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JEFF LEMIRE WINS SHUSTER AWARD
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Posted by Scott Tingley, June 15

JEFF LEMIRE WINS SHUSTER AWARD!

Ontario native Jeff Lemire earned another recognition last night for his graphic novel trilogy ESSEX COUNTY (Top Shelf Productions). Held as the final event of Toronto's Sequential Art Symposium, the Joe Shuster Awards celebrate the greatest Canadian comic book creators, and Lemire took home the last and perhaps most prestigious award of the evening -- Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist!

From a nominated pool of excellent cartoonists (including Darwyn Cooke, Brian Lee O'Malley and Julie Doucet) the jury awarded the prize to Lemire, for his achievement with the ESSEX COUNTY trilogy. Book One, TALES FROM THE FARM, was published in March 2007 to rave reviews and the American Library Association's Alex Award, quickly blowing through its first printing (second printing now available)! Book Two, GHOST STORIES, followed in September 2007, earning an Ignatz Award nomination! Further award nominations arrived soon afterwards, including two 2008 Eisners (for Best Graphic Novel and Best Writer/Artist) and the 2008 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. Book Three, THE COUNTRY NURSE, is scheduled to be published in October 2008, bringing this intimate epic to a rich conclusion.

For more information about the 2008 Shuster Awards, visit http:// joeshusterawards.com/story.asp ?storyID=124
For more information about Jeff Lemire and ESSEX COUNTY, visit http:// www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog .php?type=25



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