Tonight! Batgirl is hired, Scarlett Johanssson Sues Disney, The Eisner Award Winners and we remember Courage The Cowardly Dog's Owner and Jackie Mason! All that and more on the Comic Book edition of Multiverse tonight!
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Tonight! Batgirl has been found, ScarJo Sues The Mouse, The Eisner Award Winners and we remember Jackie Mason. Oy! All that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!
Welcome to episode 136
IN the Heights Leslie Grace has been cast in the role of Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl for the live action Batgirl movie being made for HBO Max. The movie will be directed by Bad bOY for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a Christina Hodson script.
Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer revealed to The Hollywood Reporter who clueless the studio suits can be. Quote "One note I got was on Man of Steel," "Where the ending involves Superman utilizing the pod that he arrived in as a child in order to bring down General Zod’s ship. The note we got from the studio said, 'You have to change that.' We asked why. They said, 'Because if Superman uses that pod and it’s destroyed while saving the city, how is he ever going to get back home to Krypton?' There was just this long pause and we said, 'Krypton blew up. You saw 30 minutes of it!'" unquote Make you wanna smack your head on the wall over and over again, doesn’t it.
DC’s animated Injustice movie, based on the video game and comic book series Injustice Gods Among Us has a cast. The story for Injustice takes place on an alternate version of the DCU in which the Joker has tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the hero on a rampage. This unhinged Superman decides to take control of Earth for its own good, leading Batman and his allies to attempt to stop him.The upcoming Injustice animated film voice-stars Justin Hartley as Superman, Anson Mount as Batman, Laura Bailey as Lois Lane and Rama Kushna, Zach Callison as Damian and Jimmy Olsen, Brian T. Delaney as Green Lantern, Brandon Michael Hall as Cyborg, Edwin Hodge as Mr. Terrific and Killer Croc, Oliver Hudson as Plastic Man, Gillian Jacobs as Harley Quinn, Yuri Lowenthal as Mirror Master, Flash and Shazam, Derek Phillips as Nightwing and Aquaman, Kevin Pollak as Joker and Jonathan Kent, Anika Noni Rose as Catwoman, Reid Scott as Green Arrow and Victor Zsasz, Faran Tahir as Ra’s al Ghul, Fred Tatasciore as Captain Atom, Janet Varney as Wonder Woman, and Andrew Morgado as Mirror Master Soldier. Injustice is due out on Blu Ray and streaming this fall.
Just call Dwayne Johnson’s portrayal of Black Adam the Dirty Harry of Superheroes according to the movie's director. In an interview with Variety, director Jaume Collet-Serra talked about The Rock’s acting performance saying quote "Having just done a romantic adventure comedy where he’s very light, I was really attracted to getting the dark version of Dwayne. Basically, turning him into Clint Eastwood in a Western. I was like, 'You’re like the Dirty Harry of superheroes,'" Collet-Serra shared. "I didn’t have to convince people that I was right for this one in the same way that I did for Jungle Cruise. It’s like things I’ve done with Liam [Neeson], that tough-guy antihero who has a heart. The world is not black and white. The world is in gray areas, so you need these people that are riding that gray area." unquote Black Adam also stars Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and Marwan Kenzari and Sarah Shahi in undisclosed roles. Black Adam is due in theaters on July 29th, 2022.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is putting out their own Mixtape of musical moments from the series. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Mixtape (Songs from the Original Television Soundtrack) is set to be released on August 20, 2021 and will feature 21 tracks offering up some of the show’s memorable musical moments like the David Bowie-inspired "Space Girl" from the current season (Season 6), Brandon Routh's "Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac'' from Season 5, and cast performances of "Puppets of Tomorrow", "I Surrender", and "Sweet Baby James."
THe Mixtape will be available wherever you get your digital music. The show has been renewed for a seventh season.
