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Bill Watterson wins Grand Prix at Angouleme

ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING CALVIN AND HOBBESCalvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson received the Grand Prix award this weekend in France at the 41st annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, honoring his lifetime achievement.

The prize is awarded to a living comics creator, and traditionally the winner serves as president of the jury for the following year’s festival; previous honorees have included Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman. Watterson, Alan Moore and Katsuhiro Otomo (who incidentally received a lifetime achievement award of his own this weekend) were the three finalists this year, with Alan Moore stating late last week that if he won, he would decline the prize. It will be interesting to see if Watterson accepts the prize or attends next year. Tom Spurgeon has some additional commentary on the win.

Other winners, also courtesy of the Comics Reporter and as noted on the Angouleme site, include:

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Comics nominees announced for 25th GLAAD Media Awards


The nominees have been announced for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 25th annual Media Awards, which honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

The nominees for outstanding comic book are:

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Image, BOOM! top 2013 Gem Awards as publishers of the year

diamond gem awardsImage Comics and BOOM! Studios were voted Best Comic Book Publishers of the Year in their respective divisions in the 2013 Diamond Gem Awards.

DC Entertainment led with six awards, including Top Dollar Comic of the Year for Superman Unchained #1, with Dark Horse closed behind with five wins, including Original Graphic Novel of the Year for Hellboy: The Midnight Circus hardcover. Marvel earned honors for Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year and Comic Book of the Year (Under $3), for The Superior Spider-Man #1 NOW!

Other winners include Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie #1 for Comic Book of the Year (Under $3), Top Shelf Productions’ March: Book One for Indie GN of the Year, and Image Comics’ East of West for Best New Comic Book Series. The complete list can be found below.

Nominees were selected by a panel of Diamond Comic Distributors product specialist based on their impact on the industry (for the vendors), and sales performance and quality (for the products). The winners were then chosen by direct market retailers.

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Russ Heath to receive NCS’s Milton Caniff Award

all american men of war94The National Cartoonists Society will honor legendary comics artist Russ Heath with the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award on May 24 during the Reuben Awards banquet in San Diego.

Heath’s career has spanned from Timely’s Wild Western in the 1940s and DC’s Sea Devils in the 1960s to Marvel’s The Immortal Iron Fist in 2009 and Aardvark-Vanheim’s Glamourpuss in 2010. However, the 87-year-old artist is perhaps best known for his work on DC’s war titles like G.I. Combat, All American Men of War and Our Army at War — or for his detailed depictions of Roman and Revolutionary War battle scenes in ads for toy soldiers that appeared on the back of comic books throughout the 1970s.

Heath, who teamed with writer Cary Bates in 1981 to revive the syndicated Lone Ranger comic strip, was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.

Named for Terry and the Pirates creator, and NCS co-founder, Milton Caniff, the Lifetime Achievement Award is given by unanimous vote of the group’s board for “a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work to a cartoonist who has not previously won the organization’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.”

Previous recipients include Will Eisner, Al Hirschfeld, Jack Davis, Dale Messick, Charles Schulz, Jerry Robinson and Joe Kubert.

(via The Comics Reporter)

Submissions open for 2014 Eisner Awards

eisnerawards_logoSubmissions are being accepted through March 17 for the 2014 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, which will be presented July 25 during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Tentative categories — they may be altered at the discretion of the judges — are: best short story, best single issue, best continuing comic book series, best limited series, best new series, best publication for kids, best publication for teens, best humor publication, best anthology, best digital comic, best graphic album–new material, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best archival collection, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best comics-related book, best scholarly/academic work, best comics journalism periodical or website and best publication design.

Publishers who wish to submit entries must send one copy each of the comics or graphic novels, along with a cover letter that includes what’s being nominated, and in what categories, and the names of the creators. Creators may submit works for consideration if their publisher is no longer in business or is unlikely to submit nominations itself.

Entries should be mailed to: Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, Comic-Con International, P.O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112. Submissions for the best digital comic category can be emailed to Estrada. The full list of nominees will be announced in April.

Additional details can be found on the Eisner Awards website.

