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The 2007 Glyph Comics Awards nominees

Posted by: Rich Watson on February 19, 2007 at 1:03 pm



The second annual Glyph Comics Awards (GCAs), honoring the best in black comics and creators, will once again take place at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2007 awards, as judged by the following:

- Rich Watson, GCA Committee Chair and writer for PopCultureShock.com
- Johanna Draper Carlson, founder of the review website ComicsWorthReading.com
- Pam Noles, professional writer and former Eisner Awards judge
- Calvin Reid, senior editor for Publishers Weekly and former Eisner Awards judge
- Hannibal Tabu, online comics reviewer and professional fiction writer

The nominees for the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards are:

Story of the Year
The American Way, John Ridley, Georges Jeanty & Karl Story
Bluesman Vol. 3, Rob Vollmar & Pablo Callejo
Day 8, Damian Duffy, Deborah D. Grison & John Jennings
Earthlight Vol. 1, Stuart Moore & Christopher Schons
Stagger Lee
, Derek McCulloch & Shepherd Hendrix

Best Writer
Damian Duffy & Deborah D. Grison, Day 8
Derek McCulloch, Stagger Lee
Stuart Moore, Earthlight Vol. 1
John Ridley, The American Way
Rob Vollmar, Bluesman Vol. 3

Best Artist
Kyle Baker, The Bakers
Shepherd Hendrix, Stagger Lee
Jamal Igle, Firestorm
Georges Jeanty, The American Way
Christopher Schons, Earthlight Vol. 1

Best Male Character
Infidel, Astro City: Samaritan
Lem Taylor, Bluesman Vol. 3
Mr. Jenkins, Day 8
New American, The American Way
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee

Best Female Character
Amo Tanzer, Lucifer’s Garden of Verses: Between the Devil and Miles Davis
Evelyn Prescott, Stagger Lee
Ororo, Storm
Sahara, Elephantmen
Thomasina Lindo, Welcome to Tranquility

Rising Star Award
Darryl Hughes & Monique MacNaughton, GAAK
Mark Page, Kana’s Island
Felipe Smith, MBQ
Spike, Templar, Arizona
Masheka Wood, What Masheka Did

Best Reprint Publication
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, First Second
Krazy & Ignatz 1937-38, Fantagraphics
Nat Turner Encore Edition Vol. 1, Kyle Baker Publishing
Never Made to Last: Stories of Suburban Folklore, Ourobor Books
Tokyo Tribes Vol. 5, TokyoPop

Best Cover
52 Week 14, J.G. Jones
The American Way #2, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story & Randy Mayor
Firestorm #23, Brian Stelfreeze
Stagger Lee, Shepherd Hendrix
Storm #1, Mike Mayhew

Best Comic Strip
Candorville, Darrin Bell
The K Chronicles, Keith Knight
Templar, Arizona, Spike
(th)Ink, Keith Knight
Watch Your Head, Cory Thomas

Once again, fans will be able to vote for their favorite black comic in the poll for the Fan Award for Best Comic. This year’s nominees are:

Black Panther: The Bride, Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton & Klaus Janson
Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Will Pfeifer & Cliff Chiang
Firestorm #28-32, Stuart Moore, Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne
New Avengers #22, Brian Michael Bendis & Leinil Francis Yu
Storm, Eric Jerome Dickey, David Yardin & Lan Medina and Jay Leisten & Sean Parsons
write-in choice

The poll will go up at the ECBACC website (www.ecbacc.com) for the month of March.

ECBACC 2007 will take place May 18-19 at Temple University’s Anderson Hall in Philadelphia. For more information about the GCAs, e-mail Rich Watson at cptsisko318@aol.com.

About the Glyph Comics Awards:
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.

The awards are named for the blog Glyphs: The Language of the Black Comics Community at Pop Culture Shock (http://glyphs.popcultureshock.com), started in 2005 by comics journalist Rich Watson as a means to provide news and commentary of comics with black themes, as well as tangential topics in the fields of black science-fiction/fantasy and animation.

The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), in association with the Temple University Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, is an annual gathering of comic book creators and retailers who create and sell material that caters to black readers of all ages. In addition to selling their work, they also take part in panel discussions and self-publishing workshops for aspiring creators. The convention is held on the Temple University campus in Philadelphia each May. ECBACC is an outgrowth of the original Black Age of Comics Convention in Chicago, founded by Turtel Onli.

For more information about ECBACC, contact event coordinator Maurice Waters at maurice.waters@ecbacc.com.

UPDATE 8:13 PM: The credits for Day 8 say that the webcomic is “Based on a poem by Deborah D. Grison,” which we interpreted as meaning it was the inspiration for the comic. After talking with Damian Duffy and doing a little research, I’ve confirmed that Grison’s poem is incorporated verbatim into the story and that she worked with Duffy and John Jennings on creating the comic. Therefore, her name has been added to the credits for Day 8. Apologies all around for any confusion.

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11 Responses to "The 2007 Glyph Comics Awards nominees"

1 | Gail

February 19th, 2007 at 2:17 pm


Well, you made my day. It’s a thrill to be nominated for this.

Thank you very much!


2 | Damian

February 19th, 2007 at 4:49 pm


This is a great honor. Thanks very much!

However, it should be noted that Day 8 is adapted from a poem entitled “No Ark” written by Deborah D. Grison.

All of the narration in the comic is from her poem, and she should share the nomination.


3 | heriolaok

February 19th, 2007 at 7:19 pm


no one likes me =_(

4 | Masheka

February 20th, 2007 at 11:00 pm


Whoa! Thank you!

Can’t wait to see everybody in May.


5 | Georges Jeanty

February 21st, 2007 at 11:39 am


I am proud to be involved in such a great story. I wish I could take more credit, but John Ridley had this story down coming in and all I did was visualize it! i hope he receives recognition for the story, but then I’m bias!

6 | John Ridley

February 21st, 2007 at 3:36 pm


Georges is being far too humble. They don’t call ‘em Graphic Novels for nothing. The artwork in the American Way was simply among the best this year. It’s an honor to be nominated with the series, but it has been even more of an honor to have a partner such as Georges with which to work.

7 | Lance Tooks

February 26th, 2007 at 3:06 pm


What a great surprise!
My heartfelt thanks, Rich, to you and your jury for taking note of my comics yet again, and considering my work among such a talented group of creators.
best, Lance

8 | Pablo Callejo

March 9th, 2007 at 4:37 am


Thank you very much, it’s a great honor!

9 | Deborah Grison

March 27th, 2007 at 12:49 am


Dear All:

Thank you so much for the honor of being nominated for “Day 8″. I am so grateful to be in such a class as the other fantastic writers. Thank you so much.

However, if I can make a note about my name. It is Deborah D. Grison (with an n, not an m). If that could be corrected, that would be cool and correct. Thank you all again for the nod. :)

Peace & Poetry,
Deborah D. Grison

10 | Antilla Trotter

April 26th, 2007 at 5:54 pm


Deborah…Collage — I am so happy you’re getting the acknowledgement your talent deserves. This isn’t “only the beginning” it’s a continuation.


11 | B.O'Banion

April 27th, 2007 at 7:07 pm


Congrats! Keep up the great work! It’s great that you’re
being recognized in your craft. May He Who is able keep you in His Care.

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