Archive for March, 2007

Eagle Awards

29.03.2007
14:24

The Eagle Award nominees are up. CASANOVA and THE FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE are both nominated – follow the link and go vote for them, will you?

(While you’re there, show your love for Warren Ellis, Ben Templesmith, Ed Brubaker, Alex Maleev, John Cassaday, Axel Alonso, Death Note, Ande Parks, Nextwave, The Comics Journal, etc. I bolded a few nominees to make it easy for you. Not that I’m telling you who to vote for — I wouldn’t dream of it. I’m just trying to be helpful, that’s all. I live to make your life easier.)

[Speaking of awards, I just e-mailed in my Harvey Nomination Ballot.  Comics pros: there is still time.  Download the ballot here.]
And the Eagle nominees are:

1: Award for Favourite Comics Writer
ALAN MOORE (Lost Girls)
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad)
ED BRUBAKER (Criminal, Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, Captain America)
GRANT MORRISON (All-Star Superman, Batman)
WARREN ELLIS (Fell, Desolation Jones, Nextwave, newuniversal)

2: Award for Favourite Comics Writer/Artist
ALAN DAVIS (Fantastic Four: The End)
BEN TEMPLESMITH (Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse; IDW)
DARWYN COOKE (The Spirit, Solo)
MICHAEL AVON OEMING (The Cross Bronx; Image)
MIKE MIGNOLA (Dark Horse Book of Monsters)

3: Award for Favourite Comics Artist: Pencils
ALEX MALEEV (New Avengers, New Avengers: Illuminati)
BRYAN HITCH (The Ultimates 2)
FRANK CHO (Liberty Meadows)
FRANK QUITELY (All-Star Superman)
JOHN CASSADAY (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary)

4: Award for Favourite Comics Artist: Inks
ANDE PARKS (Nightwing, Civil War: Choosing Sides, The Irredeemable Ant-Man)
DANNY MIKI (Moon Knight, Eternals)
JIMMY PALMIOTTI (52; Daughters of the Dragon; Secret Six)
MARK FARMER (Fantastic Four: The End)
PAUL NEARY (The Ultimates 2)

5: Award for Favourite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork
ALEX MALEEV (New Avengers, New Avengers: Illuminati)
ALEX ROSS (Justice)
ASHLEY WOOD (Doomed; IDW, Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty; IDW)
BEN TEMPLESMITH (Fell, 30 Days: Deadspace, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse)
JAMES JEAN (Fables)

6: Award for Favourite Colourist
ALEX SINCLAIR (52, Batman)
CHRIS BLYTHE (2000AD)
DAVE STEWART (Daredevil, New Avengers, Superman)
LAURA MARTIN (Astonishing X-Men, The Ultimates 2)
RICHARD ISANOVE (Wolverine: Origins, New Avengers)

7: Award for Favourite Letterer
CHRIS ELIOPOULOS (Astonishing X-Men, Fell)
COMICCRAFT (Supergirl, Superman/Batman)
RICHARD STARKINGS (Elephantmen, Hip Flask)
TODD KLEIN (Eternals, Lost Girls)
TOM FRAME (2000AD)

8: Award for Favourite Editor
AXEL ALONSO (Daredevil, Punisher)
JOE QUESADA (Marvel)
MATT SMITH (2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine)
STEVE WACKER (52)
TOM BREVOORT (New Avengers, Civil War)

9: Award for Favourite Publisher
DARK HORSE
DC
IMAGE
MARVEL

REBELLION

10: Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook – American
ALL STAR SUPERMAN (DC)
DESOLATION JONES (Wildstorm)
FABLES (DC)
JACK STAFF (Image)
TRANSFORMERS (IDW)

11: Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook – British
2000AD (Rebellion)
EVENT HORIZON (MAM TOR PUBLISHING)
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE (Rebellion)
STARSHIP TROOPERS (Markosia)
THRUD THE BARBARIAN (Carl Critchlow)

12: Award for Favourite Black and White Comicbook – American
CASANOVA (Image)
PHONOGRAM (Image) [I love these guys, but I'm not bolding them for obvious reasons.]
THE WALKING DEAD (Image)
USAGI YOJIMBO (Dark Horse)
WASTELAND (Oni Press)

13: Award for Favourite Black and White Comicbook – British
FUTUREQUAKE (FutureQuakePress)
HERO KILLERS (Moonface Press)
HOW TO DATE A GIRL IN TEN DAYS (Vented Spleen)
MALCOLM MAGIC (Studio Blink Twice)
TALES FROM THE FLAT (Modern Monstrosity)

14: Award for Favourite New Comicbook
52 (DC)
CIVIL WAR (Marvel)
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA (DC)
NEXTWAVE (Marvel)
TESTAMENT (DC)

15: Award for Favourite Manga
BATTLE ROYALE (Tokyopop)
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (Dark Horse)
DEATH NOTE (Viz Media)
NARUTO (Viz Media)
PRIEST (Tokyopop)

