December 2010 Archives

Will Eisner the 'graphic novel'... again.

This topic raises its head on a regular basis and it seems to be happening again. Over at Dr. K's blog, Dr. Andy Kunka looks at the origins of Eisner's coining of the term "graphic novel":

It is now fairly common knowledge that Eisner neither invented the term itself nor the form that we call a "graphic novel," but it is fair to say that he popularized the term when he later used it to promote [A Contract With God] upon publication from Baronet Books in 1978, and, for better or worse, the term has stuck.

If, as an Eisner reader, you are not familiar with the ground covered by this topic, this is as good a place to start as any, as the comments to the blog post also features some interesting comics history noted by graphic novelist Eddie Campbell, among others.

The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon has a thought or two on this recurring issue as well.

2011 Eisner Awards: judges announced

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is proud to announce that the judging panel has been named for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. This blue-ribbon committee will select the nominations to appear on the Eisner Awards ballot. This year's judges are: Ned Cato Jr., Karen Green, Andrew Helfer, Rich Johnson and Chris Powell.

The judges will meet in San Diego in late March to select the nominees that will be placed on the Eisner Awards ballot. The nominees will then be voted on by professionals in the comic book industry, and the results will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on Friday, July 22 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Read more about the judges here.

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