Nominees announced for Friends of Lulu Awards

Nominations have been announced for the 2009 Friends of Lulu Awards, which recognize "the people and projects that helped to open eyes and minds to the amazing comic and cartooning work by and/or about women."

Voting is open via email through Oct. 19, with winners announced in November.

The nominees are:

Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent

• Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant

• Liz Baillie, My Brain Hurts

• Mariko Tamaki, Skim

• Madeline Rosca, Hollow Fields

• Kathryn Immonen, Hellcat

Lulu of the Year

• Shaenon K. Garrity, Skin Horse

• Lynda Barry, What It Is

• Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots

• Nate Powell, Swallow Me Whole

• Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Skim

• Terry Moore, Echo

• Jessica Abel, Life Sucks, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Woman of Distinction

• Joanne Carter Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel

• Gina Gagliano, marketing associate at First Second Books

• Jackie Estrada, Eisner Committee and Exhibit A Press

• Francoise Mouly, editorial director of Toon Books

• Mimi Cruz, owner of Night Flight Comics

Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work

Korgi, Christian Slade

Sardine in Outer Space, Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar

Gary the Pirate, Scott Christian Sava

Rapunzel’s Revenge, Shannon, Dean & Nathan Hale)

Stinky, Eleanor Davis

Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar

Hereville, Barry Deutsch

The Female Cartoonists and Comic Book Writer’s Hall Of Fame

CLAMP, Chobits, Kobato, Cardcaptor Sakura and more

Tove Jansson, Moomin

Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket

Gail Simone, Wonder Woman, Secret Six, Birds of Prey

Best Female Character

• Monica Villarreal, Wapsi Square by Paul Taylor

• Kimberly “Skim” Keiko Cameron, Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

• Rapunzel, Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon, Dean and Nathan Hale

• Barbara Thorson, I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura

• Mirka, Hereville by Barry Deutsch

•Melanie, Melody by Ilias Kyriazis

• Julie Martin, Echo by Terry Moore

More details can be found here.

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