First up, LGBT publishing association the Publishing Triangle has awarded Alison Bechdel the 24th annual Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. The awards ceremony will be held on April 19 in New York City.
Also, the Glyph Comics Awards have announced their nominations of “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.” Lady creators are also well represented in this year’s nominees:
- Artist Mia Goodwin and her work on Princeless have been nominated for Story of the Year, Best Artist, Best Female Character (Adrienne), and Best Cover (issue 1)
- Artist Sara Pichelli and her work on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man have been nominated for Story of the Year, Best Artist, and Best Male Character (Miles Morales)
- Cartoonist Ms. Shatia Hamilton and her webcomic Fungus Grotto, have been nominated for Rising Star, Best Comic Strip or Webcomic, and Best Female Character (Vielle)
- Writer Gemma Bedeau's creation Afroella (and one of my favorite “discoveries” of last year) has been nominated for Best Female Character!
The awards will be presented in May at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.
ETA: An award given about a month ago that I hadn’t posted about!
The Japanese Embassy in the UK has been holding a manga competition for UK creators since 2007, and the winner from 2011 is one Elena Vitagliano, for her eight-page story, "The Deep Needs Train".
Runners-up were also predominately women—3rd: Jade Sarson (with Dean McKnight), "Shear Brilliance"; 4th: Vivian Truong, "Moving On"; 6th: Gillian Sein Ying Ha, "To The Girl With The Butterfly Ears"; 7th: Anya Zhuravskaya, "Storyteller Sisters"; 8th: Ami Clark, "The Flower That Held Its Breath"; 9th: Rebecca Burgess, "Letters From England"; 10th: Sarah Burgess, "The Man and his Shadow"; and a Special Prize for most impressive Manga by entrant aged 14-16: Megan Wheeler, "A Harvest Love"
Congrats to you all!