Whereas a trio of awards had been handed out at Friday night time’s opening reception for this 12 months’s Cartoon Crossroads Columbus competition, one prize remained. On the expo ground yesterday the Rising Expertise Prize was awarded by Bone creator and CXC Creative Director Jeff Smith to cartoonist Victoria Douglas.
As CXC describes it, the Rising Expertise Prize “acknowledges creative accomplishment, potential development, and the individuality of a cartoonist’s achievements early of their profession.” Together with a prize plaque, the creator additionally receives a $7,500, no-strings-attached honoraria to do with as they’ll.
Victoria Douglas (they/them) is the cartoonist behind such books as Cinnamon and Templar Vitae. In accepting the prize, Douglas described strolling into CXC in 2018 by chance, having come to the library to check. There they met Nate Powell, and between speaking to him and experiencing the competition Douglas determined to pursue cartooning. The Central Ohio native stated that CXC has modified their life, and praised the comics group in Columbus for being so welcoming, supportive, and passionate.
Earlier CXC Rising Expertise Prize winners embrace Katie Skelly, Ok Czap, Kat Fajardo, Keren Katz, Carta Monir, Gabby Metzler, and Robyn Smith.
You possibly can try Victoria Douglas’s work on their web site. Congratulations to Douglas on a prize well-deserved.