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Bayou leads 2009 Glyph Comics Awards



Jeremy Love and Bayou swept the Glyph Comics Awards Friday night in a ceremony held during the eighth annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.

The Zuda Comics serial captured five of the 10 awards. Parent company DC Comics won in eight categories, including the Fan Award for Best Comic for the miniseries Vixen: Return of the Lion.

The full list of winners are:

Story of the Year: Bayou, by Jeremy Love
Best Writer: Jeremy Love, Bayou
Best Artist: Jeremy Love, Bayou
Best Male Character: Black Lightning, Final Crisis: Submit, by Grant Morrison, Matthew Clark, Norm Rapmund, Rob Hunter and Don Ho
Best Female Character: Lee Wagstaff, Bayou, by Jeremy Love
Rising Star Award: Damian Duffy and John Jennings, The Hole: Consumer Culture
Best Reprint Publication: Me and the Devil Blues, Vol. 1 (Del Rey Manga); David Ury, translator/adapter
Best Cover: Unknown Soldier #1, illustrated by Igor Kordey
Best Comic Strip: Bayou, by Jeremy Love
Fan Award for Best Comic: Vixen: Return of the Lion, by G. Willow Wilson and Cafu

The Glyph Comics Awards “recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color.”



This is awesome. BAYOU is simply a remarkable comic series.

Congratulations, Jeremy!

“I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” – Morgan Freeman.

I was very excited for Bayou until I read the name of the ceremony was called “East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.” I hope that one day we can stop separating each other into different groups based on nothing more than skin color.

Leonard, the list of winners indicates that anyone of any ethnic background is eligible to win a Glyph if their work is “made by, for, and about people of color.”

Any honors Bayou has earned at ECBACC and may yet earn shouldn’t be diminished (Bayou has consistently been a critics and fan favorite). There’s nothing wrong with you continuing to be excited about Jeremy Love’s work no matter what award it earns.

I do share your hope for that day of unity but I don’t believe this convention is one of the things holding us back from that.


The reason for a black comics convention is that African Americans have traditionally been under-represented in comics, from the standpoint of characters and creators; and that content featuring (starring) AAs has not always sold as well.

So this convention is a way to praise what AA characters and creators are out there, and hopefully lead to more inclusion of AAs in all aspects of the industry.

That’s a good thing for everybody.

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