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In case you hadn’t heard, the world’s greatest detective and perennial protector of Gotham City is celebrating his 75th year on the page. In honor of this achievement, DC Comics has declared today, July 23rd, to be Batman Day. Just for showing up at a participating comic book store, fans of the Dark Knight will be able to pick up a free copy of Detective Comics #27, the iconic issue that unleashed Bruce Wayne's fearsome alter-ego upon the world, in a stunning re-design by Bryan Hitch, with a retelling by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
May 22, 2014

Graphic Novel Events at Book Expo America (BEA)

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For those attending Book Expo America (BEA) in New York next week, we want to be sure that these two graphic novel events are on your radar: Thursday, May 29th 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Uptown Stage The Best in Fall 2014 Graphic Novels Speakers: Calvin Reed, Michael Cho, Farel Dalrymple, Jules Feiffer and Raina Telgemeier Uptown Stage ------
We loved hearing the news that MARCH has won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition --- this is a book so deserving of that honor. You can read more about it here.
Doré Ripley attended the Big Wow! ComicFest in San Jose, California on May 17 and 18 and she files this report for GNR.
On the first Saturday of May, Doré Ripley made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Free Comic Book Day. While at Flying Colors Comics, she had the opportunity to speak with plenty of creators and fans --- and, of course, grab some free comics. Check out her report!
April 16, 2014

2014 Eisner Nominees Announced

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Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2014. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International. A partial list of the nominees is below, reflecting the categories which we think would be of most interest to our readers. A complete list of nominees can be found here:
April 14, 2014

L. A. Times Prizes to Gene Yang and Ulli Lust

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The L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Friday night. Gene Yang was the winner in the YA category for BOXERS AND SAINTS. Ulli Lust won in the Graphic Novel/Comics category for TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
April 10, 2014

BIG News Today: to Acquire comiXology

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Got news today that Amazon is acquiring comixology, " the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before."
Here’s an admission: I don’t know much about manga beyond The Last Airbender wherea twelve-year-old boy is fighting to bring about world peace,and Sailor Moon, the story of a young girl who battles evil in a Catholic school uniform.  That’s got to be wrong. Teenagers must wear sailor suits to school in Japan? Anyway, at the anime-heavy Kraken Con held on Sunday, April 6 there were a whole lotta Sailor Moons giggling through the halls of the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California.
Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels including twenty-two consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Over the weekend she attended the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival. Here, she shares how she was introduced to graphic novels and how the medium has given her insight into “new story-telling possibilities.”