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April 17, 2014


Go, Look: Fred Guardineer's Work Is Super, Super Fun

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By Request Special: Study Group Comics, Exhibit A Press

There are a couple of crowd-funders I wanted to mention before the appearance of Monday's column.

* Exhibit A Press has another kickstarter going, this time in support of their title Zombie Wife. This is starting to become a reliable funding option for them, which is interesting in that they are one of the last continual-run survivors of the more traditional print self-publishing era.

* the Study Group folks are on enough of a roll that after a successful Linework NW they've met their recent crowd-funding goal and are now adding stretch goals.
 
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Go, Bookmark: Article On 51 Awesome Webcomics The Eisners Have Completely Failed To Recognize

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I figure if nothing else, it's a nice primer list of long-form webcomics for those of us not fully invested in that world. The work listed fifth I think is one of handful of contenders for comic of the '00s, any format or form.
 
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Collective Memory: Linework NW 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Linework NW, held April 12 at Sons Of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland.

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Festival Location
* Host City

Audio
* KBOO

Blog Entries
* Alec Longstreth

* Falling Rock National Park
* Farel Dalrymple
* Fantagraphics

* Grass Hut

* Lori D

* Most Ancient

* One Of The Johns

* Periscope Studios
* Portland State University

* Scout Books
* SG Blogs

* The Beat

* Up Yours News

Facebook
* Ed Luce
* Jason Fischer
* Jason Lamb
* T. Edward Bak

News Stories and Columns
* KBOO
* Portland Mercury 01
* Portland Mercury 02
* Oregonian
* Oregon Live
* PW

Photos
* Caroline Smith

* Ed Luce

* Fantagraphics (individual photo)
* Fantagraphics (Set)
* Francois Vigneault 01
* Francois Vigneault 02
* Francois Vigneault 03
* Francois Vigneault 04
* Francois Vigneault 05

* Jason Fischer
* Jason Lamb

* kirko kain

* Linework NW 01
* Lisa Mangum

* the art of skinner

* Zack Soto

Twitter
* Festival Twitter Account
* kirko kain
* Linework NW
* Michael DeForge
* the art of skinner

Video
* Jim Woodring And His Giant Pen

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Go, Read: A Maddy Vian Interview

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Collective Memory: SPACE 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of SPACE, held April 12 and April 13 at Ramada Plaza Columbus North Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Location
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Alex Heberling
* All Events In Columbus
* Angst And Ennui

* Comic Related

* Matt Kish

* Nate Powell
* Natto Soup

* Penina Gal
* Prince Of Cats Comics Art

* Robot 6

* Scott Kroll
* Space Guy 13

* The Outhousers
* Tom Williams

Facebook
* Bob Ray Starker
* Convention Page
* Dave Foland
* Elizabeth Velasco
* JT Dockery

Miscellaneous
* Back Porch Comics
* Laughing Ogre Comics

News Stories and Columns
* Columbus Alive
* WSYX ABC 6

Photos
* Comic Related
* Drew Brockington
* Jono Balliet
* Mucha Smooches

Twitter
* Christian Hoffer
* Mike Freiheit
* The Outhousers

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Go, Look: The Only Living Boy

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* it's all WonderCon right now for most of the comics people I know. Everyone else I know that won't be sleeping in their own beds this weekend will be at FLUKE. There is a sizable show in DC and an already-massive event in SLC this weekend, too, although I haven't heard a ton from people attending either one of those shows. I'm sure they will be well-stocked with comics folks. All of those regions should ably support the type of show they're hosting.

image* in fact, this weekend will be interesting just for the sheer number of name events it's hosting. That's just incredible. And these shows have audiences; they're not dependent on a traveling crew of hardcore fans. I say this about once a week, but I can't stop: the rise of conventions is freaking amazing when you think that 15 years ago there were two, maybe three shows that folks considered attending, with the third one being different according to region. But I bet people will turn out. People just like conventions now.

* it's also worth noting that with WonderCon weekend being the traditional start of the convention calendar year I am already hearing from people that the year has felt like a long one in terms of shows and festivals. I do think we may see people begin to burn out a bit on going to a lot of shows year after year after year.

