Smash Pages Q&A: Helm’s Hasan and Caballero break out with Eisner nomination

Last June, the high fantasy series Helm launched through Crookshaw Creative’s website. Less than a year later, it has been nominated for a prestigious Eisner Award in the digital comics category alongside industry luminaries such as Colleen Coover and Chris Roberson. (See the full list of Eisner nominations.)

Writer Jehanzeb Hasan and illustrator Mauricio Caballero’s enthusiasm for their work is infectious. We talked about creating a high fantasy world that mixes steampunk, the comic’s video game origins, the animation-style look and feel of Helm, and plans for a print edition. We also talked about coffee as inspiration and Scarlett Johansson.

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Sunday Comics: The best of what’s online

This week, we’re starting a new feature: A roundup of the best comics we’ve seen online in the past week. If we missed something, let us know in the comments!

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Comics Lowdown: Sophie Labelle’s webcomic hacked

Plus news and updates on Don Martin, Todd McFarlane, Tom Spurgeon and more.

Webcomics creator Sophie Labelle reported on Facebook yesterday that her webcomic about a transgender girl, Assigned Male, had been hacked and the page was down:

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‘Adventure cartoonist’ Lucy Bellwood helps map the ocean floor

Check out a webcomic of her experiences while aboard the R/V Falkor.

Back in 2016, “professional adventure cartoonist” Lucy Bellwood spent three weeks on the R/V Falkor, a research vessel tasked with mapping the ocean floor. While at sea, she created a webcomic about her experience.

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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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‘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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‘Street Angel’ returns at Image Comics

Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg’s seventh-grade kung fu master battles the Ninja Kid and a school dance in a new hardcover.

Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg’s much-beloved “eternal underdog” returns to the printed page in April with the Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special hardcover from Image Comics.

The graphic novel pits the homeless, seventh-grade kung fu master against the Ninja Kid and a school dance. If you’ve never read Street Angel before, fear not — just skateboard down to your local comic shop and grab a copy of the Street Angel collection from AdHouse Books, which collects her previous miniseries (originally published by SLG). And if your skateboard is broken, you can always check out her adventures online.

Check out a preview of the new book below.

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‘Edison Rex’ returns via Patreon, the web

Read the adventures of Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver’s villain-turned-hero every Tuesday and Thursday.

Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver are setting their villain-turned-hero free — free on the web, that is. They’ve launched a new website for Edison Rex, where they plan to post all 18 issues of the series, as well as a Patreon campaign to fund the creation of new issues.

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Superman and the Cure for Cancer

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. Even Superman. But maybe he can do something about it.

Writer/artist Stephen Sonneveld has released Superman vs. Cancer, a 70-page webcomic where the Man of Steel goes to any length to finally stop this pervasive and all too common disease.

Obviously this is not an official DC Comics release. Described as “for portfolio purposes only,” Superman vs. Cancer is clearly not pretending to be canon, but its use of not only Superman’s mythology and the larger DC Universe contributes to a story that is emotionally resonant and affecting, even disarming.

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