Zenescope wants to get animated

Credits: Greg Horn, Zenescope Entertainment

Zenescope wants to get animated

Philadelphia – Local comic book publisher, Zenescope Entertainment, is hoping to enter its flagship property into a new medium. GRIMM FAIRY TALES is Zenescope’s longest running and best selling title. Through a Kickstarter campaign, Zenescope is looking to raise enough capital to produce a pilot episode for a GFT animated series.

Launched in 2005, the GRIMM FAIRY TALES comic book series stars Sela Mathers as the custodian of a book of fairy tales with great power, which she utilizes to help people through difficult points in their lives. Now, Zenescope wants to extend GFT into the world of animation. The company has partnered with Titmouse, Inc. to be the project’s animation studio and Jon Schnepp will direct the pilot episode. They have extensive experience with The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim animation block.

Zenescope has also announced some notable voiceover talent for the potential new animated series. “Game of Thrones” star, Lena Headey, has signed on to voice Sela Mathers. Actress Briana Evigan (“Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Sorority Row”) will also be lending her voice to the show.

Of course, all this is contingent on Zenescope meeting their crowd funding goal of $175,000. They are offering contributors some great rewards, such as digital, DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the show, exclusive comics and art prints, Special Thanks in the credits and more.

At the time of this writing, Zenescope has received pledges totaling $63,178 with 18 days left in the campaign. To contribute to the campaign, follow this link.

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New comic book releases 4/25/12

Credits: Admira Wijaya

New comic book releases 4/25/12

New comic book releases for the week of 4/25/12. This week sees a slew of titles that promise something for fans of all taste. The people behind SF’s Isotope – The Comic Book Lounge and iFanboy have been working with Grant Morrison to put together MorrisonCon which promises to be an interesting approach to presenting a different kind of comic convention. Mr. Morrison along with nine other industry stars will be meeting for 3 days in September (28th-30th) at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. Sign up on the website for email updates regarding the event. Locally, Escapist Comics has the Giant Size Comic Book Warehouse Sale slatted for April 28th and 29th from 10 AM – 6 PM. Comic fans are sure to find some really great deals at this event. Lastly, Revolution Comics creator Orlando Harding is gearing up to release his newest book entitled Night Stalker in May. With chracters first introduced in his series Pariah (previously discussed here) and set in San Francisco, this one promises to be an action packed tale! So, stick close and keep your eyes peeled for a review and interview with the series creator in the coming weeks. Until the next installment, head on down to your local comic shop with your pull list and grab some of your favorites. Enjoy!

