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the 2021 GRANTIE™ Awards!

Updated: Jun 12

If it felt like a lot of creators were snubbed by the Eisners, it's because they were.


The nominations felt stilted and uncomfortable, furthering damning itself with constant repetition of the same several names for the last several years in the same several categories. There never seems to be much change, and it never seems to honor folks who are doing completely unique work. Creators and artists and thinkers who are pushing the medium to bigger and better heights.


What I wanted to do with the 2021 Granties™ was to award several people per category (I chose six because I am neurotic and it’s my favorite number) whose work encouraged me to spend money on their books. During a pandemic, where money was incredibly tight for not just me, but for readers in general, I feel like the best acknowledgment of success is to spend hard-earned cash on books that absolutely knock the reader out. Also, this stuff is incredibly subjective!


So these Grantie™ medalists are creators whose books I purchased and thoroughly enjoyed over the last calendar year (May 2020-May 2021). I was tempted several times to include books I borrowed or read reviews of, but that would be SHITTY and I would never dole out such prestigious accolades without truly believing in them. Also, some of my bias may show at time, but shut the fuck up – these are MY awards.


Without further ado, here are the 2021 Grantie™ award winners!






FAVORITE WRITER

Ram V (Swamp Thing, These Savage Shores, Justice League Dark)

Alex Paknadel (Red Fork, Giga)

James Tynion (Dept of Truth, Batman, Something Is Killing the Children)

Vita Ayala (New Mutants, Children of the Atom, Marvel Voices, Quarter Killer)

Si Spurrier (Hellblazer, Alienated, Way of X)

Mark Russell (Second Coming, Billionaire Island)


FAVORITE LINE ARTIST

Rebekah Isaacs (Reaver, Money Shot)

Daniel Warren Johnson (Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, Beta Ray Bill)

Sophie Campbell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Dan Mora (Once and Future, Dark Detective)

Alaire Racicot (Crown & Anchor, Sidequest)

Sanford Greene (Bitter Root)


FAVORITE COLOR ARTIST

Martinia Bonanni (Sidequest)

Gab Contreras (20 Fists, TRVE KVLT)

AHG (Burn After Reading, Broken Bear)

Tamra Bonvillain (Once and Future, Wonder Woman)

Stephanie Hans (Die)

Jack Foster (Gun, Gun: Slaughterball)


FAVORITE LETTERER

Aditya Bidiker (Hellblazer, These Savage Shores, Isola)

Micah Myers (Urban Animal, Grit, Maybe Someday)

Toben Racicot (Sidequest, Crown & Anchor, Beastlands)

Justin Birch (Dry Foot, Road of Bones, Villainous)

Christine Larsen (Orcs)

DC Hopkins (TRVE KVLT, Broken Bear, Heavy Metal)


FAVORITE EDITOR

Chris Conroy (Hellblazer, Detective Comics)

Heather Antos (Shadowman, Quantum & Woody)

Stephanie Cooke (Tartarus, Sidequest)

Adrian Wassel (Money Shot, Giga)

Brian Hawkins (Black Cotton, Honor and Curse)

Danny Lore (Project: Starless Daydream, Tomb of the White Horse)


FAVORITE COVER ARTIST

Maria Wolf (By the Horns, Women of Marvel)

Jack Foster (Gun, Gun: Slaughterball)

Heather Vaughan (Midnight Western Theater)

Kevin Wada (Commanders in Crisis, Barbalien: Red Planet)

Sweeney Boo (Becstar, Sagas of the Shield Maiden)

Jenn St-Onge (Cherry Gilbert: Necromancer, Vampire Emmy and the Garbage Girl)


FAVORITE WEBCOMIC

Urban Animal (Justin Jordan, John Amor)

Beware of Toddler (George Gant)

Rising Sand (Jenn Lee, Ty Dunitz)

Crown & Anchor (Alaire and Toben Racicot)

Quarantine Comix (Rachael Smith)

Sarah Scribbles (Sarah Andersen)


FAVORITE YA COMIC

Orcs

The Last Witch

Oh My Gods

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters

Superman Smashes the Klan

Nubia: Real One


FAVORITE MINI-SERIES (3-8 Issues)

Grit

Hawkeye Freefall

Dry Foot

Villainous

Secret History of the DC Universe

Forgotten Home


FAVORITE ONGOING (10 or More Issues)

John Constantine: Hellblazer

Money Shot

X-Factor

Second Coming

Die

Dept of Truth


FAVORITE KICKSTARTER BOOK

20 Fists

Shield Maiden

The OZ

Beastlands

Commander Rao


FAVORITE ANTHOLOGY

Maybe Someday

Project Big Hype

Marvel Voices

A Cold Dark Universe

Project: Starless Daydream

Shield Maiden


FAVORITE COMIC PODCAST

Mex Flentallo

Comics-Coffee-Metal

Word Bros

Off Panel

Power of X-Men

Comics, Inebriated


FAVORITE PUBLISHER

Vault

Scout Comics

Mad Cave

Image

Aftershock

Ahoy


FAVORITE ONE-SHOT

Commander Rao

Eden

Red Fork

Hell. Hath. No. Fury.

Leap M

The Dark Knight Returns: the Golden Child


FAVORITE COMIC SITE

Comic Book Yeti

Soda & Telepaths

SKTCHD

Monkeys Fighting Robots

The Beat


FAVORITE HORROR SERIES

Sweet Heart

Tomb of the White Horse

Road of Bones

Killadelphia

Seeds of Eden

Red Fork


FAVORITE HUMOR SERIES

Money Shot

MetalShark Bro

TRVE KVLT

Giant Days

Billionaire Island


FAVORITE FANTASY SERIES

Dryad

Beastlands

Grit

Sidequest

Die

White Ash


FAVORITE ONE-PAGER



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