Our very own Mal Briggs has been invited to join the panel of judges for the LEDGER AWARDS for excellence by Australians in comics arts.
This is a great honour and Mal is surrounded by some amazing company on the panel.
From the official press release:
The Ledger Awards, established to acknowledge and promote excellence in comic arts and publishing in Australia, announces the 2014 Judging Panel.
The organising committee invited a group of six – drawn from a mix of creators, retailers, publishers, scholars and commentators on Australian comics – to participate in the selection of recipients for this year’s awards. All six agreed to come on board.
We are very honoured and proud to announce the 2014 Ledger Awards Judging Panel:
Philip Bentley, Mal Briggs, Dr. Elizabeth MacFarlane, Tim McBurnie, Joe Morris andMark Sexton.
Short bios of each of the Judging Panel are available to read here.
Mal – Photo courtesy City News
Nominations close at the end of January, so if you know any Aussies that made a comic in 2013 and aren’t on the list, tell ’em to hurry. And good luck!
If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, drop in and ask our staff to show you the Aussie section. We don’t have everything that is on the enormous long list, but we have a lot and are tracking down many of the others.
We knew this was coming eventually.
DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS
Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.
The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.
“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.”
“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel worldwide publisher and president, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”
“We’re incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come.”
Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry’s most gifted artists and writers.
And a response from Mike Richardson at Dark Horse:
THE END OF AN ERA
All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.
For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.
It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of theStar Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.Mike Richardson
TOP 100 BEST SELLING GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COLLECTED VOLUMES FOR 2013
1 SAGA TP VOL 01
2 WALKING DEAD VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
3 SAGA TP VOL 02
4 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01
5 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 02
6 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC
7 WALKING DEAD VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US
8 WALKING DEAD VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER
9 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 03
10 WALKING DEAD VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS
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