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March 4, 2015


Festivals Extra: Autoptic '15 Announces First Group Of Guests

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I'm not sure if there's a release other than through the Facebook account, but Autoptic, the alt- and art-comics festival in Minneapolis, has announced its first wave of guests. They are:

* Josh Bayer
* Gabrielle Bell
* Charles Burns
* Michael Deforge
* Ines Estrada
* Edie Fake
* Sammy Harkham
* Aidan Koch
* Laura Park
* Jillian Tamaki

This is a first-wave in that it's basically the North American part of the group will do the PFC program at MCAD before the two-day festival. (Sarah Glidden describes her participation here.) They'll be joined by a few European cartoonists, and then the show itself will have more guests, apparently.

That sounds like a fun thing to experience, and it certainly in on the tiny list of comics "things you get to do." I imagine 15 years from now there will be a ton of workshop opportunities related to festivals, but right now it's a pretty light group and the best seems to be this one. The invited-cartoonist list also provides the backbone for a solid show that we can all attend this August. I hope to be there.
 
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Go, Look: The Academy Awards Of Space

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CR Review: Bone #1: Out From Boneville, Tribute Edition

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Publishing Information: Scholastic, Softcover, February 2015, $14.99.
Ordering Numbers: 9780545800709 (ISBN13)

I don't have a ton to say about this anniversary edition noting a decades worth of publishing partnership between Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer's Cartoon Books and Scholastic's Graphix imprint. It's an event worth noting. The success of the Bone series as color volumes sold by the book publishing giant paved the way for several such projects through the imprint and in a variety of other places. One thing I think that was particularly important about that relationship that might get lost is that Bone was first through the door without being changed around a whole lot and with little other than its own creative pedigree to recommend it. There's been no movie and nothing in the way of mass licensing, not really. And while it's not a complicated book, there are hints at adult complexities: the shifting moral landscape of the two supporting Bones and the older human characters, the easygoing intimacy between friends Fone Bone and Thorn, the fact that people smoke and drink and gamble and flirt. It's not the book you'd grow in a marketing meeting to be your point person into a whole new realm of publishing, but it worked.

There's a cute Rat Creature poem section that counts as new material, plus a run of tribute art from other Scholastic-related cartoonist -- including Craig Thompson and Kate Beaton, whose contribution I enjoyed a heck of a lot. So if you're a completist, you'll have something new to see and not just another volume to buy. What was the most fun for me, though, was seeing how much of Bone is firmly established by the end of this first trade. Perhaps the most interesting things about Bone is how it eschews three-act or movie-style structure for a kind of rolling collection of climaxes and let-downs. In this first volume we get that Fone Bone/Thorn friendship but also the physical stakes for the Tolkien-style material that will be an increasingly important part of the book, as well as the first half of Phoney Bone's interaction with the villagers -- a storyline Smith calls key to understanding the entire work. And it remains a miracle of comics that Smith's art, so lovely in the black and white of its original serialization, works so well with the color provided by the talented Steve Hamaker. I wanted to read the whole thing again, and maybe I'll do so soon.
 
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Go, Look: A Few Tumbleweeds Sunday

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This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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JAN151445 INNER CITY ROMANCE TP (MR) $24.99
Fantagraphics and Patrick Rosenkranz continue their admirable surge of works about and buy various stalwarts of the underground era. I have no idea how this material might work on a modern audience, but I think it's still recognizable when someone is trying to depict the world they see around them with all of the tools at their disposal.

NOV140465 DIAMOND ISLAND TP $29.99
This may be the lightest week in a couple of years for comics in which I'm naturally interested, so this post is going to be looser than usual as I stumble around the shop waiting for my Mom to give me a ride home. This is a book I think with work stretching back for quite a while: kind of a self-generated all-age book that hasn't caught on quite like some others in that category. It carries the IDW imprimatur but I swear I also remember a crowd-funding campaign. At any, it's bright and it's blue and there's enough time in the comic book store if your tastes run close to mine to pick it up and give it a look-over.

