Britain’s 2000AD, digital title Aces Weekly and the indie title GoodCopBadCop were among the winners of the inaugural True Believer Awards last night.
The awards ceremony, hosted by actor Anthony Head at London Film and Comic Con last night, announced the winners as follows (note that book links are for Amazon.co.uk, first volume of collections where applicable)…
Favourite Rising Star: Writer
Winner: Matt Fraction
Matt Fritchman, better known by the pen name Matt Fraction, is an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work as the writer of tiles such as Hawkeye, The Invincible Iron Man and The Immortal Iron Fist.
Favourite Rising Star Artist
Winner: Fiona Staples
Fiona Staples is a Canadian comic book artist known for her work on books such as North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Saga, which also won awards, see below.
Winner: Matt Fraction
Favourite Artist: Inks
Winner: Becky Cloonan
Becky Cloonan is an American comic book creator, known for work published by Tokyopop and Vertigo. In 2012 she became the first female artist to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics. She’ll be in the UK for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October.
Favourite Artist: Pencils
Winner: Fiona Staples
Favourite Artist: FPA
Winner: Fiona Staples
Winner: Matt Hollingsworth
Matt is an American commercial artist who’s worked primarily in comics as a colour artist, on books such as Preacher, Hellboy, The Amazing Spider-Man, Death, The Filth, The Immortal Iron Fist, Thor, Batman and many others.
Winner: Annie Parkhouse
“Whilst you lot were off enjoying yourselves, I’m here… lettering.,” said Annie via Facebook on learning of her win. “[I’m] a bit stunned…”
Annie Parkhouse (née Halfacree) has been one of the leading letterers in British comics for over 30 years, beginning with work for Lion. Shes probably best known today for her work on 2000AD.
Winner: Chris Ryall (IDW)
Christopher “Chris” Ryall is best known as the Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing, and as a writer in the comic book industry.
Favourite American Comic Book: Colour
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.Also Nominated
Favourite British Comic: Colour
Britain’s longest-running science fiction weekly comic, a sole survivor of greater days for originated adventure comics still hanging in there on the British news stand.
Favourite 2013 Cover
Winner: Hawkeye #9 (collected in the Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hard Cover)
Favourite American Comicbook: Black and White
Winner: The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes’ waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel’s farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.Also Nominated
Favourite European Comicbook
Winner: Asterix and the Picts
When Asterix and Obelix rescue a mysterious Pict named MacAroon, they must journey to Caledonia, now Scotland, to return him to his lady love, Camomilla, the adopted daughter of the old king. However, the treacherous chieftain, MacCabeus, plans to marry her and claim the throne – with the help of the Romans! What with caber-tossing, bagpipes, malted water and an enormous otter in the loch, can the Gauls reunite MacAroon and Camomilla and enjoy some Roman-bashing along the way?
Winner: Attack On Titan
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence and who devour human beings. A small percentage of humanity survied barricading themselves in a city protected by walls even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years – before teenager Elen and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super-giant that appears from nowhere.
Favourite Single Story
Winner: “Pizza is my Business”, Hawkeye #11 (collected in the Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hard Cover)
Favourite Reprint Compilation
Clint Barton – a.k.a. the self-made hero Hawkeye – fights for justice…and good rooftop BBQs! And with ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to get some downtime from being one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Then, the action continues as the arrowed Avenger battles Superstorm Sandy, digital doomsday, dog detectives, lady problems, murder for money and more. Collecting: Hawkeye 1-11, Young Avengers Presents 6.
Favourite Continued Story
Favourite Original Graphic Novel
Winner: Avengers: Endless Wartime
Favourite Comics-Related Book
Everyone knows that Marvel Comics is home to legendary super-heroes as Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. But Marvel comics has a rather different secret history hidden in those well-known franchise empires. This fascinating collection digs back to the 1930s when Marvel wasn’t just a comic-book company. Owner Martin Goodman had interests in a publishing world that lead to production of lurid and sensationalistic short stories and magazines featuring sexually-charged detective and romance short fiction, as well as gossipy scandal sheets.
Favourite Comic Related Movie or TV Show
Winner: Iron Man 3
Favourite Magazine (Print Periodical) about Comics
Winner: Bleeding Cool
“There’s a feeling in the air among many publishers over the past few years that we’re presiding over the last days of paper,” commented editor Rich Johnston on the win. “But despite what the googles, apples, and facebooks of the world tell you, there’s still things that paper is good for that digital is not, quite yet – and that’s particularly true in comics. If you’ve ever been wandering a crowded convention floor and wanted to pull out your phone or tablet to see if there’s a creator or comic you should be seeking out, or to check a back issue price, and then realized you can’t do that because you don’t want to drop it or accidentally leave it behind, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
“So we’ve come full circle in comics, at least when it comes to our reference and new magazine material, in that it’s disposable entertainment (or more properly — shareable and recyclable material), and if you happen to leave yours behind at the con or on your way to the shop, don’t worry — we’ll make another one in a few weeks, it’ll be cheap, and we won’t force you to sign a two year contract to get it.”
Favourite British Comic: Black and White
Favourite New Comics Title: Ongoing or Mini-Series
Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favourite Web-Based Comic
Winner: Aces Weekly – www.acesweekly.co.uk
Favourite Comics-Related Website
Winner: Comic Book Resources – www.comicbookresources.com
Roll of Honour
(Presented by Stan Lee, making his final European comic convention appearance)
Winner: Gail Simone
Gail will be in the UK for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October.