Dragon Awards

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
  • Daredevil
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Providence
  • Saga

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

  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • The Flash
  • Game of Thrones
  • Jessica Jones
  • Outlander

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Crimson Peak
  • Deadpool
  • 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.

Comments

  1. Virginia Hildreth says

    Kyle, will you be at Dragon Con this year? The Comics track has been one of my favorites in recent years, a real stand-out at the convention. Anyway, I’m a big Beat fan, so I’d love to shake your hand!

    I’m hoping that these awards and their categories will draw more creators to Dragon Con. I’d love to meet Congressman Lewis if March wins (my vote!), or Steve Orlando for…well, everything he’s done, and the same goes for G. Willow Wilson, for Ms. Marvel and Alif the Unseen.

  2. Kyle Pinion says

    Hey Virginia,

    I will be there, this will actually be my 20th Dragon Con, which is crazy to fathom. Not sure where I’ll be exactly, I tend to gravitate towards the film festival more than anything, but I might wander over to AmericasMart to see the comics stuff. If you see me, please do say hey!

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