(Note: Here's the official press release concerning this year's Glyph Comics Awards. Chances are you've already encountered it somewhere on the comics Internet, but I figured I should post it here as well, given my participation.)
The sixth annual Glyph Comics Awards (GCA) will be part of the tenth anniversary of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), and as such, all involved hope it will make the big celebration that much grander. The GCA Committee will now accept submissions for the 2011 awards season.
The panel of judges for the 2011 competition is:
—Jennifer Contino, comics journalist
—Martha Cornog, author; graphic novel columnist, Library Journal
—Joseph Phillip Illidge, comics editor and writer/co-owner, Expo Weekly
—J. Caleb Mozzocco, writer, Blog@Newsarama*
—Chad Nevett, writer, Comics Should Be Good
Any comics publisher—small, large, corporate, independent, self-published—as well as online comic creators and cartoonists for newspapers and other periodicals, are invited to submit black-themed material released from January 1-December 31, 2010 for consideration for award recognition. The Committee defines black-themed work as any comic with any combination of the following: a black protagonist(s), or at least a black character(s) pivotal to the direction of the story; a setting(s) or a theme(s) that explore the black experience within the United States and/or abroad, past, present, and/or future; and/or a comic of any kind written and/or illustrated by a black creator(s).
Anyone wishing to submit their comic book or comic strip for consideration in the 2011 competition should e-mail GCA Committee Chair Rich Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Hard copies are preferred, though submissions of a e-files will also be accepted. Online comics creators and newspaper/periodical cartoonists with websites should send a direct URL link to their site or page. Daily cartoonists must have a minimum of one month’s work archived and available for viewing; weekly cartoonists a minimum of two months. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011.
The 2011 Glyph Comics Awards ceremony will be held at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Conventions (ECBACC) on May 20, 2011.
About the Glyph Comics Awards:
The Glyph Comics Awards recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year. While it is not exclusive to black creators, it does strive to honor those who have made the greatest contributions to the comics medium in terms of both critical and commercial impact. By doing so, the goal is to encourage more diverse and high quality work across the board and to inspire new creators to add their voices to the field.
The awards were founded in 2005 by Rich Watson as a means to provide news and commentary of comics with black themes, as well as tangential topics in the fields of black science-fiction/fantasy and animation.
The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (www.ecbacc.com/wordpress) is an annual gathering of comic book creators and retailers who create and sell material that caters to black readers of alla ges. In addition to selling their work, they also take part in panel discussions and self-publishing workshops for aspiring creators. The convention is held in Philadelphia each May. There is also a reception held the preceding night. ECBACC is an outgrowth of the original Black age of Comics Convention in Chicago, founded by Turtel Onli.
For more information about ECBACC, contact event coordinator Akinseye Brown at email@example.com
*Hey, that's me!