Creators Workshop member and course alumnus Frank Gogol‘s Grief is a 2019 Ringo Award nominee in the Best Anthology category! His compatriots include artists Nenad Cvitcanin, Kim Holm, Ryan Foust, Bethany Varni, Jey Soliva; colorists Luca Bulgheroni, Esther P. Gil-Munilla, Emily Elmer; letterer Sean Reinhart; and cover artist Dani Martins.

“It’s pretty surreal [to be nominated], actually. It’s incredibly gratifying and humbling to be nominated,” Frank says.

“But at the same time, it doesn’t feel like it’s real. Once a week since the nomination, I’ve had my partner, Catherine, slap to me in the face to see if I’m dreaming.”

He’s up against other familiar names to Comics Experience friends and fans, too! All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World contains stories from our own Paul Allor as well as Creators Workshop member and alum Rich Douek. Luckily, the competition is a friendly one… we hope…

Frank says, “I found out when a fellow creator, Eric Palicki, reached out to congratulate me. Eric–who edited All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, which is also nominated for Best Anthology–is, of course, now my mortal enemy.”

Oh… oh dear… well, we definitely hope everyone stays friends! Frank seems to be taking things better than his throwdown would attest, of course.

“I’m very honored to even be being considered alongside books that industry veterans, like Shelly Bond, worked on,” he says. “The category is absolutely stacked with talent. So if Grief wins, more than likely, I’ll be celebrating in a state of complete disbelief. Honestly, I’d probably call for a recount.”

Ringo Award winners will be announced at Baltimore Comic-Con on October 19! Good luck to all the nominees and thanks to Frank for speaking with us!