Last weekend at Baltimore Comic-Con, the 27th annual Harvey Awards were held, and in one of the least surprising developments in the history of the Harveys, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga took home a few more awards to add to a shelf that I'm sure is already collapsing under the weight of its many honors.
Named for MAD Magazine editor and cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman (who, interestingly enough, did not win the award he was nominated for this year), the Harveys are voted on by industry professionals, and this year's winners represent a pretty interesting crop of current comics, including CA favorites like Lumberjanes, Hellboy In Hell, and even Dick Tracy. Check out a full roster of winners and nominees below!
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.
If you've not come across Blacksad before, created by Spanish authors Juan Diaz Canales (writer) and Juanjo Guarnido (illustrator), it is an anthropomorphic noir series, set in 1950s America, centering around eponymous trench-coated private investigator, John Blacksad, a lithe, witty and cynical cat. Wildly popular France since the release of the first book in 2000, it's equally loved around the world, having been translated in 23 languages, with Dark Horse doing the honors for English reading audiences. This fifth and latest volume, Amarillo, was published in its original French in November last year, with October seeing the release of the English language edition. It's a few rungs above, thanks to Canales' writing: mixing up the mystery with social issues at the time, but largely due to Juanjo Guarnido's breathtaking watercoloured art and the superb manner in which he amalgamates human and animal characteristics.
The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
Movies: It looks like the cast of The Avengers filmed an extra scene over the weekend, and not a moment too soon to make the film's May 4 premiere. Fans will probably want to stay after the credits to see if anything goes down...
Not long after "Blacksad" returned to American publication via Dark Horse's collection of the series' first three volumes, select artwork from its fourth installment allegedly began sprouting online. Flash forward to September 1, though, and fans of Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido's anthropomorphic feline detective can pretty easily discern that the previous art is not only legit, but a pretty hearty taste of what's to come in "Blacksad" Vol...
Last week Dark Horse reintroduced English-reading audiences to Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido's "Blacksad," with a new hardcover collecting the first three volumes of the planned four-part series. We we...
When I first read Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido's initial "Blacksad" chapters back in the mid 2000s, I couldn't help but think -- and I'm paraphrasing a bit -- "Man, this is like a Don Bluth movie for people who like awesome things." Natu...
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