DC/VERTIGO
ALL STAR WESTERN #8   $3.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #26      $2.99
AQUAMAN #8        $2.99
BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01        $29.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #4 2ND PTG        $2.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #8 $2.99
BLACK ORCHID DELUXE EDITION HC    $24.99
BLACKHAWKS #8    $2.99
FLASH #8  $2.99
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #8      $2.99
GOTHAM CENTRAL TP BOOK 04 CORRIGAN        $19.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #8   $2.99
I VAMPIRE #8      $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #8    $2.99
MAD MAGAZINE #515 $5.99
NEW DEADWARDIANS #2       $2.99
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #8 $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE SPECTRE TP VOL 01   $19.99
SPACEMAN #6      $2.99
STORMWATCH HC VOL 01      $29.99
SUPERMAN #8      $2.99
SUPERMAN SECRETS OF THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE TP   $19.99
TEEN TITANS #8   $2.99
VOODOO #8 $2.99MARVEL/ICON
ASTONISHING X-MEN #49  $3.99
ASTONISHING X-MEN EXALTED PREM HC $19.99
AVENGERS ROLL CALL       $4.99
AVENGERS ULT GUIDE TO EARTHS MIGHTIEST HEROES HC  $24.99
AVX VS #1        $3.99
BATTLE SCARS #6   $2.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #10       $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE #629  $2.99
DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE BIG BREAK TP $16.99
DAREDEVIL #11 OMEGA      $2.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION #5      $3.99
DARK TOWER TP BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL      $19.99
DARKHAWK CLASSIC TP VOL 01       $24.99
ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL TP VOL 01 NEW ED     $19.99
FEAR ITSELF WOLVERINE NEW MUTANTS PREM HC        $24.99
FF #17   $2.99
INCREDIBLE HULK PARDONED TP       $39.99
MARVEL PREVIEWS MAY 2012 EXTRAS  $0.75
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1    $2.99
MIGHTY THOR #13   $3.99
MMW DAREDEVIL TP VOL 03   $24.99
MMW DAREDEVIL TP VOL 03 DM VAR ED 41     $24.99
MOON KNIGHT #12  $3.99
NEW AVENGERS #25 AVX      $3.99
SCARLET SPIDER #3 2ND PTG STEGMAN VAR     $2.99
SECRET AVENGERS #21.1 2ND PTG ADAMS VAR   $2.99
SECRET AVENGERS #22 2ND PTG ADAMS VAR     $3.99
SECRET AVENGERS #26 AVX   $3.99
SUPERCROOKS #2    $2.99
TWELVE #12        $2.99
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #9 WITH DIG CDE $3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X ORIGINS TP      $19.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #11 AVX    $3.99
WINTER SOLDIER #1 2ND PTG BERMEJO VAR     $2.99
WINTER SOLDIER #2 2ND PTG BERMEJO VAR     $2.99
WINTER SOLDIER #3 2ND PTG BERMEJO VAR     $2.99
WOLVERINE #305    $3.99
WOLVERINE WOLVERINE’S REVENGE TP  $16.99
X-MEN LEGACY #265        $2.99
X-MEN WAR MACHINES PREM HC        $19.99

DARK HORSE
ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 02 DEVIL DOES NOT JEST       $17.99
ANGEL & FAITH #9 STEVE MORRIS CVR        $2.99
BPRD HELL ON EARTH PICKENS COUNTY HORROR #2       $3.50
GOON #39  $3.50
KING CONAN PHOENIX ON THE SWORD #4        $3.50
MASS EFFECT HOMEWORLDS #1 PALUMBO CVR     $3.50
MASS EFFECT TP VOL 03 INVASION    $16.99
STAR WARS BLOOD TIES BOBA FETT IS DEAD #1 PALUMBO VAR    $3.50
STAR WARS BLOOD TIES BOBA FETT IS DEAD #1 SCALF CVR       $3.50
STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE III EMPIRE LOST #6       $3.50
STAR WARS DARK TIMES OUT O/T WILDERNESS #5        $2.99
STAR WARS INVASION TP VOL 03 REVELATIONS  $18.99

IMAGE
ACTIVITY #5        $3.50
BLOODSTRIKE #27   $2.99
CHEW TP VOL 05 MAJOR LEAGUE CHEW  $12.99
DARKNESS #102    $2.99
NETHERWORLD #5    $3.99
REBEL BLOOD #2    $3.50

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLISHERS
ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #3       $3.99
ART OF AMANDA CONNER HC   $29.99
BART SIMPSON COMICS #70  $2.99
BOOK OF SITH SECRETS FROM THE DARK SIDE HC        $99.99
CLASSICS ILLUS DLX HC VOL 08 OLIVER TWIST        $24.99
CLASSICS ILLUS DLX SC VOL 08 OLIVER TWIST        $19.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #4      $3.99
CRUISIN W/ HOUND LIFE & TIMES TOOTE GN    $19.99
DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #4  $3.99
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS HC VOL 03 DOWN $21.99
EXILE PLANET O/T APES #2 $3.99
FEVER PITCH HOT GIRLS OF ELIAS CHATZOUDIS SC      $14.95
FOLLY CONSEQUENCES OF INDISCRETION GN    $18.99
FOOTPRINTS GN    $11.99
FRAZETTA FUNNY STUFF HC  $49.99
GAME OF THRONES #7       $3.99
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #12    $3.99
GREEN HORNET #24  $3.99
HELLRAISER #13    $3.99
JERUSALEM CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY HC        $24.95
KIRBY GENESIS #7 $3.99
MERCILESS RISE OF MING #1 $3.99
MICHAEL TURNER SOULFIRE DEFINITIVE ED TP VOL 01   $39.99
NINJETTES #3     $3.99
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR TP VOL 01  $14.95
PLAY BALL HC     $19.99
POPEYE #1        $3.99
PREVIEWS #284 MAY 2012    $2.70
PTERODACTYL HUNTERS IN THE GILDED CITY    $9.95
ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #7       $3.99
SECRET HISTORY BOOK 18    $5.95
SECRET HISTORY BOOK 19    $5.95
SIMPSONS CONFIDENTIAL TP  $15.99
SIXTH GUN TP VOL 03      $19.99
SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #12     $3.99
STEPHEN KING JOE HILL ROAD RAGE #3        $3.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ARCHIE 100 PG SPECTACULAR    $7.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #9   $3.99
TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ONGOING #4        $3.99
WARLORD OF MARS #17       $3.99

