Friends of Lulu Awards — NOMINATE

As mentioned here before, nominations for the 2008 Lulu Awards are open. Anyone can nominate. These are the categories: The Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame nominees must have published work, whether self-published, company-published, or Web-published. An individual cannot win more than once. Women of Distinction nominees must have worked in the comic industry in a […]

Gene Colan ill

Over the weekend news spread quickly that Gentleman Gene Colan is suffering from liver failure. Gene’s wife Adrienne sentr out a letter, reproduced here: My darling, sweet, handsome and brilliantly gifted husband’s liver is failing. The complications are very nasty. This week it’s fluid retention and encephalitis. He’s on powerful meds now to diminish the […]

World Awards: Tezuka announced, Eagles MIA — UPDATE

§ 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Winners have been revealed: Masayuki Ishikawa won the 2-million-yen (about US$20,000) Manga Grand Prize for his Moyashimon medical comedy manga. The manga follows a college student who discovers that he can see and communicate with the germs all around him — germs that appear as super-deformed characters. This was […]

Smith, McCloud

J. Caleb Mozzocco has an excellent write-up of saturday’s Jeff Smith/Scott McCloud event at the opening of the Smith art show: There may not be a better illustration of the unique place Jeff Smith occupies in the history of comics—spanning the end of the black-and-white self-publishing boom and the beginnings of the current graphic novel […]

The Comic Book Murder!

DATELINE covered the Michael George case on Friday and a complete transcript and video excerpt are up. Lenora Ward: She knew our names. Immediately when we would walk in, she would light up with a smile. Many times, she would actually come around the counter to greet us. But not on this early evening, just […]

Tooner-views: Barry, Yang

§ Carol Kino profiles Lynda Barry in the New York Times: BY celebrity standards the cartoonist Lynda Barry leads a reclusive existence. When she first developed a cult following in the 1980s, she cut a highly public figure, with frequent appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman” and the like. But after the market for […]

Land o’ Links

§ Cameron Stewart’s new Illustration Blog>. § Everyone else linked to Cracked’s The 6 Creepiest Comic Book Characters of All Time. Who are we to say “Neigh!” § If you read one fashion writer’s take on the Met’s Superhero show it should be this one, by Pulitzer Prize winner Robin Givhan: Still, there is nothing […]