Portsmouth comic Con to host first ever Tripwire Awards

For over twenty-five years, Tripwire has been championing US and UK comics first in print and, since 2015, on the web. For the second Portsmouth Comic Con, taking place 4th-5th May 2019, Tripwire will be launching The Tripwire Awards, an new awards which aims to celebrate the very cream of UK and US comic talent.

Needless to say, here at downthetubes.net, we’re utterly delighted to be among the nominees, for Best Comics-Related web site. This is all down to the amazing contributors over the past twenty years, both past and present, and the support we’ve had from the comics industry, independent creators and the whole comics community. Thank you!

“We have been promoting comics for 26 years now and we thought it was time for us to launch our own awards which would take our support to another level,” says Tripwire editor-in-chief Joel Meadows.

The award nominations were selected by a panel that featured Joel Meadows, EIC Tripwire Magazine; Leonard Sultana, The Convention Collective; Tim Cundle, The Mass Movement; and Olly MacNamee, The Comicon.

Nominations for the eleven categories are open for people to vote on from Midnight 19th December 2018 through until Midnight 30th April 2019, and the results of the awards will be announced at a special inaugural ceremony on Saturday 4th May at the Portsmouth Comic Con.

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: THE NOMINATIONS

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Writer

• DAVID F. WALKER (Luke Cage (Marvel Comics), Naomi (DC Comics))
• TOM KING (Batman, Mister Miracle (DC Comics))
• AL EWING (Immortal Hulk, Avengers No Road Home (Marvel Comics))
• GRANT MORRISON (The Green Lantern (DC Comics))
• SI SPURRIER (The Dreaming (Vertigo/DC Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Artist

• MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (The Life Of Captain Marvel. Marvel Comics)
• DEAN ORMSTON (Black Hammer, Dark Horse Comics)
• JOELLE JONES (Catwoman. DC Comics)
• SHAWN MARTINBROUGH (Thief Of Thieves, Skybound/Image Comics)
• SEAN PHILLIPS (Kill Or Be Killed, Image Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Cover Artist

• AMANDA CONNER (Various)
• NICK DERINGTON (Mister Miracle, DC Comics)
• ADAM HUGHES  (Various)
• DAVID MACK (Cover, DC Comics)
• FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Afterlife With Archie, Archie Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Colourist

• MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
• DAVE STEWART
• ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ
• LAURA ALLRED
• JOSE VILLARUBIA

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Letterer

• ROB LEIGH (Action Comics, DC Comics)
• JOSHUA REED (Scarlet, Jinxworld/DC Comics)
• ADITYA BIDIKAR (Punks Not Dead, Black Crown/IDW Publishing)
• CLAYTON COWLES (The Wicked + The Divine, Image Comics)
• NATE PIEKOS (The Quantum Age, Dark Horse Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best New Series

• BITTER ROOT (David F. Walker / Sanford Greene, Image Comics)
• PUNKS NOT DEAD (David Barnett / Martin Simmonds, Black Crown/IDW Publishing)
• FRIENDO (Alex Paknadel / Martin Simmonds, Vault Comics)
• MISTER MIRACLE (Tom King / Mitch Gerads, DC Comics)
• X-MEN: GRAND DESIGNS, VOL. 1 (Ed Piskor, Marvel Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Publisher

• IDW PUBLISHING
• DARK HORSE COMICS
• REBELLION PUBLISHING
• DC COMICS
• IMAGE COMICS

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best New Talent

• RAM V (Paradiso / These Savage Shores)
• MARTIN SIMPSON (The Needleman, Souring Press)
• RYAN HOWE (The Cursed Island, Scribblinz Studios)
• RUSSELL MARK OLSON (Gateway City, Russell Mark Olson)
• CHRISTIAN WARD (Invisible Kingdom, Berger Books)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Original Graphic Novel

• LIP HOOK (David Hine / Mark Stafford, SelfMadehero)
• WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE, VOL. 2 (Grant Morrison / Yanick Paquette, DC Comics)
• FEMME MAGNIFIQUE (ed. Shelly Bond / various creators, IDW Publishing)
• BATMAN: THE DARK PRINCE CHARMING (Enrico Marini, DC Comics)
• ALL MY HEROES HAVE BEEN JUNKIES (Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips, Image Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Collection

• BLACK HAMMER, VOL. 1 (LIBRARY EDITION) (Jeff Lemire / Dean Ormston, Dark Horse Comics)
• BILL SIENKIEWICZ’S MUTANTS AND MOON KNIGHTS: ARTIFACT EDITION) (Bill Sienkiewicz, IDW Publishing)
• HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION (Mike Mignola, Dark Horse)
• BERLIN (HARDCOVER EDITION) (Jason Lutes, Drawn & Quarterly)
• BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Liam Sharp, DC Comics)

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: Best Comics-Related Website/ Publication

• COMIC SCENE UK
• DOWN THE TUBES
• PANEL X PANEL
• THE BEAT
• NEWSARAMA

The TRIPWIRE AWARDS 2019: The STAN LEE ROLL OF HONOUR

• ROY THOMAS
• WALTER SIMONSON
• STEVE ENGLEHART
• DAVE GIBBONS
• BILL SIENKIEWICZ
• ALAN GRANT

• To vote, head to this Voting Form to select your nominations, and then join Tripwire at Portsmouth Comic Con 2019 to find out the winners!

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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