Winston Duke will voice Bruce Wayne for Spotify’s Batman Unburied podcast written by David S. Goyer. He will be joined by Jasson Isaacs who will play Alfred. The logline is quote “When audiences meet Bruce Wayne he is a forensic pathologist, working in the bowels of Gotham Hospital and tasked with examining the victims of The Harvester, a gruesome serial killer preying on Gotham’s citizens. Not only will the superhero be forced to face his own mental demons, but he will also have to overcome them in order to save the citizens of Gotham as his alter-ego Batman.” unquote There is no release date yet,
A crew member on the set of The Flash movie was injured in an accident. The film was in Scotland at the time. A statement from Warner Bros to Variety stated quote “An accident occurred while filming ‘The Flash,’ where thankfully nobody was seriously hurt. The crew member involved received immediate medical attention as a matter of protocol,” a Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson told Variety in a statement. “We take the well-being of all our employees seriously and have strict health and safety procedures in place on all productions.” unquote According to the Glasgow Live, the injured crew member was a camera operator who collided with the Batcycle. The Flash will be in theaters on November fourth,2022.
Production of the sequel to Black Panther: Black Panther Wakanda Forever in Atlanta. Michael Coel has joined the cast, no other details have been given about his character. Coel’s credits include Black Mirror and Star Wars The Last Jedi. Wakanda Forever is set for release on July 8, 2022.
Hawkeye will come to Disney Plus this november. The series starring Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Hailee Steinfeld as his protege Kate Bishop will arrive on the series on November 24th.
So, you're at a movie theater and you have a major release in six months, but the studio hasn’t released a promo poster, what do you do? Make your own up. Several movie theaters have done so for Spider-man No Way Home, which is set for release on December seventeenth. A twitter user shared a look at two posters for the cineplace and Westown Movie theaters that had fan made posters. Walt Disney Studios marketing president Asad Ayaz recently told the Hollywood Reporter quote "Sony is absolutely handling the marketing for Spider-Man. Kevin Feige and his team are closely partnering with the Sony team on those. So there is coordination in that sense," Walt Disney Studios marketing president Asad Ayaz recently told The Hollywood Reporter. "We also make sure we are aware of who is dropping what when. But we are not working together on the campaigns because it's their film. They are handling it but there is a level of coordination to make sure that it's a win-win for everybody.'' In other words, Disney is saying that this is Sony’s fault. So what’s the deal Sony?
Marvel’s Blade movie has found it’s director. Bassam Tariq, known for the rap drama Mogul Mowgli, is in early negotiations. Two Time Oscar winner Mahersahala Ali is slated to play the half human half vampire Blade. The movie will be written by Watchmen’s Stacy Osei-Kuffor.
Black widow will be coming to streaming services other than Disney Plus on August 10th and Bluray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on September fourteenth. The bonsu features have been announced including quote Bloopers – Take a look at some of the fun mishaps on set with the cast and crew of Black Widow.
Grocery Shopping – Natasha heads into a grocery store to prepare for her journey through Norway. After a long drive, she arrives at her destination: a mysterious trailer in the middle of nowhere.
Bike Chase – Tailed by assailants, Natasha and Yelena speed through the city in order to escape their nemeses.
Gulag Fight – Alexei squares up against several enemies and is quickly overpowered. When all hope seems lost, Natasha leaps in to lend a hand in the fight.
Smile – The Taskmaster protocol is activated in a tense moment, and an iconic helmet is unveiled.
Come After Me – Secretary Ross and Mason discover an important message Natasha left behind.
Walk and Talk – Alexei and Melina have a playful exchange. The Taskmaster arrives and faces off with Alexei.
Widows in Training – Yelena and Alexei awaken in captivity. Melina hands the Taskmaster vials while the Widows train.
Kiss – Alexei and Melina reunite after the action. Natasha grieves over an untimely demise in the brutal aftermath.
Ohio – Natasha witnesses the carefree nature of the Ohio suburbs through the neighborhood children.
Filmmaker Introduction Featurette – Director Cate Shortland introduces the film and her vision for it.
