‘Brotherman’, ‘(H)afrocentric’ And ‘Bounce’ Among Winners At 2016 Glyph Awards
This weekend saw the eleventh annual Glyph Awards held in Philadelphia, at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. The awards, founded by Rich Watson over a decade ago, celebrate comics made by, for, and starring black people, but are not necessarily limited to black creators.
This year saw a strong showing for self-published comics, with Juliana "Jewels" Smith's (H)afrocentric and Guy A. Sims and Dawud Anyabwile's Revelation: Brotherman - Dictator of a Disciple scoring big wins. The biggest winner of the night was Chuck Collins for his webcomic Bounce, which came away with three awards, including Fan Award For Best Work.
The Glyph Awards provide recognition and promotion for a wide range of creators outside of the mainstream comics publishing sphere, and it's common for the list of winners to not feature a single Marvel, DC or Image comic. This year, Marvel did score one win for Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos' Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, which picked up Best Female Character.
The winners at the 2016 Glyph Awards were:
Story of the Year: Revelation: Brotherman - Dictator of a Disciple by Guy A. Sims and Dawud Anyabwile (Brotherman Comics)
Best Writer: Juliana "Jewels" Smith, (H)afrocentric ((H)afrocentric)
Best Artist: Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman - Dictator of a Disciple (Brotherman Comics)
Best Cover: Blue Hand Mojo: Dust To Dust, John Jennings (Rosarium Publishing)
Best Male Character: Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came A Dark Hunter by Alex Simmons and Tim Fielder (Simmons & Company Creative Entertainment)
Best Female Character: Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos (Marvel Comics)
Rising Star Award: Chuck Collins, BOUNCE!
Best Comic Strip or Webcomic: BOUNCE! by Chuck Collins
Best Reprint Publication: Concrete Park Vol 2: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" by Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander (Dark Horse)
Fan Award For Best Work: BOUNCE! by Chuck Collins