eisner awards


With all the news lately about voting, I though I should remind you folks that the Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award, and time is running out to cast your vote! So, if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!


BEASTS OF BURDEN: WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN was nominated for an Eisner Award in the “Best Single Issue/One-Shot” category. 

Congrats to co-writer Sarah Dyer, co-creator/illustrator Jill Thompson (also nominated in two other categories for her work), editor Daniel Chabon and publisher Dark Horse Comics. 

And thanks to those who sold, bought and read the 2016 one-shot. Appreciate the support.  

FYI, the one-shot is still in print and available, as is the first hardcover collection, BEASTS OF BURDEN: ANIMAL RITES, currently in a 7th printing. More stories are in the works, fingers crossed something will see the light of day before 2017 is out. 

It’s Official: 'Umbrella Academy' Live-Action TV Series Set at Netflix

The 10-episode drama will launch in 2018 and is based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s beloved comic of the same name.

Two years after it was put in development, Netflix has scooped up the Umbrella Academy TV series.

The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for the adaptation of Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Ba’s beloved graphic novel. The drama will launch on the streaming service in 2018. (Check out the poster for the series, above.)

Based on the Eisner Award-winning comics, the live-action Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (aka the Umbrella Academy): The Monocle, Spaceboy, The Kraken, The Rumor, The Séance, Number Five, The Horror and The White Violin. Together, they work to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams because of their divergent personalities and abilities. The series was praised for its alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre.

Steve Blackman (Fargo, Netflix’s Altered Carbon) serves as showrunner and exec produces alongside Bluegrass Television, Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Way will co-exec produce. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist).

“I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn’t think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Ba and myself had when creating the comic, and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live action show,” Way said.

For Netflix, The Umbrella Academy joins a deep roster of Marvel dramas, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and its upcoming mini The Defenders.

“What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized,” said Cindy Holland, vp originals at Netflix. “These aren’t the usual superheroes, and this series will embrace the singular tone of the graphic novels — dark yet humorous, supernatural yet grounded in reality. We’re excited to see this world and introduce these unforgettable heroes to Netflix members around the globe.”
Universal Cable Productions, which announced it was developing the project for TV as part of an overall deal with publisher Dark Horse Comics, is producing the series.

“It’s a thrill to be producing this wonderful show for Netflix,” said Jeff Wachtel, chief content officer at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and UCP president. “It’s been a passion project for the UCP development crew and we can’t wait to bring it to life.”

Comic book series continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming platforms look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a crowded scripted landscape with 450-plus originals. Marvel also has The Runaways at Hulu, New Warriors at Freeform, FX’s Legion as well as the upcoming The Gifted at Fox and Inhumansat ABC joining Agents of SHIELD; DC has The CW’s Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightningand Fox’s Gotham as well as Syfy’s Krypton. On the cable side, AMC has found massive success with The Walking Dead, based on the Image Comics title from Robert Kirkman.  

The Umbrella Academy is the first Universal Cable Productions series to land at Netflix, which more recently has been focused on owning its originals.

Hey everybody, I just heard some great news! My “Deep Dark Fears” book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award! Holy moley! http://www.comic-con.org/awards/2016-eisner-award-nominees


You can find it at Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, iBooks, Google Books, your local bookstore, and wherever books are sold! For those of you outside the US, bookdepository.com is offering free worldwide shipping!

15 Comic Books You Had No Idea Were Being Adapted For The Screen
CBR sheds some light on 15 little known comics that are hitting either TV or the big screen sometime soon!
  • After The Wicked and The Divine won three Eisner Award nominations, the books were optioned by Universal Television, with Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds production company. Production is expected to start in 2018. 
  • Valiant is working on creating their own cinematic universe, starting with Harbinger and Bloodshot, their sequels and, eventually, a group of crossover films featuring all of their properties. 
  • Due to the popularity of Lumberjanes and the critical acclaim it received, 20th Century Fox has already optioned the comic book, with Will Widger (The Munchkin) attached to the script. Fox also is apparently trying to recruit a female director before moving forward with casting. 
  • Terry Moore and filmmaker Angela Robinson are partnering to adapt the Strangers In Paradise graphic novel into film. Described as a “sexy, stylish crime story with tons of heart,” production is expected to begin in 2018. 
  • An animated series is currently in the works for the women of Rat Queens with Wiebe attached as its writer. 

Please stand clear! A fear submitted by Emma to Deep Dark Fears - thanks! The Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award, so if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!

Female Marvel Comics editor harassed online for milkshake selfie
Heather Antos, an editor for Marvel Comics, has been deluged with abuse online after posting an image of herself drinking milkshakes with six female Marvel employees, with a caption reading "It's the Marvel milkshake crew!

