TDC Updates: Eisners and Tigers and Lee – Oh Si

Zoe Si Recognized (pronounced “see” despite the cute headline)

Zoe has become the toast of Vancouver after being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist earlier this month. The Vancouver Sun did a small article about the local girl made good.

Two years into a new career, Zoe Si’s wry observations about life during the pandemic, beautifully illustrated in one-panel cartoons, earned her one of journalism’s top plaudits.


But The Daily Hive has a really nice illustrated feature about the cartoonist.

Si only began drawing gag cartoons until around 2015, when she became a contributor at the now-defunct satirical indie magazine The Syrup Trap, which was based in Vancouver.

“That’s where I learned that you could submit to The New Yorker, and this is the place where you still can publish cartoons,” she explained. “Print media is declining, but I think The New Yorker is… the one place people go to read their cartoons alongside serious articles.”

After years of submitting cartoons to the renowned publication, Si became a regular contributor in 2019. Her illustrations made such an impression on New Yorker editors that they submitted her cartoons for consideration for a Pulitzer Prize.


Eisner Awards Recommended

Following The 2022 Eisner Award Hall of Fame news comes the announcement of nominees for awards in the various categories.Mostly comic book awards there are some names and titles and awards that encroach into The Daily Cartoonist areas.

Mel Hilario, Katie Longua, and Lauren Davis and The Nib are nominated for Best Short Story.

“Trickster, Traitor, Dummy, Doll,” by Triple Dream (Mel Hilario, Katie Longua, and Lauren Davis), in The Nib Vol 9: Secrets (The Nib)

Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh get optioned for their comic strip creator biography of Alex Raymond in the Best Reality-Based Work.

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, by Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh (Living the Line)

Alison Bechdel for Best Graphic Memoir as her life story continues.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel (Mariner Books)

New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail is in the Best Graphic Album—New division.

In., by Will McPhail (Mariner Books)


Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old) has comic strip books.

Friday Foster: The Sunday Strips, by Jim Lawrence and Jorge Longarón, edited by Christopher Marlon, Rich Young, and Kevin Ketner (Ablaze)

Popeye: The E.C. Segar Sundays, vol. 1 by E.C. Segar, edited by Gary Groth and Conrad Groth (Fantagraphics)

Trots and Bonnie, by Shary Flenniken, edited by Norman Hathaway (New York Review Comics)

The Way of Zen, adapted and illustrated by C. C. Tsai, translated by Brian Bruya (Princeton University Press)

Trots and Bonnie is the only volume of the above I got – already having Fantagraphics Complete Segar’s Popeye and passing on The Sunday Friday Foster because the continuity runs daily and Sunday. I don’t know The Way of Zen.

Alison Bechdel and Will McPhail get second shots in Best Writer/Artist category.

Alison Bechdel, The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Mariner Books)

Will McPhail, In: A Graphic Novel (Mariner Books)

Frank Pe is available as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art).

Frank Pe, Little Nemo (Magnetic)


History is relived in the Best Academic/Scholarly Work section.

Comics and the Origins of Manga: A Revisionist History, by Eike Exner (Rutgers University Press)

The Life and Comics of Howard Cruse: Taking Risks in the Service of Truth, by Andrew J. Kunka (Rutgers University Press)

Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko and the Search for a New Liberal Identity, by Zack Kruse (University Press of Mississippi)

Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comics Imperialism, by Paul S. Hirsch (University of Chicago Press)

Rebirth of the English Comic Strip: A Kaleidoscope, 1847–1870, by David Kunzle (University Press of Mississippi)

Again I only have one of the above – Kunzle’s book.

Best Webcomic is also on-topic here.

Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, by CRC Payne and StarBrite (DC/WEBTOON),

Isle of Elsi, by Alec Longstreth,

Lore Olympus, by Rachel Smythe (WEBTOON),

Navillera: Like a Butterfly, by Hun and Jimmy, translation by Kristianna Lee (Tapas Medie/Kakao Entertainment),

Unmasked, by Breri and Nuitt (WebToon Factory/Europe Comics),

All nominee and all categories listed at the Comic-Con page.


Stan Lee Reconstructed

Marvel has signed a 20-year deal with Stan Lee Universe, a venture between Genius Brands International and POW! Entertainment, to license the name and likeness of Lee for use in future feature films and television productions, as well as Disney theme parks, various “experiences” and merchandising.

Arnold Sawyer art

“It really ensures that Stan, through digital technology and archival footage and other forms, will live in the most important venue, the Marvel movies, and Disney theme parks,” said Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands. “It’s a broad deal.”

The Hollywood Reporter on The Marvel Prometheus.


Tiger Recovered

The proof sheet for Bud Blake’s Vintage Tiger comic strip for the week of July 28, 1969 is missing.
So, from Hearst’s S. F. Examiner of the time, the week’s comic strips (not at proof sheet quality).