I recently took a deeper dive into the world of Comic Book Awards, and while the list below features those among some of the biggest players, awards are a great way to discover comic books and graphic novels, whether you’re looking for the latest top books of the year, the hot topics that everyone is talking about in the comic industry, or just looking to get a good head start on your comic book journey. With awards for best reprints among them, it’s also a great way to discover some old favourites too.
The book awards mentioned below centre around English-language books, from Australia, Canada, the UK and the United States, with categories for writers and illustrators, characters and story. While there have been a number of awards and awarding bodies in the past, I’ve only included ongoing awards in the list; those that are still active, with long-lists and short-lists and who are accepting submissions.
The Ledger Awards: http://ledgerawards.org/about/
Joe Shuster Awards: https://joeshusterawards.com/
Doug Wright: https://dougwrightawards.com/
Excelsior awards: http://www.excelsioraward.co.uk/
SICBA – Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance: http://www.sicba.org.uk/
Comics Laureate – The Lakes International Comic Art Festival: https://www.comicartfestival.com/project/uk-comics-laureate
The United States:
The Harvey Awards: https://www.harveyawards.com/
The Ringo Awards: https://ringoawards.com/
Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics: https://dwaynemcduffie.com/
San Diego Comic Con Awards: https://www.comic-con.org/awards/awards
San Diego Comic Con Awards Include:
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
Bill Finger Award
Russ Manning Award
Film Festival Awards
Have we missed any of your favourite Comic Book Awards? Let us know!