Awards | Two titles from First Second won the graphic novel categories in the 2011 Cybils Awards, literary honors given by bloggers who write about children’s and young-adult books: Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl received the graphic novel prize in the Elementary & Middle School category, while Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost won in the Young Adult division. [Cybils]
Digital | With the Vita on the way, Sony is shutting down its PSP comics service, and users will lose their comics come September. [Gameranx]
Graphic novels | Craig Thompson’s Blankets made Oprah’s list of the eight greatest love stories of all time, taking its place alongside Brokeback Mountain and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. [Oprah.com]
The Digital Revolution: Dirk Deppey recently pooh-poohed the notion of same-day digital and print releases, but Marvel announced last week that they were going to do just that with the Invincible Iron Man Annual #1. Although lots of observers, myself included, saw this as a move to the iPad, Dirk suspects the true audience is elsewhere:
Question: If Marvel really is betting on the “very zeitgeisty iPad” to “get people who don’t want or can’t go to a comic shop,” why on Earth are they betting on a device that has sold just over two million units, as opposed to the more general cellphone and smartphone markets, where such numbers are considered a drop in the bucket, or their website subscription service, which is available to everyone who owns a computer? Answer: They aren’t, which is why the “very zeitgeisty iPad” is never mentioned in the press release, while the other two avenues are. Oh, the Iron Man Annual in question will doubtlessly be available on the iPad, but that’s not what Marvel is selling here, and if I’m going to be damned in Nerd Court, I’d like the prosecution to at least get its facts straight first.
He also sees this as one step in a very gradual transition to digital, not a giant leap into the future.