KIDS COMICS
ARCHIE #632    $2.99
ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #15        $3.99
JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #180       $3.99
RICHIE RICH GEMS #47      $3.99
SONIC SUPER SPECIAL MAGAZINE #3   $9.99
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 05       $11.99

MANGA
AIR GEAR GN VOL 23  $10.99
GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 12        $12.95
HIGH SCHOOL O/T DEAD COLOR OMNIBUS HC    $49.99

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2012 Eisner Awards

2012 Eisner Awards

2012 marks the Eisner Awards 24th year with gala awards ceremonies slated for July 13th Comic Con International in San Diego, CA. This annual event is named after the legendary comic creator Will Eisner and celebrates some of the comic book industries best creators and publications. This year’s list showcases some of the most innovative storytelling and talent representing a wide range of styles across the medium. With two new categories added this year (Best Publication For Early Readers and Best Educational/Academic Work) and four dropped from last (Best New Series, Best Adaptation from Another Medium, Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction, and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.) this list is a great resource for fans looking to discover this year’s best or those who never knew that comics could be more than “just superheroes”.  DC Comics and Marvel Comics lead this year’s nominations for publishers with 11 apiece plus two shared. Winners in each category are being voted on by comic creators, publishers, retailers, category nominees, editors, Graphic novel librarians,comic historians and educators from around the world.  With the ballots having gone out just this month, the voting process will continue until June 4th. Some stand outs from this year’s list include: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand designed by Eric Skillman (Best Publication Design and Best New Graphic Album),  Habibi written by Craig Thompson (Best Writer/Artist and Best New Graphic Album), and Daredevil by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Best Continuing Series). Check out this years nominees:

EISNER AWARD NOMINEES 2012

Best Short Story
“A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture,” by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #12 (Drawn & Quarterly)
“Harvest of Fear,” by Jim Woodring, in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #17 (Bongo)
“The Phototaker,” by Guy Davis, in Metal Hurlant vol. 2 (Humanoids)
“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)
“The Speaker,” by Brandon Graham, in Dark Horse Presents #7 (Dark Horse)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)
Ganges #4, by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics)
Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Princeless #3, by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin (Action Lab)
The Unwritten #24: “Stairway to Heaven” by Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Al Davison (Vertigo/DC)

Best Continuing Series
Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli (Marvel)
Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)

Best Limited Series
Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X, by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener (Red 5)
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)
Flashpoint: Batman—Knight of Vengeance, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo/DC)
The New York Five, by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly (Vertigo/DC)
Who Is Jake Ellis? by Nathan Edmondson & Tonci Zonjic (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
Beauty and the Squat Bears, by Émile Bravo (Yen Press)
Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, by Philippe Coudray (Candlewick/Toon Books)
Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)
Nursery Rhyme Comics, edited by Chris Duffy (First Second)
Patrick in a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, by Geoffrey Hayes (Candlewick/Toon Books)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12)
The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold, by Sholly Fisch, Rick Burchett, and Dan Davis (DC)
Amelia Rules: The Meaning of Life . . . And Other Stuff, by Jimmy Gownley (Atheneum)
The Ferret’s a Foot, by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue (Graphic Universe/Lerner)
Princeless, by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin (Action Lab)
Snarked, by Roger Langridge (kaboom!)
Zita the Space Girl, by Ben Hatke (First Second)

Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12–17)
Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
Around the World, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
Level Up, by Gene Yang and Thien Pham (First Second)
Life with Archie, by Paul Kupperberg, Fernando Ruiz, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Norm Breyfogle et al. (Archie)
Mystic, by G. Willow Wilson and David Lopez (Marvel)

Best Anthology
Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Nelson, edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix (Blank Slate)
Nursery Rhyme Comics, edited by Chris Duffy (First Second)
The Someday Funnies, edited by Michel Choquette (Abrams ComicArts)
Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, edited by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)

Best Humor Publication
The Art of Doug Sneyd: A Collection of Playboy Cartoons (Dark Horse Books)
Chimichanga, by Eric Powell (Dark Horse)
Coffee: It’s What’s for Dinner, by Dave Kellett (Small Fish)
Kinky & Cosy, by Nix (NBM)
Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse Books)

Best Digital Comic
Bahrain, by Josh Neufeld, www.cartoonmovement.com/comic/24
Battlepug, by Mike Norton, www.battlepug.com
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, by Tony Cliff, www.delilahdirk.com
Outfoxed, by Dylan Meconis, www.dylanmeconis.com/outfoxed
Sarah and the Seed, by Ryan Andrews, www.ryan-a.com/comics/sarahandtheseed01.htm

Best Reality-Based Work
Around the World, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)
Marzi: A Memoir, by Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia (Vertigo/DC)
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Vietnamerica, by GB Tran (Villard)

Best Graphic Album—New
Bubbles & Gondola, by Renaud Dillies (NBM)
Freeway, by Mark Kalesniko (Fantagraphics)
Habibi, by Craig Thompson (Pantheon)
Ivy, by Sarah Olekysk (Oni)
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
One Soul, by Ray Fawkes (Oni)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Big Questions, by Anders Nilsen (Drawn & Quarterly)
The Death Ray, by Dan Clowes (Drawn & Quarterly)
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
WE3: The Deluxe Edition, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (Vertigo/DC)
Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil (First Second)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim, by Alex Raymond and Don Moore, edited by Dean Mullaney (IDW/Library of American Comics)
Forgotten Fantasy: Sunday Comics 1900–1915, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
Prince Valiant vols. 3-4, by Hal Foster, edited by Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
Tarpé Mills’s Miss Fury Sensational Sundays, 1944–1949, edited by Trina Robbins (IDW/Library of American Comics)
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Government Issue: Comics for the People: 1940s–2000s, edited by Richard L. Graham (Abrams ComicArts)
The MAD Fold-In Collection, by Al Jaffee (Chronicle)
PS Magazine: The Best of Preventive Maintenance Monthly, by Will Eisner (Abrams ComicArts)
The Sugar and Spike Archives, vol. 1, by Sheldon Mayer (DC)
Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Bubbles & Gondola, by Renaud Dillies (NBM)
Isle of 100,000 Graves, by Fabien Vehlmann and Jason (Fantagraphics)
Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette (Fantagraphics)
The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)
Night Animals: A Diptych About What Rushes Through the Bushes, by Brecht Evens (Top Shelf)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
A Bride’s Story, by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
Drops of God, by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto (Vertical)
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Saturn Apartments, vols. 3-4, by Hisae Iwaoka (VIZ Media)
Stargazing Dog, by Takashi Murakami (NBM)
Wandering Son, vol. 1, by Shimura Takako (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer
Cullen Bunn, The Sixth Gun (Oni)
Mike Carey, The Unwritten (Vertigo/DC)
Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story (Dark Horse Books)
Jeff Lemire, Animal Man, Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. (DC); Sweet Tooth (Vertical/DC)
Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible (BOOM!); Daredevil (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
Rick Geary, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti (NBM)
Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)
Sarah Oleksyk, Ivy (Oni)
Craig Thompson, Habibi (Pantheon)
Jim Woodring, Congress of the Animals (Fantagraphics), “Harvest of Fear,” in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #17 (Bongo)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Michael Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)
Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)
Chris Samnee, Captain America and Bucky, Ultimate Spider-Man #155 (Marvel)
Marcos Martin, Daredevil (Marvel)
Paolo Rivera/Joe Rivera, Daredevil (Marvel)

