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We’re not quite sure who or what the Shel Dorf Awards represent, but two things:

1) they will be presented for the first time this year at Detroit’s Detroit Fanfare show September 24-25 and

2) we were nominated in the Best Blogger category…so thanks to whomever!

The nominations for the first Shel Dorf Awards have been decided and now available for voting. Fans and creators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite talents and the winners will be announced at Detroit Fanfare, September 24-25, at the Cobo Hall Convention Center in Detroit.

Founded in 2010, along with the inaugural Detroit Fanfare, the Shel Dorf Awards are dedicated to recognizing the comic industry’s best and brightest talents. Like Shel, another Detroit native, the awards are most concerned with the fan perspective, giving the fans their right and say in the nomination and voting process. Shel Dorf helped to launch what is considered by some to be the first true comic convention in the country with Detroit Triple Fan Fair in 1965 before he moved to San Diego in 1970 to help initiate what is now Comic Con.

There is a special award named the Jerry Bails Comic Book Fandom Award which is for excellence in the pursuit of the essence of comic fandom. Jerry Bails has been labeled the “father of comic book fandom” and his wife, Jean, accepted an award to begin the presentations this year. The Legacy of Comics Award, along with the Jerry Bails Award are determined by the board of directors of Detroit Fanfare and will be announced shortly.

The Official Shel Dorf Award Ceremony will be held at Adiamo’s restaurant in the Marriott, the official convention Hotel, and will consist of a dinner and presentations of the Awards. The presenters for the awards include some of the guests of the convention and already confirmed to hand out the awards are: Kevin Eastman, Raven Gregory, Ron Marz, Phil Hester, Tommy Lee Edwards, Tyler Kirkham, Ebas, and more to be announced.

The voting ballot can be found online at http://www.sheldorfawards.com/vote

For additional information about the Shel Dorf Award, contact info@sheldorfawards.com

THE NOMINEES:

WRITER OF THE YEAR:
Jonathon Hickman
Joe Hill
Geoff Johns
Robert Kirkman
Rob M. Worley

PENCILER OF THE YEAR:
Richard Bonk
Guy Davis
David Finch
Jason Howard
Ethan Van Schiver

INKER OF THE YEAR:
Mike Deodato
Klaus Janson
Andy Owens
Wade von Grawbadger
Scott Williams

COLORIST OF THE YEAR:
Jeff Balke
Jay Fotos
Laura Martin
Nei Ruffino
Dave Stewart

LETTERER OF THE YEAR:
Jim Campbell
Jay Fosgitt
Todd Klein
Tom Orzcechoski
Bill Tortolini

COMIC BLOGGER OF THE YEAR:

Forces of Geek
Michael Hamersky
Rich Johnston-Bleeding Cool News
Heidi McDonald- The Beat
Robot 6

KIDS’ COMIC OF THE YEAR:
Little Green Men
Mouse Guard
Owley
Scratch 9
Tiny Titans

EDITOR OF THE YEAR:
Shannon Eric Denton
Shawna Gore
Angela Ruffino
Jim Salicrup
Steve Wacker

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR:
Brody’s Ghost
Cuba, The Revolution
Earth One
Market Day
Parker: The Outfit

SELF PUBLISHED COMIC OF THE YEAR:
Bob Howard, Plumber of the Unknown
Cursed Pirate Girl
Echo
Lackluster World
Reed Gunther
The Uniques

COVER ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Eric Basaldua
Tim Bradstrret
Tyler Kirkham
Mike Mignola
Alex Ross

WEB COMIC OF THE YEAR:
Axe Cop
Freak Angels
Girl Genius
Gutters
Wombat Comic

SYNDICATED PRINT STRIP OF THE YEAR:
Beardo
Non Sequiter
Pearls Before Swine
Speed Bump
Zits

COMIC MULTI-MEDIA ADAPTION OF THE YEAR:
Captain America: The First Avenger
DC Universe Online
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Walking Dead
Thor

MINI SERIES OF THE YEAR:
Artifacts
Daytripper
Flashpoint
Locke & Key
Mouse Guard

CONTINUING SERIES OF THE YEAR:

Amazing Spider-Man
American Vampire
Fables
Fantastic Four
GI Joe: A Real American Hero
Green Lantern
Secret Six
Sweet Tooth
The Unwritten
Usagi Yojimbo

1 COMMENT

  1. Well, I’m a Philadelphian now, but I grew up in Detroit so I can help out a bit.

    Sheldon Dorf was one of those old bright lights of comics and sci-fi fandom from the sixties. He set up the Detroit Triple Fan Fare, the absolute biggest Mid-West conventions of the late sixties and still the bar of “geek cool” when I was a teenager there in the seventies. I’ve got found memories of buying plastic Vulcan ears as a boy at one of the last triple Fan Fare shows downtown and being the envy of other geekboys in my middle school. I think he was involved with Forest Ackerman somehow in the early days but, like so many of us eventually left Detroit for less-depressing pastures.

    Old, old, old school fan icon.

    It’s great to hear that Detroit is making a serious go of comic fandom again and, with they’re typical flair for nostalgia, making the awards be about a great and largely unremembered organizer of fan-culture. Congratulations on nominations for an award made all the more prestigious through its fannish obscurity.

    Is SheLdon Dorf still with us?

  2. Heidi,

    The Dorf Awards actually began last year, with the first year of the revived Detroit Fanfare. They were created and are administered by Dennis Barger, who runs both the Fanfare and a rather fine comics shop in Taylor, MI, http://www.Wonderworldcomics.com.

    This year’s show is taking place in Detroit’s Cobo Hall on the weekend of September 24th & 25th.

    Very good show, even though it’s just one year old.

  3. Okay… boilerplate comic book award complaint here:

    Where are the rules? Who administers the awards? What are the criteria for each award, including the “honors”? Who handles the accounting?