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2010 Friends of Lulu Awards winners

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Presented last night at at the Long Beach Comic Con.

Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work: Diana Nock, The Intrepid Girlbot

Best Female Character: Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Kim Yale Award for Most Talented Newcomer: Kathryn Immonen: “The Runaways”

Lulu of the Year: Kate Beaton

Woman of Distinction Award: Lauren Sankovitch: editor, Marvel Comics

Female Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Alison Bechdel

FoL has a new website and a new mandate. Johanna has more.

Lulu Awards move to Long Beach, nominations open to public

201008090958.jpgVia PR, Friends of Lulu president Valerie D’Orazio announces that this year’s Friends of Lulu Awards will have a new home — the Long Beach Comic Con. Nominations are open to the public, and can be made here — but hurry, the deadline is August 23rd.

After nearly shutting down just a few weeks ago, Friends of Lulu has reemerged with an interim volunteer board. In addition, missing financial records have been recovered, and the organization is moving forward once again.

Long Beach Comic Con has generously granted women in comics organization Friends of Lulu a venue for their 2010 Lulu Awards, as well as a booth at the show and a panel. The Lulu Awards will be held on October 29th, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center, and will recognize the fantastic comic and cartooning work by and about women from the year 2009.

The partnership with Friends of Lulu demonstrates LBCC’s commitment to expanding the boundaries of the comic book reading audience, and their support of women in comics.

Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Con, commented on the exciting collaboration:

“Long Beach Comic Con and Friends of Lulu have a lot in common – we’re both proud supporters of women in comics, and the comics business overall.  I’m particularly pleased that we can give them a home for their Awards ceremony that publicly recognizes the contributions women have made in the business.  We look forward to expanding our Women in Comics programming opportunities with the help of Valerie and her talented staff.”

Valerie D’Orazio, President of Friends of Lulu, expressed her excitement at the prospect of teaming with LBCC in October:

“Long Beach Comic Con has provided Friends of Lulu with an opportunity that has literally energized the organization. We are very much looking forward to representing women in comics at LBCC and presenting the Lulu Awards to another year’s worth of talented individuals.”

Also, please note that nominations for the Lulu Awards are now open to the public. The categories include:
• Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent
• Lulu Of The Year
• Woman of Distinction
• Leah Adezio Award For Best Kid-Friendly Work
• Female Comic Creator’s Hall of Fame
• Best Female Character

Eligible comics for nomination in this year’s awards must have been published (via print or the Web) in 2009. Please visit the official 2010 Lulu Awards page for more details and to enter your nominations. NOMINATIONS CLOSE AUGUST 23rd.

2009 Lulu Awards announcement

Quiet since their first time running at MoCCA last year, the Friends of Lulu Awards are back with a new format, new awards, and a new top-notch panel of judges. Looks like they are totally back on track:

The Lulu Awards are given every year to the creators who have fostered the success of women in the industry (or enjoyed their own), to publications that displayed literary excellence, and to people and projects that helped to open eyes and minds to the amazing comic and cartooning work by women.

In a change from last year, the judges panel will provide the list of nominees, then the public will vote for the winners in each category.

The nomination process is open from now until September 14th.

Voting by the public will take place between September 14th and October 1st.

The winners will be announced at the end of October, in a very special Lulu Awards ceremony to be announced in a separate press release.

I.  Judges

We have brought together a diverse and knowledgeable team from a variety of interests, disciplines, and occupations from within the comic book industry and fandom.

The judges are:

Brigid Alverson – writer, editor, columnist, and blogger

Jennifer Babcock – comic book historian and creator

Abby Denson – writer, cartoonist, and teacher

Cheryl Lynn Eatonblogger and writer

Chris Eberlecomics retailer

Karen Green – academic librarian and columnist

Robert Randle – purchasing assistant manager, Diamond Distributors

Again, the nomination process is open from now until September 14th. 

