San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is looming just over the horizon, and that means that it's almost time for the annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Today, the nominees were announced, and Image Comics led the pack with 20 nominations across all categories, including four out of five of the nominations for Best Continuing Series, with the remaining spot going to Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye at Marvel.
Also interesting to note: While there were several nominations for Vertigo titles like Trillium and The Wake, DC's "New 52" line of superhero titles was almost completely shut out, with their only nod coming from Scott Snyder's nomination for Best Writer. Check below for the whole list.
Comics industry professionals, remember that next Monday, March 31, is the deadline to cast your votes for the next group of inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
This year's judges' selections are Irwin Hasen (The Flash, Wildcat, Green Lantern for DC; Dondi syndicated strip), Sheldon Moldoff (Batman artist), and African American comics pioneer Orrin C. Evans (All-Negro Comics), and four more will be determined by your votes. The nominees are: Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Hayao Miyazaki, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O’Neil, Antonio Prohias, Rumiko Takahashi, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson.
Comic-Con International has revealed the three automatic inductees and 14 nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2014. The automatic inductees are Golden Age artist Irwin Hasen and Sheldon Moldoff, and Orrin C. Evans. Hasen is best known as the co-creator of the Dondi comic strip, as well as for his work on The Flash,Green Lantern and Wildcat for DC. Moldoff, who passed away in 2012, was an uncredited artist on early Batman stories, co-creating Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and the original Batwoman, among others. Orrin C. Evans was the publisher of the seminal All-Negro Comics, the first known comic to be written and illustrated exclusively by African-American creators.
The 14 nominees for the Hall of Fame include Dennis O'Neil, Alan Moore, Hayao Miyazaki and Bernie Wrightson, among other notable creators. You can view the full list and press release below.
If you're planning to go to each day of San Diego Comic-Con International this year, get ready to register for five different passes instead of one, catch-all badge for the entire show.
Comic-Con International's organizers have announced its registration and pricing structure for this year's convention in San Diego, and it's a real head-scratcher. Full weekend passes aren't part of the deal. Only single-day passes are available, and entrance to the customary Wednesday preview night requires registrants to buy passes for all four other days.
The nominees for the 2013 Eisner Awards have been announced, so this week on War Rocket Ajax, it's a roundtable discussion of who got a nomination, who got snubbed, and what it all means for comics. To that end, we welcome ComicsAlliance contributors Dylan Todd and David Wolkin to the show, and you can listen right here
The nominees for the 2013 Eisner Awards were announced this afternoon, and it is a varied and impressive list. In terms of publishers, Fantagraphics leads the pack with a robust 24 nominations, followed by Image Comics with 17 (and one shared) and IDW with eight (also with one shared.) Close behind i
Attention, everyone who's registered for this year's San Diego Comic-Con International 2012: You won't be able to share your badge with friends this time around - and you might want to ensure that you're carrying a photo ID with exactly the same name as is on the badge at all times, just in case. Yes, Comic-Con
Each year when the Eisner Award nominations are announced, I rush to my computer to see who was nominated for the Best Digital Comic category. Just like fans of print comics, I have my favorites: creators who really rocked this year; workhorses who have turned out solid comics every week for years; innovators who are doing exciting new things with the format.
The Eisner Award nominees for 2012 were announced yesterday, and eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that while two new categories appeared -- Best Publication for Early Readers and Best Academic/Educational Work -- four other categories were missing from the list: Best Writer/Artist--Nonfiction, Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best New Painter, and most surprisingly, Best New Series.
Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada explained the decision in the press release that accompanied the announcement:
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