Pacific Northwest College is starting a new graphic award for comic arts, called the Oregon Book Awards in Graphic Literature. Anyone can submit an entry before the deadline of August 26 at 5:00 p.m. (for a $40 fee). The award is to honor outstanding graphic work by Oregonian creators and will be given out during the spring 2012 Oregon Book Awards. If you know of a work eligible and deserving, go here for more information on submissions.John Hogan
Those in the New York area: MoCCA has announced a new discussion, Will Eisner's Evolution: From The Spirit to A Contract with God and Beyond for Thursday, August 4th. The panel will be moderated by Danny Fingeroth and will feature Denny O'Neill, David Hajdu, and N.C. Christopher Couch. It takes place at 7 p.m. and costs just $7 (but is free for members). The panel ties in with MoCCA's current exhibits Will Eisner's New York and In the Spirit of Will Eisner.John Hogan
This might have been my favorite announcement from San Diego Comic-Con. I'm a huge fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes. In fact, it's my all-time favorite. It's the first comic book I ever bought, and I love it to this day. And everybody loves Star Trek, right? So a team-up between these two legendary institutions is an epic event in my book.John Hogan
Congratulations to all the Eisner Award winners and nominees! Last night’s Eisner ceremony, the Oscars of the comics industry, recognized some of the best and the brightest talents at work in the field today. It was especially good to see good friend of the site Raina Telgemeier win for Smile, which is definitely deserving of the great honor. Below is a list of all the winners!
Best Short Story
“Post Mortem” by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark in I Am an Avenger #2 (Marvel)
Wednesday, July 20, is a big night for a lot of comics fans. On the West Coast, thousands of people will be flocking to preview night at San Diego Comic-Con. Back East, though, another legendary event will be going on. If you're going to be in the New York City area that night, you may want to plan on attending The Fine Art of Comics at the Whitney Museum. Check out this lineup speaking that night: Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, and Gary Panter.John Hogan
Are you a fan of Burn Notice, the action-packed spy series on USA Network? If so, take note: You can combine two of your loves (TV and graphic novels) here. The show is now offering an online graphic novel at its website. The 12-part first volume is also interactive, so as burned spy Michael Westen tries to track down the people who double-crossed him, you can play games and get tons of background information on the show and its characters. Fans should definitely check it out!John Hogan
Library wins graphic novel library collection worth more than $25,000 at ALA’s Annual Conference In New Orleans
At the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana June 24-27, LeVette Fuller from Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana was the lucky recipient of the $20,000+ Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway, sponsored by Brodart Company, Diamond Book Distributors, and GraphicNovelReporter.com.
The Comic Book Theater Festival continues with Action Philosophers! (featuring Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, Plato, and more), adapted from Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's hit book. The festival is taking place in Brooklyn's Williamsburg's section at The Brick, and you have four opportunities to catch the light-hearted but very thought-provoking (and action-packed) play: June 23, 28, and 29 and July 1 (at 7:00 p.m. each day). Tickets are just $15 and well worth it. Click here for more details.John Hogan
There's a very interesting article in the latest issue of Wired (and online here) about dwindling monthly issue sales for comics and the upcoming market for comics on the iPad. Writer Douglas Wolk profiles comiXology cofounder David Steinberger and analyzes how the digital marketplace (currently only about 1% of sales for the industry) is expected to grow exponentially soon.John Hogan
Several good friends of the site are partnering to throw a very interesting and exciting webinar this month. It's of particular to a lot of the audience we serve here at GNR. We strive to build a bridge for parents, teachers, librarians, general readers, and more to find the common ground of comics. That's exactly what this will do.John Hogan