2014 Doug Wright award nominees

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The nominees for the 2014 Doug Wright Awards have been announced, honoring the best in Canadian cartoonists past and present. The awards will be presented in what is sure to be a gala evening at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 10/ To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a commemorative book is […]

Kanigher, Mantlo and Mendelsohn win the Finger Award for 2014

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In a break with tradition, two living authors have been given the 2014 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing for 2014, but since the committee just couldn’t decide who are we to judge? The winners for this year’s award—which recognizes underappreciated comics writers, one living and one deceased—have been awarded to the […]

March comes in like a lion wins Tezuka Prize top award

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The 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes, given out to notable manga, were announced yesterday. he grand prize went to March comes in like a lion by Chica Umino. The story is described thusly: The story of the manga follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes […]

Awards Deadlines Ahoy: The Eisners and the Ignatzes

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A couple of awards season notes. * Monday March 17 is the deadline for Eisner Award submissions! Don’t drink too much Guinness and forget. Details available here. * Ignatz Award submissions are open! The deadline is June 7th. And here are the rules: Submissions are open to all independent creators and publishers; you do not […]

Taiyo Matsumoto and Emily Carroll win the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize

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Jen Sorensen wins the Herblock Prize

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Jen Sorenson has become the first woman to win the Herblock Prize, awarded each year to an editorial cartoonist “to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression.” Along with the praise, it offers a $15,000 prize. Sorenson’s Slowpoke […]

ComicsPRO 2014: Eric Stephenson and Julius Schwartz win Industry Appreciation Awards

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The 2014 ComicsPRO meeting wrapped up on Saturday and retailer/reporter Matt Price has, as always, a fine recap of what went on. Among the doings, Image publisher ERic Stephenson won the Industry Appreciation Award, which is a leetle ironic since most of the industry definitely DID NOT appreciate much of what he said in his […]

The nerdiest and weirdest moments at the Oscars

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Well, the 2014 Oscars are history and the offensive Seth MacFarlane hosting era has been replaced by the bland Ellen Degeneres hosting era. In the Nerd Categories, FROZEN won best animated film, and Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares (above) won Best Animated Short, a big upset for those who went with Torsten’s […]

Graphic novel finalists announced for the 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize

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The LA Times Book Prizes are among the most distinguished to have their own comics category, and the nominees are always worth a close look. This year’s finalists have just been announced. Books are selected in a number of categories, but here are the graphic novel selections: David B., “Incidents in the Night: Volume 1,” […]

Hasen, Moldoff and Evans voted into Eisner Hall of Fame

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The Will Eisner Comic Awards judges have selected three comics creators for automatic inclusion into the Hall of Fame and a slate of 14 nominees for voters to select from; four will be selected by voters from the ballot. Selected for the hall are: Irwin Hasen (The Flash, Wildcat, Green Lantern for DC; Dondi syndicated […]

Librarians Love All Kinds of Graphic Novels!: 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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Since 2007, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association, has been selecting the best graphic novels for teens. The list of 78 titles, drawn from 122 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality […]

Grand Prix winner Bill Watterson and the rest of the 2014 Angoulême Official Prizes

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The Official Prizes of the 41st Festival International de la Bande Desinée were handed out in Sunday at 4pm. The big news was Bill Watterson winning the Grand Prix, but afterwards people were talking about how the “International” part of the festival title had truly been reflected, with three winners from the US, one from […]

Librarians Love Graphic Novels! Numerous Titles Win Awards!

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Every January, the American Library Association holds their Mid-Winter Meeting.  Tradition dictates that it be held in a frigid clime, so Philadelphia was chosen.  (In a bit of uncanny foresight, the next three sites will be: Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta.) The Mid-Winter conference is the smaller, more laid-back version of the Annual show (traditionally held […]

Angoulême 2014 : Bill Watterson, Katsuhiro Otomo and Alan Moore are the finalists for the Grand Prix

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Well, it looks like I picked a good year for my first ever visit to the Angoulême comics festival, because this year is already seething with intrigue. Take the choice of the Grand Prix winner for instance. This award—presented to one and only one cartoonist each and every year—is one of the greatest honors in […]

Just the nerd cetagories in the 2014 Oscar nominattons

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Just in case you didn’t get up to see Thor announce this year’s Academy Award nominations—Inside Llewyn Davis wuz robbed!—here’s a cheat sheet to just the ones that nerds are interested in: Best Animated Feature: The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises While Frozen is a lock for this, it’s […]

National Cartoonists Society honors Russ Heath with the Milton Caniff Award

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The NCS has just announced that Russ Heath will receive The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award . The Caniff is presented to a cartoonist for “a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work to a cartoonist who has not previously won the organization’s highest honor, the Reuben Award.” Heath is best known for his DC war […]