Official Press Release
Creators, publishers, and self-publishers planning to attend the 2009 Stumptown Comics Fest on April 19th and 20th are hereby invited to nominate their newest comics and books—or those of others!—for the annual Trophy Awards. These awards will celebrate the best new works from the Fest's many exhibitors on Saturday night, April 19, 2009 at Cosmic Monkey Comics.
To be considered for a Trophy Award, simply fill out the online form, submit it, and send two copies of each work—along with the $5-per-category entry fee—to the address below. The online nomination form is now available at www.stumptowncomics.com/awards. Please limit nominations to two categories per work, and note that no submissions will be considered after April 4th. Works should be no older than one year. Winners are chosen by balloted vote conducted on Saturday with attendees of the fest, and a display of all nominated works will be available for general perusal at the show. We ask that nominees, or someone representing them, attend the awards ceremony at Cosmic Monkey, as non-represented winners may be subject to good-natured mockery for absenteeism.
The six awards categories are:
• DIY: For self-published works showing exemplary spunk, energy, and ingenuity.
• DESIGN: Examines the quality of production. How a book looks, feels, and smells.
• DEBUT: For works freshly released at the fest. Come on out, little books.
• WRITING: You know, the words.
• ART: You know, the pictures.
• MYSTERY: Not the genre, but the award itself! A secret panel of judges will select a book, website, person, project, or event for special recognition with this enigmatic award. No nominations are accepted for this award, though all are eligible.
(Web-based comics do qualify; simply print them out and select one of the above categories.)
Please mail your entries to Stumptown Trophy Awards '09, 1435 SE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 in time for an April 4th delivery, and make your checks out to The Stumptown Comics Foundation. Then come on out to the 6th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest at the Lloyd Center Doubletree (1000 NE Multnomah, Portland OR, 97232) on April 19th and 20th, and join the 3rd annual Trophy Awards shindig and ceremony at Cosmic Monkey Comics (5335 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland OR, 97213). Hope to see you there!