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1. Yiyun Li Wins The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015

Short Story AwardYiyun Li has been named the winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015. For this accomplishment, Li will receive £30,000 in prize money which is “the world’s richest prize for a single short story.”

Li has become the first female winner in the award’s history. She beat out five other writers on the short list with her piece, “A Sheltered Woman.” The New Yorker published it back in March 2014.

Li gave a statement in the press release about the inspiration behind her story: “A couple years ago, while rummaging through old things, I found a notebook that I had bought at a garage sale in Iowa City when I first came to America—I had paid five cents for it. The notebook was in a good shape; though it remained unused. A character occurred to me: she paid a dime and asked if there was a second notebook so she did not have to have the change back. Such greed, the character said, laughing at herself. From that moment on I knew I had a story.’

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2. The Emoji Translation Project on Kickstarter

Fred Benenson and Chris Mulligan are trying to raise $15,000 to fund The Emoji Translation Project, which includes building a digital translation engine, as well as publishing a phrasebook that translates emoji.

The phrasebook has practical applications and should help readers order a bottle of wine or find the American Embassy when traveling abroad. Here is more about their approach from the project’s Kickstarter page:

To build any translation engine requires massive amounts of text that exists in both languages, which are sometimes called parallel texts, explains the Kickstarter page. There’s plenty of content around the web in English, but there’s not that much in emoji. Thats why we’re raising money on Kickstarter: we want to pay people to translate sentences into emoji.

This is the second emoji-related project from Benenson, who published an emoji translation of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick” called Emoji Dick in 2009.

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3. Erik Didriksen: ‘Be expressive!’

Pop Sonnet Tumblr (GalleyCat)Happy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with Tumblr poet Erik Didriksen.

Q: How did you begin to write Pop Sonnets?
A: I came across a Tumblr post where Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” was recast as a Shakespearean sonnet. I thought it was brilliant, and I was desperate to read more songs-turned-sonnets. When I couldn’t find any, I tried writing one myself. That ended up being so much fun, I just kept going. After a week or two, I had a small pile of sonnets! My girlfriend Becca told me I should turn them into a Tumblr, and eventually I relented.

Q: How did Tumblr become an outlet for you to write poetry?
A: I started using Tumblr simply as a place to put the sonnets, but it became a source of motivation very, very quickly. If I’d told myself I’d write a sonnet a week solely for my own amusement, I would’ve inevitably petered out. Knowing there are real people expecting to see my work, though, is incredibly motivating. The wonderful thing about Tumblr is that people actively seek out their interests; my work was first discovered by people who really wanted to read poetry or Shakespeare-related content.

Q: What type of research process do you undergo for when you’re writing poems?
A: A pop sonnet starts with me reading and re-reading lyrics. I’ll occasionally visit Rap Genius if anything’s unclear to me. I tend to lean pretty heavily on my rhyming dictionary, my thesaurus, and Shakespeare’s Compete Works as reference materials. I’ve also needed to do some extra research on Elizabethan grammar — “thees” and “thous” did not come naturally to me — and other historical elements here and there. On rare occasions, I’ll hunt around Wikipedia for things ranging from ancient scholars (Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World”) to different spices (The Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”).

Q: Do you have any tips for people who want to read and perform poetry in front of an audience?
A: Be expressive! If something’s inspired you to write or perform a poem, don’t back away from sharing that emotion. Also — at least with sonnets — don’t feel beholden to the structure. If a phrase runs over two lines, you need not emphasize the line break if it doesn’t clarify the meaning. The rhyme and rhythm will take care of themselves; the meaning and emotion are up to you.

Q: What advice can you share for aspiring poets?
A: Don’t be shy; share your work with others. Write a lot. Be merciless in your editing. Ask for help when you need it. Be detail-oriented.

Q: What’s next for you?
A: These days, I’m finalizing the last details of the book (coming out this October!) and catching up on sonnets for the blog. I’m also working on a possible collaboration with my friend Ian Doescher, the author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. It’ll involve a lot of verse and a lot of fun!

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4. Trailer Unveiled For Black Mass Movie

A trailer has been unveiled for the Black Mass film. According to the Wall Street Journal, the story for this movie was inspired by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s bestselling nonfiction title, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil’s Deal.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Benedict Cumberbatch as Bill Bulger, and David Harbour as John Morris. TIME.com reports that the theatrical release date has been set for September 18th.

