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November 3, 2004

Now Get to Work: New Xeric Foundation Winners Announced


I found a list of new Xeric Award winners on this great blog/site by Christopher Butcher, who among is other accomplishmens is a valued employee of the great Toronto comic shop The Beguiling.

The Xeric Foundation gives grants to comics creators who apply for the purpose of self-publishing a comic book. It was founded by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird, who self-published his own work. It has always been a particularly attractive award to young cartoonists. Some use the finished comic or graphic novel as a calling card with which to secure a relationship with a publisher, while others have utilized it as a starting point for further efforts of and on their own. Xeric awards have been an important career catalyst for many cartoonists who emerged in the mid to late 1990s, including Tom Hart, Jessica Abel and Nick Bertozzi.

The latest winners and their projects are as follows. I tried to link either to the creator's web site or a site that features information about them, or at least to work by them. Okay, I'm pretty much guessing, so please correct me if I'm wrong.

Andrew Drozd: Coexisting
Ryan Dunlavey & Fred Van Lente: Action Philosophers!
David Heatley: Deadpan #2
Nick Jeffrey: Centerfield
Craig McKenney & Rick Geary: The Brontes: Infernal Angria #1
Fay Ryu: HELLO
Rob Sato: Burying Sandwiches

More information on the Xeric Foundation can be had through their handy site.

You could also write:

Xeric Foundation
351 Pleasant Street #214
Northampton, MA 01060

Or send .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Information about the total monies distributed and the next deadline will be added to this story as soon as I see a release.

Art from an unrelated graphic novel by Ryu.
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