DeForge, Brown, Doucet among The Doug Wright Awards 2017 nominees

‘Neil the Horse’ creator Katherine Collins named to the Giants of the North, the Canadian cartoonist hall of fame.

Awards season continues in earnest today as the Doug Wright Awards announced the 2017 nominees for “the best work and most promising talent in Canadian comics.”

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David Petersen captures the essence of Third Earth with his ThunderCats portraits

Known for his drawings of mice in his popular Mouse Guard series, David Petersen recently turned his pen to a group of cats — The ThunderCats, to be precise. On his blog, the artist shares some recent portraits of the team from the popular animated series.

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Eleanor Davis, Christina Tran win Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize

Created in conjunction with the Center for Cartoon Studies, the program offers $1,000 to each winner.

Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have announced the winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize, which awards $1,000 to the year’s “best” print comic and webcomic.

Libby’s Dad by Eleanor Davis, published by Retrofit and Big Planet Comics, won for Best Print Comic. Christina Tran’s “On Beauty” won the award for Best Web Comic.

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Smash Pages Q&A: David Pepose on ‘Spencer & Locke,’ gritty crime and imaginary friends

“What if this imaginary friend wasn’t so benign?”

Debuting in comic shops tomorrow, David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr.’s Spencer & Locke imagines a world where Calvin and Hobbes went on to join the police force and take down bad guys. But when Sophie Jenkins — you remember Susie, right? — turns up dead in back alley, well … that’s where the story begins.

Published by Action Labs Entertainment, Spencer & Locke is a four-issue miniseries written by Pepose, whose name comics fans might recognize from his reviews at Newsarama, with art by Santiago (Curse of the Eel), colorist Jasen Smith and letterer Colin Bell.

On the eve of the book’s debut, I spoke with Pepose about the secret origins of the project.

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‘Usagi,’ ‘Giant Days,’ ‘Octopus Pie’ among NCS divisional nominees

The National Cartoonists Society announces the divisional nominees for the 71st Annual NCS Reuben Awards.

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the 2016 NCS Divisional nominees for the 71st Annual NCS Reuben Awards, which annually recognize creators of comic strips, animation, illustrations, comic books and more. The winners will be announced May 27, and the nominees for their biggest award, the Reuben itself, should be coming later this month.

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Janson and Raimondi conjure up ‘Sacred Creatures’ in July

Image Comics shares more details and a Frank Miller cover for the supernatural conspiracy title.

Image Comics took the opportunity at Emerald City Comicon last month to drop a ton of announcements about upcoming comics and projects — one of those being a new supernatural series, Sacred Creatures, by Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson.

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Mignola tackles vampires in ‘Mr. Higgins Comes Home’

Mike Mignola, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell team up on an original graphic novel set outside the Mignolaverse.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is teaming with Warwick Johnson-Cadwell on an original graphic novel about vampires titled Mr. Higgins Comes Home.

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‘This One Summer,’ ‘Drama’ top list of most banned books of 2016

‘Big Hard Sex Criminals’ also among the most challenged books, according to the American Library Association.

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama topped the list of 2016’s most challenged books, according to the American Library Association. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Big Hard Sex Criminals also landed in the top 10 as the seventh most challenged book of 2016.

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Make Mine Mini: Kraftwerk saves the world

The indy comics festival MoCCA took place last weekend, and as usual, it was a glorious event, with lots of great people and great comics. Here are three minicomics that I picked up that I particularly enjoyed. You can view or purchase each one at the link in the title.

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