Quick Hits | Lambda Literary Award winners, Russ Manning nominees announced

Plus: News on Ghostbusters comics, Webtoon and more.

Awards | Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit has once again won an award, this time a 2022 Lambda Literary Award for best LGBTQ comic. The awards celebrate “the very best in LGBTQ literature” and were given out this past weekend in a variety of literary categories. Stone Fruit also won the Lynd Ward award for graphic literature earlier this week.

Awards | Comic-Con International has announced the nominees for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, which is given out during the Eisner Awards ceremony every year in San Diego. This year’s nominees include:

  • Matthew Clarke, co-creator/artist of Hardears (Abrams ComicArts Megascope)
  • Emma Kubert, co-creator/artist of Inblot (Image)
  • Meredith Laxton, artist of MPLS Sound (Life Drawn by Humanoids)
  • Luana Vecchio, artist of Bolero (Image)
  • Audra Winslow, writer/artist of Jo & Rus (kaboom!)

The award has been presented since 1982 to “a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics.” It’s named for Russ Manning, known for his work on Magnus, Robot Fighter; Tarzan; and other comics.

Publishers | This Hollywood Reporter story on the Ghostbusters: Afterlife franchise mentions that Dark Horse will publish a comic “that will help bridge the gap between Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the upcoming sequel.” This seems to be the first indication that the Ghostbusters license has moved from IDW to Dark Horse.

Publishers | Speaking of Dark Horse, Polygon reports on a recent $1 billion investment by Saudi Arabia into the Embracer Group, the parent company of Dark Horse Comics. Embracer completed its acquisition of Dark Horse earlier this year.

Webcomics | Over at The Beat, Heidi MacDonald shares images from a recent ad campaign by Webtoon in the New York subway system.

Webcomics | Speaking of Webtoon, at ICv2, Rob Salkowitz talks to Webtoon Unscrolled Executive Editor Bobbi Chase about several upcoming print releases she’s working on for the webcomics giant.

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