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The last time Jonathan and I were on the stage together it was 2007. We were presenting the Eisners. I got snogged. (See video.)

Tonight Jonathan and I are presenting the Eisner Awards again. We are six years older. I am ready for whatever happens.

I’d like to dedicate this award to every “bad” bisexual who ever existed out there.

Every bi person who ever fit a stereotype. Every bi person who’s been shamed, doubted or ridiculed for not being “bi enough” or for being “too bisexual”. Every bisexual woman who’s ever survived sexual violence. Every bi person who’s considered suicide. Every bisexual person of color, every disabled bi person, every asexual bi person. Every bi person who’s ever experienced multiple intersections of marginalization and oppression.

You are magnificent. This book is for you.
—  Shiri Eisner from her Acceptance Speech upon winning the 2014 Best Bi Author of the Year at the Bisexual Book Awards for her best-selling LGBT + Feminist Book Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Adventure Time Comic up for an Eisner Award

The Eisner Awards are comics’ Oscars, handed out at San Diego’s Comic-Con in July. And, hopefully, one (or three) will be handed out this year to Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb for their wonderful work on Adventure Time, the comic, newly nominated for Best New Series. The category’s nominees:

  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
  • Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel) Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Congratulations and best of luck, Ryan, Shelli, Braden, and all our pals at BOOM!/kaboom.

A week ago at the Eisner Awards, Trina Robbins was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. She brought the number of women in the Hall of Fame up to four (out of 128). Hers was the last name announced, and I had already braced myself for disappointment when Sergio Aragonés said that the final inductee was “the most deserving” and called her name.

I didn’t need a legend like Aragonés to tell me that, but I’m happy he agrees. Because here’s what Trina Robbins’s induction into the Hall of Fame means: Women matter to comics.

Trina edited the first all-women’s comics anthology, It Ain’t Me Babe, co-founded the ongoing Wimmen’s Comix (which launched careers such as Melinda Gebbie and Roberta Gregory), and dug through the forgotten parts of comics history to find such lost treasures as Nell Brinkley, Fran Hopper, and Lily Renée; she has written three editions of the history of women in comics, with her definitive volume coming out later this year. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, she was a gadfly on the comics industry, pressing them to produce more books for girls, leading to such efforts as the Marvel-published Misty and Barbie series (the latter of which had an almost-completely female creative staff and was an early showcase of Amanda Conner’s art), the DC-published Legend of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman: The Once and Future Story, and her own superhero creation (with artist Anne Timmons) GoGirl! Even this year, parallel to San Diego Comic-Con itself, she curated an exhibit on women in comics for the Women’s Museum of California. This blog and the Women in Comics Wiki would be the poorer without her. Trina Robbins’s name is synonymous with “women in comics”.

And the Eisner judges inducted Trina Robbins into the Hall of Fame, alongside Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Moëbius, Osamu Tezuka, and everyone from EC Comics. Trina Robbins is as important and as valuable to comics as these men because women are important to comics. Their talent and contributions are often ignored, forgotten, or diminished, and Trina Robbins was the first to put up a fight against such obscurity, not just for herself, but for all women who had ever worked in comics.

We can hope that the gates are now flung fully open for the lost women of comics history to receive their due and bring more parity to the Hall of Fame. But the future is most certainly bright, because after the awards ceremony was over—after Hope Larson, Becky Cloonan, and the Fiona Staples-drawn Saga took home their statues—Trina said to me, “Well, I’m glad I gave up drawing, because I could never compete with all the amazing women artists working today.”

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I’ve been busy so I haven’t posted yet about this, but my comic The Adventures of Superhero Girl (published by Dark Horse Comics) was nominated for TWO Eisner awards! (Best Humor Publication and Best Publication for Kids.) I was a guest of San Diego Comic-con last year, and while I had a fantastic time (read about my adventures here!), it’s much too difficult a con to attend regularly (we live a 9 hour flight away). I told myself I wouldn’t go back unless I was nominated for an Eisner award … which happened. ;) So we’re going back.

