Libertarian Special Award to Stanley

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced a Prometheus Special Award to be presented to cartoonist Mark Stanley for the first chapter of his webcomic Freefall. The comic debuted on March 30, 1998 and the first chapter completed on July 11, 2016, making it eligible for consideration as a complete work. Stanley will receive a plaque and a gold coin. Freefall is the third comic to be honored by the LFS.
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Eisner Nominees

The nominations for the Eisner Awards, given for excellence in comic books, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Best Short Story

  • “The Comics Wedding of the Century,” by Simon Hanselmann, in We Told You So: Comics as Art
  • “The Dark Nothing,” by Jordan Crane, in Uptight #5
  • “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1
  • “Monday,” by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor, in One Week in the Library
  • “Mostly Saturn,” by Michael DeForge, in Island Magazine #8
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God!” by Kim Deitch, in Kramers Ergot 9

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

  • Babybel Wax Bodysuit, by Eric Kostiuk Williams
  • Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson
  • Blammo #9, by Noah Van Sciver
  • Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  • Sir Alfred #3, by Tim Hensley
  • Your Black Friend, by Ben Passmore

Best Continuing Series

  • Astro City, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
  • Kill or Be Killed, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  • The Mighty Thor, by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
  • Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Limited Series

  • Archangel, by William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith, Butch Guice, and Tom Palmer
  • Briggs Land, by Brian Wood and Mack Chater
  • Han Solo, by Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks
  • Kim and Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera
  • The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta
  • We Stand on Guard, by Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce

Best New Series

  • Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  • Clean Room, by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
  • Deathstroke: Rebirth, by Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, et al.
  • Faith, by Jody Houser, Pere Pérez, and Marguerite Sauvage
  • Mockingbird, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

  • Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World, by James Sturm
  • Burt’s Way Home, by John Martz
  • The Creeps, Book 2: The Trolls Will Feast!, by Chris Schweizer
  • I’m Grumpy (My First Comics), by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

  • The Drawing Lesson, by Mark Crilley
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson
  • Rikki, adapted by Norm Harper and Matthew Foltz-Gray
  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Bad Machinery, vol. 5: The Case of the Fire Inside, by John Allison
  • Batgirl, by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm
  • Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, by Jessica Abel
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Best Humor Publication

  • The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp, by Lee Marrs
  • Hot Dog Taste Test, by Lisa Hanawalt
  • Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm
  • Man, I Hate Cursive, by Jim Benton
  • Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, by G. B. Trudeau

Best Anthology

  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #26: dADa, edited by David Schilter and Sanita Muizniece
  • Island Magazine, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios
  • Kramers Ergot 9, edited by Sammy Harkham
  • Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists, edited by Santiago Garcia

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Dark Night: A True Batman Story, by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso
  • Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel
  • March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir, by Tom Hart
  • Tetris: The Games People Play, by Box Brown

Best Graphic Album—New

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew
  • Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, by Dave McKean
  • Exits, by Daryl Seitchik
  • Mooncop, by Tom Gauld
  • Patience, by Daniel Clowes
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • Demon, by Jason Shiga
  • Incomplete Works, by Dylan Horrocks
  • Last Look, by Charles Burns
  • Meat Cake Bible, by Dame Darcy
  • Megg and Mog in Amsterdam and Other Stories, by Simon Hanselmann
  • She’s Not into Poetry, by Tom Hart

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Equinoxes, by Cyril Pedrosa, translated by Joe Johnson
  • Irmina, by Barbara Yelin, translated by Michael Waaler
  • Love: The Lion, by Frédéric Brémaud and Federico Bertolucci
  • Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al.
  • Wrinkles, by Paco Roca, translated by Erica Mena

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew
  • Goodnight Punpun, vols. 1–4, by Inio Asano, translated by JN Productions
  • orange: The Complete Collection, vols. 1–2, by Ichigo Takano, translated by Amber Tamosaitis, adaptation by Shannon Fay
  • The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime, by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, translated by Frederik L. Schodt
  • Princess Jellyfish, vols. 1–3 by Akiko Higashimura, translated by Sarah Alys Lindholm
  • Wandering Island, vol. 1, by Kenji Tsuruta, translated by Dana Lewis

