The Manning award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book.
Past winners of the Manning award include Scott McCloud, Steve Rude and Jeff Smith, so as you might imagine I’m very excited and pleased to have been nominated. (As Rachel points out, I’m the only nominee this year who’s small-time enough not to have a publisher.)
The other four nominees this year are:
* Fred Chao, writer/artist, Johnny Hiro (AdHouse)
* Cathy Malkasian, writer/artist, Percy Gloom (Fantagraphics)
* Mukesh Singh, artist, Shadow Hunter (Virgin Comics)
* Christian Slade, Corgi (Top Shelf)
(Links swiped from The Comics Reporter).