True Believer Awards: The Winners

Ture Believers Comic Awards

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.

Also Nominated:
Al Ewing
Charles Soule
Katie Cook
Scott Snyder

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.

Also Nominated:
Annie Wu
Declan Shalvey
Katie Cook
Sean Murphy

Favourite Writer

Winner: Matt Fraction

Also Nominated
Alan Moore
James Roberts
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Scott Snyder

Comic book creator Becky Cloonan at the November 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan. Photo: NightScream

Comic book creator Becky Cloonan at the November 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan. Photo: NightScream

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.

Also Nominated:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Brian Bolland
David Aja
J.H. Williams III

Favourite Artist: Pencils

Winner: Fiona Staples

Also Nominated
Becky Cloonan
David Aja
Greg Capullo
J.H. Williams

Favourite Artist: FPA

Winner: Fiona Staples

Also Nominated:
Adi Granov
Alex Ross
Francesco Francavilla
J.H. Williams III

Favourite Colourist

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.

Also Nominated:
Francesco Francavilla
Jordie Bellaire
Laura Allred
Laura Martin

Favourite Letterer

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.

Also Nominated:
Comicraft
Jim Campbell
Terry Moore
Todd Klein

Favourite Editor

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.

Also Nominated
Matt Smith
Nick Lowe
Scott Allie
Stephen Wacker

Favourite Publisher

Winner: IDW

Nominated
DC Comics
Image
Marvel
Rebellion

Favourite American Comic Book: Colour

Winner: Saga

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
Batman
Hawkeye
Sex Criminals
Transformers: More than Meets the Eye

Favourite British Comic: Colour

Winner: 2000AD

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.

Also Nominated:
Death Sentence
Dungeon Fun
Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale
Saltire Invasion

Hawkeye #9 Cover

© Marvel Comics

Favourite 2013 Cover

Winner: Hawkeye #9  (collected in the Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hard Cover)

Also Nominated
Fables #134
Pretty Deadly #1
Rat Queens #1
Sex Criminals #1

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
Batman Black and White
Punk Rock Jesus
Rachel Rising
Satellite Sam

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?

Also Nominated
Amoras
Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn
Finn & Fish
Orfani

Favourite Manga

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.

Also Nominated
Bleach
Naruto
One Piece
Yotsuba&!

Favourite Single Story

Winner: “Pizza is my Business”, Hawkeye #11 (collected in the Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hard Cover)

Also Nominated:
“Cybertronian Homesick Blues”, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #13
“Kingdoms Fall” Infinity #3
“The End” Locke & Key: Alpha #2
Afterlife with Archie #1

Favourite Reprint Compilation

Winner: Hawkeye Volume 1 Oversized Hard Cover

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.

Also Nominated
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Jeff Smith’s Bones The Great Cow Race: Artist’s Edition
The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime
Zenith

Favourite Continued Story

Winner: Saga

Also Nominated
Batman #21 on – Zero Year
Fables #125-129 – Snow White
The Walking Dead #115 on – All Out War
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye – Remain in Light #17-21

Favourite Original Graphic Novel

Winner: Avengers: Endless Wartime

Also Nominated
Battling Boy
Nemo: Heart of Ice
Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice

Favourite Comics-Related Book

Winner: The Secret History of Marvel Comics

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.

Also Nominated
Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Time of Alex Toth
Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore
The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling
The Fables Encyclopaedia

Favourite Comic Related Movie or TV Show

Winner: Iron Man 3

Also Nominated
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Arrow
The Walking Dead
Thor: The Dark World

Favourite Magazine (Print Periodical) about Comics

Winner: Bleeding Cool

Also Nominated:
Back Issue
Comic Heroes
Judge Dredd Megazine
The Comics Journal

“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

Winner: GOODCOPBADCOP

Also Nominated
Dexter’s Half Dozen
Futurequake
School of Bitches
Wolf Country

Favourite New Comics Title: Ongoing or Mini-Series

Winner: Guardians of the Galaxy

Also Nominated
East of West
Pretty Deadly
Rat Queens
Sex Criminals
The Wake

Favourite Web-Based Comic

Winner: Aces Weeklywww.acesweekly.co.uk

Also Nominated
Dumbing of Age – www.dumbingofage.com
JL8: A Webcomic – www.jl8comic.tumblr.com
Oglaf – www.oglaf.com
XKCD – www.xkcd.com

Favourite Comics-Related Website

Winner: Comic Book Resources – www.comicbookresources.com

Also Nominated
2000 AD Online – www.2000adonline.com
Bleeding Cool – www.bleedingcool.com
Comics Alliance – www.comicsalliance.com
The Mary Sue – www.themarysue.com

Gail Simone, March 2013. Photo:

Gail Simone, March 2013. Photo:

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.

Also Nominated:
Jean Giraud (Moebius)
Jim Lee
Karen Berger
Walter Simonson

Read Bleeding Cool’s account of the Awards Ceremony

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