Welcome to 2018, C4 family! Let’s start the New Year off the right way and officially open up nominations for the Second Annual Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award, to be presented at C4 2018!

We’re sure you remember all of the buzz around last year’s award, which found a home with the extremely talented and truly deserving Seth Damoose. For those suffering from New Year’s fuzzy memory or that are new here, allow us to get you up to speed on the details:

The Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award showcases the best and brightest up-and-coming independent creators in comics, and will be presented May 26th at the 2018 Cherry Capital Comic Con. Gary Reed- comic writer, publisher, and mentor- spent his career supporting and giving a voice to independent creators through Caliber Comics in addition to creating his own prolific body of work through the Caliber imprint. Gary embodied the absolute best of what the comics industry is all about- creative and compelling storytelling, a breakneck work ethic, and the mindset that you always pay it forward and invest in the next generation of creators.

This award will be bestowed upon the creator that most espouses Gary’s spirit. In addition to creating comics of their own, either self-published or through small press publishers like Caliber, the recipient of this award will be someone who also encourages, lifts up, and helps other independent creators on their journey.

Help us in honoring Gary’s legacy by celebrating those creators who best embody his spirit! Nominations close on April 1st, and 4 finalists will be announced in early May.

Be sure to make plans to join us May 25th-27th at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa to be on hand as we discover who will be bestowed the 2018 Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award as 104.5 BOB FM and 9&10 News present Cherry Capital Comic Con!

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