The winners were announced this morning 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."
Nominees were selected by a panel of judges, with the winners voted on by the public.
The winners are:
Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent: Kate Beaton for Hark, A Vagrant
Lulu of the Year: Danielle Corsetto for Girls with Slingshots
Woman of Distinction: Joanne Carter Siegel
Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work: Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale
Female Comic Creator’s Hall of Fame: Gail Simone
Best Female Character: Monica Villarreal, from Wapsi Square by Paul Taylor
Brief biographies of each of the winners can be found here.