Best Cover Artist
Michael Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC)
Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther (Marvel); Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite); Archie Meets Kiss (Archie)
Victor Kalvachev, Blue Estate (Image)
Marcos Martin, Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel)
Sean Phillips, Criminal: The Last of the Innocent (Marvel Icon)
Yuko Shimizu, The Unwritten (Vertigo/DC)

Best Coloring
Laura Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)
Bill Crabtree, The Sixth Gun (Oni)
Ian Herring and Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)
Victor Kalvachev, Blue Estate (Image)
Cris Peter, Casanova: Avaritia, Casanova: Gula (Marvel Icon)

Best Lettering
Deron Bennett, Billy Fog, Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Mr. Murder Is Dead (Archaia); Helldorado, Puss N Boots, Richie Rich (APE Entertainment)
Jimmy Gownley, Amelia Rules! The Meaning of Life . . . And Other Stuff (Atheneum)
Laura Lee Gulledge, Page by Paige (Amulet Books/Abrams)
Tom Orzechowski, Manara Library, with L. Lois Buholis (Dark Horse); Manga Man (Houghton Mifflin); Savage Dragon (Image)
Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Journalism
The AV Club Comics Panel, by Noel Murray, Oliver Sava et al., www.avclub.com/features/comics-panel/
The Beat, produced by Heidi MacDonald et al., www.comicsbeat.com
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, and The Comics Journal website, www.tcj.com, edited by Timothy Hodler and Dan Nadel (Fantagraphics)
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon, www.comicsreporter.com
TwoMorrows Publications: Alter Ego edited by Roy Thomas, Back Issue edited by Michael Eury, Draw edited by Mike Manley, and Jack Kirby Collector edited by John Morrow

Best Educational/Academic Work
Alan Moore: Conversations, ed. by Eric Berlatsky (University Press of Mississippi)
Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods, edited by Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan (Routledge)
Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield (University Press of Mississippi)
Projections: Comics and the History of 21st Century Storytelling, by Jared Gardner (Stanford University Press)

Best Comics-Related Book
Archie: A Celebration of America’s Favorite Teenagers, edited by Craig Yoe (IDW/Yoe Books)
Caniff: A Visual Biography, edited by Dean Mullaney (IDW/Library of American Comics)
Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising, edited by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard (Fantagraphics/Marschall Books)
Genius Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (IDW/Library of American Comics)
MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)

Best Publication Design
Genius Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (IDW/Library of American Comics)
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman (Archaia)
Kinky & Cosy, designed by Nix (NBM)
The MAD Fold-In Collection, designed by Michael Morris (Chronicle)
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, designed by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

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The ‘Cortes Stone’ is cursed and fun

Credits: Roland Bird, Arcana Comics

The ‘Cortes Stone’ is cursed and fun

Crossovers of corporately owned characters are a common occurrence in comics, but Curse of the Cortes Stone is a one-shot team up of three independently owned super heroes. Not so common. Published by Arcana Comics, the book stars The Wraith, Shadowflame and Johnny Saturn. The characters are individually owned by Frank Dirscherl, Joe Martino and Scott Story, respectively. The three heroes come together to stop a powerful otherworldly being from obtaining an artifact of immense power, The Cortes Stone.

Curse of the Cortes Stone is billed as a tie-in to the “War of the Independents,” a crossover event featuring hundreds of independent comic book characters. Written by The Wraith’s Dirscherl, with pencils by Roland Bird and inks from Jeff Austin, Curse is a mostly done in one story, though it makes several references to the regular adventures of the main characters, particularly that of The Wraith, and leads into the next installment of the crossover at the end. The team seems to be fighting one of the overall villains of the crossover, Orcus, but that is not entirely clear. This is actually refreshing if one is only reading this issue and not the overall “WotI” event and, likely, already or soon will know who he is, if following the whole event.

