First Set of Ringo Award Nominees Announced; Fewer Than 20% Women
The Ringo Awards, Baltimore Comic-Con’s award program established earlier this year, have now announced their first set of nominees, assembled through a combination of jury selection and fan voting (which may account for some of the lesser-known nominees).
Out of the sixteen categories, seven are creator-based. (See below; the publisher-based awards follow this section.) Those categories have from five to nine people (or teams, in a few cases) listed. They total 52 creators nominated. Of those, ten are women, or 19% of the nominees. Two categories, Best Inker and Best Letterer, have no women nominated. Best Colorist, on the other hand, appears to be the female ghetto, with five out of seven nominees women. That’s traditional for the old-school corporate comic industry, giving the girls the crayons.
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
PJ Haarsma & Alan Tudyk
Best Artist or Penciller
Best Cover Artist
Oddly, all of the remaining awards for Best Series, Best Story, Best Design etc. are credited to publishers, as though they didn’t need writers or artists, so I can’t as easily analyze those. The exceptions are Comic Strips and Webcomics.
Two out of five of the Best Original Graphic Novel nominees are created by women, though, so that’s a little more encouraging.
Faith, Valiant Entertainment
Best Single Issue or Story
Deadly Hands of Criminal, Image Comics
Best Original Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse Comics
Best Humor Comic
Adventures of God, Line Webtoons
Best Comic Strip or Panel
Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
Girl Genius, Phil Foglio (www.girlgeniusonline.com)
Best Non-Fiction Comic Work
Cooking Comically (www.cookingcomically.com)
Best Presentation in Design
Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comic Series, Dark Horse Comics
If you are “anyone involved in and credited with creating comics professionally”, then you can now vote at the award website. You’ll have to get through a captcha and an email address validation first, though.