imageJAN150537 WINTERWORLD #0 $3.99
JAN150704 SAGA #26 (MR) $2.99
DEC140766 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #7 (MR) $2.99
JAN151254 BLACKCROSS #1 BLANK AUTHENTIX CVR $10.00
JAN151250 BLACKCROSS #1 CVR A LEE MAIN $3.99
JAN150761 ALL NEW HAWKEYE #1 $3.99
DEC140815 GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #1 $3.99
JAN150097 HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #4 1952 $3.50
Here are some of the comic-book formatted comics that jumped out at me from the list. The return of the Winterworld comics was for a lot of us a chance to stare at Jorge Zaffino's art one more time, but now we're in the part of that project where they print brand-new material. I like both Tommy Lee Edwards and Chuck Dixon as reliable mainstream-mostly performs, and would give this book a shot standing there in the store.I would imagine from a sale standpoint this is a Saga week, that strikes me as an unbelievably strong and consistent book for the stores that have invested in it, and maybe for a few that haven't. Supreme Blue Rose is the writer Warren Ellis ending one of his new cycles of short-burst series (with Tula Lotay) and beginning a new one (with Colton Worley). The All-New Hawkeye is there. With Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez on board, the latest shot at a Hawkeye series would seem to have a reasonable chance at success. Standing in the shadow of the Matt Fraction and (mostly) David Aja run can't be easy, though. Looking to see what Jog write about ICR at TCJ allowed me to learn that Guardians Team-Up #1 will feature Art Adams art. I'm far away from that world, but I haven't detected a glimmer of heat from those Guardians comics since the movie came out, not really: not on their own, anyway. For reliability across the ages, there's Hellboy.

JAN151216 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #24 VIP ULTRA PREMIUM CVR (MR) $29.99
JAN151223 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT BASEBALL CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151224 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT BASKETBALL CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151225 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT BOXING CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151226 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT FOOTBALL CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151227 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT HOCKEY CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151228 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT SOCCER CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151229 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT TENNIS CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151230 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT TRACK CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151231 LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #25 SEXY SPORT VOLLEYBALL CVR (MR) $9.99
DEC141272 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #1 DLX COLLECTOR BOX SET (MR) $79.99
DEC141276 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #1 LEATHER CVR (MR) $19.99
JAN151209 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 (MR) $3.99
JAN151217 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 ALTERNATE HISTORY CVR (MR) $3.99
JAN151212 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 AUXILIARY CVR (MR) $3.99
JAN151218 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 PREMIUM PURE ART CVR (MR) $9.99
JAN151211 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 SULTRY CVR (MR) $3.99
JAN151210 LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
JAN151214 LADY DEATH DARK HORIZONS DLX COLL BOX SET #1 (MR) $99.99
JAN151215 LADY DEATH ORIGINS ANNUAL #1 COLLECTORS BOX SET (MR) $99.99
This is sort of amazing to me, as it's a row of entries that could have appeared in a similar listing from 20 years ago. I don't understand anything about the way that comics makes this kind of product offering work.

JAN151077 UBER #23 (MR) $3.99
JAN151079 UBER #23 PROPAGANDA POSTER CVR (MR) $3.99
JAN151080 UBER #23 WAR CRIMES CVR (MR) $3.99
JAN151078 UBER #23 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
I'm really glad I didn't try to make a dumb app/transportation joke when #1 came out, because I would be exhausted by now.

JAN151803 CHESTER BROWN CONVERSATIONS SC $30.00
JAN151804 COMICS & LANGUAGE REIMAGINING CRITICAL DISCOURSE ON FORM SC $30.00
JAN151805 COMICS & NARRATION SC $30.00
JAN151806 DRAWING FROM LIFE MEMORY & SUBJECTIVITY IN COMICS ART SC $30.00
This was probably the most interesting thing on the list to me: a re-issue of recent comics scholarship works at a price that reminds you that academic prices are even worse. Still, that's an affordable price pint for most fans, particularly when discounted. Comics And Narration is the belle of the ball being from Thierry Groensteen. A book of interviews with Chester Brown sounds promising and perhaps it's excellent; he always seems pretty guarded and studied in interviews to me.

JAN150567 DESCENDER #1 CVR A NGUYEN (MR) $2.99
I didn't have any big book to put down here -- whether that's an oversight or my lack of imagination I'll leave to you -- but this is a comic that's already been sold as a film, and no matter what goes on in the comics shop this week there's an involved element that will be intensely curious about what's inside. It's been well-received so far, at least as far as I can tell.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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Go, Look: Fashion Plate Fanny

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Please Note A Physical Address Change For This Publication

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Hi, I'll be running this announcement for a few more days.

I've moved. That means I'll have a different physical address for accepting mail.

