The 2002 Lulu Awards were announced in a festive ceremony on August 1at the Bristol Hotel in San Diego. The Lulu Awards are given every year by the Friends of Lulu to recognize excellence in the comic industry -- past, present and future. Winners are nominated and elected by the membership.
Lynn Johnston, creator of the daily strip For Better or For Worse, wasinducted into the Female Cartoonists Hall of Fame. Accepting on herbehalf was Greg Evans, creator of the strip Luann.
The Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent was a tie, awarded toAshley-Jayne Nicolaus, writer of DC's Haven, and Gisele Lagace,writer/artist of Cool Cat Studio (Keenspot). Darren Bleuel, Keenspotpublisher, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the absent Ms.Lagace.
Lulu of the Year was awarded to Sequential Tart, the online comics magazine, which editor Karon Flage reported now consists of 70 women writing about the comics they love. Friends of Lulu President Liz Schiller said, "It's so appropriate that Sequential Tart, our sister organization, is Lulu of the Year. They not only bring attention to some of the best, most female-friendly work in comics, but they have created a wonderfully supportive community with their bulletin boards."
Cheering on the Tarts was Lulu of the Year nominee Lea Hernandez andlast year's winners, Trina Robbins (who presented the Hall of Fameaward) and Anne Timmons (presenter for the Kim Yale Award). Also amongthe guests were Donna Woolfolk Cross and convention guest of honorWilliam Woolfolk, respectively the daughter and widower of Hall of Fame nominee Dorothy Woolfolk.
Before the awards presentation, billed as the "shortest awards ceremony in comics," guests enjoyed a sumptuous dessert buffet and a rousing keynote address from comics journalist and Friends of Lulu co-founder Heidi MacDonald.
Although MacDonald sees progress in the comic book industry toward correcting some of the inequities the Friends of Lulu was founded to address, she sees the ongoing efforts of the organization as vital to further industry growth. The Friends of Lulu is still actively working on behalf of both the comic industry and the women involved or wanting to be involved, whether as professionals or fans. We also continue to work to ensure that there are more books available for children, especially girls, and that the comic book industry realizes that women are creators, readers and consumers who can strengthen comics if the industry will publish their books or books that appeal to them. For more information on FOL's activities, check out our revamped website, http://www.friends-lulu.org.
The event's principal sponsors were Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics,Cartoon Books, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comics, Hippy Comix, MileHigh Comics (Denver, CO), Richmond Comix (Richmond, VA), Samurai Comics(Phoenix, AZ), and Viz Communications. Supporting sponsors wereAlternative Comics, Comicopia (Boston, MA), Comic Relief (Berkeley,CA), and Flying Colors Comics (Concord, CA). Additional sponsorswere A Fine Line, Atlantis Fantasy World (Santa Cruz, CA), BestDestiny, and Harold Buchholz Print Services.