Bill Finger Awards

Elliot S! Maggin and Richard E. Hughes 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. Maggin entered the field in 1971 after submitting a script on spec to DC, going on to write several of the company’s characters, most notably Superman. Hughes, born Leo Rosenbaum (1909–1974), used a variety of pen names to write numerous comics beginning in the 1930s and eventually was named editor of American Comics Group.

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Obituary: Darwyn Cooke

Comic book writer and artist Darwyn Cooke (b.1962) died on May 14. Cooke was best known for his work on Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter. Following the publication of his first comic in 1985, he didn’t work in comics again until 2000, although he was involved as an story boarder on Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. In 2006, he won an Eisner Award.

Obituary: Paul Ryan

Illustrator Paul Ryan (b.1949) died on March 6. Ryan began working in comics in 1984 and got a job working for Marvel, working on The Thing, Squadron Supreme, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual. He also created D.P. 7. In 1996, he moved to DC and worked on several of their titles. In 1999, he also took on the daily comic “The Phantom,” which he inked until his death. Ryan has the distinction of working on the comics in which Spider-Man married Mary Jane and in which Superman married Lois Lane.

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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