Here’s the lineup:
There are some well-sourced rumblings out there that DC is ending its First Wave line. The First Wave books centered around several pulp heroes, including Doc Savage, The Spirit, the Blackhawks, and Rima the Jungle Girl.
The reason isn’t entirely clear, but the stand alone DOC SAVAGE and SPIRIT books were selling below 10K copies, which is well into the danger zone on today’s comics.
Just to forestall a heart attack by Mike Richardson, I’ll spoil the answer right here: YES.
The reason the question even came up is some dissension following Dark Horse’s win in the Diamond Awards for “Best Manga Publisher,” which, given the wide ranging publisher programs of Viz, Yen and TokyoPop was surprising, to say the least, as Johanna explained:
Following the shock at his death, a well-justfied outpouring a remembrances of Dwayne McDuffie flowed out yesterday. A few words kept appearing over and over: respect and honesty. In a business where pettiness and jealousy are motivations far more than we’d like to admit, McDuffie seemed to rise above all that.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America annually presents the Nebula Awards to the best in those genres. The complete list of nominations is here but we’ll mentioned two. Barry Deutsch’s HEREVILLE: HOW MIRKA GOT HER SWORD is nominated in the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy category. And SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD was nominated for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation.
Speaking of literary awards, the LA Times Book Awards announced their finalists yesterday and the new graphic novel category yielded the following honorees:
Jill Pantozzi, a recent Pilgrimite, surveys some of the Pilgrim offerings on the craft website. Please don’t read too much symbolism into the irony of a post entitled “Scott Pilgrim Lives” with a Day f the Dead figure. It’s these contradictions that make life more interesting. Love him or hate him*, he’s here to stay.