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Presenting The 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards

Though I talk a lot about Awards Shows over on “The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken”, when the particular celebration is focused on the comic book industry, I will speak about it here. Just the other day the annual Mike Wierengo Comic Book Industry Awards were doled out and here is the winning list and some information about the awards themselves. enjoy.

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The Press Release:
Comic creative professionals, publishers, retailers, and fans came together Saturday night, October 19, 2019 to socialize, dine, and experience the comic book industry celebrating recognition of their peers, co-workers, and competitors at the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards.

This year’s Ringo Awards was sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con; Gold Sponsors BOOM! Studios, WEBTOON; and Silver Sponsors Fantastic Forum, Graphite, Source Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment. The banquet and awards ceremony honoring nominees and winners in professional and fan categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike.

Bob Wayne, comics industry luminary whose resume includes stints as a retailer, comics writer for DC and Charlton Comics, DC Comics executive, and CBLDF advisory board member, honored the Ringo Awards as the 2019 keynote presenter at the event.

A very special thanks go to the sponsors who donated items to the 2019 Ringo Awards Gift Bags, including Abrams ComicArts, Action Lab Entertainment, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, New York Review Books, Source Point Press, TokyoPop, Valiant Entertainment, and WEBTOON.

To see a catalog of all the Diamond Book Publisher winners, click here.

Winners of the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:

Fan Favorites:
Favorite Hero: Toaster Dude
Favorite Villain: Lance Cordrey from Aberrant (Action Lab Entertainment)
Favorite New Series: Luff
Favorite New Talent: Enjelicious
Favorite Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Jury and Fan Winners:
Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Best Series (tie): Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Dark Horse Comics and The Immortal Hulk, Marvel Comics
Best Letterer: Todd Klein
Best Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Best Humor Comic: MAD, DC Comics
Best Original Graphic Novel: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
Best Comic Strip or Panel: Nancy, Olivia Jaimes, Andrews McMeel Universal
Best Single Issue or Story: Swamp Thing Winter Special, DC Comics
Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Isola, Image Comics
Best Anthology: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
Best Non-fiction Comic Work: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
Best Presentation in Design: Absolute Sandman: Overture, DC Comics
Best Webcomic: The Nib (thenib.com)
Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: Punk Taco, Adam Wallenta Entertainment
Best Inker: Fiona Staples
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Best Artist or Penciller: Sean Phillips
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Terry Moore

Hero Initiative Awards:
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Louise Simonson
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con would like to thank those individuals who presented at this year’s award ceremony, including: Keynote speaker Bob Wayne; Paul McSpadden, Arely ‘Arechan’ Mancini and Dean Haspiel; Ross Richie and Filip Sablik; Fred Chamberlain; Shea Fontana and Brian K. Vaughan; Katie Cook and Afua Richardson; Walter Simonson; Mitch Gerads and Tom King; and Cully Hamner , Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo. We would also like to thank John Gallagher for his contributions to our program guide for the evening and awards ceremony presentation.

About Mike Wieringo:
Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

About the Ringo Awards:
The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at the link below.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Despite my knowing about the talents of the late great Mike Wieringo as an avid collector of a number of the titles that he worked on over the years, I was completely unaware about these awards. That said I was glad to add them to our content base for all of the comic book fans that are reading this website. For those who are wondering about picking up the hobby in some fashion, its never a bad idea to choose from a list of award winning titles and creators. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.ringoawards.com

Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement w “Morbius” Artist Marcelo Ferreira

We’ve hardly had a moment to catch our breath now that the 2019 New York Comic Con has come and gone and while I’m still culling together all of the photographs, you can see a wealth of discoveries by clicking over to our Official Instagram. During the convention, numerous reveals happened and deals disclosed. Case in point this news from Marvel regarding “Morbius” artist Marcelo Ferreira. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Announced this past weekend at New York Comic-Con’s Retailer Panel, artist Marcelo Ferreira has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel Comics. Known for his work on books like WAR OF THE REALMS: PUNISHER, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN, and ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS. DEADPOOL, Ferreira has already garnered praise from fans and critics alike for his takes on some of Marvel’s most iconic characters. Now he’ll be bringing Morbius the Living Vampire to life with writer Vita Ayala in an all-new ongoing series debuting in November. Proven to be a powerhouse in delivering fearsome action sequences, Ferreira’s skills will no doubt make MORBIUS’ struggles and adventures more frightening than they’ve ever been before!

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The Full 2019 Eisner Award Winners

I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the items from this years Comic Con International: San Diego because its been a blast calling all of these things to your attention. This event is one that really finds me pushing the content envelope of our Pop Culture focuses with the occasional other category as its suitable. So a few months ago I lined out the nominees for the vaunted Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards and if you missed that just click HERE to review. The winners were announced the other day and I’ve only listed those names and not the ones that they beat out for the honor. Take a look and we can catch up again at the close.

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Best Short Story:
“The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot:
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man No. 310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series:
Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
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Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Pat Gleason

The Press Release:
Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that artist Pat Gleason will bring his distinctive style and ideas to Marvel in an exclusive agreement!

One of the most versatile creators in the comic industry, Gleason has lent his talent to numerous DC, Marvel, and Image properties over the years, helping to produce multiple New York Times best-selling books including Batman And Robin, Aquaman, Green Lantern Corps, JLA, and Welcome To The Working Week with Patton Oswalt.

Gleason, known for his striking dynamic art style, will be joining the incredible family of Spider-Man artists on today’s titles to bring the Marvel Universe to life, starting with a short story in Amazing Spider-Man #25 in July!

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“Pat and I started our comic book careers together almost two decades ago, and ever since joining Marvel, he’s an artist I’ve been dying to work with here, to have him draw our incredible characters,” said Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “I’m thrilled that the stars have now aligned and Pat’s joined us in the hallowed halls of the House of ideas. Trust me, the contributions he’s going to make to our comics are going to mind-blowing!”
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The Full 2019 Eisner Award Nominations

The nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced the other day but our heavy slate of to do’s find me only getting to share this with you now. As you might expect, The Eisner Awards are like The Oscars for the comic book industry so let’s take a look at this years picks for the honor.

Best Short Story:
“Get Naked in Barcelona,” by Steven T. Seagle and Emei Olivia Burell, in Get Naked (Image)
“The Ghastlygun Tinies,” by Matt Cohen and Marc Palm, in MAD magazine #4 (DC)
“Here I Am,” by Shaun Tan, in I Feel Machine (SelfMadeHero)
“Life During Interesting Times,” by Mike Dawson (The Nib),
“Supply Chains,” by Peter and Maria Hoey, in Coin-Op #7 (Coin-Op Books)
“The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot:
Beneath the Dead Oak Tree, by Emily Carroll (ShortBox)
Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox (Dark Horse)
No Better Words, by Carolyn Nowak (Silver Sprocket)
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)
The Terrible Elisabeth Dumn Against the Devils In Suits, by Arabson, translated by James Robinson (IHQ Studio/ Image)

Best Continuing Series:
Batman, by Tom King et al. (DC)
Black Hammer: Age of Doom, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Rich Tommaso (Dark Horse)
Gasolina, by Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter (Skybound/Image)
Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julaa Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
The Immortal Hulk, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy José (Marvel)
Runaways, by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Marvel)
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