Sisters Gonna Work It Out Featurette – Watch Scarlett and Florence as they train, fight, and bond to become the sister duo in Black Widow. Listen as the cast and crew discuss the characters, rigorous training, and building the dynamic between the two fearsome siblings.
Go Big If You’re Going Home Featurette – Step back to appreciate the size and scale of Black Widow’s solo film. Shot around the world, the film balances family and drama with mind-blowing action. The cast and crew reveal the intricacies of stunts that made the film so action-packed.
However all it not happiness in Black Widow land as actress Scarlet Johanssson is suing the House of Mouse alleging that her contract was breached when Black Widow was released on Disney Plus. Johansson’s complaint says that Disney sacrificed the movie’s box office potential inorder to grow the streaming service. Disney shot back in a statement by saying quote “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.” unquote Black Widow was released delayed by more than a year due to the Covid Crisis, last month. But Disney also released it on Disney Plus for an additional thirty dollar charge. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, states that Black Widow had been guaranteed a wide theatrical release when Johansson signed her deal with Marvel. According to the complaint, Disney tortiously interfered with that deal for its own advantage.The complaint said quote “Why would Disney forgo hundreds of millions of dollars in box office receipts by releasing the Picture in theatres at a time when it knew the theatrical market was ‘weak,’ rather than waiting a few months for that market to recover?” the complaint asks. “On information and belief, the decision to do so was made at least in part because Disney saw the opportunity to promote its flagship subscription service using the Picture and Ms. Johansson, thereby attracting new paying monthly subscribers, retaining existing ones, and establishing Disney+ as a must-have service in an increasingly competitive marketplace.” unquote The complaint also states that Disney made no attempt to amend the deal before they decided on this two pronged release strategy ignoring her and forcing her to file the lawsuit. Since the lawsuit was fired the two parties have been firing back and forth at each other. We will keep an eye on the case.
And let’s see how well it’s doing at the box office. Jungle Cruise cruised to number one in it’s first week with 34.2 million, The Green Knight came in second with 6.8, in 3rd also with 6.8 is old, Black Widow in it’s fourth week was at number four with 6.4 million for a total of 167.1 million. Stillwater, Space Jam A new Legacy, Snake Eyes Gi Joe Origins, F9 and The boss Baby Family Business round out the top 10.
Amazon Prime has ordered Neil Gaiman’s American Gods spinoff, Anansi Boys Neil will write the first and last episodes of the series with Hanelle Culpepper acting as lead director. Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a man who has lived a mostly mundane life, only occasionally embarrassed by his estranged father. His father's death changes all of that, revealing that Charlie is the son of Anansi, the trickster god of stories. At about that time, Charlie also learns that he has a brother named Spider. This news makes Charlie's life much less mundane than it once was. The series will go into production in Scotland later this year.
Count the Rock out of any future Fast and Furious movies. The actor has famously had a feud with fellow folliclly challenged man Vin Diesel. When asked about Diesel’s comments about the feud during an interview with The Hollywood reporter about his new Disney movie Jungle Cruise Dwayne remarked quote "I laughed and I laughed hard," Johnson said of Diesel's "tough love" comments. "I think everyone had a laugh at that. And I'll leave it at that. And that I've wished them all. I wish them well on Fast 9. And I wish them the best of luck on Fast 10 and Fast 11 and the rest of the Fast & Furious movies they do that will be without me." unquote Maybe they should squash this beef, with a Match at Wrestlemania.
Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina storyline will continue in the pages of Archie Comics. Showrunner roberto Aquirre-Sacasa will reunite with artist Robert Hack in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina issue No 9 on October thirteenth. The comics, which inspired the Kiernan Shipka-led drama, continue the “Witch War” storyline with “The Sacrificial Lamb.” Sabrina has brought Harvey’s body back to life (along with her father’s soul). However, there is a cost to everything and unless she wants the Gates of Hell to open, Sabrina must find a person to sacrifice in Harvey’s place. Greendale’s infamous teen witch is faced with a troubling predicament — could she truly kill someone? In a statement Roberto said quote “Bringing Sabrina and her family and friends to life on the screen for Netflix was a dark dream come true, and I couldn’t be prouder of our four seasons, but it all started with a comic book series that was truly a labor of love for everyone who worked on it,” said Aguirre-Sacasa in a statement. “Reuniting with Robert Hack and the entire Archie Comics team and getting to pick up where we left off has been the best homecoming I could have ever asked for.” Roberto will also be teaming with artist Audrey Mok for a new series titled The Occult World of Sabrina which will act as season five of the Netflix series. Starting with a story arc called A World Without Sabrina.
The Mitchells vs The Machines has been crowned Netflixz’s Biggest Animated Film of All time. The movie, which Netflix acquired from Sony Animation got 53 million views in its first 28 days of release.Putting it up there with Kevin Hart’s Fatherhood and Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dea with 74 and 75 million views respectively.
Greg Nicotero, the special effect makeup artist behind The Walking Dead revealed an update on McFarlane’s Spawn reboot. The artist told Comicbook dot com’s Brandon Davis quote "We have designs ... [McFarlane] came in, and he said, 'Look, we're doing this thing, and it's going to be low budget, and it's kind of down and dirty. And I want it to feel more like the animated show [Todd McFarlane's Spawn], where it's like Spawn meets David Fincher,'' Nicotero said. "He wanted to do this kind of gritty down and dirty thing. And so, we did a lot of concept work here. We did a bunch of design busts and a lot of really, really cool stuff. And then it kind of stalled." unquote The Jason Blum produced refoot has Jeremy Renner and Jamine Foxx attached to star in it. And remains in active development.
Sean Premiere dates:
SUNDAY, SEPT. 26
8-8:30 P.M. THE SIMPSONS (season 33 premiere)
8:30-9 P.M. THE GREAT NORTH (season two premiere)
9-9:30 P.M. BOB’S BURGERS (season 12 premiere)
9:30-10 P.M. FAMILY GUY (season 19 premiere)
The Walking Dead World Beyond will return for the second and final season on October third
The Simpsons thirty third season will kick off with a musical premiere. The news was revealed at ComicCon @home, The Episode called the Star of the Backstage will be the most musical episode they’ve ever done and was described by Executive Producer Matt Selman as quote
“most musical episode we’ve ever done”—”like a Broadway musical of an episode with wall to wall music.” unquote The episode will have original songs with Kristen Bell guest singing for Julie Kavner’s marge. EP Al Jean announced that Treehouse of Horror 32 will be extended with five segments vs the usual three. We will also see Romance coming into Moes life and another exploring the greatest tragedy Homer has ever faced. The Simpsons will be renewed for season thirty four.
The Bob’s Burgers movie is still in the works. With series creator Lauren Bouchard promising that quote “We’re going to be in theaters, that’s my pledge,” “I guarantee it will be the best movie we could possibly make,” and describing the project as a “musical comedy mystery adventure and kind of a coming of age story.” Season twelve will also have a two part season finale which takes place in Tina’s erotic friend fictin and will break on of the sho’s core rules by featuring a segment driven more by animation and music than dialogue.
There is a Pokemon Live Action series in the works at Netflix. Variety has learned that the project is still a work in progress with little details, however Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce and would be similar to the Detective Pikachu movie.
Kurt Busiek’s back catalog including Astro City is headed to Image COmics. In a press release Busiek said quote “I’m thrilled to be consolidating my creator-owned books at Image,” said Busiek in a press release. “Readers have been asking us to make these stories available again, so we’re glad to have them all together at last, and in great company with the rest of the Image line. This is just the beginning, too—there’ll be new material coming as well, but that’ll be another announcement for another day.”
The 2021 Eisner Awards winners have been announced.
