Our judges have adjudicated; our readers have voted, and we’re proud to present to you a very special award; the Chip Zdarsky Award for Achievements in Working With Chip Zdarsky. We invited you to vote on all of Chip's major collaborators in 2015 (and we definitely didn't leave anyone out), and you chose a winner.
Here's Chip Zdarsky himself, on this, the day officially commemorating his birth, to talk about all five nominees and the proud winner.
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comics adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week we're looking at a webcomic for the first time, and in fact it's one of the most respected and long running comics on the web, Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics.
Now you my be wondering how it would be possible to make an entertaining movie out of a web comic in which each installment has the exact same artwork with only the dialogue changed. Honestly, I wonder that too. That's why I would hire Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to write and direct this movie. As the team behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie, they have a proven track record of making very funny films out of material that ought to be disastrous. So let's get them talking to Mr. North, and see what they can figure out.
Comics are often set in opposition to “serious” literature, but that convention is one that has long been flouted by highly esteemed, award-winning authors who grew up reading comic books and aren’t ashamed to talk about their continued love for the medium. Some of them have even tried their hand at writing comics, or have populated their novels with characters who are cartoonists.
Here are ten literary luminaries who have close relationships with comics. Some may surprise you --- but a few won't come as much of a shock! Most are living; some are literary giants that we've lost. Together they represent a diverse swath of the globe. Something they all have in common is excellence: Among these ten writers are three National Book Award winners, two Pulitzer Prize winners, two Mann Booker Award winners, two Nobel Prize Laureates, one MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, one National Humanities Medal recipient, one Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and one knight!
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