SOME FIFTEEN YEARS after Carla Speed McNeil announced her presence with top “new talent” awards, she and her sci-fi series Finder continue to impress the judges.


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Over the weekend, McNeil won two awards — including Best Cartoonist — at the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards in Portland. The author and webcomic creator also won for Best Letterer, for ”Finder: Talisman.”

“I’m thrilled to receive the awards, but sorry to have missed the party,” McNeil tells Comic Riffs, noting that she instead stayed home in Bowie, Md., to ink a project. “Stumptown is one of the very best!”

McNeil’s previous honors have included the Eisner, the Ignatz (SPX) and the Lulu, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Also picking up twin awards was “Blacksad: A Silent Hell,” for Best Artist (Juanjo Guarnido) and Best Publication Design (Cary


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Grazzini); and Kory Bing (“Skin Deep: Exchanges”), who was named Best New Talent and Best Colorist.

Elsewhere, Leia Weathington (“The Legend of Bold Riley”) won for Best Writer; Evan Dahm’s Vattu for Best Webcomic; “Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well on Less” (C. Spike Trotman and Diana Nock) for Best Small Press; and Iron Circus Comics’s “Smut Peddler” for Best Anthology.

E.K. Weaver for the Readers’ Choice Award.

At the 10th annual Stumptown Comics Fest, the public voted on nominees selected by industry professionals.