This year’s nominees for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award have just been announced and there are four women and one man; not really a surprising ratio. The Manning is presented to outstanding artistic talent and most of the new interesting cartoonists out there are women.
The 2017 nominees are:
Rafael de Latorre, artist of Animosity and Superzero (Aftershock)
Riana Dorsey, artist of Cloud Riders (Hashtag Comics)
Mindy Lee, artist of Bounty (Dark Horse)
Leila Leiz, artist of Alters (Aftershock)
Anne Szabla, writer/artist of Bird-Boy (Dark Horse)
The Manning Award is named after Russ Manning, famed for his solid, classically illustrative work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter. The award winner is announced annually during the Eisner Awards at the San Diego Comic Con.
Previous winners includes Dave Stevens, Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, David Petersen, Cathy Malkasian, Eleanor Davis, Tyler Crook, and Dan Mora, all well bnefore they gained acclaim so the winner in 2017 will be in good company.
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.