The nominees have been announced. Have your favorites been nominated?
No one company or creator dominates this year’s nominations, which were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges. DC Comics, which has traditionally been at the top of the list, has 11 nods, plus 6 shared, for such titles as Y the Last Man (Continuing Series, Penciller/Inker, Writer) and The Spirit (Continuing Series, Coloring, Lettering). Dark Horse has 12 nominations plus 4 shared, spearheaded by Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 (Continuing Series, New Series, Writer, Coloring) and Umbrella Academy (Limited Series, Cover Artist, Coloring). Also right up there is Marvel, with 11 nominations plus 2 shared, with Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born garnering 4 of those (Limited Series, Penciller/Inker, Cover Artist, Coloring). Close behind is Fantagraphics, with 11 nominations, including 4 for Mome (two in Short Story, Anthology, lettering) and 2 for the Fletcher Hanks book I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
Image Comics has 8 nominations and 1 shared for a wide variety of titles, while AdHouse has 6 + 1, including 4 for Fred Chao’s Johnny Hiro (Single Issue, New Series, Humor Publication, Writer/Artist-Humor). Oni Press clocks in with 5 (+ 2) nominations, while Drawn & Quarterly has 5 (including 2 for Rutu Modan’s critically acclaimed Exit Wounds). Companies with 4 nominations each are Renaissance Press (all for Jimmy Gownley’s Amelia Rules!), Sunday Press, Viz, and Scholastic (3 for Shaun Tan’s The Arrival).
The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International.