Sunday, July 23, 2006

2006 Eisner Winners (in brick)

Best Short Story
* "Blood Son," by Richard Matheson, adapted by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood, in Doomed #1 (IDW)
* "Monster Slayers," by Khang Le, in Flight, vol. 2 (Image)
* "Nameless," by Eric Powell, in The Goon #14 (Dark Horse)
* "Operation" (story #5), by Zak Sally, in The Recidivist #3 (La Mano)
* "Teenage Sidekick," by Paul Pope, in Solo #3 (DC)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
* The Bakers, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
* Ex Machina #11: "Fortune Favors" by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
* The Innocents, by Gipi (Fantagraphics/Coconino Press)
* Promethea #32: "Wrap Party" by Alan Moore and J. H. Williams III (ABC)
* Solo #5, by Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Best Serialized Story
* Desolation Jones #1-5: "Made in England," by Warren Ellis and J. H. Williams III (WildStorm/DC)
* Fables #36-38, 40-41: "Return to the Homelands," by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Steve Leialoha (Vertigo/DC)
* Ex Machina #12-14: "Fact v. Fiction," by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
* Y: The Last Man #37-39: "Paper Dolls," by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka, and Jose Marzan Jr. (Vertigo/DC)

Best Continuing Series
* Age of Bronze, by Eric Shanower (Image)
* Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Marvel)
* Ex Machina, by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
* Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image)
* Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa (Speakeasy)
* True Story, Swear to God, by Tom Beland (Clib's Boy Comics)

Best Limited Series
* Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
* Ocean, by Warren Ellis, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story (WildStorm/DC)
* Seven Soldiers, by Grant Morrison and various artists (DC)
* Smoke, by Alex de Campi and Igor Kordey (IDW)

Best New Series
* All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC)
* Desolation Jones, by Warren Ellis and J. H. Williams III (WildStorm/DC)
* Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image)
* Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa (Speakeasy)
* Young Avengers, by Alan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and John Dell (Marvel)

Best Publication for a Younger Audience
* Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley (Renaissance Press)
* The Clouds Above, by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics)
* Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius, by Chris Eliopoulous and Mark Sumerak (Marvel)
* Owly: Flying Lessons, by Andy Runton (Top Shelf)
* Spiral-Bound, by Aaron Renier (Top Shelf)

Best Anthology
* The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, edited by Scott Allie (Dark Horse Books)
* Flight, vol. 2, edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Image)
* Mome. edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* Solo, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)
* 24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005, edited by Nat Gertler (About Comics)

Best Digital Comic
* Copper, by Kazu
* Jellaby, by Kean Soo,
* ojingogo, by matt forsythe
* PVP, by Scott Kurtz,

Best Reality-Based Work
* Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
* Epileptic, by David B. (Pantheon)
* Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
* Pyongyang, by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)
* True Story, Swear to God (Clib's Boy Comics), True Story, Swear to God: This One Goes to Eleven (AiT/Planet Lar), by Tom Beland

Best Graphic Album--New
* Acme Novelty Library #16, by Chris Ware (ACME Novelty)
* The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
* Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, by Alan Moore and Gene Ha (ABC)
* Tricked, by Alex Robinson (Top Shelf)
* Wimbledon Green, by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album--Reprint
* Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
* Black Hole, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
* Feast of the Seven Fishes, by Robert Tinnell, Ed Piskor, and Alex Saviuk (Allegheny Image Factory)
* Ice Haven, by Dan Clowes (Pantheon)
* War's End, by Joe Sacco (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project--Comic Strips
* The Complete Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
* The Complete Peanuts, 1955-1956, 1957-1958, by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)
* Krazy and Ignatz: The Komplete Kat Komics. by George Herriman (Fantagraphics)
* Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books)
* Walt and Skeezix, by Frank King (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project--Comic Books
* Absolute Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
* Buddha, vols. 5-8, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
* The Contract with God Trilogy, by Will Eisner (Norton)
* DC Comics Rarities Archives, vol. 1 (DC)
* Fantastic Four Omnibus, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel)

Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material
* Cromartie High School, by Eiji Nonaka (ADV)
* Dungeon: The Early Years, vol. 1, by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Christophe Blaine (NBM)
* Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet (NBM)
* The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
* Six Hundred Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer, by Killoffer (Typocrat)