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

  • Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings, by Glen Baxter
  • Barnaby, vol. 3, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds
  • Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca
  • The Realist Cartoons, edited by Paul Krassner and Ethan Persoff
  • Walt & Skeezix 1931–1932, by Frank King, edited by Jeet Heer and Chris Ware

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

  • The Complete Neat Stuff, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins
  • Fables and Funnies, by Walt Kelly, compiled by David W. Tosh
  • Trump: The Complete Collection, by Harvey Kurtzman et al., edited by Denis Kitchen and John Lind
  • U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories, by Sam Glanzman, edited by Drew Ford

Best Writer

  • Ed Brubaker, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet
  • Kurt Busiek, Astro City
  • Chelsea Cain, Mockingbird
  • Max Landis, Green Valley; Superman: American Alien
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer; Descender, Plutona; Bloodshot Reborn
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard

Best Writer/Artist

  • Jessica Abel, Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars
  • Box Brown, Tetris: The Games People Play
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop
  • Tom Hart, Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Mark Brooks, Han Solo
  • Dan Mora, Klaus
  • Greg Ruth, Indeh
  • Francois Schuiten, The Theory of the Grain of Sand
  • Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Lion
  • Brecht Evens, Panther
  • Manuele Fior, 5,000 km per Second
  • Dave McKean, Black Dog
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress
  • Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon; Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

  • Mike Del Mundo, Avengers, Carnage, Mosaic, The Vision
  • David Mack, Abe Sapien, BPRD Hell on Earth, Fight Club 2, Hellboy and the BPRD 1953
  • Sean Phillips, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed
  • Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress

Best Coloring

  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Green Valley
  • Elizabeth Breitweiser, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special, Kill or Be Killed, Velvet; Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
  • Laura Martin, Wonder Woman; Ragnorak; Black Panther
  • Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine; Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord

Best Lettering

  • Dan Clowes, Patience
  • Brecht Evens, Panther
  • Tom Gauld, Mooncop
  • Nick Hayes, Woody Guthrie
  • Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer; Black Hammer
  • Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al.
  • Comic Riffs blog, by Michael Cavna
  • Critical Chips, edited by Zainab Akhtar
  •, edited by Rob McMonigal
  •, edited by Megan Purdy and Claire Napier

Best Comics-Related Book

  • blanc et noir: takeshi obata illustrations, by Takeshi Obata
  • Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero, by Florentino Flórez and Frédéric Manzano
  • Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand
  • The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, vol. 1, edited by Bhob Stewart and J. Michael Catron
  • More Heroes of the Comics, by Drew Friedman

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

  • Brighter Than You Think: Ten Short Works by Alan Moore, with essays by Marc Sobel
  • Forging the Past: Set and the Art of Memory, by Daniel Marrone
  • Frank Miller’s Daredevil and the Ends of Heroism, by Paul Young
  • Pioneering Cartoonists of Color, by Tim Jackson
  • Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca

Best Publication Design

  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew
  • The Complete Wimmin’s Comix, designed by Keeli McCarthy
  • Frank in the Third Dimension, designed by Jacob Covey, 3D conversions by Charles Barnard
  • The Realist Cartoons, designed by Jacob Covey
  • Si Lewen’s Parade: An Artist’s Odyssey, designed by Art Spiegelman

Best Webcomic

  • Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla
  • Deja Brew, by Teneka Stotts and Sarah DuVall
  • Jaeger, by Ibrahim Moustafa
  • The Middle Age, by Steve Conley
  • On Beauty, by Christina Tran

Best Digital Comic

  • Bandette,by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Edison Rex, by Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver
  • Helm, by Jehanzeb Hasan and Mauricio Caballero
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden
  • Universe!,by Albert Monteys

Hall of Fame Inducteed
(all four will be inducted)

  • Milt Gross
  • H.G. Peters
  • Antonio Prohías
  • Dori Seda

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Obituary: Bernie Wrightson

Comic book artist Bernie Wrightson (b.1948) died on March 18 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He began working as an illustrator for the Baltimore Sun in 1966 and the following year decided to go into comics after meeting Frank Frazetta. In 1968, he began doing freelance work for DC Comics. In 1971, Wrightson co-created Swamp Thing with Len Wein. He drew illustrations for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and more recently did the production design for the Reavers in the film Serenity.

