Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Although this installment is a little late — curse you, technical problems! — we’re still left with plenty of time to prepare for this weekend’s Motor City Comic Con, Dallas Comic Con and the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention.
What’s more, our contributors have cast their eyes over Wednesday’s releases, singling out such favorites as Battlestar Galactica #1, Betelgeuse, Vol. 1, and The New Warriors Omnibus.
The nominees have been announced for the 2013 Glyph Comics Awards, which recognize “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.” The winners will be announced May 17 at the 12th annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.
The nominees are:
Retailing | Diamond Comic Distributors has announced it will return to Chicago April 24-26 for its annual Diamond Retailer Summit, held in conjunction with the April 26-28 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo . The three-day event includes presentations from sponsoring publishers, focus groups, and retailer workshops and roundtables. [Diamond Summits]
Awards | Johanna Draper Carlson has resigned as a judge for the 2012 Glyph Comics Awards following a disagreement over which works are eligible for the annual honors. Carlson believed judges should be able to nominate comics (as is the case with the Eisners), but the organizers limited the pool to comics that were submitted to them, which resulted in a smaller group of nominees. [Comics Worth Reading]
Rich Watson sent over this year’s nominees for the Glyph Comics Awards, which will be presented in May at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia. The awards recognize “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.” Rich also announced that this will be his final year as chairman of the awards.
Check out the complete list of nominees below.
Story of the Year
The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Brandon Thomas, writer, Lee Ferguson, artist
“On Being Crazy” from African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Vol. 22, Tom Pumplun, writer, Kyle Baker, artist
Princeless, Jeremy Whitley, writer, Mia Goodwin, artist
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1, Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist
Rich Watson, creator and administrator of the Glyph Comics Awards, sent word today that nomination are now being accepted for 2012.
Any comics publisher–small, large, corporate, independent, self-published–as well as online comic creators and cartoonists for newspapers and other periodicals, can submit black-themed material released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011 for consideration for award recognition. The Committee defines black-themed work as any comic with any combination of the following: a black protagonist(s), or at least a black character(s) pivotal to the direction of the story; a setting(s) or a theme(s) that explores the black experience within the United States and/or abroad, past, present, and/or future; and/or a comic of any kind written and/or illustrated by a black creator(s).
The graphic novel adaptation of Fist Stick Knife Gun took home three Glyph Comics Awards this weekend, while Vertigo’s canceled Unknown Soldier took home two more in the annual awards that “recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.”
Based on the memoir by Geoffrey Canada, Fist Stick Knife Gun was adapted into a graphic novel by Jamar Nicholas. The adaptation won story of the year and best male character, while Nicholas received the rising star award. Unknown Soldier appeared on the list for its third year, with Joshua Dysart winning for best writer and Dave Johnson winning the best cover award for Unknown Soldier #15. Keith Knight’s The K Chronicles won in the best comic strip or webcomic category for a record fifth time.
The awards were presented at The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia Friday night. Here’s the complete list of winners:
Story of the Year: Fist Stick Knife Gun; Geoffrey Canada, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist
Best Writer: Joshua Dysart, Unknown Soldier
Best Artist: Richard Koslowski, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs
Best Male Character: Geoff, Fist Stick Knife Gun; Geoffrey Canada, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist; based on the life of Geoffrey Canada
Best Female Character: 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: Jamar Nicholas, Fist Stick Knife Gun
Best Reprint Publication: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Deluxe HC, DC Comics
Best Cover: Unknown Soldier #15, Dave Johnson, illustrator
Best Comic Strip or Webcomic: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer and artist
Fan Award for Best Comic: Captain America/Black Panther: Flags of Our Fathers; Reginald Hudlin, writer, Denys Cowan, artist
Chairman’s Award: Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
Rich Watson sent over this year’s nominees for the Glyph Comics Awards, which will be presented in May at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia. The awards recognize “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.”
Vertigo’s canceled Unknown Soldier series received nominations in five categories, including story of the year and best writer for Joshua Dysart. Other comics receiving nominations in multiple categories include Jim Rugg’s Afrodisiac, Top Shelf’s BB Wolf and the 3 LPs, the Vertigo graphic novel Dark Rain, Fist Stick Knife Gun and BOOM!’s Pale Horse.
Check out the complete list of nominees after the jump.