NEWS: 2012 Irish Comic News Awards

ICNA 2012
It’s that time of year once more! The second annual Irish Comic News Awards for 2012 are upon us and before we get the ball rolling, I’m going to lay out the guidelines and rules before preliminary voting begins.
Prelim voting will begin next Monday, October 15, for two weeks. The aim of this is to give us our shortlist of 5 for each category for which voting proper will begin proper will begin in early November for two weeks before the winners are announced after the votes have been tallied.
In the categories of Hall of Fame Individual and Hall of Fame Comic, due to being 2011’s winners, Garth Ennis (HOF Individual) and Mr. Amperduke (HOF Comic) will be excluded from all voting in these categories. Votes for Preacher, like last year which popped up in many comic categories will be dismissed.
For any comic to be eligible for voting it MUST have been published between November 1st 2011 and October 1st 2012. The same timeframe exists for any creator to be eligiable.
Last year’s voting was intense with many hundreds of votes cast. We were stunned and delighted by the response that we received. Some of the categories were literally decided by only a few votes with Best Mainstream Irish Writer for example decided by only one vote.
With 2012 being a banner year for Irish comics both mainstream and small press, we’re sure that competition will be intense for all categories and we’re sure that defending winners will be hopeful of holding on to their awards.
All award winners will receive a web badge and a downloadable certificate for their achievements.


The categories for voting will be:
BEST SMALL  PRESS IRISH ARTIST (includes pencilers, inkers, colourists)
BEST SMALL PRESS PUBLISHED IRISH WRITER

BEST MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED IRISH ARTIST (includes pencilers, inkers, colourists)
BEST MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED IRISH WRITER
BEST IRISH WEB OR DIGITAL COMIC
BEST IRISH SMALL PRESS COMIC
BEST IRISH CREATOR MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED COMIC
BEST COMIC RELATED/FEATURED IRISH PODCAST
BEST IRISH COMIC RELATED BLOG (ICN is exempt)
BEST IRISH COMIC SHOP
OVERALL BEST IRISH COMIC
HALL OF FAME (individual)
HALL OF FAME (comic)
So be sure to check in at ICN this coming Monday and cast your preliminary vote and let your voice be heard.