Celebrating the best
data comic storytellers.

At Gramener we believe in the power of telling stories from data through comics. Comicgen - the open source comic library is our gift for the community to enjoy the experience of creating data comic stories. And now it's time to celebrate the best data comic storytellers.

This year's Data Comicgen Awards rewards the best data comic stories created in Google Sheets using Comicgen. The dataset for the challenge has been released and we are now accepting submissions. The last date for submissions is August 26th, 2021, 1:30 PM EDT. The deadline has been extended. The last date for submissions is September 2nd, 2021, 1:30 PM EDT.


What does humanity worry about? What do people in different regions of the world perceive as risks? What are people's experiences of risks? Worry and Risks - That's the theme of the dataset for the Data Comicgen Awards 2021. The aggregated countrywise data is from the Lloyd's Register Foundation World Risk Poll.

Download the data

Note: We only use the aggregated countrywise data for the competition. Data is available at a respondent level in the source site, but is not being used for this competition.

Data Source:

All eligible entries shall be displayed in our online entry showcase. Winners & Runners-up receive cash prizes and e-certificates.

  • Winner:  $350
  • First Runner-up: $250
  • Second Runner-up:  $200

Contest Brief

The objective is to create a data comic story in Google Sheets using Comicgen V1. Here's a tutorial on how to use Comicgen in Google Sheets.


The contest is open to everyone across all countries, except for employees of Gramener.

Entry format

The output shall be a google sheet link with full access given to comicgen.awards@gramener.com.

About the entry
  • Participants shall only use the data set provided.
  • All comic characters must be from Comicgen V1.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • The Google Sheet workbook must contain proof of analysis.
  • By entering this contest, participants warrant that their entries do not infringe the rights of any third party and that their work is original.
  • Citation must be provided for any references.
Team size
  • Entries can be from an individual or from a team of 2.
  • Incase of a team submission, all team members' names, email IDs must be shared via the submission form. Each individual or team may submit only one entry.
Mode of submission
  • All entries must be submitted via the submission form along with complete name, email IDs, Twitter and LinkedIn handles of all the participants.
  • By submitting, the participants give us their permission to share their work & name on our social media platforms.
Deadline for submission
  • All entries must be submitted via the submission form by 1:30 PM EDT on Thursday 26th August 2021. The deadline has been extended. Please submit your entry by September 2nd, 2021, 1:30 PM EDT.
  • Any changes to the entries post the submission deadline shall not be accepted.
Entry Fee
  • Entry to the contest is free
Other queries
  • For any queries or clarifications about the contest, reach out to comicgen.awards@gramener.com

Uniqueness & Creativity

The author has used their imagination to craft an original idea & has made creative use of the space.

Clarity of Message

The data comic adheres to the theme, is easy to understand and to the point.

Visual & Textual Aesthetics

The data comic is well organised & visually appealing. The author has given attention to details such as readability & legibility, spellings & grammar.

Storylining & Script

The script is engaging and makes use of conversational dialogues. The selection of characters & relevant emotions complement the dialogues.

Data Visualisation Principles

The author has efficiently used charts in illuminating the message.

  • August 5th, 2021: Dataset for the challenge is revealed
  • August 26th, 2021: Deadline for submission
  • September 2nd, 2021: Extended deadline
  • October 1st, 2021: Showcase of entries
  • October 8th, 2021: Longlist is revealed
  • October 15th, 2021: Shortlist is revealed
  • October 22nd, 2021: Results are announced



Alli Torban is an Information Design Consultant based in Washington, D.C., and host of the podcast Data Viz Today. She specializes in designing data visualizations for industry experts to help get their work seen and understood by a wider audience. She enjoys creating whimsical patterns and spending time with her husband and two daughters.


Duncan Geere is an information designer based in Helsingborg, Sweden, interested in climate and the environment. He works to communicate complex, nuanced information to a wider audience for clients like Information is Beautiful, Conservation International, the Gates Foundation, and Project Drawdown. He currently works part-time for the climate charity Possible, and he's also a generative artist and musician.


Gurman Bhatia is an independent award-winning graphics and data journalist who covers the news with code, data and design. For the past seven years she has been using data and visuals to craft narratives at local, national and international news outlets such as Reuters, Hindustan Times and The Palm Beach Post. Her work has won several awards internationally, including the Online News Association Awards, Malofiej Infographic Summit Awards, The Webby Awards and GEN Data Journalism Awards.


Kat is the founder of Rogue Penguin, a data storytelling company in New Zealand. She is highly sought-after for her ability to apply design and communication principles to data visualisation projects, making insights more accessible. With a background in analytical modelling, Kat understands the complexities of working with data insights. A degree in digital design enables her to use multiple mediums (such as presentations, data visualisations, animations, and dashboards) to help businesses tell their data stories.