2014 Scribe Award Winners

iamtw950x350-logo CROPThe International Association of Media Tie-In Writers revealed the winners of the 2014 Scribe Awards at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Novel Adapted

  • Pacific Rim by Alex Irvine

General Novel Original

  • Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad

Speculative Novel Original

  • Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Short Stories

  • “So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane

Young Adult

  • Archie Comics: Kevin by Paul Kupperberg


  • Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright


  • Diane Duane

2014 Eisner Award Winners

eisners2014_01San Diego Comic-Con International announced the winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on July 25.

Best Short Story

  • “Untitled,” by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

  • Hawkeye #11: “Pizza Is My Business,” by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series

  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • The Wake, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (Vertigo/DC)

Best New Series

  • Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

  • Itty Bitty Hellboy, by Art Baltazar and Franco (Dark Horse)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second)

Best Humor Publication

  • Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)

Best Anthology

  • Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)

Best Digital/Webcomic

Best Reality-Based Work

  • The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker (M Press/Dark Horse)

Best Graphic Album—New

  • The Property, by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

  • Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, by Donald Westlake, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • RASL, by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

  • Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Goddam This War! by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

  • The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka (PictureBox)

Best Writer

  • Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

  • Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Sean Murphy, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Cover Artist

  • David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)

Best Coloring

  • Jordie Bellaire, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero (Image); The Massive (Dark Horse); Tom Strong (DC); X-Files Season 10  (IDW); Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery (Marvel); Numbercruncher (Titan); Quantum and Woody (Valiant)

Best Lettering

  • Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground (IDW)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

Best Comics-Related Book

  • Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth,  by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell (LOAC/IDW)

Best Scholarly/Academic Work

  • Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design

  • Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

  •  Joe Field

Will Eisner Hall of Fame

  • Judges’ Choices: Orrin C. Evans, Irwin Hasen, Sheldon Moldoff
  • Recipients: Hayao Mizazaki, Alan Moore, Bernie Wrightson

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing

  • Robert Kanigher
  • Bill Mantlo
  • Jack Mendelsohn

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

  • Legend Comics & Coffee, Omaha, Nebraska
  • All Star Comics, Melbourne, Australia

Two More 2014 Comic-Con Links

(1) San Diego’s NBC affiliate reports HBO is treating fans to a free Game of Thrones tattoo:

At the exhibit, in the buzzing Gaslamp District just outside of Comic-Con, artists from the San Diego tattoo shop “Left Hand Black” offered free tattoos of symbols from the series.

Two tattoo artists were paid by HBO to offer the unique opportunity to die-hard fans.

“Yesterday I did 20,” one artist told NBC 7.

The interest is strong, with about 40 fans per day are getting inked up. The line outside is first come first serve, but fanatics said it was worth the wait.

“I slept out on the concrete; I was waiting outside at 9 p.m. last night,” said “Game of Thrones” fan John Stumpf.

(2) The LA Times’ impressive gallery “Faces of Comic-Con 2014” contains 120 photos of cosplayers at Comic-Con.

Heroic Coverage of Comic-Con

For the Los Angeles Times’ pop culture blog Hero Complex the opening of the San Diego Comic-Con is the pinnacle of the geek social season. Here is a sampling of its extensive coverage.

There’s a roundup of celebrity appearances and odd entertainments in Cumberbatch, Radcliffe sightings and more in San Diego:

Daniel Radcliffe is coming to Hall H: But not to discuss his most famous role as the Boy Who Lived. Rather, the “Harry Potter” star will be on hand to talk up a decidedly different turn in the horror movie “Horns,” which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the Joe Hill novel, “Horns” tracks Radcliffe’s Ig, who gains unusual powers after he is accused of murdering his girlfriend and wakes up looking much like the monster he’s suspected of being.

The work of IDW special projects editor is celebrated in IDW’s Scott Dunbier champions comics artistry with heroic precision, producing hardcover art books using scanned-in original artwork.

Artwork used for Artist’s Editions is scanned and reproduced in full color so that readers can see the non-photo-blue pencil lines artists use to lay out a page before doing detailed art — lines that disappear in other means of copying.

