So glad this has officially been announced, and incredibly proud of Craig and the work he’s been doing on Voltron: Year One. Thought it’d be fun to load up a quick gallery of some of my favorite pages and panels from the first three issues of the title. Enjoy, and beneath all the pretty pictures is a little more about the history of the awards, its past recipients, and the full list of nominees. Complete text directly from San Diego Comic-Con International available here , and congrats to all involved!
The Manning Award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Russ was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s.
The first recipient of the award was former Manning assistant Dave Stevens. Other past recipients include Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, Goran Sudzuka, Eric Wight, David Petersen, Cathy Malkasian, Eleanor Davis, and Marion Churchland.
The 2012 nominees are:
- Craig Cermak, artist of Voltron, Year One (published by Dynamite)
- Martin Cóccolo, artist of Helldorado (published by APE Entertainment)
- Tyler Crook, artist of Petrograd (published by Oni Press) and B.P.R.D. (published by Dark Horse)
- Teagan Gavet, penciler of Nordguard: Across Thin Ice (Published by Sofawolf)
- Dave Wachter, artist of Night of 1,000 Wolves and That Hellbound Train (published by IDW)