Comic-Con International has announced that Annie Koyama and her Koyama Provides grant program for comics creators will receive the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award this year. According to CCI, Koyama has awarded around 90 grants to artists, with an expected $300,000 to be given out by the end of this year.
If you follow Koyama Provides on Instagram, you can see the long list of creators who have benefited from her grants. Most recently, she presented $1,500 to Sammy the Mouse creator Zack Sally:
It’s been a few years since Koyama stopped actively publishing graphic novels through her well-respected publishing company, Koyama Press, but through her grant work she continues to give new and veteran creators the ability to pursue their craft. This award is well-deserved.
Named for Beany and Cecil creator Bob Clampett, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award is given out annually as part of the Eisner Award ceremony each year. This year’s awards will be presented the evening of July 22.