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Monday, April 18, 2005

Comic News Update 04/18/05

Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics
James Sime talks up the newest winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics, one Daniel Merlin Goodbrey for his mini-comic “The Last Sane Cowboy.” In the column on CBR, Sime posts sample pages from the book (that look amazing) and gives some background on Goodbrey and his work. Knowing the quality of the past two winners of this award—Rob Osborne and Josh Cotter—expect some great stuff from Goodbrey.

Street Angel Ends
Another article I noticed on CBR was an interview with Jim Rugg about Street Angel. Apparently issue five was the last one of the series. Huh? Yep, that’s all folks. I enjoyed the first three issues of the series, but the last two seemed so different I couldn’t get into them nearly as much, especially issue five. I had no idea that was it for the series, which just kind of leaves me with a big question mark over my head. It’s really too bad such a short series with so much fun potential sputtered out after just a few issues. Well, I’m looking forward to seeing what else Rugg and Brian Maruca might do in the future, but I’m disappointed with this development in the Street Angel series.

Kleid Begins New Humor Column
Neil Kleid has a new monthly humor column titled “Take That Ratzis!” over at Buzzscope. In the column Kleid says, “I offer an, ah... unique... take on the ins, outs, backs and forths of the comic book industry. This week, I intercept an old email to Marvel's editor-in-chief from someone who's been making headlines these days.” That’d be none other than the Blue Beetle himself. Kleid’s tagline for the column is “The enemy never sleeps. Neither does the comics industry. Let's get some licks in.” This should be a very entertaining read to look forward to each month.

Eisner Nominations Announced
Well, it’s Eisner time again. This press release includes the master list of nominations and breaks down the most nominated creators and publishers. Of note is the new category “Best Digital Comic.” As is the case with just about any awards program, some of the nominations are spot on and others leave me wondering: what were they thinking? Eh, like my grandma likes to say “different strokes for different folks.”

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