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Russ Manning Award

Comic-Con International Presents Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award

Self-portrait by Russ Manning

Comic-Con International Announces 2016 Manning Award Nominees

Comic-Con International has announced this year’s nominees for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award (commonly referred to as The Manning Award).

The Manning Award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Russ was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s.

The first recipient of the award was former Manning assistant Dave Stevens, who went on to create The Rocketeer. Other past recipients have included Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, David Petersen, Cathy Malkasian, Eleanor Davis, and Tyler Crook. (See below for a complete list of past recipients.)

The 2016 nominees are:
  • Daniel Bayliss, artist of Kennel Block Blues and Translucid (BOOM! Studios)
  • Leila del Duca, artist of Shutter (Image)
  • Dan Mora, artist of Klaus and Hexed! (BOOM! Studios)
  • Marguerite Sauvage, artist of DC Comics Bombshells (DC), Scarlet Witch (Marvel), and Faith (Valiant)
  • Tillie Walden, writer/artist of I Love This Part and The End of Summer (Avery Hill)

Del Duca was nominated last year as well.

The nominees were selected by a panel consisting of board and committee members of Comic-Con International, a comics retailer, and a comics artist. The winner will be chosen by past Manning Award winners and Russ Manning assistants. The recipient will be announced during the Eisner Awards ceremony on July 22 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.


History of the Manning Award

The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award has been given out annually at the San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Russ was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s.

The first recipient of the award was former Manning assistant Dave Stevens, who went on to create The Rocketeer. Other past recipients have included Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, David Petersen, Cathy Malkasian, Eleanor Davis, and Tyler Crook (see below for a complete list).


Previous Award Recipients
2010s

2015: (TIE) Jorge Corona, Greg Smallwood
2014: Aaron Conley
2013: Russel Roehling
2012: Tyler Crook
2011: Nate Simpson
2010: Marian Churchland

2000s

2009: Eleanor Davis
2008: Cathy Malkasian
2007: David Petersen
2006: R. Kikuo Johnson
2005: Chris Bailey
2004: Eric Wight
2003: Jerome Opena
2002: Tan Eng Huat
2001: Goran Sudzuka
2000: Alan Bunce

1990s

1999: Jay Anceleto
1998: Matt Vander Pool
1997: Walt Holcomb
1996: Alexander Maleev
1995: Edvin Biukovic
1994: Gene Ha
1993: Jeff Smith
1992: Mike Okamoto
1991: Daerick Gross
1990: Dan Brereton

1980s

1989: Richard Piers Raynor
1988: Kevin Maguire
1987: Eric Shanower
1986: Art Adams
1985: Scott McCloud
1984: Steve Rude
1983: Jan Duursema
1982: Dave Stevens