- Posted by Johanna on February 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm
- Category: Comic News
Organizer Rich Watson has announced the nominees for the 2009 Glyph Comics Awards, honoring the best in black comics and creators. Winners will be announced at a ceremony held May 15, 2009, as part of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Con.
As is typical of smaller awards, many of the same names show up in several of the categories. I did find it interesting that the awards make little distinction among format, with the Zuda webcomic Bayou being considered in the same categories as, for example, the original print graphic novel Incognegro.
Jeremy Love’s Bayou was one of the judges’ favorites, obviously, nominated in the five categories Story of the Year, Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Comic Strip, and Best Female Character. Incognegro was similarly nominated in four: Story of the Year, Best Writer (Mat Johnson), Best Artist (Warren Pleece), and Best Male Character.
The three remaining Story of the Year nominees duplicate the Best Writer category, which is a nice acknowledgment to the power of the text author, but makes one wonder whether both are needed.
I’m not going to copy the whole list of nominees here, but I would like to point out that adding links to the original posting would be of benefit, especially in categories, like Rising Star, with lesser-known nominees. Instead, let’s jump ahead to the point where you can vote: the Fan Award for Best Comic. Out of
- Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #33-35
- Pilot Season: Genius
- Presidential Material: Barack Obama
- Vixen: Return of the Lion
- Young Avengers Presents #1
I encourage you to vote for Vixen. Genius and the President comic are recognized in other categories, and I don’t recall enough about Iron Man to know why it’s worthwhile here. But Vixen did something very different with the usual “superhero rediscovers their past” story. Vote before March 31 to have your vote counted.