First RINGO AWARDS presented at Baltimore Comic Con
The inaugural Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, better known as The Ringo Awards, were announced at an evening presentation at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic Con.
The Baltimore Comic Con staff has plenty of experience hosting awards dinners, so the first Ringo Awards were completed with no glitches. Baltimore was the former host of the Harvey Awards until their officers announced a move to The New York Comic Con for this year.
By comparison, the Ringo Awards were conducted on time, with no delays, and proceeded at a faster pace than The Harveys (which often extended past midnight). There was a light-hearted, amusing energy in the Ringo room, and the fan and professional passion for the comics industry was evident.
Unlike the Harvey awards, fans participate in the nominating process before the judges begin reviewing candidates, and four of the Ringo awards are fan-based.
Here are the winners of the 1st RINGO AWARDS:
FAVORITE HERO Cash Wayne from Spectrum
FAVORITE VILLAIN Arlo from Unordinary
FAVORITE NEW SERIES Spectrum
FAVORITE NEW TALENT Instantmiso
BEST COVER ARTIST Frank Cho
BEST SERIES Vision (Marvel)
BEST LETTERER Todd Klein
BEST COLORIST Laura Martin
BEST HUMOR COMIC I Hate Fairyland (Image)
BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL March Book III (IDW)
BEST COMIC STRIP OR PANEL Bloom County
BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY Emancipation Day (redistrictedcomics.com)
MIKE WIERINGO SPIRIT AWARD Future Quest (DC)
BEST ANTHOLOGY Love Is Love (DC/IDW)
BEST NON-FICTION COMIC March Book III (IDW)
BEST PRESENTATION IN DESIGN Mike Mignola’s Screwed On Head And Other Curious Objects: Artists Edition (IDW)_
BEST WEB COMIC Red Hook (webtoons.com)
BEST INKER Sean Murphy
BEST WRITER Tom King
BEST ARTIST OR PENCILER Fiona Staples
BEST CARTOONIST WRITER/ARTIST Scottie Young
THE HERO INITIATIVE AWARDS
DICK GIORDANO HUMANITARIAN AWARD Joshua Dysart
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Marv Wolfman