Via 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.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.