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July 27, 2014

Woman Struck By Car During San Diego ZombieWalk; Everyone Shuts Down Media Comment Until Monday

A long-running "zombie walk" that takes place Comic-Con weekend in San Diego was the scene of an incident Saturday evening where a man with his two small children tried to drive out of the area where the walk was taking place, had his car physically touched (the range of the touching is at issue) by people participating, and then in trying to get away from that the car hit a 64-year-old woman. At least that's the timeline offered by Deadline, one of several major media outlets to pounce on the story.

The report says that the injured woman was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries. I believe from still images of video I've seen that the injured was not part of the ZombieWalk, but I can't confirm.

The walk is not directly affiliated with Comic-Con; it is one of several events that in the last few years have come to be held during and around the convention. The walk is a relative old-timer in those terms, having been around I believe since 2007.

That same Deadline report also has everyone shutting down on comments -- Comic-Con deferring to local law enforcement, law enforcement deferring pending further investigation, and the event organizers after a flurry of defensive-sounding comments here. There are also similarly-toned responses on their Facebook page.

The Deadline report further says that no one has yet been arrested, as a bunch of other reports have stated. We'll see how that one plays out. The consensus of media reporting has the man being identified -- thus the description in that first graph.

We at CR are sorry for the woman's injuries and hope she recovers quickly and fully. We are also sorry for the potential panic and discomfort experienced by the person in the car with their children, and those children. If there were other negative outcomes related to physical injury or emotional stress, we hope for the best there, too.


It seems to me two related Comic-Con stories are relevant here -- or at least there are two stories that will be linked to this one, particularly the first one. That first one is the death of a woman named Gisela Gagliardi crossing the street while returning to a line for a Comic-Con event in 2012. The second is the growing sprawl of related events that take place during the weekend but are not directly affiliated with the show.

As to the first, I think the difference beyond the obvious, relative seriousness of each injury is that one person was waiting in line for an official Comic-Con event and this incident was not an official Comic-Con event. In the former case, Comic-Con International could then be safely expected to review their line policies. While they have declined to comment on a pair of inquiries from this site as to what that conversation entailed or how it may have changed policy, we know that conversation took place. I'm not sure what if anything Comic-Con can do with this new incident other than maybe reflect on any similar policies at an increasingly crowded show. In fact, I expect all organizers of events during Comic-Con weekend will probably consider the implications; I hope if I were involved that we would do so.

I also suppose an aggressive strategy regarding any kind of outside event suggesting the slightest hint of affiliation with Comic-Con, even casually, might be considered. Mostly, I'm not sure where Comic-Con goes with this, although I expect them to defer to local law enforcement in terms of making a statement.

As to the second, this is sort of a minor nightmare scenario for Comic-Con. They've expressed direct concern about the sprawl of events: first for an unfortunate result out of their control, like this one, second for how that will be used to criticize the con itself. Even that measured Deadline piece characterized this as a dark mark on Comic-Con weekend, which may or may not be fair (on the one hand, not affiliated; on the other, Comic-Con does get similar, indirect credit when off-site events go well, so maybe this is fair going the other way).

I think the city bears some responsibility, too. I get why you endure the traffic problems caused by a giant convention; I'm not sure why a zombie walk is allowed near cars that can hurt people and near people that can be scared by this kind of thing just because they happen to be going about their business at some time that's not convenient for the zombies and their walking. It's a little bit confusing to me. I know when my town has a parade that involves any public sidewalk or street those spaces are blocked off an hour in advance and there's no way this kind of scenario could come close to happening.

I am a big fan of events using Comic-Con as a springboard for nearby activity, but I do think it's wholly on them and any/all civic partners to make those events as safe as possible. I feel that's true of Image Expo, I feel that's true of any walk-through promotion in a parking lot, and I suspect that when I know more I'll think it's a true thing here. That said, this is still an issue for Comic-Con, because the convention's sprawl needs to be accommodated on some level.

