ECBACC has announced the second annual Glyph Comics Awards, honoring the best in black comics and creators. The award will be presented at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia.

Story of the Year
The American Way, John Ridley, Georges Jeanty & Karl Story
Bluesman Vol. 3, Rob Vollmar & Pablo Callejo
Day 8, Damian Duffy & John Jennings
Earthlight Vol. 1, Stuart Moore & Christopher Schons
Stagger Lee, Derek McCulloch & Shepherd Hendrix

Best Writer
Damian Duffy, Day 8
Derek McCulloch, Stagger Lee
Stuart Moore, Earthlight Vol. 1
John Ridley, The American Way
Rob Vollmar, Bluesman Vol. 3

Best Artist
Kyle Baker, The Bakers
Shepherd Hendrix, Stagger Lee
Jamal Igle, Firestorm
Georges Jeanty, The American Way
Christopher Schons, Earthlight Vol. 1

Best Male Character
Infidel, Astro City: Samaritan
Lem Taylor, Bluesman Vol. 3
Mr. Jenkins, Day 8
New American, The American Way
Stagger Lee, Stagger Lee

Best Female Character
Amo Tanzer, Lucifer’s Garden of Verses: Between the Devil and Miles Davis
Evelyn Prescott, Stagger Lee
Ororo, Storm
Sahara, Elephantmen
Thomasina Lindo, Welcome to Tranquility

Rising Star Award
Darryl Hughes & Monique MacNaughton, GAAK
Mark Page, Kana’s Island
Felipe Smith, MBQ
Spike, Templar, Arizona
Masheka Wood, What Masheka Did

Best Reprint Publication
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, First Second
Krazy & Ignatz 1937-38, Fantagraphics
Nat Turner Encore Edition Vol. 1, Kyle Baker Publishing
Never Made to Last: Stories of Suburban Folklore, Ourobor Books
Tokyo Tribes Vol. 5, TokyoPop

Best Cover
52 Week 14, J.G. Jones
The American Way #2, Georges Jeanty, Karl Story & Randy Mayor
Firestorm #23, Brian Stelfreeze
Stagger Lee, Shepherd Hendrix
Storm #1, Mike Mayhew

Best Comic Strip
Candorville, Darrin Bell
The K Chronicles, Keith Knight
Templar, Arizona, Spike
(th)Ink, Keith Knight
Watch Your Head, Cory Thomas

Once again, fans will be able to vote for their favorite black comic in the poll for the Fan Award for Best Comic. This year’s nominees are:

Black Panther: The Bride, Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton & Klaus Janson
Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre, Will Pfeifer & Cliff Chiang
Firestorm #28-32, Stuart Moore, Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne
New Avengers #22, Brian Michael Bendis & Leinil Francis Yu
Storm, Eric Jerome Dickey, David Yardin & Lan Medina and Jay Leisten & Sean Parsons
write-in choice.

The poll will go up at the ECBACC website ( for the month of March.

ECBACC 2007 will take place May 18-19 at Temple University’s Anderson Hall in Philadelphia. For more information about the GCAs, e-mail Rich Watson at [email protected]

The nominess were chosen by the following judging panel:

– Rich Watson, GCA Committee Chair and writer for
– Johanna Draper Carlson, founder of the review website
– Pam Noles, professional writer and former Eisner Awards judge
– Calvin Reid, senior editor for Publishers Weekly and former Eisner Awards judge
– Hannibal Tabu, online comics reviewer and professional fiction writer