San Diego Wins Comic-Con Trademark Case

A jury gave a positive verdict to Comic-Con International in its three year old trademark lawsuit against the Salt Lake Comic Con. The lawsuit stems from 2014 when the Salt Lake convention drove a high end car labeled “Salt Lake Comic Con” around San Diego during the San Diego convention. Although Comic-Con International sued for $12 million in damages, they were only awarded $20,000.
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Pastimes Hit By Van

A minivan crashed into Pastimes Comics and Games in Niles, Illinois on October 12, causing the store to close while cleanup was underway. Pastimes has noted that nobody was in the store at the time of the accident and cleanup was proceeding quickly. The driver of the van, a 73 year old man, had struck another van before driving through the store window. Both van drivers were taken to a local hospital.
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Obituary: Len Wein

Comic book writer Len Wein (b.1948) died on September 10. Wein co-creasted the characters Wolverine, Storm, and Swamp Thing. In addition, he worked on numerous other comcis for both DX and Marvel. He served as the editor in chief for Marvel’s color-comics line in 1974 and later served as editor in chief for Disney Comics. Wein was married to Christine Valada. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008, won the Inkpot Award and the Comic Fan Art Award for Pro Writer and Comic Buyer’s Guide Fan Award for Best Editor.

Eisner Awards

The winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic Con International on July 21.

  • Best Short Story: “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1
  • Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson
  • Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Best Limited Series: The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta
  • Best New Series: Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  • Best Humor Publication: Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm
  • Best Anthology: Love is Love, edited by Marc Andreyko
  • Best Reality-Based Work: March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • Best Graphic Album—New: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Demon, by Jason Shiga
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud, et al.
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at Least 20 Years Old): Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at Least 20 Years Old): The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard
  • Best Writer/Artist: Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In
  • Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers): Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Best Coloring: Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine, Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord
  • Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer, Black Hammer
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al., www.avclub.com
  • Best Comics-Related Book: Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand
  • Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca
  • Best Publication Design: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew
  • Best Webcomic: Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla
  • Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Comicazi, Robert Howard, David Lockwood, and Michael Burke in Somerville, MA
  • Bill Finger Winners: Jack Kirby and Bill Messner-Loebs
  • Russ Manning Award: Anne Szabla, writer-artist of Bird Boy
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Joe Ferrara and Marc Andreyko
  • Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame:
      Judges Choices (automatically inducted)

    • Milt Gross (1895–1953)
    • H. G. Peter (1880–1958)
    • Antonio Prohías (1921–1998)
    • Dori Seda (1950–1988)
      Voters Choices

    • Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez
    • George Perez
    • Walt Simonson
    • Jim Starlin

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Amalgam Comics Gets Grant

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia has received a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand their location and service. Amalgam opened eighteen months ago and is run by Arielle Johnson, who plans on using the grants to help establish an “Amalgam University,” where hopeful writers and illustrators can take classes on drawing, writing, pitching, and publishing.
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Bill Finger Award Winners

Bill Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby 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. Messner-Loebs has worked as a cartoonist and writer since the 1970s, working on Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate, Jonny Quest, Spider-Man, Thor, and more. Kirby (1917-1994) created or co-created several of the most recognizable comic heroes, including Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the Silver Surfer, and more. During the 1960s, he worked on every major Marvel title.

Obituary: Jim Galton

Jim Galton (b.1925) died on June 12. Galton served as President of Marvel Entertainment Group. Galton worked for Popular Library in the 1960s and briefly served as the publishing house’s President. from 1975 to 1991, he worked at Marvel, where he moved international licensing in-house and helped set up the Marvel Productions and Marvel Books divisions.

Obituary: Adam West

Actor Adam West (b.William West Anderson, 1928) died on June 9. West is best known for his role as Bruce Wayne and Batman in the 1966 television series Batman and the associated theatrical film. He provided voicework for several animated works, including Meet the Robinsons, Kim Possible, and various versions of Batman. He also made cameo appearances on the 1990 series The Flash and Lois and Clark. He and Burt Ward shared TV Land Awards in 2004 and 2005 for the work on Batman.

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
  • PanelPatter.com, edited by Rob McMonigal
  • WomenWriteAboutComics.com, 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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