Grand Prix shortlist announced for Angouleme

Angoleme 2014The Angoulême International Comics Festival is just around the corner, and the shortlist for the Grand Prix de la Ville d’Angoulême was announced on Tuesday:

Binet, Christophe Blain, Charles Burns, Pierre Christin, Daniel Clowes, Richard Corben, Bernard Cosey, Étienne Davodeau, Nicolas de Crécy, Edika, Emmanuel Guibert, Hermann, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Manu Larcenet, Milo Manara, Lorenzo Mattotti, Alan Moore, Katsuhiro Otomo, Quino, Marjane Satrapi, Joann Sfar, Jiro Taniguchi, Jean Van Hamme, Chris Ware et Bill Watterson.

The prize is awarded to a living comics creator, and traditionally the winner serves as president of the jury for the following year’s festival; previous honorees have included Robert Crumb and Art Spiegelman, but the award usually goes to someone working in French-language comics.

There was a bit of controversy last year when juror Lewis Trondheim leaked the finalists on Twitter: Alan Moore, Katsohiro Otomo, Akira Toriyama, Chris Ware, and the eventual winner, Willem, who is well known in French-speaking countries but less so in the rest of the world (the poster above is his work). The Grand Prix winner is chosen by a combination of votes from French creators and a jury of past winners (l’Académie des Grands Prix), and the word on the street last year was that Toriyama was the creators’ choice but the jury overruled that and went with Willem. Toriyama was given a special prize commemorating the 40th anniversary of Dragon Ball.

If I’m reading the French article right, the process will be different this year, with the list being narrowed down to three names in a preliminary round of voting and the winner being determined by a second round in which the creators and the jurors will have an equal say.

Stan Lee Excelsior Award unveils 2014 shortlist

indesctructible hulk-agent of shieldThe shortlist has been announced for the 2014 Stan Lee Excelsior Award, whose winners will be selected by students from 77 secondary schools across the United Kingdom.

Established in 2011 by Paul Register, a school librarian in Sheffield, the awards are designed to promote comics and to encourage children and teenagers to read. The winners — first, second and third place — will be announced in July. The nominees are:

  • Indestructible Hulk: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu (Marvel)
  • Quantum and Woody: The World’s Worst Superhero Team, by James Asmus and Tom Fowler (Valiant)
  • The Judas Coin, by Walter Simonson (DC Comics)
  • Aliens: Inhuman Condition, by John Layman and Sam Kieth (Dark Horse)
  • Earth 2: The Gathering, by James Robinson and Nicola Scott (DC Comics)
  • Sherlock Bones, by Yuma Ando and Yuki Sato (Kodansha)
  • Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z, by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. (Marvel)
  • The Halloween Legion, by Martin Powell and Thomas Boatwright (Dark Horse)

‘Hawkeye’ and ‘Saga’ among Angoulême official selections

hawkeye-v1Hawkeye, Vol. 1, by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido, and Saga, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, are among the 35 official selections for the 41st annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, to be held Jan. 30-Feb. 2.

Other titles familiar to North American audiences include: Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert; Attack on Titan, Vol. 1, by Hajime Isayama; Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel; Goliath, by Tom Gauld; My Friend Dahmer, by Derf; and The Property, by Rudu Modan.

In addition, the French-language editions of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy and Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl are among the nominees for the Sélection Jeunesse (books for young readers), while the eighth volume of Scalped, by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Jason Latour, David Furno, received a nod for Prix Polar (crime). The reprints category also has several books readers should recognize.

The full list can be found on the Angoulême website.

Winners announced for 2013 British Comic Awards

BCA LogoThe winners of the second annual British Comic Awards were announced Saturday during the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds, England. They are:

Best Book: The Nao of Brown, by Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)

Best Comic: Winter’s Knight: Day One, by Robert M Ball (self-published through Great Beast)

Emerging Talent: Will Morris for The Silver Darlings (Blank Slate Books)

Young People’s Comic Award: The Complete Rainbow Orchid, by Garen Ewing (Egmont Books)

Hall of Fame: Leo Baxendale

The full list of nominees can be found here.

‘Gigantic Beard’ shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year

gigantic beardStephen Collins’ debut graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award, pitting him against such established authors as Kate Atkinson and Julian Barnes.

Published in June by Jonathan Cape, the graphic novel is an off-beat fairy tale about a man with a boring office job who quite suddenly begins to grow a beard — but not just any beard. It quickly becomes, as the title suggests, massive and uncontrollable, attracting the attention of tourists and law enforcement alike, and upending the staid order on the island of Here.

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is in competition with five other books: Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson; Levels of Life, by Julian Barnes; Maps, by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński; Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life, by Nina Stibbe; and Stoner, by John Williams.

