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Emily S. Whitten, In Conversation with Dean Haspiel

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Dean Haspiel strikes me as a creator who’s constantly growing. He’s an artist, he’s a writer, he’s won an Emmy for TV design work, and in the last year he’s started up a new project, Trip City, a “Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon” with an eclectic mix of comics, stories, realism, sci-fi, and more. Now, don’t get me wrong – I obviously love superhero comics, and the people who create them, but I also love creators who can and do cross genres and try new things. Dean is clearly one of these.

While Dean is perhaps best known for his work with Harvey Pekar (e. g. American Splendor and The Quitter) and for his “last romantic anti-hero” Billy Dogma, his current project that’s caught my attention is Trip City, via the sample booklet Dean shared with me at Baltimore Comic Con. While there’s no
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Eisner Awards 2012 Nominations Announced

Pretty much the comic book Oscars, the 2012 nominations for the Eisner awards have been announced. There is quite are large showing from Marvel in the superhero department, not so much from DC. Surprising, considering the company’s high profile New 52 relaunch. Save for Jeff Lemire’s nomination for Best Writer, most of DC’s nomination are pre-relaunch, or from their Vertigo imprint which has been left untouched by the New 52. The nominations are usually as controversial as the Oscars, with books and whole companies being left out, much to fans, sometimes, anger and confusion.

A full list of the nominations are below, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, and the award will take place at this years San Diego Comic Con.

Best Short Story “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture,” by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #12 (Drawn & Quarterly) “Harvest of Fear,” by Jim Woodring, in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #17 (Bongo) “The Phototaker,
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Nominees Announced For 2012 Eisner Awards

As many of you may already know, each and every year, awards distributed at San Diego Comic Con to a few select (and noteworthy) nominees who are chosen by retailers and professionals in the comic book industry. The ceremony is better known as the Eisner Awards which is now heading into its 24th year with some great talent in the running. One of the most loved titles in this year’s nominee list is Marvel’s Daredevil, picking up 6 nominations that include Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue, Best Writer (Mark Waid), Best Cover Artist (Marcos Martin), and Best Penciller/Inker Team Marcos Martin, and Paolo Rivera/Joe Rivera). DC also scored some decent recognition with their iZombie Vertigo series, gathering 3 nominations (Cover Art, Coloring, Inker/Penciller) for the creative team.

You can check out the full list of nominees below.

Eisner Award Nominees 2012

Best Short Story

“A Brief History
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American Splendor's Harvey Pekar Passes Away

American Splendor's Harvey Pekar Passes Away
In sad, but not entirely unexpected news, Harvey Pekar, best known for his long-running American Splendor underground/indie comic book series, passed away early this morning at his home in Ohio. Pekar had been suffering from multiple illnesses, including prostrate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure, and depression. He was 70.

Pekar began American Splendor in 1976 to document non-superheroic, everyday life, including his own, in his native hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, often with a caustic, acerbic, self-deprecatory wit. Pekar's work attracted some of the most-respected and well-known names in underground and mainstream comics, including Robert Crumb, Alison Bechdel, Chester Brown, Greg Budgett, David Collier, Dean Haspiel (The Quitter), Josh Neufeld, Joe Sacco, Eddie Campbell, Gilbert Hernandez, and Ty Templeton. American Splendor's last issue appeared in 2008.

Outside of underground comics, Pekar was best known for a recurring stint on the David Letterman show in the late 1980s. NBC eventually banned Pekar from appearing
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Eisner Award Nominations Announced

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ComicCon.org have revealed the full list of nominees for this years Eisner Awards, or to give them their full name: The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Considered by many to be the premiere comic awards (think the comic equivalent of the Oscars), the Eisner Award winners will be announced at this years San Diego Comic-Con in July.

The Nominees:

Best Short Story

Because I Love You So Much,” by Nikoline Werdelin, in From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the 3rd Millennium(Fantagraphics/Aben maler) “Gentleman John,” by Nathan Greno, in What Is Torch Tiger? (Torch Tiger) “How and Why to Bale Hay,” by Nick Bertozzi, in Syncopated (Villard) “Hurricane,” interpreted by Gradimir Smudja, in Bob Dylan Revisited(Norton) “Urgent Request,” by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Brave & the Bold #28: “Blackhawk and the Flash: Firing Line,
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2010 Eisner Award Nominations

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The list is out. Pretty straightforward, with a few surprises (No Todd Klein or John Workman for lettering? And was Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader not eligible?)

Our congratulations to all the nominees. We'll be starting the betting pools in 3... 2...

Best Short Story

• “Because I Love You So Much,” by Nikoline Werdelin, in From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the 3rd Millennium (Fantagraphics/Aben malen)

• “Gentleman John,” by Nathan Greno, in What Is Torch Tiger? (Torch Tiger)

• “How and Why to Bale Hay,” by Nick Bertozzi, in Syncopated (Villard)

• “Hurricane,” interpreted by Gradimir Smudja, in Bob Dylan Revisited (Norton)

• “Urgent Request,” by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

• Brave & the Bold #28: “Blackhawk and the Flash: Firing Line,” by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz (DC)

Captain America #601: “Red, White, and Blue-Blood,” by
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'Iron Man 2' Work Concluding, R.I.P. Dick Giordano, And A Lady Gaga Joke In Today's Twitter Report

Dick Giordano, the former DC Comics VP and executive editor, as well as one of the most recognizable comic book artists of the modern era, passed away over the weekend, and memories abounded on Twitter from his former colleagues and those whose work he inspired.

