The nominations for the Joe Shuster Awards for the best kids’ comics by Canadian creators have been announced:
Clayton Hanmer, CTON’s Super A-Maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics! (OwlKids)
Susan Hughes and Willow Dawson, No Girls Allowed (Kids Can Press)
Karl Kerschl and Serge Lapointe (with Amy Wolfram, USA), Teen Titans: Year One (DC Comics)
Liam O’Donnell and Michael Deas, Ramp Rats — A Graphic Guide Adventure (Orca Publishing)
Paul Roux, Ariane et Nicolas Tome 5: Les tours de Babel (Editions Les 400 Coups)
Chad Solomon (with Christopher Meyer, USA), The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws Vol. 2: The Voyageurs (Little Spirit Bear Productions)
Kean Soo, Jellaby, Book 1 (Hyperion)
Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston, Emiko Superstar (DC/Minx)
Also, it’s worth pointing out that while this year’s Harvey Award nominations are controversial for a number of reasons, comics for children and teens are very well represented, with nominations going to John Gallagher, Thom Zahler, and Rich Faber for Buzzboy, Jimmy Gownley for Amelia Rules, Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jason Kruse for World of Quest, Frank Cammuso for Otto’s Orange Day, and Jillian and Mariko Tamaki for Skim. Plus some of the reprint books (Peanuts, Wacky Packages) are kid favorites.
Kazu Kibuishi is on a roll: His Flight 5 was nominated for a Harvey award, he just got advance copies of Amulet 2, and he and wife Amy are expecting their first child in November. Congratulations on all counts!
Raina Telgemeier has wrapped up her work on Smile, which should be out in February.
Check out some previews of upcoming Archie and Salem comics at Archie News.
Leroy Douresseaux on Aya of Yop City (The Comic Book Bin)
Kate Dacey on The Big Adventures of Majoko, The Magic Touch, and The Manzai Comics (The Manga Critic)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Choco Mimi (Comics Worth Reading)
Francisca Goldsmith on The Color of Earth (Booklist Online)
Sadie Mattox on The Color of Earth (Extremely Graphic)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Dinosaur Hour (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Courtney Kraft on vol. 1 of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (Graphic Novel Reporter)
John Hogan on Invincible, Volume 10: Who’s the Boss? (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Brigid Alverson on Joey Fly, Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vol. 1 of Leave it to PET! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Oyceter on Skim (Sakura of DOOM)
Chris Wilson on The Story of America (The Graphic Classroom)
J. L. Bell on Tales from Outer Suburbia (Oz and Ends)
John Hogan on vol. 1 of Yokai Doctor (Graphic Novel Reporter)