Note to publishers/comic creators wishing to submit review copies:

We have a list of judges who wish to receive review copies. Only works produced in 2008 will be considered. Please email us at [email protected] for more information & their contact info. Lulu loves the environment: please try to send scans/pdfs whenever possible! Please note that individual publishers/comic creators assume all responsibility in getting said materials to the
judges, including cost of shipping & the delivery of electronic files in a proper format.

II. New Categories:

Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work:

Leah,
who passed away in 2007, was very active in Friends of Lulu and was also comics creator in her own right. She had a passion for children’s comics and this award is in memory of her. This award is for a kid-friendly work that best exemplifies the Friends of Lulu motto “Comics Are For Everyone.”

Best Female Character:

For a lead female character from an ongoing or limited comic book series or comic strip, original graphic novel or novella. Whether in print or online.

Click here for a list of all categories!

Friends of Lulu Awards — NOMINATE

As mentioned here before, nominations for the 2008 Lulu Awards are open. Anyone can nominate. These are the categories:

The Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame nominees must have published work, whether self-published, company-published, or Web-published. An individual cannot win more than once.

Women of Distinction nominees must have worked in the comic industry in a non-creator role, such as editing, publishing, reporting, or retail.

The Lulu of the Year Award honors the creator(s), book or other project whose work best exemplifies Friends of Lulu’s mission.

The Kim Yale Award nominees must have published work, whether self-published, company-published, or Web-published. Nominees must be nominated for this category within three years of their first published work. An individual may not be nominated more than twice, and cannot win more than once. The award is named for comics writer Kim Yale, a founding Lulu member who passed away in 1997.


Come on peeps, let’s get the best people for the job recognized for their efforts. Suggest possible nominees in the comments.

For Hall of Fame, previous winners include:
Rumiko Takahashi, Lynda Barry, Wendy Pini, Marge Henderson Buell, Marie Severin, Dale Messick, Ramona Fradon, Trina Robbins and Hilda Terry.
Who is left to nominate? LOTS OF PEOPLE!
Moto Hagio
Kanako Inuki
Machiko Hasegawa
Rose O’Neill
Nell Brinkley
Tarpe Mills
Lilly Renée
Dori Seda
Aline Kominsky Crumb
..okay that’s just for a start.

The Kim Yale award is a bit harder to parse because tehre are SO many young women coming up and blowing the doors off. I haven’t even made up my mind, but a couple of examples:

Julia Wertz
Sarah Oleksyk
Laura Park

Lulu of the Year?
Hard not to start with Rutu Modan and Marjane Satrapi.

More ideas?

Friends of Lulu Awards move to MoCCA

With the San Diego con news cycle increasingly taken over by mega movie marketing events it was perhaps inevitable that a few events would migrate to other venues — one such is now the Annual Friends of Lulu Awards, which are moving to MoCCA, as the following PR shows. Should be a fun party!

Nominations for the four award categories are open to all, not just members, and will be taken at the NYCC next week.


Friends of Lulu is moving the organization’s Lulu Awards event from the San Diego Comic-Con to the popular MoCCA Art Festival (aka Artfest) this year!

The annual Lulu Awards, which recognize the efforts women make in comics, will be held at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in Manhattan on Saturday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m.. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a suggested donation of $7.00 at the door.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, along with IDW, DC Comics and Archie Comics, is sponsoring this major event.

“We are excited to bring an award event to MoCCA Artfest, and just as excited not to be competing with the multitude of great events at San Diego Comic-Con this July. We are able to reach a larger group of people eager to see wonderful creators recognized for their hard work in this field,” Treasurer Marion Vitus notes.

On the schedule to present awards are the previous years’ award winners, including Rachel Nabors and Abby Denson, and on the roster to emcee the event is Lulu Eightball creator Emily Flake.

The new Lulu Awards date, in June instead of July, means the nominations are right around the corner; nominations will be open to non-members this year and begin at the joint MoCCA/Friends of Lulu table at the New York Comic-Con starting Friday, April 18.

Look for more details on the Friends of Lulu blog.