Elsewhere, "Iron Man 2" passed another landmark as Jon Favreau revealed that this would be his last weekend working on the film. The Twitter Report feed won't be the same without his editing updates. Savor one of the last work posts you'll see from him for a while after the jump. There, you can find out what "Goats" anniversary is coming up this week, as well as what Brian Michael Bendis' found out about Lady Gaga over the weekend and which premiere Edgar Wright got an invitation to attend.

It's all in the Twitter Report for March 29th, 2010.

@Jon_Favreau Last weekend working on Iron Man.
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Best Of 2009: Comic Books, Webcomics And Graphic Novels

As 2009 draws to a close, it's time to look back on best and brightest comics, comic book movies, comic book swag and, well — everything else that found its way into our bookshelves and longboxes this year. Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out a trio of "Best Of 2009" features, starting with today's list of the best comics in print and digital form released in '09.

Best Of 2009: Comics

Best New Series

"Chew" (Image)

As is the case with cooking, comic books require the right blend of ingredients in order to fully flourish. Thankfully, that's exactly what John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" specializes in. The series focuses on Tony Chu, an Fda agent who solves crimes by gleaning psychic impressions from anything he eats. Readers embraced the book's food-centric premise by sending "Chew" back into the kitchen for multiple sell-outs and reprints. If the new year brings a similar level of quality,
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Interview: Dean Haspiel on Act-i-vate, ‘Bored to Death’, and Jack Kirby

Before getting a chance to sit down and talk with Dean Haspiel (American Splendor, The Quitter, Billy Dogma) at the Alternative Press Expo, I met him at the Isotope Comics Lounge on the eve of Ape weekend for a pre-ape Isotope in-store bash. Currently, Haspiel is but one artist that is part of a larger collective of storytellers at Act-i-vate.

Recently, October saw the recent release of The Act-i-vate Primer by Idw Publishing, featuring new and original stories. While at the Isotope, I discovered Haspiel is as gracious and as nice as I could have imagined just sitting and talking with him as he signed and sketched a head shot of Harvey Pekar in my copy of The Quitter.

That night talking generally about the unique positivity that courses through the comic industry, Haspiel signs my Pekar sketch advising me to “never quit.” It’s good advice.

Needless to say,
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Tracking 10 Hurricane Stories Across the Web

It's hurricane season, and that means freakish weather even thousands of miles from the eye of a storm. Trace back the ripple effects of hurricanes, and you'll find a lot more than just rainy days. Just a few degrees away from Katrina and Jimena are stories about humanity: displacement, re-invention, evolution, art, and even bureaucracy. Here is one trail of Web breadcrumbs that has billowed in with the storms.

The East Coast is just now seeing the sun after a spate of rains pushed in by Tropical Depression Danny, but another hurricane is bustling up behind it. Hurricane Jimena is motoring towards the continent with winds topping 135 mph and heading straight for Mexico's Cabo San Lucas, ready to ruin the vacations of beach-goers and provide much needed rain to an area so parched that cattle are dying. But in Maine, locals are still mourning the death of a 7-year-old girl
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Swag Report: Abe Sapien Towers Over Hellboy, And Books Arrive By The Bunch!

Another Comic-Con has come and gone, but I arrived back at Splash Page HQ to find a big ol' pile of boxes waiting for me. Some of the new swag included some great Comic-Con exclusives -- not the least of which was a massive Abe Sapien that is now staring down at me as a write this. It is unnerving, to say the least.

There were also some great books, toys and an assortment of geekery that reminds me why being the editor of Splash Page is such a privilege.

Read on for the full breakdown...

By far the biggest (literally) surprise waiting for me when I returned from San Diego was the 18-inch Deluxe Abe Sapien figure from Mezco Toyz. Based on Doug Jones' creepy portrayal of the character in "Hellboy" and "Hellboy II," the figure is ridiculously detailed for its size -- and I can't keep my eyes off it.
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Comic Creators Play Big Role In Tonight’s ‘Earth 2100’ Special

From classic literature to political campaigns, comics have always been used illustrate a lot more than superhero stories. Tonight, comics will serve a particularly unique role in an ABC News special about the impact of climate change and global warming — and they’ve recruited some notable comic creators to help tell their tale.

The centerpiece of the special, titled “Earth 2100,” will take the form of a first-person, fictional narrative by a 91-year-old woman born on June 2, 2009. While the special is peppered with scientist interviews, simulations and user-created videos about the potential effects of climate change, the bulk of the two-hour program will involve the narrator’s account of life in the year 2100, told using animated “graphic novel elements.”

Among the creators who contributed these comics-style elements are several members of Act-i-Vate, the prominent New York City-based webcomic collective, including Josh Neufeld (”A.D.: New orleans After The Deluge”) and Joe Infurnari (”Jersey Gods,
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