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2018 ComixCentral Comic of the Year Award Winners!

    2018 ComixCentral Comic of the Year Award Winners!

    The year 2018 brought ComixCentral a bevy of new and awesome Indie Comics from some of the best and brightest stars in the Indie game. We are so fortunate and proud to have these titles available on our site.

    The quality of content made this year’s awards quite the challenge to decide on. So what did we do to help remedy this problem? We called in the Heavy Hitters, we brought in six of the biggest names in comics and dropped the tough decisions in their laps! We were so lucky to be joined this year by Jim Lawson, Ben Bishop, Michael Lent, Charlie Adlard, Pat Mills, And Robin Etherington! They were tasked with selecting a winner in a specific category of their choosing.

    Jim Lawson was also so kind to select two category winners, including the toughest job of all, Comic of the Year!

    Below is a list of all the winners and comments by our celebrity judges and members of our ComixCentral staff on why they thought that book or creator was deserving of the win.

    Congratulations to all the nominees and winners this year! Keep creating and knocking our socks off!


    *Click on the covers to BUY the comic and support some of the best Indie creators in the world!*


    BEST ACTION ADVENTURE COMIC

    Winner- Stroper

    By- Eddie Porter

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “We loved how Stroper sets up the story in this issue with a masterclass of visual storytelling. The minimal speech and text give an exemplar in just how it’s posible to build a story setup, world(s) and create a specific sense of character in a single issue. Stoper dispenses with extensive exposition with engaging effect. It’s unique style and tone set this story up perfectly for the action that follows. And set up for a 10 issue story arc readers are in for a real blast from this deserved winner for best action adventure.” – Jamie Norman (CXC Staff)

    BEST ALL AGES COMIC

    Winner– The Legend of Polloman

    By: Gonzalo Alvarez

    Judge– Robin Etherington (Disney, Dreamworks, Etherington Bros.)

    “Polloman was engaging from the off: a deep dive into Mexican folklore with beautiful visuals. The art style was fresh and playful and perfectly complemented the tone of the tale. I loved the consistent use of language translation between the panel borders. More please! Dirk Brody was a straight up slice of action adventure joy. Like the protagonists themselves we’re thrown in at the deep end and hang on, breathless, till the last desperate escape. The choice of limited colour palette works wonders with the clean inking. It’s fun and bold, giving precious little of the obviously larger ongoing plot away, and being none the poorer for it’s omission. Bravo!” –Robin Etherington

    *Robin would like to make a special mention of Dirk Brodey: The Lost Empire of the Moon! as runner up in the category.

    BEST COMEDY COMIC

    Winner- Fetch

    Writer – Nicholas Poonamallee

    Artist – Szymon Sobczak

    Judge- Jim Lawson (TMNT, Dragonfly)

    “Pretty Damn Awesome! An entertaining and lively book had my interest from page 1. The art particularly arresting with thoughtful panel layouts and use of B+W. Also nice use of both simple and detailed linework. Portrayal of action was just stunning.Story- clever and funny. Characters were good and the dialogue worked well. The plot itself nothing new really but that didn’t stop me from reading with anticipation to the end, and closing the book wanting more. Great job.” – Jim Lawson

    BEST FANTASY COMIC

    Winner – Starside

    By–  Dylan Klein, Lane Brettschneider and Jordan Chao.

    Judge– ComixCentral Staff

    “A masterful execution of character development and suspense. From the minute this beautifully illustrated and written comic begins, the reader is drawn into the main character “Jack’s” world. A simple, straight forward life existing of a day to day before school ritual, contact with a beloved sibling and typical teen angst over girls and grades. The writer takes their time, telling the story properly, not rushed to “ge to the action” and we appreciate the trust they have in the reader. When the action does begin, we were not disappointed. In Fact a rush of goosebumps told us just how good this team really is. A well deserved win, we can hardly wait for issue #2!” – Leigh Jeffery (CXC Staff) 

    BEST HORROR COMIC

    Winner- Six:Eight

    Writer- Michael T. Gonzalez

    Art & Letters- Allen Byrns

    Judge- Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)

    “Ok read everything… and the winner is…SIX : EIGHT! Out of the shortlist I read, it was the book that had the strongest combination of art and story – something I look for always – if it’s not 50/50 story/art, then it’s failing as a comic. On top of that the art style was gloriously textural and atmospheric, which worked well with the downbeat seedy nature of the story. Nice subtle touches too… stuff that stays with you well after you read the book. It’s always hard for print media to compete with film and TV when doing horror, since that medium can capitalise on tension and the the jump scare due to its format, so comics etc have to seek out other ways to scare the reader – imagery, concept – and Six : Eight achieves that really well.” – Charlie Adlard