“You get more of a sense of what was done, what the artist was thinking, what changes he made, what corrections he did, what corrections he didn’t do — there’s a lot to be studied,” said “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola, who collaborated with Dunbier on a newly released Artist’s Edition collection of his own work.

Using full-color reproduction on black-and-white pages was a lesson Dunbier learned in the 1990s while trying to photocopy Neal Adams pages he had for 60 or so fellow comic book art enthusiasts in an amateur press association.

Two Comic-Con exhibits by a famed film director are described in Guillermo del Toro takes fans into ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Pacific Rim’:

The director helped create two immersive worlds for the Legendary booth at the convention, a virtual reality encounter where fans can train to pilot a Jaeger–the giant, neurally linked robots from his 2013 science-fiction epic “Pacific Rim”– and a Gothic gallery they can stroll through to enter the world of his next project, the 2015 haunted house film “Crimson Peak.”

To enter the “Crimson Peak” portion of the booth, which Del Toro gave press a tour of Wednesday night, fans walk through snow-covered gates into a space that includes evocative props and costumes from the film. Set in a deteriorating mansion in 19th century northern England, “Crimson Peak” stars Mia Wasikowska as a young author who discovers her charming husband (Tom Hiddleston) isn’t who he seems to be. The objects in the gallery spell out clues from the film — there’s a book on the history of insects, a bloody knife, a portrait of an intimidating matriarch. A moth print in the wallpaper spells out the word fear.

Somewhat disappointing is Hero Complex blogger Rebecca Keegan’s article “Outcry, action against harassment grows”, a lengthy but superficial account that repeatedly fails to probe the claims of people on both sides of these important questions.

Geeks for CONsent’s petition is taken at face value, despite gaining a trivial number of signatures compared another social justice effort, last year’s petition against the movie made from Orson Scott Card’s novel.

On the other hand, Comic-Con’s David Glanzer is allowed to avoid accountability for refusing to upgrade SDCC’s anti-harassment policy, while boasting about the event’s security and city-mandated emergency services — as if the only misbehavior worthy of concern is something that would require intervention by the police.

“Anyone being made to feel uncomfortable at our show is obviously a concern for us,” Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer said in an email. “The safety of our attendees is a primary concern of ours. For this reason we have more staff and security than other events of our type. In addition we also have a command post in the lobby of our event that is staffed with members of the San Diego Police Department, fire and other emergency services.”

Then, despite her awareness of John Scalzi’s personal policy towards cons which lack anti-harassment policies (“Last summer, Scalzi wrote a blog post titled “My New Convention Harassment Policy,” saying he would only be a panelist or guest of honor at a convention that has a clear, visible and enforced harassment policy. More than 1,100 people, including several other authors, co-signed his post.”), she gives him a complete pass –

Though Scalzi’s publisher, Tor Books, had already booked him to attend Comic-Con this year, he decided to hold his event, a reading and signing, at a location outside the convention center.

– by failing to ask how this appearance within the orbit of Comic-Con reconciles with his policy.


Drive to Change SDCC Harassment Policy Dead in the Water

Geeks for CONsent’s effort to grow support for anti-harassment policies by protesting the San Diego Comic-Con’s less than state-of-the-art Code of Conduct has completely stalled. There is unlikely to be a revision before the con begins July 24.

Geeks for CONsent’s petition on Change.org failed to gain any traction. Less than 150 signatures have been added in the past month. Only 2,514 people have signed altogether.

Nor in recent weeks have major media outlets paid much attention to the drive to pressure Comic-Con management to upgrade its anti-harassment policies. The most significant reference was in Publishers Weekly’s pre-convention coverage.

Celebrities have either ignored the campaign or, using their own risk/reward analysis, have decided there’s little risk of negative publicity from attending. John Scalzi, whose decisions are always a bellwether, announced two days ago he has tweaked his Comic-Con plans but not abandoned them.

I’ll be at various off-site events, including a reading at the Grand Horton Theater on Thursday afternoon (July 24, 1:30pm to 2:30pm). I will not be at the San Diego Convention Center or participating on panels….

No being on the convention floor or wandering the corridors or loitering outside of Hall H looking for movie stars, no. I’ll be signing books for Tor to give away at their booth; I’ll be signing those in my hotel room, most likely. Now, note: My reading is off campus but is affiliated with the convention, as I understand it. But in that case, if someone acts like a harassing asshole at my event, I can have them bounced and reported.