Best Writer
* Warren Ellis, Fell (Image); Down (Top Cow/Image); Desolation Jones, Ocean, Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
* Alan Heinberg, Young Avengers (Marvel)
* Alan Moore, Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners (ABC)
* Grant Morrison, Seven Soldiers, All Star Superman (DC)
* Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina (WildStorm/DC); Y: The Last Man (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
* Geof Darrow, Shaolin Cowboy (Burlyman)
* Guy Delisle, Pyongyang (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze (Image)
* Adrian Tomine, Optic Nerve #10 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Best Writer/Artist--Humor
* Kyle Baker, Plastic Man (DC); The Bakers (Kyle Baker Publishing)
* Paige Braddock, Jane's World (Girl Twirl)
* Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Oni)
* Eric Powell, The Goon (Dark Horse)
* Seth, Wimbledon Green (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Penciller/Inker
* John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men (Marvel); Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
* Gene Ha, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners (ABC)
* J. G. Jones, Wanted (Top Cow/Image)
* Frank Quitely, All Star Superman (DC)
* J. H. Williams III, Promethea, Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
* Paul Guinan, Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate (IDW)
* Ladronn, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active Images)
* Ben Templesmith, Fell (Image)
* Kent Williams, The Fountain (Vertigo/DC)

Best Cover Artist
* Frank Espinosa, Rocketo (Speakeasy)
* Tony Harris, Ex Machina (Wildstorm/DC)
* James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)
* Jock, The Losers (Vertigo/DC)
* Eric Powell, The Goon; Universal Monsters: Cavalcade of Horror (Dark Horse)

Best Coloring
* Jeromy Cox, Teen Titans (DC); Otherworld (Vertigo/DC)
* Steven Griffen, Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort (Image)
* Steve Hamaker, Bone: The Great Cow Race (Scholastic Graphix)
* Jose Villarrubia, Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC)
* Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Best Lettering
* Chris Eliopolis: Ultimate Iron Man, Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 2, House of M, Franklin Richards (Marvel); Fell (Image)
* Todd Klein: Wonder Woman, Justice, Seven Soldiers #0 (DC); Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC); Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, Tomorrow Stories Special (ABC); Fables (Vertigo); 1602: New World (Marvel)
* Richard Starkings: Conan, Revelations (Dark Horse); Godland (Image); Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active Images)
* Chris Ware: Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition
* Dawn Brown (Ravenous, Little Red Hot)
* Aaron Renier (Spiral-Bound)
* Zak Sally (Recidivist)
* Ursula Vernon (Digger)

Best Comics-Related Periodical
* Comic Art, edited by M. Todd Hignite (Comic Art)
* Comic Book Artist, edited by Jon Cooke (Top Shelf)
* The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth and Dirk Deppey (Fantagraphics)
* Draw!, edited by Michael Manley (TwoMorrows)
* Following Cerebus, edited by Craig Miller and John Thorne (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Win-Mill Productions)

Best Comics-Related Book
* The Comics Journal Library: Classic Comic Illustrators, edited by Tom Spurgeon (Fantagraphics)
* Eisner/Miller, interviews conducted by Charles Brownstein (Dark Horse Books)
* Foul Play: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s EC Comics, by Grant Geissman (Harper Design)
* Masters of American Comics, edited by John Carlin, Paul Karasik, and Brian Walker (Hammer Museum/MOCA Los Angeles/Yale University Press)
* RGK: Art of Roy G. Krenkel, edited by J. David Spurlock and Barry Klugerman (Vanguard)

Best Publication Design
* Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon) TIE
* Little Nemo in Slumberland, designed by Philippe Ghuilemetti (Sunday Press Books) TIE
* Promethea #32, designed by J. H. Williams III and Todd Klein (ABC)
* Walt and Skeezix, designed by Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Wimbledon Green, designed by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Hall of Fame
Judges' Choices: Floyd Gottfredson, William Moulton Marston
Voters chose four:
* Matt Baker
* Vaughn Bode
* Wayne Boring
* Reed Crandall
* Creig Flessel
* Ramona Fradon
* Harold Gray
* Graham Ingels
* Robert Kanigher
* Russ Manning
* Mort Meskin
* Marty Nodell
* Gilbert Shelton
* Jim Steranko

THOUGHTS: Big wins for Mark Chiarello and his canceled brainchild SOLO (will this result in its revival?) And for Andy Runton of Owly.
Grant Morrison takes two (one w/ the splendid Frank Quitely). Alan Moore also takes two in reprints, and absentia.
Congrats to Charles Brownstein, who may find his win a slight salve for what's been a tough year.

Also to our friend James Jean for repeating as Best Cover Artist.