Right now, everyone is waiting and seeing. Let's hope that there's continued attention to this after the flash heat of the breaking story dies down.
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Hic & Hoc Publications Announces Scaffold For SPX 2014


One of my favorite small-press publishers, Hic & Hoc Publications, announced this morning through Matt Moses their intention to collect the limited-run Scaffold series into book form, with the first making its debut at September's SPX 2014.

Scaffold is the work of Californians VA Graham and JA Eisenhower, who work as the two-person collective Most Ancient. Moses described Scaffold as telling the story "of a migratory people living on a world-sized structure, which is itself constantly on the move." The series is probably most distinctive for the the scale at which the artists work, how they build layouts from continuous space.

The book will be 64 pages and retail for $15.
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Conundrum Press Announces The Dailies By Dakota McFadzean For Spring 2015; Book Will Debut At TCAF


The increasingly indispensable boutique publisher Conundrum Press has announced a book collection of Dakota McFadzean's The Dailies for Spring 2015, with a hardcover release to coincide with that year's TCAF.

The book of webcomics material will be 365 pages in full color, three comics per page -- making for three years' worth of strips -- and retail for $25. The publisher previously worked with the artist on Other Stories And The Horse You Rode In On.

A video and personal statement from the cartoonist appear at the blog post.
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Fantagraphics Announces Liz Suburbia's Sacred Heart


Fantagraphics Books' Jacq Cohen sent out a press release this morning announcing they had acquired the publishing rights to Liz Suburbia's webcomic Sacred Heart. They will publish it as a one-shot graphic novel in Summer 2015.

Fantagraphics acquired international publishing rights.

This will be Suburbia's first graphic novel with the publisher and may be the first book in that format she's done, period. Suburbia lives in Nevada, and is best known for her series Cyanide Milkshake. In the release, Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds calls the work reminiscent of coming-of-age comics like that portion of Jaime Hernandez's Locas series and Charles Burns' Black Hole.
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If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Happy 76th Birthday, Pierre Christin!

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July 26, 2014

Fantagraphics Formally Puts Lucy Knisley's Displacement On 2015 Schedule, Releases Cover And Art


Fantagraphics Books Publisher Gary Groth announced early this morning that the publisher has officially added the second of Lucy Knisley's travelogues for his company to the publishing docket. This one is called Displacement, and details a trip that the cartoonist and illustrator took with her grandparents, both of whom are in their nineties.

The fully-watercolored softcover will be released in the first half of 2015. It should run slightly over 200 pages.

imageKnisley told CR she considers the comic -- which was completed in early 2013 before her immediately forthcoming Age Of License, although Knisley's work on those books overlapped for a time -- in many ways the thematic opposite of that first book with Fantagraphics, and thus able to comment on various life issues from a completely different perspective than the forward-looking and in-the-moment views explored there. The youth, liberty and possibility of Age Of License are transformed into a meditation on mortality and one's reflections on life as lived.

My memory is that Age of License and Displacement were parts of a single negotiation with Fantagraphics that encompassed both works.

Although only her second book with the Seattle-based publisher, Displacement will be the fourth travelogue created by Knisley, with more to come. The cartoonist told CR that one thing that's personally appealing about those works is how they lock into place a certain time in her memory, and she can see both the times depicted in the works and how she was treating events as an author during that time in her life.

A happy Eric Reynolds told CR that Knisley's first book, Age Of License, is set to become their likely first or second (after the first Don Rosa ducks collection) sell-out at this year's Comic-Con International. That book remains set for a September 2014 wider release.

photo of Knisley by Whit Spurgeon

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Your 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners

imageThe Eisner Awards were held last night in conjunction with Comic-Con International at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California.

Comics legends Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez won their first-ever Eisner Awards. Jaime won for "Best Writer/Artist" behind his work in Love & Rockets: New Stories #6. Gilbert won for "Best Short Story" for that same issue's "Untitled."

