Howard E. Day Prize

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The Howard E. Day Prize, now known as the Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing, is a comic book award for outstanding achievement in self-publishing. Named after Canadian self-publishing pioneer Gene Day, the Day Prize was created by comic-book writer-artist-publisher Dave Sim and his collaborator, Gerhard, in memory of Sim's late mentor (née Howard Eugene Day). From 2001–2007 the Day Prize was awarded yearly at the Columbus, Ohio-based convention the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE). Since 2009 it has been part of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards.

History[edit]

The Day Prize ceased being awarded at SPACE as of 2008 with the withdrawal of Sim from participation, and has been replaced at that convention by the SPACE Prize.[1] The Day Prize has now become part of the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards, where it is now known as the Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing.[2]

Award criteria[edit]

The Howard E. Day Prize at SPACE consisted of a $500 cash award and a commemorative plaque.[3] in Columbus, Ohio. The recipient was chosen by Sim and Gerhard from a pool of works submitted at SPACE the previous year. Each year the duo alternated duties, with one reading all entries received and drafting the short list of final nominees and the other judging those books to determine the ultimate winner.

The Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing is only open to Canadian self-publishers. It includes a payment of $500, provided by the Guelph, Ontario-based retailer The Dragon.[2]

Short lists and winners[edit]

2001[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • All The Wrong Places by Tom Galambos
  • Askari Hodari #1 by Glen Brewer
  • Darklanders #1 by Philip Alan Gregory
  • Faith: A Fable by Bill Knapp
  • Happy Ever After in the Marketplace by Tony Consiglio
  • Jumbo Jape by Sean Bieri
  • Reporter #1 by Dylan Williams

2002[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • Amelia Rules! #2 by Jimmy Gownley
  • Askari Hodari #2 by Glen Brewer
  • Insignificant Gods #1 by Evan Derian
  • Misa by Tom Williams
  • Myth of 8-Opus #5 by Thomas Scioli
  • Sequential Book Seven: Stand on a Mountain, Look Back by Paul Hornschemeier
  • Teenagers From Mars #1 Words by Rick Spears, Pictures by Rob G

2003[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • Askari Hodari #3 by Glen Brewer
  • Attic Wit #4 by Matt Dembicki, Rafal Gosieniecki, Marek Turek, Mariuz Zawadzki, Krzysztof Kaluszka
  • The Gypsy Lounge by Jasen Lex
  • Happy Town #7 by Justin Madson
  • pop gun war: chapters 2, 4 and 5 by Farel Dalrymple
  • Possum at Large #1 by Chad Lambert
  • Street Angel #1 by Dick Troutman & Brian Maruca

2004[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • Chromosome Crossroads by Karl Kressbach
  • Detached #1 by Jim Coon
  • Lackluster World #1 by Eric Adams
  • Max Hamm, Fairy Tale Detective — The Long Ever After Chapter 2: Glass Slipper by Frank Cammuso
  • Nisha #1 by Robert Gavila
  • Obsessive Crush by Pat Lewis
  • Owly: The Way Home by Andy Runton

2005[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • Icecreamlandia #2 Eve Englezos & Josh Moutray
  • "Justin’s Big Chance" by Anton Bogaty (in Slam Bang #7)
  • The Lone and Level Sands by A. David Lewis (writer) and mpMann, also known as Marvin Perry Mann
  • Maxwell the Demon by Tonia Walden (in Attic Wit #6)
  • Point Pleasant #1 by Chad Lambert (writer) and Steve Black, Ryan Scott, Dan Barlow & Jason Moser (artists)
  • Static Dreaming by Erik K. Siano
  • Zig Zag #1 by J. Chris Campbell

2006[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • Abominable by Pat Lewis
  • Beaver by Jim Coon
  • Being Different by Michelle Arcand
  • Chemistry-Comic & CD Soundtrack by Steve Peters
  • Guitar Solo by Mike Dawson
  • One Horse Town by Pat Lewis
  • Potlatch #5 Too Much Matheson by Chad Lambert, writer and Tom Williams, artist
  • Under the Midnight Sun by Dusty Neal, Artist and Christopher Studabaker, Writer

2007[edit]

Short-listed works, listed alphabetically by title, with winner in boldface.

  • Day Break Vol.1 by Brian Ralph
  • The Ineffables: Political Science by Craig Bogart
  • Mr. Big by Matt & Carol Dembicki
  • Skull Pen #1 by Robert James Algeo
  • Victims at the End of the World by Rickey Gonzales
  • W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G Technical Pamphlet by Ed Piskor

2008[edit]

Renamed the Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing

NO AWARD GIVEN.

2009[edit]

  • Blue Winter, Shapes in the Snow, by Jesse Jacobs

2010[edit]

  • Pope Hats #1, by Ethan Rilly

2011[edit]

  • Heaven All Day, by John Martz

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ink, Max (2008-08-27). "|| SUNDAY COMIX ||: Night Falls on the Day Prize, but the Night Is Filled Stars". Sundaycomix.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Gene Day Award for Self-Publishing," Joe Shuster Awards official site. Accessed June 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "SPACE". Backporchcomics.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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