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May 24, 2015


Roz Chast Wins 2015 Reuben For Outstanding Cartoonist Of The Year

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The NCS gave out their yearly awards last night during their big weekend (this time in Washington, D.C.). Roz Chast won the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year Award, otherwise known as The Reuben -- one of the great awards in world comics and one that's been held by every major editorial and strip cartoonist since its mid-20th Century inception. Roz Chast's win is a rare win for a female cartoonist (first in two decades; third ever), and I think it's now fair to argue that her memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, is the second-most lauded comics work of the comics-for-adults era. Congratulations to her. The other finalists were almost certain future Reuben winners Stephan Pastis and Hilary Price.

The Division Awards went as follows, with winners in bold.

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EDITORIAL CARTOONS

* Clay Bennett
* Michael Ramirez
* Jen Sorensen

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NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION

* Anton Emdin
* Glen LeLievre
* Ed Murawinski

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FEATURE ANIMATION

* Paul Felix (Production Designer: Big Hero 6)
* Tomm Moore (Director: Song of the Sea)
* Isao Takahata (Director: The Tale of Princess Kaguya)

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TV ANIMATION

* Mark Ackland (Storyboards -- The Void: Wander Over Yonder)
* Patrick McHale (Creator -- Over the Garden Wall)
* Kyle Menke (storyboards -- Star Wars parody episode Phineas and Ferb)

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NEWSPAPER PANELS

* Dave Blazek (Loose Parts)
* Mark Parisi (Off the Mark)
* Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)

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GAG CARTOONS

* Liza Donnelly
* Benjamin Schwartz
* Edward Steed

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ADVERTISING/PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION

* Kevin Kallaugher
* Ed Steckley
* Dave Whamond

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GREETING CARDS

* Gary McCoy
* Glenn McCoy
* Maria Scrivan

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COMIC BOOKS

* Jason Latour (Southern Bastards)
* Babs Tarr (Batgirl)
* J.H. Williams III (The Sandman Overture)

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GRAPHIC NOVEL

* Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother)
* Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space)
* Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer)

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MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION

* Ray Alma
* Anton Emdin
* Tom Richmond

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ONLINE -- LONG FORM

* Vince Dorse (The Untold Tales of Bigfoot)
* Mike Norton (Battlepug)
* Minna Sundberg (Stand Still, Stay Silent)

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ONLINE -- SHORT FORM

* Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)
* Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic)
* Rich Powell (Wide Open)

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BOOK ILLUSTRATION

* Marla Frazee, The Farmer and the Clown
* Yasmeen Ismail, Time for Bed, Fred
* Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer

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NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS

* Brian Bassett (Red and Rover)
* Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
* Glenn McCoy (The Duplex)

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The awards program also gave out honorary-type awards , including this year Mort Drucker and Jeff Keane.

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I'm not sure how to analyze the division awards. The NCS has a problem in that they seemingly must bring in some energy and membership from sources outside the scaling-back world of newspaper cartooning. So Chast in a way is a move in that direction, and so are the fact that there are two comic-book categories and two on-line categories. At the same time, the accusations of conservative voting within the body still seem like they have some fuel. This comes out mostly in an impression that the membership votes for best-known people to its sensibilities rather than really decides on the merits of each category. There are also some favorites which outside voters find confusing, such as the idea that Michael Ramirez is on some sort of historical run right now. I'm not sure how a group goes about changing perceptions like that, fair or unfair.

Next year might see Pastis, perhaps Bill Griffith (who has a graphic novel coming out) and maybe even Ramirez vying for the top prize.

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May 25, 2015


Go, Look: Toilet Comics

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If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Captain Marvel Jr. #2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Van Jensen talks to Brian K. Vaughan.

* not comics: Sammy Harkham has a Joan Of Arc print for sale from the front page of What Things Do.

* here's a piece detailing the cartoons on the office wall of Mad Men character Peggy Olson.

* so apparently I've been on Twitter since 2009. This is me over there. I can't remember if I had a previous account before the one that stuck the way I've had them with other services. I don't think so. I wasn't an early adopter there at all. Twitter is weird in that it's become for many comics people a one-thread curated message board called "comics." It's certainly had a significant effect on how I approach doing my job, and I don't think to positive effect. I do appreciate its reach and I sure like making dumb jokes.

* Lisa Hanawalt draws Bojack Horseman.

* this was sent to me by two family members and I'm not sure I would have seen it otherwise. I love any time a mainstream publication provides a lengthy explanation of a simple cartoon.

* Rob Clough on various comics. Brian Cronin on Jem And The Holograms #3.

* finally, Jaime Hernandez draws Lee J. Cobb.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Sal Velluto!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Stan Sakai!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Ken Avidor!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Barry Windsor-Smith!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Marc Hempel!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Terry Nantier!

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May 24, 2015


Weird Extra Bit Of Housekeeping: Black Jack, Eagle

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Because I am the worst person at moving, apparently I still have duplicate copies of Black Jack and Eagle sitting in an otherwise empty bookshelf in Silver City, New Mexico.

I have Volumes 1-12 of Eagle; Volumes 1-12 and then 17 of Black Jack. Does someone want to buy them before they're landfill-bound? I'd love $35 for the Black Jack and $20 for the Eagle, or $50 for both. I'll pay postage anywhere in the continental US. I'll spend the money on site-related stuff!



Update: The Black Jack books are gone. I still have the Eagle books. They'll go down to $15 on Monday and then they will be worm food!

Update 2: All gone. Thanks!

 
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Not Comics: Todd VanDerWerff On A Unifying Theory For This Century's Big Superhero Films

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The writer Todd VanDerWerff looks at modern superhero movies as a way for culture to replay 9/11 under safe or even advantageous terms. I assume this is a part of their appeal in general, just as the monster movies of the '50s and '60s had an element of nuclear bomb horror and the original Superman movie can be seen as a reaction to 1970s masculinity and disappointing authority figures. Those movies are such large enterprises that I wonder if they aren't more the other way around, and that the way we interpret violence now isn't just wrapped up in 9/11 imagery for better or for worse. I'm not sure that comics ever recovered from the effect of having its dramatic levels recalibrated after the towers fell.
 
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Go, Look: Kevin Eastman 1985 Pages For Sale

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In Atlanta, i'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 12
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 67th Birthday, Alan Zelenetz!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Wimbledon Green!

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