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June 9, 2016

Your 2016 Russ Manning Award Nominees

imageThe Eisner Awards program on Friday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego folds a number of other awards programs into its presentation. One such is the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, which actually precedes the Eisners by several years, having been given away since 1982. They announced their 2016 nominees slate a couple of days ago.

* Daniel Bayliss
* Leila del Duca
* Dan Mora
* Marguerite Sauvage
* Tillie Walden

That's a high-profile slate for this particular awards program, by which I mean the majority of these comics-makers are well into a first act of a potential lengthy comics career rather than standing at the doorway of one. A couple of things pop. One is that this is a majority-female slate, which represents a trend throughout comics in terms of who is getting work and how good they are. Given what I see out there, an all-female slate wouldn't surprise. The art form is richer for it. The other thing I noticed right away is that del Duca was also nominated in 2015.

Past winners include Eleanor Davis, Tyler Crook and Steve Rude.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees.
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