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This just in: Moto Hagio is adorable
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Moto HagioMatt Thornmangaawardsarbitrary cuteness 10 Jun 2011 4:01 PM

Moto Hagio and Matt Thorn

Matt Thorn, editor/translator of our manga books, tweeted: "Me with Moto Hagio at tonight's Japan Cartoonist Association award ceremony, where Hagio was a recipient." Hooray! (And love the new hairstyle!)

But here is the pièce de résistance: "A photo I took earlier tonight of Moto Hagio in cat ears. No, seriously. Not Photoshopped." Excuse me while I go DIE FROM CUTENESS.

Moto Hagio - photo by Matt Thorn

Joyce Farmer's Special Exits wins National Cartoonists Society award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joyce Farmerawards 29 May 2011 3:20 PM

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer

Congratulations to Joyce Farmer , whose graphic memoir Special Exits has received the prestigious 2010 NCS Division Award for Graphic Novels! The winners in all the divisions were announced at the 65th Annual NCS Reuben Awards banquet last night in Boston, MA.

Special Exits is also nominated for a 2011 Eisner Award in the category of Best Reality-Based Work.

National Cartoonists Society
Moto Hagio wins Japan Cartoonist Award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Moto Hagiomangaawards 11 May 2011 12:20 AM

Moto Hagio signing A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2010

Anime News Network reports that Moto Hagio (shown above at Comic-Con International last year) has received the 2011 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award from the Japan Cartoonists Association of manga creators as part of their 40th annual Japan Cartoonist Awards. The honor is in recognition of her entire body of work, praised in the announcement as "revolutionary" and "of high quality." Congratulations!

More photos of Stan Sakai's Cultural Ambassador Award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan Sakaiawards 22 Apr 2011 4:59 PM

Stan Sakai receiving Cultural Ambassador Award

Stan Sakai award certificate

As we recently posted, Stan Sakai was honored with the 2011 Cultural Ambassador Award by the Japanese American National Museum last Saturday. Stan sent along these additional photos of him receiving the award trophy at the ceremony and the fancy award certificate. Hip hip hooray!

Stan Sakai receives Cultural Ambassador Award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan Sakaiawards 18 Apr 2011 9:50 PM

Stan Sakai award trophy

Well here's some wonderful news, as reported by The Comics Reporter: the great Stan Sakai has received the 2011 Cultural Ambassador Award by the Japanese American National Museum. The news release is here, and on Facebook Stan says (with typical understatement) "Senator Dan Inouye was seated at the table next to ours. He is third in line for the presidency, so secret service was around. Food was excellent." Congratulations and well deserved, Stan!

(By the way, this year's Stumptown Comics Fest is barely over but Stan has already been lined up as a special guest for 2012!)

Johnny Ryan wins Best Letterer at Stumptown Comics Awards
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryanawards 17 Apr 2011 10:24 AM

Johnny Ryan - from Prison Pit Book 2

Shout it out! Johnny Ryan is winner of Best Letterer at the Stumptown Comics Awards for his mashup of techno, metal and horror letterforms in Prison Pit Book 2! If you're at the fest, swing by our table (#304) and pick up both volumes. Congrats Johnny!

2011 Eisner Award nominees!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoRoy CranePirus and MezzoMoto HagiomangaJoyce FarmerJacques TardiDavid BCarol TylerCaptain EasyBlake BellBill Everettawards 7 Apr 2011 5:10 PM

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The list of nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards has just been announced and we are pleased to report that our artists and publications received 11 nominations in 7 categories for 9 titles:

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi:

• Best Reality-Based Work
• Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir by Joyce Farmer

Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir by Joyce Farmer:

• Best Reality-Based Work

You’ll Never Know Book 2: Collateral Damage by Carol Tyler

You’ll Never Know Book 2: Collateral Damage by Carol Tyler:

• Best Reality-Based Work
• Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) — Carol Tyler

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 1 (1933-1935) by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 1 (1933-1935) by Roy Crane:

• Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

King of the Flies, Book One: Hallorave by Mezzo and Pirus

King of the Flies, Book One: Hallorave by Mezzo and Pirus:

• Best U.S. Edition of International Material

The Littlest Pirate King by David B. and Pierre Mac Orlan

The Littlest Pirate King by David B. and Pierre Mac Orlan:

• Best U.S. Edition of International Material

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio:

• Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

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Stephen DeStefano, Lucky in Love Book One: A Poor Man’s History:

• Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Fire and Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell

Fire and Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell:

• Best Comics-Related Book

As previously noted, Ernie Bushmiller and Jack Jackson have been inducted via judges' choice into the Eisner Hall of Fame. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday, July 22, 2011 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Browse and order all of our 2011 nominated titles here, and see here for links to past years' award honorees. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Drew Weing's Set to Sea named Lynd Ward Prize runner-up (updated!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew WeingBest of 2010awards 24 Mar 2011 1:49 PM

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing announced yesterday that his debut graphic novel Set to Sea was named runner-up for the inaugural Lynd Ward Prize, a new award sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, presented to the "best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. citizen or resident." We'd been waiting for the official PR to make our announcement, but since Heidi MacDonald has broken the news over at The Beat, anchors aweigh (as it were). Congratulations Drew!

UPDATED: The official announcement has now been posted online:

The prize jury also awarded an honor book prize to Drew Weing for Set to Sea, published by Fantagraphics. In this book, small in size but large in vision, the art of storytelling through pure visual image is at its height. Described by jurors as "a small wonder of visual narrative, the book's superbly executed single-panel pages combine iconic cartooning and realistic detail to deliver a quietly moving story that unfolds primarily through image. It epitomizes the whole notion of the graphic novel set forth by Lynd Ward — the illustrations are brilliant and the balance between word and image is spot on. The book encapsulates the power of comics to combine an aesthetic experience with a lovely story with strength and beauty that lies with its simplicity and subtlety." Weing will accept his honor prize at an event co-sponsored by Penn State and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council at 6 pm on May 23 in Foster Auditorium on the Penn State University Park Campus.
Joyce Farmer's Special Exits nominated for National Cartoonists Society award
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stan SakaiJoyce Farmerawards 17 Mar 2011 9:10 AM

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer

We are pleased to share the news that Joyce Farmer's graphic memoir Special Exits has been nominated for the 2010 NCS Division Award for Graphic Novels! The winner will be announced at the 65th Annual NCS Reuben Awards banquet on May 28, 2011 in Boston, MA. Congratulations Joyce!

(We're also rooting for Stan Sakai, nominated in the Comic Books division for his ongoing (formerly-Fantagraphics) Usagi Yojimbo series!)

National Cartoonists Society
Vote Johnny Ryan in the 2011 Stumptown Comic Art Awards!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny Ryanawards 15 Mar 2011 11:53 AM

Prison Pit Book 2 by Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan is up for two 2011 Stumptown Comic Art Awards for his Prison Pit work: Best Cartoonist and Best Letterer! The online ballot/complete list of nominees is here — you know what to do! Congrats Johnny! Winners will be announced at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland OR next month. (We'll see you there!)