The storytelling is reminiscent of the ’90s, giving the book an instant “classic” super hero feel. Oddly enough, despite being written by his creator, the dialogue of The Wraith is the one cumbersome part of Dirscherl’s script. Though Shadowflame and Saturn have unique and fluid voices, The Wraith is bogged down in lengthy laughably stereotypical dialogue. “Reports also coming in indicate something I can scarcely believe, even while I know it to be true–” is particularly awkward, for example. If Shadowflame or Johnny Saturn heard him say “Foul denizen of evil! What is your purpose,” they’d likely turn from their foe and punch him square in the jaw themselves. Roland Bird’s and Jeff Austin’s art is crisp and on point, directing the reader clearly through the story. Though Bird did not do the original character designs of the three heroes, they are distinctive and visually appealing and Bird represents them well.

Whether following the “War of the Independents” event or just looking to enjoy a classic feeling super hero comic, Curse of the Cortes Stone is a satisfying read.

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‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ documentary opens this weekend

Credits: Mutant Enemy Productions

‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ documentary opens this weekend

When you eat, drink, sleep, and breathe comic books and nerd culture, San Diego Comic-Con becomes your Mecca. The annual conference attracts thousands of fans, artists, and creators every year to celebrate all things comic book and nerd culture related. It is a magical experience, but one frought with controversy and drama as over time it has drifted away from its focus on comic books and embraced giant studios and publishers over the little guys.

Now there is a documentary to embrace all that is good and wondrous about Comic-Con, to celebrate the fan’s experience as it has never been celebrated before. That documentary is Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.

Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary was released this weekend to fangasms and general excitement from the nerd community. Co-produced by Stan “The Man” Lee and Joss Whedon, Comic-Con Episode IV is like a love letter to Comic-Con and all that it is, was, and ever shall be.

n addition to interviews with such fandom heavy-hitters as Joss Whedon, Seth Green, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogan, and Eli Roth, Comic-Con Episode IVfollows four super-fans through their convention experience: The Collector, The Geek, The Designer, and one couple who exemplify true love and geekery at their finest. The documentary focuses on the experience of being a fan, and all that entails, from meeting your favorite artist or writer, to joining in the cos-play, to lovingly collecting the action figures and comic books we all covet so dearly.

Comic-Con Episode IV is currently available on demand and in select theaters. Visit the official website to find out how you can take a look at this brilliant documentary. Watch the movie trailer for Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.

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DC Comics New 52 redefining Aquaman

Credits: Cover by Ivan Reis

DC Comics New 52 redefining Aquaman

DC Comics New 52 redefining Aquaman. Ask anyone who has a passing knowledge of comics their opinion of Aquaman (created by Paul Norris) and normally between bouts of laughter you’ll be able to make out something about “he’s the guy who talks to fish”.  Then if you were to ask said comic fan if he would ever consider putting down his hard earned dollars to read a book centered on said hero, everyone in the room would stop laughing and the level of malice surrounding the given “No” would be staggering. But fear not comic fan, today is a new day and I am here with a reccomendation! With DC’s New 52 and the creative team of Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis(penciler), Joe Prado (inker), Rod Reis (colorist), Nick Napolitano (letterer), Sean Mackiewicz (asst. editor) and Pat McCallum (editor) the hero is poised to make you stop laughing and start paying attention.  52 is probably one of the best things that could have happened for this title’s hero.  Seven issues into the companies run on the reboot the team has managed to make  Aquaman compelling and give the world that he inhabits the majesty, mystery and magnitude deserving of someone who can survive the rigors of the deepest parts of the Earth’s oceans.  This should come as no surprise as Geoff Johns has a proven record of coming up with some of DC’s most creative work (check out his run on Green Lantern in 2011). Along with the layered writing the incredible art of Ivan Reis makes this a title that I wish came out twice a month. For those looking to find a new superhero comic to follow, check out this new spin on an old classic character, the action continues to pick up and it looks like it is going to be an incredible ride to whatever Geoff Johns and team have in store. Aquaman #8 hits stands April 25th.

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