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Yesterday, the judges for the 2010 Eisner Awards (which will be held at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23 of next year) were announced, and yours truly is one of them. I'm really honored to be among these other great judges (get to meet them all here) and I'm looking forward to taking part in the whole process, which is going to be rigorous, challenging, and a whole lot of fun. Here's hoping I'm up to the task!
November 19, 2009

TV Check

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Two TV shows with comics-related content have caught my attention this season, one new and one old. The new one, which I'm enjoying quite a bit, is the new conspiracy puzzler FlashForward. I love it (and by the way, I'm going to say I love what ABC is doing this season by preparing for Lost's end with FlashForward and the new V...even if their execution isn't always perfect, I think it's great that the opportunity for good sci-fi on TV is there). Anyway, one of the mysteries of FlashForward is the identity of a person named "D. Gibbons." A nod to Dave Gibbons, one of the creators of Watchmen? It would seem so. I hope Dave is watching and enjoying.
Sheldon Dorf died on November 4 in San Diego. The 76-year-old passed away from kidney failure apparently due to complications of diabetes. We all owe Dorf a debt of gratitude for the magical thing he founded in 1970: the San Diego Comic-Con.
November 17, 2009

Best of 2009: A Survey of Comics Readers!

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A few weeks ago, we sent out a request to writers, teachers, librarians, pros, and more to tell us the graphic novels they’d recommend as the best of the year. We keep getting their responses in, and we plan to unveil a more complete list in December. But just to give you a taste of the big books (and just in case you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping), we’re starting the list early. Here’s a sample of some of the responses we’ve gotten. Keep checking back to see more picks added for the best comics, manga, and graphic novels of the year!
Last month, the New Jersey State Library announced a new grant that will help 14 libraries across the state establish graphic-novel collections. In what seems to be a first, the grant—$3,000 for each library, all made possible by the Florence Taylor Tischler and Nathaniel Tischler Memorial Fund—will help the libraries build their graphic collections from the ground up.
November 2, 2009

Are We in a New Golden Age?

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In the foreword to his book 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read, Tony Isabella mentions that we indeed are. He asserts that, with the breadth of quality comics now being published, as well as the ready access to easily affordable reprints of classic works, this is the true Golden Age, one that’s better than any ever before. It’s hard to disagree, but I’ve been pondering it ever since reading it.
Greg Sadowski is one of comicdom’s great historians. As an editor, he’s won both the Harvey and Eisner Awards, and he’s just been nominated for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list for Supermen: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes. Recently, he’s just announced he’ll be doing seven new books for Fantagraphics, beginning in June 2010. The upcoming titles include Four-Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s; Setting the Standard: Alex Toth at Standard Comics 1952–1954; The Road to Plastic Man; The Comic Book Frankenstein; and more. Here’s your chance to get to know Greg a little bit better.