne (Les éditions du soleil de minuit): Jean Lacombe (Cartoonist)
- The Secret of the Stone Frog (Toon Books): David Nytra (Cartoonist)
- Spera Volume 1 (Archaia Entertainment): Josh Tierney (Writer), Kyla Vanderklugt, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon (Artists) with additional non-Canadian artists.
- Three Thieves volume 3: The Captive Prince (Kids Can Press): Scott Chantler (Cartoonist)
- A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse! (Toon Books): Frank Viva (Cartoonist)
Gene Day Award for Self-Published Comics
- Cory McCallum, Matthew Daley: The Pig Sleep: A Mr. Monitor Case
- Sanya Anwar: 1001
- Jordyn F. Bochon: The Terrible Death of Finnegan Strappe: The Claw of the Earth #1 (of 3)
- Antonin Buisson: Tranquillement pas vite
- James Edward Clark: Evil
Harry Kremer Award for Retailers
- Heroes (London, ON)
- Another Dimension (Calgary, AB)
- Amazing Stories (Saskatoon, SK)
- L’Imaginaire (Quebec City, QC)
- Paradise Comics (Toronto, ON)
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to all the winners!
Steven Brower on the biggest myths surrounding Jack Kirby
On the occasion of what would have been Jack “The King” Kirby’s 96th birthday last Wednesday (August 28), The Kirby Museum’s Steven Brower posted an article dispelling many of the myths that have grown around the influential artist over the years. We recommend reading the whole thing, but here are a couple of highlights if you’re in a hurry:
- Jack Kirby was a freelancer who worked at home during the Marvel years. The recent court ruling notwithstanding (which hopefully will be overturned), Kirby was an independent contractor. The myth of the Marvel Bullpen, propagated by Lee in his ‘Stan’s Soapbox’ on the letters page, simply did not exist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s Lee worked on his own in the Marvel offices, and was later joined by Sol Brodsky as production manager. All other artists, writers, inkers, letterers worked freelance elsewhere, until later that decade. Kirby never joined them. According to Kirby himself, ‘There were no scripts. I created the characters and wrote the stories in my own home and merely brought them into the office each month.’
- For years the assumption was that Joe Simon inked Kirby in the 1940’s and 50’s at [Simon & Kirby]. Through the rediscovery of that work a different story emerges. Kirby inked much of his own work over those decades, and continued to do so at DC in the mid-50s. This changed in the 1960s due to the extremely high demand for Kirby to supply plots and pencils at Marvel.
Kiss Me, Satan #1 first look
Our friends over at Dark Horse sent these early preview pages from Kiss Me, Satan #1, a horror/crime comic featuring werewolves from the creative team of writer Victor Gischler (Deadpool Corps, X-Men) and artist Juan Ferreyra (Rex Mundi, Colder), with covers by Ferreyra and Dave Johnson. Check them out:
Kiss Me, Satan #1 is due in stores on September 18 and will retail for $3.99.
Larry Hama’s 10 rules for drawing a comic book page
As you guys probably know, long-time G.I. Joe and Wolverine writer Larry Hama is the guy responsible for putting together the “Wally Wood’s 22 Panels That Always Work” paste-up that is now part and parcel of every serious comic book artist’s collection of tips and tricks. An accomplished artist and experienced editor himself, Hama recently posted on his Facebook page his “ten rules for drawing a comic book page,” which we’re re-listing below (h/t to The Beat):
These are my ten rules for drawing a comic book page, that sums up what I have learned in forty odd years in the biz. They are not universal, they are my own personal guidelines, so there is nothing to disagree about.
- Don’t have people just standing there.
- ANY expression is better than a blank stare.
- Avoid tangents, and any straight line that divides the panel.
- If you use an odd angle in the shot, there has to be a reason for it.
- If you don’t have at least one panel on each page with a full figure, your “camera” is too close.
- Plan out your shots in “Lawrence of Arabia” mode rather than in “General Hospital” mode.
- Don’t think of backgrounds as “things to fill up the space after the figures are drawn.”
- If you know what something is called, and you have an Internet connection, there is no reason to draw it inaccurately.
