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:
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.”
Thien Pham, author of Sumo and illustrator for the critically acclaimed Level Up, was one of the guest speakers at the fourth annual O’Keefe Prize for Graphic Literature held by Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, on Thursday, March 13.
Free Comic Book Day returns to a comic book store near you this May 3 (as always, the first Saturday in May). That's the day when anyone can visit a comic shop and pick up a free book from all the top publishers in the business. For more information on the event, which is celebrated with huge events and signings at many shops, visit the website.
Our friend Bill Zimmerman at Make Beliefs Comix sent us this news, which we're happy to share with you here:
If you're in the New York City area, make sure you're planning to attend MoCCA Art Fest on April 5 and 6 at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. This is about the best value in all of NYC: Admission is just $5 each day!
The good folks at the Society of Illustrators have announced that they will be putting on the first annual Comic and Cartoon Art Week from April 1 - 6, all leading up to MoCCA Fest. They'll be marking this new event with lectures, screenings, book launches, and a festival, all in New York City. For more information, visit their website, and scroll below for a calendar of events.