Best Continuing Series
Bitter Root, by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)
Daredevil, by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto (Marvel)
The Department of Truth, by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds (Image)
Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
Stillwater, by Chip Zdarsky and Ramón K Pérez (Image/Skybound)
WINNER: Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai (IDW)
Best Single Issue
The Burning Hotels, by Thomas Lampion (Birdcage Bottom Books)
Hedra, by Jesse Lonergan (Image)
The Other History of the DC Universe #1, by John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli (DC)
WINNER: Sports Is Hell, by Ben Passmore (Koyama Press)
Stanley’s Ghost: A Halloween Adventure, by Jeff Balke, Paul Storrie, and Dave Alvarez (Storm Kids)
Best Limited Series
Barbalien: Red Planet, by Jeff Lemire, Tate Brombal, and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Dark Horse)
Decorum, by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston (Image)
Far Sector, by N. K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell (DC)
Strange Adventures, by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan “Doc” Shaner (DC Black Label)
WINNER: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)
We Live, by Inaki Miranda and Roy Miranda (AfterShock)
Best New Series
WINNER: Black Widow, by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande (Marvel)
Crossover, by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw (Image)
The Department of Truth, by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds (Image)
Killadelphia, by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander (Image)
We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo (BOOM! Studios)
Ed Brubaker, Pulp, Reckless (Image); Friday (Panel Syndicate)
Matt Fraction, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC); Adventureman, November vols. 2–3, Sex Criminals (Image)
Jonathan Hickman, Decorum (Image); Giant-Size X-Men, X-Men (Marvel)
Jeff Lemire, Barbalien, Black Hammer, Colonel Weird: Cosmagog (Dark Horse); The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage (DC Black Label); Family Tree, Gideon Falls (Image)
WINNER: James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (BOOM! Studios); Batman (DC); The Department of Truth (Image); Razorblades (Tiny Onion)
Chip Zdarsky, Stillwater (Image/Skybound), Daredevil, Fantastic Four/X-Men (Marvel)
WINNER: Junji Ito, Remina, Venus in the Blind Spot (VIZ Media)
Pascal Jousselin, Mister Invincible: Local Hero (Magnetic Press)
Trung Le Nguyen, The Magic Fish (RH Graphic/RH Children’s Books)
Craig Thompson, Ginseng Roots (Uncivilized)
Adrian Tomine, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (Drawn & Quarterly)
Gene Luen Yang, Dragon Hoops (First Second/Macmillan)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
WINNER: Michael Allred, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)
Marco Chechetto, Daredevil (Marvel)
Jorge Corona, Middlewest (Image)
Bertrand Gatignol, Pistouvi (Magnetic Press)
Mitch Gerads/Evan “Doc” Shaner, Strange Adventures (DC Black Label)
Sanford Greene, Bitter Root (Image)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Benjamin Adam, Soon (Europe Comics)
Alice Chemama, The Zolas (Europe Comics)
Jared Cullum, Kodi (Top Shelf)
Decur, When You Look Up (Enchanted Lion Books)
Antonio Lapone, Gentlemind (Europe Comics)
WINNER: Anand RK/John Pearson, Blue in Green (Image)
Best Cover Artist
Jamal Campbell, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (BOOM! Studios); Far Sector (DC)
Simone Di Meo, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead (BOOM! Studio)
Mike Huddleston, Decorum (Image)
Dave Johnson, Butcher of Paris (Dark Horse)
WINNER: Peach Momoko, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19, Mighty Morphin #2, Something Is Killing the Children #12, Power Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios); DIE!namite, Vampirella (Dynamite); The Crow: Lethe (IDW); Marvel Variants (Marvel)
Ramón K. Pérez, Stillwater (Image/Skybound)
WINNER: Laura Allred, X-Ray Robot (Dark Horse); Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)
Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Middlewest (Image)
Gipi, One Story (Fantagraphics)
Marte Gracia, Empyre, X of Swords (Marvel)
Dave Stewart, Promethee 13:13 (comiXology); Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Spider-Man #4-#5 (Marvel)
Matt Wilson, Undiscovered Country (Image); Fire Power (Image/Skybound); Thor (Marvel)
Mike Allred, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)
