Rich Watson, creator and administrator of the Glyph Comics Awards, sent word today that nomination are now being accepted for 2012.
Any comics publisher–small, large, corporate, independent, self-published–as well as online comic creators and cartoonists for newspapers and other periodicals, can submit black-themed material released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011 for consideration for award recognition. The Committee defines black-themed work as any comic with any combination of the following: a black protagonist(s), or at least a black character(s) pivotal to the direction of the story; a setting(s) or a theme(s) that explores the black experience within the United States and/or abroad, past, present, and/or future; and/or a comic of any kind written and/or illustrated by a black creator(s).
The panel of judges for the 2012 competition is:
- Omar Bilal from BlackSuperhero.com
- Robin Brenner from NoFlyingNoTights.com
- David Brothers from 4thLetter.com and ComicsAlliance
- Tim Callahan from Comic Book Resources
- Karen Green, librarian at Columbia University
Anyone wishing to submit their comic book or comic strip for consideration in the 2012 competition should e-mail GCA Committee Chair Rich Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Hard copies are preferred, though submissions of e-files will also be accepted. Online comics creators and newspaper/periodical cartoonists with websites should send a direct URL link to their site or page. Daily cartoonists must have a minimum of one month’s work archived and available for viewing; weekly cartoonists a minimum of two months. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31.
The 2012 Glyph Comics Awards ceremony will be held at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in May 2012.