The Sequential Magazine Awards are a hybrid juried and fan voted awards program with the goal of promoting and celebrating the best independent comic books made by Canadians. This year, three creators from Prince Edward Island have been nominated for awards.
Comic book fans can submit their votes until February 28 at sequentialpulp.ca/sequential-magazine-awards.
Best Graphic Novel
Brenda Hickey has been drawing and making comics for as long as she can remember. Her first professional credit was in 2013 with IDW publishing’s My Little Pony Micro Series: Applejack. From there she lent her art to many areas of the My Little Pony comic franchise. 2018 saw the publication of Ward’s Valley through Top Shelf Publishing, an original graphic novel written by Bobby Cunrow and illustrated by Brenda.
Hickey’s book The Halls of the Turnip King (nominated for Best Graphic Novel) centres around Prince Tatian, who would rather be at home playing video games than heading off on a diplomatic mission to the Dwarven Mines. Impatient and in way over his head, he fumbles along in the hopes of getting out as quickly as possible. But of course nothing ever works smoothly, especially when the prince and his entourage aren’t much smarter than a basket of turnips.
Brenda shares an in-home studio with her husband, comic creator Troy Little. Together the couple have founded Pegamoose Press as a way to publish their creator-owned books.
Sandy Carruthers is probably best known for being the artist for The Men in Black—a comic book series that came out in 1980 and became the Hollywood blockbuster MIB. He also did a series of graphic novels for Lerner Publishing, as well as worked on Captain Canuck. He was part of the Charlton Neo revival initiative with writers Roger MacKenzie and Paul Kupperberg and is currently publishing his own comics through SANDSTONE COMICS—an Atlantic Canadian house based on PEI that publishes works such as CENTURY MAN, Leap Frog and Dark| SANCTUARY (with writer DA Stewart).
Troy Little spent many years working in animation before shifting his focus full-time to comics. He’s written and illustrated The Powerpuff Girls, Rick & Morty VS Dungeons and Dragons, adapted Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Kevin Eastman’s Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls as well as his own books, Chiaroscuro, Angora Napkin / Harvest of Revenge, and Angora Napkin: The Golden McGuffin. Little has been twice nominated for an Eisner Award as well as the Harvey and Ringo Awards.