LA Times on Friends of Lulu Awards

Sheigh Crabtree is there:

Despite a grim convention room backdrop, Friends of Lulu organizers did what they could to personalize the scene. A cold lemonade dispenser and a bowl of cubed ice with tongs sat next to a covered table chock-a-block with frosted brownies, trays decorated with tiny purple flowers. The sweet nothings were a 360-degree switch from Comic-Con’s standard grubby Mountain-Dew-and-cold-pizza affair.

Obviously, organizers of the Friends of Lulu Awards are not rolling in the rewards of porn-ish, breast-baring, Girls Gone Wild commercial success. Run as a nonprofit, Friends of Lulu is a national organization whose main purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry. This year is the first time they opened voting to non-Lulu members, resulting in over 1,000 nominations and votes, their biggest response to the Lulu Awards to date.

SD07: Friends of Lulu Awards

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The Friends of Lulu Awards will be held on Thursday 7/26, at 8:30 at the SDCC. There is a $5 donation for admission. We suggest that everyone who has been bitching and moaning for the past few months about everything going on show up to support women who are getting things done — or have gotten things done. Is that too much to ask? Think about it.

Friends of Lulu is pleased to announce that the 2007 Lulu Awards will be held Thursday, July 26 at 8:30 p.m. in room 10 of the San Diego Convention Center. Minx, DC Comics’ new teenage girl-oriented line, is our gold sponsor for this event, and we are absolutely delighted at their support of our efforts to recognize and honor the work of women in comics!

We had a record turnout of nominations and voting this year, which was wonderful to see. There are so many great women in this industry, and their supporters are growing. It fuels Friends of Lulu’s purpose!

While members and nominees get in free to the awards event, we are asking a $5 donation per person. Each attendee will get a raffle ticket to win a copy of the hot-off-the-presses Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff, our latest anthology of comic work by women.

San Diego Comic Con attendees are welcome to stop by Friends of Lulu’s booth, #832, to see more of what we do, meet some of the nominees, purchase copies of our new anthology, and to get those copies signed by some of the contributors.

Awards Time: Ain't I a woman?

201009170356.jpgApparently they are rioting in Canada over the fact that a man was nominated for the Kim Yale award.

If by rioting, you mean writing some articles for the internet. Von Allan , the man in question nominated for the previously all-female Kim Yale Award for Most Talented Newcomer (one of the Lulu Award categories) was interviewed by the CBC and this gave rise to a couple of pieces, noting what a groundbreaker he was being nominated for an award traditionally given to women cartoonists:

Allan is delighted to see his book getting attention, but he said the question of whether he should be eligible is a “challenging debate.” “It’s tough. The problem is, most writers, most artists in the comic industry are men, and it’s traditionally been that way. It’s not right and I wish it was way more 50/50, but you could also argue the same thing about genres,” Allan said. Some commenters in the graphic novel world have suggested juried panels, instead of fans, submit nominations for the Lulu Awards to ensure more women are on the ballot.


Outgoing FoL president, Valerie D’Orazio delivered her “Farewell to Lulu” speech and told the CBC:

Valerie d’Orazio, president of the Friends of Lulu, the group that created the awards, has gone to bat for Allan’s nomination, saying there do not appear to be any rules that would disqualify him.

“The official rules, as far as I knew, didn’t specify a female-only award recipient, and even if it did that might be illegal because non-profits can’t discriminate according to gender,” she said in an email to CBC.

“And further … I had no big personal preference whether Von was on the ballot or not. He did a comic about strong female characters” and that should qualify him, she added.


There was some twitro-versy over all this, and it stirred some memories. If you’re going by Founder’s intent, I know for a fact that the Kim Yale Award was meant to be given to a woman. But had this ever been spelled out? I thought for sure it had to have been at least mentioned. Was I going crazy?

I sifted though the evidence. On the most recent Friends of Lulu blog post regarding the awards, it reads that the awards were established:

to bring attention to the best, most women-friendly and reader- friendly work in comics and to recognize the work of women comics creators of the past, Lulu members vote each summer for new inductees for the Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame, “Lulu of the Year,” and the year’s most promising new female talent. The New Talent award is named for comics writer Kim Yale, a founding member who passed away in 1997.


