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for Thursday, February 18, 2010

Glyph Comics Award

Quoting my friend Rich Watson:

"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."

Earlier this week, Watson announced the 2010 Glyph nominees and the opening of the fan award poll. With the exception of that fan award, the Glyph Awards are chosen by a panel of distinguished judges...except for that one year when the quality control slipped and I served as a judge. Kidding aside, it was an honor to serve as a Glyph judge.

You can find the full list of nominees at Watson's excellent Glyphs: The Language of the Black Comics Community blog. The URL is:

The Glyph Awards are presented at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, which is held in Philadelphia in mid-May. You can find out about this event and vote on the Glyph Fan Award for Best Comic by joining to the ECBACC website:

Characters that I created are represented in three categories. Here they are:

Best Male Character

Black Lightning, Black Lightning Year One; Jen van Meter, writer, Cully Hamner, artist; created by Tony Isabella & Trevor von Eeden.

Isaiah Pastor, World of Hurt; created by Jay Potts, writer and artist.

Jack Johnson; The Original Johnson; Trevor von Eeden, writer and artist; inspired by the life of Jack Johnson.

Luke Cage, Luke Cage Noir; Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers, Shawn Martinbrough, artist; created by Archie Goodwin & John Romita Sr.

Moses Lwanga, Unknown Soldier #1314; Joshua Dysart, writer, Pat Masioni, artist; inspired by the character created by Robert Kanigher & Joe Kubert.

Best Female Character

Aya, Aya: The Secrets Come Out; created by Marguerite Abouet, writer, Clement Oubrerie, artist.

Lee Wagstaff, Bayou; created by Jeremy Love, writer and artist.

Michonne, The Walking Dead; created by Robert Kirkman, writer, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn, artists.

Misty Knight, Immortal Iron Fist; Duane Swierczynski, writer, Travel Foreman & Tom Palmer, artists; created by Tony Isabella & Arvell Jones.

Nola Thomas, NOLA; created by Chris Gorak & Pierluigi Cothran, writers, Damian Couceiro, artist.

Fan Award for Best Comic

Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel; Kevin Grevioux, writer, Mat Broome, Sean Parson & Alvaro Lopez, artists.

Black Lightning Year One; Jen Van Meter, writer, Cully Hamner, artist.

Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink; Eric Wallace, writer, Fabrizio Fiorentino, artist.

Luke Cage Noir; Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers, Shawn Martinbrough, artist.

War Machine: Iron Heart; Greg Pak, writer, Leonardo Manco, artist.

I'll have more to say on the nominations of my creations Black Lightning and Misty Knight in tomorrow's TOT. For now, all I want to do is congratulate all the nominees, thank the Glyph judges for honoring my creations, and wonder out loud if the editors at either DC or Marvel ever consider if there might be more great characters and great stories to be found from the same place where Lightning and Misty came.

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back tomorrow with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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