Glyph Comics Awards

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Glyph Comics Awards
Awarded forThe best in comics made by, for, and about people of color
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
CountryUnited States
Hosted byEast Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
First awarded2006

The Glyph Comics Awards is an annual award ceremony for comic creators who are people of color. The ceremony was initiated with the goal of inspiring young writers from diverse backgrounds to participate in the comics industry.[1]

The awards are named after Glyphs: The Language of the Black Comics Community, at Pop Culture Shock, a blog founded in 2005 by comic journalist Rich Watson as "a means to provide news and commentary on comics with black themes, as well as tangential topics in the fields of black science-fiction/fantasy and animation."[1]

The Glyph Comics Awards have been presented at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, in Philadelphia, since 2006.



Source: [2]




Source: [5]

  • Valerie D'Orazio, president of the Friends of Lulu
  • Nathan Erhardt, writer, Comics Nexus
  • Ed Mathews, columnist, Pop Image
  • Tim O'Shea, writer/interviewer,
  • Elayne Riggs, comics reviewer and commentator


  • David Brothers, comics blogger (4th Letter!)
  • Carol Burrell, editorial director, Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group
  • Brian Cronin, writer, Comic Book Resources
  • Katie & Dan Merritt, co-owners, Green Brain Comics[6]



  • Omar Bilal, webmaster,
  • Robin Brenner, editor-in-chief,
  • David Brothers, comics blogger,
  • Tim Callahan, comics blogger, Comic Book Resources[8]


Source: [9]

  • Maurice Waters, owner and operator of
  • Hannibal Tabu, review columnist at Comic Book Resources
  • Omar Bilal, Owner and Operator of Museum of Black Superheroes
  • Eric Deggans, TV and media critic, Tampa Bay Times


Source: [10]

  • Pamela Thomas, Glyph Comics Awards Chairperson and curator of the Museum of UnCut Funk, a virtual museum that celebrates 1970s Black culture
  • Omar Bilal, founder of the Museum of Black Superheroes
  • Johanna Draper Carlson, founder of
  • Hannibal Tabu, author, comics reviewer, and editor-in-chief of Komplicated at The Good Men Project
  • Maurice Waters, owner of
  • Joseph Wheeler III, president of the New Art Order, founder of the OnyxCon convention, and creator of the UAC ANKh Project


Source: [11]

  • Pamela Thomas, Glyph Comics Awards chair
  • Michael A. Gonzales, author, writer, blogger
  • Regina L. Sawyer, owner of Lockett Down Publications
  • Grace D. Gipson, doctoral student, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jiba Molei Anderson, CEO of Griot Enterprises
  • Mark A. Randolph, writer, educator, and collector


  • Shenkarr Davis, Glyph Comics Award chair
  • Crystal Sparrow, freelance writer
  • Carla Wiley, co-founder of Progeny's Legacy Jamaa
  • William Mason Jones, founder of Afrofuturism Network
  • Deirdre Hollman, founder of the Black Comics Collective
  • Tatiana Bacchus, videographer/filmmaker

List of Glyph Comics Awards winners[edit]

Pioneer Award[edit]

Story of the Year[edit]

Best Writer[edit]

Best Artist[edit]

Best Male Character[edit]

Best Female Character[edit]

Rising Star Award[edit]

Best Reprint Publication[edit]

Best Cover[edit]

Best Comic Strip or Webcomic[edit]

  • 2006: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer/artist[20][21]
  • 2007: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer/artist
  • 2008: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer/artist
  • 2009: Bayou, Jeremy Love, writer/artist
  • 2010: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer/artist
  • 2011: The K Chronicles, Keith Knight, writer/artist
  • 2012: Fungus Grotto, Shatia Hamilton, writer
  • 2013: Mama's Boyz, Jerry Craft, writer/artist[13]
  • 2014: The Adigun Ogunsanwo, Carles C. J. Juzang, writer/artist
  • 2015: Kamikaze; Alan and Carrie Tupper (writers and artists); Havana Nguyen (artist)[14]
  • 2016: Bounce!; Chuck Collins, writer/artist[15]
  • 2017: Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny;[16] Marcus Williams (writer) and Greg Burnham (artist)
  • 2018: (H)afrocentric vols. 1–4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith (writer); Ronald Nelson (artist)[17]
  • 2019: Weapon of the People: Decoded; Muhammad Rasheed (writer/artist)[18]
  • 2020: Isshoni, by Alfred Stewart (writer/artist)

Fan Award for Best Comic / Best Work[edit]


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  10. ^ Freeman, John. "2014 Glyph Comics Awards announced, open to all," (Oct. 2, 2013).
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  16. ^ a b c d e f g h Glyph Comics Awards, Grand Comics Database. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2021.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2018 GLYPH AWARDS Winners," First Comic News (May 23, 2018).
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Chiu-Tabet, Christopher. "2019 Glyph Comics Award Winners Announced," Multiversity Comics (May 18th, 2019).
  19. ^ a b c d e "2017 Glyph Award Winners Announced," Previews World (May 22, 2017).
  20. ^ "Keith Knight wins Glyph Award for outstanding achievement in black comics," Mississippi Link (08 June 2006), p. B4.
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  23. ^ "The 2008 Glyph Comics Award winners » ECBACC". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
  24. ^ "2009 Glyph Comics Awards Winners Announced; Bayou Sweeps » Comics Worth Reading". Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  25. ^ The 2010 Glyph Comics Awards Winners  » PopCultureShock[usurped]
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