Nice art: Afu Chan draws brawls like no one's business

Who the heck is Afu Chan? He drew a story in SPERA, the fantasy anthology by Josh Tierney that also sports art by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, and Emily Carroll, and was published by Archaia. But a glance at his Deviant Art page reveals an illustrator very much in the modern, pan-comics Moebius-inspired vein, but with violent, pastel brawls breaking out all over the place.

Lucey and Dirks selected for 2012 Eisner Hall of Fame

This year’s Eisner nominating panel has made their choices for automatic inclusion in the Hall of Fame: Rudolph Dirks, who pioneered the newspaper comic strip with The Katzenjammer Kids, and Harry Lucey, a long time Archie artist credited with co-creating the characters.

In addition, the judges selected 14 more nominees for the general ballot, from which four will be selected for inclusion into the Hall of Fame: Bill Blackbeard, Howard Chaykin, Richard Corben, Carlos Ezquerra, Lee Falk, Bob Fujitani, Jesse Marsh, Tarpé Mills, Mort Meskin, Dennis O’Neil, Dan O’Neill, Katsuhiro Otomo, Trina Robbins, and Gilbert Shelton.

Oscar noms: 11 for HUGO, one for Tintin; complete list

The nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards are in, and HUGO led the way with 11 noms, including best picture, director and screenplay. Based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated children’s novel, if you squint a bit, it qualifies as a “graphic novel” movie.

The animated films list is a bit of a surprise: Steven Spielberg won’t get to correct his Golden Globes gaffe of forgetting to thank Hergé in his acceptance — the mocap extravaganza wasn’t even nominated. Instead the indie releases A CAT IN PARIS and CHICO & RITA were selected. The former hasn’t even opened here yet but looks cool.