Tasty art, trashy manga, an interview extravaganza, and crazy monsters.
Chinese artist Xiao Bai was just presented with the Gold Award in the International Manga Awards. The prize, founded by Japan’s former otaku-loving prime minister Taro Aso are presented to recognize international achievements in the manga style. Bai won for “So Far, So Close,” a time travel story about a woman who meets her own son.
Legendary Archie artist Stan Goldberg started his career in the Golden Age coloring countless covers for Atlas, but in the Silver Age he was as a colorist for Marvel, working on such things as the cover to the very first issue of The Fantastic Four and desinging the color schemes for much of the seminal line. So it’s fitting that he’s been tagged to draw a variant cover for the new FF #1 featuring the new line-up, which features Spider-Man. The interiors are by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting while other variant covers are by Daniel Acuna, Gerard Parel and Marko Djurdjevic.
Eisner judges have selected four automatic inductees into the Hall of Fame instead of the usual two because, in the words of administrator Jackie Estrada, “The judges felt that some significant contributors to comics’ history were being consistently overlooked by the regular voters. Choosing only two creators to induct was proving too difficult this year. The solution they chose was to single out individuals from four aspects of the medium.”
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United Media, the syndicate behind such beloved comic strips as Pearls Before Swine and Get Fuzzy (above) and scores of other great strips of the past, is outsourcing its comics syndication business to Universal Uclick, according to a press release.
In syndication terms, this is as if DC suddenly outsourced its publishing to Marvel. New York-based United and the similarly named but Kansas City-based Universal uClick — which is owned by publisher Andrews McMeel, were long two of the three biggest comics syndicates — King Features is the third — and oversaw the immensely lucrative and popular icons of the comics pages for decades.
Japanese publishing giant Kodansha and Dai Nippon Printing have joined up to purchase Vertical, Inc., the American publishing company that specializes in Engilsh-language versions of Japanese literature, including manga by Tezuka, Kou Yaginuma, and Felipe Smith, among others. The companies each purchased about 46 percent of the company, which has about $930,000 in capitalization.
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.