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Comics A.M. | Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries launches

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Comics A.M. | Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries launches

Graphic novels | The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and the American Library Association will launch the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries at the ALA summer conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, California. Three libraries each year will be selected to receive all the books nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, as well as a $2,000 voucher to buy additional graphic novels and a $1,000 stipend to hold comics-related or author events. Libraries to register to win at the ALA conference; winners will be announced June 24. [Publishers Weekly]

Graphic novels | Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald look at the graphic novel presence at last week’s BookExpo America. [Publishers Weekly]

Comics | Writing for, Erika D. Peterman asks whether the sexual orientation of a comic-book character is really news, and turns to gay creator Brian Anderson for the answer (it’s “yes, by the way): “Do I view this exploitation as a terrible, awful, negative thing? Not so much. If only because, in the long run, whether it’s with these recent ‘big gay additions’ to mainstream comics being tossed into the superhero stew for monetary reasons or publicity’s sake, or because of a genuine desire to better reflect our current culture … the end result will eventually lead us down the same path and to the same destination: widespread acceptance and support of LGBT people.” Meanwhile, Erie, Pennsylvania’s WSEE TV reports on local reaction to the reintroduction of Green Lantern Alan Scott and the upcoming wedding of Northstar and Kyle. [Geek Out!]

Creators | Longtime editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley was among 600 employees laid off this week by Advance Publications, which publishes four newspapers, including Kelley’s home paper, New Orleans’  Times-Picayune. About one-third of the staff of that paper, which will shift from a daily to a three-times-a-week format, was laid off. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Writer Mark Waid discusses his Thrillbent digital comics side, how he plans to make money from it (more ads than paid content), and his upcoming collaboration with the French artist Balak. [Publishers Weekly]

Creators | Michael Avon Oeming talks about his experiences with therapy and how that helped shape his new creator-owned superhero comic The Victories: “I really wanted to do something completely different in the super hero genre. Something that bridges the gap between caped adventures and comics that are about personal experiences.” [MTV Geek]

Creators | Shannon O’Leary looks at why so many indy comics creators are working for Cartoon Network series. [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

Digital comics | Robot 6 contributor Brigid Alverson talks to Robert Newman of JManga, the digital comics site run by 39 Japanese publishers, about how it has evolved over its first year and what changes are coming in the future. [Publishers Weekly Comics World]

Creators | “Comics as a medium is conducive to embracing all kinds of diversity,” says Marjorie M. Liu in an interview discussing the marriage of Northstar, who is both gay and Canadian. Liu says the story was in the works for a long time: “Characters are best evolved and revealed through their relationships, so in discussions of how to keep characters from becoming stagnant, we look at relationships between characters and what would make [them] more interesting to readers and to the writers as well.” [CBC Books]

Publishing | Longtime Marvel editor Jim Salicrup, who now heads up the Papercutz line of kids’ graphic novels (Ninjago, Geronimo Stilton, The Three Stooges) talks about his years at Marvel and the evolution of the comics market in the Trip City podcast. [Trip City]

Review | Lee Konstantiniu takes a look at Kramers Ergot 8, which makes up for its small size (relative to Kramers Ergot 7, anyway) with a blue-ribbon lineup of creators. [Los Angeles Review of Books]

Retailing | Things From Another World is looking for a manager for its Portland, Oregon, store. Not just any manager, either, but “the best manager in the nation.” [The Beat]

Conventions | Josh Rhoten looks forward to what fans can expect this weekend at the first-ever Denver Comic Con. [Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online]

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