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5. CBC to Build Children’s Libraries for Incarcerated Mothers & Babies

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is teaming up with The unPrison Project, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring incarcerated women to bring children’s books to mothers behind bars.

In honor of Mother’s Day, the organizations will build brand-new libraries for these mothers to read to babies at prison nurseries in 10 states: California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

CBC member publishers have donated 45 hand selected books. The books are aimed at children ages 0-18 months and are aimed to help build mother-child reading relationships.

 

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6. Instar Books Turns Publishing Into Video Game

Instar Books is using digital tools to build new form of renegade book publishing. So it is the perfect fit that the latest work in the imprint’s catalog is called, “Videogames for Humans: Twine Authors in Conversation.”

Edited by Merritt Kopas, the book explores the emerging scene of open source video game design community Twine. The eBook edition of the book has built in video games and new products associated with the book will be released based on book sales.

The publisher allows the public to follow its sales figures, 208 eBooks have sold so far. There are a number of sales goals and for each goal, a new kind of product is unlocked, not unlike in a video game. For instance, when 25 eBooks were sold, print books were unlocked. When 200 books were sold, jacket patches were made available for sale. If 1,000 copies sell, Kopas will record and release a full album of music, with a song for each game in the book.

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7. Ewan McGregor Cast in Live-Action Beauty & The Beast Film

Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor has signed on for the role of Lumière in the live-action Beauty & The Beast film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor (pictured, via) has become well-known for his performance in the movie musical, Moulin Rouge.

McGregor joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as BelleDan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Stanley Tucci as Cadenza. Recently, Gad shared a photo on instagram (embedded below) that features himself and four other members of the cast: Watson, Stevens, Evans, and Kline.

Like the 1991 animated movie and the hit Broadway musical, the story for this live-action project will be based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale \"La Belle et la Bête.\"Fairy tale fans will have quite a wait ahead of them; Disney will not release this adaptation until March 2017. (via BuzzFeed)

Can’t wait for you to be our guest.

A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:37am PDT

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8. New Robert Galbraith Novel Coming This Fall

“Career of Evil” the latest novel from Robert Gailbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, is coming out this fall.

From the author’s website:

The third Robert Galbraith crime novel, featuring private detective Cormoran Strike, will be published in autumn 2015 by Sphere.  Robert Galbraith’s previous two novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, have both been international number 1 bestsellers.  More details to come soon, including publication date.

“The Silkworm” the last book in the series was published in paperback in February and topped the charts.

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9. Molly’s Marvellous Moustache Book Featured On Kickstarter

Writer Andrea Heaton hopes to raise £1,800 for a picture book entitled Molly’s Marvellous Moustache. Artist Talya Baldwin created the illustrations. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Molly’s Marvellous Moustache is a picture book for 2-6 year olds. A story about fast forwarding to grownup-dom. The possibilities and the pitfalls. And ultimately the realisation that the adult world of moustaches, telephones, and spicy spicy sauce can wait because being just Molly is just marvellous!”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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10. David Brooks & Nora Roberts Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Princess in BlackWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 19, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Nonfiction) The Road to Character by David Brooks: “Looking to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause. Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint. Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor, learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #7 in Middle Grade Readers) The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale: “Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when…Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her!” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #11 in Hardcover Fiction) The Liar by Nora Roberts: “Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning…” (April 2015)

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11. Cover Revealed For New Rainbow Rowell Book

Rainbow Rowell Book Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover for Rainbow Rowell’s forthcoming young adult novel, Carry On, has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Both the United States and United Kingdom editions will feature this jacket design. St. Martin’s Press has set the release date for October 6th.

BuzzFeed reports that this story follows two characters named Simon Snow and Baz Pitch. Rowell’s loyal fans might recognize that the protagonists of this story were first mentioned in her 2013 bestseller, Fangirl.

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12. Amazon’s Net Sales Up 15% in Q1 2015

Amazon’s net sales increased 15 percent to $22.72 billion in the first quarter of 2015, as compared first quarter sales in 2014.

In addition, the company revealed that its operating income increased 74 percent to $255 million in the first quarter, over the same quarter last year.

During the quarter, Amazon marked a number of milestones, some of which were book related. For instance, during the quarter, Amazon officially launched Write On by Kindle, an online community for readers and writers to collaborate. In addition, German author Poppy J. Anderson bold more than one million Kindle books using Kindle Direct Publishing.

 

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13. AP & RosettaBooks Publish Peter Arnett’s Memoir

The Associated Press and RosettaBooks have teamed up to publish a new memoir from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett.

