Denver is getting its very own acronymed CAF now: DINK (Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo); it’s organized by artist/podcaster/Denver Comic Con co-founder Charlie LaGreca. This year’s show will be held March 25-26 at the Sherman Street Event Center.. There’s some more information about the show if you scroll down, but they’ve also kicked things off with The DINKie Awards. Now you will be able to say “I won a DINKie!”

Nominees are below:

Best Work – Self Published

Baseline Blvd by Emi Gennis
O Human Star: Volume One by Blue Delliquanti
Tom o’Bedlam by Maia Kobabe

Best Work – Small Press

Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back by Priya Kuiyan, Larissa Bertonasco, Ludmilla Bartscht (Ad Astra Comics)
Mahou Josei Chimaka Magical Woman Chimaka by Kate Rhodes and Jennifer XU (Chromatic Press)
No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant (JMC Aggregate)
A Story For Desmond by Jason Walz (Tinto Press)
Vulture City Stories by Sam Spina (Kilgore)

Best Work – Mid/Large Press

Dressing By Michael Deforge (Koyama Press)
An Entity Observes All Things By Box Brown (Retrofit Comics/ Big Planet Comics)
Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
March: Book 2 by Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
Punks Git Cut By Jay Howell (Last Gasp)
Saint Cole By Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Work – Diversity

Ikebana by Yumi Sakugawa (Retrofit/ Big Planet Comics)
The Immortal Nadia by Jamal Campbell
March: Book 2 by Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
O Human Star Volume One by Blue Delliquanti (Self Published)
The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden (Top Shelf)

Best Zine or Mini

Apartment Hunting by Alison Wilgus
Dog Craps 2 by Sam Spina
Laffy Meal by Pranas T Naujokaitis
Sky Gods by Leda Zawacki

Outstanding Work from Colorado

Cosmic Be-ing #1 by Alex Graham (Self published)
Mahou Josei Chimaka Magical Woman Chimaka by Kate Rhodes and Jennifer XU (Chromatic Press)
Revolt To What/ 30 Miles of Crazy by Karl Krumpholz (Suspect Press/ Self Published)
Uncanny Adventures Duo #1 and #2 by Several (8th Wonder Press)
Valley of The Silk Sky by Dylan Edwards

Outstanding Web Comic

Failing Sky by Scout Tran-Caffee
The Immortal Nadia by Jamal Campbell 
Inside Hollow Montain by Austin James
Some Did Rest by Niki Smith
Witchy by Ariel Ries


Another fine list of comics! Nominees and winners are selected by a panel.

As for the show itself, the show’s press materials indicate a strong emphasis on staying green, including a ban on selling plastic water bottles at the show.  The show is also planting a tree for every 10 tickets sold, working in conjunction with a local organization, Trees, Water & People.

Because it’s in Denver, there will also be a Cannabis and Comics track.

“Fan and Art conventions are a fantastic place to celebrate artists, creators and taste makers of this industry, however due to the volume of consumers, and the paper product it takes to serve them, there is a terrible amount of waste that can be generated from a single weekend event,” says LaGreca in a statement. “I remember looking out on the heaps of waste on the floor of the Denver Comic Con after it closed that first year, and while I was in wonder of what we had accomplished as a community I was thinking to myself, ‘this is not sustainable or responsible’ – it really had a profound effect on me”.

The show will feature over 100 artists including tattoo and graffiti artists, small print exhibitors, producers, writers and artisans. Guests include Denis Kitchen,  Nate Powell,  Simon Hanselmann, Sammy Harkham and Julia Wertz.

More art and venue images. Looks fancy!!!

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