* there are still Friday and Sunday WonderCon badges available.

* there will be a comics convention in Hyderabad in October. That is a massive city in kind of south-central India.

* TCAF is in full, furious preparation mode three weeks and one day out from their first-ever professional development day leading into the festival itself. This includes a downloadable local guide, a request for teachers at that development day, an opportunity for a couple of $150 digital teaching sessions, and so on. Go here to see everything in one place.

* this notebook from Linework NW is one of the cuter exhibitor gifts I've seen a show do. I think those things are great, when festivals and cons do things for their staff, volunteers and exhibitors like that.

* here's a link to all the special events at the forthcoming Ting Festival.

* Megan Byrd covers a Noelle Stevenson signing in Chicago.

* finally, here's a report from a small convention -- 600 attendees -- in Camden, New Jersey. Hyper-local cons are the wave of the future.
 
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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2014

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April 18
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This

April 19
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

April 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 24
* If I Were In Minnesota, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Minnesota, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Wales, I'd Go To This (Wales Comic Con)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Jackson, I'd Go To This

April 30
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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May 1
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This

May 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Wellington, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Arizona, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Wellington, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Purchase, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This

May 16
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 17
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philly, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow)

May 18
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow)

May 23
* If I Were In Philly, I'd Go To This

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* f I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hartford, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Edward Gorey at Loyola University in Chicago (Through June 15)

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This post is designed to list events through February 2014, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: A Clay Geerdes Site

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this is nice: an excerpt on cartooning from a forthcoming work by Jeff Danziger.

image* I was reminded the other day that the strip Party Lines by Ethan Rilly and Jeet Heer continues.

* I keep wanting to post a link to this illustrated essay by Lisa Hanawalt profiling Wylie Dufresne, but I keep making excuses not to, so I'm going to put it here in case I make it all the way to Thursday and haven't put it up yet.

* Dave Richards talks to Mike Marts. Jeffrey Renaud talks to Van Jensen. Richard Bruton talks to Alison Sampson. Art Lortie remembers Fred Kida.

* it's hard to imagine something more fun than Chicago in the summertime, taking a class from John Porcellino. If you can't get to Chicago, you can take this correspondence course with Frank Santoro.

* Ollie Ottoman on The Infinite Wait. Richard Bruton on Genesis. Tom Murphy on Fatima: The Blood Spinners.

* Gary Tyrrell reacts to the Eisners. Corey Blake reacts to the Eisners.

* it's like alt shelf porn.

* there are virtues of many business, but the virtues of small, independent bookstores -- near-cousins to comic book shops in a lot of ways -- are these days becoming a bigger topic of conversation, even as their struggles are seen in bolder relief.

* not comics: I agree with this sentiment. There's a lot to be learned from working with print even if you ended up putting most of your stuff on-line -- this applies to almost every expression or vocation that can be done in either place.

* Joe Gordon discusses a bar named after Gerald Scarfe.

* I'm grateful to Fantagraphics for keeping us up on Janet Hamlin's work.

* finally, Nate Powell will only be selling original art through his Etsy store for a limited time, so if you want to buy from him that way, make that happen.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Jean-Pierre Gibrat!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Jiro Kuwata!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Ben Dunn!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Noel Tuazon!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Kazuichi Hanawa!

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Go, Bid: Stan And Sharon Sakai Art Auctions Going On eBay

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April 16, 2014


Go, Look: Mikus Duncis

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Go, Follow: The Jack Davis Foundation Tumblr

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Your 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominations

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The Eisner Awards released their 2014 nominees list yesterday.

