Just a quick few picks from the Ghastly Awards judges. Except for me. I’m lazy. Like the meme says, it’s like regular lazy but I’m wearing a cape. Even though….
Oh, and now that I’m a judge again, expect a Horror Comic Roundup every so often. Not all the time, as again, so very lazy. And broke. Hello blogging! Anyway, on with the picks!
Ghastly Awards – July/August 2014 Update
Don’t forget to submit your book for the 2014 Ghastly Awards!
Horror comics are becoming more and more frequent in our reading culture, and the Ghastly Awards are here to recognize those that shine the brightest. We encourage all Comic Creators and Publishers to take the time to head over to www.ghastlyawards.comand submit your work for 2014 Ghastly Award Nomination consideration.
Creators please remember that you can submit your Horror Comic work throughout the entire calendar year! This month the Judges are recommending you go back and take a look at:
The Creeps #1 (Fall 2014- Warrant Publishing) – This slim, new black and white, magazine sized horror comic is a valentine to fans of Warren Publishing’s mags of yore, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. I have to give editor, artist and writer Rich Sala props; he nailed the look and even got some new art from some Warren alumni. This first issue has a lot going for it; a cover by Ken Kelly, a page by Frank Brunner and my favorite art of the issue, a four-pager by Rich Buckler! The stories are all short and sweet, though I wish they’d been more straight horror than the excursions into Sword and Sorcery. (It took me years to appreciate the old Dax the Warrior stories.) This first issue is impressive and I hope that if it gets a chance, Sala will veer a little bit away from the Warren cloning and let The Creeps develop its own style. As it stands, it seems to be trying a little too hard for Warrenism, including the pen-name Artie Godwin writing most stories. Less text on the cover would have pleased me too, but ballyhooing some of these great artists is no sin! This is a solid first issue, full of decent-to-great artwork and good stories. Let’s hope The Creeps grows and becomes the black and white horror mag we all NEED in our lives! – Mike Howlett
Morella Presents: Verotika Returns #2 – Demons and more demons– Danzig clearly writes about what he knows, and backed with super killer artwork from Simon Bisley and Garres, you know there’s always gonna be plenty of boobs and blood and satanic muscle to keep all your evil lusts satisfied. Especially interesting is the rise of a new black magic spawned terror– PUMKY, a character formed not far from the same malignant monster mold as Pumpkinhead! Looking forward to seeing where this goes… – Steve Banes
Lenore v2 #10 (Titan) – Just when I thought the best joke in the history of ever had happened in the last issue, here it comes again… and again… and again. What sucks here was the lack of a recap page. The time between issues sucks, and well right now a great story arc is taking place, so a recap would be nice. However I know that it’s part of Dirge’s diabolical plan to have me go back and enjoy the living hell out of issues 8 & 9 again. So touché good sir, you win. The artwork is stunning, the story is above and beyond everything else. Lenore is a must read for everyone, anyone and two aliens sitting on a branch somewhere in Iowa. It delivers time and time again, and seriously… just go read it. – Decapitated Dan
Creators and Publishers please make sure to go over to www.ghastlyawards.com to submit your books for 2014 Nomination consideration! More information on how the submission process works can be found here http://www.ghastlyawards.com/2010/10/submit-your-horror-comic-to-be.html______________________________________________________
Decapitated Dan, Mike Howlett, Belinda “Spaced” McNeill, Lonnie Nadler, Bree Ogden, Denise Dutton
Steve Banes, Pedro Cabezuelo,
Founded in 2011 by Decapitated Dan with the help of Steve Banes, Mike Howlett, Lonnie Nadler and Mykal Banta, the Ghastly Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Horror Comics over a range of 15 different categories. The nominees are chosen by other horror comic book professionals and winners are chosen by a panel of judges.
The Awards were named for acclaimed comics creator “Ghastly” Graham Ingels.
Starting in 2013 the Ghastly Awards switched over to a Submission based process. Comic Publishers and Creators can submit their books for nomination consideration throughout the calendar year. The top five nominees in each category will be chosen by the Judges, and will then be voted on by the Judges, Creators and Fans to decide the winners.
The Ghastly Award Judges work strictly on a volunteer basis. There is no paid staff and the awards are completely funded from the generous donations of its sponsors.