The 2021 edition of the annual Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, honoring the best comics and creators of 2020, were held at Baltimore Comic Con last night. Stan Sakai won Best Cartoonist and Best Series for “Usagi Yojimbo,” while Sarah Andersen won in both webcomics categories for “Fangs” and “Sarah’s Scribbles.”
Matt Kindt and Matt Smith earned the Ringo Spirit Award for their BOOM! Studios series “Folklords,” while Marvel creative director Joe Quesada was given the Hero Initiative’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gene Ha received the organization’s Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award.
Now without further ado, here are the rest of the night’s winners:
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Stan Sakai
Best Writer: James Tynion IV (“Wynd“)
Best Artist or Penciller: Jamal Campbell (“Far Sector“)
Best Inker: Sanford Greene (“Bitter Root“)
Best Letterer: Aditya Bidikar (“Ice Cream Man: Quarantine Comix Special“)
Best Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain (“Once and Future“)
Best Cover Artist: Peach Momoko
Best Series: “Usagi Yojimbo,” IDW Publishing
Best Single Issue or Story: “The O.Z.” by David Pepose & Ruben Rojas, self-published
Best Original Graphic Novel: “Pulp” by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, Image Comics
Best Anthology: “Be Gay, Do Comics,” IDW Publishing
Best Humor Comic: “Metalshark Bro 2: Assault on Hamzig Island” by Bob Frantz, Kevin Cuffe & Walter Ostlie, Scout Comics
Best Webcomic: “Fangs” by Sarah Andersen
Best Humor Webcomic: “Sarah’s Scribbles” by Sarah Andersen
Best Non-Fiction Comic Work: “Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio” by Derf Backderf, Abrams Books
Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: “Twins” by Varian Johnson & Shannon Wright, Scholastic Graphix
Best Presentation in Design: “Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition,” IDW Publishing
Additionally, the Fan Awards went to:
– Persephone from “Lore Olympus” for Favorite Hero.
– Emma from Hanza Art’s “My Deepest Secret” for Favorite Villain.
– “Midnight Poppy Land” for Favorite New Series.
– “Midnight Poppy Land” creator Lilydusk for Favorite New Talent.
– Rocketship for Favorite Publisher.
Congratulations to all the year’s winners. You can view the rest of the nominees here, and watch the livestream of the ceremony (which starts roughly 1 hour, 10 mins in) below: