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The Nomination IS the Award …

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Nominations for the 2012 Will Eisner Awards, the comics industry’s version of the Oscars, were announced on Wednesday, April 4th. The Library of American Comics was fortunate to receive five nominations — the most nominations we have ever received in one year. I provided editing support to each of our recognized titles, producing the new written content in three of them.

Genius, Isolated: The Life & Art of Alex Toth was nominated twice, for “Best Comics-Related Book” as well as “Best Publication Design.” Isolated features over twenty of Alex’s comics stories and includes over 30,000 words of biography written by yrs trly. Also nominated in the “Best Comics-Related Book” category — Caniff: A Visual Biography, for which I provided much shorter biographical essays highlighting each stage of this artist’s remarkable life.

In the category of “Best Archival Collection – Comic Strips,” we also received a pair of nominations. I helped edit Miss Fury, but provided extensive historical/biographical text to our other nominee, Flash Gordon/Jungle Jim, Volume 1, including the first-ever detailed look at the life of the writer of those two comic strips, Donald Moore.

There are five nominees in each category, worthy selections all, and the level of competition will be  high, I’m sure. The Eisners are awarded each year in July, at the San Diego Comic-Con. Sites such as www.comicsbeat.com typically blog live from the awards banquet floor, so it is possible to get practically-instantaneous results … but win or lose, it is gratifying and humbling to have so many LOAC books called out for recognition. Everyone involved with the production of these works thanks the Eisner nominating committee and everyone who buys and enjoys the line of Library of American Comics releases.

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Written by cnwl1

April 6, 2012 at 6:14 am

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