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Announced this afternoon during Atlanta’s biggest showcase for sci-fi, fantasy, and all those other interests that fall under that same umbrella; Dragon Con rolled out the first ever Dragon Awards, an annual ceremony nominated and voted on by the public, celebrating excellence in various forms of media including prose, film, gaming, television, and comics.

Of the categories within The Beat’s purview, here are the nominees, with winners in bold:

Best Comic Book

  • Astro City
  • Civil War II
  • Daredevil
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Providence
  • Saga

Best Graphic Novel

  • The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
  • Chicago, Glenn Head (Fantagraphics)
  • March: Book Two, John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Virgil, Steve Orlando (Image)
  • Sacred Heart, Liz Suburbia (Fantagraphics)
  • Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • The Flash
  • Game of Thrones
  • Jessica Jones
  • Outlander

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Crimson Peak
  • Deadpool
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Not a ton of surprises given the heavy emphasis on fantasy lit at Dragon Con – you can’t turn around without running into some filking at that show, along with a big interest in hard science (if one were to casually peruse the track offerings), but these are superlative picks all around, and a big congrats go out to the winners and nominees. How great is it that we’re still talking about Astro City after all these years, by the way? What an awesome, amazingly consistent comic!

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