The title, “Saigon Has Fallen,” represents the first in a series of books that the publisher and the news organization plan to put out in a new collaboration on history. The release has been timed to the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. In the memoir, Arnett will tell the story of covering the controversial Vietnam War for The Associated Press from 1962 to the end of the war, April 30, 1975.

“These recollections of Peter’s time in Vietnam, from the early Kennedy years, to America’s full involvement under Lyndon Johnson, to the fall of Saigon and his emotional return to Vietnam years later are, to me, the indelible, dramatic and inspiring record of a great journalist recording living history,” stated Roger Cooper, Associate Publisher at Large at RosettaBooks.

 

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14. School Bus Driver Calls Reading on the Bus Dangerous

An eight-year-old Canadian girl has been asked to stop reading books on the school bus, after the driver told her that it could be harmful to other kids.

How is reading harmful? The bus driver claims that other students might want to see what she is reading and stand up or that she might get hurt herself if the corner of the book pokes her in the eye.

Her father complained. CBC News Montreal has the scoop:

The no-reading rule is not sitting well with her father, Daniel Abel. Abel says he’s proud of his daughter for loving to read, and wants to encourage her to do so as often as possible.

The board responded to the complaint, admitting that reading is not dangerous. However, they said that school bus rules are up to the driver.

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15. The Life and Habits of Victor Hugo: INFOGRAPHIC

Looking for some way to overcome writer’s block? Take some inspiration from the author of  Les Misérables.

Journl, an app startup company, has created an infographic called “The Life and Habits of Victor Hugo,” which explores the exciting life of the madman. Check it out:

Victor Hugo was a creative genius. He could lay claim to being the most famous living writer in the world in the mid-19th century and his works, such as Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, continue to be hugely popular to this day. Hugo was also a man of many unusual habits, including using nudity as a way of combating procrastination.

We’ve got the full graphic for you after the jump.

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16. Warner Bros. Picks Up the Film Rights to The Selection

9780062059932Warner Bros. has picked up the film rights to Kiera Cass’ young adult book, The Selection.

Katie Lovejoy has been hired to serve as the screenwriter. Denise DiNovi, Alison Greenspan, and Pouya Shahbazian have signed on to serve as producers.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Described as The Hunger Games without the bloodshed, it follows 35 underprivileged girls who are chosen to compete to live in a life of luxury. The protagonist, America Singer, is sweet on a young man from her district, but when she’s exposed to the opulence of a royal life, she’s conflicted, even though a rebel uprising threatens the pampered.”

In the past, the CW had held the TV rights to The Selection and even shot two pilots for it. Ultimately, the studio decided not to move forward with a full season.

Originally, Cass had intended her Selection novels to be a trilogy. Last year, she announced her plans to expand it into a five-part series with two additional installments and a collection of novellas.

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17. Happy World Book Day!

Today is World Book Day, an annual event put on by UNESCO to promote reading around the globe.

April 23 has special significance in the literary world. UNESCO’s site explains:

It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

In Barcelona, readers are celebrating St. George’s Day (La Diada de Sant Jordi in Catalan), a holiday for lovers and readers. Like Valentine’s Day in the U.S., the holiday is meant to be spent with your special someone. According to Catalan tradition, loved ones exchange books and roses.

What are you reading to celebrate this global day of reading?

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18. Revolving Door News at Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House LogoThree editors at Penguin Random House have received promotions.

One change took place at the Crown imprint. Domenica Alioto will henceforth serve as a senior editor.

Two changes have been made at the Clarkson Potter division. Rica Allannic, an executive editor, is now a vice president. Amanda Englander has been named editor.

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19. Olympian Clara Hughes Inks Memoir Deal

Open Heart, Open MindOlympian Clara Hughes has landed a memoir deal. Hughes, an athlete who has won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympics, was represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.

According to the press release, the English edition was acquired by Simon & Schuster Canada and the French edition will be published by Éditions Libre Expression. Both versions of Open Heart, Open Mind will be released on September 15, 2015.

Here’s an excerpt from the announcement that Hughes posted on her website: “This project has been a long time in the making and I am very excited to share my story with Canadians, from growing up in Winnipeg, to finding solace in sport and biking, finding my footing in speed skating, my struggles and triumphs as an Olympian, and my transition into life after sport and as an ambassador for mental health awareness. My hope in writing this book is that by sharing the struggles I have faced in my life, I might help inspire others to embark on their own liberating paths.”

