- Rob told you why you need to back 2D Cloud's latest Kickstarter. They're so close (and maybe/hopefully past their goal by the time this is published.) I'm kicking myself for not getting MariNoami and Gina Wynbrandt's books at CAKE this year so I've got fingers crossed that this Kickstarter makes it goals so I can get those comics.
- Mark's been continuing his All Ages or Small Ages column with some fun books: Fetch: An Odyssey, Batman '66, Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life At Sea, Future Heroes #1,
- Scott looked at James Stokoe's Godzilla comics and comics about a real monster- Zuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.
** The San Diego Comicon is currently going on and that means that Friday night is the Eisner awards ceremony. So let's take a look at the nominees and try to take a stab at who's going to walk away with comics' own version of the Oscars. I've bolded my choices in the nominee lists.
Best Short Story
Let's just go with "Killing and Dying" here. I'll admit that every year the Best Short Story category is one of the hardest ones for me because it's full of a lot of great sounding comics that I just haven't been able to track down.
Best Single Issue/One-Shot
Pope Hats was really good but I'd have to go with that Silver Surfer comic. Slott and Allred are both doing some of the best work of their career and this moebius looped comic was quite a feat.
Best Continuing Series
This is another strong category. This could go between Bandette, Silver Surfer and Southern Bastards. Let's go with Silver Surfer again here but there's 4 out of 5 books here that would all be the right pick for this year.
Best Limited Series
From an accomplishment viewpoint, it would be nice to see Bob Fingerman get this one. From the gut, my personal favorite here was Brubaker and Phillips' The Fade Out.
Best New Series
So far, the nominees in all of the categories have been strong. I feel like the winner is either Paper Girls or The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl but my fingers are crossed for Bunn and Crook to take it home for Harrow County.
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
Sadly, I haven't read any of these so I'm going to abstain from this one but I like Ben Hatke's stuff so that may count for something.
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
Ditto here. If pushed, I guess I'd go for Over the Garden Wall because I liked the cartoon.
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
March: Book Two was one of the best comics of last year. It's got to be Lewis, Aydin and Powell.
Best Humor Publication
Kate Beaton. Kate Beaton. Kate Beaton. Kate Beaton.
Yeah, I really liked Step Aside, Pops.
Wimberly's Lighten Up was one of the most important comics of 2015. Sadly the link at thenib.com doesn't seem to be working anymore but I'm sure you can Google that comic and find it.
The Drawn & Quarterly book was quite a feat. As well as being a wonderful retrospective of the publisher, the amount of talent and great comics makes it pound for pound the winner here.
Best Reality-Based Work
Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree continues to be quite an astonishment. Reading this comic, I know how a non-superhero fan feels reading a Marvel comic but Piskor's cartooning continues to create a wonderful reality where rappers are the new superheroes.
Best Graphic Album—New
Another category where I've somehow missed all of the books. Off the top of my head, let's go with Dylan Horrocks here.
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Noelle Stevenson's Nimona seems like the powerhouse nominee here.
Best Adaptation from Another Medium
Going with Two Brothers feels like a kind of mainstream pick here but this was a powerful story about family and war.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Asaf Hanuka's The Realist was a great book that showed of Hanuka's storytelling.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny has been one of the most emotionally powerful comics I've read in a long, long time. Love this series. and have to go with that as my pick.
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Let's go with Funky Winkerbean. Tom Batiuk for the win.
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
At C2E2 this year, I got to look through the Ronin Gallery Edition. If I was the type to spend money on those original art editions of books, I would have walked out of the convetion with it. Such a fantastic look at that comic.
Ms. Marvel is the book it is because of G. Willow Wilson.
Flip a coin between Piskor and Van Sciver here. There's no way to go wrong with either of those choices.
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Allred is doing some of his best non-Madman artwork in Silver Surfer but Powell's images in March really brought Congressman Lewis's actions and struggles to life.
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist
Coover's artwork is such a great blend of Toth, Batman: The Animated Show, and 1950s caper films. There's so much to see in her drawings and so much to just linger on and enjoy.
Best Cover Artist
Let's go Piskor here again. The Hop-Hop Family Tree covers help make the connection between rappers and superheroes even stronger as Piskor homages everyone from Gil Kane to Wally Wood in these covers.
It could be Allred. It will probably (and deservedly) be Bellaire but I'm going to go with Breitwiser. The way that she creates light with her colors is just mesmerizing. I've never seen anyone who colors with the strength and subtlety that she does.
Such a different list of letterers. Knisley has a lettering style that perfectly compliments her artwork and her storytelling that makes it all one composition and work.
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Maybe some year, the Eisners will recognize podcasts but Comic Riffs is a fantastic site that really has a holistic view of comics. We need more of that.
Best Comics-Related Book
Another category that I'm abstaining from. I really wanted to read that Kurtzman book but never got a chance to.
Best Academic/Scholarly Work
Another category that I wish I could have an opinion on. The Graphic Medicine Manifesto sounds interesting.
Best Publication Design
The Eternaut was a handsome looking ook.