The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off today, one of New York’s signature events, full of screenings and rooftop parties and the rest of that film festival life.

Tribeca Film Festival Adds Pair Of Programmers Ahead of 20th Edition – DeadlineComics have had a few connections with the fest over the years, but the most prominent comics-related participant has been publisher AWA Studios. They’ve been involved in various ways in recent years and this time out they’ve come up with something more innovative than a mere panel: prize art!  

For 2023, AWA has partnered with the festival and artist Juan Doe to provide the prize art for winners in selected categories of the festival awards. Each year, artists donate art to various prizewinners, so it’s a nice way to celebrate multi-disciplinary crossovers.

Winners in the Immersive, Games, Tribeca X, and Audio Storytelling categories will receive Doe’s art, which he says was inspired by classic New York and cutting edge storytelling.

“The idea for this poster for the Tribeca Festival was to compose something that harkened back to the iconography of the NYC skyline, but synthesized with futuristic echoes of the various mediums that compose the festival,” Doe told The Beat. “Film / Immersive / Games / Talks / TV / Music / Audio Storytelling / Comedy, these are all different narrative strands connected to the singular art form of storytelling and I wanted the poster to feel like an invitation to this heralded event. With the film strip acting as a road inviting you to a beacon of a city known to electrify the imagination through the power of storytelling.”

Doe has a long resume including Bad Reception, his first creator owned book, Brian Azzarello’s American MonsterWorld Reader with Jeff Loveness, Marguerite Bennett’s Animosity: The Rise, and Dark Ark by Cullen Bunn, for Aftershock comics; as a cover artist on X-Men: 198X-Men: Civil WarIron-Man: Industrial revolution and Guardians of the Galaxy; and The Fantastic Four in Puerto Rico trilogy written by Tom Beland and The Legion of Monsters mini-series by Dennis Hopeless.

The prize art will be awarded to the winners in the following categories:

  • Immersive
    • New Voices Award
    • Storyscapes Award
  • Games
    • Tribeca Games Award
  • Tribeca X
    • Best Feature Award
    • Best Short Award
    • Best Audio Award
    • Best Series Award
    • Best Immersive Award
  • Audio Storytelling
    • Best Fiction Award
    • Best Non-Fiction Award
    • Independent Fiction Award
    • Independent Non-Fiction Award

Other comics related events at The TFF: the screening of a new Stan Lee documentary, and  screenings of Shortcomings, the Randall Park-directed adaptation of the Adrian Tomine graphic novel. Anything we missed?