Obituary: Alan Kupperberg

Artist Alan Kupperberg (b.1953) died on July 16. Kupperberg worked as an artist on many Marvel comics in the 1970s and 80s, including The Invaders, Thor, Defenders, and Spider-Man.

Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the Eisner Awards, given for excellence in comic books, were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 10.

  • Best Short Story: “When the Darkness Presses,” Emily Carroll
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson
  • Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Best Limited Series: Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, by Eric Shanower & Garbriel Rodriguez
  • Best New Series: Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12): El Deafo, by Cece Bell
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen
  • Best Humor Publication: The Complete Cul de Sac, by Richard Thompson
  • Best Anthology: Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens
  • Best Digital/Webcomic: The Private Eye, by Brian Vaughan & Marcos Martin
  • Best Reality-Based Work: Hip Hop Family Tree, vol. 2, by Ed Piskor
  • Best Graphic Album—New: This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll h
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Winsor McCay’s Complete Little Nemo, edited by Alexander Braun
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: Showa 1939–1955 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuk
  • Best Writer: Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender; The Shadow Hero
  • Best Writer/Artist: Raina Telgemeier, Sisters
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): J. H. Williams III, The Sandman: Overture
  • Best Cover Artist: Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers
  • Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, DHP
  • Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: >Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Publication: Comics Alliance, edited by Andy Khouri, Caleb Goellner, Andrew Wheeler, & Joe Hughes
  • Best Comics-Related Book: Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth, vol. 3, by Dean Mullaney & Bruce Canwell
  • Best Scholarly/Academic Work: Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews, edited by Sarah Lightman
  • Best Publication Design: Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, designed by Jim Rugg
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Bill and Kayre Morrison
  • Hall of Fame: Marjorie ”Marge” Henderson Buell, Bill Woggon, John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Denis Kitchen, Frank Miller.
  • Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing: John Stanley & Don McGregor
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: (tie) Greg Smallwood; Jorge Corona
  • Spirit Retailer Award: Packrat Comics (Hilliard, Ohio)

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Bill Finger Award Recipients

Don McGregor and John Stanley will receive this year’s Bill Finger Award, presented at Comic Con International to recognize unsung writers in the comics field. Each year, the award is given to one living and one dead writer. Doyle began writing for Warren in 1971. At Marvel he wrote Black Panther and Killraven. Stanley began writing Little Lulu in the 1940s and created much f the comic’s support cast. Much of Stanley’s work was published anonymously and he left the field in the 1970s and died in 1993.

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Norman Lee Missing

Comic artist Norman Lee disappeared while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands on March 5. Local authorities began to search for him although the search was quickly reclassified as a search and recovery mission rather than a rescue. According to an official announcement, “The currents in that area are strong and it is unlikely that we will make any recovery at this stage.” Lee, who was snorkeling with his wife, has drawn comics for DC and Marvel, including X-Men, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and Supergirl.

Prix Utopiales

The Prix Utopiales winners were announced at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction on October 31. 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: L’esprit du Melkine, by Olivier Paquet
  • Prix Extraordinaire: Chris Foss
  • Prix du meilleur scénario de jeux de rôle: Les Brumes de Saint-Malo, (for the game Les Larmes du Cardinal) by Pierre Éric Mouton
  • Prix du meilleur jeu vidéo réalisé à la Game Jam: Neuromance, by Bastien Kerspern, Charles Perinet, Rémi Gourrierec, Alain Puget, Pierre Chabiland, and Louis Godart
  • Prix de la meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction: Punk Rock Jesus, by Sean Murphy
  • Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de courts métrages: Reset, by Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Åkerström
  • Prix du public – compétition internationale de courts métrages: The Nostalgist, by Giacomo Cimini
  • Grand Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de longs métrages: The Midnight After, by Fruit Chan
  • Prix Syfy du public – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Predestination, by Michael and Peter Spierig
  • Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse: Pixel Noir, by Jeanne-A Debats
  • Prix Utopiales Européen: Sumerki , by Dmitry Glukhovsky; translated by Denis E. Savine

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Bhob Stewart Scholarship Fund

The New England School Of Art & Design has announced the creation of a scholarship fund in the name of Bhob Stewart. Stewart, who published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, taught at the school from 1970-1984.

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Marvel Settles with Kirby

Marvel has settled a long-running rights battle with the heirs of Jack Kirby. Kirby worked with Stan Lee in the 1960s to develop many of the iconic characters of the Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and others. Over the years Kirby’s heirs and Marvel have each sued each other over the creator credit and the Supreme Court was considering whether they should take up the case when the settlement was reached for an undisclosed amount and for undisclosed terms.

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Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the Eisner Awards, given for excellence in comic books, were announced fat Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 25.

  • Best Short Story: “Untitled,” by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Hawkeye #11: “Pizza Is My Business,” by Matt Fraction and David Aja
  • Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Best New Series: Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Itty Bitty Hellboy, by Art Baltazar and Franco
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12): The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): Battling Boy, by Paul Pope
  • Best Humor Publication: Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown
  • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson
  • Best Digital/Webcomic: The Oatmeal, by Matthew Inman
  • Best Reality-Based Work: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker
  • Best Graphic Album—New: The Property, by Rutu Modan
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: RASL, by Jeff Smith
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, edited by Dean Mullaney
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Goddam This War!, by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga
  • Best Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories #6
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Sean Murphy, The Wake
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye
  • Best Coloring: Jordie Bellaire, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero, The Massive, Tom Strong, X-Files Season 10, Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery, Numbercruncher Quantum and Woody
  • Best Lettering: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: >Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland
  • Best Comics-Related Book: Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell
  • Best Scholarly/Academic Work: Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II
  • Best Publication Design: Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Joe Field
  • Hall of Fame: Orrin C. Evans, Irwin Hasen, Sheldon Moldoff, Hayao Miyazaki, Alan Moore, Bernie Wrightson
  • Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing: Robert Kanigher, Bill Mantlo, Jack Mendelsohn
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Aaron Conley
  • Spirit Retailer Award: All Star Comics (Melbourne, Australia), Legends Comics and Coffee (Omaha, NE)

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Obituary: C. J. Henderson

Author C. J. Henderson (b.1951) died on July 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Henderson was the author of Brooklyn Knight and Central Park Knight as well as comics for Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, and Valiant.

Obituary: Dick Ayers

Artist Dick Ayers (b.1924) died on May 4. Ayers started inking comics in the 1940s and in 1949 co-created Ghost Rider with Ray Krank. After the copyright expired, he re-created a less horror-inspired Ghost Rider for Marvel along side Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich. He went on to ink several covers for Marvel and won the Alley Award for Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandoes. Ayers was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2007.