Only creators and new works from the preceding calendar year are eligible for nomination.
There are four types of awards:
OPEN+JURY NOMINATED AWARDS: Two nominees will be selected by an open, online nomination process. The remaining three nominees will be selected by a jury of comics industry professionals. A tie among the jury’s choices may result in more than five nominees in a category. Nominees will be listed in the ballot alphabetically with no distinction made between open- and jury-selected nominees. The comics creative community will vote online from to select the winning recipient in each of these categories. These categories include:
- 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 Kids Comic or Graphic Novel
- Best Anthology
- Best Humor Comic
- Best Comic Strip or Panel
- Best Webcomic
- Best Non-fiction Comic Work
- Best Presentation in Design
OPEN NOMINATED AND VOTED AWARDS: All the nominees and the winner of these five categories will be selected by open voting. The five top Fan-Only Favorites will be announced at the Award Ceremony in September at the Baltimore Comic-Con. A winner in a given year’s Fan Favorite category is not eligible to be nominated in that category the following year. These categories include:
- Favorite Hero
- Favorite Villain
- Favorite New Series
- Favorite New Talent
- Favorite Publisher
THE MIKE WIERINGO SPIRIT AWARD: The nominated works will be voted on by the professional jury as well as three additional, perennial jurors: Matt Wieringo, Todd Dezago, and Mark Waid. The top vote getters including the winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony in September at the Baltimore Comic-Con.
THE HERO INITIATIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AND DICK GIORDANO HUMANITARIAN AWARDS: These award are selected by Hero Initiative and will be announced at the Ringo Awards Ceremony.
HOW JURY VOTING WORKS:
A select jury of five professionals representing a cross-section of the comics industry vote for seven choices in each category (they must vote for seven). The jury is asked to rank their choices in order of preference.
- The first choice gets 7 points
- The second choice gets 6 points
- The third choice gets 5 points
- The fourth choice gets 4 points
- The fifth choice gets 3 points
- The sixth choice gets 2 points
- The seventh choice gets 1 point
The selections with the most points in each category become nominees. Individual juror votes are not shared with the general public.
Eligibility for creators and new creative works is determined by publication in the preceding calendar year – print publication date takes precedence over electronic publication date (Diamond Direct Market street date is used. The Diamond Comic Distributors lists for 2018 are available here for comics, collections and graphic novels. This is an XLSX file). For electronic works, the date of publication is time-stamped with most publications and at least 3 episodes/installments of continuing works must have appeared during the eligibility period.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST RULES:
We define “conflict of interest” as having a professional relationship with a proposed nominee DURING the eligibility period such that it WILL BIAS the voting. If there is a conflict of interest with a professional juror, the highest rank they can give that selection is fourth place (four points). The conflict of interest rule relies on the honor system and the professionalism of the selected jurors. We recognize that the comic book industry is a small one, and top professionals will no doubt have personal and professional relationships with other working professionals and publishers. We trust the jurors to self-evaluate their biases.
If there is any evidence of unethical vote manipulation or tampering, we will seek to address the affected category or categories. Fixes can include steps as extreme as a re-vote, excluding a category, or disregarding improper votes. Fixes determined by the Ringo Awards Committee are final.
Open voting: April 10 – June 25, 2020
Professional jury deadline: June 25, 2020
Nomination ballot targeted to be announced: August 26, 2020
Creative Comics Community Voting: August 26 to September 23, 2020
Awards presented: Saturday, October 24, 2020