Comic-Con 2: Return to Comic-Con, starring Faith & Tim, coming to San Diego this July. Hope to see you there. ;)

Oh! And you can read the black and white webcomic version of Superhero Girl FOR FREE right here! :D

At San Diego Comic Con I won an Eisner award!  Me and Braden and Shelli each got our own little Eisner statue (the globe actually spins!) for our work on Adventure Time.

There were tons of great comics by tons of great people, so I was not expecting to win, especially since it was the first time I was nominated for anything!  But we did which was nuts and then it was a super thrill to be up there on stage talking to the rest of the comics world.

Thank you to everyone who likes our crazy comics, and thanks for this awesome recognition.  We will keep making rad comics for as long as we can, I’m pretty sure!

(Picture from Adventure Time #10!)

Congratulations, Superhero Girl

The Adventures of Superhero Girl is one of my favorite comics, and one of the ones I’m proudest to have worked on. It’s by people I love and love working with. It’s the kind of book that shifts the balance of the industry and medium toward what I want comics to be.

I’ve spent a lot of time with Superhero Girl—probably more than any one person who isn’t Faith Erin Hicks or Cris Peter. I read it in black and white when it was first going up online, and then I read it again. And again. I went through every strip to pick the representative handful I could use to argue its case to my boss, and his boss, and the DH costing committee; and all of that was technically before I was its editor.

There are books I edit and then put down; ones I’m not interested in revisiting, or, more often, ones I’ve spent so much process time with that reading them feels redundant. Superhero Girl has never been one of those books. It’s a pick-me-up and a security blanket, the oh-so-readable soft matte hardcover, Adam Grano’s exuberant design (man, there is nothing about this book I don’t love), Kurt Busiek’s glowing introduction. I go back to it when I’m having a bad day, when I want to remember why I care about comics and what they can mean—to me, and as a medium.

Anyway:

Last night, I went to a not-at-SDCC party at my friend Dustin’s place, and as we were pulling up, I got a sudden flurry of texts, because The Adventures of Superhero Girl had just won the Will Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

I almost burst into tears. I spent the rest of the evening texting Faith and telling everyone I ran into that Superhero Girl had won.

I didn’t make this book. But I am so proud of having played even an incremental role in getting it out there, and I am so happy to see it get the recognition it deserves. The Eisner Awards aren’t perfect, by a long shot; how much they really mean is debatable. But sometimes? Sometimes, they get it right.

Congratulations, Faith, and thank you—more than I can properly express—for the chance to be part of one of the best comics I’ve ever read, and some of the most fun I’ve ever had on the job.

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Some Bruce Timm for your skull-meat.

Collectors, take note:
I posted two separate covers of “the Batman Adventures: Mad Love” for a reason. The first one is the 1st Print, and it should be about a $25-$30 book. It is a regular comic book, and it is scarce. The Batman Adventures were tie-in books meant to milk the popularity of the cartoon. The print run was low, and they were more likely to be sold at newsstands or convenience stores than a local comic book shop.
The second cover I posted (the last image at the bottom of set) is not a variant. It is not a chase cover, and it is not more valuable. It is the 2nd Printing of the issue, and it is prestige bound, meaning that it has a spine with the title written on the side. It is a $10-$15 book at most, because it was a special edition reprint of the original issue. It was reprinted because “Mad Love” won an Eisner for best single issue of the year for 1994. I might be wrong about the year. If you haven’t watched all four seasons of “Batman: the Animated Series” and you have never read this book, I will tell you this:

Eisner awards are named after Will Eisner, the guy that wrote and drew “the Spirit”, and one of the most influential and gifted artists/writers who has ever lived. Basically, everyone that came after Eisner has taken some notes from his style.
Therefor, an Eisner award is the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize.
It is NOT like the Academy Awards.
It is an award given for creators and artists as a recognition of their achievements. Most of the time, Eisner Awards for best single issue go to indie books. They just do. Superheroes are not considered high-art by the vast majority of the populace.
They are just not.

So, when a Superhero book wins an Eisner for best Issue-meaning the story, the art, all of it-try to read that book. Trust me. It’s really good.

