Marvel’s Star Wars title Doctor Aphra won the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the 31st Annual GLADD Media Awards.
Current writer Simon Spurrier accepted the award at the virtual event in the video below.
Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra was created by Kieron Gillen and made her debut in Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 in 2016. The free-spirited, resourceful explorer quickly became a fan favorite and received her own solo series in 2017. Gillen handled writing chores on the title before passing the torch to Spurrier in issue #20. The original series ran for 40 issues (along with three annuals) and a new series by writer Alyssa Wong and artist Marika Cresta just started this past June with a new number one issue.
Gillen spoke to Conskipper at last year’s New York Comic Con and discussed the character’s popularity saying that “Of all the things I’ve done, Aphra is a Star Wars book with a very different character as a lead. When you’re writing a Star Wars book, you know people are coming for Star Wars, so you introducing a character that you’ve made up, it always feels presumptuous. People reading Darth Vader might be thinking why should we be interested in this random woman? But the response to her was a tremendous compliment and it is probably one of the top five moments in my career, and it went much better than I thought it would, not that I have a list!”
A number of artists worked on the title, including Kev Walker, Antonio Fabela, Joe Caramagna, Kamome Shirahama, Salvador Larroca, and Edgar Delgado.
Conskipper would like to congratulate the entire creative team for achieving this honor.
If you are interested in reading the entire interview with Gillen, please click here.