Gallifrey 2015 Fully Booked

Every year I read about the San Diego Comic-Con selling out its passes as fast as people can get online – as it did again last week but with fewer complaints thanks to a new system capable of accommodating the vast demand.

However, I was surprised to discover Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who convention in Los Angeles, performed the same feat on Friday, selling all its memberships in 75 minutes.

While Gallifrey One reportedly has an attendance limit of 3,700 and Comic-Con hosts over 130,000 – I was impressed just the same.

People who can’t get in are asking if the committee plans to move to a bigger facility. The answer is

No.  Gallifrey One is a fan convention. Let’s explain how fan conventions work. Every human being involved in this convention is a volunteer – we do this on our spare time.  We are not paid employees.  We are fans just like you, with one minor difference… we got off our butts and put on a show 25 years ago, and never stopped. Doing this sort of thing takes personal money; tons of meetings; hours behind our computers on evenings & weekends; valuable vacation time away from work; making promises to dozens of guests in writing that require large sums of money (and losing sleep over it in the process; ask our program director who literally doesn’t sleep for six weeks prior to the convention each year!); and so forth. We do this not for money (we certainly don’t make any; we are a registered California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) but for the love of the show only. We do not and cannot serve the entire Doctor Who fan community. Our convention is, simply put, at the maximum size it can be that allows our all-volunteer staff to run it every February without it adversely impacting our jobs, our lives, our families (at least, any more than it already does)… and we have ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST in growing the convention beyond its current size.

Kickstarter Funds Comic-Con Book

Alan Moore and Jack Kirby in 1985.

Alan Moore and Jack Kirby in 1985.

Jackie Estrada needed $18,000 of pledges to publish Comic Book People, a hardcover photo tribute to 40 years of Comic-Con. Her Kickstarter appeal was a complete success – by yesterday she’d received $28,360 in pledges from 438 backers.

Estrada has been taking photos at comic book conventions for decades. Comic Book People will publish 600 shots of comic creators and other notables from the 1970s and 1980s. Most will be in black-and-white, but there will be a 16 page color section.

Here are just a few of the people she plans to include:

Golden and Silver Age greats like Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Carl Barks, Bob Kane, Harvey Kurtzman, C. C. Beck, Murphy Anderson, Jules Feiffer, Gardner Fox, L. B. Cole, Alex Schomburg, Mike Sekowsky, Curt Swan, Jack Katz, Joe Kubert, John Romita, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Bill Woggon, [and] Wally Wood…

SF & fantasy authors, such as the great Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, Leigh Brackett, George R. R. Martin, Theodore Sturgeon, Clive Barker, Douglas Adams, Larry Niven, Walter Gibson, Jerry Pournelle, and many more…

Her goal is to have the 160-page book ready for Comic-Con this July.

Buy Comic-Con International Badges February 8

sd comic con logo CROPIf you watched Sheldon and the gang last week on Big Bang Theory desperately refreshing their computer screens as fast as they could attempting to access Comic-Con’s ticket sales webpage– well, that’s not how it’s going to look this year.

When the sale begins at 9 a.m. Pacific on February 8, here’s how the process will work according to the San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog.

The sale will begin “shortly after 9:00 AM Pacific Time”, though as previously reported, you’ll be able to enter the EPIC Registration landing page starting at 7 AM. You’ll need your registration code, which will be e-mailed at least 24 hours prior to the sale — which in this case, means by Friday morning at the latest. If you don’t receive this code, you’ll still be able to access it from the Member ID page.

Shortly after that 9AM start time, you’ll be randomly sorted into a place in line. This means that unlike in earlier years, there is no advantage to being the first one into the waiting room — but there is still a disadvantage to arriving later than that 9AM start time, as you’ll then be placed in the back of the line.

The con’s own official badge preregistration info is here.

In 2012 and 2013 Comic-Con badges sold out in 90 minutes. And this year it’s not possible to buy 4-day memberships, only tickets for each day.

Fans confronting the new process have been so vocal about their anxiety that Comic-Con created this 6-minute video tutorial explaining it from start to finish.