My other contact information: phone, e-mail, twitter -- remains the same. I'm probably the worst person to phone in the world. E-mail or direct message via Twitter (not just shouting at me on Twitter where everyone else has to endure it) is probably best. Apologies in advance.

Anything sent to the old address recently or for the next few weeks will be forwarded for sure, but at some point that will stop happening.

Thank you.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2015

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March 6
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

March 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Oklahoma, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)
* If I Were In Arlington, I'd Go To This (Smudge Expo)

March 15
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 19
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 20
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
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March 21
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 22
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 23
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 24
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 25
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 26
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 27
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

March 28
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

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April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

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Events For May 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Watch Me

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* you can vote for the top 50 female comics writers and artists via the instructions here. Edwina Dumm sweep of both categories, please.

image* Bob Temuka on Love And Rockets: New Stories #7. Look at that panel! Various Panel Patterers on various comics.

* if there's anything more consistently amusing, old-school blogging category, than Bully pulling panels for Star Wars panels over an entire year, I'm not sure what that would be.

* Scott Cederlund engages with the idea of comics-makers seeking opportunities in film/TV and what that says about comics-making. One reason I aspire to encourage comics to becomes as rewarding and as responsible to their creators as is humanly possible is I want comics-makers to have as many opportunities without crossing over to other media. That said, any creator who wants opportunities elsewhere and pursues them, that's a perfectly great thing.

* can't remember if I posted a link to this but Michael Taube profiles Seth. We should get new Seth soon, which is always a good thing.

* not comics: Robert Boyd writes about not writing, which I think is something with which many folks struggle at a certain point and one reason why we should always greet any kind of new creation in any discipline as a little bit of victory just for existing.

* finally, Gary Tyrrell reminds that we're nearing the end of Girls With Slingshots, with all the dramatic implications that imminent conclusion brings with it.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Randy Stradley!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Glenn Hauman!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chip Mosher!

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March 3, 2015


Go, Look: Amanda Baeza

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Bundled Extra: Conundrum Press Announces Dharma Punks

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The boutique Canadian publisher Conundrum Press announced earlier today it has acquired rights to New Zealand cartoonist Ant Sang's seminal post-alternative graphic novel, Dharma Punks. If there's a work I'd compare it to as a publishing event, it would be when the Hugo Tate material was collected -- it's a largely unknown but widely known-about important book of its time.

Their edition will come out in September of this year. It's 400 pages and will retail for $25 in softcover. It is due in September.
 
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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Syd Hoff

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I had Syd Hoff as "Stoney Hoff" when I first posted this, a sign of my complete, ridiculous exhaustion. On the other hand, Stoney Hoff is a great name for a cartoonist...
 
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Missed It: Your 2014 Ghastly Awards Winners

imageTerry Moore won three Ghastly Awards for 2014, according to a listing I saw by first going to Kevin Melrose's report at Robot 6. This is a horror comics awards named from Graham Ingels, and is in its fourth year. Al Hewestson and Jack Davis entered the program's hall of fame.

Peter Normanton won the Normanton Award, which is a legacy/future generations honor.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Lot of talented comics-makers in the list that follows.

Winners in bold.

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BEST ONGOING TITLE
* Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
* Crossed: Badlands (Avatar Press)
* Nailbiter (Image Comics)
* Outcast (Image Comics)
* Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
* '68: Homefront (Image Comics)
* Caliban (Avatar Press)
* Deadworld: Restoration (IDW Publishing)
* The Strain: The Fall (Dark Horse Comics)
* Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland (IDW Publishing)

BEST ONE-SHOT
* Crossed: Special 2014 (Avatar Press)
* Dismal Incantation (Herman Inclusus)
* Edgar Allan Poe's Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue (Dark Horse Comics)
* Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial (Dark Horse Comics)
* Killogy: Halloween Special (IDW Publishing)

BEST ANTHOLOGY
* Bloke's Terrible Tomb Of Terror #10 (Indy)
* God Is Dead: The Book of Acts -- Alpha (Avatar Press)
* Hellraiser: Bestiary (BOOM! Studios)
* In the Dark (Tiny Behemoth Press / IDW Publishing)
* Monstrosity Vol. 2 (Alterna Comics)

