Obituary: Carson van Osten

Artist Carson van Osten (b.1945) died on December 22. Van Osten began drawing for Disney in 1970 and over the years worked on comic books and animation for Disney and other studios. He created the Disney Comic Strip Artist’s Kit, a primer on perspective. In 1980, he moved into management at Disney and was named a Disney Legend earlier this year.

Don Perlin Health Fundraiser

Comic artist Don Perlin has undergone several surgeries recently. Clifford Meth has begun a GoFundMe campaign to help Perlin cover costs. Perlin has worked on Werewolf by Night, The Defenders, and Ghost Rider for Marvel and has also worked for Valiant Comics.
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ICN Awards

The Irish Comic News has announced the winners of their annual ICN Awards.

  • Best Artist Published in Ireland: Paul Bolger
  • Best Writer Published in Ireland: Paul Bolger & Barry Devlin
  • Best Irish Artist Published Outside Ireland: Declan Shalvey
  • Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland: Maura McHugh
  • Best Colourist Published in Ireland: Ruth Redmond
  • Best Irish Colourist Published Outside Ireland: Jordie Bellaire
  • Best Letterer: Darren Brown
  • Best Digital Comic: Death’s New Lease on Life
  • Best Webcomic: NHOJ Comics
  • Best Irish Creator Comic Published in Ireland: Hound
  • Best Irish Creator Comic Published Outside Ireland: 2000AD
  • Best Newcomer: Séan Hogan
  • Best Irish Comic Related Blog/Website: Geek Ireland
  • Best Irish Comic Related Event: Dublin Comic Con
  • Best IRish Comic Shop: The Big Bang
  • Best Irish Anthology: Lightning Strike
  • Overall Best Irish Comic: Hound
  • Best Irish Comic Cover: Heavy Black
  • Best Publisher: Lightning Strike
  • Best Comic Related/Featured Irish Podcast: The Irish Pubcast

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Prix Utopiales Awarded

The Prix Utopiales winners were announced at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction. The awards carry a prize of €3000 and are presented for works produced by Europeans and published in French in the year of eligibility. The Julia Verlanger Prize is a literary award established in 1986 which honors science fiction and fantasy novels.

  • Prix Julia Verlanger: Lum’en, by Laurent Genefort
  • Prix Extraordinaire: Manchu
  • Prix du meilleur scénario de jeux de rôle: Un prophète, (for the game Cthulhu by Pierre Jean-Marc Choserot
  • Prix du meilleur jeu vidéo réalisé à la Game Jam: Button Factory, by Samuel Bouchet, Pierre Chabiland, Rémi Gourrierec, and Louis Godart
  • Prix de la meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction: Les Ogres-Dieux, edited by Hubert and Bertrand Gatignol
  • Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de courts métrages: World of Tomorrow, by Don Hertzfeldt
  • Prix du public – compétition internationale de courts métrages: Juliet, by Marc-Henri Boulier
  • Prix Canal+ – compétition internationale de courts-métrages: Portal to Hell!!!, by Vivieno Caldinelli
  • Grand Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Évolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  • Prix Syfy du public – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Moonwalkers, by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
  • Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse: Humains, by Matt Haig; translated by Valérie Le Plouhinec
  • Prix Utopiales Européen: L’Autre Ville, by Michal Ajvaz; translated by Benoît Meunier

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Obituary: Murphy Anderson

Comic book artist Murphy Anderson (b.1926) died on October 23. Anderson co-created the characters the Atomic Knight and Zatanna and helped create the look for Adam Strange. He worked on both Hawkman and the 1960s version of The Spectre. Prior to working for DC, Anderson drew the Buck Rogers comic for two years.

Stern and Mouly Honored

Françoise Mouly and Alan Stern will be among those honored with the American Ingenuity Award by the Smithsonian on November 12. The American Ingenuity Awards are selected by a poll of Smithsonian directors to find innovators making a difference in their fields. Mouly is being honored for her work on comics such as Raw, while Stern is being recognized as the leader of the New Horizons mission to Pluto.
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Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards were presented at the Baltimore Comic Con on September 27. The awards, named for Harvey Kurtzmann, recognize excellence in comics and sequential art. This year, Chip Zdarsky declined his Special Award for Humor in Comics noting that the nomination should have recognized his collaboration with Matt Fraction. According to Zdarsky, the committee refused to add Fraction to the ballot or remove Zdarsky from the ballot.

  • Best Writer: Mark Waid for Daredevil
  • Best Artist: Fiona Staples for Saga
  • Best Cartoonist: Terry Moore for Rachel Rising
  • Best Letterer: Jack Morelli for Afterlife With Archie
  • Best Inker: Danny Miki for Batman
  • Best Colorist: Dave Stewart for Hellboy In Hell
  • Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples for Saga
  • Most Promising New Talent: Chad Lambert for Kill Me from Dark Horse Presents
  • Best New Series: Southern Bastards
  • Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga
  • Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Dick Tracy, by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis
  • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents
  • Best Graphic Album — Original: Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters Of Turkey Hollow
  • Best Graphic Album — Previously Published: Mouse Guard: Baldwin The Brave And Other Tales
  • Best Single Issue or Story: “Breaking Out,” Dark Horse Presents #35
  • Best Domestic Reprint Project: Steranko Nick Fury Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition
  • Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Blacksad: Amarillo
  • Best Online Comics Work: The Private Eye, by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente
  • Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky for Sex Criminals
  • Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, by Andrew Farago
  • Best Original Graphic Publication for Young Readers: Lumberjanes
  • Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, by Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, and Chris Stevens

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Finger Gets Credit

DC Entertainment has announced that Batman co-creator Bill Finger will receive some form of credit for co-creating the character with Bob Kane on both the television show Gotham and the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The form of acknowledgement hasn’t been announced, nor has an indication that the credit will carry through to future Batman releases.
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Variety Comics Closes

Variety Comics, the longest continuously operating comic store in Chicago, has announced that it will close on October 31 after 41 years in business. Everything in the store will be on sale during its last weeks.

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Bergen Street Comics to Close

Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, NY for the past six years, has announced that they will be closing their doors next month. More details on the closing, as well as future plans, will be released in the next few days.

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