JCCC cartoonist nominated for national award

Kelsey Wroten's Sarcastic Animals
Kelsey Wroten has been nominated for an ACP Cartooning Award for her comic strip Sarcastic Animals.

Kelsey Wroten has been nominated a 2011 ACP Cartooning Award in the category of Best Comic Panel/Strip. Wroten’s strip Sarcastic Animals appears in the The Campus Ledger, the student paper of Johnson County Community College. The awards program is operated by the Associated Collegiate Press.

Wroten is one of five finalists for the award. Her strip was one of more than 200 entries that were submitted for consideration for the Cartooning Awards, which are co-sponsored by Kansas City’s Universal Uclick.

The winner will be announced at the 90th Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Orlando on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. Entries were accepted in two categories: Editorial Cartoon and Cartoon Panel/Strip. The entries were judged on reader impact, community importance, artistic quality, originality, and clarity of message.

Wroten also publishes her own comics and cartoons. You can check out her work at her website, jukeboxcomix.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter as @jukeboxcomix.

Jason Aaron’s Scalped nominated for Eisner Award

Eisner Awards logoThe nominations for one of the most respected awards in comics include a Kansas City creator. Writer Jason Aaron’s series Scalped has been nominated for an Eisner Award as Best Continuing Series.

“Big congrats to the whole Scalped crew,” Aaron wrote on his blog, “including all the artists who worked on the series last year, along with our usual culprits, including our long-suffering editors Will Dennis and Mark Doyle. If we win we’ll have to carve off chunks of the trophies for everybody to share.”

Jason Aaron, originally from Alabama, has lived in suburban Kansas City for several years. In addition to Scalped, he writes several series for Marvel Comics, including Wolverine, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, and PunisherMAX.

Scalped is an on-going crime comic book series published by Vertigo Comics. It is set on a fictional, modern day Indian reservation in South Dakota. The story centers on undercover FBI agent Dashiell Bad Horse and his interactions with tribal Chief Lincoln Red Crow.

The series has also been nominated for several other awards, including the Harvey awards and Spinetingler Awards.

Harvey Award nominations for Kansas City creators

Scalped: The Gravel in your Guts
Scalped writer Jason Aaron has been nominated for a Harvey Award.

Two Kansas City creators have been announced as nominees for the 2009 Harvey Awards.

Comic book writer Jason Aaron received two nods. His series  Scalped (Vertigo) is up for Best Continuing or Limited Series and Aaron himself is nominated in the Best Writer category.

Cartoonist Bill Amend’s comic strip Foxtrot is in the running for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel.

The Harvey Award winners  will be announced August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con. Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by comics creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field.