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2015 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award

Comics Newcomer Award Submissions Deadline was April 22

Submissions are now closed for the 34th annual Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award. The award will be presented on July 10 during the Eisner Awards Ceremony at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Started in 1982 as a joint presentation of Comic-Con International and the West Coast Comics Club, this award honors a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. The deadline for all submissions was April 22.

To qualify for the award:

1. The artist must be a newcomer to the comic field, with no professional work published prior to January 2013. Exceptions to this rule are:

  • A. Work done as an unaccredited assistant to another artist
  • B. Fan publications and animation
  • C. Any nonprofessional work done on the Internet
  • D. Small press with a print run of 2000 or less
  • E. A one-shot in a new talent anthology comic

2. The artist’s work must have been published prior to submission.

3. A sample of the artist’s work must be included.

4. A sample of the artist’s pencil work should be submitted if it was inked by another artist.

5. If multiple names are credited to the work, what the artist contributed must be made clear.

6. If selected as a nominee, the artist (or publisher) should be prepared to provide 25 copies of the work to be sent to the judges.

7. Those who entered last year may enter again this year if they still meet the criteria.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of artists and other knowledgeable in the comic art field, who will select the five finalists. The winner will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of comics professionals, including prior Russ Manning winners and Russ Manning’s former assistants.

Previous Award Recipients

2014: Aaron Conley
2013: Russel Roehling
2012: Tyler Crook
2011: Nate Simpson
2010: Marian Churchland


2009: Eleanor Davis
2008: Cathy Malkasian
2007: David Peterson
2006: R. Kikuo Johnson
2005: Chris Bailey
2004: Eric Wight
2003: Jerome Opena
2002: Tan Eng Huat
2001: Goran Sudzuka
2000: Alan Bunce


1999: Jay Anceleto
1998: Matt Vander Pool
1997: Walt Holcomb
1996: Alexander Maleev
1995: Edvin Biukovic
1994: Gene Ha
1993: Jeff Smith
1992: Mike Okamoto
1991: Daerick Gross
1990: Dan Brereton


1989: Richard Piers Raynor
1988: Kevin Maguire
1987: Eric Shanower
1986: Art Adams
1985: Scott McCloud
1984: Steve Rude
1983: Jan Duursema
1982: Dave Stevens