List of webcomic awards
This article provides a list of notable awards for webcomics and some of the winners from each year.
Many webcomics artists have received honors for their work. In 2006, Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese, originally published as a webcomic on Modern Tales, was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. Don Hertzfeldt's animated film based on his webcomics, Everything Will Be OK, won the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award in Short Filmmaking, a prize rarely bestowed on an animated film.
Webcomic artists have also won comic awards from organizations that generally honor print comics, such as the Ignatz Awards and Eisner Awards, and there are awards, such as the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards, which are given only to webcomics.
Awards given only to webcomics
Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards
From 2001 until 2008, the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards were given out, with voting rights granted only to online cartoonists. Because of the large number of categories, such as "Best Art", "Best Writing", "Best Gag Comic" and "Best Newcomer", only the winners of the main category "Best Comic" are listed here. The following articles provide complete listings of all nominees and winners in each year:
|Best Comic (2001 – 2002), Outstanding Comic (2003 – 2008)|
|2001 ||Boxjam's Doodle||Adam Burke||www.boxjamsdoodle.com|
|2002 ||Megatokyo||Fred Gallagher and Rodney Caston||www.megatokyo.com|
|2003 ||Nowhere Girl||Justine Shaw||www.nowheregirl.com|
|2004 ||Count Your Sheep||Adrian Ramos||www.countyoursheep.com|
|2005 ||Scary Go Round||John Allison||www.scarygoround.com|
|2006||The Perry Bible Fellowship||Nicholas Gurewitch||www.pbfcomics.com|
|2007||The Perry Bible Fellowship||Nicholas Gurewitch||www.pbfcomics.com|
|2008 ||Girl Genius||Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio||www.girlgenius.net|
Awards from organizations that generally honor print comics
The Eagle Award is a series of awards for comic book titles and creators. They are awarded by UK fan voting for work produced during the previous year.
|Favourite Web-based Comic|
|2000 ||Sluggy Freelance||Pete Abrams||www.sluggy.com|
|2004 ||PvP||Scott Kurtz||www.pvponline.com|
|2005 ||Supernatural Law||Batton Lash||www.webcomicsnation.com|
|2006 ||Penny Arcade||Jerry Holkins (writer) and Mike Krahulik (artist)||www.penny-arcade.com|
|2007 ||The Order of the Stick||Rich Burlew||www.giantitp.com|
|2009 ||FreakAngels||Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield||www.freakangels.com|
|2010 ||Axe Cop||Ethan Nicolle and Malachai Nicolle||www.axecop.com|
|2011 ||FreakAngels||Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield||www.freakangels.com|
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, commonly shortened to the Eisner Award, is a prize given for creative achievement in American comic books. In 2003, Justine Shaw's Nowhere Girl received a nomination for an Eisner award in the "best new series" category, while Shaw was nominated for "talent deserving of wider recognition", making her the first webcomic artist to be nominated for an Eisner.
|Best Digital Comic (2005 – 2008), Best Webcomic (2009 – …)|
|2011||The Abominable Charles Christopher||Karl Kerschl||abominable.cc|
|2010||Sin Titulo||Cameron Stewart|||
|2009||Finder||Carla Speed McNeil||www.shadowlinecomics.com|
|2008||Sugarshock!||Joss Whedon (writer) and Fábio Moon (artist)||website is offline|
|2007 ||Sam & Max: The Big Sleep||Steve Purcell||www.telltalegames.com|
|2006 ||PvP||Scott Kurtz||www.pvponline.com|
|2005 ||Mom's Cancer||Brian Fies||www.momscancer.com (webcomic itself is offline)|
The Harvey Awards, named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) and coordinated by the publisher Fantagraphics, are given for achievement in comic books. The Harveys were created as part of a successor to the Kirby Awards which were discontinued after 1987.
|Best Online Comics Work|
|2006 ||American Elf||James Kochalka||www.americanelf.com|
|2007 ||The Perry Bible Fellowship||Nicholas Gurewitch||www.pbfcomics.com|
|2008||The Perry Bible Fellowship||Nicholas Gurewitch||www.pbfcomics.com|
|2009 ||High Moon||David Gallaher, Steve Ellis and Scott O. Brown||www.zudacomics.com|
The Ignatz Awards are intended to recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators or creator-owned projects published by larger publishers. They have been awarded each year since 1997, but skipped a year in 2001 due to the show's cancellation after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Recipients of the award are determined by the votes of the attendees of the annual Small Press Expo.
|Outstanding Online Comic|
|2002 ||Bee||Jason Little||www.beecomix.com|
|2003 ||American Elf||James Kochalka||www.americanelf.com|
|2004 ||American Elf||James Kochalka||www.americanelf.com|
|2005 ||The Perry Bible Fellowship||Nicholas Gurewitch||www.pbfcomics.com|
|2006 ||The Perry Bible Fellowship||Nicholas Gurewitch||www.pbfcomics.com|
|2007 ||Achewood||Chris Onstad||www.achewood.com|
|2008 ||Achewood||Chris Onstad||www.achewood.com|
|2009 ||Year of the Rat||Cayetano Garza||www.magicinkwell.com|
|Outstanding WebComic Creator/Creative Team|
|2007 ||April & May & June
|2008 ||Looking for Group
Least I Could Do
|Ryan Sohmer (writer) and Lar deSouza (artist)||www.lfgcomic.com
|2009 ||Sin Titulo||Cameron Stewart||www.sintitulocomic.com|
|2010 ||The Abominable Charles Christopher||Karl Kerschl||www.abominable.cc|
|2011 ||His Face All Red
The Death of José Arcadio
Out the Door
The Hare's Bride
|Best Comic Strip|
|2006 ||Least I Could Do||Ryan Sohmer (writer) and Lar deSouza (artist)||www.leasticoulddo.com|
|2007 ||xkcd||Randall Munroe||www.xkcd.com|
|2008 ||xkcd||Randall Munroe||www.xkcd.com|
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