imageInitial reaction on-line seemed reasonably positive, with no major omissions or jaw-dropping inclusions becoming the immediate focus of commentary. There was certainly a number of entry points for discussion. The titles Hawkeye, Saga and The Wake drove the most nominations. Writers Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick, who are married, were both nominated in the Best Writer category for their respective work. DeConnick's presence in the male-dominated Best Writer category also drove attention to what seemed like a significant number of women in art-related categories. The late Kim Thompson was recognized by name for his work on Prince Valiant; he also worked on the Ulli Lust book nominated. (I would have loved to have seen him nominated for the excellent The Adventures Of Jodelle.) In terms of the alternative old guard, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez both received nominations and shared in a nomination, building on recent reconsideration for and appreciation of those alt-comics legends. Their peer Jim Woodring, however, whose Fran was a strong contender on a lot of best-of lists and was the the best stand-alone book I read last year, was not nominated. Graham Chaffee was nominated; he returned to comics with Good Dog after two well-received books in the 1990s, but made what seemed like little in the way of a critical impression. Naoki Urasawa, a recent Eisners favorite, wasn't nominated. A Josh Simmons work from (mostly) mini-comics publisher and distributor Oily Comics was nominated. Two self-published comics made the single-issue category. Two distinct Jeffrey Brown works received nominations, which I imagine without knowing for sure is also a relative rarity. Except for Batman feeding into a nomination for writer Scott Snyder, the core DC superhero books went without a nomination -- although the reprint line and the Vertigo imprint were represented. TCJ.com and the print Comics Journal released this year were both nominated. Other frequent recent nominees like ComicsAlliance and Alter Ego were not on that list, nor was one-time Eisner darling Jon B. Cooke. This site was also not on the list. Editor Scott Dunbier maintained a strong presence. I would have to imagine that up to half of the stand-alone original graphic novel category was not seen by many of those writing about comics through traditional outlets. Isabel Greenberg's The Encyclopedia Of Early Earth, which came out too late in the year to make many best-of lists, particularly those with an apparent Christmas shopping imperative, drove a pair of nominations. The Oatmeal was nominated a couple of times; that's a feature with vocal fans and passionate detractors as one might expect of something that monstrously popular. Perennial design favorite Drawn And Quarterly was shut out of that category. Image took four of five continuing series nods.

I could do another paragraph about that size. Matt Phelan, for instance. Or Watson and Holmes. Just as the industry and art form feel bigger and more of a sprawl than ever before, so is at least this one snapshot of the art form.

I asked Eisner Awards Admininstrator Jackie Estrada about two of the nominations that featured individuals with close personal ties to members of the nominating committee: Steve Hamaker for Best Colorist on a variety of works (Hamaker is married to Jenny Robb), Margeurite Van Cook for painting/multimedia interiors on 7 Miles A Second (Van Cook is married to James Romberger). In addition to that personal relationship with Van Cook, Romberger was a co-author on the work for which the artist was nominated. Estrada told CR that in both cases the nominations came from the publishers involved rather than the judges, and that both were generally accliamed works of the type the awards program routinely considers. "There are often potential conflicts of interest in the Eisners because we are in all small industry and anyone who is a judge unavoidably has friends and colleagues who are eligible for nomination." Estrada also stated that Robb and Romberger recused themselves from voting for the categories in question.

This site congratulates all of the nominess, and specifically the nominees in the category for which this site was eligible. We wish everyone the best of luck, and urge all eligible to vote.

On a personal note, it was extra-nice to see the vastly under-appreciated Kristy Valenti share in two nominations -- one for The Comics Journal #302 (with Gary Groth) and one for The Love And Rockets Companion (with Marc Sobel). The comics industry runs on people like Valenti.

The nominating committee was Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster III, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Robb and Romberger. The awards will go to their winners the Friday evening of Comic-Con International weekend. That ceremony will include a hall of fame component and the winners of a smattering of outside awards traditionally given out during that ceremony.

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Best Short Story

* Go Owls, by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #13 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Mars to Stay, by Brett Lewis and Cliff Chiang, in Witching Hour (DC)
* Seaside Home, by Josh Simmons, in Habit #1 (Oily)
* Untitled, by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)
* When Your House Is Burning Down, You Should Brush Your Teeth, by Matthew Inman

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Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

* Demeter, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
* Hawkeye #11: Pizza Is My Business, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
* Love and Rockets: New Stories #6, by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Viewotron #2, by Sam Sharpe (self-published)
* Watson And Holmes #6, by Brandon Easton, and N. Steven Harris (New Paradigm Studios)

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Best Continuing Series

* East of West, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image)
* Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
* Nowhere Men, by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde (Image)
* Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
* Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)

