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The 2020 Harvey Award Winners Have Been Announced

The Harvey Awards

Ahead of the official ceremony later this week, the winners for the 2020 Harvey Awards have been announced. The award ceremony has gone virtual this year with the initial group of nominees announced in August and then the winners chosen by vote.

The 2020 winners are:

Book of the Year: Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
Digital Book of the Year: The Nib edited by Matt Bors (thenib.com)
Best Children or Young Adult Book: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC Comics)
Best Manga: Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)
Best International Book: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)
Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel: Watchmen by HBO, based on Watchmen (DC Comics)

The Harveys will also be inducting Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), and the founding members of Milestone Media which includes Denys Cowan, Derek T. Dingle, Michael Davis, and the late Dwayne McDuffie into this year’s Harvey Awards Hall of Fame.

The virtual ceremony will be broadcast on October 9 at 4:50 pm as part of New York Comic Con’s Metaverse. The ceremony will be hosted by Vivek Tiwary and will feature Gene Luen Yang, Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, and Damon Lindelof.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

NYCC 2018: Kodansha Announces New All-Ages and Teen Manga for 2019

At their industry panel at New York Comic Con, top-ranking graphic novel publisher Kodansha Comics announced two exciting upcoming all-ages manga, perfect for teen and adult readers as well as parents introducing kids to manga for the first time.

Beginning in April 2019, Kodansha will release Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier. The lushly-illustrated story of a girl who longs to be a witch in a magical society that keep telling her she doesn’t have what it takes placed No. 6 in a prestigious manga industry poll in Japan last year, and it is likely to be one of the most-anticipated new series in the English-speaking market, appealing to fans of Studio Ghibli and Disney films. Shirahama is known in the United States for her exquisitely-detailed variant covers featuring on comics from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other publishers.

July will bring Vol. 1 of Magus of the Library, a story about a poor boy swept away by a kind library mage and the (literal) magic of reading. In a lushly-detailed fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights, the Great Library is the center of learning in the world, and its librarians are capable of magnificent feats of magic. In a small village far from the main Library, a poor little elf boy struggles against bullies who call him “Knife-Ears.” His only solace: the books that he sneaks out of the village’s tiny branch library. When a librarian from the Great Library arrives, he’s dazzled by her knowledge and glamor. Their meeting will change his life and begin the adventure he’s always dreamed of.

Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Written by: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson
Art by: Roge Antonio
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“Who Is Oracle” part five! Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress come face-to-face at last with the new Oracle…and unlock a mystery they never saw coming!

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A First Look at Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1, Out this December

Because you demanded it! Following the blockbuster finale of Darth Vader #25, the fan-favorite character begins a new journey in Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 – the new ongoing series launching December 7th! From blockbuster creators Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker comes Marvel’s first ongoing Star Wars series starring an original character created in the comics!

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

This December, the Star Wars galaxy expands into thrilling new directions as Doctor Aphra makes her explosive solo debut.

Featuring covers by Kamome Shirahama, Elsa Charretier, Jamie McKelvie, John Tyler Christopher, Salvador Larroca, and Rod Reis.

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Written by: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“WHO IS ORACLE?” part four! The dangerous new Oracle is finding that Gotham’s mobs aren’t up to the task of keeping the Birds of Prey off the scent…so send in the Snakes! Copperhead, The Asp, Cottonmouth, and Lady Viper are the most venomous foes the Birds have ever faced!

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Star Wars’ Doctor Aphra Gets Her Own Ongoing Series in December

Because you demanded it! Following the blockbuster finale of Darth Vader #25, the fan-favorite character begins a new journey in Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 – the new ongoing series coming this December! From superstar writer Kieron Gillen and fan-favorite artist Kev Walker comes Marvel’s first ongoing series starring an original character created in the comics!

Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!

This December, the Star Wars galaxy expands into thrilling new directions as Doctor Aphra makes her explosive solo debut.