“Most promising new female talent.” Pretty unambiguous.

After some more Googling, it seems that in 2006 and 2007, at least, the award was actually called the Kim Yale Award for Best New Female Talent.

On the Comic Book Awards Almanac, (sadly, no longer updated) the award is listed as:

Kimberly A. Yale Award for Best New Talent: Awarded to a woman who has worked in the comic book & comic strip industry for less than two years. The category is named for a comic book writer & Friends of Lulu founding member who died in 1997.


So there you go. Some precedent for the supposition that the award was meant to be given to a female creator. Over the last few years, the name of the award was changed, and this year, the eligibility was also changed. But at least I’m not crazy.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote:

Also, I remain committed to keeping the Friends of Lulu Awards going in some capacity. If we can have The Glyph Comics Awards and GLAAD Awards, we can have some kind of awards for Women in Comics — although they are certainly winning the co-ed awards in increasing numbers.

I still like the idea of an award for women in comics. Apparently I am alone in that opinion. However, I was researching the nominees this year (some of whom I’d never heard of) and found this on the blog ofCarolyn Belefski, of Curls Studio, (art above) who was also nominated for the Kim Yale Award:

I looked up Kim Yale on the internet and found out this information about her: Kim Yale was an American writer and editor of comic books for multiple comic book companies, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, First Comics and Warp Graphics. She was heavily involved with the Friends of Lulu, working as a member of the board, an organization promoting women in comics. The award for the Best New Female Comics Creator has been named in her honor. Yale died of breast cancer in 1997, aged 43. (via Wikipedia)


So there you go, a talented young artist learns about Kim Yale, keeping her name and spirit alive a little. Some good has come of all this after all.

Friends of Lulu going away; Comics Are For Everyone showing up

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Over on her blog, Valerie D’Orazio announces that as of January she will no longer be running Friends of Lulu, the organization formed to promote women in comics. Instead, she’ll be putting her efforts toward a new organization called “Comics are for Everyone.”

Spinning off of my “Comics Revolution” mailing list, the five goals of Comics Are For Everyone are:

1. Return Comics To The Masses

2. Create Tomorrow’s Heroes & Icons

3. Increase Opportunities For Comic Creators

4. Eradicate Sexism/Racism/Homophobia/Ageism in Comics

5. Give Back To The World


It’s pretty hard to argue with any of those; it probably makes much more sense to put energy into an inclusive group in a time when everyone has somewhat equal access.

The 2010 Lulu Awards will go forward…after that, D’Orazio encourages anyone who wants to pick up FoL or its goals and move forward.

2010 Lulu Award nominees announced

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Nominees for the 2010 Lulu Awards, recognizing “the people and projects that helped to open eyes and minds to the amazing comic and cartooning work by and/or about women” have been announced. Voting is open to the public at this link, with the voting deadline September 27th. The awards will be presented at the Long Beach Comic-Con on October 29th.

Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work
• Jennifer L. Holm &; Matthew Holm:  Babymouse: The Musical and Babymouse: Dragonslayer
• Tory Woollcott: Mirror Mind
• Diana Nock: The Intrepid Girlbot
• Teddy Riawen, Phuong Hong Au Nguyen, and Malcolm Harris: Witch Girls Tales Issue 1 Volume 2
• David Petersen: Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
• Roger Langridge: The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson
• Art Balthazar and Franco Aureliani: Tiny Titans

Best Female Character:
• Marie Levesque: The Road To God Knows by Von Allan
• Ramona Flowers: Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley
• Creepy Carly: Creepy Carly, Carly Mizzou
• Girlbot: The Intrepid Girlbot, Diana Nock
• Ivy: Ivy, Sarah Oleksyk
• Mot Fleishman: Eros Inc., Michael Jonathan
• Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham: Questionable Content, Jeph Jacques
• Gemma: Nurse Nurse, Katie Skelly
• Mindy Markus: The Night Owls, Peter and Bobby Timony
• Fusella Mierter: Galaxion, Tara Tallan

