A sad story winds down.
In honor of the occasion, IDW is releasing a CAPTAIN CANUCK collection.
First, congratulations to all the Harvey Award nominees who were announced yesterday!
Now that that’s over with, let’s make some FRIENDS. Folks around the web seemed to be puzzled, irked and/or resigned by yesterday nominations. The Harveys noms are voted on by comics professional on an open ballot — you can write in whoever you please. Unfortunately, faced with the blank page, folks often decide it’s too onerous a task to remember the best of what came out in the previous year. Understandable. It’s unknown how many ballots are cast in the nominating process each year, but its suspected to be not very many because the results are invariably skewed by some voting bloc or another. The first well remembered example of this was 2002’s CrossGen showing. CrossGen’s Chris Oarr claimed he had merely distributed ballots at the company’s Florida campus/studio/sweatshop, and people had supported the home team, but it was a bit of a shock for many.
It was the first suggestion that a small voting bloc could make for a strong showing for a book outside the “usual suspects” of critical acclaim. (If you browse through the archives at this page, you’ll see that the nominees prior to 2002 — and most subsequent years — were quite respectable roundups of beloved cartoonists, many of them studied and reprinted and given other signs of mass critical acceptance.)
A few years ago Don Rosa and (later) Gemstone’s Disney comics began to show up regularly in the nominations. Once again, it seemed that a dedicated faction was getting together to represent their homeboy. It was kind of cheesy, but Disney comics are also beloved the world over, Don Rosa is a household name in Denmark, and, if it isn’t you cup of tea, at least there was some pedigree.
Unless, of course, you read Travis Seitler’s post here on the Beat that describes an organized ballot stuffing effort. Spurge calls for the Harveys to be ended , and Seitler’s whistle blowing may just be the last nail in the camel’s back — it’s going to be hard to take the Harveys seriously again.
§ In this Czech link from the Prague Writers’ Festival, you will find video of Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky Crumb and Gilbert Shelton attending said festival.
§ Rick Veitch reveals the Secret Origin Of The Sentry Part 1
Paul and I were old buds, having met while he was at Mirage Studios. We worked closely together on BRAT PACK and THE MAXIMORTAL at Tundra. Paul was focused mostly on production and editing back in those days but clearly had potential as a writer. He and I had often discussed a story he wanted to develop concerning an over-the-hill guy, struggling with addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog. Paul was trying to come up with a way to show the character’s addiction problem as a manifestation of the unconscious. At one point, if I remember correctly, Paul pitched a horror version of this plot to Steve Bissette for TABOO, although nothing came of it.
§ Jim Salicrup recalls Michael Jackson’s discussion to purchase Marvel, including much else of those heady days. [Via Comics Alliance]
§ Rich Johnston has a useful essay on How To Be A Celebrity At The San Diego Comic Con
How do I get the Comic Con clique to love me? This is the easiest thing of all. Go to the small press comic publisher booths. Walk along and buy something from every table you see. Might cost you $200 to $300 in total. The publishers and creators will twitter this instantly. Go to a panel for your movie, get there early, put your feet up and start reading from a stack of thse comics next to you. The word will spread. And you’ll be a Con God. could be worth an extra fifty grand on your next contract. And if you really really don’t like comics, there are recycle bins around the centre.
§ Cinematical chats with writer Justin Gray:
More people than ever dream about writing for Marvel and DC. What is it REALLY like to be a successful comic book writer? And what does it take?
JG: It is humbling, not everyone gets to make money doing what they love, which in my case is writing comics, film, TV, short stories and so on. I’ve been lucky, I have a great friend and writing partner who believed in me after I left the industry in ’98 and fought to have me work with him when people just wanted his name on their products. I’ve had varying degrees of success over the last eight years, but it has all been an invaluable learning experience that has helped me grow creatively. As far as what it takes to get into and survive in the industry I can only speak for myself. Joe and Jimmy opened a door after I spent a number of years being relentless and dedicated to proving it wasn’t impossible for a writer to break in. After that I feel I’ve had to continue to prove myself on every project. Sometimes the industry can be frustrating, but this frustration is much sweeter than many others I’ve faced. At the end of the day I know I keep pushing myself to do what I love.
Do you really need to know any more?
CLIVE BARKER will hold a brief conversation with GRANT MORRISON before the signing.
WHO: GRANT MORRISON
WHY: Signing Batman and Robin and his latest Hard Cover Book
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1st, 2009
MUSIC PROVIDED BY: iheartcomix.com & DJ Franki Chan
DRINKS: ASAHI & TIBETAN TEA
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ MELTDOWN
7522 SUNSET BLVD., L.A., CA, 90046
The spring Xeric winners have been announced and they are:
Joe Boruchow – Stuffed Animals: A Story in Paper Cutouts
Adam Bourret – I’m Crazy
Timothy Godek — !
Joshua Smeaton — Haunted
Note: Art is from each artist but not necessarily their Xeric winning project.
The Xeric Foundation has announced its most recent grant recipients. A total of $22,002 was awarded for five comic book projects. The Foundation has awarded in excess of $2M to comic book creators and nonprofit organizations since its first grant cycle in September 1992.
Established by Peter Laird, co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Northampton, MA based foundation offers financial assistance to self-publishing comic book creators in the US and Canada and to qualified charitable and nonprofit organizations in western Massachusetts.
The next deadline and review dates for comic book grants are September 30, 2009 and November 1, 2009, respectively. The charitable organization grants are decided annually in March and announced separately.
Artist Mitch Breitweiser and writer Patrick Stiles have a new webcomic called The Futurists — it’s a science fiction comic set during the Raj (English rule) in India in the 19th century — we hear that’s the hot new comics genre. And it’s purty as hell.
Blog@ has more and an interview:
DP: Another question I had was regarding the format. Mitch, I know you do a lot of work with Marvel, and so I’m curious what made you guys decide that a webcomic was the best format for this particular story.
MB: Given our current obligations, the internet is the most convenient and hassle-free way for us to publish. Plus, everyone likes FREE, and if we really want The Futurists to grow wings then why not give it away. If it fails, it’s a labor of love, no regrets.
Danielle Corsetto’s cartoons CNN appearance was canceled last night, but Becky Cloonan did appear on MTV the other night. So that’s a net win for us, right?