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Glyph Comics Awards nominees announced

Rich Watson has sent out the list of nominees for this year's Glyph Comics Awards, which recognize "the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year."

This year's nominees include last year's big winner, Bayou's Jeremy Love, as well as World of Hurt creator Jay Potts, Trevor von Eeden for The Original Johnson, Joshua Dysart for Unknown Soldier , The K Chronicles' Keith Knight and many more.

The complete press release and nominee list can be found after the jump, along with details on how to vote in the fan award. The awards will be presented at The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention on May 15.

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Last year, Jeremy Love’s Bayou made history at the Glyph Comics Awards (GCA) by winning five times, including for Story of the Year; a new record. In this, our fifth anniversary year, many new faces are in the running from all across the industry.

The nominees for 2010 are:

Story of the Year

Luke Cage Noir; Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers; Shawn Martinbrough, artistThe Original Johnson; Trevor von Eeden, writer and artistUnknown Soldier #13-14; Joshua Dysart, writer, Pat Masioni, artistWar Machine: Iron Heart; Greg Pak, writer, Leonardo Manco, artistWorld of Hurt, Jay Potts, writer and artist

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Best Writer

Joshua Dysart, Unknown SoldierJeremy Love, BayouGreg Pak, War MachineJay Potts, World of HurtAlex Simmons, Archie & Friends

Best Artist

Chriscross, Final Crisis Aftermath: DanceJeremy Love, BayouShawn Martinbrough, Luke Cage NoirJay Potts, World of HurtTrevor von Eeden, The Original Johnson

Best Male Character

Black Lightning, Black Lightning Year One; Jen van Meter, writer, Cully Hamner, artist; created by Tony Isabella & Trevor von EedenIsaiah Pastor, World of Hurt; created by Jay Potts, writer and artistJack Johnson; The Original Johnson; Trevor von Eeden, writer and artist; inspired by the life of Jack JohnsonLuke Cage, Luke Cage Noir; Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers, Shawn Martinbrough, artist; created by Archie Goodwin & John Romita Sr.Moses Lwanga, Unknown Soldier #13-14; Joshua Dysart, writer, Pat Masioni, artist; inspired by the character created by Robert Kanigher & Joe Kubert

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Best Female Character

Aya, Aya: The Secrets Come Out; created by Marguerite Abouet, writer, Clement Oubrerie, artistLee Wagstaff, Bayou; created by Jeremy Love, writer and artistMichonne, The Walking Dead; created by Robert Kirkman, writer, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn, artistsMisty Knight, Immortal Iron Fist; Duane Swierczynski, writer, Travel Foreman & Tom Palmer, artists; created by Tony Isabella & Arvell JonesNola Thomas, NOLA; created by Chris Gorak & Pierluigi Cothran, writers, Damian Couceiro, artist

Rising Star Award

Jiba Molei Anderson, The HorsemenJohn Aston, Rachel RageKerry & Tawanda Johnson, Harambee HillsJulian Lytle, AntsJay Potts, World of Hurt

Best Reprint Collection

Aya: The Secrets Come Out; Drawn & QuarterlyBayou Volume 1; DC/ZudaIcon: A Hero’s Welcome; DC/MilestoneThe Life and Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century; Dark HorseStatic Shock: Rebirth of the Cool; DC/Milestone

Best Cover

Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink #1; Brian Stelfreeze, illustratorLuke Cage Noir #1; Tim Bradstreet, illustratorThe Original Johnson; Trevor von Eeden, illustratorUnknown Soldier #8; Dave Johnson, illustratorUnknown Soldier #10; Dave Johnson, illustrator

Best Comic Strip

Bayou; Jeremy Love, writer and artistJump Start; Robb Armstrong, writer and artistThe K Chronicles; Keith Knight, writer and artistThe Knight Life; Keith Knight, writer and artistWorld of Hurt; Jay Potts, writer and artist

Fan Award for Best Comic

Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel; Kevin Grevioux, writer, Mat Broome, Sean Parson & Alvaro Lopez, artistsBlack Lightning Year One; Jen Van Meter, writer, Cully Hamner, artistFinal Crisis Aftermath: Ink; Eric Wallace, writer, Fabrizio Fiorentino, artistLuke Cage Noir; Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers, Shawn Martinbrough, artistWar Machine: Iron Heart; Greg Pak, writer, Leonardo Manco, artist

The judges for the 2010 competition are: David Brothers, comics blogger, 4th Letter!; Carol Burrell, editorial director, Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group; Brian Cronin, writer, Comic Book Resources; and Katie & Dan Merritt, co-owners, Green Brain Comics.

The ballot for the Fan Award for Best Comic is now open at the website for the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), www.ecbacc.com/wordpress, and will remain open through March 31, 2010. Write-in selections can be e-mailed to GCA Committee Chair Rich Watson at rich.watson@gmail.com. IMPORTANT: Write-in selections are ONLY for choices not on the online ballot. ANY WRITE-IN SELECTIONS FOR CHOICES ALREADY ON THE ONLINE BALLOT WILL NOT BE COUNTED AND WILL BE DISCARDED.

The 2010 GCA ceremony will be held May 15, 2010, in the Skyline Room of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Park Central branch, as part of ECBACC, which will take place at the Crown Plaza Philadelphia Center City, May 16, 2010.

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 are named for the blog Glyphs, started in 2005 by comics journalist 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.

About ECBACC:

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 blackageofcomics@ecbacc.com.

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