Nominations for the Lulu Awards, which honor female creators and characters in comics, are now open. (Full disclosure right here: I was a judge for last year’s Lulu Awards.) The awards ceremony take place at Long Beach Comic Con in October, and nominations are currently open to the public.
The future of Friends of Lulu, which sponsors the awards, was looking uncertain for a while, after president Valerie D’Orazio disclosed two weeks ago that the organization had major problems, including missing financial records, and had frozen its membership. D’Orazio stated that she would take steps to dissolve FoL if no one stepped forward to help run it. People did step up, and a few days later D’Orazio announced that a new interim Board of Directors had been formed, and the organization will continue, at least for now.
More or less concurrent with this, D’Orazio sketched out the goals for a new initiative, which she has dubbed Comics Revolution 2012. The goals are pretty ambitious:
- The Return Of Comics To The Masses
- The Creation of Tomorrow’s Heroes & Icons
- Increasing Opportunities For Comic Creators
- Misogyny/Racism/Homophobia No-Tolerance Policy
- Giving Back To The World
D’Orazio has set up a website, Comics Are For Everyone, for Comics Revolution 2012, and for the moment, at least, the Friends of Lulu blog will be hosted there.