16: Award for Favourite European Comics
ASTERIX AND THE VIKINGS (Orion)
BLACKSAD: RED SOUL (iBooks)
SANCHO (20000 Leagues)
THE KILLER (Archaia Studios Press)
XIII (Alias/Dabel)

17: Award for Favourite Comics Story published during 2006
52 #1 up (various)
ALL STAR SUPERMAN ONGOING (Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely)
CIVIL WAR #1 up (Mark Millar/Steve McNiven)
DAREDEVIL #82-87 THE DEVIL IN CELL-BLOCK D (Ed Brubaker/Michael Lark)
NEXTWAVE #1-6 (Warren Ellis/Stuart Immonen)

18: Award for Favourite Comics Cover published during 2006
5th Place was tied in the nomination round. This is why there are 6 nominations for this category.
52 #1 (various)
CIVIL WAR #1 (Steve McNiven)
FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL (James Jean)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 (Ed Benes)
NEXTWAVE #11 (Stuart Immonen)
THE ULTIMATES 2 #12 (Bryan Hitch)

19: Award for Favourite Original Graphic Novel
FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL (Bill Willingham & various; DC/Vertigo)
FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE (Matt Fraction/Steven Sanders; Image)
LOST GIRLS (Alan Moore/Melinda Gebbie; Top Shelf)
PRIDE OF BAGHDAD (Brian K. Vaughan/Niko Henrichon; DC/Vertigo)
STAGGER LEE (Derek McCulloch/Shepherd Hendrix; Image)

20: Award for Favourite Reprint Compilation
ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT (Frank Miller/Klaus Janson; DC)
ABSOLUTE DC THE NEW FRONTIER (Darwyn Cooke; DC)
ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME (Mark Waid/Alex Ross; DC)
ABSOLUTE SANDMAN v1 (Neil Gaiman & various; DC/Vertigo)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER v1 (Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting; Marvel)

21: Award for Favourite Comics Character
BATMAN (DC)
CAPTAIN AMERICA (Marvel)
DAREDEVIL (Marvel)
JUDGE DREDD (Rebellion)
SPIDER-MAN (Marvel)

22: Award for Favourite Comics Villain
BLACK ADAM (Infinite Crisis/JSA: DC)
DIRK ANGER (Nextwave: Marvel)
IRON MAN (Civil War: Marvel)
JOKER (Batman family: DC)
LEX LUTHOR (Superman family: DC)

23: Award for Favourite Magazine About Comics
ALTER EGO
BACK ISSUE
COMICS INTERNATIONAL
THE COMICS JOURNAL
WIZARD

24: Award for Favourite Comics-Related Book
GEORGE PEREZ: STORY TELLER (Dynamite)
GREAT BRITISH COMICS (Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury; Aurum Press)
MAKING COMICS: STORYTELLING SECRETS OF COMICS, MANGA AND GRAPHIC NOVELS (Scott McCLoud; HarperCollins)
THE ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND (Image/Desperado)
WRITING FOR COMICS WITH PETER DAVID (Impact Books)

25: Award for Favourite Comics-Based Movie Or TV
HELLBOY ANIMATED
HEROES
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED
SUPERMAN RETURNS
V FOR VENDETTA

26: Award for Favourite Comics Related Website
COMIC BOOK RESOURCES (www.comicbookresources.com)
MANGA LIFE (www.mangalife.com)
MILLARWORLD (www.millarworld.tv)
NEWSARAMA (www.newsarama.com)
SILVER BULLET COMIC BOOKS (www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com)

27: Award for Favourite Web-Based Comic
DRASTIC COMICS (www.drasticcomics.com)
DREAMLAND CHRONICLES (www.thedreamlandchronicles.com)
PENNY ARCADE (www.penny-arcade.com)
PVP (www.pvponline.com)
SONIC THE COMIC ONLINE (www.stconline.com)

28: Award for Roll of Honour
ALEX TOTH
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
BRIAN M. BENDIS
TOM FRAME
WARREN ELLIS

Tulips

28.03.2007
12:24


Spring yard 2

Originally uploaded by Laurenn.

Laurenn took a few photos of the yard for me so that I could see the bulbs coming in. I put in somewhere between fifty and a hundred last fall, but as is my way, I’ve forgotten what I planted where. Next year, I think I’ll make myself a little chart.

I’m coming home on the third and very much looking forward to seeing the blooms in person. Hang on, little tomatoes.

Nana and Me

27.03.2007
22:10

Nana and Me

Originally uploaded by Kelly Sue.

I probably look more like Grandma DeConnick than I do Nana, but that glare?  That look I learned from Patty Ann for sure. 

12:04 PM EST

27.03.2007
11:06

She’s gone.

The End Stage

26.03.2007
08:53

The nurse told us yesterday that Nana had entered the “end stage”; today’s nurse told us she could go at any minute, or it could be a couple of days.  I suspect it’ll be a little while yet as she still responds to us occasionally.  At the end, we’re told she may be entirely unresponsive.  Not necessarily, but it’s likely.  She’s on morphine drops every two hours, so she’s not in any pain.

