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The Ringo Awards Committee has announced the addition of Katie Cook to the 2018 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards ceremony as the Keynote Address speaker!

Cook is a comic artist and writer that has been in the industry for a while. She is the creator of the comic Nothing Special on Line Webtoon, an all-ages adventure about a girl, a boy with fairy wings, and a dead Radish. Cook also wrote and drew the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story, which sees a little green creature leave the monster world behind and set of on an epic journey.

In mainstream comics, Katie has carved out quite the little gallery of titles she’s worked on. A little over here at IDW, a little over there at LucasFilm Press, drawing a cover for Sex Criminals, and working on the Spider-Man title. Cook spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and has also done projects with Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and more. She’s also illustrated several Star Wars children’s books for Disney LucasFilm Press, and created artwork for the Disney Wonderground Gallery. 

“Mike Wieringo once said, ‘I just try to keep things fun. I like to do fun comics’ and that’s the attitude that I love in comics,” said Cook. “It’s my own goal as well... Comics are so many things to so many people, but for me, they are fun. I am thrilled that I was asked to be a part of the Ringo Awards this year as the Keynote speaker, and I hope to get a chance to talk about the things I love in this industry that are bright and wonderful to me and make you to sit in a room and listen to me talk about them. I swear, if I see you get up during it to sneak to the bar, I will call you out - just try me Andy Price. Also, polite applause is mandatory.”

“Katie was my first and only choice to be our Keynote speaker this year,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “She’s witty and entertaining, and I’m sure will give a great speech.”

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards will be presented at the Ringo Awards Banquet and Ceremony in conjunction with the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con on the evening of Saturday, September 29. The final ballot is now open to comic book creative professionals to submit their votes. 

A limited number of tickets are available to the public to attend the Banquet and Award Ceremony and spend a fun evening, share a drink, and enjoy a meal with the comic book professional community. Ringo Awards tickets include a full cocktail hour (cash bar), a full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore crab cake), the awards ceremony, and a gift bag, and are now available for $125.