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2017 Eisner Awards Judges Named

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2017 Eisner Awards Judges Named

Awards | The panel of judges for the 2017 Eisner Awards has been announced: Critic Rob Clough; columnist, journalist, and former DC publicity manager Martha Thomases; librarian Dawn Rutherford, who was involved in the creation of the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list; Robert Moses Peaslee, associate professor and chair in the Department of Journalism and Electronic Media at Texas Tech University, and the writer and editor of several scholarly works on comics; Jamie Newbold, owner of Southern California Comics in San Diego; and Alan Campbell, a member of the Comic-Con International Board of Directors and winner of the 2013 Inkpot Award for Fandom Services. [Comic-Con International]

Legal | The Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar was arrested yet again on Saturday, during a “Tea With Zunar” event at the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. About 20 plainclothes officers stormed the event and arrested Zunar, two of his assistants, and three attendees. (The Malaysiakini website has video of one of the attendees being arrested.) The charge, once again, was sedition: “The contents of his books were found to be seditious in nature. So the arrest was done under the Sedition Act,” said Dang Wangi district police chief Assistant Commisioner Mohd Sukri Kaman. Zunar already faces nine charges of sedition under the colonial-era law, with a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison if he is convicted. [The Malay Mail]

Creators | Transgender artist Julia Kaye talks about depicting her transition in her webcomic, “Up and Out,” and how it is not only therapeutic for her but helpful for others as well. [Mashable]

Graphic Novels | Good news for George R.R. Martin fans: Another of his novellas is being adapted into a graphic novel. “The Mystery Knight” is the third in the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series, and the creative team of writer Ben Avery and artist Mike S. Miller is the same that worked on the first two, “The Hedge Knight” and “The Sworn Sword.” [Winter Is Coming]

Manga | Kodansha Comics editor Ben Applegate talks about “The Attack on Titan Anthology,” a collection of stories by non-Japanese creators including Scott Snyder, Ronald Wimberly, Gail Simone, and Faith Erin Hicks, set in the world of the best-selling manga. [Freaksugar]

Manga | Lynzee Loveridge posts a quick primer on seven influential female manga creators. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Jason Thibault has posted a comprehensive list of submission guidelines for comics publishers on his blog. [Jason Thibault]

Publishing | Melanie Gillman, one of the editors of “The Other Side,” an anthology of queer paranormal romance comics, has some advice on submitting stories for anthologies. [Pigeon Bits]

Publishing | Joe Books, which publishes graphic novels based on Disney movies and other properties, has moved its book distribution from Diamond Book Distributors to Hachette. Diamond Comics Distributors will continue to distribute their book to the direct market. [ICv2]

Retailing | Two brothers, Sam Fitch and Josh Colwell, have opened a new comic shop, Apokolips Comics, in Jamestown, New York. The store is named for the planet in the DC universe, and the most popular sellers are DC comics, the brothers say. [Post-Journal]