Manga About A British Explorer Wins the German Children’s Literature Award for Nonfiction!


The Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize) is awarded each year as part of the festivities surrounding the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair). Celebrating its 60th year, it is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. This year, the award for nonfiction was awarded to Kristina Gehrmann, for the first […]

CXC: Tyler and Aragones share CXC Master Award; Trudeau and Czap also honored


  The CXC festival was held over the last four days in Columbus and the Sunday night driving home tweets were all very happy. I’ve pieced together the award winners from Tweets and Instagrams and what not. You can see more photos and news at the CXC FB page. The CXC Master Award was shared […]

Charles Adlard named UK Comics Laureate


He’s not quite Bob Dylan yet, but Walking Dead Artist Charlie Adlard was just named the UK’s Comics Laureate at a ceremony at the Lake Comics Festival which is now going on. Adlard succeeds Dave Gibbons in this august role. As both a gentleman and an artist who knows his way around severed heads, oozing […]

Harvey Awards to partner with ReedPOP, leaving Baltimore Comic-Con


Update: A pervious version of this story used the word “purchased” regarding ReedPOP’s invlvement but it is a partnership similar to the one the Harvey Awards had with Baltimore Comic Con. The Beat has learned that ReedPOP, the company that runs New York Comic Con and 28 other pop culture events worldwide, will partner with the Harvey […]

March Book 3 is named National Book Award Finalist


March Book Three, the inspiring story of the US civil rights movement and the life of Rep. John Lewis, continues its awards season progress as it was named a finalist in the Young People’s Literature category. It’s only the fourth graphic novel to be nominated for this prestigious award, but yet another triumph for this book.  What […]

Graphic novelists Yang and Redniss win MacArthur”genius” grants


  Two comickers have won MacArthur Fellows grants, commonly known as the “Genius”grants, as announced today: Gene Luen Yang and Lauren Redniss. Along with 21 other winners, Yang and Redniss will receive a $625,000 grant reflecting “their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.” Gene Luen Yang is of course well known for his […]

Live blogging the 2016 Ignatz Awards


Hey hey, don’t know how long my power will last, but we’re here for the only US comics awards that cartoonists RACE to get to. Director Warren Bernard thanks volunteers and guests and remembers Alvin Buenaventura and Richard Thompson Nate Powell: I feel SPX is my home planet. “It’s proven itself the most inclusive scene I’ve […]

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics announces 2017 judges


Entering its third year, the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics is a prestigious honor and a wonderful way to keep McDuffie’s spirit alive. The judges for 2017 have just been announced, and entries are open. And disclaimer, I am once again a judge and extremely honored to do so. The awards have a new […]

Next Year’s Angoulême Comics Festival Will Not Be As Awful As This Year’s


Relying on the old Google translate a bit here, but it looks like the 44th Festival of Comics of Angoulême has taken some steps to make sure it is not as horrible, sexist and out of touch as this year’s, an event which provided months of fodder for scorn, sarcasm and calling people “un cretin […]