Kim Yale Award for Most Talented Newcomer:
• Von Allan: The Road To God Knows
• Tory Woollcott: Mirror Mind
• Diana Nock: The Intrepid Girlbot
• Athena Currier: Action Athena
• Kathryn Immonen: The Runaways
• Lisa Hanawalt: I Want You
• Carolyn Belefski: Curls

Lulu of the Year:
• Hope Larson
• The Road To God Knows by Von Allan
• Tara Tallan
• Kate Beaton
• Mirror Mind, Tory Woollcott
• Channel M Publishing
• Raina Telgemeier
• Jill Thompson
• Miss Lasko-Gross
• Katie Skelly
• Françoise Mouly
• Carol Tyler

Woman of Distinction:
• Amy Adams: co-proprietor of Bergen Street Comics
• Sam (Samantha) Boswell: assisted on Von Allan’s The Road To God Knows
• Laura Hudson: Comics Alliance
• Katie Merrit: retailer, Green Brain Comics
• Lauren Sankovitch: editor, Marvel Comics
• Elizabeth Dingmann: Lerner Publishing publicist
• Jenette Kahn: Former Publisher, DC Comics
• Peggy Burns: Associate Publisher, Marketing & Sales, Drawn & Quarterly
• Françoise Mouly: Publisher/Editorial Director TOON Books

The Female Cartoonists Hall Of Fame:
• Carla Speed McNeil
• Louise Simonson
• Devin Grayson
• Zelda Mavin Jackson aka Jackie Ormes
• Diana Nock
• Athena Currier
• Roz Chast
• Dori Seda
• Alison Bechdel

Friends of Lulu to end in September

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Valerie D’Orazio, the president of Friends of Lulu for the last three years, has announced on her blog that due to financial problems, personnel problems, and her own lack of will to keep it going almost single-handedly, the organization for women comics readers and creators will be forced to shut down in four weeks:

If by September 2010 nobody steps forward and shows interest in helping run this organization, I will start taking steps to officially dissolve it as a non-profit. Then I will donate the leftover money (if any) between the other major comics charities, return the donated artwork, and ship the historical records and sketchbooks to a University or MoCCA.

Before I would take steps to dissolve FoL (if it comes to that), I will personally contact a number of concerned parties via a mass email asking for volunteers to keep the organization going.


Johanna Draper Carlson, who has publicly sparred with D’Orazio in the past, and was an energetic Lulu volunteer in the early days. has her own observations and suggestions:

The women who created the organization in the early 90s were older, and several of them were from an era where activism was possible and had the potential to achieve results. In contrast, today’s younger female creators don’t see the problems FoL was created in response to (in part due to FoL’s actions) and thus don’t see much of a need for the group. These creators have more avenues available to them — webcomics, book publisher graphic novel contracts, online organization and support — and a formal group may seem old-fashioned.


A younger Woman in Comics, Comics Alliance’s Laura Hudson, responds as well:

D’Orazio says that whether her silence helped the organization is “debatable,” and I tend to agree. While I’m sure that she tried her best in a difficult situation, what would have helped the cause of women in comics most is what would have helped the organization most: a more transparent approach to their difficulties, and either a timely resolution of the problem, or a timely recognition of the fact that the reins needed to be handed over. Regardless, I’m glad to see that D’Orazio has made the decision to clearly delineate the financial situation of the Friends of Lulu and help it move forward by offering the leadership role to someone with the time and energy to make this the full-time job that it needs to be, deal with the serious documentation problems that laid it low, and help the organization rediscover its purpose and presence in the industry.


As the co-founder and early driving force behind Friends of Lulu — which has been around since 1993 (I think), obviously I have a lot of thoughts about this, which I don’t fully have time to lay out right now. I will note that I did offer to help Val with the awards — given my own busy schedule, I don’t think she believed me and never followed up. That offer stands.