Deron Bennett, Bear, The Sacrifice of Darkness (Archaia); King of Nowhere, Something Is Killing the Children, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead (BOOM! Studios); Far Sector, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, Martian Manhunter (DC); Excellence (Image/Skybound); A Dark Interlude, Dark One, Relics of Youth, Resonant, Shadow Service, Vampire: The Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth (Vault); Ping Pong (VIZ Media)
Aditya Bidikar, Barbalien: Red Planet, Grafity’s Wall Expanded Edition (Dark Horse); John Constantine, Hellblazer (DC); A Map to the Sun (First Second); The Department of Truth, Lost Soldiers (Image); Giga, The Picture of Everything Else (Vault)
Clayton Cowles, Aquaman, Batman, Batman and the Outsiders, Strange Adventures, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC); Adventureman, Bitter Root, Bog Bodies, Die (Image); Reaver (Image/Skybound); Morbius, X Of Swords (Marvel)
WINNER: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)
Rus Wooton, Wonder Woman: Dead Earth (DC); Decorum, Monstress (Image); Die!Die!Die!, Fire Power, Oblivion Song, Outcast, Stillwater (Image/Skybound)
Best Digital Comic
WINNER: Friday, by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)
Genius Animals? by Vali Chandrasekaran and Jun-Pierre Shiozawa, geniusanimals.net
Gentlemind, by Juan Díaz Canales, Teresa Valero, and Antonio Lapone, translation by Jeremy Melloul (Europe Comics)
Promethee 13:13, by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough (comiXology Originals/Delcourt)
Olive, by Véro Cazot and Lucy Mazel, translation by Jessie Aufiery (Europe Comics)
Soon, by Thomas Cadène and Benjamin Adam, translation by Margaret Besser (Europe Comics)
BFF, by Clément C. Fabre, Joseph Saffiedine, and Thomas Cadène, translation by Emma Wilson
WINNER: Crisis Zone, by Simon Hanselmann
DPS! Only, by Vel
Isle of Elsi, by Alec Longstreth
The Kiss Bet, by Ingrid Ochoa
The Middle Age, by Steve Conley
Best Short Story
“Garden Boys” by Henry McCausland, in Now #8 (Fantagraphics)
“I Needed the Discounts” by Connor Willumsen, in The New York Times (January 3, 2020)
“Parts of Us,” by Chan Chau, in Elements: Earth, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color (Ascend Press)
“Rookie,” by Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso, in Detective Comics #1027 (DC)
“Soft Lead,” by Chan Chau
WINNER: "When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town,” by Mimi Pond, in Menopause: A Comic Treatment (Graphic Medicine/Pennsylvania State University Press)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
Bear, by Ben Queen and Joe Todd-Stanton (Archaia/BOOM!)
Cat Kid Comic Club, by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Graphix)
Donut Feed the Squirrels, by Mika Song (RH Graphic/RH Children’s Books)
Kodi, by Jared Cullum (Top Shelf)
Lift, by Minh Lê and Dan Santat (Little, Brown Young Readers)
WINNER: Our Little Kitchen, by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
Doodleville, by Chad Sell (Knopf/BFYR/RH Children’s Books)
Go with the Flow, by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann (First Second/Macmillan)
Mister Invincible: Local Hero, by Pascal Jousselin (Magnetic Press)
Snapdragon, by Kat Leyh (First Second/Macmillan)
WINNER: Superman Smashes the Klan, by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)
Twins, by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Scholastic Graphix)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones, by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second/Macmillan)
Displacement, by Kiku Hughes (First Second/Macmillan)
WINNER: Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Macmillan)
Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, by Joel Christian Gill (Oni Press)
A Map to the Sun, by Sloane Leong (First Second/Macmillan)
When Stars are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Dial Books)
Best Humor Publication
The Complete Fante Bukowski, by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
Department of Mind-Blowing Theories, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
FANGS, by Sarah Andersen (Andrews McMeel)
Wendy, Master of Art, by Walter Scott (Drawn & Quarterly)
WINNER: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)
What If We Were . . ., by Axelle Lenoir (Top Shelf)
Ex Mag, vols. 1–2, edited by Wren McDonald (PEOW)
Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison, edited by Sarah Mirk (Abrams)
Hey, Amateur! Go From Novice to Nailing It in 9 Panels, edited and curated by
Shelly Bond (IDW Black Crown)
Los Angeles Times, edited by Sammy Harkham (NTWRK)
WINNER: Menopause: A Comic Treatment, edited by MK Czerwiec (Graphic Medicine/Pennsylvania State University Press)
Now, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Best Reality-Based Work
Big Black: Stand at Attica, by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Améziane (Archaia/BOOM!)
Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Macmillan)
Invisible Differences: A Story of Asperger’s, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color, by Mme Caroline and Julie Dachez, translation by Edward Gauvin (Oni Press)
WINNER: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams)
Paying the Land, by Joe Sacco (Metropolitan/Henry Holt)
Year of the Rabbit, by Tian Veasna, translation by Helge Dascher (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Graphic Memoir
Banned Book Club, by Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, and Ko Hyung-Ju (Iron Circus)
Dancing After TEN: A Graphic Memoir, by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber (Fantagraphics)
Ginseng Roots, by Craig Thompson (Uncivilized)
I Don’t Know How to Give Birth! by Ayami Kazama, translated by Julie Goniwich (Yen Press)
WINNER: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Dial Books)
Best Graphic Album—New
The Book Tour, by Andi Watson (Top Shelf)
Dragman, by Steven Appleby (Metropolitan)
Flake, by Matthew Dooley (Jonathan Cape)
Labyrinth, by Ben Argon (Abrams)
Paul at Home, by Michel Rabagliati, translation by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall (Drawn & Quarterly)
WINNER: Pulp, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Black Hammer Library Edition, vol. 2, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormstom, Emi Lenox, and Rich Tommaso (Dark Horse)
Criminal Deluxe Edition, vol. 3, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
Eight-Lane Runaways, by Henry McCausland (Fantagraphics)
Fante Bukowski: The Complete Works, by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
Herobear and the Kid: The Heritage, by Mike Kunkel (Astonish Factory)
WINNER: Seeds and Stems, by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)
Best Adaptation from Another Medium
Constitution Illustrated, by R. Sikoryak (Drawn & Quarterly)
Parable of the Sower: The Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams)
Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Mankind, vol. 1, by Yuval Noah Harari, adapted by David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave (Harper Perennial)
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, adapted by Ryan North and Albert Monteys (Archaia/BOOM!)
