And the 2013 Joe Shuster Award for Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web goes to…
The Joe Shuster Awards, which goes to Canadian comics creators, were announced this week. The award for “Webcomics Creator / Créateur de Bandes Dessinées Web” have actually gone to some fairly prominent names in webcomics, such as Karl Kerschl, Cameron Stewart, and Ryan Sohmer. Lately, though, the awards seem to be focused on promoting lesser known works. Emily Carroll, for example, is a two time winner who picked up the award in 2011 and 2012.
And that seems to be the case this year. Of the list of nominees this year, the only one I recognized was Salgood Sam… and that’s mainly because I reviewed Dream Life on this site two years ago. (Whoa, has it really been that long?)
The winner of the 2013 Webcomic Creator Award goes to one Michael DeForge. Who, you ask? Well, he’s the writer of probably one of the weirdest webcomics that ever got nominated for a Best Digital Comic Award at the Eisners: Ant Comic (which I reviewed this year). While I like the comic (I gave it four stars), it’s definitely not for everyone and a YMMV sort of of thing. In any case, congratulations to Mr. DeForge and his bizarre, psychedelic webcomic.
The Shuster Award site had this to add:
Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa and lives in Toronto, Ontario. In the few short years since he began his pamphlet-size comic book series Lose for Koyama Press, Michael DeForge has announced himself as an important new voice in alternative comics. His semi-weekly webcomic Ant Comics, which began in the fall of 2011, will be adapted into graphic novel format as Ant Colony, to be published by Montreal publisher Drawn and Quarterly in early 2014.