- Posted by Johanna on May 15, 2010 at 11:49 am
- Category: Comic News
The Glyph Comics Awards, which aim to “recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color”, announced the 2010 winners last night at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Con. Here are those winners:
Story of the Year
Unknown Soldier #13-14, Joshua Dysart, writer, Pat Masioni, artist
Alex Simmons, Archie & Friends
Jay Potts, World of Hurt
(For those like me who weren’t familiar with this title, it’s a blaxploitation webcomic that launched last year.)
Best Male Character
Isaiah Pastor, World of Hurt, created by Jay Potts, writer and artist
Best Female Character
Aya, Aya: The Secrets Come Out, created by Marguerite Abouet, writer, Clement Oubrerie, artist
Rising Star Award
Jay Potts, World of Hurt
Best Reprint Publication
Aya: The Secrets Come Out, Drawn & Quarterly
Luke Cage Noir #1, Tim Bradstreet, illustrator
Best Comic Strip
The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer and artist
Fan Award for Best Comic
Luke Cage Noir, Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers, Shawn Martinbrough, artist
Time for some commentary.
Once again, as I said last year, I’m disappointed at how often one project wins multiple Glyphs. This year, World of Hurt won three, with two other titles each winning two. Last year, Bayou won five; the year before, a previous installment of Aya again won two, with Satchel Paige and Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm both also doing the same. In 2007, Stagger Lee won four. And, as this year’s press release points out, The K Chronicles has won Best Strip four years out of the last five.
Those are all fine, worthy projects, but it disturbs me that there isn’t more variety because I think that would indicate a healthier market in the long run. It’s great that there are a handful of outstanding works about people of color every year, but wouldn’t it be better if there were more, so we could have some true competition for these awards?
Then there’s the question of female representation. There’s at least one woman recognized each year (so they’re doing better than some other awards), but last year, it was just barely, as G. Willow Wilson wrote the fan-selected best comic, Vixen: Return of the Lion. This year previous winner Marguerite Abouet wrote the twice-awarded Aya: The Secrets Come Out, but her name wasn’t even mentioned under the second award, Best Reprint Publication. I’m curious as to why only the publisher is cited for that honor.
But don’t let my questions distract from honoring these fine works and creators. It’s for a good cause, plus, the Glyphs are notable for not distinguishing between print and web publication in its categories.