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.

CostumeCon Returns to San Diego

CostumeCon 36 will take place in San Diego, site of the first CostumeCon, from May 11-14, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley.

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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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San Diego Comic Museum?

Comic-Con International, the parent corporation for the San Diego Comic Con, is in talks with the Hall of Champions, a San Diego sports museum located in Balboa Park, to create a comic museum in an underused portion of the museum. Talks between the two groups started a year ago and are on-going, with no proposed date for work to begin announced.

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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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Westercon to San Diego

Westercon 68 will take place in San Diego the weekend of July 2-5, 2015 at the Town and Country. San Diego ran unopposed and received 92 votes out of the 110 cast (including 5 for no preference). The guests of honor will be Author: Spider Robinson; Artist: John Picacio; Fan: Seanan McGuire; and Special Guest: William F. Nolan.

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SMOFCon Bids

San Diego has announced that they will no longer be bidding to host SMOFCon in 2014, citing potential plans for holding a different event the following year. After the San Diego announcement, Colorado Springs announced plans to bid for SMOFCon in 2015.

Bill Finger Award Recipients

Frank Doyle and Steve Skeates 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 Archie Comics in 1951 and continued to write until his death in 1996, producing possibly 10,000 stories. Skeates began working as Stan Lee’s assistant and went on to write for numerous Marvel, DC, Atlas, and other titles.

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World Fantasy Award Nominations

The nominations for this year’s World Fantasy Awards have been announced. The World Fantasy Awards will be presented at the World Fantasy Con, to be held the weekend of October 27-30 in San Diego, CA.

Best Novel

  • Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Silent Land, by Graham Joyce
  • Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Redemption In Indigo, by Karen Lord
  • Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor

Best Novella

  • Bone and Jewel Creatures, by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Broken Man, by Michael Byers
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Thief of Broken Toys, by Tim Lebbon
  • “The Mystery Knight,” by George R.R. Martin
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” by Rachel Swirsky

Best Short Fiction

  • “Beautiful Men,” by Christopher Fowler
  • “Booth’s Ghost,” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson
  • “Fossil-Figures,” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • “Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us,” by Mercurio D. Rivera

Best Anthology

  • The Way of the Wizard, edited by John Joseph Adams
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer
  • Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas
  • Stories: All-New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio
  • Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by S.T. Joshi
  • Swords & Dark Magic, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders

Best Collection

  • What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Ammonite Violin & Others, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Holiday, by M. Rickert
  • Sourdough and Other Stories, by Angela Slatter
  • The Third Bear, by Jeff VanderMeer

Best Artist

  • Vincent Chong
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Richard A. Kirk
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan

Special Award, Professional

  • John Joseph Adams, for editing and anthologies
  • Lou Anders, for editing at Pyr
  • Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
  • Stéphane Marsan & Alain Névant, for Bragelonne
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications

Special Award, Non-Professional

  • Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister, for Brighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book of the World Horror Convention 2010
  • Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press
  • Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press
  • Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
  • Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog

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Eisner Winners

The Eisner Awards were announced at Comic Con San Diego on July 22. Below are the winners.

  • Best Short Story: “Post Mortem,” by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben
  • Best Continuing Series: Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory
  • Best Limited Series: Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
  • Best New Series: American Vampire, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Best Publication for Kids: Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco
  • Best Publication for Teens: Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Best Humor Publication: I Thought You Would Be Funnier, by Shannon Wheeler
  • Best Anthology: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, edited by Paul Morrissey and David Petersen
  • Best Digital Comic: Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl
  • Best Reality-Based Work: It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi
  • Best Graphic Album-New: Return of the Dapper Men, by Jim McCann and Janet Lee
  • Best Graphic Album-Reprint: Wednesday Comics, edited by Mark Chiarello
  • Best Adaptation from Another Work:The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young
  • Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips: Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Strips, 1946–1948, by Bob Montana, edited by Greg Goldstein
  • Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books: Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia: Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa
  • Best Writer: Joe Hill, Locke & Key
  • Best Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
  • Skottie Young, The Marvelous Land of Oz
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad
  • Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Baltimore: The Plague Ships
  • Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, Let Me In, Detective Comics, Neil Young’s Greendale, Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian
  • Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Fables, The Unwritten, Joe the Barbarian, iZombie, Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom, SHIELD, Driver for the Dead
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: ComicBookResources, produced by Jonah Weiland
  • Best Comics-Related Book: 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, by Paul Levitz
  • Best Publication Design:
  • Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, designed by Randall Dahlk
  • Hall of Fame
    • Judges’ Choices: Ernie Bushmiller, Jack Jackson, Martin Nodell, Lynd Ward
    • Elected: Mort Drucker, Harvey Pekar, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Nate Simpson
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Patrick McDonnell
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Del Connell, Bob Haney
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Comics & Vegetables, Tel Aviv, Israel, Yuval Sharon & Danny Amitai

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