Awards | Barry Deutsch’s Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword has been nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as part of the prestigious Nebula Awards. “When the nice lady from the Nebula committee called me, she said this is ‘essentially the Nebula Award for young adult books’,” Deutsch writes. Although graphic novels are specifically mentioned in the Andre Norton Award guidelines, this appears to be the first time one has been nominated. The award was established in 2005 in honor of prolific science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton, who passed away that year. The winners will be announced May 21 in Washington, D.C., during the Nebula Awards banquet. [SFFWA]
Passings | We’ll collect reactions later today to the sudden death of respected comics and animation writer Dwayne McDuffie — Comic Book Resources has remembrances from more than a dozen industry figures — but I wanted to go ahead and point to a handful of links: The Associated press obituary; a few words from Christopher Irving, accompanied by a beautiful portrait of McDuffie photographed by Seth Kushner on Feb. 13; the origin of Static; and a look at Spider-Man anti-drug PSA comics written by McDuffie. There’s also McDuffie’s message board, where he interacted candidly with fans on a regular basis. Two threads are devoted to the news of his death and memories of the creator they often referred to as “the Maestro.” The site’s administrator has posted a message last night on the main page: “Dwayne’s family and friends would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of condolences. They are much appreciated in this difficult time.” [Dwayne McDuffie]
Digital comics | Todd Allen examines now Amazon’s pricing policies are forcing some publishers to rethink using the Kindle as a platform for their comics. [Publishers Weekly]
Digital comics | Gus G. Sentementes spotlights the move by Diamond Comic Distributors into digital distribution with its recently announced partnership with iVerse Media. [The Baltimore Sun]
Publishing | Poland’s foreign minister has ordered the pulping of a controversial graphic novel about the composer Chopin commissioned by the country’s Berlin embassy. Designed to promote Polish culture to German schoolchildren, the comic included a profanity-laden story in which a modern-day Chopin goes to a concert at a prison with his skinhead friend. The approach, intended to make Chopin more accessible, backfired, leading to the destruction of all 2,000 copies. [Warsaw Business Journal, TheNews]
Creators | Geoff Boucher chats with veteran artist Joe Staton about taking the reins, with writer Mike Curtis, of the Dick Tracy comic strip: “My involvement with Dick Tracy and Chester Gould goes back about as far as is possible. My mother said that when I was 3, I was found in the kitchen floor with the Sunday funnies, trying to copy a picture of Tracy. That would have been in 1951. Everything I’ve learned or developed in terms of my art since then has been built on those first encounters with Tracy. That’s why I’m not trying to ‘ape’ Chester Gould’s style (or Rick Fletcher’s, or Dick Locher’s, for that matter). I just always have the faith that when I get down to basics, I’ll find Tracy waiting for me.” [Hero Complex]
Creators | Collaborators Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal discuss Echoes, their new miniseries from Top Cow Productions’ Minotaur Press imprint. Note: The first issue is being serialized here at Robot 6. [Major Spoilers]
Creators | Thom Atkinson briefly spotlights Frank Quitely, who’s holding a workshop today as part of the Glasgow Film Festival. [The Skinny]
Creators | King City creator Brandon Graham has moved his always-entertaining and informative blog to a new location. [Royal Boiler]
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