Both Johanna and Laura are correct — the world that FoL was created to confront doesn’t exist any more. Women are back in comics as creators, readers, retailers…you name it. Even characters now and then. The ’90s were a period when women had been driven out of the medium, for the most part, even as it was a blossoming time for women IN the media, with Buffy and Sailor Moon, the two founding mothers of modern day Girl Geekdom.

As an old school Feminist, I don’t believe that anything is ever safe and secure, and we could go all Handmaid’s Tale at any moment. Examination and questioning of all aspects of life and art are the only way to understanding and progress.

Which is all a way of saying, I believe that there is a place for specifically singling out Women in Comics for their own little place. But I leave it to the new kids to figure out how, where, and when the tea party will be thrown. If they don’t want to party, it is their decision.

Also, I remain committed to keeping the Friends of Lulu Awards going in some capacity. If we can have The Glyph Comics Awards and GLAAD Awards, we can have some kind of awards for Women in Comics — although they are certainly winning the co-ed awards in increasing numbers.

Developing.

2009 Friends of Lulu Award Winners

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The winners of the 2009 Friends of Lulu Awards have been announced. Nominees were chosen by a panel, while the finalists were voted for online. Due to the various logistical problems surrounding this year’s awards, there will be no awards ceremony, but individualized awards are being sent out to the winners. And the winners are:


Kim Yale Award For Best New Talent: Kate Beaton for Hark, a Vagrant

Lulu of the Year: Danielle Corsetto for Girls with Slingshots

Woman of Distinction: Joanne Carter Siegel

Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work: Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale

Female Comic Creator’s Hall of Fame: Gail Simone

Best Female Character: Monica Villarreal, from Wapsi Square by Paul Taylor

Volunteer of The Year: Marion Vitus

2009 Friends of Lulu Nominations

200910061255The nominations for the 2009 Friends of Lulu Awards, honoring the people, projects and characters who most promoted female participation in comics have just been announced. Voting details are here. Voting is open via email until October 19th, with winners being announced in November.

Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent

(must have first published work within the last three years)

Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant

Liz Baillie, My Brain Hurts

Mariko Tamaki, Skim

Madeline Rosca, Hollow Fields

Kathryn Immonen, Hellcat

Sabrina Jones, Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography

Tracy White, Traced

Lulu of The Year

(awards the creator/s, book, or other project whole work best exemplifies Friends of Lulu’s mission)

Shaenon K. Garrity, Skin Horse

Lynda Barry, What It Is

Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots

Nate Powell, Swallow Me Whole

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Skim

Terry Moore, Echo

Jessica Abel, Life Sucks, Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Woman of Distinction

(nominees work in the comic industry in non-creator roles such as editing, publishing, reporting, or retail)

Joanne Carter Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel

Gina Gagliano, Marketing Associate at First Second Books

Jackie Estrada, Eisner Committee & Exhibit A Press

Francoise Mouly, Editorial Director of Toon Books

Mimi Cruz, owner of Night Flight Comics

Leah Adezio Award For Best Kid-Friendly Work

Korgi, Christian Slade

Sardine in Outer Space, Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar

Gary the Pirate, Scott Christian Sava

Rapunzel’s Revenge, Shannon, Dean & Nathan Hale)

Stinky, Eleanor Davis

Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar

Hereville, Barry Deutsch

The Female Cartoonists And Comic Book Writer’s Hall Of Fame

(formerly, The Female Cartoonists Hall Of Fame)

CLAMP, Chobits, Kobato, Cardcaptor Sakura, and many many more

Tove Jansson, Moomin

Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket

Gail Simone, Wonder Woman, Secret Six, Birds of Prey

Best Female Character

Monica Villarreal, Wapsi Square by Paul Taylor

Kimberly “Skim” Keiko Cameron, Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Rapunzel, Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon, Dean, and Nathan Hale

Barbara Thorson, I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly & JM Ken Niimura

Mirka, Hereville by Barry Deutsch

Melanie, Melody by Ilias Kyriazis

Julie Martin, Echo by Terry Moore

This year’s nominations were chosen by a panel. Members of the panel include:

