The 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards took place at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego on Friday night, and it was a great night for diversity, for women in comics, for comics aimed at a younger audience, and for the future of the industry.
In terms of star power, Comic-Con International in San Diego may still have the edge, but as far as attendance is concerned, there's a new king of the mountain in comic conventions.
ReedPOP, the organizers behind New York Comic Con, sold passes to 151,000 people for the event at the Javits Center this weekend, making it bigger than San Diego's historic convention by about 21,000 attendees. San Diego's attendance has been capped at 130,000 for years now.
Comics-industry insiders say Comic-Con International's history with San Diego is too well-established for the convention's organizers to ever pick up and move to another city, but many are fretting about just that after a tax plan that would have paid for an expansion to San Diego's convention center went bust.
Last month, the Fourth District Court of Appeals struck down a hotel levy that would have been the main funding mechanism for improvements to the convention center. The San Diego City Council decided last week not to appeal that ruling, leaving the convention center in quite a fix. The expansion plan was a big reason why Comic-Con re-upped with San Diego through 2016.
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San Diego's Comic-Con International has a problem that it doesn't want to address. See, a few weeks back, a group called GeeksForCONsent launched a petition urging Comic-Con to adopt a formal harassment policy in place of the broad, basically unenforceable "code of conduct" that's currently in place. Like many conventions, SDCC has a huge problem with women -- particularly women cosplayers -- being harassed by other con-goers and dubious media "professionals", and the present policy offers victims little recourse.
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Illustrator Sara Richard has drawn covers for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, created the Eisner-nominated Kitty & Dino, and is currently working on a children's book. She's also recently launched the website Haute PopC, where she illustrates haute couture fashion based on pop culture.
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.