The graphic novel adaptation of Fist Stick Knife Gun took home three Glyph Comics Awards this weekend, while Vertigo's canceled Unknown Soldier took home two more in the annual awards that "recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year."
Based on the memoir by Geoffrey Canada, Fist Stick Knife Gun was adapted into a graphic novel by Jamar Nicholas. The adaptation won story of the year and best male character, while Nicholas received the rising star award. Unknown Soldier appeared on the list for its third year, with Joshua Dysart winning for best writer and Dave Johnson winning the best cover award for Unknown Soldier #15. Keith Knight’s The K Chronicles won in the best comic strip or webcomic category for a record fifth time.
The awards were presented at The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia Friday night. Here's the complete list of winners:
Story of the Year: Fist Stick Knife Gun; Geoffrey Canada, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artistBest Writer: Joshua Dysart, Unknown SoldierBest Artist: Richard Koslowski, BB Wolf and the 3 LPsBest Male Character: Geoff, Fist Stick Knife Gun; Geoffrey Canada, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist; based on the life of Geoffrey CanadaBest Female Character: Selena, 28 Days Later; Michael Alan Nelson, writer; Declan Shalvey & Marek Oleksicki, artists; based on the character created by Alex Garland for the motion picture 28 Days LaterRising Star Award: Jamar Nicholas, Fist Stick Knife GunBest Reprint Publication: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Deluxe HC, DC ComicsBest Cover: Unknown Soldier #15, Dave Johnson, illustratorBest Comic Strip or Webcomic: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer and artistFan Award for Best Comic: Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers; Reginald Hudlin, writer, Denys Cowan, artist Chairman’s Award: Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
Judges for this year's award included:
- Jennifer Contino, comics journalist
- Martha Cornog, author; graphic novel columnist, Library Journal
- Joseph Phillip Illidge, comics editor and writer / co-owner, Expo Weekly
- J. Caleb Mozzocco, writer, Blog@Newsarama
- Chad Nevett, writer, Comics Should Be Good!
About the Glyph Comics Awards (from the press release): 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.