BORAT: Kazakhstan's Greatest Export

Sounds like Comic-Con '06 is swimming in the usual morass of sure-to-be crappy movies (Transformers, Saw III, Snakes on a Muthafuckin Plane) and even crappier movie stars (The Wayans Brothers...ugh!).

So thank Ulek ( I dunno, I just made it up) that the mighty country of Kazakhstan actually sent their greatest export to liven up the proceedings (scroll down). Coming soon: The Borat Movie.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Frank Miller will adapt and direct "The Spirit," based on comic legend Will Eisner's classic strip, for Odd Lot Entertainment and Batfilm Prods.


"I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won't be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect," said Miller.

Miller will be writing a a treatment that consists of panels from the original comic strip. Shooting is expected to begin in late spring.

Miller will be announced as the film's director at Comic-Con on Saturday. Look for lots of silhouettes, dames, and tough-guy dialogue.

A very brief first day report from Comicon International over at

Dave Hill interviews a character who introduces himself as "Caveman/Robot" (very Kochalka-esque) and it takes a funny turn right from the start when Hill innocuously asks "Are you actually this tall or is this prosthetic?"

Caveman/Robot's snotty reply: "There's a little thing called suspension of disbelief, I don't know if you're aware of it?"

Hill's response: "Well you don't have to be a dick about it."

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


From Yahoo News:

Hey fanboys, ever want to lick Wonder Woman? It'll only cost you .39 cents a pop.

The US Postal Service unveils a new sheet of superhero stamps at this week's ComicCon in San Diego. The stamps go on sale to the public on Friday, July 21. The stamps only feature DC Comics heroes ranging from obvious choices--Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman-- to the slightly less obvious, Plastic Man and Hawkman.

Monday, July 17, 2006


Is it a website or a TV Channel? I have no idea. But the site/channel G4 will be televising live coverage from San Diego Comicon International on July 21. So if you can't be there (like I can't) you can revel in what's sure to be annoyingly geeky coverage of Comicon.

Superman in IMAX is pretty damned impressive. I've always thought that Superman was far and away the most boring of all the superheroic icons, but Bryan Singer was able to pull out all the warmth and beauty in the myth and splash it onscreen like a lovely, muted watercolor.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


This mass email just went out from Harry Kim, Director of the soon-to-classic David Choe biopic DIRTY HANDS. You don't have to know anything about Choe's work to find him fascinating. I truly believe this will go down with Crumb and American Splendor as one of the best movies about an artist(cartoonist/tagger/redemptive punk) ever.

Let the jealous naysayers (some of whom I recently battled on a funnybook message board) go fuck themselves. Anyway here's Harry.

"To beloved friends, family, and everyone in between,


It's been years of work on this film, Dirty Hands, which started with Johnny Granado's enthusiasm about David Choe's art, and ended up being a movie about Dave's goth conflicted trip. Good times. So now with a crew assembled, a website up, and a finished cut projected by this winter, we're ready to let people know that this film is getting out there.

After discussing with my girlfriend about selling blood for the film, I told her I would give my left kidney to get this done. Keep me out of the clinics by spreading the word. I broke my ass already, I've paid enough dues. We've got the trailer up on the website for you to check out.

So pass this on and let anyone and everyone you know about this film. Urge those people to pass it on and if they have any thoughts, to post up in the forum. We'll also have a myspace up soon."


There's piece on legendary freaky-stylee comics artist Basil Wolverton written by Kenny Scharf in the latest Juxtapoz. I haven't yet read it, but I did scan in this panel. It's the most conventional comics piece to run in the article. Even Wolverton's "straight" stuff looks a bit askew but he certainly had a way with texture.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Over the weekend at HeroesCon it was my distinct pleasure to be seated next to Dash Shaw (Goddess Head, and the forthcoming Mothers Mouth). Of the many things we chatted about, one was our mutual love of David Lynch's DUNE (Frank Herbert had a little to do with it as well). Dash, my girlfriend Michelle, and I seemingly could yammer on forever about Dune , so it was a delightful surprise when he cooked up this sketch that summarized the whole convoluted story in a single page. Given that he had no photo ref to work from I think that actually does look a little like a Fred Hembeck version of Kyle Maclachlan. It's amazing how real artists can somehow find the key features in a face to make it resemble their subject.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

So all three of you are probably wondering how HeroesCon went. Well, although I'll post little bits and pieces here in the coming days I decided to put a far more thorough report up on a site that people actually read. So check out my HeroesCon diary on Tom Spurgeon's The Comics Reporter.

It's good, it's good, it's good for you!

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