Baseline Blvd Shortlisted for Best Webcomic of the Year

My autobiographical story Baseline Blvd, self-published in May of last year, recently appeared on the shortlist for the Slate Book Review and Center for Cartoon Studies’ Cartoonist Studio Prize. I am very proud and honored to have my work listed alongside that of so many incredibly talented cartoonists. I strongly encourage you to peruse the other comics on the list. From Slate’s website:

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the nominees for the fourth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The winner in each of our two categories will be announced April 6; each winner will receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory. The shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Noah Van Sciver; and this year’s guest judge, Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year: 2015 Shortlist

Bright-Eyed at Midnight by Leslie Stein. Fantagraphics.
Curveball by Jeremy Sorese. Nobrow.
New Construction by Sam Alden. Uncivilized Books.
Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes. Fantagraphics.
The Oven by Sophie Goldstein. AdHouse.
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia. Fantagraphics.
Sky in Stereo by Sacha Mardou. Revival House.
Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler. Fantagraphics.

Stroppy by Marc Bell. Drawn and Quarterly.
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki. Drawn and Quarterly.

The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2015 Shortlist

Baseline Blvd by Emi Gennis
Cat and Girl
by Dorothy Gambrell
Cavities
by Andrew White
The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo
by Drew Weing
Dorris McComics
by Alex Norris
The Fabric of Appropriation
by Whit Taylor
I Want to Believe
by Boulet
Lighten Up
by Ronald Wimberly
Longstreet Farm
by Mike Dawson
The Perry Bible Fellowship
by Nicholas Gurewitch

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Baseline Blvd was also recently nominated for a DINKy Award in the category “Best Work – Self Published” at the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo. While it did not win, I was very honored to be nominated. These two nominations (which were announced on the same day, coincidentally) are the first time my work has been considered for an award like this. Baseline Blvd is an incredibly personal story, and I feel very lucky to be able to share this type of intimate work with readers and have it be so well received.

VanCAF 2015 Panel on Editing Anthologies

You may remember that earlier this year I participated in a panel at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival called “Picking and Pruning: Editing Tips for Comics.” If you were unable to make it to the show (or if you were at the show and unable to make it to the panel) but are still interested in this topic, the entire panel has been posted on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. It is a conversation between myself, Sfé Monster (Beyond), and Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales), moderated by Jeff Ellis (Mega Fauna).

Two Interviews

In case you missed it, I was interviewed a couple of times earlier this summer at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), and now both interviews are online for your viewing/listening/reading pleasure. Below you can watch the video interview between myself and Big Gay Horror Fan about Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends, the Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology I edited last year.

You can also listen to a brief interview with me from The Two Page Spread. The sound quality isn’t great because it was recorded amidst the bustling convention, so click the link if you’d rather read a transcript!

SPAZ! #1-5 Reviewed on ComicsAlliance

At FLUKE a couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Sims, an editor at ComicsAlliance, the reputable comics news site, and an all around friendly dude. After the show he posted a review of a handful of minicomics he got at the show and I was lucky enough to be included on that list. He had many kind words about my SPAZ! series so go read the review and check it out!

“There’s a shift in style that’s just incredible to see play out over the issues, and the result is something I have no qualms about calling a genuinely great comic.”
-Chris Sims

 

Also included in this collection of short reviews was a work by my esteemed colleague, Max Young. Sims seemed to enjoy Max’s first issue of JetPack Shark, which was something of a crowd pleaser at both FLUKE and Stumptown, the following weekend. You can read a teaser for Max’s JetPack Shark comics right here.