Dragon Con, Atlanta’s major Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention, rolled out its first ever nominee slate for the newly minted Dragon Awards over the weekend.
The show, which has been in existence for 30 years, chose this anniversary year to hold an award ceremony for the first time. The Dragon Awards, the nomination and voting process of which is free and open the public, will hold categories in film, television, comics, and games (both video and tabletop) for anything released between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. This period will rollover in subsequent years for any eligible nominees.
The winners will be announced on September 5th in the middle of one of the more enjoyable people watching experiences Atlanta has to offer.
In the interests of the Beat’s readership, here are the comic and comics-related categories in this inaugural award block:
Best Comic Book
- Astro City
- Civil War II
- DC Universe: Rebirth
- Ms. Marvel
Best Graphic Novel
- The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
- Chicago, Glenn Head (Fantagraphics)
- March: Book Two, John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf Productions)
- Virgil, Steve Orlando (Image)
- Sacred Heart, Liz Suburbia (Fantagraphics)
- Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
- Doctor Who
- The Expanse
- The Flash
- Game of Thrones
- Jessica Jones
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
- Captain America: Civil War
- Crimson Peak
- The Martian
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
For a show that often struggles with how it approaches comics, this is actually a surprisingly solid list of nominees. I think the graphic novel category is especially strong. Sure, both Civil War II and DC Universe: Rebirth are a bit dubious as choices, but this is a populist vote, so you have to assume some big sellers are going to slip in.
I look forward to finding out how this award and the categories evolve over the years. If you’d like to see the entire slate, hop over to The Verge. Or if you’d like to participate in the voting process, you can register at the Dragon Award site.
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