2011 Glyph Comic Award Winners — Updated With Full List

The 2011 Glyph Comic Awards were held last night at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC). These awards are intended to recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color.

No official list of winners have yet been announced, but the Comic Book Diner group congratulated Jamar Nicholas, one of their members, for winning Story of the Year, Male Character of the Year, and Rising Star. I will update this post when more information becomes available on winners in the other categories. Other winners have now been announced.

Glyph Comics Awards logo

Jamar was also this year’s host of the Awards, which likely made for a busy night. The award nominees were as follows:

Story of the Year
Afrodisiac; Jim Rugg, co-writer and artist; Brian Maruca, co-writer
BB Wolf and the 3 LPs; JD Arnold, writer, Richard Koslowski, artist
WINNER: Fist Stick Knife Gun; Geoffrey Canada, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist
Unknown Soldier: Dry Season; Joshua Dysart, writer, Alberto Ponticello, artist
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty; G. Neri, writer, Randy DuBurke, artist

Best Writer
JD Arnold, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs
Geoffrey Canada, Fist Stick Knife Gun
WINNER: Joshua Dysart, Unknown Soldier
Mat Johnson, Dark Rain
Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca, Afrodisiac

Best Artist
Denys Cowan, Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers
Christian Dibari, Pale Horse
Simon Gane, Dark Rain
WINNER: Richard Koslowski, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs
Jim Rugg, Afrodisiac

Best Male Character
Afrodisiac, Afrodisiac; created by Jim Rugg, co-writer and artist, & Brian Maruca, co-writer
BB Wolf, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs; created by JD Arnold, writer, Richard Koslowski, artist
Cole, Pale Horse; created by Andrew Cosby & Michael Alan Nelson, writers, Christian Dibari, artist
WINNER: Geoff, Fist Stick Knife Gun; Geoffrey Canada, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist; based on the life of Geoffrey Canada
Moses Lwanga, Unknown Soldier; Joshua Dysart, writer, Alberto Ponticello, artist; inspired by the character created by Robert Kanigher & Joe Kubert

Best Female Character
Aloya Rose, Unknown Soldier; created by Joshua Dysart, writer, Alberto Ponticello, artist
Nola Thomas, NOLA; created by Chris Gorak & Pierluigi Cothran, writers; Damian Couceiro, artist
Sarah, Dark Rain; created by Mat Johnson, writer, Simone Gane, artist
Scout Montana, Shadoweyes; created by Ross Campbell, writer and artist
WINNER: Selena, 28 Days Later; Michael Alan Nelson, writer; Declan Shalvey & Marek Oleksicki, artists; based on the character created by Alex Garland for the motion picture 28 Days Later

Rising Star Award
Nicholas DaSilva, Dread & Alive
Carl Herring Jr. & Tod Smith, The Enforcers
Brandon Howard & Sean Mack, The Revolutionary Times
WINNER: Jamar Nicholas, Fist Stick Knife Gun
Geoffrey Thorne & Todd Harris, Prodigal: Egg of First Light

Best Reprint Publication
Cold Space TP, BOOM! Studios
WINNER: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Deluxe HC, DC Comics
Unknown Soldier: Dry Season TP, DC/Vertigo

Best Cover
28 Days Later #6; Tim Bradstreet, illustrator
Afrodisiac; Jim Rugg, illustrator
Cold Space #1; Jeffrey Spokes, artist, Juan Maruel Tumburus, colorist
WINNER: Unknown Soldier #15; Dave Johnson, illustrator
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty; Randy Duburke, illustrator

Best Comic Strip or Webcomic
WINNER: The K Chronicles; Keith Knight, writer and artist
Marty’s Diner; Dmitri Jackson, writer and artist
The Revolutionary Times; Brandon Howard, writer, Sean Mack, artist
Solomon Azua; Jake Ekiss, writer and artist
World of Hurt; Jay Potts, writer and artist

Fan Award for Best Comic
Azrael: Angel in the Dark; Fabian Nicieza, writer, Ramon Bachs & John Stanisci, artists
WINNER: Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers; Reginald Hudlin, writer, Denys Cowan, artist
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural; Rick Remender, writer; Jefte Palo, Gabriel Hardman &Alessandro Vitti, artists
New Avengers: Heroic Age – Possession; Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger & Art Adams, artists
New Avengers: Luke Cage – Town Without Pity; John Arcudi, writer; Eric Canete, artist

Chairman’s Award
Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture, by Damian Duffy & John Jennings

With the exception of the fan category, the winners were selected by this year’s judges: Jennifer Contino, Martha Cornog, Joseph Phillip Illidge, J. Caleb Mozzocco, and Chad Nevett. For comparison, here are last year’s winners.

Update: I’ve added in all the rest of the winners. Congratulations to Keith Knight for his fifth win for The K Chronicles. I’m a bit disappointed that the best female character was deemed to be someone created for the movies, not original to this medium, but I haven’t read that comic, so I can’t say how strong that portrayal there was compared to the others. I also don’t know what the Chairman’s Award was, since that wasn’t previously mentioned in any PR — I’ll try to find out.

Update 2: Per award founder Rich Watson, the Chairman’s Award is for “special recognition of a work in any media outside of comics, including but not limited to books, television, film, or the internet, that illuminates the black comics experience in an exceptional manner, and also broadens and deepens the growing body of knowledge about black comics worldwide.” In short, a work that doesn’t fit any of the award categories but the group still wants to recognize.

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