Obituary: Dan Spiegle

Comic artist Dan Spiegle (b.1920) died on January 28. Spiegel worked for Disney for many years and drew the comic version of Space Family Robinson. Some of his other titles included Korak, Son of Tarzan. He also drew Scooby Doo for Hanna Barbera and Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient for Dark Horse.

Obituary: Dick Gautier

Actor Dick Gautier (b.1931) died on January 13. Gautier may be best known as Hymie the Robot on Get Smart in the 1960s. He also portrayed Robin Hood on Mel Brooks’ short lived series When Things Were Rotten. He appeared in numerous other shows including Wonder Woman, Man from Atlantis, and voice work for several animated series. In addition, Gautier was a cartoonist and wrote the books The Creative Cartoonist and Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Figures in Action.

Utopiales Nominations

Nominees for the awards presented at Utopiales, the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival have been announced in two categories. The Utopiales European Award recognizes a novel or collection published in French whose author is a citizen of an EC country. The prize has a cash value of 2000 euros. The winners will be announced at the Utopiales International Science Fiction Festival of Nantes the weekend of October 29-November 3.

Utopiales European Award

  • La fenêtre de Diane, by Dominique Douay
  •, by Dimitri Glukhovsky. Translated by Denis E. Savine
  • Légationville, by China Miéville. Translated by Nathalie Mège (Embassytown)
  • Métaquine, by François Rouiller
  • Sous la Colline, by David Calvo
  • Le vivant, by Anna Starobinets. Translated by Raphaëlle Pache

Utopiales European Youth Award

  • Les Copies, by Jesper Wung-Sung. Translated by Jean-Baptiste Coursaud
  • Empreinte digitale, by Patrice Favaro
  • La source, by Maxime Fleury
  • Les sous-vivants, by Johan Héliot

Prix Utopiales 2016 du meilleur album de BD (Comics)

  • L’Apocalypse selon Magda, edited by Chloé Vollmer-Lo & Carole Maurel
  • Le dernier arpenteur des sables, edited by Jay Hosler
  • Ex Nihilo, edited by Stéphane Douay et Jean-François Kierzkowski
  • Nefer, Chants et contes des premières terres, edited by Arnaud Boutle
  • Pouvoirpoint, edited by Erwann Surcouf
  • Transperceneige Terminus, edited by Jean-Marie Rochette & Olivier Boquet
  • Zita, edited by Sylvie Fontaine

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Obituary: Robert Weinberg

Author Robert Weinberg (b.1946) died on September 25. Weinberg began publishing fiction in 1967 and from 1970 to 1981 edited the fanzine Pulp about pulp magazines. He wrote for Marvel Comics and was known for his art collection. Weinberg also ran a mail order book business until 1997. In 2012, Weinberg received a special committee award at Chicon 7, that year’s Worldcon.

Obituary: Gaspar Saladino

Letterer Gaspar Saladino (b.c.1926) died on August 3. Saladino tried to get a job with DC as an illustrator, but was hired by Julius Schwartz as a letterer instead. Beginning in 1966, Saladino did most of the cover lettering, logo design, and house advertising. he created the iconic title font for Swamp Thing.

Obtiuary: Richard Thompson

Cartoonist Richard Thompson (b.1957) died on July 27. Thompsons, who won the Reuben Award in 2010, was best known for his comic strip “Cul-de-Sac.” He also created a weekly comic for the Washington Post entitled “Richard’s Poor Almanac.” Thompson succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease, which he had been diagnosed with in 2009.

Obituary: Jack Davis

Artist Jack Davis (b.1924) died on July 27. Davis is best known for his work at MAD Magazine and for EC Comics, but also had a successful career creating movie posters, including the poster for the film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His comic work including Tales from the Crypt, Incredible Science Fiction, and Vault of Horror.