Consider this as well:
The Batman Adventure comics were adaptations of a cartoon.
Basically, they were tie-in books. And it still won the Eisner.
So: Yes, it’s really that good.

It’s true! Sarah and the Seed has been nominated for an Eisner in the Best Digital Comic category! What an honor to be nominated along side so many fantastic artists. If you’re eligible to vote, click here to go to the voting site!  And the great thing about this category, is that you can actually read all the comics nominated for FREE before voting :D

Bahrain, by Josh Neufeld

Battlepug, by Mike Norton

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, by Tony Cliff

Outfoxed, by Dylan Meconis

Sarah and the Seed, by Ryan Andrews


Now excuse me while I go dance in my livingroom to Don’t Stop Me Now. (yeah I’m pretty excited!)

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Dug in at Camp 2, Zan Jensen has lied, killed and drugged her way to within 8,000 feet of Mount Everest’s summit. As desolate weather sweeps across the mountain and Zan readies herself to face her dream and the dead body of Sullivan Mars buried beneath it, she finds herself isolated, paranoid, sick and surrounded by Strange Agents playing a game all their own.

HIGH CRIMES #7 is now available for sale at the exceptionally reasonable price of 99 cents.

You can get the whole series so far, that’s 100 pages of comics (not even counting the bonus back matter material), for under $6. 

This is the start of the back half of HIGH CRIMES. Just 5 more issues to go after this. We’re really excited about this one and we hope you are too. If issue 6 was the roller coaster calmly hitting the tippity top of that first monster ascent, Issue 7 is that moment where everything begins to drop at high speeds.

Our first issue is still free, if you still haven’t checked us out. And we’re nominated for two Eisners this year, if you need to check our credentials. And these nice, talented people above say some blushingly nice things about us in case you don’t wanna take our word for it.

As ever, thank you for the support, for loving our weird little book, for your patience and assistance in keeping the dream alive while we tinker away to make it as good as we can.

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THE BLACK BEETLE NOMINATED FOR AN EISNER!!!!!

SO SO EXCITED and proud to announce that my first adventure of THE BLACK BEETLE, NO WAY OUT, has been nominated for an Eisner in the BEST LIMITED SERIES category! :)
http://www.comic-con.org/awards/will-eisner-comic-industry-award-nominees-2014
I am beyond ecstatic for this huge recognition, specially considering how much work I’ve put in my first foray in the industry as full creator (writer/artist/colorist) on something this big. 
Thank you thank you thank you, everyone, for making this possible :)
And special thanks to Lisa, Jim, Mike, Nate, and everyone else who helped me with the Beetle (if you have bought the HC - and have you, right? ;) - you know whom I am talking about).  

I have some tough competition in that category, and bummer that they are all my dear friends - Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra’s COLDER, Mike RIchardson and Stan Sakai’s 47 RONIN, Scott SNyder and Sean Murphy’s THE WAKE, and Jeff Lemire’s TRILLIUM - but I hope the Beetle can bring home that mirable trophy :)

And if that wasn’t enough, I have been also nominated for a INKWELL AWARDS in the ALL IN ONE (artist who ink their own pencils) category. The ballots are now available online here https://inkwellawards.justsurvey.me/4f4661444f54 and everyone can vote, so please consider taking a few minutes and cast your vote for my inking on Black Beetle and Afterlife and a bunch of other books I worked on in 2013 :)
Thank you!

Cheers,

FF

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The 2013 Eisner Award Nominees 

Best New Series

  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, & Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
  • Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Winners will be announced Friday, July 19th @SDCC.

ComiXology’s Countdown To The Eisners!

The Eisner Awards are only a few days away, and to celebrate, we’re calling out a couple of our favorite nominees and putting them into the worlds that they created. 

First up is Hawkeye dream team Matt Fraction (mattfractionblog) & David Aja hanging out with everyone’s favorite crime fighting canine, Pizza Dog!

This year, the duo is up for a combined 5 awards including Best Single Issue and Best Ongoing Series!

Check out the Best of Matt Fraction and the Best of David Aja on comiXology and make sure to follow us for all your Eisner Award and Comic-Con news!

(Art by Kate Kasenow!)