The 2017 Golden Issue Award for Best Indie Comic

As 2017 draws to a close it’s time to reflect on a year filled with great entertainment and recall what stood out and what will stay with us. This year everyone on the team came together to nominate our favorite creators and creations in the worlds of comics, television, movies, and anime, then voted on five finalists in every category. The results are in and they reflect some outstanding talent and a truly great year for pop culture.

In addition to the many comics coming from Marvel and DC, we reserved a category where the “Big Two” were not allowed. This is a place for independent publications, creator-owned comics, and superhero stories from smaller publishers. That’s still a big section of comics today and the competition shows within our list of nominees. All of those different aspects of the industry were reflected in a set of series that highlight the immense variety of stories and talents on display today, but only one could be the best of 2017.

And the winner of Best Indie Comic is…


Saga, created by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples!

2017 could be called a return to form for Saga, but this series never really lost its way. Instead it continues to find new directions that challenge both its creative team and readers. Saga both concluded its biggest event, “The War For Phang”, and entered the most personal story arc of the series yet. The big moments soared and the decompression to follow was absolutely necessary. Throughout it all the series continued to focus on significant themes, addressing issues like refugees, proxy wars, and abortion through its character-focused lens. Even after five years, Saga still feels like the comic we need and it’s definitely the comic we want.

The list of nominees in this category speaks to the consistent quality found within the pages of Saga. Both COPRA and Seven To Eternity are bound to top lists of best indie and creator-owned comics, and and X-O Manowar and Secret Weapons continued to show Valiant as a great publisher of superhero stories. This is one category where anyone could say it was simply an honor to be nominated.


Be sure to come back and check out the rest of the winners as they are announced throughout the week, then share your own favorite picks from 2017 in the comments.

List of Nominees:

  • Saga [WINNER]
  • Seven To Eternity
  • X-O Manowar
  • Secret Weapons