THE 2004

BLACK RIVER DIGITAL

NEW ZEALAND COMICS AWARDS



Works from the 2003 calender year,
by New Zealanders or created in New Zealand were eligible for nomination.
Finalists decided by votes cast on the BRD mailing list
The winners in each category decided by the following the following panel

Elizabeth Knox (writer, comics aficionado - Wtgn)
Chris Knox (polymath, comics aficionado - Auck)
Trace Hodgson (cartoonist/comic book artist - Nelson)
Chris Slane (cartoonist/comic book artist - Auck)
Colin Wilson (comic book artist - Melbourne/NZ/France)



 F I N A L I S T S


 WINNER

 PRIZE


 B E S T   C O M I C
Awarded to the best comic book produced in NZ or by a NZer living overseas
    

Tim Kidd - 'Lucky Sparrow' 3
Toby Morris - 'Pirate Technics'
Ant Sang - 'Dharma Punks' 8
Karl Wills - 'Jessica of The Schoolyard'

Ant Sang


 'Dharma Punks' 8

Staedtler $200 voucher,

Gotham Comics
$100 voucher,
plus 1 copy of
'Understanding Comics'


 B E S T   A N T H O L O G Y
Awarded to the best comic book featuring stories from more than one creator


Clayton Noone and Stefan Neville - 'City of Tales: Pipis',
Darren Schroeder (ed.) and various -'Funtime Comics'
Cornelius Stone & Roger Langridge and various - 'No More Mrs Nice Nun'


Clayton Noone
and Stefan Neville
'City of Tales: Pipis'

Gordon Harris $200
voucher for materials

 B E S T   S H O R T   P I E C E
Awarded to the best comic story in an anthology or other publication

Tim Kidd - 'At Home with the Rabbits', Pavement Magazine
Tim Kidd/Sophie McMillan' - David Black', FoxyMoron Magazine
Various - 'Funtime comics awards', Funtime #19
Karl Wills - 'Doctor Dog M.D., Huichan goes to the zoo,
 - The Iggy Organ Experience &
 - Smelly Harry The homeless Bum', Pavement Magazine

Tim Kidd
 'At Home with the Rabbits'
Pavement Magazine


Comics Compulsion
$100 voucher




 T O N Y   G I B S O N   A W A R D
For a work deserving of special mention
Tony Gibson was the proprietor of Gotham Comics in Auckland.
A long time supporter of NZ comix, he passed away unexpectedly in 2001

Jared Lane - 'Progress' 3
Toby Morris - 'Pirate Technics'
Ant Sang - 'Dharma Punks'
Darren Schroeder (ed.) and various -'Funtime Comics'
Cornelius Stone & Roger Langridge and various - 'No More Mrs Nice Nun'

Cornelius Stone
and Roger Langridge
 and various
'No More Mrs Nice Nun'

Gotham Comics
$100 voucher,
plus 1 copy of
'Understanding Comics'

 B E S T   S T R I P 
Awarded to the best published comic strip in NZ or by a NZer living overseas

Not awarded in 2003
NA
NA


B E S T D E S I G N
Acknowledging novel and original formats, layout and design

Tim Kidd - (Egg cover) mini comics series
D. Raw - 'Clutter',
Ant Sang - 'Dharma Punks'
Various - 'The Case of the Big Pink Lighthouse', Funtime
Karl Wills - 'Jessica vs. Megapotomus'

Karl Wills
'Jessica vs. Megapotomus'
Staedtler
$200 voucher

PAVEMENT

 D E B U T   P R I Z E
For new talent making waves in 2003

Angus Deacon - 'Eulogy'
Robyn E. Kenealy' - Influenza in Wellington'
D.Raw - 'Clutter'
G.C.R. - 'Bip.Bip'
Clive Townsend - 'Comic Strippers'

G.C.R
 'Bip.Bip'
PAVEMENT T-shirt,
subscription,
and comic in Pavement



 B E S T   C O M I C S   W E B S I T E
Awarded to the best comic appearing on the world wide web or NZ comic-related Website

http://brunswick.keenspace.com
http://www.comicbookfactory.net
http://comics.org.nz
http://www.hotelfred.com
http://www.mattait.com
http://www.moonrocket.co.nz

Matt Tait

www.mattait.com
The Package
publicity/space/your artwork
in national publication
(Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin)

The results were announced at the 2004 Auckland Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo at a ceremony attended by many of the nominees and finalists. 
In addition to the prizes, appropriate award trophies made by Dylan Horrocks were also presented to the winners. (photographic evidence unavailable as yet)
Following the presentations a panel of winning cartoonists answered questions from the floor. The 2004 Awards would not have been the success they were without the hard work of Tim Bollinger.

CONGRATULATIONS everyone involved for helping to make the Black River Digital Comics Awards (or Erics) 2004 a success.  Its great to be able to recognise the hard work put in by the NZ comics community in this way.  The many excellent comics that didn't make the final cut are evidence of the difficult job faced by the panel and the high standards of expression and craft being achieved the length of the country.  Nominees, finalists and winners, we salute you.

Lars Cawley and Tim Bollinger
For the BRD Awards Team