Gary Reed Award.

The Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award.


Award Criteria

Gary ReedThe Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award showcases the best and brightest up-and-coming independent creators in comics. 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.

Nomination submissions are currently closed. The Finalist Selection Committee is currently reviewing all submissions. Finalists will be announced on this page, as well as our Facebook page, in early May 2017. The first ever Gary Reed Award recipient will be announced Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Cherry Capital Comic Con.

2017 Finalists

Check back in early May for this year’s finalists!