The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an “annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics” and began in 2017. The awards return for their second year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con.
Unlike many other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with a jury of comics professionals.
More than 20 categories will be celebrated this year, with top honors being given at the awards ceremony.
However, the Fan and Pro Nomination Ballot Deadline is approaching. Fan and Pro jury voting will close on May 30, 2018.
Nominations are tallied independently, and the combined nomination ballot is compiled by the Ringo Awards Committee. The top two fan choices become nominees, and the jury’s selections fill the remaining three slots for five total nominees per category. Ties may result in more than five nominees in a single category. Nominees will be listed on the ballot alphabetically.
After processing by the Ringo Awards Committee and Jury, the Final Ballot are targeted to be available to comic creative professionals for voting on June 25, 2018 and will be due by August 31, 2018 for final tallying.
Eligibility for creators and creative works is determined by publication in the preceding calendar year – print publication date takes precedence over electronic publication date. For electronic works, the date of publication is time-stamped with most publications and at least 3 episodes/installments of continuing works must have appeared during the eligibility period.
Fan and Pro Nomination Categories
* Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
* Best Writer
* Best Artist or Penciller
* Best Inker
* Best Letterer
* Best Colorist
* Best Cover Artist
* Best Series
* Best Single Issue or Story
* Best Original Graphic Novel
* Best Anthology
* Best Humor Comic
* Best Comic Strip or Panel
* Best Webcomic
* Best Non-fiction Comic Work
* Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
* Best Presentation in Design
Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)
* The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award
Fan-Only Favorite Categories
* Favorite Hero
* Favorite Villain
* Favorite New Series
* Favorite New Talent
* Favorite Publisher
Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)
* The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
* The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award
Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter says:
Voting has already far surpassed our inaugural year. This response has really been reaffirming. We believe in the awards and, clearly, so do the fans and pros. Publisher participation in the material review submission process was amazing for the first year of the process, and our jurors were left with stacks of great comics to read and consider for the final ballot. We’re really looking forward to seeing what we get to vote on this year!
You’ve only got a few days left to nominate! Head over to the Ringo Awards website to make those nominations.