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THE INAUGURAL GLYPH AWARDS HONORING THE BEST IN BLACK COMICS AND BLACK CREATORS

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    EAST COAST BLACK AGE OF COMICS CONVENTION PRESENTS THE INAUGURAL GLYPH AWARDS HONORING THE BEST IN BLACK COMICS AND BLACK CREATORS Since 2002, the East Coast
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      EAST COAST BLACK AGE OF COMICS CONVENTION PRESENTS THE INAUGURAL
      GLYPH AWARDS HONORING THE BEST IN BLACK COMICS AND BLACK CREATORS

      Since 2002, the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC)
      has been an annual gathering for black creators and fans from all
      walks of life to meet and learn from each other. This year, ECBACC
      reaches further out into the comics industry at large in presenting
      the first Glyph Awards, for outstanding achievement in black comics.
      The awards ceremony will take place May 19, 2006, at the African
      American Museum in Philadelphia, with the convention to be held the
      following day, May 20, 2006, at Temple University's Anderson Hall.

      The Glyph Awards recognizes 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, we hope to
      encourage more diverse and high quality work across the board and to
      inspire new creators to add their voices to the field.

      The Glyph Awards are named for the web log Glyphs: The Language of
      the Black Comics Community http://glyphsonline.blogspot.com,
      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 and
      animation. Watson is on the Awards Committee along with the
      following:

      - Omar Bilal, creator of the Museum of Black Superheroes website
      http://www.blacksuperhero.com.
      - Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, senior comics editor at Pop Culture Shock
      http://www.popcultureshock.com
      - Stephanie Brandford, moderator of the Dwayne McDuffie forum at
      VHive http://dwaynemcduffie.thevhive.com
      - Eliot Johnson, co-founder of the fan club STEEL (Stop Trying to
      Eliminate Ethnic Legends) and former columnist with Broken Frontier.

      The nominees for the 2006 Glyph Awards are:

      Story of the Year
      Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?, Reginald Hudlin, John
      Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson
      Lucifer's Garden of Verses: Darlin' Niki, Lance Tooks
      Moped Army, Paul Sizer
      Nat Turner, Kyle Baker
      Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian, Grant Morrison & Cameron Stewart

      Best Writer
      Reginald Hudlin, Black Panther
      Aaron McGruder, Boondocks
      Grant Morrison, Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian
      Paul Sizer, Moped Army
      Lance Tooks, Lucifer's Garden of Verses: Darlin' Niki

      Best Artist
      Ho Che Anderson, Scream Queen
      Kyle Baker, Nat Turner
      Dougie Braithwaite, Justice
      Jamal Igle, Firestorm
      Lance Tooks, Lucifer's Garden of Verses: Darlin' Niki

      Best Male Character
      Black Panther, Black Panther
      Guardian, Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian
      Huey Freeman, Boondocks
      Nat Turner, Nat Turner
      Papa Midnite, Hellblazer: Papa Midnite

      Best Female Character
      Agent 355, Y: The Last Man
      Arisa, Perhapanauts
      Niki, Lucifer's Garden of Verses: Darlin' Niki
      Ororo, Ororo: Before the Storm
      Simone Coleman, Moped Army

      Rising Star Award for Best Self-Publisher
      Glenn Brewer, Askari Hodari
      Mark & Mike Davis, Blokhedz
      Danny Kimanyen, The Adventures of EboNYC
      Johane Matte, Horus
      Robert Roach, The Roach

      Best Reprint Publication
      Birth of a Nation (softcover), Crown
      Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? (hardcover), Marvel
      Fierce (trade paperback), Dark Horse
      King: A Comics History of Martin Luther King Jr. (trade paperback),
      Fantagraphics
      The Lone and Level Sands (hardcover), Archaia Studios Press

      Best Cover
      Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #1, Alex Ross
      Black Panther #1, John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson and Dean White
      JSA #76, Alex Ross
      Nat Turner #1, Kyle Baker
      Seven Soldiers: Manhattan Guardian #2, Cameron Stewart and Moose
      Bauman

      Best Comic Strip
      The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder
      Candorville, Darrin Bell
      The K Chronicles, Keith Knight
      Mama's Boyz, Jerry Craft
      (th)Ink, Keith Knight

      In addition, there is a tenth award in which the fans will have an
      opportunity to vote for their choice for favorite black comic. The
      nominees for the Fan Award for Best Story are:

      Astro City: The Dark Age Book One, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
      Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?, Reginald Hudlin, John
      Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson
      Firestorm #10-13, Dan Jolley, Jamal Igle & Rob Stull and Dale
      Eaglesham & Wade von Grawbadger
      Seven Soldiers: Guardian, Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart
      Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle, Grant Morrison, Pasqual Ferry and
      Billy Dallas Patton
      write-in choice

      Fans wishing to vote should go to the ECBACC website
      http://www.ecbacc.com for more information. The deadline for fan
      voting is March 31, 2006.

      The Glyph Awards ceremony will also include the annual ECBACC
      Pioneer Award, given to a trailblazing black creator from the past
      who contributed significantly to the growth of black comics.

      It is the Awards Committee's hope that the Glyph Awards will be the
      beginning of a new tradition, in which black comics and black
      creators help expand the overall comics market and bring in new
      readers and new talent from across the spectrum. For further
      information about the awards, please contact committee chairman Rich
      Watson at cptsisko318@...

      About ECBACC:
      The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), in
      association with the Temple University Pan-African Studies Community
      Education Program, is an annual gathering of comic book creators and
      retailers who create and sell material that caters to black readers
      of all ages. In addition to selling their work, they also take part
      in panel discussions and self-publishing workshops for aspiring
      creators. The convention is held on the Temple University campus in
      Philadelphia each May. There is also a pre-show reception held at
      the African American Museum in Philadelphia
      http://www.aampmuseum.org 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 Maurice
      Waters at maurice.waters@...
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