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Best Limited Series

* The Black Beetle: No Way Out, by Francesco Francavilla (Dark Horse)
* Colder, by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra (Dark Horse)
* 47 Ronin, by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)
* Trillium, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo/DC)
* The Wake, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (Vertigo/DC)

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Best New Series

* High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Monkeybrain)
* Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image)
* Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (Image/Shadowline)
* Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)
* Watson and Holmes, by Karl Bollers, Rick Leonardi, Paul Mendoza et al. (New Paradigm Studios)

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Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

* Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas, by Philippe Coudray (TOON Books)
* The Big Wet Balloon, by Liniers (TOON Books)
* Itty Bitty Hellboy, by Art Baltazar and Franco (Dark Horse)
* Odd Duck, by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon (First Second)
* Otto's Backwards Day, by Frank Cammuso (with Jay Lynch) (TOON Books)

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Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

* Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)
* Hilda and the Bird Parade, by Luke Pearson (Nobrow)
* Jane, the Fox, and Me, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood)
* The Lost Boy, by Greg Ruth (Graphix/Scholastic)
* Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2, edited by David Petersen, Paul Morrissey, and Rebecca Taylor (Archaia/BOOM!)
* Star Wars: Jedi Academy, by Jeffrey Brown (Scholastic)

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Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

* Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second)
* Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
* Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
* Dogs of War, by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox (Graphix/Scholastic)
* March (Book One), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
* Templar, by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puviland (First Second)

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Best Humor Publication

* Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)
* The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes and Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
* The (True!) History of Art, by Sylvain Coissard and Alexis Lemoine (SelfMadeHero)
* Vader's Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)
* You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Best Anthology

* Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
* Nobrow #8: Hysteria, edited by Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro (Nobrow)
* Outlaw Territory, edited by Michael Woods (Image)
* Smoke Signal, edited by Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
* The Thrilling Adventure Hour, by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker et al. (Archaia/BOOM!)

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Best Digital/Webcomic

* As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman
* Failing Sky, by Dax Tran-Caffee
* High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Monkeybrain)
* The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies
* The Oatmeal by Matthew Inman

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Best Reality-Based Work

* A Bag of Marbles, by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly (Graphic Universe/Lerner)
* The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker (M Press/Dark Horse)
* Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1, by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
* March (Book One), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
* Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust (Fantagraphics)
* Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, by Peter Bagge (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Best Graphic Album -- New

* Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
* The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown)
* Good Dog, by Graham Chaffee (Fantagraphics)
* Homesick, by Jason Walz (Tinto Press)
* The Property, by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)
* War Brothers, by Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance (Annick Press)

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Best Adaptation from Another Medium

* The Castle, by Franz Kafka, adapted by David Zane Mairowitz and Jaromír 99 (SelfMadeHero)
* The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted by by Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
* Django Unchained, adapted by Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin, R. M. Guéra et al. (DC/Vertigo)
* Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground, by Donald Westlake, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
* The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, by Edogawa Rampo, adapted by Suehiro Maruo (Last Gasp)

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Best Graphic Album -- Reprint

* The Creep, by John Arcudi and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse)
* Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories, by Ben Katchor (Pantheon)
* Heck, by Zander Cannon (Top Shelf)
* Julio's Day, by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* RASL, by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)
* Solo: The Deluxe Edition, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)

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Best Archival Collection/Project -- Strips

* Barnaby Vol. 1, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* Percy Crosby's Skippy Daily Comics Volume Two: 1928–1930, edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
* Prince Valiant Vols. 6-7, by Hal Foster, edited by Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
* Society Is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy at the Dawn of the American Comic Strip, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
* Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Vol. 1, edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
* VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, edited by Jonathan Barli (Fantagraphics)

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Best Archival Collection/Project -- Comic Books

* Best of EC Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
* Canteen Kate, by Matt Baker (Canton Street Press)
* In the Days of the Mob, by Jack Kirby (DC)
* MAD Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
* Will Eisner's The Spirit Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

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Best U.S. Edition of International Material

* Adventures of a Japanese Businessman, by Jose Domingo (Nobrow)
* Goddamn This War! by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney (Fantagraphics)
* Incidents in the Night, Book One, by David B. (Uncivilized Books)
* Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust (Fantagraphics)
* When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael (SelfMadeHero)

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Best U.S. Edition of International Material -- Asia

