"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 are named for the blog Glyphs: The Language of the Black Comics Community at Pop Culture Shock...
...started in 2005 by comics journalist 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 above is from the website of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. I attended ECBACC in 2006 and I'm planning to return in 2008. It's an amazing event.
This year's Glyph Comics Awards were presented at this year's ECBACC in May. Prior to that, I asked Tony Polls voters to pick their favorites from the nominees. Here's how you voted and how your choices compared with the winners...
Of these nominees, you would you vote for in the category of STORY OF THE YEAR?
The actual winner was Kyle Baker. I voted for Baker as well, but it was a tough call. I'm not familiar with Schons, but the other nominees all did outstanding work on their respective projects. Oh, yeah, and I'm three-for-three.
The Glyph went to Stagger Lee. I voted for 52 Week 14 because I thought J.G. Jones deserved recognition for doing so many outstanding covers on the title. I'm now a pathetic three-for-eight on these awards.
The Glyph Fan Award for Best Comic went to Storm, but my unwavering choice from the start was New Avengers, which is simply the best Luke Cage story ever written.
My final score was four-for-ten, yours was one-for-ten. That didn't surprise me; my readership tends to prefer super-hero comics over other genres and DC super-hero comics over Marvel's. Nothing wrong with that per se. There's room for everyone in the wild and wonderful world of comics art.
Our current Tony Polls questions concern what you like and don't like about TOT. Your ballots will be an enormous help in determining the future of this column.
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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