Organizers of Stumptown Comics Fest have announced the final list of nominees for the 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. Nominees were selected by a panel of judges -- Michael Allred, Brandon Graham, Laura Hudson, Michael Ring and Jason Leivian -- from among the entries submitted earlier this year.
The online awards ballot can be found at the Stumptown website. Winners will be announced during the eighth annual Stumptown Comics Fest, held April 16-17 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
The nominees are:
Best writer• Carla Speed McNeil, Finder: Voice• Cullen Bunn, The Sixth Gun• Greg Rucka, Stumptown• Aaron Renier, The Unsinkable Walker Bean• Ben Marra, Benjamin Marra's The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction)
Best cartoonist• Carla Speed McNeil, Finder: Voice• Johnny Ryan, Prison Pit, Vol. 2• Sarah Glidden, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less• Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour• Adam Hines, Duncan the Wonder Dog
Best letterer• Johnny Ryan, Prison Pit• Madeline Flores, The Girl and the Gorilla• Carla Speed McNeil, Finder: Voice• Aaron Renier, The Unsinkable Walker Bean• Brittney Sabo, Francis Sharp in the Grip of the Uncanny, Vol. 1
Best colorist• Brecht Evens, Night Animals• Emily Carroll, His Face All Red• Alec Longstreth, The Unsinkable Walker Bean• Ben Costa, Pang: the Wandering Shaolin Monk• Sarah Glidden, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
Best anthology• StudyGroup12 #4, edited by Zack Soto• Gazeta: Comics from Bangkok to Belgrade, edited by Lisa Magnum and Maria Sputnik• Elfworld #1, edited by Francois Vigneault• AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga, edited by Sean Michael Wilson• Nix Comics Quarterly, edited by Ken Eppstein
Voters are also asked to select three of their favorite comics from April 2010 to April 2011 for the reader's choice award. More information can be found on the awards ballot.