Brigid Alverson – writer, editor, columnist, and blogger
Jennifer Babcock – comic book historian and creator
Abby Denson – writer, cartoonist, and teacher
Cheryl Lynn Eaton – blogger and writer
Chris Eberle – comics retailer
Karen Green – academic librarian and columnist
Robert Randle – purchasing assistant manager, Diamond Distributors

2008 Friends of Lulu Award Winners

Here are your 2008 FoL awards winners, as announced last night at MoCCA at a ceremny MC’d by Emily Flake:

Kim Yale Award:
Martina Fugazzotto (senior designer, gURL.com);

Woman of Distinction:
Shelly Bond (group editor, Vertigo; editor, MINX line);

Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame:
Nell Brinkley (early 20th century cartoonist);

Lulu of the Year:
Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)

Volunteer of the Year
Lee Binswanger

2008 Friend of Lulu Nominees

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The 2008 Friends of Lulu Award Nominations have just been announced. (Above image by Hope Larson.)

Kim Yale Award:
MARTINA FUGAZZOTTO (senior designer, gURL.com)
KIKI JONES (gURL Comix artist)
JULIA WERTZ (The Fart Party)

Woman of Distinction:
SHELLY BOND (group editor, Vertigo; editor, MINX line);
CINDY FOURNIER (VP Operations, Diamond Comic Distributors);
JANNA MORISHIMA (director, Diamond Kids Group)

Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame:
NELL BRINKLEY (early 20th century cartoonist);
MARTY LINKS (Bobby Sox/Emmy Lou);
TARPE MILLS (Miss Fury);
LOUISE SIMONSON (X-Factor; Superman: The Man of Steel)

Lulu of the Year:
AUDRA FURUICHI (Nemu-Nemu);
gURL Comix (www.gURL.com);
STEPHANIE MCMILLAN (Minimum Security);
RUTU MODAN (Exit Wounds);
MARJANE SATRAPI (Persepolis)

PR follows:

It’s time for a true FoL first. Every year, Friends of Lulu, the national, non-profit organization, which has brought more women and girls into comic books for close to 15 years, recognizes several women who have made notable contributions in the ever-expanding comics industry. As yet another extremely successful year for women in comics continues, FoL is proud to keep the momentum going by bringing the Lulu Awards, usually presented in a West Coast event, to New York City for the first time. The 2008 Friends of Lulu award nominees have been selected by the comic-reading public, and the voting period for the award winners has begun.

This year’s well-deserved trophies will be presented at the exciting Lulu Awards event on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in Manhattan, at 594 Broadway, Suite 401 (between Houston and Prince Streets). This event starts at 8:30 p.m. and takes place during the annual, highly popular MoCCA Art Festival (the weekend of June 7 and 8; for more information, please go to www.moccany.org). Refreshments will be served, and the night’s M.C. will be the lively illustrator Emily Flake. The suggested donation for admission to this sure-to-be-enjoyable event is $8, and admission is free for Friends of Lulu and MoCCA members. FoL kindly requests that attendees RSVP by purchasing tickets for the event beforehand, at our site, www.friends-lulu.org. A number of tickets will also be available at the door.

Those people interested in voting for their favorite nominees simply need to visit the Friends of Lulu Website at www.friends-lulu.org/awardsVote.php by Tuesday, May 27; the voting period closes at the end of that day. Only current Friends of Lulu members can vote, and information about how to join the organization is at the main site, www.friends-lulu.org.

Lulu Noms OPEN

The Friends of Lulu Blog reports that nominations for the 2008 Friends of Lulu Awards are open and ANYONE can nominate:

Lulu Awards: Nominations are open!

You don’t have to be a member to nominate!
You don’t have to be female to nominate!
Heck, you don’t even have to like us to nominate!
But you do need to know of a female comic creator that you want
to see recognized for her hard work in this industry.

You’ll find the form here. Go and ANyone got suggestions for the various categories? I would nominate Rutu Modan and Marjane Satrapi for Lulu of the Year, for instance.