She’s in the livingroom.  It’s hard to watch, but we’re taking shifts… sort of.  My grandfather keeps having us all gather there.  I wish he wouldn’t, honestly, as I have no desire to watch her die, but if he needs me bedside, I’ll be there.  I think he thinks I want to be there when she goes.  I don’t have the heart to tell him that Nana as I knew her is already gone.

Checking In

23.03.2007
13:15

Things here are as good as can be expected, I guess. Nana is out of the hospital, at home, in hospice care. She was pretty disoriented this morning; lucidity is slipping away. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I’m honestly not that worried about her. She’s not in pain and doesn’t appear to be frightened. It’s either her time or it’s not. We’re all very worried about my grandfather, however. He’s been her Superman for 55 years. He beside himself with horror and grief that he can’t fix her. I can’t even imagine what’s he’s going through. I start to and it just becomes too much.

If you smoke, quit. I’m serious. If you give a damn about the people who love you, stop. Struggling for air is a terrible way to die. Ellis, Xtop, I am looking at you.

We’re doing our best to carry on with work, which is, you know, vital, since the life of the freelancer means no pages, no paycheck. Banks want mortgages to be paid for some reason and the garage and the kitchen won’t, as they say, “pay for themselves.” Fraction and I have slipped away to Panera today for a few hours to try and get some done. We’re about to leave and I’m not sure how successful we’ve been but at least we got started. I cleared out about a million (okay, like, 80) e-mails and began answering some interview questions about 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA. Fraction spent some time on the phone with Brubaker. We’re going to have to miss the Emerald City Con because of our family situation, so we’re hoping to get out and visit Bru and Mel some time in the next couple of months.

Peter and I have discussed the possibility of reviving ARTBOMB at some point, but no one is sure they’ve got the time to do it right. No decisions have been made as of yet.

I have two new Viz projects beginning this summer, but as per usual, I can’t name them until Viz gives the okay. I will tell you that they’re both pretty cool, but I bet you guessed that.

Laurenn is, bless her, at home watching the house and the boys for us. Apparently she has some kind of ass injury. You might send her butt best wishes and her feet condolences (Claude ate her beautiful red flats) if you’ve got the time. And congratulate her on her new apartment. I haven’t seen the place yet, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to paint the kitchen cabinets. She’s in love with red and white retro kitchens and I just saw some cabinets painted bright red and glossy that I loved, loved, loved. I suppose we’ll see.

In unrelated news, my bra is killing me. Underwire is both a blessing and a curse.

Nana

19.03.2007
22:00

The doctor told us today that too many systems are failing.  Short of a miracle, the only thing we can do is make her comfortable.

People keep telling me what a privilege it is to share this time, but as I watch Pop arrange the pillow so that he can lean into the hospital bed and close his eyes with his face next to his bride, all I can think is that the price is too high.

Out of Pocket

18.03.2007
04:08

My grandmother has taken a turn for the worse. Mom called to say I should come, so I’m headed to Florida for a bit. I’ll have my cell and my laptop should anyone need to reach me, but my internet access may be spotty.

Keep Nana and Pop in your thoughts, would you?

Claude Face

12.03.2007
21:25


Claude Face

Originally uploaded by Laurenn.


Work

11.03.2007
17:12

The following is from Delancyplace.com’s daily e-mail of March 6th (I’m catching up on my inbox). Emphasis mine –

In today’s excerpt, Delanceyplace favorite Alan Jay Lerner writes about the work ethic of great stars. The context is the preparation for his greatest hit, My Fair Lady, and Rex Harrison has voluntarily shown up before the rest of the cast to begin his rehearsals. This causes Lerner to reflect on another great star–Fred Astaire:
“[Right before we began rehearsals], while the rest of our future company was enjoying their Christmas in London, Rex arrived three days before the holidays to begin work in advance with Fritz [Loewe, Lerner's partner], Moss [Hart, the producer], and me.

“It was another example of something I found to be true throughout my professional life. Every genuinely great star with whom I have ever worked is a star not only because of talent and that indefinable substance, but because he works harder than anyone else, cares more than anyone else and his sense of perfection, which is deeper than anyone else’s, demands more of him.

“I remember when I was doing a film with Fred Astaire, it was nothing for him to work three or four days on two bars of music. One evening in the dark grey hours of dusk, I was walking across the deserted MGM lot when a small, weary figure with a towel around his neck suddenly appeared out of one of the giant cube sound stages. It was Fred. He came over to me, threw his arm around my shoulder and said: ‘Oh, Alan, why doesn’t someone tell me I cannot dance?’ The tormented illogic of his question made any answer insipid, and all I could do was walk with him in silence. Why doesn’t someone tell Fred Astaire he cannot dance? Because no one would ever ask that question but Fred Astaire. Which is why he is Fred Astaire.”

Alan Jay Lerner, The Street Where I Live, Da Capo, 1978, p. 89.

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