A new festival prize for indie comics has been announced, and will be handed out at this weekend’s Stumptown Comics Fest:

The trophies are ready and waiting to be engraved with the names of their winners. All that’s missing is your vote for the winners in six different categories: Outstanding Art, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Publication Design, Outstanding DIY, Outstanding Small Press, and Outstanding Debut.

To be part of the Awards, come to the Fest and pick up a ballot with your program on Saturday. Vote for your favorites, and turn it in by 5:00 pm at the front desk. Then join us at the Cosmic Monkey After-Party (Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd) for the Stumptown Trophies Awards Ceremony!

The nominees are as follows. More information and links to the works are available at the Stumptown Comics Fest website, http://stumptowncomics.com/.

Outstanding Art

* Bruno #10: Gina, Christopher Baldwin
* Ceasefire, Miriam Libicki
* The Mourning Star, Kazimir Strzepek
* Edison Steelhead’s Lost Portfolio, Renee French
* 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Joëlle Jones
* Cindy & Her Obasan, Stan Goldberg & Bob Smith
* Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai
* The Escapists, Jason Shawn Alexander

Outstanding Writing

* Finder, Carla Speed McNeil
* Silk Road to Ruin, Ted Rall
* The Homeless Channel, Matt Silady
* Super Spy, Matt Kindt
* Bookhunter, Jason Shiga
* Treachery! A Wondermark Collection, David Malki!
* The Escapists, Brian K. Vaughn

Outstanding Design

* Numb, Joshua Kemble
* The Life & Times of Baby Otto Zeplin, B.T. Livermore
* Silk Road to Ruin, Ted Rall
* The Mourning Star, Kazimir Strzepek
* Super Spy, Matt Kindt
* At Home on the Earth, Brian Oaster
* The Art of Bone, Cary Grazzini

Outstanding D.I.Y.

* Postage Stamp Funnies, Shannon Wheeler
* Jobnik!, Miriam Libicki
* Dumpster #1, Max Clotfelter
* Tales of Inertia, Tom Lechner
* DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic, Erika Moen

Outstanding Small Press

* Little Dee, Volume 2, Christopher Baldwin
* Narbonic Vol. 4, Shaenon Garrity
* Reporter, Dylan Williams
* Raised By Squirrels: Los Alamos, Bram Meehan
* Steve Lawlis: Frankenstein’s Monkey, Rorschach Entertainment

Outstanding Debut

* Little Dee, Vol 2, Christopher Baldwin
* Finder: Sin Eater Hardcover Collection, Carla Speed McNeil
* Dumpster #1, Max Clotfelter
* Pinwheel, Mike Bertino
* Chickenhare: The House of Klaus, Chris Grine

The Stumptown Comics Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 – 30, from 10 AM – 6 PM, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree, 1000 NE Multnomah, in Portland, Oregon. Admission is $5 at the door. The special guests for this year’s Stumptown Comics Fest are Matt Wagner, Carol Lay, Peter Bagge, Shaenon Garrity, Mike & Laura Allred, Sarah Oleksyk, and Ted Rall.


  1. Tristan: You might be thinking of the Maisie Kukoc award for Small Press Excellence that was presented by Jesse Reklaw at last year’s Stumptown party, but that was Jesse’s thing, and not officially a Stumptown award. This is the first of the Stumptown Trophy Awards, and a tradition we hope to continue!

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