Ringo Awards 2018 Nominations Now Open
Press Release


The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards return for their second year on Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals.

More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at an awards ceremony.

Fan and Pro Nominations

Fan and pro-jury voting 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. Nomination ballot voting is open to the public (fans and pros) between March 15, 2018 and May 30, 2018.

Final Ballot Voting
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. Presentation of the winners will occur at the Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Nomination Eligibility
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.

New Categories
New in 2018, we have added two categories based on juror feedback from our inaugural year:

Open to Fans and Pros, we are now including "Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel". This category recognizes publications that are tailored to the evolving generation of comic readers, and one that Mike Wieringo would have been behind 100%.

In Fan-Only Favorites, we have added "Favorite Publisher" to the list, allowing readers to nominate the publisher they thought created the best works in the previous year. Will it be one of the big comics houses? An online company? Perhaps a book publisher? Did an indie publisher knock it out of the park? Your vote counts!

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


"While we had low expectations for our inaugural year, the 2017 results completely caught us off-guard," said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. "The nomination process participation was through the roof, the voting on the final ballot was healthier than we'd expected to see, and publisher donations for our Hollywood-style swag bags were fantastic! We hope you will return to vote in 2018, and tell your friends, family, and co-workers to participate as well."


Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors
The Ringo Awards Committee would like to thank our 2017 inaugural year sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:
Baltimore Comic-Con
Cards, Comics & Collectibles

Gold Sponsors:
The Amazing Comic Shop
BOOM! Studios
Geppi Family Enterprises
Painted Visions

Silver Sponsors:
AfterShock Comics
SC Comicon
Valiant Entertainment

Gift Bag Sponsors:
Abrams ComicArts (Star Wars Galaxy, Raven Girl, The Age of Selfishness, Trashed)
AfterShock Comics (Animosity Vol. 1, Alters Vol. 1)
Archie Comic Publications (Jughead, Road to Riverdale)
BOOM! Studios (Mouse Guard Coloring Book)
Dark Horse Comics (Dark Horse Presents)
DC Entertainment (New Teen Titans: Games)
Dynamite Entertainment (The Bionic Man Volume Three: End of Everything, Dejah Thoris and The White Apes of Mars, The Last Phantom Volume One: Ghost Walk, Battlestar Galactica 1880)
Flesk Publications (Brom Sketchbook, Major Thrill's Adventure Book)
IDW Publishing (March Trilogy Slipcase Set)
Scholastic (Graveyard Shakes)
Source Point Press (Holliston, Salvagers)
'Toon Tumblers (Superman Mug)
Valiant Entertainment (Faith Vol. 1)
If you would like to sponsor the Ringo Awards in 2018, please email us at contact@ringoawards.com for more information

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.



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