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December 19, 2014


Go, Look: Den Of The Spider

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Artists & Public Thinkers Including Several Comics-Makers Wish Chelsea Manning A Happy 27th Birthday

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It's always nice to see Terry Gilliam draw something.
 
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Go, Look: Laura Kenins

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2015 Eisner Awards Judges Slate Named

The Eisner Awards have named their judges slate for the 2015 version, which will honor books published in 2014. The judges provide the nominations sheet on which industry professional then vote for the winters, so it can be a massive and demanding volunteer job.

This year's judges are: retailer, editor and writer Carr D'Angelo; librarian, writer and academic Richard Graham; writer Sean Howe; academic and writer Susan Kirtley; CCI volunteer and animation producer Ron McFee; and historian/journalist Maggie Thompson. Kirtley and Howe at the very least are recent winners of Eisners, Howe for his book on Marvel and Kirtley for her book on Lynda Barry. I asked administrator Jackie Estrada if this was Thompson's first time as a judge and she said yes, noting that she has been eligible for an award most years for her work at the now-defunct Comics Buyer's Guide.

You can read full bios here. Congrats to those named and best of luck on the journey ahead. The Eisner Awards themselves take place in July on the Friday of Comic-Con International weekend. I'll be there, sitting way, way, way in the back.
 
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Go, Look: That Alex Toth Conan Gallery

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New Zealand Society Of Authors Releases Details On Graphic Novel Component Of Its Mentorship Program

Here. This formal mentoring program was announced earlier, I think a few months back, but this post provides more details. I hope it is a good experience for some aspiring comics-makers and a worthwhile one for the nice people volunteering their time. I'm not sure something like this would work in North America without the structure and limitations of an educational program in place, but I fully expect a few groups to try over the next five years.
 
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Not Comics: The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said

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Publishers Weekly Releases Second Part Of Its Year-End Comics Appraisals: The Critics' Poll

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Whether you use it to find a bunch of new books or to go "Oh my God, on what planet does that book gets any votes at all, let alone than this clearly superior book here?" asking critics to name favorite books and then compiling the works into a list usually provides a few moments of fun of the discovery, the grumpy, or the grumpy-discovery kind. PW does us that solid here.

For whatever it is worth, I think the book I liked the most with only one vote here is Hospital Suite, although there's also the Sock Monkey collection and I'm not even sure how to process The Complete Zap as being the same thing as some of these new books. (If that's on the table, though, yes, the complete run of Zap is better than any one-off effort to come out this year; as is the entire run of Cul-De-Sac.) Off the top of my head I also really liked three less year-spanning books that weren't represented at all: the new John Hankiewicz, the AdHouse collection of Katie Skelly's Operation Margarine and the Bungle Family reprint from IDW. I'll go to bat for the freaking Bungle Family every damn time. "Pontoon Bungle."

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Go, Look: The Shadow #3

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Go, Read: Stan Lee Excelsior, Excelsior Junior Awards Short Lists

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Kevin Melrose has one of his usual succinct and thorough posts up here about an awards program designed to promote the reading of comics for teens (Excelsior) and younger children (Excelsior Junior) in the UK. They were started by a librarian named Paul Register. The Junior category is a new one this year. Both sets of winners -- ranked winners; 1, 2, 3 -- will be named next summer.

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Stan Lee Excelsior Award

* All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance, Felipe Smith And Tradd Moore (Marvel)
* Barakamon, Satsuki Yoshino (Yen Press)
* Rocket Girl Vol. 1, Brandon Montclare And Amy Reeder (Image Comics)
* Red Baron: The Machine Gunners' Ball, Pierre Veys And Carlos Puerta (Cinebook)
* Superman/Wonder Woman: Power Couple, Charles Soule And Tony S. Daniel (DC Comics)
* Moonhead And The Music Machine, Andrew Rae (Nobrow)
* Alone: The Vanishing, Bruno Gazzotti And Fabien Vehlmann (Cinebook)
* Ms. Marvel: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson And Adrian Alphona (Marvel)