Nominees for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award are selected by the British retailer’s booksellers from across the country, who were asked “to choose a book that stood out in its field, and that would speak to the company’s core customers – those people who love reading and that love books.” The winner will be announced Dec. 3.

‘Colonic’ comic wins U.K. short graphic story prize


Emily Haworth-Booth’s comic Colonic has won top honors in the United Kingdom’s Observer/Cape/Comica short story competition. The contest, which is co-sponsored by the Comica Festival, the publisher Jonathan Cape, and the newspaper The Observer, offers a £1,000 (about $1,600 U.S.) cash prize to the creator of the best four-page short story.

Haworth-Booth’s comic is a slightly fictionalized account of her colonic irrigation, one of the many treatments she sought for chronic fatigue syndrome. As she told Rachel Cooke of The Guardian, “The experience wasn’t quite as awful as I’ve made out, and I’ve edited, exaggerated and added to it, but I hope I’ve got to the emotional truth of the experience: how powerless you can feel during medical procedures and how surreal it is to be in such intimate contact with a complete stranger.” Haworth-Booth was the runner-up in the 2008 competition, and after that she “knuckled down,” in her own words. She is now developing her diary comics in to a graphic novel.

The runner-up in the competition is Michael Parkin’s “Lines,” a playful little comic with echoing shapes and panels. You can read both comics in their entirety below.

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Shortlist announced for Irish Comic News Awards

half past danger1The shortlist has been announced for the third annual Irish Comic News Awards, which, as the name suggests, honor Irish creators, comics, websites, retailers and, beginning this year, conventions. Online voting ends at midnight local time Nov. 1, with the winners announced shortly afterward.

As laid out here, a handful of changes have been made to the 2013 awards, beginning with the selection of the shortlist by a seven-person committee rather than the public. Categories also have been added for Best Irish Colorist, Best Irish Comic-Related Convention and Best Irish Comic Cover.

The shortlist is:

Leann Hamilton
Will Sliney
Rob Carey
Tommie Kelly
Stephen Downey

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‘Boxers & Saints’ makes National Book Award shortlist

boxers-saintsBoxers & Saints, Gene Luen Yang’s bestselling graphic novel set against the backdrop of China’s Boxer Rebellion, has made the shortlist for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, announced this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Yang’s 2006 work American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award.

The other finalists in the category are: Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp; Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck; Tom McNeal, Far Far Away; and Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone. The winner will be announced Nov. 29.

Published by First Second Books, the two-volume Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories set against the backdrop of the Boxer Rebellion: the first is of Little Bao, a peasant boy who joins in the violent uprising against Westerners following the destruction of his village; and the second is of a girl taken in by Christian missionaries when her village has no place for her. Boxers & Saints was released just last week.

Published by First Second Books, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories set against the backdrop of the Boxer Rebellion: the first is of Little Bao, a peasant boy who joins in the violent uprising against Westerners following the destruction of his village; and the second is of a girl taken in by Christian missionaries when her village has no place for her. Boxers & Saints was released just last week.

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Shortlist announced for British Comic Awards

British Comic Awards

British Comic Awards

The shortlist for the second annual British Comic Awards was released today, and the judges will now begin the task of determining the final set of winners, which will be announced in November at the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds.

The nominations for the BCAs are a multi-step process, as explained by BCA Committee member Richard Bruton: First the committee selects a longlist; during that process, the public is invited to send in suggestions for inclusion. After that, the committee winnows it down to the shortlist and hands it over to the judges, who make the final picks in four categories. The committee determines the year’s Hall of Fame winner, Leo Baxendale, creator of the Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Sweeny Toddler and a host of other characters who delighted children, myself included, for more than 30 years.

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Voting opens for fourth annual Shel Dorf Awards

saga12The nominees have been announced for the fourth annual Shel Dorf Awards, named in honor of the late Detroit native and founder of Golden State Comic-Con, which grew into Comic-Con International.

ROBOT 6 is among the nominees for Comic Blogger of the Year. Online voting is now open. The winners will be presented Oct. 25 at Detroit FanFare. The nominees are:

Writer of the Year
• Brian K. Vaughan
• Dan Slott
• Mark Waid
• Robert Kirkman
• Scott Snyder

Penciler of the Year
• David Aja
• Fiona Staples
• Greg Capullo
• Jim Lee
• Ryan Stegman

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