– April 5, 2019 – The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards return for their third year on Saturday, October 19, 2019 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 the awards ceremony in October.
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 will be open to the public (fans and pros) starting April 5, 2019 and will close June 20, 2019.
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 August 21, 2019 and will be due by September 18, 2019for final tallying. Presentation of the winners will occur at the Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, October 19, 2019.
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.
Updated Rule for Fan Favorites
In Fan-Only Favorites, we have updated our rules as follows: All winners of these categories will be selected by open voting. A winner in a given year’s Fan Favorite category is not eligible to be nominated in that category the following year. These categories include: Favorite Hero, Favorite Villain, Favorite New Series, Favorite New Talent, and Favorite Publisher.
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 four bonus perennial 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
Publishers wishing to submit works for review by the Ringo Jurors can submit up to five
submissions per “Fan and Pro Nomination” and “Jury-Only Nomination” category that they feel are worthy of consideration. To participate in this process, publishers are asked to have a single representative send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on how to send in your submission.
“We have really hit our stride now,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “We had fantastic participation from the publisher community last year when we introduced the material submission process for jury consideration, and our overall voting was up as well, including nomination ballots received from over 120 countries. The fans, the pros, and the industry as a whole have really united to stand behind this award and make it meaningful, and we sincerely appreciate that.”
Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors
The Ringo Awards Committee would like to thank our 2018 sponsors and encourage you to take a look at what they have to offer:
Gift Bag Sponsors:
- Abrams ComicArts (Becoming Andy Warhol, Best We Could Do, Fire Story, Kindred, Showtime at the Apollo, Undocumented)
- Action Lab Entertainment (The Consultant, Spencer & Locke)
- Archie Comic Publications (The Archies Vol. 1)
- BOOM! Studios (Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 1)
- Cards Comics & Collectibles (Fantastic Four #1 Mike Wieringo Variant)
- Dark Horse Comics (2 Sisters, Angel Catbird Vol. 1, Hellboy: Darkness Calls Vol. 8, Resident Alien Vol. 1)
- Diamond Comic Distributors (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico TPB, Funko Pop! Marvel Classic Luke Cage)
- Harper Collins (New Kid Sampler)
- IDW Publishing (Jem and the Holograms)
- Lion Forge (Upgrade Soul)
(Mr. Wolf’s Class
, Amulet #8: Supernova
- Shire Mint Post (Authentic Fantasy Coins)
- TokyoPop (Finding Nemo)
If you would like to sponsor the Ringo Awards in 2019, please email us at email@example.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.
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 www.ringoawards.com
About the Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 20th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com