Ringo Award

The Ringo Awards are given for achievement in comic books. Named for artist Mike Wieringo, the Ringo Awards were founded by Cards, Comics, and Collectibles in Reisterstown, Maryland, and the Ringo Awards Committee in 2017 to be the successor to the Harvey Awards that left the Baltimore Comic-Con as its venue in 2016.[1]

Ringo Award
Awarded forAchievement in comic books
LocationBaltimore Comic-Con (2017–present)
CountryUnited States
First awarded2017

The Ringo Awards are nominated by an open vote among comic-book professionals and fans. The winners are selected from the top two fan choices as the first two nominees and the professional jury selects the remaining three nominees in each category.[2]


The Ringo Awards were created as an industry award voted by comics professionals and its fans. The first Ringo Awards were presented at the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 23, 2017.[3] The 2018 awards took place at the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 29, 2018. The 2019 awards will be held October 19, 2019 at the Baltimore Comic-Con.


The Ringo Awards are awarded in the following categories:[4]

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories:

  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
  • Best Writer
  • Best Artist or Penciller
  • Best Inker
  • Best Letterer
  • Best Colorist
  • Best Cover Artist
  • Best Series
  • Best Single Issue or Story
  • Best Original Graphic Novel
  • Best Anthology
  • Best Humor Comic
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel
  • Best Webcomic
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work
  • Best Presentation in Design

Fan-Only Nominations:

  • Favorite Hero
  • Favorite Villain
  • Favorite New Series
  • Favorite New Talent

Pro-Only Nomination

  • The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award
  • The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award

2017 Winners

Fan Favorites:

  • Favorite Hero: Cash Wayne (Spectrum)
  • Favorite Villain: Arlo (unOrdinary)
  • Favorite New Series: Spectrum
  • Favorite New Talent: InstantMiso

Jury and Fan Winners:

  • Best Series: Vision, Marvel Comics
  • Best Cover Artist: Frank Cho
  • Best Letterer: Todd Klein
  • Best Colorist: Laura Martin
  • Best Humor Comic: I Hate Fairyland, Image Comics
  • Best Original Graphic Novel: March: Book III, Top Shelf Productions
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel: Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
  • Best Single Issue or Story: Emancipation Day, www.redistrictedcomics.com
  • Best Anthology: Love is Love, DC Comics/IDW Publishing
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work: March: Book Three, Top Shelf Productions
  • Best Presentation in Design: Mike Mignola’s Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: Artist’s Edition Hardcover, IDW Publishing
  • Best Webcomic: The Red Hook, Dean Haspiel
  • Best Inker: Sean Murphy
  • Best Writer: Tom King
  • Best Artist or Penciller: Fiona Staples
  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Skottie Young

Jury Awards:

  • Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Joshua Dysart
  • Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Marv Wolfman
  • Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Future Quest #1, DC Comics

2018 Winners

Fan Favorites:[5]

  • Favorite Hero: Mags (Assassin Roommate)
  • Favorite Villain: Arlo (unOrdinary)
  • Favorite New Series: I Love Yoo
  • Favorite New Talent: Quimchee
  • Favorite Publisher: WEBTOON

Jury winners:

2019 Winners

Fan Favorites:[6]

  • Favorite Hero: Toaster Dude
  • Favorite Villain: Lance Cordrey from Aberrant (Action Lab Entertainment)
  • Favorite New Series: Luff
  • Favorite New Talent: Enjelicious
  • Favorite Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Jury winners:

  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Terry Moore
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Best Artist or Penciller: Sean Phillips
  • Best Inker: Fiona Staples
  • Best Letterer: Todd Klein
  • Best Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
  • Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
  • Best Series: (tie)
  • Best Single Issue or Story: Swamp Thing Winter Special, DC Comics
  • Best Original Graphic Novel: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
  • Best Anthology: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
  • Best Humor Comic: MAD, DC Comics
  • Best Comic Strip or Panel: Nancy, Olivia Jaimes, Andrews McMeel Universal
  • Best Webcomic: The Nib, various (https://thenib.com)
  • Best Non-fiction Comic Work: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
  • Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: Punk Taco, Adam Wallenta Entertainment
  • Best Presentation in Design: Absolute Sandman Overture, DC Comics

See also