Sunday, 7 March 2010


The following is the list of nominees in the 2010 Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards ("The Erics"). The Erics recognize excellence in the New Zealand comics community, and the following nominees are all deserving of accolades!

Best Comic
The Inhabitants by The Sheehan Bros
The Tangled Garden by Draw
Love Stories by Mat Tait
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
Book by Hayden Currie, James Rowsell and Matt Henley

Best Strip
Western Park by Tim Kidd,
Thumbscrew Theatre by Brent Willis, Salient 2007
Tim Bollinger's recurring series in White Fungus magazine
Jitterati by Grant Buist,
Desert Funnies by Grant Buist,

Best Anthology
Bristle (ed. Brent Willis)
Radio as Paper (ed. Jerome Bihan)
Pictozine II (ed. Dave Bradbury)
Book (eds. Hayden Currie, James Rowsell, Matt Henley)

Best Webcomic
I Fight Crime, by Tara Black and Richard Fairgray,
Tiny Kitten Teeth, by Frank and Becky,
Drawing Silence, by Draw,
Guzumzo Comics, by M. Emery,
How to Understand Everything and not hate yourself,

Best art
The Inhabitants, art by Darren Sheenan
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
Chicks with Knives by Claire Harris
Utopia Now Vol.1 by Margaret Silverwood
Love Stories by Mat Tait

Best Writing
Passion of the Gimps by Clive Townsend & Brent Willis
The Inhabitants writing by Kelly Sheenan
Omnisexual by Robbie Neilson
The Garden by Draw

Best Debut
Book by Hayden Currie, James Rowsell and Matt Henley
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
G33K by Renee Lyons
Skate Rat by Theo MacDonald
Girls can Really Fuck You in the Head by Elliot Stewart

Best short piece
Under the Bed by Tim Molloy (Single issue)
The Adventures of Happy Satan by Ari Freeman (Bristle #2)
Super Camel by Claire Harris (Bristle #1)
Commuters by Brent Willis (Bristle #1)

Categories Best Comics Related Website and Best Distribution will be decided based on popular vote.


The Erics ceremony will be held on Saturday 3rd April at 7:30pm, hosted by Nic Sando. The evening will feature a interview with NZ cartoonist Burton Silver, of 'Bogor' fame.

This year, judging responsibilities will be shared between Roberta Gregory, (American author of ‘Bitchy Bitch’,) Andrei Molotiu,( editor and publisher at Fantagraphic Comics,) New Zealand Writer Elizabeth Knox, Ant Sang, (of ‘Dharma Punks’ and ‘Bro’ Town’,) Cornelius Stone, (probably best known for ‘Knuckles the Malevolent Nun’,) Claire Brunette, (one of the co-ordinators of the Wellington City Library Small Press collection,) Australian cartoonist and organiser David Blumenstein, and New Zealand’s pre-eminent comics historian, Tim Bollinger.

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