The Glyph AWards, which honor the best in black comics and creators, are open for submissions for 2008:
This past May, history was made at the Glyph Comics Awards (GCA) when the graphic novel Stagger Lee walked away with a record-breaking four award wins, including Story of the Year. Now, the GCA Committee continues its mission to honor the best in black comics and creators by opening submissions for the 2008 competition.
Nine of the ten awards are selected by a panel of judges, led by Committee Chair and awards founder Rich Watson. The tenth is voted on by the fans in a special online ballot. The rest of this year’s judges are:
– Cheryl Lynn Eaton, comics journalist and founder of the Ormes Society
– Prof. William Foster, comics historian and lecturer
– Tony Isabella, comics writer and columnist
– Katherine Keller, editor-in-chief, Sequential Tart
Any comics publisher – small, large, corporate, independent, self-published – as well as online comic creators and cartoonists for newspapers and other periodicals, are invited to submit black-themed material released from January 1-December 31, 2007 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).
Anyone wishing to submit their comic book or comic strip for consideration in the 2008 competition should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Hard copies are preferred, though submissions of e-files will also be accepted. Online comics creators and newspaper/periodical cartoonists with websites should send a direct URL link to their site or page. Daily cartoonists must have a minimum of one month’s work archived and available for viewing; weekly cartoonists a minimum of two months. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2008.
The 2008 Glyph Comics Awards ceremony will be held at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in May 2008.