Back in April I highlighted the women (and one non-binary person) who were nominated for Eisner Awards, which many see as the premiere American comic book awards. Well, the winners of those awards were announced at San Diego Comic-Con recently and so I thought I’d go over them and point out some of my favorites. But wait! That’s not all that was announced at Comic-Con! We also got our first look at Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman movie.
A few of the women I mentioned in that last article were awarded Eisners, so that’s pretty awesome (although it would have been even more awesome to see more women on the winner’s list). The award for Best Publication for Kids went to Faith Erin Hicks for her fantastic book The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Israeli comic book artist Rutu Modan won Best Graphic Album-New for her book The Property. Jordie Bellaire won Best Coloring for her work on a variety of projects. Best Scholarly/Academic Work went to Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II for “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation.” Finally, Fiona Staples very deservedly won Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for her work on, I’ll say it again, “current best comic in the world” Saga, which also won for Best Continuing Series and Best Writer for Brian K. Vaughan.
Some of my other favorite comics won some of the biggest awards. In fact, a few of the comics I mentioned in my Pull List column a few weeks back were big winners. Best Single Issue went to Matt Fraction and David Aja for the head-over-heels brilliant Hawkeye #11 “Pizza Is My Business.” Aja also took home the Best Cover Artist award for his work on the book. Best New Series went to Sex Criminals by Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, another awesome book that I love.
Other big awards went to Sean Murphy for Best Penciler/Inker on The Wake, The Wake for Best Limited Series, Jeffrey Brown for Best Humor Publication for his book Vader’s Little Princess, Best Writer/Artist to Jaime Hernandez for Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 6 and Best Short Story to Gilbert Hernandez for “Untitled” in that same book. For a complete look at the winners in each category, you can check out the Eisner Awards website.
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for for what seems like forever: the first look at Wonder Woman’s costume in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!
To be honest, at first I wasn’t really feeling it, and there are still some aspects of it that I just simply don’t like. I mean, I really do love the Classical Greek Warrior look it has, and she definitely looks like she’s ready to kick some serious butt. I’m really digging both the shinguards and the bracelets. There are a lot of things that harken back to some classic Wonder Woman motifs, but it doesn’t look too much like a “superhero costume.” Except for one major thing. Those platform heels. Really?!? (with Seth and Amy) Everything else about her screams super-powered warrior princess, so I have no idea why she would be wearing those shoes (and this is coming from a femme who is 100% in favor of people wearing heels 24/7). I’m also feeling a little weird about the monotone color palette, but I do think it looks pretty good over all.
In a Comic-Con where Marvel once again failed to announce any female-led superhero movies, or even any substantial news about women superheroes’ roles in their movies (although Marvel did announce that Evangeline Lily will be playing Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne’s adult daughter in the Ant-Man film, so what does that mean for the future of the Wasp in the MCU???) it was good to see at least some news about a female superhero in the movies. All I really want out of the movie industry is more movies about awesome ladies. Is it really too much to ask?
Comic Releases (July 30)
Harley Quinn #8 (DC)
Red Sonja #0 (One Shot) (Dynamite)
Hawkeye #19 (Marvel)
X-Men #17 (Marvel)
On August 1, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comes out in theaters, starring Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close and Vin Diesel. You guys, you have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this to be coming out just so I have an excuse to post one of my top three all-time favorite Youtube videos: Vin Diesel singing Rihanna’s “Stay.”
Welcome to Drawn to Comics! From diary comics to superheroes, from webcomics to graphic novels – this is where we’ll be taking a look at comics by, featuring and for queer ladies. So whether you love to look at detailed personal accounts of other people’s lives, explore new and creative worlds, or you just love to see hot ladies in spandex, we’ve got something for you.
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