IDW Honored with Five Reuben Award and Ten Ringo Award Nominations

IDW Honored with Five Reuben Award and Ten Ringo Award Nominations

The Industry Recognizes the Skill and Imagination of Beloved Creators, Including an Award Category Completely Populated by IDW Cartoonists

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 26, 2021) – In a week of thrilling industry awards news, IDW was honored with fifteen combined nominations for the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Division Awards and Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards.

A particular highlight of the recent award news is the revelation that Brahm RevelStan Sakai, and Walter Simonson claimed all three nominations in the Comic Books category of the Reuben Division Awards for their work on titles published by IDW. In another tribute to IDW’s talented creative partners, two of the three nominations in the Graphic Novels category went to IDW cartoonists, as well.

For this year’s Ringo Awards, five IDW titles received recognition from their jury of industry luminaries, while an additional five nods were directed towards individual comics professionals whose creative achievements during 2020 include IDW publications.

Of particular note, Stan Sakai’s new Ringo and Reuben Division Award nominations follow hot on the heels of two Eisner Award wins (“Best Continuing Series” for the monthly Usagi Yojimbo comic book and “Best Letterer” for Sakai’s skillful draftsmanship).

Nachie Marsham, IDW’s publisher, says, “We would like to extend our hearty congratulations to each of the massively talented creators who have been deservedly recognized for their passion, hard work, and artistry by the Ringo and Reuben organizations. It’s our supreme honor and pleasure to work with each of you, and we wish you the best of luck!”


Founded in 1946, the National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. Each year, during the NCS Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, the Society awards the profession’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, and additional awards for categories including Comic Books and Graphic Novels, among others.

For this year’s 75th Annual NCS Reuben Awards, the following creators were nominated for the Reuben Division Award in the Comic Books category. These three creators comprise the entire list of potential recipients, a clean sweep for IDW Publishing.

  • Brahm Revel for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika
  • Stan Sakai for Usagi Yojimbo
  • Walter Simonson for Ragnarök: The Breaking of Helheim

In the Graphic Novel category, two IDW creators were nominated (out of the three total contenders):

  • Jared Cullum for Kodi
  • Thibault Balahy for Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band

Nominations are selected by a jury based on submissions from industry peers, with final winners being selected by the secret ballot of NCS members.


Celebrated annually in honor of cherished writer/artist Mike Wieringo, the Ringo Awards recognizes the creativity, skill, and fun of comic books. Nominations reflecting publications from the previous year are determined by a panel of industry professionals from submissions offered by fans and pros alike.

Five IDW projects were nominated for Ringo Awards in the following categories:

  • Best Series: Usagi Yojimbo
  • Best Anthology: Be Gay, Do Comics
  • Best Anthology: Hey, Amateur! Go From Novice to Nailing It in 9 Panels
  • Best Humor Comic: Love and Capes: The Family Way
  • Best Presentation in Design: Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition

Additionally, five creators whose work in 2020 was exclusively or in part featured in IDW publications were nominated in the following categories:

  • Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • Best Letterer: Deron Bennett (Canto & The Clockwork FairiesCanto II: The Hollow Men)
  • Best Cover Artist: Peach Momoko (The Crow: LetheRead Only MemoriesUsagi Yojimbo: Wanderer’s Road)
  • Best Cover Artist: Kevin O’Neill (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen IV: The Tempest)
  • Best Colorist: Laura Allred (Hey, Amateur! Go From Novice to Nailing It in 9 Panels)

Voting on the final nominations are open to all comic creative professionals at the official Ringo Awards website. IDW encourages eligible voters everywhere to log in and make your voice heard!

IDW Publishing would like to thank the judges and voters for this year’s awards and are honored to be included among such stellar competition.

To acquire copies of IDW Publishing’s nominated comic book and graphic novel releases, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you. Graphic novels are also available for order via bookstores, online booksellers, and digital platforms.


Be Gay, Do Comics
          •   FC          •   $24.99 US / $33.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-777-1

Canto Vol. 1: If I Only Had a Heart
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-621-7
Canto Vol. 2: The Hollow Men
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-800-6

The Crow: Lethe
          •   FC          •   $17.99 US / $23.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-712-2

Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition
          •   FC          •   $125.00 US / $163.00 CAN        •   ISBN 978-1-68405-701-6

Hey, Amateur! Go From Novice to Nailing It in 9 Panels
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-766-5

          •   FC          •   $14.99 US / $19.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-60309-486-3

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen IV: The Tempest
          •   FC          •   $29.99 US / $39.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-60309-456-6

Love and Capes: The Family Way
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-614-9

Ragnarök Vol. 1: Last God Standing
          •   FC          •   $24.99 US / $33.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-63140-068-1
Ragnarök Vol. 2: Lord of the Dead
          •   FC          •   $24.99 US / $33.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-63140-883-0
Ragnarök Vol. 3: The Breaking of Helheim
          •   FC          •   $24.99 US / $33.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-713-9

Read Only Memories
          •   FC          •   $17.99 US / $23.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-679-8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika
          •   FC          •   $17.99 US / $23.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-716-0
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-832-7

Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1: Bunraku and Other Stories
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-657-6
Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2: Homecoming
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-802-0

Usagi Yojimbo Origins Vol. 1: Samurai
          •   FC          •   $24.99 US / $33.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-740-5
Usagi Yojimbo Origins Vol. 2: Wanderer’s Road
          •   FC          •   $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN           •   ISBN 978-1-68405-843-3

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