NewsBits: SDCC 2013 Day Two Recap

SDCC Day Two has come and gone! Here’s a few of the things that happened in the world of comics on Friday:

The main event of Friday was the 25th Anniversary Gala for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards! Here the list of the big winners:

eisnerawards2013_25logoWill Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners 2013

  • Best Short Story
    “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman, in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (Fantagraphics)
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
    The Mire, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
  • Best Continuing Series
    Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
  • Best New Series
    Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
    Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12)
    Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17)
    A Wrinkle in Time,
     by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (FSG)
  • Best Humor Publication
    Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)
  • Best Digital Comic
    Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
  • Best Anthology
    Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
  • Best Reality-Based Work (tie)
    Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Center for Cartoon Studies/Disney Hyperion); The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank M. Young and David Lasky (Abrams ComicArts)
  • Best Graphic Album—New
    Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint
    King City, by Brandon Graham (TokyoPop/Image)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
    Pogo, vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash, by Walt Kelly, edited by Carolyn Kelly and Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
    David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
  • Best Adaptation from Another Medium
    Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material
    Blacksad: Silent Hell, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
    Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
  • Best Writer
    Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
  • Best Writer/Artist
    Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
  • Best Penciler/Inker (tie)
    David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel), Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel); Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (IDW)
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
    Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (Dark Horse)
  • Best Cover Artist
    David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
  • Best Coloring
    Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); Fatale (Image); BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive (Dark Horse)
  • Best Lettering
    Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
    The Comics Reporter, edited by Tom Spurgeon,
  • Best Comics-Related Book
    Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe (HarperCollins)
  • Best Educational/Academic Work
    Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Best Publication Design
    Building Stories, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
  • Hall of Fame
    Lee Falk, Al Jaffee, Mort Meskin, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sinnott
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
    Russel Roehling
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
    Chris Sparks and Team Cul deSac
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award
    Steve Gerber, Don Rosa
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
    Challengers Comics + Conversation, Chicago, IL


Aspen Comics had their 10th Anniversary Panel. In addition to the upcoming things that we noted in yesterday’s recap, here’s some of the new things they talked about:

  • Jirni will be getting a Volume 2 in 2014
  • The All-New Fathom, based on Michael Turner’s original Fathom series, launched at SDCC.

If you’d like to read more about the specifics of the Aspen panel, check out the article on Comics Beat.


Oni Press had their panel to discuss their new offerings, including:

  • Courtney Crumrin, Volume 4, coming in October with plans to collect and release the rest of the story.
  • New series A Boy & A Girl by Jamie S. Rich & Natalie Nourigat also coming in October.
  • Diesel Sweeties, the first collection of the webcomic by Rich Stevens, coming this month.
  • Landscaped-format Wars in Toyland, by Joe Harris, available this month.
  • The Auteur, from writer Rick Spears, artist James Callahan and colorist Luigi Anderson is coming in Spring 2014.



Wolverine: Origin 2 Promo art

At this year’s Cup o’ Joe panel, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and the panel shared a few new things on the horizon for Marvel Comics:

  • A sequel to Wolverine: Origin by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Adam Kubert
  • The return of characters from the Marvel UK imprint with a new story called Revolutionary War from writers Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill
  • A two-part Young Avengers story with guest art by a whole slew of artists

To read more about the happenings at the Cup o’ Joe panel, check out the Comics Alliance piece here:



Cover Promo Art for Titan Comics’ Alien Legion

Comics upstart Titan Comics had their “Launching at San Diego & Beyond” panel with these announcements:

  • Assassin black-comedy Accident Man co-created by 2000AD legend Pat Mills (Marshall Law) with a cover by the incomparable Howard Chaykin (American Flagg);
  • A brand-new chapter of long-running science-fiction gem Alien Legion, by fan-favorite creative team Carl Potts and Larry Stroman;
  • Ladies of literature action-adventure Adler by novelist Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey (Zombies Vs. Robots, TMNT: The Fugitoid);
  • Adrenal grindhouse-flick Sally Of The Wasteland by Victor Gischler (The Punisher, Wolverine, Deadpool, X-Men) and artist Tazio Bettin, with cover by blazing Image stalwart Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival);
  • Femme-fatale espionage caper Scarlett Couture by famed good-girl artist Des Taylor.

Learn more in the press release on the Titan Comics website:

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