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Here are the 2012 Ghastly Award winners!

The Ravens win the Superbowl yesterday.  Today?  We get to see who won the 2012 Ghastly Awards, the awards that celebrate excellence in horror comics/graphic novels. (NOTE: I became a judge for the Ghastly Awards beginning 2012.  But I had nothing to do with tabulating the votes.  Nobody wants that.)

Take a peek at the winners — and congratulations to all!

The 2012 Ghastly Award Winners are:

Best Ongoing Title:
The Walking Dead (Image) 
Best Mini-Series:
Deadworld: War of the Dead (IDW)
Best One-Shot:
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm (Dark Horse) 

Best New Series (Fans Decided the Winner):
Mars Attacks (IDW) 

Best Anthology:
Creepy (Dark Horse) 
Best OGN:
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 1 (Heavy Metal) 
Best Archival Collection: 
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: Zombies (IDW/Yoe Books)
Best Writer:
 Steve Niles
(Criminal Macabre, 30 Days of Night, Transfusion, Frankenstein Alive, Alive, Lot 13)
Best Artist:
Simon Bisley
(Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Hellblazer)
Best Inker:
Bernie Wrightson
(Frankenstein Alive, Alive) 
Best Letterer:
Nate Piekos
(Creepy, The Goon, Ragemoor)
Best Colorist:
Dave Stewart
Best Web Comic:
Crossed: Wish You Were Here
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Al Feldstein & Bill Gaines
Bernie Wrightson

Named for acclaimed comics creator “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, the Awards are in their 2nd year. Created to honor excellence in Horror Comics, every comic creator had a say in who the nominees were by nominating their favorites throughout the year.
We thank everyone who took the time to nominate and vote in the 2012 Awards. The submission process is now open for the 2013 Awards!

We congratulate all of the Winners and Nominees for what they bring to the comic reading community. To be nominated by your comic book creating peers is a big honor and the Ghastly Awards are here to celebrate your achievements.

For more information on the Ghastly Awards, or to submit your horror comics for the 2013 Award season please go to

The Ghastly Awards: vote for 2012 winners, nominate for 2013!

Hi all!  Okay, I promised more info on the Fan Favorite award and how you could vote.  Ready?  O-kay!

Fans can vote for ALL categories, and have the final say in who gets the award for Best New Series.  If you need a refresher, here are this year’s Best New Series nominees:

Remember, I’m a judge for the awards, so I can’t help but love the Ghastlies.  But I promise not to try to sway your opinion.  (Mostly because I’m such a fan of all the nominees….)

More info on voting for the 2012 Awards, and how to nominate for 2013 after the jump!

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2012 Ghastly Award nominees announced!

Hey everyone, and happy almost-2013!  You know what that means; tons of award-type thingies.  And so, without further ado, here’s the list of the nominees for this year’s Ghastly Awards (which I always want to call The Ghastlies, because I’m ever so hip.  Stop laughing.)

The Ghastly Awards celebrates achievements in horror comics, and they’re voted on by professionals in the biz.  This coming award season there will be a new Fan Favorite category, which should be a lot of fun to peek at.  (NOTE: Yours Truly is now a judge for these awards.  So yes, I “have to” read comics now.  Oh the horror.  The wonderful, awful horror!)

The full list of nominees after the jump!

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Haunted Horror hits comic book shelves Wednesday, for your Halloween chills & thrills!

Ahh, the golden days of horror comics.  The bad guys (or girls), the gruesome but oh-so-satisfying comeuppance, and the artwork that had the Comics Code Authority all but put ’em out of business.  But wait; some of those groovy stories are coming back to glorious life, in issues you can hold in your greedy little hands.  Hello Haunted Horror, a new series coming to stores tomorrow.  Wanna know more?  Yeah you do.

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Horror comics get their due with the Ghastly Awards

As I’ve often said, I’m a complete and total horror junkie.  The first horror movie I remember seeing was Night of the Living Dead, thanks to a 2-year-old me waking up and wandering downstairs to the sound of my dad fixing the fireplace at 2am.  (Why 2am?  Your guess is as good as mine.)  I’ve been hooked ever since.

I got into comic books not because of the superheroes (not that they aren’t awesome), but because of the creepy-crawly horror issues I’d see every so often at my local bookstore.  Nowadays though, there are tons of good scare on the illustrated page.  So much so in fact , that there’s a new crop of awards to give them their good & proper.  The Ghastly Awards will reveal their first ever list of winners at the end of this month, and I’ve gotta say there are some really amazing professionals and titles getting the nod.  The Walking DeadThe Goon (here’s hoping the movie gets a release)!  Locke & Key!  And my personal favorites, Crossed 3DI, Vampire!  Not to mention Robert Kirkman, Gabriel Rodriguez & Terry Moore!  Read on for a list of the 2011 nominees (and how, if you’re an industry pro, you can send a nomination for the 2012 awards)….

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