Eisner nominations: Mangamania!

April 19, 2007

The Eisner Award nominees have been announced, and there are some really phenomenal books and creators on the list. I’ll probably go into more detail on that later, but for now, here are the manga-centric nominations:

Best Continuing Series

  • Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, by Naoki Urasawa (Viz)
  • Best New Series

  • East Coast Rising, by Becky Cloonan (Tokyopop)
  • Best Anthology

  • Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, edited by Frédéric Boilet (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • Best Reality-Based Work

  • Project X Challengers: Cup Noodle, by Tadashi Katoh (Digital Manga)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

  • Abandon the Old In Tokyo, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan

  • After School Nightmare, by Setona Mizushiro (Go! Comi)
  • Antique Bakery, by Fumi Yoshinaga (Digital Manga)
  • Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, by Naoki Urasawa (Viz)
  • Old Boy, by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi (Dark Horse Manga)
  • Walking Man, by Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • Special Recognition

  • Ross Campbell, Abandoned (Tokyopop); Wet Moon 2 (Oni)
  • Svetlana Chmakova, Dramacon (Tokyopop)
  • (Edited because I couldn’t have made the link to the nominations tinier if I’d put it on a comma.)

    Experience the under-construction allure

    April 19, 2007

    New manga publisher Aurora has the bones of a web site up and running. So far, it’s hot pink and fairly rudimentary, but they’re young yet. The starter Deux web site is in place as well, inviting readers to… okay, this kind of hurts… “Just Deux it!”

    Strip creep

    April 19, 2007

    King Features will be getting into the manga-influenced comic strip business, according to this piece at Editor and Publisher.

    “‘My Cage’ is co-created by manga graphic novelist Melissa DeJesus and her writing partner, Ed Power.

    “The strip — whose name spoofs the ‘MySpace’ social-networking site’s name — focuses on a group of mostly 20-something and 30-something anthropomorphized animals.”

    Here’s a link to the King Features press release, and here, appropriately enough, is the creators’ MySpace page. DeJesus was the illustrator for “fan-service spectacular” Sokora Refugees.