- If the colorist has to ask if a scene takes place at night, you haven’t done your job.
- If you can’t extend the drawing beyond the panel borders and still have it make visual sense, you’ve cheated on the perspective
Anybody want to do a paste-up for these?
Top Cow launches 2013 Talent Hunt
Larry Hama’s ten rules should be helpful for any artists looking to send in their applications for Top Cow Productions’ 2013 Talent Hunt, which officially launched Friday. The talent search is open to artists and writers, and submissions will be accepted between 02 September 2013 to 31 January 2014. The full rules and guidelines for submissions for both artists and writers can be downloaded and read here (PDF, 7 pages, 80.9 kB). Some of the highlights of the rules and guidelines:
- The goal of the Talent Hunt is to find four previously UNPUBLISHED writers and four previously UNPUBLISHED artists and give them a chance to expose their work to the comic industry in the printed and digital formats.
- [We] strongly believe in expanding the presence of women creators in comics, and because of that, one writer slot and one artist slot will be specifically reserved for women.
- We will also be offering 10 runners-up writers and 10 runners-up artists an opportunity to write/illustrate a short story in an annual type anthology story.
- Your submission will ONLY feature NON-PRESENT DAY VERSIONS of the Top Cow Universe characters using the 13 Artifacts from this list and possibly a brief appearance by Sara Pezzini (Witchblade) or Jackie Estacado (The Darkness) who will narrate the story:
- The Darkness
- The Angelus
- Heart Stone
- Wheel of Shadows
- Coin of Solomon
- Ember Stone
- Pandora’s Box
- The Glacier Stone
- Spear of Destiny
- The Thirteenth Artifact
- The Rapture
- The Blood Sword
- If you’ve [been previously published by] any of [the following] companies or any of their affiliates, divisions or imprints you can’t participate [in the Talent Hunt]:
- Marvel Comics
- DC Comics
- Image Comics (all imprints)
- Dark Horse Comics
- Dynamite Comics
- Valiant Comics
- Oni Press
- Viz Media
- Aspen Comics
- Random House
This competition is open to all international participants so as a rule of thumb if the company [you've worked for] is in the top 5 based on market share for your country then you can NOT participate.
- WRITERS: You need to submit a 22 page full script of the story you are pitching (panel breakdowns, dialogue, etc.) and ONLY a 22 page full script. This does NOT mean 22 pages in a word document, it means 22 comic book pages broken down by script and panel descriptions. This may take you more than 22 word processing pages. If you don’t follow these simple instructions this will disqualify you and your submission will not be reviewed and will be discarded.
- ARTISTS: We are looking for four artists who do finished pencil work, pencil to color work, digital painting or pencil/ink/ink wash combo appropriate for black and white publication. If you are an inker or colorist you can submit your work to Top Cow through regular submission channels but they will NOT be considered for this Talent Hunt. What you can do is troll the forum we created for this and see if you can find a person who is just penciling and try and team up with them. If you are part of a pencil/ink/color team and want to submit together we will accept that but you submit as one final piece of finished/colored or B/W art. There will be SAMPLE SCRIPTS posted up online with the rules that you can use for this. Last year we discouraged PENCILLERS from submitting just pencils. We’re amending that this year to accepting pencils. Note if you win, we will assign you an inker you will not be able to “choose” who inks or colors your pages. You will be consulted, but the decision will be ours.
The submission form can be downloaded and read here (PDF, 3 pages, 122.5 kB). It is always a good idea to go over the fine print when it comes to these things, so make sure that you are aware of and understand the conditions that you will be bound to once you submit your application.
For more details and updates regarding the Top Cow Talent Hunt, go to the Talent Hunt 2013 forum on The Barn. Good luck to all!
Bradley Cooper confirmed as the voice for Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Rocket Raccoon
Not exactly the kind of hype-tastic announcement last week’s Batfleck news was, but Marvel has just confirmed that Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover trilogy) has signed on to provide the voice for Rocket Raccoon in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Cooper joins an ensemble cast that already includes Star Trek and Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana (who will play Gamora), pro wrestler/MMA fighter Dave Bautista (who will take on the role of Drax the Destroyer), and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Chris Pratt (who will play Peter Quill the Star-Lord).
