Over at Irish Comic News, David O'Leary flashes a spotlight on the winners of the inaugural ICN Awards:
BEST SELF PUBLISHED IRISH ARTIST: Alan Nolan
Alan is the co-creator of the popular Sancho with Ian Whelan. Alan had a breakout 2011 with O’Brien Press with three original books aimed at a younger audience. Death by Chocolate was followed in October by Six Million Ways To Die in the Murder Can Be Fatal Series. The Big Break Detectives was also released in October. Nominated for five awards in this years nominations, the Wicklow native walked away with Best Self Published Irish Artist.
BEST SELF PUBLISHED IRISH WRITER: Mike Lynch
The County Clare based writer is the co-creator of Blackstar which launched in the pages of Irish language anthology Rira. Most recently seen in print in Uproar Comics Zombies Hi! #3, the Eagle Award nominated Lynch has a full slate for 2012 that will include work in Zarjaz, Nestor and Wire & Gas among others.
BEST MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED IRISH ARTIST: Nick Roche
Nick is of course best known for his extensive work in the Transformers universe. A regular contributor to the Eclectic Micks blog, Nick is no stranger to licensed work following work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Doctor Who. He won this category having run neck and neck with our runner-up right until the end of voting.
BEST MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED IRISH WRITER: Garth Ennis
Perhaps Ireland’s best known comic creator export. Ennis’ name is legendary in comic circles worldwide. Having struck gold with his Vertigo Comics opus Preacher, Ennis did it again with DC’s The Boys which moved to Dynamite Entertainment early on in its run. Having worked on everything from the Punisher to Hellblazer, he has an extensive back catalogue in the war genre and a number of creator owned books at Avatar Press.
BEST IRISH WEBCOMIC: The Cattle Raid of Cooley
Paddy Brown’s continuing web comic which is part of the Ulster Cycle series, chronicles the fabled Irish epic and running almost continuously since August 2008, it won in a category where any one of four could have nicked the title.
BEST IRISH SELF PUBLISHED COMIC: League of Volunteers
The launch issue of Atomic Diner’s heralded in a whole new era in Irish comic publishing with the aim of realising a shared Irish superhero universe. Written by Atomic Diner chief Rob Curley and art by Barry Keegan, the book hit a ton of critical acclaim and commercial success.
BEST IRISH CREATOR MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED COMIC: Thunderbolts
Written by Jeff Parker and rotating art by Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey, the continuing adventures of one of Marvel Comic’s favourite super hero teams holds a fond place in many fans reading lists with its mix of excellent writing and arresting visuals.
BEST IRISH COMIC RELATED BLOG or PODCAST: The Pubcast
Hosted by Simon and Wayne and Graham and recorded in a pub somewhere inDublin weekly to talk all things geek like, this was another category that went close to being decided by a few votes.
BEST IRISH COMIC SHOP: Dublin City Comics
The first winner of the Best Comic Shop category is based on Bolton Street in Dublin. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere and its ‘Geekeasy’ it will have a job on its hands to keep the title next year in a category where once more the result was very close.
OVERALL BEST IRISH COMIC: League of Volunteers
Winner of two categories for the Atomic Diner property is no mean achievement. With two issues printed and a vital part of the overall vision by Rob Curley, this book is deserving of the title of Overall Best Irish Comic.
HALL OF FAME (individual): Garth Ennis
It seems fitting that out first inductee to the ICN Hall of Fame is our most famous export. A standard-bearer for all who have come after him, Garth Ennis’ name is synonymous with quality comics.
HALL OF FAME (comic): Mister Amperduke
Bob Byrne’s acclaimed silent 2000 panel epic story is a landmark in comic storytelling. Lauded in many circles as a great achievement, it is a worthy entrant to the first Hall of Fame Comic category.