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Today is the day! After months of nominations, and many very worthy candidates, the finalists for the 2018 Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award have been selected from YOUR nominations!

Please join us in congratulating Victor Dandridge Jr, Dan Dougherty, Travis McIntire, and Dirk Manning on being selected as the four finalists for the 2018 Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award. These creators have been nominated by their peers and fans for their contributions to independent comics while continuing to produce their own work. Join us at the presentation ceremony on Saturday, May 26th, at the TENTH annual Cherry Capital Comic Con to find out who will ultimately be selected as this year’s recipient.

The Gary Reed Independent Creator of the Year Award showcases the best and brightest up-and-coming independent creators in comics. Gary Reed- comic writer, publisher, and mentor- spent his career supporting and giving a voice to independent creators through Caliber Comics in addition to creating his own prolific body of work through the Caliber imprint. Gary embodied the absolute best of what the comics industry is all about- creative and compelling storytelling, a breakneck work ethic, and the mindset that you always pay it forward and invest in the next generation of creators.

This award will be bestowed upon the creator that most espouses Gary’s spirit. In addition to creating comics of their own, either self-published or through small press publishers like Caliber, the recipient of this award will be someone who also encourages, lifts up, and helps other independent creators on their journey.

Who will be selected? Find out LIVE as 9&10 News, Northern Michigan CW 32, & 104.5 BOB FM present the TENTH annual Cherry Capital Comic Con, May 25-27, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa! Tickets available NOW through MyNorthTickets

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