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Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Frederick Joseph, Comics4Kids to Receive 2018 Clampett Humanitarian Award

Comic-Con International is proud to announce that the 2018 recipients for the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award are Frederick Joseph and Seattle’s Comics4Kids.


Comic-Con International Presents the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
Frederick Joseph

New York resident Frederick Joseph created the Black Panther Challenge on GoFundMe to send black children from Harlem to see the Black Panther movie. He used the attention the campaign received to issue a challenge to others to start similar campaigns in their own communities. According to GoFundMe, some 100 campaigns raised over $900,000 to help 70,000 kids across the nation see Black Panther. Joseph also developed a website around the challenge and offers resources and readings for K-teen. More info:


Comic-Con International Presents the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Comics4Kids INC is a Pacific Northwest–based comic book reading library and national 501(c)(3) literacy charity. Parents/guardians can bring children to the facility in Tacoma, WA, where kids can read old comics from a 250,000-issue collection that dates back to 1882. Additionally, an all-volunteer staff travels the United States to give away comics to kids to improve literacy and encourage imagination. They also send comics out to schools and libraries as reading incentive program rewards. The organization was created by longtime comic book dealer Dale Moore. Dale’s childhood friends Jason McKibbin and Teena Southern came up with the name Comics4Kids. Together they further developed the program as a way of giving back to the community. Comics4Kids became incorporated in 1996. More info:


Bob Clampett by Milton Caniff

Bob Clampett art by Milton Caniff

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Comic-Con International’s Humanitarian Award is presented in the name of famed animator Bob Clampett, who created the TV series Beany and Cecil, designed such popular characters as Porky Pig and Tweety Bird, and directed 84 classic Warner Brothers cartoons. Clampett was a regular guest a Comic-Con in the 1970s and early 1980s. After his death in 1984, the humanitarian award was created to honor those people in comics and the popular arts who have worked to help others. The recipient is chosen by the Comic-Con committee. In previous years, the recipients of the Clampett Award were not announced ahead of time, but this year the committee decided to start letting recipients know about the honor in advance. The awards will be presented by Ruth Clampett (Bob’s daughter) during the Eisner Awards ceremony on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

  • 2017: Marc Andreyko; Joe Ferrara
  • 2016: Matthew Inman (
  • 2015: Bill and Kayre Morrison
  • 2014: Joe Field
  • 2013: Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac
  • 2012: Morrie Turner
  • 2011: Patrick McDonnell
  • 2010: Jeannie Schulz
  • 2009: Denis Kitchen
  • 2008: Paul Levitz
  • 2007: Neil Gaiman
  • 2006: Calvin Reid
  • 2005: George Pérez
  • 2004: Mimi Cruz
  • 2003: Alex Ross
  • 2002: Herb Trimpe
  • 2001: Mark Evanier
  • 2000: Peter Laird

1999: Jerry Robinson
1998: Frank Miller
1997: Joe Kubert
1996: Andrew Vachss
1995: Maggie Thompson
1994: Will Eisner
1993: Jack Kirby
1992: Archie Goodwin
1991: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
1990: Sergio Aragonés


1989: Phil Yeh
1988: June Foray
1987: Ray Bradbury
1986: Bernie Wrightson and Jim Starlin
1985: Robert A. Heinlein
1984: Forrest J Ackerman