The big winners of the night were Saga and the divisions at IDW headed by Dean Mullaney and Scott Dunbier. The pizza dog story in Hawkeye was the winner in the stand-alone comic division, while that comic book's writer Matt Fraction shared in a new series award for his Sex Criminals (with Chip Zdarsky). Fraction also accepted an award on behalf of winning cover artist David Aja.

Goddamn This War!, one of the last comics edited start to finish by Kim Thompson before he passed away a month before last year's Eisners, was also a winner.

Memorable moments included Faith Eric Hicks tearful winning speech after a Best Publication For Kids (Ages 8-12) win, Eric Reynolds giving an emotional speech after Thompson's book won followed immediately by a funny one when a book from the now defunct PictureBox took an award. Bill Foster's speech on behalf of African-American comics pioneer Orrin Evans was a high point, as was Jack Mendelsohn verbally pummeling one or two comics historical figures when getting the Bill Finger. Jonathan Ross and Batton Lash did a speech that failed to live up to its technical promise but which allowed Ross to be funny and grumpy. Jackie Estrada declared it the shortest Eisners ever.

A pair of people expressed surprise to me that Robert F. Kennedy award winner March Vol. 1 failed to win either of its two categories (Nate Powell was nominated for an individual award for his work in that book). More than a few expressed open delight at seeing presenter Sergio Aragones so lively and engaged.

A small crowd stayed at the afterparty until the lights were shut off. Joe Ferrara sang a song. Gary Groth took a photo with Denis Kitchen. New dad Andrew Farago accepted congratulations. It was a nice evening.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners. Winners are in bold.



* 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



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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!)



* 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



* 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)



* 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)



* The Castle, by Franz Kafka, adapted by David Zane Mairowitz and Jaromir 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)


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)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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!)



* 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
*, edited by Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler (Fantagrapahics)



* 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)



* 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)



* 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)


In addition to the Eisner Awards, some related awards were given.

There was also a Hall of Fame component to the evening. Irwin Hasen, Sheldon Moldoff and Orrin C. Evans were inducted by the judges, who broke form the traditional two deceased persons named to include a living inductee.

Those same judges chose 14 nominees that were then presented to the Eisner voting public. They were:

* Gus Arriola
* Howard Cruse
* Philippe Druillet
* Rube Goldberg
* Fred Kida
* Hayao Miyazaki
* Tarpé Mills
* Alan Moore
* Francoise Mouly
* Dennis O'Neil
* Antonio Prohias
* Rumiko Takahashi
* George Tuska
* Bernie Wrightson


Bill Finger Excellence In Comics Writing awards went to Robert Kanigher, Bill Mantlo and Jack Mendelsohn. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award went to Joe Field. The Will Eisner Spirit Of Comics Retailer award went to Legend Comics & Coffee in Omaha and All Star Comics in Melbourne. The Russ Manning awared went to Aaron Conley. The names read in memory were Jody Clampett, Gary Arlington, Bill Baker, Larry Ivie, Bhob Stewart, Joey Manley, Stan Lynde, Morrie Turner, Chris Reilly, Dick Ayers, Nick Cardy and Al Feldstein.


The winners named last night are in bold. Information on all the nominees can be found here.

The nominating committee for this year's awards, including the Hall of Fame, was Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster III, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Jenny Robb and James Romberger.



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The Comics Reporter Video Parade

Comic-Con International Documentary: Home Away From Home

2012 Day At Comic-Con International

Stan Lee Speaks At The 1975 San Diego Comic-Con

Sailor Moon Cosplay 2000 Comic-Con International

One Of Many CCI Tip Guides Up On YouTube

Film Of Clips Shot At 2010 Comic-Con International

Paul Pope Talks About Inking

David Malki Vs. CCI
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If I Were In Medina, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Happy 39th Birthday, Brannon Costello!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Lawrence Watt-Evans!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Bob Pinaha!