BEST SHORT STORY IN AN ANTHOLOGY
* "Beneath the Surface" (Blokes Terrible Tomb of Terror #10)
* "Grandeur and Monstrosity" (God Is Dead: The Book of Acts Alpha)
* "Not All There" (In The Dark)
* "Red World" (Grimm Tales of Terror #4)
* "Trial by Cauldron" (Canaan Cult Revival)

BEST OGN
* Carbon (Caliber Comics)
* Monsters & Other Stories (Dark Horse Comics)
* The Absence (Titan Comics)
* The Curse Of Ragdoll (Mike Wolfer Entertainment)
* The Shadows of Salamanca (Humanoids Inc.)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION
* 28 Days Later Omnibus (BOOM! Studios)
* EC Archives:The Vault of Horror Volume 3 (Dark Horse Comics)
* Serenity Rose: 10 Awkward Years (SLG Publishing)
* Swampmen: Muck-Monsters and Their Makers (TwoMorrows Publishing)
* The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: The Worst of Eerie Publications (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

BEST WRITER
* Alex de Campi (Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight)
* Joe Hill (Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
* Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted)
* Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Sabrina)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

BEST ARTIST
* Ben Templesmith (Squidder)
* Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
* Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
* Leonardo Manco (John Carpenter's Asylum)
* Menton3 (Memory Collectors, Nosferatu Wars)

BEST INKER
* Christian DiBari (Cutter)
* John Bivens (Dark Engine)
* Martin Stiff (The Absence)
* Mike Wolfer/Dan Parsons (The Curse of Ragdoll)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

BEST LETTERER
* Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
* Jack Morelli (Afterlife With Archie)
* Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Creepy, Sabrina)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
* Tyler & Ma'at Crook (Bad Blood)

BEST COLORIST
* Elizabeth Breitweiser (Outcast)
* Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
* Jay Fotos ('68 Rule of War, '68 Homefront, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
* Kelly Fitzpatrick (Dark Engine)
* Tyler Crook (Bad Blood)

BEST WEB COMIC
* Disenchanted
* Graveyard Gang
* Karma Springs
* Split Lip
* Wart

BEST HORROR COMIC COVER
* '68 Rule of War #1 (Nat Jones)
* '68 Rule of War #3 Cover B (Tim Vigil & Jay Fotos)
* Afterlife with Archie #6 (Francesco Francavilla)
* Caliban #1 Terror (Facundo Percio, Sebastian Cabrol & Hernan Cabrera)
* Hellraiser: Bestiary #04 Cover B (Daniele Serra)
* Memory Collectors #3 Sub. Variant (David Stoupakis)
* Nosferatu Wars (Menton3)

HALL OF FAME
* Al Hewetson
* Jack Davis


NORMANTON AWARD
* Peter Normanton

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Go, Look: Peabody And Sherman In Four-Color Comics

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Andy Khouri Joins DC Comics' Burbank Offices As An Editor

imageI thought I had just plain missed this, but I guess Andy Khouri only recently announced via twitter that he has taken an editorial job at DC Comics. Khouri was just recently Editor-In-Chief (I think that's what they call that position) at the site ComicsAlliance.

That seems like a good hire for them and a good move for him: he knows the material, he knows at the very least the broad parameters of the job, and he knows a lot of the talent with whom he may end up working. I wish Khouri the best of the luck in his new job and hope I get to cover him for as long as he wants to work in comics. Heidi MacDonald says he'll start out working with Brian Cunningham.

How the Burbank offices settle into place for DC should be one of those stories that has a rolling effect over the next few years. They have a very different profile from which to choose from, I think, just talent-pool wise. There's a potential for workplace culture change, although corporate culture in comics can be an enduring thing and that kind of change never means the same thing to more than a few people at a time. It should at least be fun to watch.
 
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Go, Look: A Concept For Superman's Future

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Festivals Extra: CALA Announces As A 2-Day Show For 2015

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Following a successful one-day effort in 2014, Comic Arts Los Angeles (CALA) has announced a two-day show for December 5-6. I thought that was a fun show with great energy and super-young -- just tons of people I wasn't aware of, which is exciting. I wish them the best with that important one-day to two-day move. It will be in the same downtown location, which I thought was a fun one for a show like that.
 
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Go, Look: Andrew White

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Go, Look: No 50-Cent Comic Book Sale For CR This Time

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I've just run out of time. I apologize. The logistics of the trades sale killed me time-wise -- also my three-hour sobbing session, but that's standard -- and for some reason they won't let me have this truck for however long I'd like to keep it. See you in Ohio.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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