- Festival Award
- Voting is open only to attendees of a particular convention or
festival, with the winner announced toward the end of the convention.
Voting tends to reflect the particular gestalt of the convention and the
days it takes place. Most festival awards are also nominated awards.
- Graphic Novel (GN)
- Generally, any self-contained story in a single binding that uses a
comic book-like page layout. In the comic book industry, the term is
sometimes used to refer only to self-contained stories of 48 or more
pages that has not been previously published serially. (The minimum page
count varies; 64, 72, and 96 pages are other popular cut-off points.)
- Nominated Award
- The preparation process for these awards involves the
selection of a brief list of nominees (usually three, four or five) for
each category. The selection is usually done either by a panel of judges
or by an open ballot. Because of this selection process, just being
nominated may be an honor.
- Poll Award
- These awards do not involve a true nominations process. The ballot
usually includes just a list of the various categories or a list of
suggested "nominations"; voters may write in a vote for anyone or anything
that is eligible according to the criteria of the category. Thus, while
winning is still important, anyone who receives a significant number of
votes may still feel honored. Also, the wide range of individual tastes
tends to lead to exponentially more "nominees" listed, especially in the
single-vote range. Some poll awards are actually nomination-poll hybrids
in that they have some sort of nominations process, but also allow
write-in votes for anyone or anything that is eligible.
- Selected Award
- The winner of the award is selected by a panel of judges from a pool
of everyone or everything that is eligible. The preparation process is
usually kept secret, so that no one outside of the judging panel is
certain who is even in the running until the winner is announced.
- Trade Paperback (TPB)
- In the publishing industry, any paper-bound book which is larger than
a standard mass-market paperback. In the comic book industry, the term is
usually applied solely to paperback collections of serially published
comic books, regardless of size.
How to say "Comic book" in other languages
English: Comic book, Comics
French: Bande Dessinée, BD
German: Comicheft, Comics, BD
Spanish: Historia, Historieta