The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards on Saturday, October 23, 2021 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 Nomination Ballot Deadline Approaching
Fan and pro-jury voting will close on June 24, 2021. Nominations 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.
If you have not already submitted your ballot as a fan, please do so before the deadline.
Final Ballot Voting
After processing by the Ringo Awards Committee and Jury, the Final Ballots are targeted to be available to comic creative professionals for voting on August 25, 2021 and will be due by September 22, 2021 for final tallying. Presentation of the winners will occur at the Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, October 23, 2021.
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.
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 Webcomic
* Best Humor Webcomic
* Best Non-fiction Comic Work
* Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
* Best Presentation in Design
Perennial Jury-Only Nomination
* 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
“It has been so gratifying to see our remembrance of Mike Wieringo take on such a significant role in the comics industry,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “The excitement of fans, creators, publishers, retailers, distributors, comics press and media, educators…the list goes on and on, but suffice it to say that everyone’s participation has made this award count for so much. Our 2021 jury is hard at work poring over publisher submissions now, and we’re excited to see the results of their work and the public’s nominations on the 2021 final ballot later this summer. And we cannot wait to see you in Baltimore in October!”