I haven’t had a chance to update like I PLANNED on doing a while back, ahem.
Currently in the way of finishing All Star Superman which I’m going to give a review of once I finish but I have to say so far I’m very pleased with this comic book, considering how much I usually despise the Superman comics. That lead me also to getting a whole bunch of Silver Surfer comics as well (I love Silver Surfer, dude glides through space on a surf board nude and still has clout).
But anyway, Eisner Nominees announced over at Comic-Con. The Eisner Award is a comic award representing contemporary comic books and it’s a very good way to see what comic books are being published outside of the mundane Superman & Spiderman fixes. I’m excited to hear about them too because I want to get some new comic books and I like knowing what people like. But anyway, here are the nominees:
- Return of the Dapper Men, by writer Jim McCann and artist Janet Lee (published by Archaia) for Best Publication for Teens, Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Publication Design.
- Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (published by Shadowline/Image) – with 4 noms
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (published by IDW) – with 4 noms
- Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys (VIZ Media), John Layman and Rob Guillory’s series Chew(Image), Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel Wilson (Drawn & Quarterly), and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy titles (Dark Horse). – 3 noms
Dark Horse acquired the most nominations with 14 awards.
Check out the rest of the nominations at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_11nom.php
I was intrigued by Return of the Dapper Men because Jim McCann is listed as a new writer (and as expected) I’m always interested in HOW new comic book writers get their start. I myself have just started to try and get my foot in the door and I know there’s a lot I need to learn outside of just writing (although writing obviously is a very big part of the process). He also got into the ABC Daytime Writer Program and wrote for One Life to Live (so he’s pretty much doing everything I want to do in life…sigh).
I’m definitely going to get Return of the Dapper Men and read it. The summary itself is very intriguing. A strange world where time has stopped and kids “play so much it becomes work” and machines play instead. Dapper men rain from the sky and a boy, a robot girl and a dapper man named 41 have to find out the meaning behind time staying still.
Doesn’t that just sound great? It does, I must admit. I love a good tale that is children-friendly but also complex and interesting enough to hold the attention of silly adults willing to read (Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth). The art work is also whimsically beautiful.
I hope if I continue reading and writing one day I’ll be able to obtain this level of creativity but for now I’ll dream and try and continue.