The 2021 edition of the Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, honoring the best comics and creators of 2020, was held last night at Baltimore Comic Con. Stan Sakai won the award for best cartoonist and best series for “Usagi Yojimbo”, while Sarah Andersen won both webcomics categories for “Fangs” and “Sarah’s Scribbles”.
Matt Kindt and Matt Smith won the Ringo Spirit Award for their BOOM! Studios series “Folklords,” while Marvel’s Creative Director Joe Quesada received the Hero Initiative Award of Excellence and Gene Ha received the organization’s Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award.
Now, without further ado, here are the rest of the winners of the evening:
Best Cartoonist (Writer / Artist): Stan sakai
Best Writer: James Tynion IV (“Wynd”)
Best artist or designer: Jamal Campbell (“Distant Sector”)
Best inker: Sanford Greene (“Bitter Root”)
Best Letterer: Aditya Bidikar (âIce Cream Man: Quarantine Comix Specialâ)
Best Colourist: Tamra Bonvillain (“Once and a Future”)
Best Cover Artist: Momoko fishing
Best series: âUsagi Yojimboâ, IDW Publishing
Best Single Issue or Story: “The OZ” by David Pepose & Ruben Rojas, self-published
Best Original Graphic Novel: “Pulp” by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Image Comics
Best Anthology: “Be Gay, Make Comics”, IDW Publishing
Best Comic Book: “Metalshark Bro 2: Assault on Hamzig Island” by Bob Frantz, Kevin Cuffe & Walter Ostlie, Scout Comics
Best webcomic: Sarah Andersen’s “Crocs”
Best humorous webcomic: Sarah Andersen’s “Sarah’s Doodles”
Best Non-Fiction Comedy: âState of Kent: Four Dead in Ohioâ by Derf Backderf, Abrams Books
Best Children’s Comic or Graphic Novel: “Twins” by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright, Scholastic Graphix
Best presentation in design: âDave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition,â IDW Publishing
In addition, the Fan Awards went to:
– Persephone from “Lore Olympus” for Favorite Hero.
– Emma from “My Deepest Secret” by Hanza Art for Favorite Villain.
– “Midnight Poppy Land” for the new favorite series.
– Lilydusk, creator of “Midnight Poppy Land”, for the new favorite talent.
– Rocketship for preferred publisher.
Congratulations to all the winners of the year. You can see the rest of the nominees here and watch the live stream of the ceremony (which starts around 1 hour and 10 minutes) below: