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The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award

The Manning Award is given to comics artists whose work first appeared professionally (in a well-distributed publication) within the previous two years. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist on the comic book series Magnus Robot Fighter and the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips. Manning was a popular fixture at the San Diego Comic-Con (Now Comic-Con International) in the 1970s and a supporter of the West Coast Comics Club. The award was instituted after his death in 1982. The nominees are chosen by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the West Coast Comics Club and Comic-Con International.

1982

  • Dave Stevens *

1983

  • Jan Duursema *

1984

  • Steve Rude *

1985

  • Scott McCloud, Zot! *

1986

  • Art Adams *

1987

  • Eric Shanower *

1988

  • Kevin Maguire *

1989

  • Richard Piers Raynor *

1990

  • Dan Brereton *

1991

  • Daerick Gross *

1992

  • Mike Okamoto *

1993

  • Jeff Smith, Bone (Cartoon Books) *

1994

  • Gene Ha *

1995

  • Edvin Biukovic *

  • Rob Hanes Archives
  • Steve Leiber
  • Randy Reynaldo

1996

  • Alexander Maleev *

  • Mark Crilley, Akiko on the Planet Smoo

1997

  • Walt Holcomb *

  • Gary & Rhoda Shipman, Pakkins' Land

1998

  • Matt VanderPol, Life Quest *

1999

  • Jay Anceleto *

2000

  • Alan Bunce, ZZZ (self-published) *

2001

  • Marty Baumann (writer/artist, The Crater Kid, appearing in Astouding Space Thrills published by Image Comics)
  • Tone Rodriguez (penciller, Violent Messiahs, published by Image Comics/Hurricane Entertainment)
  • Goran Sudzuka (penciller/inker/co-creator--with Jamie Delano--Outlaw Nation, published by DC/Vertigo) *

  • Alex Szewczuk (artist, Sleeping Dragons, published by Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics)
  • Francisco Ruiz Velasco (creator/writer/artist, Battle Gods: Warriors of the Chaak, published by Dark Horse Comics)

2002

  • Tan Eng Huat (Doom Patrol, published by DC) *

2003

  • Jerome Opeña ("Lone," in Rocket Comics, published by Dark Horse) *

2004

  • Eric Wight (artist, "The Passing of the Key," in Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #1) *

2005

  • Chris Bailey (writer/artist of Major Damage, published by Sky Dog) *

2006

  • R. Kikuo Johnson (writer/artist of Night Fisher, published by Fantagraphics) *

Other nominees, years unknown

  • Ted Naifeh
  • Stan Sakai