2016 Russ Manning Award nominees are announced and three of them are women

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The wave of promising young female cartoonists that we’ve all been seeing change the face of comics got a bit of an endorsement with the release of this year’s nominees for the Russ Manning the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award.

The Manning Award, as it’s commonly know, is presented every year at the San Diego Comic-Con as part of the Eisner Awards to “a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics.”

The 2016 nominees are:

Review: Japanese artist Rokudenashiko charts the real obscenity in her memoir

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Just yesterday it was reported that a Japanese court had found artist Rokudenashiko’s vagina figurines to be considered art and not obscenity, but less stressed in the headlines was that the court also found her guilty of “distributing digital data of indecent material” and hit her with a fine. It’s that last case that is […]

Frank Miller, James Harvey, the art of coloring, the artists reputation and….a mystery

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The other day we told you about a Frank Miller DKIII variant cover that had everyone talking about its (depending on your point of view) minimalist and/or shockingly incompetent art style.

After some twitter discussion, artist James Harvey took it upon himself to show that Miller’s recent work might be suffering from a misplaced coloring esthetic.

And then all hell broke loose.

Frank Miller is at it again as his variant to DKIII #4 has everyone talking

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    A Frank Miller variant cover for this weeks Dark Knight III issue #4 has come under fire on twitter. All of Miller’s variants for DKIII have been a bit, um, bold, with things like showing the outline of Superman’s junk and the like. This one has been castigated up and down the tweetosphere, […]

Russ Manning Award submissions are now open

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The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award is presented annually to a talented new artist, and submissions have opened with a May 27 deadline. All the details are in the link, but here are the eligibility requirements: 1. The artist must be a newcomer to the comics field, with no professional work published prior to January […]

Review: Silent parable The Ark is science fiction as sacred text

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This silent, black and white work from French artist Stephane Levallois, and the publisher Humanoids, best known for his storyboard work on films like Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and others, is like reading a cryptic, visual sacred text revealing a lost history that can only be understood on a allegorical level. Divided into […]