Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013 Eisner Award Winners

Winners of the 2013 Eisner Awards Announced at Comic-Con

July 30, 2013  •   by Troy Dove    •    Subculture Comics

The winners for the 25th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced on July 19, during this year’s Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), in San Diego, California.

One of the night’s biggest winners was Chris Ware’s critically acclaimed Building Stories (published by Pantheon) which won for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/Artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design. Also of note was Image Comics' Saga which took home awards for Best Continuing Series and Best New Series Best Writer. 
Building Stories (Pantheon)
Dark Horse received Eisners for Best Anthology for Dark Horse Presents and for Best U.S. Edition of International Material for Blacksad: Silent Hell - with artist Juanjo Guarnido winning Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art).

Artist David Aja was honored for his work in Marvel's Hawkeye with two Eisners, including Best Cover Artist and Best Inker/Penciller. Earning his fifth Eisner with IDW, Darwyn Cooke received the award for Best Adaptation From Another Medium, an award that was re-introduced this year, for his graphic novel, Parker: The Score.

Below is the full list of this year’s winners as chosen by comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers.

2013 Eisner Award Winners:
Best Short Story: “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman, in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (Fantagraphics)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): The Mire, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best New Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12): Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17): A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (FSG)
Best Humor Publication: Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)
Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Best Reality-Based Work (tie): Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Center for Cartoon Studies/Disney Hyperion); The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank M. Young and David Lasky (Abrams ComicArts)
Best Graphic Album—New: Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: King City, by Brandon Graham (TokyoPop/Image)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Pogo, vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash, by Walt Kelly, edited by Carolyn Kelly and Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Silent Hell, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
Best Writer/Artist: Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Penciler/Inker (tie): David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel), Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel); Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (IDW)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (Dark Horse)
Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); Fatale (Image); BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive (Dark Horse)
Best Lettering: Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The Comics Reporter, edited by Tom Spurgeon, www.comicsreporter.com
Best Comics-Related Book: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe (HarperCollins)
Best Educational/Academic Work: Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Publication Design: Building Stories, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Hall of Fame: Judges' Choices: Lee Falk, Al Jaffee, Mort Meskin, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sinnott

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Russel Roehling
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Chris Sparks and Team Cul deSac
Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Steve Gerber, Don Rosa
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Challengers Comics + Conversation, Chicago, IL

Saturday, July 27, 2013

SDCC 2013 Wrap Up

2013 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) Feature Film Wrap Up

July 27, 2013  •   by Troy Dove    •    Subculture Comics

Well over 100,000 comic fans descended upon the Gas Lamp district of San Diego last weekend (July 18-24) for Comic-Con International’s annual convention. The San Diego Comic-Con has grown to become the world’s third largest comic convention drawing distributors, vendor, celebrities, news agencies, movie studios, and fans from all over the world to the four day Fan-Fest.

DC Comics and Marvel Studios delighted audiences this year with an array of release dates for upcoming products, including a line-up of feature films that stretches all the way out to 2015.

Keeping up with all the new characters, story arcs, and release dates for all these new feature films can be difficult, even for the most die-hard fan, so we have compiled a short list of some of the most important feature film announcements from this year’s event.

Feature Film News:

Thor: The Dark World: Attendees got a sneak peek at the upcoming film and had the opportunity to ask questions. Scheduled for release August 8, 2013.

Thor: The Dark World: Scheduled for Release August 8, 2013.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Attendees were treated to footage of the upcoming film and a Q&A session with members of the cast. Scheduled for release April 4, 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Scheduled for Release April 4, 2014.

Amazing Spider-Man 2: Attendees got a sneak peek at the upcoming film and had the opportunity to ask Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) and Jamie Foxx (Electro) questions. Scheduled for release May 2, 2014.
Amazing Spider-Man 2: Scheduled for Release May 2, 2014.

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Marvel revealed that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine would appear as the time traveler sent back through time to change history instead of Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde. Attendees got their first glimpse of the Sentinels. Scheduled for release July 18, 2014.

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Scheduled for Release July 18, 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel released the list of cast members for the upcoming feature. Scheduled for release August, 2014.

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer; Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; Djimon Hounsou as Korath; Benicio del Toro as The Collector; John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey; Glenn Close as Nova Prime

Guardians of the Galaxy: Scheduled for Release August, 2014.
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron: Marvel announced the new villain for the Avenger’s sequel will be Ultron. Scheduled for release May 1, 2015.

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron: Scheduled for Release May 1, 2015.
Superman: Man of Steel 2: In an incredibly well received bombshell, DC announced that Superman and Batman will team up in the Man of Steel sequel. Scheduled for release Summer, 2015.

Superman: Man of Steel 2: Scheduled for Release Summer, 2015.