Rich Watson sent over this year’s nominees for the Glyph Comics Awards, which will be presented in May at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia. The awards recognize “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.” Rich also announced that this will be his final year as chairman of the awards.
Check out the complete list of nominees below.
Story of the Year
The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Brandon Thomas, writer, Lee Ferguson, artist“On Being Crazy” from African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Vol. 22, Tom Pumplun, writer, Kyle Baker, artistPrinceless, Jeremy Whitley, writer, Mia Goodwin, artistUltimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1, Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist
Brian Michael Bendis, Ultimate Comics: Spider-ManJeff Parker, ThunderboltsBrandon Thomas, The Many Adventures of Miranda MercuryJeremy Whitley, Princeless
Kyle Baker, “On Being Crazy” from African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Vol. 22Lee Ferguson, The Many Adventures of Miranda MercuryM. Goodwin, PrincelessRob Guillory, ChewSara Pichelli, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man
Best Male Character
Luke Cage, Thunderbolts, Jeff Parker, writer, Declan Shalvey & Kev Walker, artists; created by Archie Goodwin & John Romita Sr.Miles Morales, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist; inspired by the character created by Stan Lee & Steve DitkoMoses, Radio Free Amerika; created by B. Robert Bell, writer and penciller, Robert Jeffrey II, co-writerMr. Terrific, Mr. Terrific, Eric Wallace, writer, Gianluca Gugliotta & Wayne Faucher, artists; inspired by the character created by Charles Reizenstein and Everett E. Hibbard
Best Female Character
Adrienne, Princeless; created by Jeremy Whitley, writer, and M. Goodwin, artistAfroella, Afroella, created by Gemma Bedeau, writer, and Lee Fenton Wilkinson, artistMiranda Mercury, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury; created by Brandon Thomas, writer, and Lee Ferguson, artistVielle, Fungus Grotto, created by Ms. Shatia Hamilton, story and art
Rising Star Award
B. Robert Bell & Robert Jeffrey II, Radio Free AmerikaMs. Shatia Hamilton, Fungus GrottoWhit Taylor, Watermelon
Chew #27, Rob Guillory, illustratorDeadpool Max #7, Kyle Baker, story and artMr. Terrific #1, JG Jones, artist, Lovern Kindzierski, coloristPrinceless #1, M. Goodwin, illustratorUltimate Comics: Spider-Man #4, Kaare Andrews, illustrator
Best Comic Strip or Webcomic
Fungus Grotto, Ms. Shatia Hamilton, story and artMarty’s Diner, Dmitri Jackson, story and artCafé Con Leche, Charlos Gary, story and art
The judges for the 2012 awards are: Omar Bilal, webmaster, BlackSuperhero.com; Robin Brenner, editor-in-chief, NoFlyingNoTights.com; David Brothers, comics blogger, 4thLetter.com; and Tim Callahan, comics blogger, Comic Book Resources. The fifth member, Karen Green, has been removed from the panel.
About the Glyph Comics Awards:
The Glyph Comics Awards recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year. While it is not exclusive to black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the comics medium in terms of both critical and commercial impact. By doing so, the goal is to encourage more diverse and high quality work across the board and to inspire new creators to add their voices to the field.
The awards were founded in 2005 by Rich Watson as a means to provide news and commentary of comics with black themes, as well as tangential topics in the fields of black science-fiction/fantasy and animation.
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention is an annual gathering of comic book creators and retailers who create and sell material that caters to black readers of all ages. In addition to selling their work, they also take part in panel discussions and self-publishing workshops for aspiring creators. The convention is held in Philadelphia each May. There is also a reception held the preceding night. ECBACC is an outgrowth of the original Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago, founded by Turtel Onli. For more information about ECBACC, contact event coordinator Akinseye Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.