Graphic Novelty²


March 2016

2016 Eisner Hall of Fame



The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the coveted prizes given for creative excellence in American comic books/graphic novels. The award is named after Will Eisner, a cartoonist famous for his book A Contract With God , and was one of the first to use the term “graphic novel”. The awards are given at the San Diego Comic Con in July.

In addition, a yearly Hall of Fame is announced, with a panel of judges picking some of the inductees while professionals working in the comic industry get to vote on preselected nominees. The criteria for being selected to vote on the remaining nominees are: you must be a professional working in the comics or related industries as a creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer), a publisher or editor, a retailer (comics store owner or manager), a graphic novels librarian, or a comics historian/educator. As I am a teen librarian who orders graphic novels, I submitted my information and was eligible to vote!

Two cartoonists, Carl Burgos (The Human Torch) and Tove Jansson (Moomins) are locks for being inducted in 2016, but fourteen remaining nominees needed to be winnowed down, and I had to select four to vote on.

The possibilities with a brief comment of what they are most famous for-

Lynda Barry (Ernie Pook’s Comeek & The Good Times are Killing Me)

Kim Deitch (Stuff of Dreams & Amazing Katherine Whaley)

Rube Goldberg (Rube Goldberg machines & detailed illustrations)

Edward Gorey (Gashleycrumb Tinies)

Bill Griffith (Zippy)

Matt Groening (The Simpsons)  

Jack Kamen (Creepshow)

Francoise Mouly (co-founder of the comics and graphics magazine Raw)

George Pérez (Avengers & Wonder Woman)

Antonio Prohias (Spy vs Spy)

P. Craig Russell (Night Music & Batman)

Rumiko Takahashi (Manga- Ranma 1/2 & Rin-ne)

Jacques Tardi (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc & WWI themes)

Herb Trimpe (Marvel, Hulk & Wolverine)

Such agony in deciding who would get my vote, as they are all worthy! My final votes went to Lynda Barry (love her unique illustrations & sense of humor), Francoise Mouly (rock on that she founded Raw), George Perez (Wonder Woman- nuf’ said) and Herb Trimpe (first artist to draw Wolverine). I almost picked Matt Groening, but he’s made millions already, and he can look at his bank account for his recognition.

So…who would you pick & why????



DC Bombshells (Vol 1): Enlisted

Bennett, Marguerite, and Marguerite Sauvage. DC Bombshells, Vol 1: Enlisted. 2016.

My boyfriend surprise visited me this weekend, which was something we both really needed. Been going through some stuff. It’s my spring break now and just seeing him and relaxing with him started it off right.

We went to the comic book store though and I found the last copy of this paperback!!! I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES YOU GUYS HAVE NO IDEA. I have most of the little issues and now I have this and I have some buttons and I want all the figurines. All of them. I don’t even care I can’t afford them I just adore the designs of all the characters they’re just sooo cute.

Anyway, the basic premise of this series is a World War II AU (alternate universe, for those of you who don’t know) which centers on the heroines because it’s assumed all the males are off at war. But they each start to fight the war too, in their own way. Kate Kane, for example, wishes she could be doing something about the war instead of playing baseball to keep the citizen’s morale up. She gets her wish and is recruited by Amanda Waller for a special ops unit called the Bombshells. To Berlin she goes to spy on the German government, playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with Contessa Selina DiGatti and Lex Luthor. When their powers are discovered, sisters Kara Starikov and Kortini Duginova are persuaded by the Soviet government to become the poster girls of the Russian war effort. They accept, for the Motherland and to keep their parents safe. Steve Trevor crash lands on Paradise Island, raving about a madman trying to take over the world – and only Diana believes him and wants to help. With the help of her friend Mera, she takes up arms and whisks Steve Trevor away from her homeland in order to save man’s world.

There are so many more threads to this story, and more of your favorite characters show up as you go. It’s incredibly multi-layered and it’s so exciting to see how each story starts fitting together. More and more artists start working on it as you progress; Margaret Sauvage’s lithe forms and pastel colors are my favorite. I think Sauvage captures the femininity, yet extreme strength, in these characters in this era best.

This paperback isn’t officially released until tomorrow, and I really encourage all of you to check it out! I already can’t wait for my boyfriend to buy me the next paperback ;D

– Kathleen

ElfQuest Book 1

Pini, Wendy & Richard. ElfQuest Book 1. 1981.

I fell in love with ElfQuest when I was in high school and my boyfriend who was collecting them introduced me to the World of Two Moons. Sometimes our dates would consist of us sitting side by side reading for hours and debating the finer points of elf lore. That my high school boyfriend eventually became my husband, makes this series dear to my heart.

Fire and Flight, introduces us to the Wolfriders, an elfin band that rides wolves and live in the woods, or as they call it, The Holt. Primitive humans are their enemies, and have captured one of the elves, Redlance. A rescue is mounted to retrieve their friend, but at great cost, as the humans burn down the woods in retaliation. All the elves and their wolves are able to escape to the caverns of the trolls, but due to some trickery the trolls lead them underground and abandon them near an entrance to a desert.

Raid at Sorrow’s End (part 1 & 2) has the elves, led by their leader Cutter, setting out across the sands in hope of finding a new home. On the brink of disaster they are completely shocked to find a hidden elfin village in the desert mountains. They barge into the peaceful village, creating chaos, for the other tribe is as shocked at their existence as they were. The Sun Villagers welcome the Wolfriders while Leetah, the Healer, uses her magic to heal Redlance.

