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'Andre the Giant,' 'Bounce!' lead Glyph Awards nominees

The nominees for the 2016 Glyph Awards, which recognize "the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color," were announced over the weekend. The winners will be announced May 20 at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.

While there are four nominees for Fan Favorite of the Year, readers are also invited to submit write-in nominations.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Story of the Year

• Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist• Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker -- Julian Voloj, Writer; Claudia Ahlering, Artist• Revelation: Brotherman-Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

Best Cover

• Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist• Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust -- John Jennings, Writer and Artist• Tephlon Funk! -- Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists

Best Writer

• Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Concrete Park, vol. 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T• Juliana “Jewels” Smith, (H)Afrocentric• David F. Walker, Cyborg

Best Artist

• Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman-Dictator of Discipline• Keef Cross,  Dayblack #4 – Shot in the Ass• John Jennings, Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust

Best Male Character

• Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came a Dark Hunter -- Alex Simmons, Writer; Tim Fielder, Artist• Antonio Valor (Brotherman), Revelation: Brotherman-Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

Best Female Character

• Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur -- Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Writers; Natacha Bustos and Amy Reeder, Artists• Lily, Malice in Ovenland -- Micheline Hess, Writer and Artist• Naima Pepper, (H)Afrocentric -- Juliana “Jewels” Smith, Writer; Ronald R. Nelson, Artist

Rising Star Award

• Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist -- Bounce!• Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists -- Tephlon Funk!• D.C. Walker, Writer; Bruno Oliveira, Artist -- When the River Rises

Best Comic Strip or Webcomic

• Blackwax Boulevard -- Dmitri Jackson, Writer and Artist• Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist• Detective Boogaloo: Hip Hop Cop -- Jamar Nicholas, Writer and Artist

Best Reprint Publication

• Ajala: A Series of Adventures, Book 2 (XMoor Studios)• Concrete Park, vol. 1: You Send Me (Dark Horse Comics)• Concrete Park, vol. 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse Comics)

Fan Award for Best Work

• Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton , Writer; Denis Medri , Artist• Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist• Concrete Park, vol. 2: R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Writers; Tony Puryear, Artist• Shaft, vol. 1: A Complicated Man -- David Walker, Writer; Sanford Greene, Artist

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