Via their Facebook page, here are the winners of the 2013 Shel Dorf Awards, which were presented Saturday night at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn as part of the Detroit Fanfare festivities. Clerks’ Brian O’Halloran presided. Jeff Smith, Craig Yoe and Steve Geppi——all on hand—received special awards.

The Beat was a loser again—this time to Decapitated Dan, whoever that if. But I was a winner the first time, so I have nothing left to prove!

2013 Winners

Writer of the Year:
Brian K. Vaughn **WINNER**
Dan Slott
Mark Waid
Robert Kirkman
Scott Snyder

Penciler of the Year:
David Aja
Fiona Staples **WINNER**
Greg Capullo
Jim Lee
Ryan Stegman

Inker of the Year:
Bill Sienkiewicz **WINNER**
Jonathan Glapion
Mark Morales
Scott Williams

Colorist of the Year:
Brandon Graham
Dave Stewart
Fiona Staples **WINNER**
Laura Allred
Nei Ruffino

Editor of the Year:
Chad Lambert
Craig Yoe
Raven Gregory
Scott Allie
Steve Wacker **WINNER**

Cover Artist of the Year:
Alex Ross **WINNER**
David Aja
Francesco Francavilla
J.H. Williams III
Scottie Young

Letterer of the Year:
Chris Eliopoulos **WINNER**
Chris Ware
Jaymes Reed
Joe Caramagna
Todd Klein

Mini Series of the Year:
47 Ronin
Age of Ultron
Five Ghosts **WINNER**
Star Trek The Next Generation: Hive

Original Graphic Novel of the Year:
Arsenic Lullaby – The Big Stall
Building Stories
District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington DC **WINNER**
Parker: The Score
God Hates Astronauts

Web Comic of the Year:
Battlepug **WINNER**
Girl Genius
Penny Arcade
Questionable Content
Adventures of Dr McNinja

Syndicated Print Strip of the Year:
Beardo **WINNER**
Funky Winkerbean
Pearls Before Swine

Comic To Multi-Media Adaption of the Year:
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Iron Man 3
Man of Steel
The Walking Dead **WINNER**

Comic Blogger of the Year:
Decapitated Dan **WINNER**
Heidi MacDonald
Rich Johnston
Robot 6
Tom Spurgeon

Continuing Series of the Year:
Superior Spider-Man
The Walking Dead **WINNER**

Self Published Comic of the Year:
Aw Yeah Comics
Rachel Rising
Rainbow In The Dark
Touching Evil **WINNER**

Kids’ Comic of the Year:
Adventure Time **WINNER**
Bodie Troll
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic
Sonic The Hedgehog

Special Awards:

Shel Dorf Torch Bearer’s Award
“For Preserving the Flame of the Spirit of Comics and Carrying the Torch Forward in the Comic Industry”
—-Awarded to Jeff Smith

Jerry Bails Comic Book Fandom award
“For Excellence in the Pursuit of the Essence of Comic Fandom”
—-Awarded to Craig Yoe

Shel Dorf: Legacy of Comics Award
“For Shaping the Industry through a Lifetime of Innovation and Work”
—-Awarded to Steve Geppi


  1. I’ve been reading The Beat for at least 5 years, and it’s always the first Comcs Industry site I visit when I log onto the internet, so you are always the winner in my book!

    It’s great to see Saga’s Creative Team is still showing strong, and that Godzilla was nominated (one of my fav’s!).

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