WINNER: Superman Smashes the Klan, adapted by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Altitude, by Olivier Bocquet and Jean-Marc Rochette, translation by Edward Gauvin (SelfMadeHero)
Gamayun Tales I: An Anthology of Modern Russian Folk Tales, by Alexander Utkin, translation by Lada Morozova (Nobrow)
WINNER: Goblin Girl, by Moa Romanova, translation by Melissa Bowers (Fantagraphics)
Irena Books 2-3, by Jean-David Morvan, Severine Tréfouël, and David Evrard, translation by Dan Christensen (Magnetic Press)
When You Look Up, by Decur, translation by Chloe Garcia Roberts (Enchanted Lion Books)
The Winter of the Cartoonist, by Paco Roca, translation by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
I Had That Same Dream Again, by Yoru Sumino and Idumi Kirihara, translation by Beni Axia Conrad (Seven Seas)
I Wish I Could Say “Thank You,” by Yukari Takinami, translation by Yukari Takeuchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
A Journal Of My Father, by Jiro Taniguchi, translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
Ping Pong, vols. 1–2, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)
WINNER: Remina, by Junji Ito, translation by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)
Spy x Family, vols. 1–3, by Tatsuya Endo, translation by Casey Loe (VIZ Media)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
WINNER: The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)
Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross, by Milt Gross, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press/IDW)
Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921 by George Herriman, edited by RJ Casey (Fantagraphics)
Little Debbie and the Second Coming of Elmo: Daily Comic Strips, August 1960
September 1961, by Cecil Jensen, edited by Frank Young (Labor of Love)
Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Volume 7: Clean as a Weasel, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Art Young’s Inferno, by Art Young, edited by Glenn Bray (Fantagraphics)
Atlas at War! edited by Michael J. Vassallo (Dead Reckoning)
WINNER: The Complete Hate, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salty Sea, by Hugo Pratt, translation by Dean Mullaney and Simone Castaldi (EuroComics/IDW)
Little Lulu: The Fuzzythingus Poopi, by John Stanley, edited by Frank Young and Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly)
Man and Superman and Other Stories, by Harvey Kurtzman, edited by J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)
Best Comics-Related Journalism/Periodical
Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
The Comics Blog, by Michael Cavna and David Betancourt, https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/comics/
The Comics Journal, edited by RJ Casey, Kristy Valenti, and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
PanelxPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, PanelxPanel.com
WINNER: Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne, www.WomenWriteAboutComics.com
Best Comics-Related Book
American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason, by Brett Dakin (Comic House/Lev Gleason)
Ditko Shrugged: The Uncompromising Life of the Artist Behind Spider-Man and the Rise of Marvel Comics, by David Currie (Hermes Press)
Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin, edited by Todd DePastino (Pritzker Military Museum & Library)
The History of EC Comics, by Grant Geissman (TASCHEN)
WINNER: Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, by Ken Quattro (Yoe Books/IDW)
Masters of British Comic Art, by David Roach (2000AD)
Best Academic/Scholarly Work
Comic Art in Museums, edited by Kim A. Munson (University Press of Mississippi)
Comic Studies: A Guidebook, edited by Charles Hatfield and Bart Beaty (Rutgers University Press)
WINNER: The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, by Rebecca Wanzo (New York University Press)
Webcomics, by Sean Kleefeld (Bloomsbury)
Who Understands Comics: Questioning the Universality of Visual Language Comprehension, by Neil Cohn (Bloomsbury)
Best Publication Design
Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California deluxe edition, designed by David Chisholm and Tyler Boss (Z2 Comics)
Dbury@50: The Complete Digital Doonesbury, by G.B. Trudeau, designed by George Corsillo and Susan McCaslin (Andrews McMeel)
J & K, designed by John Pham (Fantagraphics)
WINNER: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, designed by Adrian Tomine and Tracy Huron (Drawn & Quarterly)
Original Art: The Dan Clowes Studio Edition, designed by Daniel Clowes (Fantagraphics)
Courage The Cowardly Dog voice talent Thea White has died, the actress voiced Courages owner Muriel on the show voiceing her from 1999 to 2002 and getting one last shot at the role for Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog. She passed away on August first, just a few days after surgery, she was 81 years old.
Actor and Comedian Jackie Mason has passed away. The Borscht Belt comedian best known for roles on the Simpsons and the movie Caddyshack 2 ws born Yacov Moshe Hakohen Maza in Sheboygan Wisconsin, but grew up on Manhattan’s Lower east Side. He was originally ordained as a rabbi, like his brothers but resigned to become a comedian in the 1950’s whose humor was comparable to that of Don Rickles. His 1986 one man show The World According to Me! Won a special Tony Award as well as an Ace and Emmy Award as well as a grammy nomination. He also showed up in The Jerk, History of the world part one, ten episodes of the Simpsons and other shows and movies. He passed away after a brief hospital stay on July 24th. Jackie Mason is survived by his wife Jyll and their daughter Sheba. He was 93 years old.
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