Friends of Lulu, the all-volunteer organization founded to “promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry,” has certainly had its troubles this year, but it looked like president Valerie D’Orazio had things back on track with an interim Board of Directors and the opening of voting for the Friends of Lulu awards. (Full disclosure: I was a judge for last year’s FoL awards and was asked to cast a tie-breaker vote for this year’s nominees, although I did not do so.)
The nominations raised some eyebrows, however, because male creator Von Allan was nominated for the Kim Yale Newcomer Award. D’Orazio defended the nomination, stating that there is nothing in the rules that disqualifies men, although at The Beat, Heidi MacDonald unearthed some evidence to the contrary. It gets weirder, actually, if you look at the full list: Marla Levesque, a character in Allan’s The Road to God Knows, was nominated for Best Female Character, the book was nominated for Lulu of the Year, and his
assistant was nominated for the Woman of Distinction category. To sum up: Von Allan or a direct connection was nominated for four of the seven Lulu awards. and his assistant was nominated in a category that also includes Peggy Burns and Francoise Mouly. Edit: Boswell is actually the editor of the book, so I’m withdrawing my objection to that.