The Challenge gives some important background to the story-as Savah the eldest Sun Village elf there, explains how the elves and humans became enemies and how the desert tribe came to be where they are. Cutter feels the pull of “recognition” towards Leetah, to the great dismay of Rayek, the Sun Villager’s chief hunter. Cutter & Rayek engage in a series of physical challenges in an attempt to win Leetah’s heart. The other Wolfriders have some character development in this segment, and we learn more about the family connections among them.

Voice of the Sun wraps up the intertwining of the two tribes, with Leetah accepting Cutter to be her mate. Rayek goes off into the great unknown and we are left wondering what will be the next adventure the elf tribes will face.

ElfQuest Book 1 contains the collected issues 1-5, that were originally in black and white, beautifully colorized for the graphic novel format. The artwork of ElfQuest is beyond amazing. While both Wendy & Richard Pini tell the story, Wendy’s art IS ElfQuest. The details are extraordinary, with every panel inked with precision. The woods, the caverns, and the village have such details- a complete world is being created. Each elf is unique in looks and personality, and you really start to know the tribe members. Although this first book is stunning, the continuing books of the elf saga continue to get better in both art work and storytelling.

The first comic came out in 1978 and new comics & graphic novels are still being produced today. The series has been published through many different publishers, from big ones such as Marvel and DC, to independent publishers such as WARP (Wendy and Richard Pini) Graphics and currently Dark Horse Comics. A wonderful website (, which includes the stories published through 2014, is a must for fans of this cult classic comic. I hope that you will adore this series as much as I have, and yes, the series has been introduced to my children, so the next generation will love it as much as my husband and I have. ♥







So me and my boyfriend did what any comic nerd couple would have done this Valentine’s day: we went to the theater and saw Deadpool. We were both really excited for it, but he was wayyy more excited than me. It was actually really cute XD

I’m more of a DC girl (as is probably obvious by now), so I didn’t know much about Deadpool going into the movie. I just went out to have a good time. And boy, did it deliver. I knew from the moment my boyfriend lost it when a Green Lantern Easter egg showed up during the opening credits that this movie would be awesome.

Wade Wilson is a guy who roughs up other guys for fun and money – specifically, guys who bother girls. He meets Vanessa Carlysle in his best friend Weasel’s bar and starts dating her, and they fall in love. The night he proposes marriage to her, he faints and collapses. He is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Devastated and unsure of what to do, Wade accepts the offer of a recruiter from a secret agency who promises to cure his cancer in exchange for his service as a superhero. He does this without Vanessa’s knowledge, because the only alternative is for her to watch him wither away and die.

Strapped down to a hospital bed, Wade is wheeled into the laboratory and introduced to Ajax and Angel Dust. They inject him with a serum that should awaken any mutant genes inside him – the only catch is, they have to torture Wade and place his body under extreme stress in order for the serum to work. This goes on until Wade discovers Ajax’s true name: Francis Freeman. The subsequent mockery from Wade is enough for Ajax to leave him in a machine that keeps him near asphyxiation for an entire weekend. Before he leaves, Ajax reveals that the program is not to create superheroes, but super slaves.

Wade’s mutant genes awaken while he’s in the machine, and he manages to break out and escape after a fight with Ajax that burns the lab down. His cancer is cured, but he has become horribly scarred as a result. Feeling he can’t go back to Vanessa because of his looks, he instead sets out to track down Ajax and force him to fix his face. He creates the mask and suit, naming himself “Deadpool.”

Eventually, Deadpool corners Ajax on a bridge after taking down his entire convoy. He’s moving in for the kill when Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead show up, wanting to recruit him for the X-Men. Ajax escapes while Deadpool is distracted, leading to what is arguably the funniest part of the film: an enraged Deadpool trying to fight Colossus (seriously, do NOT have popcorn in your mouth while watching this scene. Your chances of choking on it are at least doubled).

Deadpool evades the X-Men’s attempts to bring him in by cutting his own hand off to get out of the handcuffs, and goes back to the apartment he shares with Blind Al to heal. Ajax and Angel Dust, meanwhile, have found out about Vanessa from Weasel. Wade goes to the strip club where she works to warn her, but Ajax got there first. Knowing he needs help, Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to help him, and together they go to the scrapyard where Ajax and Angel Dust are waiting.

Can Deadpool defeat Ajax? Can Wade finally reveal himself to Vanessa? And will he finally get the chance to be a hero?

The obvious strong point: this movie is HILARIOUS. You will not stop laughing. There are plenty of raunchy and bad taste jokes to keep it moving. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall often to address the audience. That’s something that can be overdone, but the amount of usage was just right.

That’s not the only reason it’s rated R. There are sexual scenes and scenes that are quite violent. There is a part where Ajax impales Wade with a steel pipe, in addition to the hand removal and the usual gun and fist fights. If you’re squeamish like me, make sure to bring a buddy to hide behind at those parts.

If you’re looking to have a good time, look no further. Deadpool is a hilarious movie basically about one man’s quest to fix his face so his girlfriend will love him again. If that’s not a noble quest, I don’t know what is!

– Kathleen

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