Guardians of the Galaxy, based on Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s updated take on the team and concept originated by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan in 1969, is tentatively scheduled for an August 2014 release.
Odds and sods
More news from around the world of comics:
- BOOM! reveals Baltimore Comic-Con schedule and exclusive cover variants; highlights include exclusive Garfield and Robocop: Last Stand covers, a George Pérez spotlight panel, and the only 2013 US convention appearance by writer Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, Lucifer, X-Men). (Comixverse)
- Speaking of the Baltimore Comic-Con, the event organizers have just released the programming schedule for September 7 and 8. Those CBLDF panels look really interesting, as well as the “Groove is in the Art” draw-and-dance jam session featuring as yet unannounced guest artists. [How would that work, exactly? Do the artists sketch while dancing or will it have featured artists drawing on stage while people dance on the floor?—ed.] (Baltimore Comic-Con)
- More comic book movie casting news: James Spader has recently signed on to play the eponymous android supervillain in Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Marvel)
- Canadian artist Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Debris) talks about his new project Drumhellar, coming this November from Image Comics. (USA Today)
- US Congressman John Lewis, touring in support of his graphic novel autobiography March: Book One, talks about Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. (BBC)
- ComiXology to offer HTML 5-compliant digital storefronts for its brick-and-mortar retail partners. (Comixverse)
- Recent school board controversy over Hadashi no Gen (“Barefoot Gen”), a popular manga set in post-atomic bombing Hiroshima, drives sales, prompts reprintings to keep up with reader demand. (The Mainichi)
- Red Stylo Media launches Drago Bentley: Space Detective graphic novel, motion comic preview (Comixverse)
- Marvel Unlimited App for Android and iOS gets significant update; offline comic storage capacity increased from six comics to twelve. (PC Magazine)
- Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys), Kevin J. Anderson (Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi), Jeff Stokely (The Reason for Dragons, Six-Gun Gorilla), Anna Wieszczyk (Lucid) are among the contributors to Dan Fogler’s horror/humor anthology, Moon Lake, Vol. 2. (Comixverse)
- A genuine error or a case of guerrilla marketing? Warren Ellis And Mike McKone’s Avengers: Endless Wartime graphic novel ships to North American comic shops over a month early by mistake. (Bleeding Cool)
- Organizer Dan Farr thinks the Salt Lake Comic-Con (Sept. 5–7, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT) might break the North American record for the most attendees of an inaugural comic book convention—Farr has already sold 23,000 tickets and estimates that at least 40,000 people might attend the three-day event, breaking the New York Comic-Con premiere’s record of 33,000. (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Digital copy of Warner Bros. upcoming Batman game Arkham: Origins to be bundled with select mid-range and high-end NVIDIA video cards (specifically the GeoForce GTX 660, 660 TI, 670, 680, 760, 770, or 780) purchased from participating retailers. (GameSpot)
In case you missed them…
Don’t forget that we regularly post new previews of trade paperbacks and hardcovers. This week, we’ve got sneak peeks of three titles including an 18-page preview of the Visual Funk: Jim Mahfood Art hardcover art book which collects various sketches, illustrations, paintings and mixed-media works by the artist behind Image Comics’ Grrl Scouts and Felt: True Tales of Underground Hip-Hop as well as the designs of the highly-collectible limited edition Colt 45 beer cans from several years back. Oh, and is that model Shay Maria on the book’s cover? Why yes, yes it is!
On the Leaving Proof front, we talk about some of the issues plaguing celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s debut graphic novel Get Jiro! and share links to some thought-provoking (non-comics) reading material in Leaving Proof 199.
On this week’s Roundtable, we list our favorite Batman actors. Bet you can’t name all 19 guys who’ve played Batman in film, television, and direct-to-video so far.
We leave you now with a video of Professor X [You mean "Sir Professor X"—ed.], supposedly riding high on that Park Slope cheeba, teaching his fiancée the arcane art of the quadruple take:
Enjoy the weekend!