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Stan Lee Excelsior Junior Award

* Itty Bitty Hellboy, Art Baltazar And Franco (Dark Horse)
* Melusine: Tales of the Full Moon, Clarke And Gilson (Cinebook)
* Long Gone Don, The Etherington Brothers (David Fickling Books)
* Hilda and the Black Hound, Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
* Bunny Vs. Monkey, Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)

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Go, Look: Some Black Terror Comics Pages

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Not Comics: Bojack Horseman Christmas Special Slips On-Line

One more chance to look at those designs by famed deplorable person Lisa Hanawalt. It's fun to see how big media companies approach various releases in that world, along with traditional new-media quandaries like how to negotiate the expectations of a fervent fan base.
 
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Go, Look/Bookmark: Carlos Collodi's Pinocchio

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* slight redesign at 2D Cloud. New -- or at least newish -- comics features, too.

* in case you missed it, the permanent google doodles page has those that you may have missed, like yesterday's Kate Beaton effort on behalf of Henrietta Edwards.

* we're still in the midst of comiXology's fine "12 Days Of Free Comics!" promotion. Top Shelf has an aggressive bundle-type thing going as their holiday sale; worth checking out, for sure.

* Gary Tyrrell walks his webcomics-oriented audience through the Society Of Illustrator juried awards process, which includes a digital media category.

* finally, I love this new Gilbert Hernandez cartoon feature at Vice.
 
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If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2015

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December 20
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

December 21
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This

December 28
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 30
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

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January 1
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

January 7
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

January 9
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Albuquerque Comic Con)

January 10
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Albuquerque Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Doncaster, I'd Go To This (Digi-Con)

January 11
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Albuquerque Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Doncaster, I'd Go To This (Digi-Con)

January 18
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

January 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 30
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 31
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Charlotte Mini-Con)

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Go, Look: Ivan's-Woe

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* hey, new costume on Marvel's Spider-Woman character, created by the late Archie Goodwin and the legendary Marie Severin. That character had that first costume that was essentially skin tight silk underwear for decades. Seems like a nice costume.

image* Bob Temuka talks to Dylan Horrocks. Michael Cavna talks to Matt Bors.

* hard to imagine something in comics much more pleasurable than reading primetime Milton Caniff Sundays. Note what he does with both silent panels and with moving the "camera" on static scenes to give the comics some forward momentum.

* Sean Gaffney on Assassination Classroom Vol. 1. Johanna Draper Carlson on My Love Story!! Vol. 2. Richmond Clements on Zenith Phases I & II. Richard Bruton on Calculus Cat.

* here's a series of articles on Jewish women in comics, inspired by the high-profile traveling exhibition of same.

* finaly, Greg Burgas contrasts two interesting same-period Frank Miller comics: Fanboy #5 and The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3. I think Dark Knight Strikes Again is bonkers and lovely and really fun, and feel that most of the objections come from people who wish the non-bonkers parts of Dark Knight Returns had been the parts upon which Miller and Varley expanded instead of their expanding on the elements they did. The two Batman works are so, so, so dissimilar in terms of the main thrust of each series. I had totally forgotten about Fanboy.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Peter Gillis!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Dan Taylor!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, David Scroggy!

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December 18, 2014


Guy Delisle Makes Statement About Pyongyang Movie Development Ending Post-Sony Hack

imageThere's a really great statement by Guy Delisle here about his Pyongyang having his development deal ended in the wake of the Sony hack and the subsequent terrorist threats against the North Korean-set The Interview.

It sounds like Delisle was really far along -- they had a shooting-start date, and he had been contacted by the director after not hearing from anyone for a couple of years after the deal had been made. His regret seems real, and he claims to have liked what he heard about the direction of the project.

Delisle also tells a great story about the original publication of the book, a phantom clause in his work contract, and a wonderful statement of support at the time from L'Association and JC Menu where they basically decided the work was worth getting sued if that's what happened. Not a lot of publishers like that.
 
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