Disclosure: The author has just been selected as one of the nominee judges.
In an effort to increase the amount of creator-owned work eligible for the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards, the board of the Stumptown Comics Fest have extended the submission date to March 31. Any work published after April 2012 may be submitted for review, and must be received by the end of the month..
The award, which in 2011 changed names from the tongue-in-cheek "Trophy Awards," celebrated independent comic work in a variety of categories. This year's awards will be include Best Artist, Best Writer, Best Cartoonist, Best Letterer, Best Colorist, Best Publication Design, Best Small Press, Best Anthology, and Best New Talent.
New to the categories will be Best Webcomic, a format which is often overlooked when speaking about the comic art form. With so many webcomics gaining popularity as well as publishing deals, it makes sense to recognize them as a force in the art form.
Digital comics, which have also become a major player in the comics world, are also eligible for inclusion. The rise of all-digital publishers such as Portland's Monkeybrain Comics means that there are new books which are only available in ones and zeroes, and these should not be overlooked.
The final nominees will be chosen by a jury of comics industry professionals and voted on by the public via the Stumptown Comics Fest website. The Awards will likely be announced at the Fest's Saturday After-Party on April 27th, and additional details will be provided as they become available.