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2021 Ringo Awards

The 2021 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards were presented during a live and virtual event on the evening of Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Mike Wieringo Spirit Award

Fan Favorites Winners

Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)

  • Derf Backderf
  • Leeanne M. Krecic (Mongie)
  • Stan Sakai – Winner
  • Rachel Smythe
  • Adrian Tomine
  • Sophie Yanow

Best Writer

  • Penelope Bagieu
  • Anthony Del Col
  • Jason Douglas
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • Marjorie Liu
  • James Tynion IV – Winner
  • Ram V

Best Artist or Penciller

  • Josh Adams
  • Jamal Campbell – Winner
  • Elsa Charretier
  • Hanza Art
  • Sana Takeda

Best Inker

  • Sanford Greene – Winner
  • Brett Hobson
  • Jjolee
  • Gabriel Hernandez Walta
  • Tonci Zonjic

Best Letterer

  • Deron Bennett
  • Aditya Bidikar – Winner
  • DC Hopkins
  • Micah Myers
  • Chas! Pangburn

Best Colorist

  • Toyin Ajetunmobi
  • Laura Allred
  • Tamra Bonvillain – Winner
  • Aladdin Lee Grant Rutledge Collar
  • Jacob Phillips
  • Joe Todd-Stanton
  • Christian Ward

Best Cover Artist

  • Gian Carlo Bernal
  • Stephanie Hans
  • Maan House
  • Steve Lieber
  • Peach Momoko – Winner
  • Kevin O’Neill
  • Joe Todd-Stanton

Best Series

Best Single Issue or Story

Best Original Graphic Novel

Best Anthology

Best Humor Comic

Best Webcomic

Best Humor Webcomic

Best Non-fiction Comic Work

Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel

Best Presentation in Design

Watch the 2021 Ringo Awards Ceremony recorded October 23, 2021

The 2021 Ringo Awards Professional Jury...

Amy Dallen


Host and writer for geek media, both independently and on shows for Geek & Sundry (The Wednesday Club, Talkin’ Comics Weekly), DC Universe (former host of DC Daily), and Collider (Collider Heroes). She is known for her performances (Callisto 6, Shield of Tomorrow), tabletop and video game streaming, and for her commentary drawing on over a decade in comics retail as a staff member at House of Secrets in Burbank, CA.

Dr. Katie Monnin


First author to discuss teaching with graphic novels in 21st century classrooms. Alongside the award-winning Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), she has also written eight more books about teaching graphic novels and pop culture in 21st century classrooms. In 2018, Dr. Monnin created and launched Why so serious? Productions, an educational organization. Dr. Monnin also wrote a monthly column for Diamond Bookshelf called “Katie’s Korner: Graphic Novel Reviews for Schools and Libraries” from 2010 – 2020. DC Comics also works with Dr. Monnin to create academic reading guides.

John Siuntres


Host and producer of shows for CBS Radio, CBS-TV, ESPN, Fox Sports Network, and the former Sporting News Radio Network. Creator of the Word Balloon Podcast, a talk show podcast featuring one on one interviews with comic book creators, novelists, screenwriters, and actors. In 2011 USA TODAY’S POP CANDY Blogger Whitney Matheson rated Word Balloon the number 1 comic book podcast. John was also featured on The Science Channel as an on-camera expert on the 8-part TV series, Prophets Of Science Fiction.



St. Louis-based cartoonist, editor, and professor. Cartoonist on the syndicated comic strip Heart Of The City, the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning GN Archival Quality, and is featured in short story anthologies such as Eisner- and Ignatz Award-winning Elements: Fire, Mine!, and Dead Beats. Launched and edited the popular RPG periodical Rolled & Told. Currently teaches cartooning at Webster University while editing titles from Mad Cave Studios.

Brian Stelfreeze


A multi-talented artist, with experience penciling, inking, coloring, painting, and writing. A founding member of Gaijin Studios. A prolific and acclaimed cover artist. Brian’s creative output can be found on BOOM! Studios’ Day Men, Marvel Comics’ Black Panther, and DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat. BOOM! Studios’ recently released The Signature Art of Brian Stelfreeze, a definitive look at his publishing career.

Steve Rotterdam kicks off 2021 Ringo Awards as Keynote Speaker

Steve Rotterdam, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for AfterShock Comics, honored the Ringo Awards as the 2021 keynote presenter at the event.

Steve’s career in marketing and creative leadership spans just over 40 years, having worked independently and as part of teams on behalf of numerous entertainment, publishing, toy, and consumer packaged goods brands – everything from Universal Pictures and DC Comics to Hasbro Games and Nabisco Brands. Steve currently oversees the implementation of all direct market and book trade activities, as well as strategic management and consumer promotion at AfterShock.

Leveraging the publisher’s marketplace dominance in horror, science fiction, crime noir, fantasy, and historical fiction, Steve developed and continues to manage AfterShock’s “Read Dangerously” campaign, a rallying cry not just for the company, but for the industry as a whole. Prior to joining AfterShock, Steve led Bonfire Agency, a marketing and communications agency he founded that remains devoted to helping consumer brands establish and deepen connections to consumers of comic culture.

At DC Comics, under the leadership of Paul Levitz, he served as SVP of Sales & Marketing, and was responsible for the strategic planning, program development, and sales of all integrated advertising, custom publishing, promotion and sponsorship initiatives across all imprints, both print and digital.

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