Ringo Awards 2019 Presented at Baltimore Comic Con – The Winners and the Reaction

Comic creative professionals, publishers, retailers, and fans came together Saturday night, October 19, 2019 to socialize, dine, and experience the comic book industry celebrating recognition of their peers, co-workers, and competitors at the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards.

Ringo Awards 2019 Presented at Baltimore Comic Con - The Winners

Bob Wayne, comics industry luminary whose resume includes stints as a retailer, comics writer for DC and Charlton Comics, DC Comics executive, CBLDF advisory board member, and the guy at DC Comics who had to deal with me for much of the nineties and noughties, attended the Ringo Awards as the 2019 keynote presenter at the event.

The winners of the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:

Fan Favorites:

Favorite Hero: Toaster Dude
Favorite Villain: Lance Cordrey from Aberrant (Action Lab Entertainment)
Favorite New Series: Luff
Favorite New Talent: Enjelicious
Favorite Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Jury and Fan Winners:

Ringo Awards 2019 Presented at Baltimore Comic Con - The Winners

Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Best Series (tie): Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Dark Horse Comics and The Immortal Hulk, Marvel Comics
Best Letterer: Todd Klein
Best Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Best Humor Comic: MAD, DC Comics
Best Original Graphic Novel: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
Best Comic Strip or Panel: Nancy, Olivia Jaimes, Andrews McMeel Universal
Best Single Issue or Story: Swamp Thing Winter Special, DC Comics
Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Isola, Image Comics
Best Anthology: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
Best Non-fiction Comic Work: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
Best Presentation in Design: Absolute Sandman Overture, DC Comics
Best Webcomic: The Nib
Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: Punk Taco, Adam Wallenta Entertainment
Best Inker: Fiona Staples
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Best Artist or Penciller: Sean Phillips
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Terry Moore

Hero Initiative Awards:

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Louise Simonson
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

As well as keynote speaker Bob Wayne, the Ringo Awards were presented by Paul McSpadden, Arely ‘Arechan’ Mancini and Dean Haspiel; Ross Richie and Filip Sablik; Fred Chamberlain; Shea Fontana and Brian K. Vaughan; Katie Cook and Afua Richardson; Walter Simonson; Mitch Gerads and Tom King; and Cully Hamner, Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid and Matt Wieringo.

Here are a few reactions.

The fourth annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will take place at the 21st annual Baltimore Comic-Con on October 24, 2020.

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