Cartoon & Comic Strip News from S.D. Comic Con

The Eisner Awards were handed out last night at the San Diego Comic Con.

Some comic strip and cartoon related winners and nominees (winners in bold):


* Pogo, vol. 5: Out of This World At Home, Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Sunday Strips in Color (1959-1960), Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Ferran Delgado (Amigo Comics)
* Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW
* The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Words and Worlds of Herbert Crowley, Justin Duerr (Beehive Books
* Thimble Theatre and the Pre-Popeye Comics of E. C. Segar, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)




* Comic Book Implosion: An Oral History of DC Comics Circa 1978, Keith Dallas and John Wells (TwoMorrows)
* Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, Martha H. Kennedy (University Press of Mississippi)
* The League of Regrettable Sidekicks, Jon Morris (Quirk Books)
* Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without an Eraser, Dewey Cassell with Jeff Messer (TwoMorrows)
* Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography — Beyond the Fantasy, Florent Gorges, translated by Laure Dupont and Annie Gullion (Dark Horse)




* Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future, Aaron Kashtan (Ohio State University Press)
* Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies, Marc Singer (University of Texas Press)
* The Goat-Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics, Eddie Campbell (Library of American Comics/IDW/Ohio State University Press)
* Incorrigibles and Innocents, Lara Saguisag (Rutgers Univeristy Press)
* Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)




* The Contradictions, Sophie Yanow. (WEBTOON).
* Lavender Jack, Dan Schkade. (WEBTOON).
* Lore Olympus, Rachel Smythe. Let’s Play, Mongie. (WEBTOON).
* Tiger, Tiger, Petra Erika Nordlund. (Hiveworks)


The few nominees on my bookshelf didn’t win.

The entire list, from which I nicked the above categories, at Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter.


Some other news out of the San Diego Comic Con…

Addams Family Comic Book this Fall

Charles Addams’ Addams Family are returning to comic books with a new one-shot this October coinciding with MGM’s animated film. Announced during the “IDW – 20 Years” panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego, The Addams Family: The Bodies Issue will be written by Zoe Quinn and drawn by Phil Murphy. The Wednesday Addams-focused story will be published by IDW.

Newsarama carries the story and press release.


Sunday Press Books Becomes an IDW Imprint

IDW has announced the inclusion of Peter Maresca’s Sunday Press Books into its publishing family.  Sunday Press is a specialty publishing house best known for its beautifully restored reprints of classic newspaper comic strips in their original size and color.  Sunday Press books such as Little Nemo in Slumberland, Krazy Kat, and Thimble Theatre have garnered 17 Eisner Award nominations over the past thirteen years.

ICv2 reports.


The Phantom and Flash Gordon H.A.C.K.S. Action figures from Boss Fight

above: Jim Keefe cover art for Comics Revue

Boss Fight Studio, creators of the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. collectible action figures, has been tapped by Hearst owned King Features to create a line of figures for both Flash Gordon and The Phantom classic comic book franchises, as well as the iconic 1980 Flash Gordon film.

[The H.ighly A.rticulated C.haracter S.ystem is a revolution in action figure design and customizability. Featuring uniquely designed proprietary connections, each H.A.C.K.S. figure can be pulled apart at specific joints and reassembled into countless different combinations.]

The Forces of Geek article, which also notes that:

The most widely-read superhero comic strip in the world, The Phantom, created by Lee Falk, was launched in 1936 and has endured for over 80 years. Today, King Features distributes the strip to more than 500 newspapers in approximately 40 countries and it is translated into nearly 15 languages. From his debut as comics’ first costumed hero, The Phantom has the distinction of being one of the few adventure strips in continuous syndication.

Other KFS licensing news for July is Cupheads and Brutus wear.


By the way, hope you noticed Patrick McDonnell’s annual tribute to SDCC this past week.




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