2009 Glyph Comics Awards Winners Announced; Bayou Sweeps

The 2009 Glyph Comics Awards winners were announced last night at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. Zuda’s Bayou, by Jeremy Love, swept the awards, winning all five categories it was nominated in: Story of the Year, Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Comic Strip, and Best Female Character.

Glyph Comics Awards logo

Congratulations, Jeremy! With Bayou due in print at the end of the month, this is a great time for it be recognized.

Note that in 2007, Stagger Lee similarly won four of the nine judged awards. Some may see this as recognition of the strongest work in a particular year, but I fear it also indicates that we have a way to go. I would rather see a year with so many quality black-focused projects that there’s more healthy competition.

Additionally, the Awards press release pointed out that “DC Comics also achieved a sweep, capturing all eight categories it was nominated in, including, for the first time, the Fan Award for Best Comic, the sole award voted on by the fans.” This isn’t immediately obvious until you realize that DC Comics owns Zuda, web publisher of Bayou.

Here are the winners:

Story of the Year
Bayou, Jeremy Love, writer and artist

Best Writer
Jeremy Love, Bayou

Best Artist
Jeremy Love, Bayou

Best Male Character
Black Lightning, Final Crisis: Submit, Grant Morrison, writer, Matthew Clark, Norm Rapmund, Rob Hunter, and Don Ho, artists

Best Female Character
Lee Wagstaff, Bayou, Jeremy Love, writer and artist

Rising Star Award
Damian Duffy & John Jennings, The Hole: Consumer Culture

Best Reprint Publication
Me and the Devil Blues V1, Del Rey, David Ury, translator/adapter

Best Cover
Unknown Soldier #1, Igor Kordey, illustrator

Best Comic Strip
Bayou, Jeremy Love, writer and artist

Fan Award for Best Comic
Vixen: Return of the Lion, G. Willow Wilson, writer, Cafu, artist

From the press release: 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.

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