* The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics)
* The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka (PictureBox)
* Showa: A History of Japan, 1926–1939, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Summit of the Gods Vol. 4, by Yemmakura Baku and Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
* Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist, by Asumiko Nakamura (Vertical)

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Best Writer

* Kelly Sue DeConnick, Pretty Deadly (Image); Captain Marvel (Marvel)
* Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals (Image); Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, FF (Marvel)
* Jonathan Hickman, East of West, The Manhattan Projects (Image); Avengers, Infinity (Marvel)
* Scott Snyder, Batman (DC); American Vampire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
* Eric Stephenson, Nowhere Men (Image)
* Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)

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Best Writer/Artist

* Isabel Greenberg, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Little, Brown)
* Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)
* Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)
* Luke Pearson, Hilda and the Bird Parade (Nobrow)
* Matt Phelan, Bluffton: My Summers with Buster (Candlewick)
* Judith Vanistendael, When David Lost His Voice (SelfMadeHero)

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Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

* Nate Bellegarde, Nowhere Men (Image)
* Nick Dragotta, East of West (Image)
* Sean Murphy, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
* Nate Powell, March (Book One) (Top Shelf)
* Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)
* Thomas Yeates, Law of the Desert Born: A Graphic Novel (Bantam)

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Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

* Andrew C. Robinson, The Fifth Beatle (Dark Horse)
* Sonia Sanchéz, Here I Am (Capstone)
* Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
* Ive Svorcina, Thor (Marvel)
* Marguerite Van Cook, 7 Miles a Second (Fantagraphics)
* Judith Vanistendael, When David Lost His Voice (SelfMadeHero)

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Best Cover Artist

* David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
* Mike Del Mundo, X-Men Legacy (Marvel)
* Sean Murphy/Jordie Bellaire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
* Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)
* Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel)
* Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

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Best Coloring

* Jordie Bellaire, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero (Image); The Massive (Dark Horse); Tom Strong (DC); X-Files Season 10 (IDW); Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery (Marvel); Numbercruncher (Titan); Quantum and Woody (Valiant)
* Steve Hamaker, Mylo Xyloto (Bongo), Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue #1 (Abstract Studio), RASL (Cartoon Books)
* Matt Hollingsworth, Hawkeye, Daredevil: End of Days (Marvel); The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
* Frank Martin, East of West (Image)
* Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, Baltimore: The Infernal Train, PRD: Hell on Earth, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, The Massive, The Shaolin Cowboy, Sledgehammer 44 (Dark Horse)

*****

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Best Lettering

* Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground (IDW)
* Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse) ">Carla Speed McNeil, Bad Houses; "Finder" in Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
* Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)
* Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphics)
* Britt Wilson, Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake (kaBOOM!)

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Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

* Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland
* The Comics Journal #302, edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
* Comics and Cola, by Zainab Akhtar
* Multiversity Comics, edited by Matthew Meylikhov
* tcj.com, edited by Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler (Fantagrapahics)

*****

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Best Comics-Related Book

* Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary, by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen (Bloomsbury)
* The Art of Rube Goldberg, selected by Jennifer George (Abrams ComicArts)
* Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, by Art Spiegelman (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell (LOAC/IDW)
* The Love and Rockets Companion, edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)

*****

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Best Scholarly/Academic Work

* Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920–1960, by Nathan Vernon Madison (McFarland)
* Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II (Bloomsbury)
* Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art, edited by Jane Tolmie (University Press of Mississippi)
* International Journal of Comic Art, edited by John A. Lent
* The Superhero Reader, edited by Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester (University Press of Mississippi)

*****

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Best Publication Design

* The Art of Rube Goldberg, designed by Chad W. Beckerman (Abrams ComicArts)
* Beta Testing the Apocalypse, designed by Tom Kaczynski (Fantagraphics)
* Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
* The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme: A Panorama, by Joe Sacco, designed by Chin-Yee Lai (Norton)
* Little Tommy Lost Book One, designed by Cole Closser (Koyama)

*****

The bulk of images used are hopefully understandable according to their placement over individual categories. The image up top is from Hawkeye; the image below is from The Wake; the inset image in the second paragraph is from Bluffton: My Summers With Buster.

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