    BEST LGBTQ+ COMIC

    Winner- Alex Priest

    Writer- Jenn Arledge

    Art- Scott Malin

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “This was my introduction to the Alex Priest series and I can tell you one thing, I am disappointed……IN MYSELF! I can’t believe I hadn’t yet read any of the available books in the series before we started the awards process. Jenn Arledge has crafted a fun and exciting world for her characters to reek havoc in. Scott Malin’s art is a perfect fit for the tone of the story. In this issue I really enjoyed how the two storylines were on opposite ends of the spectrum. One being full of action and fear and the other a happy reconciliation. And then when it matters most when the storylines collided towards the end of the issue it left me feeling satisfied and the cliffhanger left me wanting to pick up the next issue! Everyone needs to go and read all the issues in this series, they won’t be sorry!” – Joey Sheehan (CXC Staff)

    BEST MANGA COMIC

    Winner- Dead Ronin

    By- Luke Brown

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “There is only one choice for best manga. Its Dead Ronin. The best way to describe this book is to imagine strapping yourself to a rocket and hold tight. From page one it never lets up. Luke’s artwork only gets better with each new page. His style perfectly captures the high speed action without missing any of beautiful detail. The story hits you from the start and trust me once you start you will not want to put it down. Luke has pushed himself and this series to the highest point and its brilliant.” – Craig Johnson (CXC Staff)

    BEST MYSTERY COMIC

    Winner- The Pale

    Writer- Sanders Fabares

    Art- Jay Fabares

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “For us ‘The Pale’ represents everything that’s great about Indie comics. The freedom to tell new, interesting stories, beautiful artwork, and excellent story craft. This story builds an engaging mystery expertly told with excellent characterisation and wonderfully brought to life. The character devleopment is well placed allowing the you to learn and invest more in them as the story unfolds. This book has production values the belies the two creators behind it (Sanders and Jay Fabares) and they should be really proud of what they’ve created here. This award was for the comic of the week winning issue but we totally recommend checking out all the issues in this story. We see big things ahead for this creative team.” – Jamie Norman (CXC Staff)

    BEST SCI-FI COMIC

    Winner- Astr0 Pi6

    By- Justin Sunseri

    Judge- Pat Mills (Judge Dredd, 2000AD)

    “It was a surprising choice for me. I really hadn’t expected it to be the one I would go for as the comic world I write for is so very different. I’ll explain more about this in a moment. But as I read it , I was drawn into the concept and the art. The images are inspired and beautiful. The story premise seems highly original. I’ve certainly never come across anything like it before. It was written and drawn from the heart and thus didn’t fall into any of the obvious traps – e.g. being too cute, too cliched, or too educational/moralising etc. There was a joy in the creation which communicates itself to the readers. A ‘feel good’ factor without the gooey soft centre of a Hallmark film.

    I think it has enormous social and commercial potential and I found myself wondering how the series would develop. Who had commissioned the pig to go on his space travel and why. How would the pig deal with other challenges. What other science fiction worlds he might visit.

    In Britain, there’s, rightly, considerable professional hostility to educational and middle class comics and I’m one of their fiercest critics. Primarily because such comics are usually smug, patronising,sustain our wretched class system. and working class kids in the UK – the largest potential audience – tend to hate them. I turned to Astro Pig fully expecting it to be the American equivalent and intending to quickly move on to the other comics. To my surprise I was completely captivated by it – it has none of the negative attributes I feared it might have.

    It is truly delightful and an outstanding winner!” – Pat Mills

    BEST SUPER HERO COMIC

    Winner- Canada Bear

    Creator, Pencils, Cover- Paul Farris

    Writer, Letterer- Sean Wilson

    Line Artist- Carlos Azevedo

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “The obvious choice for Best Super Hero of the bunch was Canada Bear. Everything a good Super Hero story should be. A proper origin story, an out of control baddy, the world in chaos and we have only one hope. A steely eyed, massively muscled, smooth talkin’, catch phrase dropping hero to save the day eh! Canada Bear has the all the elements that make for a delightful Comic read. The artwork has that wonderfully classic Saturday morning cartoon feel that assures me I’m going to be giggling and entertianed with the flip of every page. The story lines flows perfectly from punch line to punch line, and the charming dialogue fits each character like a glove. A delightful read for all ages, and fun fun fun!” -Leigh Jeffery (CXC Staff) 

    BEST THRILLER COMIC

    Winner- The Maroon

    By – Derek W. Lipscomb

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “No question about it. The Maroon is the best thriller. No other comic has pulled me in and had me on the edge on my seat at all times. Derek continues with each issue to add more depth, character development and world building. The artwork is consistently amazing and fantastic action set pieces. The Maroon deserves this and so much more. One day I hope to see this adapted for a series as the story is huge and ever expanding.” – Craig Johnson (CXC Staff)

