2014 Eisner Nominations: It was the DeFractions year…and a lot of other great things too

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OKay I had to only take a quick look at these but wow…looks like the (one nomer or great work) rule was in effect thius year. Great to see works hat flew under the rader like Graha,m Chafee’s Good Dog get a nom; and some old friends whose names I see here that personally I’m […]

Lust and Yang win LA TImes Book Prizes

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The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were handed out last night and the winner in the graphic novel division was Ulli Lust’s Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, published in the US by Fantagraphics. Gene Yang’s Boxers and Saints won in the YA Literature category—a strong win for a GN […]

2014 Glyph Award Nominees Announced

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The 2014 nominees for the Glyph Awards, honoring the best in African America comics and characters have been announced. The awards will be presented on May 16th at the ECBACC show in Philadelphia. The deadline for voting in the Fan Award is Friday, May 2, 2014.

MoCCA Award of Excellence Winners announced — and here’s where you can get them

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Saturday night at a rockin party at the Socirty of Illustrators, the winners of the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence were announced. Winners were all on sale at the festival and were selected by a jury consisting of Gregory Benton (a winner last year), D&Q’s Tracy Hurren, AdHouse publisher Chris Pitzer, designer Chip […]

2014 Reuben Award nominees are out

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The “Reuben Awards”, aka the divisional awards presented by the National Cartoonist Society to deserving creators in comic strips, illustrations, animation and even comics, have been announced. The MAIN Rueben nominees (given to a deserving cartoonist for a lifetime of work) were announced a few weeks ago, are: Wiley Miller (NonSequitur) Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before […]

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 […]