Ware’s Building Stries wins Lynd Ward Prize; Carré and Ellsworth honored


Adding to a pile of kudos that you will soon be able to make an actual building from, Chris Ware’s great Building Stories has won the Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year for 2013. Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré (Fantagraphics) and The Understanding Monster—Book One by Theo Ellsworth (Secret Acres) were the honorable mentions.

The Prize is presented each year by Penn State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to “the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident.”

Breaking: Graphic novels are DEFINITELY not just for nerds any more


Over the holiday weekend, I had a chance to view Ron Mann’s documntary Comic Book Confidential, about which I will have more to say at a future date, but the 1989 film serves as a nice recap of the story until the comics shop collapse of the 90s—from Wertham to Maus and Miller, a pretty […]

The mystery and joy of BCGF

This was the third indie show of the year—TCAF and SPX were the other two—where I experienced the complete rapture of falling in love with comics all over again for the first time. Love, death, mystery—when the first time happens all over again, you know you’re in the right place. I wasn’t the only one feeling the love.

On the Scene: BCGF 2012: Ware, McGuire, and Spiegelman on Creating the Architecture of Comics


The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this year was, by all accounts, pretty crowded and hot in the main building, but the governing factor was high attendance, and the discussion panels, held at The Knitting Factory, also confirmed the trend. They were highly attended, and for the most part, standing room only. This signals a […]

Chris Ware covers Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012 issue


Chris Ware contributed just another incredibly amazing cover for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2012 issue, which was heroically put out by the staff remotely when our offices went black during Sandy. Special props to our IT guy Ernie, who had to climb the 16 flights of stairs to the office numerous times. Not only is this the first time the PW logo has been redesigned, but Ware’s epochal Building Stories was the favorite of the entire staff not just the Comics Dept.

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012 Day Two


By Hannah Means-Shannon The revelries following the Ignatz Awards continued long into the night and crowded the lower levels of the conference center took over the bar and spilled out onto patios, steps, and walkways, but that didn’t stop expo-goers from taking in another day of star-powered panels on Sunday. The big names and signings […]

On the Scene: Small Press Expo 2012, Day One

Floor SPX

By Hannah Means-Shannon Things were buzzing at the Small Press Expo even before it officially began. A crowded hotel lobby, constant chatter, and a general sense of anticipation partly due to this year’s much-hyped stellar guests, erupted in substantial lines to get onto the floor once doors opened Saturday morning. Along with the outstanding list […]