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July 25, 2014

Fantagraphics Announces Major Vaughn Bodé Publishing Initiative


Early this morning Fantagraphics and publisher Gary Groth announced a major new publishing initiative featuring the life, art and comics of iconic cartooning figure Vaugh Bodé. In April 2015, Fantagraphics will reintroduce the underground legend into the modern comics conversation via a freshly designed, over-sized omnibus called The Big Book Of Me. There will be more books in the initiative, yet to be announced, the idea being to re-publish the underground cartoonist in a way befitting his stature and the demands of the modern market.

Bodé's Cheech Wizard was one of the well-traveled characters of the underground and overground comics eras. The character dates back to 1956 and Bodé's college newspaper gig. Described as "a lascivious con man" in Fantagraphics' accompanying publicity write-up, Cheech Wizard would remain with the cartoonist past his student days. He eventually appeared in various underground comix and National Lampoon, becoming an iconic image across several US subcultures including graffiti and tattoos.

The publisher will work with Bodé's son, Mark Bodé, who has served as a caretaker of the elder Bodé's work and is himself a well-regarded cartoonist working in style similar to that employed by his father.

The Bodé project represents the first major effort by longtime company mainstay Mike Baehr on the editorial side of making comics after years in various support and administrative positions at the company. Baehr told CR he was extremely excited that this could be one of his first editorial projects with the publisher, and that he hopes he can perhaps work on other Bodé works down the line as they're added to the schedule.

"Much in comics is cyclical, so that right now there's a lot of people taking fantasy devices and genre stuff in whichever direction they choose, without very many constraints -- it's enough that we might be fooled into thinking this generation invented it," critic Joe McCulloch told CR. "Cycling back to Bode will show how wild things could get on a different frontier."

Vaughn Bodé (1941-1975) was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall Of Fame in 2006.

The Big Book Of Me by Vaughn Bodé is due from Fantagraphics in April of 2015. It will be a softcover and will retail at $19.99. These are frequently beautiful and wholly idiosyncratic comics; I'm glad for them to be getting special treatment at a high-end arts-comics publisher and look forward to this first volume.

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Scholastic Makes Official New Bone Volume One To Celebrate Ten Years Of Publication


Scholastic made official something that's been discussed semi-openly since last year -- that cartoonist Jeff Smith is working on new Bone-related material for an anniversary-style celebration of his book's time at the children's publishing giant. A color edition of Bone Volume One: Out From Bonesville -- the book that launched the Graphix imprint and cemented children's graphic novel publishing as a feature of the North American marketplace -- will be released in February of next year.

In addition to the color work by Jeff Smtih and color artist Steve Hamaker, the anniversary edition will contain a "brand-new illustrated poem" by Smith, as well as a series of small-comics and pin-ups from a number of Smith's favorite cartoonists, friends, and fellow category mainstays. The PR announced Kate Beaton, Jeffrey Brown, Kazu Kibuishi, Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier and Craig Thompson,

Jeff Smith appeared at Comic-Con International this year on behalf of this announcement and also in support of his new print comic book, Tuki #1.
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Stan Lee And Jules Feiffer No-Show Comic-Con International

imageStan Lee has laryngitis; it's been said that Jules Feiffer has a pre-condition that could lead to pneumonia were he to risk travel. Neither elder statesman of comics was able to make the weekend show. Lee canceled planned appearances today or tomorrow. A packed audience for a Jules Feiffer panel that included Paul Levitz and Jules Feiffer were told that the playwright and seminal comics-for-sophisticated-audiences maker wouldn't be on-hand.

Feiffer was to be on hand in support of his forthcoming Kill My Mother; Lee seem slated mostly to promote one of his media crossover properties.

We wish both men rest and good health.
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I Added Several Updates To The comiXology DRM-Free Story

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Go, Look: 1000 Jokes

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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