The Glyph Comics Awards (GCA) Committee, in partnership with the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), has officially named Pamela Thomas the new chair of the committee. She replaces original chair and GCA founder Rich Watson and will run the awards program.
Thomas, a.k.a. “Sista ToFunky,” is the curator of the online website The Museum of Uncut Funk (www.museumofuncutfunk.com), a Black pop culture site and blog with an emphasis on the 1970s.
“We’re very fortunate to have found someone not only willing to carry the torch for us, but someone who has a deep and abiding love and appreciation for Black pop culture in general,” says Watson in a statement. “With our support, we believe Pam is the one who can not only keep the GCAs going, but to take it to the next level.”
A former art gallery owner and current college professor, Thomas maintains a large collection of Black memorabilia from the 1970s, including movie posters, animation cels and comic books. Her posters have been written about in several magazines, including King and Savoy, and they have been featured on Black Entertainment Television. This past January, she debuted her traveling animation exhibition, “Funky Turns Forty: Black Character Revolution,” at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh.
The 2013 GCA season will begin next month when the open call for submissions will be announced. At this time, comics publishers from around the industry will be invited to submit their work for consideration in the 2013 awards.
For more updates, head over to www.ecbacc.com.