Nilah Magruder wins the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award for M.F.K.

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As announced this weekend, the first Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award was given out, and the winner was Nilah Magruder for her webcomic M.F.K.

Disclosure: I was one of the judges for this award. And I couldn’t be happier that Magruder won.

Matt Wayne on What Dwayne McDuffie Meant To Comics

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Although it’s in Playboy, it’s SFW and a must read: former Milestone managing editor Matt Wayne on his friend, the late great Dwayne McDuffie:

Society of Illustrators announces the complete Comic and Cartoon Art Annual winners

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Last year the Society of Illustrators added a medal competition for comics arts, parallel to those they have long given out for illustration. And here are the 2015 winners. While the judges weren’t revealed, The judges, chaired by Steven Guarnaccis and R. Sikoryak, are a prestigious let, . A complete list of artists selected for […]

Children’s Choice Book Awards nominate several kids graphic novels

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Graphic novels for children are on a roll these days, and that was backed up by the Children’s Choice Award nominations, as reported by the CBLDF blog. Winners will be chosen by children voting online. GN nominees are noted in RED.

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on This One Summer winning the Caldecott and Printz Honors

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The Canadian cousins discuss their recent historic wins

YALSA 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is out

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) releases a yearly list of recommended graphic novels, and this year’s list is out, 79 titles from a diverse range of publishers, from Batman to the Kingsmen to Moonhead and the Music Machine. The list celebrates “the enormous variety of the graphic format including tales about forgotten heroes […]

Riad Sattouf’s “The Arab of the Future” wins top honor at Angoulême festival prizes

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The winners are in. and Riad Sattouf won the top prize for Album of the Year, for his L’Arabe du Futur (The Arab of the Future) which will be published in the US this fall by Holt. As might be expected from the title, the book deals directly with the matter of the day, and I expect it will get a lot of attention. Sattouf is well known in France for his cutting social humor, and is also a prize winning film director. Here’s the rest of the winners with my rough translations of the prize names from the official site—the only American prize was Chris Ware’s Building Stories for the Jury Prize.

Katsuhiro Otomo wins Grand Prix at Angoulême

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In what is not a shock but is a break with tradition, Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of Akira and Domu, has been awarded the Grand Prix at the 42nd annual Festival d’Angoulême which is taking place as we speak.

Otomo beat out beloved Belgian cartoonist Hermann (the safe choice) and Alan Moore, who probably would have just chucked it into his garden and forgotten about.

Marge and Bill Woggon selected for the Eisner Hall of Fame, 13 on the ballot

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Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buehl, the magazine cartoonist who created Little Lulu, and Bill Woggon, creator of Katy Keane, an early example of crowd sourced comics, have been selected for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame by this year’s judges. An additional 13 names will be on the ballot for the awards: Lynda Barry, […]

GLAAD Media Award nominees honor five including Lumberjanes

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The annual GLAAD media awards, recognizing ” fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives” in the media came out yesterday, and five comics were nominated.

Guardians of the Galaxy gets Best Adapted Screenplay nod from WGA

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Well, this is a shock. The script by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman for Guardians of the Galaxy has been nominated for the very prestigious Writer’s Guid of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Superhero movies very rarely get award nominations outside of tech categories. so this is quite a kudo for a movie that […]

Broken Frontier Awards 2014 winners: women, Image dominate

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The comics news website Broken Frontier has announced the winners of its annual awards, as chosen by readers and industry professionals. Image Comics was a winner, as you might expect, but female creators won in 5 of the 13 categories, suggesting that the arrival of talented and noteworthy women in comics is a thing that is here and now and not some hoped for future event. The winners are as follows:

2015 Eisner judges announced: D’Angelo, Graham, Howe, Kirtley, McFee and Thompson

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The judges for the 2015 Eisner Awards have been announced, and as usual they are a stellar group: Carr D’Angelo, librarian/professor Richard Graham, Marvel the Untold Story author Sean Howe, academic Susan Kirtley, volunteer Ron McFee and the incomparable Maggie Thompson, who I can’t believe has never been a judge before!

The judges will meet in early April to binge read every comic put out in 2015, and nominees will be announced shortly afterwards. More info here.

PW Comics World’s Critics polls reveal what was and is

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PW’s annual Graphic Novel critics poll, which I oversee, is out. This One Summer was the winner, which is hard to argue with. There’s also a list of books of the year selected by the graphic novel reviewers. It’s a small group, but they usually get it right. I thought it would be fun to look up past winners. The very first one isn’t online, but it’s a pretty strong list overall, and clicking the links will immediately take you back to whatever people were talking about in comics that year:

Master List: The Best Comics of 2014

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Trying to keep up with all the end of year Best of lists for comics? Graphic Policy has you covered. . They’re not only keeping a tab of the lists, but adding up the mentions. It will not surprise you to know that Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant is leading the list, with […]

Angoulême Festival Prize nominees announced

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The nominees in the four juried categories of the FIBD 42 have been announced, 35 “Official Selections”, 12 in the “comics for young readers” category, 10 in the “best reprint” category and 5 in the “mystery novel” aka Polar category (all descriptions are my own.) “Polar” which you see so often in various listing at Angoulême, as best I can make out, tarnslates as a “light mystery” or thriller category….kind of the popular genre in Franco-Belgian comics, as opposed to say, superheroes. If I’m wrong, please someone correct me.