    BEST COMIC PROMOTION


    Winner- Mashbone and Grifty

    Art & Story- Oscar Garza

    Story- Rolando Esquivel

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “If there was one comic series that came to mind when we thought of “Promotion” it was Mashbone and Grifty. Never is there a day that we don’t get an eagerly anticipated eyeful of their fantastic artwork, clever tag lines, click-worthy links, and awesome custom gifs come across our various social media channels. A truly professional marketing effort is being precisely exectuted by this talented group of creators and we can’t get enough! Not to mention they are putting out one fo the most creative, beautifully illustrated and hilariously written indie comics on the market “Mang!” ” – Leigh Jeffery (CXC Staff)

    SPIRIT OF INDIE AWARD

    Winner- The Maroon

    By – Derek W. Lipscomb

    Judge- ComixCentral Staff

    “Derek Lipscomb is the obvious choice. No one in the indie comics community does as much as Derek. He supports every indie comic he comes across. He’ll retweet a project you are working on, an ad you have going and he reaches out and gives words of wisdom and guidance. He has on more than one occasion helped me and cheered me. He is an inspiration to not just me but to everyone in Indie. Derek is undoubtably the heart of the Indie Comics community. We are all lucky to have him on our side!” – Craig Johnson (CXC Staff)

    PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD

    THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!!!

    The People’s choice award was an open vote to the fans of ComixCentral. We asked them to vote for six of their favorite comics from the past year. When the vote was done we had a top six that was so close we just had to give everyone an award! All these comics are worthy of the award and we are proud to have them on our site!

    WRITER OF THE YEAR

    Winner- BOB: Non-Union Psychic

    Written and Scripted- Lance Lucero & Adam Volle

    Art- Francisco Resendiz

    Letters- Kurt Hathaway

    Judge- Michael Lent (Prey, The Lynx)

    “BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC #2 is such a fun, fresh and inventive universe. The characters all have interesting backstories. The pacing is spot on. Story elements are properly motivated and dialogue isn’t always carrying water for exposition, something that fellow writers notice. The more I read the more I want to both understand and immerse myself in this idiosyncratic world. There is a seamless integration of vision between writer, artist, letterer and colorist. As a reader, BOB is a full meal experience — story is engaging and each frame is chockablock with interesting elements and attention to detail that reward attentive readers. You are in the moment and yet, aware of the greater universe just outside a given panel or page. I kept thinking that the BOB team really needs to bring out the TPB from #0, 1, & 2. That would be awesome. Like the other books, Bob is really a credit to the CXC universe.” – Michael Lent

    ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Winner- Whisper Wilds

    Creator/Writer – Brent Nelson

    Art/Letters- Emanuele Arnaldi

    Judge- Ben Bishop (The Aggregate, Drawing Blood)

    “Emanuele Arnaldi’s artwork in Whisper Wilds is both inventive, and beautiful. The incredible color palette throughout, as well as the brilliantly imaginative character designs, make for a very fleshed out, and immersive world within the story. I want action figures, I want a cartoon, I want to see this book continue for a long time. Love it.” –Ben Bishop

    COMIC OF THE YEAR

    Winner– The Legend of Polloman

    By: Gonzalo Alvarez

    Judge– Jim Lawson (TMNT, Dragonfly)

    “Well- I went through all the books that made the final cut last week. There’s a lot of really impressive stuff there and I wanted to chew on it over the weekend.I had a tough time. There was probably 4 books that I kept coming back to as my top picks. Emotionally there was one that I really dug but in the end I decided on another that I loved, but I felt that the extra effort that had gone into the book and it was a little more expansive in the world-building department. This is the book that I picked as winner. The Legend of Polloman. I love that I went into the book not knowing what my expectations would be. As I flipped through and read the first pages I was really impressed that this was like no other comic that I’ve read and on top of that it was really thoughtfully designed. Plus it was folklore and historical and I’m a sucker for both those things. Then when I was hoping that this would somehow translate into an actual comic story there it was- what I wanted- perfect timing. A good story too. I think it makes the presentation stronger when the characters are relatable and feel emotions and contend with situations just as we do.- fear, hope, frustration- all the human stuff we struggle with. By the end of the book, we begin to see these worlds (human/folklore) coming together. A beautiful, well-crafted comic.” – Jim Lawson


    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND NOMINEES!

About The Author

Joey Sheehan

Joey Sheehan is the Editor-In-Chief of both CXCBuzz and ComixCentral. If you would like to get yourself or your work featured on CXCBuzz send him an email at editor@cxcbuzz.com

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