“…the incident has once again ignited a firestorm of discussion about the prevalence of abusive responses to both gender and racial diversity in the comic book world, and the recent increase in female staffers.

Chelsea Cain, the writer behind the female superhero comic book Mockingbird, left Twitter in October 2016 following months of harassment, while Zainab Akhtar, a British-Muslim writer, closed her Eisner Award-winning comic book journalism site Comics & Cola last year after being deluged with racist, misogynistic abuse via email and social media.“

A selfie among six Marvel colleagues enjoying milkshakes together was followed by a slew of online attacks.

Last night, JUGHEAD won the Eisner Award in the Humor category! I couldn’t be at the ceremony, but it was pretty great to see photos of my pals, Ryan, Erica and Derek, up there getting those trophies. I think that’s Ryan reading my too-long speech that I sent him in case we won (I stole that pic from Comixology. SORRY).

Starting this book with Erica, one of the most talented people I’ve ever met, was a dream. Getting to continue with Derek, an extraordinary artist who exudes fun on the page, extended that dream. And then reading the book when Ryan took over with Derek was yet another dream, getting to enjoy it as a reader. I could not have asked for a better Eisner winning scenario than with this group of people.

Here’s the speech I gave to Ryan:

“I’d like to thank Mike Pellerito at ARCHIE for bringing me onboard for the JUGHEAD relaunch, which was a childhood dream come true. And I’d like to thank Erica and Derek for their amazing art on the series. Erica crafted a fun, modern vision for these characters, and I’ll always remember when she told me I was the best writer she’d ever worked with. That truly meant the world to me.

Derek seamlessly picked up where Erica left off, deftly handling some difficult and emotional scenes. They’re two of the best artists in the business, and every company should be showering them in money ha ha just kidding this is comics

And then there’s Ryan.

Ryan, I am so proud of you, of the man you’ve become. You’ve always been so kind and generous with others, and to see you succeed like you have has truly been one of my life’s greatest pleasures. Looking at you now, all grown up and handsome, in your reasonably priced suit and tie, I know that the sky is the limit for you and your dreams.

I love you more than anything. And remember that I’m there with you now, watching from Heaven; which, as you know, is the gentleman’s club here in Toronto that broadcasts the Eisner Awards every year.

Take care,


Who dares awaken me?!? A fear submitted by Kevin to Deep Dark Fears - thanks! The Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award, so if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!

Oh man. We won. It’s so weird. None of us really expected to win. Everyone was wearing suits and had speeches prepared but us. I know I’m riding on the goodwill of all the fans of the show Pat created and I am so grateful to all the fans who are into the books! Thanks to Pat for giving me this amazing gig, Whitney at boom for making this possible and Amalia for being an awesome writer on this series!! Cara for drawing the Anna stories in the continuing series and Danielle for helping me color and punch up my Greg stories!

Alison Bechdel – Born: 10 September, 1960:

Famous for her iconic comic-strip series “Dykes to Watch Out For” – Alison Bechdel is a prominent cartoonist, author and creator whose graphic works truly took the publishing scene by storm. First published in 1983, “Dykes to Watch Out For” utilised Bechdel’s individual style and wit, creating a syndicated series that debunked stereotypes of lesbian relationships and showed the complexities behind them, all through Bechdel’s alter ego, Mo.

DTWOF was a truly representative series, showcasing the lives of characters of all ethnicities, gender identities, religions and orientations. The world of her characters was truly diverse and through the twenty five years that the series ran, it showed the women’s development and journeys from getting promotions and their educational paths, relationships with people of different gender identities and the tackling of illnesses such as breast cancer and MS. Interwoven with these heart-warming lesbian stories, Bechdel immersed a socio-political commentary, discussing the battle for LGBT rights and the plight of those involved and how they were represented by a heteronormative media. She was unapologetic in bringing these issues to the forefront for wider society, and it made for a lot of controversy and debating over the characters. DTWOF was extremely multifaceted and personable, and its humour captured the hearts of queer youth within America and thus is truly cemented as a cult classic today.

Award-winning graphic memoir “Fun Home” was Bechdel’s novel that focused upon her relationship with her father and his passing. Ultimately, the story is described as “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” – It was hailed as a best book by multiple sources in 20016, and won awards including the Lambda award and an Eisner award. She was embraced by the LGBT community, and was given the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. Ultimately, Alison Bechdel’s works are inspired by her journeys of sexuality and gender non-conformity, all told through a very unique artistic medium. The personal intricacy and presentation of them are what make them vital when discussing all facets of LGBT history.  

“The secret subversive goal of my work is to show that women, not just lesbians, are regular human beings.”

A fear submitted by Carleigh to Deep Dark Fears - thanks! The Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a 2016 Eisner Award, so if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!