So a little thing call San Diego Comic-Con happened just recently.
Amidst all the hoopla of big screen and small screen panels, star signings and sightings, and general craziness, there actually was some comic book news.
That’s basically why the convention was founded almost 44 years ago and then it was called the Golden State Comic Book Convention.
So here’s a brief run down of the comic book news that you didn’t hear about in all the multimedia coverage from the convention;
– Starting on August 20, DC Comics will publish ‘The Multiversity’ by Grant Morrison.
– In October 2014, Vertigo will publish ‘The Names’, a ‘financial thriller’, with Peter Milligan and Leo Fernandez.
– In November 2014, DC Comics will publish ‘Batman ’66: The Lost Episode’ based on a story that award winning author Harlan Ellison wrote for the original TV show but was never produced.
– In November 2014, Vertigo will publish ‘The Kitchen’ about the wives of Irish Gangsters set in 70s New York, by Ollie Masters.
– DC Comics will be publishing two new Absolute Edition titles: ‘Transmetropolitan’ and ‘Y The Last Man’.
– In November, Marvel Comics will publish ‘Captain America and the Mighty Avengers’ by Al Ewing and Luke Ross.
– Marvel Comics will publish ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ based on the TV series. Written by Mark Waid with illustrations by Carlos Pacheo, the first issue of the series will be released in December.
– Image Comics will publish ‘Injection’ by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordan Bellaire in April 2015.
And to top things off, the 2014 Eisner Awards were handed out to the crème de la crème of the comic book industry. First started in 1988, the Eisner Awards are often compared to the Oscars of the comic book industry by bestowing awards for creative achievement in American comic books. The awards are named after the groundbreaking artist and writer Will Eisner who was a regular showgoer until his passing in 2005.
Here is a list of the Eisner Award Winners for 2014:
Best Lettering – Darwyn Cooke for ‘Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground’
Best Coloring – Jordie Bellair for ‘The Manhattan Projects’, ‘Nowhere Men’, ‘Tom Strong’, ‘X-Files Season 10’ and more
Best Digital Comic – Matthew Inman for ‘The Oatmeal’
Best Publication for Early Readers – Art Baltazar and Franco for ‘Itty Bitty Hellboy’
Best Publication for Kids – Faith Erin Hicks for ‘The Adventures of Superhero Girl’
Best Publication for Teens – Paul Pope for ‘Battling Boy’
Best Penciler/Inker – Sean Murphy for ‘The Wake’
Best Publication Design – Dean Mullaney for ‘Genius Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth’
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist – Fiona Staples for ‘Saga’
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism – Jonah Welland for ‘Comic Book Resources’
Best Comics-Related Book – Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell for ‘Genius Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth’
Best Scholarly/Academic Book – Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II for ‘Black Comics: The Politics of Race and Represenation’
Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips – Dean Mullaney for ‘Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Vol.1’
Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books – Scott Dunbier for ‘Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition’
Best Humor Publication – Jeffrey Brown for ‘Vader’s Little Princess’
Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Jaques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney for ‘Goddamn This War!’
Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia – Osamu Tezuka for ‘The Mysterious Underground Men’
Best Adaptation From Another Medium – Darwyn Cooke for ‘Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground’
Best Writer – Bryan K. Vaughan for ‘Saga’
Best Writer/Artist – Jaime Hernandez for ‘Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6’
Best Cover Artist – David Aja for ‘Hawkeye’
Best Short Story – Gilbert Hernandez for “Untitled” in ‘Love and Rockets New Stories #6’
Best Single Issue (Or One Shot) – Matt Fraction and David Aja for ‘Hawkeye #11 – Pizza Is My Business’
Best Anthology – Mike Richardson for ‘Dark Horse Presents’
Best New Series – Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky for ‘Sex Criminals’
Best Limited Series – Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy for ‘The Wake’
Best Continuing Series – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples for ‘Saga’
Best Graphic Album-Reprint – Jeff Smith for ‘RASL’
Best Reality-Based Work – Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker for ‘The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story’
Best Graphic Album-New – Ruto Modan for ‘The Property’ Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award – Joe Field
Will Eisner Hall of Fame – Orrin C. Evans, Irwin Hasen, Sheldon Moldoff
Will Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees – Hayao Miyazaki, Alan Moore, Dennis O’Neil, Berni Wrightson
Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing – Robert Kanigher, Bill Mantlo, Jack Mendelsohn
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award – Aaron Conley, artist of ‘Sabertooth Swordsman’
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award – All Star Comics (Melbourne, Australia) and Legend Comics & Coffee (Omaha, Nebraska)
Congratulations to all the award winners.
So there you have it. A lot of comic book stuff amidst the crazy, zany antics of San Diego Comic-Con. Yes, there’s lots more comic book stuff that I haven’t covered here like panels, interviews and all sorts of comic book creator goodness.
Thanks to the Internet more details will come to light in the coming months. For those stories, I heartily recommend Word Balloon hosted by John Siuntres, and Comic Book Resources.