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 (OCT160975)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by KAMOME SHIRAHAMA
Variant Covers by ELSA CHARRETIER (OCT160977) and JAMIE MCKELVIE (OCT160976)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT160980)
Story Thus Far Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA (OCT160979)
Droids Variant by ROD REIS (OCT160978)
Blank Variant Also Available (OCT160981)
FOC – 11/14/16, On-Sale – 12/7/16

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Your New Look Inside Darth Vader #25 – The Epic Finale!

It has all been building to this! The epic conclusion to the blockbuster ongoing series! Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s critically acclaimed series comes to a close on October 12th in the blockbuster Darth Vader #25!

It has all built to this! Vader’s trials against Cylo’s creations! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids. It all comes to a head in this cataclysmic final chapter. Plus, this oversized issue also contains a thrilling new tale from Kieron Gillen and artist Max Fiumara. Who lives? Who dies? The answers may surprise you!

To commemorate this monumental issue, don’t miss amazing covers and variants from some of the top-flight talent in the entire comic book industry. Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Chris Samnee, Michael Cho, Sara Pichelli, Cliff Chiang and more lend their artistic prowess to the Dark Lord of the Sith!

DARTH VADER #25 (JUN160929)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA & MAX FIUMARA
Cover by JUAN GIMENEZ
Variant Covers by
ADI GRANOV (JUN160930), JAMIE MCKELVIE (JUN160931),
MICHAEL CHO (JUN160932), KAMOME SHIRAHAMA (JUN160933),
JOE QUESADA (JUN160935), CHRIS SAMNEE (JUN160936),
SARA PICHELLI (JUN160937), CLIFF CHIANG (JUN160938),
And SALVADOR LARROCA (JUN160939)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JUN160940)
Quesada Sketch Variant Also Available (JUN160934)
FOC – 09/19/16, On-Sale – 10/12/16

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Written by: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“WHO IS ORACLE?” part 3! Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress must team up with the GCPD to protect a mafia capo from an attack by his one-time friends! He’s the only man with a lead on the nefarious new Oracle…but dead men tell no tales! Of course, it’s hard to make a team-up work when the team’s ready to tear itself apart on its first mission!

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Written by: Shawna Benson, Julie Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“Who Is Oracle?” part one! Someone has stolen the name Oracle right out of Barbara Gordon’s past! Hot on this false Oracle’s trail, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress are all tracking the same mafia capo…so it makes sense to team up, right? Problem is, Barbara and Dinah need the secrets locked up in Oracle’s brain…and Helena Bertinelli would rather put a crossbow bolt right through it!

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Superstar Artists Cover Darth Vader #25 – The Epic Finale!

It has all been building to this! The epic conclusion to the blockbuster ongoing series! Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s critically acclaimed Darth Vader comes to a close later this year in the oversized Darth Vader #25. To commemorate this monumental issue, Marvel is rolling out the red carpet with covers from some of the best and brightest artists in the industry.

In addition to a main cover by legendary artist Juan Gimenez, Darth Vader #25 will also include a stunning array variant covers rendered by the industry’s best. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Chris Samnee, Michael Cho, Sara Pichelli, Cliff Chiang and more lend their artistic prowess to the Dark Lord of the Sith!

Who lives? Who dies? Find out as it all comes crashing down later this year in the highly anticipated

DARTH VADER #25!
DARTH VADER #25 (JUN160929)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by JUAN GIMENEZ
Variant Covers by
ADI GRANOV (JUN160930), JAMIE MCKELVIE (JUN160931),
MICHAEL CHO (JUN160932), KAMOME SHIRAHAMA (JUN160933),
JOE QUESADA (JUN160935), CHRIS SAMNEE (JUN160936),
SARA PICHELLI (JUN160937), CLIFF CHIANG (JUN160938),
And SALVADOR LARROCA (JUN160939)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JUN160940)
Quesada Sketch Variant Also Available (JUN160934)

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