The 2022 ‘Ringo Award nominees have been announced with BOOM! Studios, IDW, and WEBTOON coming out strong.

The pro-only final ballot will close September 28, 2022 and the award ceremony will take place on Saturday October 29, 2022 at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con.

The press release:

“The Ringo Awards are thrilled to announce the 2022 nominees. The nomination process was completed with the participation of our esteemed 2022 jury as well as the voting public. Fans and comic book professionals alike showed strong support in promoting the voting process on their websites, channels, and via social media.”

Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan said,

“The Ringo Awards administrators were really pleased with how this year’s ballot shaped up. What we have for the comics pros to vote on is a fantastic ballot with tough choices. It’s a great opportunity to check out creators and their works that were nominated with which you might not be familiar and enjoy some amazing comics and graphic novels! The fans were excited for their contributions to the final ballot, and the jurors found great titles and creators to share with you. We hope everyone, both eligible voters and comics readers, will give them a read!”

BOOM! and IDW share the most number of nominations in the book categories. IDW dominates in design (EC Covers Artist’s Edition, Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition, Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium) but has a title in Best Non-Fiction Comic Work (The Comic Book History of Animation) and Best Series (crossover title Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone) .

BOOM! titles The Many Deaths of Laila Starr and Something is Killing the Children each got two nominations apiece in the Best Series and Best Single Issue or Story categories. Mamo #1, also from BOOM!, helped the publisher dominate the Story/Single Issue Category.

Laila Starr artist Filipe Andrade was also nominated for Best Artist, and Something is Killing the Children writer James Tynion IV for Best Writer. Mamo creator Sas Milledge got a Best Cartoonist nomination.

While DC has a few of 2022 Ringo nominees – the DC Pride 2021 anthology plus Webtoon collab Batman: Wayne Family Adventures and IDW-collab Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone – it is somewhat surprising to see that Marvel has nothing on the ballot but IDW-published Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition. What does get a look in, however, is a wide variety of publishers big and small: Z2, Iron Circus, Scout, So What? Press, Source Point Press, and more.

In the two webcomics categories (Best Webcomic and Best Humor Webcomic) Webtoon pretty much dominates overall. Best Webcomic is a no-contest with four of the five nominees on the platform – Rachel Smythe‘s smash hit Lore Olympus; Leeanne M. Krecic/Mongie‘s Let’s Play; plus publisher collabs – DC’s Batman: Wayne Family Adventures (by CRC Payne and StarBite/Rhett Bloom) and Archie ComicsBig Ethel Energy (by Keryl Brown Ahmed and Siobhan). In Best Humor Webcomic, Webtoon has one nomination with unfinsLove Advice from the Great Duke of Hell.

Rival platform Tapas has better luck with three nominations in Humor Webcomics: The Little Trashmaid (by s0s2), Mr. Lovenstein (by J. L. Westover), and Sarah’s Scribbles (by Sarah Andersen).

There are three self-published 2022 Ringo nominees on the ballot – time travelling tale Blowback, by James Hereth, Rhonda Smiley and Kev Hopgood, in Best Original Graphic Novel; plus anthologies SENSORY: Life on the Spectrum and Yule: Dreadful Tales for the Holiday Season.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards – aka the Ringos – debuted in 2017. The awards are named after the late artist Mike Wieringo, who passed away in 2007. Creators and titles are nominated for the ballot by a mix of fans and professionals in the comics industry – with the final voting being pro-only. The annual ceremony takes place at Baltimore Comic Con.




Best Cartoonist (Writer and Artist)

• Jeff Lemire
• Sas Milledge
• Eric Powell
• Caytlin Vilbrandt
• Thomas Zahler

Best Writer

• Jeff Lemire
• MerryWeather
• Chris Miskiewicz
• Tom Taylor
• James Tynion IV

Best Artist or Penciller

• Filipe Andrade
• Juan Cavia
• Tyler Crook
• Jeff Edwards
• Jock
• PokuriMio
• Gabriel Rodriguez

Best Inker

• Sal Buscema
• Adelso Corona
• Eber Ferreira
• Jonathan Glapion
• Sandra Hope
• Mark Morales
• Norm Rapmund

Best Letterer

• Andworld Designs
• Clayton Cowles
• Crank!
• Taylor Esposito
• DC Hopkins
• Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Best Colorist

• Juan Cavia
• Bruna Costa
• Dijjo Lima
• Dave McCaig
• K. O’Neill
• Sandro Pacucci
• Santiago R. Villa

Best Cover Artist

• Simone Di Meo
• Jeff Edwards
• Stephanie Hans
• Javan Jordan
• Jeff Lemire
• Peach Momoko
• Sana Takeda

Best Series

Locke & Key/The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone [IDW Publishing]
Many Deaths of Laila Starr [BOOM! Studios]
Something is Killing the Children [BOOM! Studios]
• Stray Dogs [Image Comics]
Syphon [Image Comics]

Best Single Issue or Story

Commander RAO #1 [Scout Comics]
Mamo #1 [BOOM! Studios]
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3 [BOOM! Studios]
Something is Killing the Children #20 [BOOM! Studios]
Tales of the Night Watchman: Under the Surface [So What? Press]

Best Original Graphic Novel

Ballad for Sophie [Top Shelf Productions]
Blowback [self-published]
Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? [Albatross Funnybooks]
Djeliya [TKO Studios]
Save it for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest [Abrams Books]
This is Where We Fall [Z2]

Best Anthology

DC Pride 2021 [DC]
SENSORY: Life on the Spectrum [self-published]
Smut Peddler Presents: Sordid Past [Iron Circus Comics]
You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife [Iron Circus Comics]
Yule: Dreadful Tales for the Holiday Season [self-published]

Best Humor Comic

Cyclopedia Exotica, [Drawn & Quarterly]
Love and Capes: In the Time of Covid [Maerkle Press]
Not All Robots [AWA Studios]
Twiztid Haunted High-Ons: Curse of the Green Book [Source Point Press]
Wicked Things [BOOM! Studios]

Best Webcomic

Best Humor Webcomic

Best Non-fiction Comic Work

The Comic Book History of Animation [IDW Publishing]
Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? [Albatross Funnybooks]
Elvis: The Official Graphic Novel [Z2]
Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey [Graphic Mundi]
Run: Book One [Abrams Books]
Yummy: A History of Desserts [Random House Children’s Books]

Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel

Avatar: The Last Airbender–Suki, Alone [Dark Horse Comics]
Better Place [Top Shelf]
Just Roll With It [Random House Children’s Books]
Nobody Likes You, Greta Grump [Fantagraphics]
Rainbow Bridge [Aftershock]
The Underfoot: Into the Sun [Oni Press]

Best Presentation in Design

Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? [Albatross Funnybooks]
EC Covers Artist’s Edition [IDW Publishing]
Friday Foster: The Ultimate Collection [ABLAZE Comics]
Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition [IDW Publishing]
Locke & Key: Keyhouse Compendium [IDW Publishing]
Stake [Scout Comics]


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