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The Spirit #11 in October

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The Spirit #11Written by Darwyn Cooke; Art by Cooke and J. Bone; Cover by Cooke

As the mysterious crimelord El Morte consolidates his hold on Central City's gangs, Ellen travels to Venezuela to find the truth about the cadaverous gangster. Can Ellen and the Spirit find the key to defeating this unstoppable foe?

On Sale October 17, 2007

View the DC Comics page here.

2007 Eisner Award Winners!

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Best Short Story
"A Frog's Eye View," by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Batman/The Spirit #1: "Crime Convention," by Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Best Continuing Series
All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC)

Best Limited Series
Batman: Year 100, by Paul Pope (DC)

Best New Series
Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)

Best Title for a Younger Audience
Gumby, by Bob Burden and Rick Geary (Wildcard)

Best Humor Publication
Flaming Carrot Comics, by Bob Burden (Desperado/Image)

Best Anthology
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, by Bill Willingham and various (Vertigo/DC)

Best Digital Comic
Sam and Max, by Steve Purcell

Best Reality-Based Work
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)

Best Graphic Album - New
American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

Best Graphic Album - Reprint
Absolute DC: The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips
The Complete Peanuts, 1959-1960, 1961-1962, by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Books
Absolute Sandman, vol. 1, by Neil Gaiman and various (Vertigo/DC)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Left Bank Gang, by Jason (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan
Old Boy, by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi (Dark Horse Manga)

Best Writer
Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Daredevil (Marvel); Criminal (Marvel Icon)

Best Writer/Artist
Paul Pope, Batman: Year 100 (DC)

Best Writer/Artist - Humor
Tony Millionaire, Billy Hazelnuts (Fantagraphics); Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident (Dark Horse)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Mark Buckingham/Steve Leialoha, Fables (Vertigo/DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Jill Thompson, "A Dog and His Boy" in The Dark Horse Book of Monsters; "Love Triangle" in Sexy Chix (Dark Horse); "Fair Division," in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC)

Best Cover Artist
James Jean, Fables, Jack of Fables, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC)

Best Coloring
Dave Stewart, BPRD, Conan, The Escapists, Hellboy (Dark Horse); Action Comics, Batman/The Spirit, Superman (DC)

Best Lettering
Todd Klein, Fables, Jack of Fables, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall; Pride of Baghdad, Testament (Vertigo/DC); Fantastic Four: 1602, Eternals (Marvel); Lost Girls (Top Shelf)

Special Recognition
Hope Larson, Gray Horses (Oni)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)

Best Comics-Related Book
The Art of Brian Bolland, edited by Joe Pruett (Desperado/Image)

Best Publication Design
Absolute DC: The New Frontier, designed by Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Hall of Fame
Judges' Choices (2): Robert Kanigher and Ogden Whitney
- Ross Andru & Mike Esposito
- Dick Ayers
- Wayne Boring
- Joe Orlando

Other Awards:

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing: Gardner Fox, George Gladir

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: David Petersen

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Neil Gaiman

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award:
Earth-2, Sherman Oaks, CA, owned by Carr D'Angelo

Go to the official site.

At his spotlight during San Diego Comic-Con International, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke announced that he would be leaving DC's critically acclaimed The Spirit comic with issue 12. No replacement team was announced.
Read about it at Newsarama.
Read about at The Pulse.

Todd Klein: On THE SPIRIT logo

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Lettering guru Todd Klein discusses the 'new' Spirit logo on his excellent blog and looks at various versions of the famous masthead:

In my review of the Batman/Spirit comic and issues of The Spirit, I praised the logo, but didn't know who had created it. Two readers thought it was Rian Hughes, so I emailed him, and they were, indeed, correct. Rian writes:
Yes, the Spirit logo is mine. It's more of a "rationalisation" of one of Will's logos, the one that he came to think of as the definitive Spirit logo.
Rian goes on to provide some background info from Denis Kitchen, along with various takes on the logo.
View the article here.

Sequential Tart: Eisner Awards preview

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Lee Atchison over at Sequential Tart has put together some preferences from this year's list of nominees (actual winners will be announced this Friday night)...

"Each year, comicdom comes together to decide on the best and brightest in the field for the previous publishing year. The Will Eisner Comic Awards began in 1988 for the 1987 publishing year; through the years, the winners continued to be voted on by comics creators, publishers, editors, retailers, and distributors. For readers who are curious about this year's playing field, we've highlighted some our favorites."
View the entire list here.

Last Day in Vietnam: A quick look

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ComicBookBin.com's Philip Schweier takes a look at Last Day in Vietnam and notes that "... fans of Eisner’s tales of growing up in the Jewish neighborhoods of New York may find this book a radical departure, but few will be disappointed by it."
Read the full review here.

Bob Andelman's excellent A Spirited Life blog links to a new video interview by Peter Guber, co-host of AMC-TV's "Sunday Morning Shootout," with Frank Miller about the challenge of writing and directiing the upcoming film, "Will Eisner's The Spirit".
View the embedded video here.

The San Diego Comic-Con web site has an interview with this year's special guest, The Spirit writer/artist Darwyn Cooke:

"I mean, the only way I can describe this is, there's this old Harvey Kurtzman MAD Magazine cover, and it shows this African safari tribe and they're standing in the footprint of this giant ape, and the guy says something like, "I'm telling you guys, I don't see a giant ape anywhere around here." And that's like Eisner's footprint, and I'm this little bug standing in it looking up."
Read the interview here.

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