The Shel Dorf Awards are in honor of Shel Dorf who helped to create the comic conventions we love today. He started in Detroit with Triple Fan Fair before moving to San Diego to help launch what is known as San Diego Comic Con today. After the first year of only special presentations, each year, fans vote for their favorite titles and creators and the awards are presented during the Detroit Fanfare, usually held in the fall in Dearborn, MI.
The awards honor creators in many categories but also honor those who help keep fandom alive such as Favorite Blogger and the special Jerry Bails Comic Book Fandom award—-For Excellence in the Pursuit of the Essence of Comic Fandom.
Other Special Awards include the Torch Bearer’s Award for life achievement in preserving the spirit of comics forward.
The Shel Dorf Legacy Award is given to those who helped shape the industry through a lifetime of innovation and work.