We’re not quite sure who or what the Shel Dorf Awards represent, but two things:
1) they will be presented for the first time this year at Detroit’s Detroit Fanfare show September 24-25 and
2) we were nominated in the Best Blogger category…so thanks to whomever!
The nominations for the first Shel Dorf Awards have been decided and now available for voting. Fans and creators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite talents and the winners will be announced at Detroit Fanfare, September 24-25, at the Cobo Hall Convention Center in Detroit.
Founded in 2010, along with the inaugural Detroit Fanfare, the Shel Dorf Awards are dedicated to recognizing the comic industry’s best and brightest talents. Like Shel, another Detroit native, the awards are most concerned with the fan perspective, giving the fans their right and say in the nomination and voting process. Shel Dorf helped to launch what is considered by some to be the first true comic convention in the country with Detroit Triple Fan Fair in 1965 before he moved to San Diego in 1970 to help initiate what is now Comic Con.
There is a special award named the Jerry Bails Comic Book Fandom Award which is for excellence in the pursuit of the essence of comic fandom. Jerry Bails has been labeled the “father of comic book fandom” and his wife, Jean, accepted an award to begin the presentations this year. The Legacy of Comics Award, along with the Jerry Bails Award are determined by the board of directors of Detroit Fanfare and will be announced shortly.
The Official Shel Dorf Award Ceremony will be held at Adiamo’s restaurant in the Marriott, the official convention Hotel, and will consist of a dinner and presentations of the Awards. The presenters for the awards include some of the guests of the convention and already confirmed to hand out the awards are: Kevin Eastman, Raven Gregory, Ron Marz, Phil Hester, Tommy Lee Edwards, Tyler Kirkham, Ebas, and more to be announced.
The voting ballot can be found online at http://www.sheldorfawards.com/vote
For additional information about the Shel Dorf Award, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WRITER OF THE YEAR:
Rob M. Worley
PENCILER OF THE YEAR:
Ethan Van Schiver
INKER OF THE YEAR:
Wade von Grawbadger
COLORIST OF THE YEAR:
LETTERER OF THE YEAR:
COMIC BLOGGER OF THE YEAR:
Forces of Geek
Rich Johnston-Bleeding Cool News
Heidi McDonald- The Beat
KIDS’ COMIC OF THE YEAR:
Little Green Men
EDITOR OF THE YEAR:
Shannon Eric Denton
ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR:
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Parker: The Outfit
SELF PUBLISHED COMIC OF THE YEAR:
Bob Howard, Plumber of the Unknown
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COVER ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
WEB COMIC OF THE YEAR:
SYNDICATED PRINT STRIP OF THE YEAR:
Pearls Before Swine
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Captain America: The First Avenger
DC Universe Online
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Walking Dead
MINI SERIES OF THE YEAR:
Locke & Key
CONTINUING SERIES OF THE YEAR:
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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.