Via PR, the nominees for this year’s Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, to be presented at this year’s Eisner Awards ceremony:

The 2009 nominees are:

Gregory Baldwin, writer/artist of Path (published by com.x Ltd)

Eleanor Davis, writer/artist of Stinky (published by RAW Junior/Toon Books)

Leigh Kellogg, artist of Wayfarer’s Moon (Single Edge Studios)

Lukas Ketner, artist of Witchdoctor (self-published)

Christian Slade, artist of Korgi (published by Top Shelf)

The Manning award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Russ was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s. The first recipient of the award was former Manning assistant Dave Stevens, Others to have received the award include Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, Goran Sudzuka, Eric Wight, R. Kikuo Johnson, David Petersen, and Cathy Malkasian.

The nominees were selected by a committee consisting of representatives of the West Coast Comics Club and Comic-Con International: San Diego, and the winner will be chosen by past Manning award winners and Russ Manning assistants. The recipient will be announced during the Eisner Awards ceremony on July 24 at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

More information about the Manning Award can be found at