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20. Penguin Random House Relaunches Site

Penguin Random House has relaunched its website. The new site, which was built in-house, features the publisher’s complete catalog along with completely redesigned book and author pages.

The site contains a \"Content Warehouse\" which is designed to populate the page with related content based on a site visitor’s actions. The site also features content designed to engage readers such as shareable reading challenges, book bingo, and behind-the-scenes posts about the company.

“Tailored book recommendations and author updates help new voices find their audience, and make it easy for readers to follow the authors they love,” Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House wrote in an email to employees about the new site. “Accessible on all devices, it will allow our readers access to information seamlessly on the go.  Watch this short videothat the team made to introduce the site.”

 

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21. BEA Startup Challenge: Applications Now Open

Book Expo America (BEA) is looking for book-related startups to feature at the show this year in Startup Alley.

Sponsored by Sourcebooks and Ingram, twenty startups will be selected to showcase their companies at the show. These emerging companies will compete for the opportunity to be named BEA’s 2015 Most Promising Publishing Startup. Follow this link to apply. Here is more from the press release:

In addition, this year the BEA Startup Challenge will add the People’s Choice Award, selected by the attendees and exhibitors to BEA.  All Startups selected to be included in the event are eligible for prize consideration. A select few will have the opportunity to make their case to the judges at this year’s event.

The judges for the event include: Jordan Bettman, Bain Capital Ventures, Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, Brian Napack, Senior Advisor, Providence Equity, Jason Saltzman, Alley NYC and Ed Klaris, Managing Director, DiSilva+Philips.

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22. Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, Chronicle

This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a senior publicist, as well as a digital manager. Meanwhile, Chronicle Books is seeking a marketing manager of children’s publishing, and Oxford University Press is on the hunt for a senior designer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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23. 2015 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

Eisner LogoThe nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards were just announced.

Below, we’ve posted the complete list of nominees. Named after comic book pioneer Will Eisner, the awards “highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today.”

Those who are taking part in this year’s judging panel include bookseller Carr DeAngelo, librarian Richard Graham, writer Sean Howe, educator Susan Kirtley, Comic-Con International committee member Ron McFee, and writer Maggie Thompson. The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony during this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Best Short Story

  • \"Beginning’s End\" by Rina Ayuyang
  • \"Corpse on the Imjin!\" by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World
  • \"Rule Number One\" by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3
  • \"The Sound of One Hand Clapping\" by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14
  • \"When the Darkness Presses\" by Emily Carroll

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

  • Astro City #16: \"Wish I May\" by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson
  • Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson
  • Madman in Your Face 3D Special by Mike Allred
  • Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1
  • The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely

Best Continuing Series

  • Astro City by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson
  • Bandette by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover
  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour
  • The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Stefano Gaudiano

Best Limited Series

  • Daredevil: Road Warrior by Mark Waid & Peter Krause
  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez
  • The Multiversity by Grant Morrison et al.
  • The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin
  • The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman & J. H. Williams III

Best New Series

  • The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
  • Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen
  • Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
  • Rocket Raccoon by Skottie Young
  • The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

  • BirdCatDog by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch
  • A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories by John Martz
  • Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories edited by Traci N. Todd & Elizabeth Kawasaki
  • Mermin, Book 3: Deep Dives by Joey Weiser
  • The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

  • Batman Li’l Gotham, vol. 2 by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin & Benjamin Dewey
  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar & Franco

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Doomboy by Tony Sandoval
  • The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley
  • Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen
  • Meteor Men by Jeff Parker & Sandy Jarrell
  • The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
  • The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

Best Humor Publication

  • The Complete Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson
  • Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton
  • Groo vs. Conan by Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, & Tom Yeates
  • Rocket Raccoon by Skottie Young
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man by Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber

Best Digital/Web Comic

  • Bandette by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover
  • Failing Sky by Dax Tran-Caffee
  • The Last Mechanical Monster by Brian Fies
  • Nimona by Noelle Stephenson
  • The Private Eye by Brian Vaughan & Marcos Martin

Best Anthology

  • In the Dark: A Horror Anthology edited by Rachel Deering
  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens
  • Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It edited by Anne Ishii, Chip Kidd, & Graham Kolbeins
  • Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World edited by Monte Beauchamp
  • To End All Wars: The Graphic Anthology of The First World War edited by Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
  • Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, by MariNaomi
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Hip Hop Family Tree, vol. 2 by Ed Piskor
  • Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by Nathan Hale
  • To End All Wars: The Graphic Anthology of The First World War edited by Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark

Best Graphic Album—New

  • The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
  • Here by Richard McGuire
  • Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
  • The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis
  • Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus
  • How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Jim by Jim Woodring
  • Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

  • Winsor McCay’s Complete Little Nemo edited by Alexander Braun
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan: The Sunday Comics, 1933–1935 by Hal Foster and edited by Brendan Wright
  • Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition by Tove Jansson and edited by Tom Devlin
  • Pogo, vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly and edited by Carolyn Kelly & Eric Reynolds
  • Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, vols. 5-6 by Floyd Gottfredson and edited by David Gerstein & Gary Groth

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

  • The Complete ZAP Comix Box Set edited by Gary Groth with Mike Catron
  • Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition edited by Scott Dunbier
  • Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks and edited by Gary Groth
  • Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Son by Don Rosa and edited by David Gerstein
  • Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics, vols. 1–2 edited by Daniel Herman
  • Witzend, by Wallace Wood et al., edited by Gary Groth with Mike Catron

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët
  • Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido
  • Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn by Hugo Pratt
  • Jaybird by Lauri & Jaakko Ahonen
  • The Leaning Girl by Benoît Peeters & François Schuiten

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

  • All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Takeshi Obata & yoshitoshi ABe
  • In Clothes Called Fat by Moyoco Anno
  • Master Keaton, vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa, Hokusei Katsushika, & Takashi Nagasaki
  • One-Punch Man by One & Yusuke Murata
  • Showa 1939–1943 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki
  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosada & Yu

Best Writer

  • Jason Aaron, Original Sin, Thor, Men of Wrath, Southern Bastards
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly
  • Grant Morrison, The Multiversity, Annihilator
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Private Eye
  • G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel
  • Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Shadow Hero

Best Writer/Artist

  • Sergio Aragonés, Sergio Aragonés Funnies, Groo vs. Conan
  • Charles Burns, Sugar Skull
  • Stephen Collins, The Giant Beard That Was Evil
  • Richard McGuire, Here
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist
  • Raina Telgemeier, Sisters

Best Penciller/Inker

  • Adrian Alphona, Ms. Marvel
  • Mike Allred, Silver Surfer, Madman in Your Face 3D Special
  • Frank Quitely, Multiversity
  • François Schuiten, The Leaning Girl
  • Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Babs Tarr, Batgirl

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Lauri & Jaakko Ahonen, Jaybird
  • Colleen Coover, Bandette
  • Mike Del Mundo, Elektra
  • Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad: Amarillo
  • J. H. Williams III, The Sandman: Overture

Best Cover Artist

  • Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers
  • Mike Del Mundo, Elektra, X-Men: Legacy, A+X, Dexter, Dexter Down Under
  • Francesco Francavilla, Afterlife with Archie, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight, The Twilight Zone, Django/Zorro, X-Files
  • Jamie McKelvie/Matthew Wilson, The Wicked + The Divine, Ms. Marvel
  • Phil Noto, Black Widow
  • Alex Ross, Astro City, Batman 66: The Lost Episode, Batman 66 Meets Green Hornet

Best Coloring

  • Laura Allred, Silver Surfer, Madman in Your Face 3D Special
  • Nelson Daniel, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Judge Dredd, Wild Blue Yonder
  • Lovern Kindzierski, The Graveyard Book, vols. 1-2
  • Matthew Petz, The Leg
  • Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, DHP
  • Matthew Wilson, Adventures of Superman, The Wicked + The Divine, Daredevil, Thor

Best Lettering

  • Joe Caramagna, Ms. Marvel, Daredevil
  • Todd Klein, Fables, The Sandman: Overture, The Unwritten; Nemo: The Roses of Berlin
  • Max, Vapor
  • Jack Morelli, Afterlife with Archie, Archie, Betty and Veronica, etc.
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • Alter Ego edited by Roy Thomas
  • Comic Book Creator edited by Jon B. Cooke
  • Comic Book Resources edited by Jonah Weiland
  • Comics Alliance edited by Andy Khouri, Caleb Goellner, Andrew Wheeler, & Joe Hughes
  • tcj.com edited by Dan Nadel & Timothy Hodler

Best Comics-Related Book

  • Comics Through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (4 vols.) edited by M. Keith Booker
  • Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton by Greg Sadowski
  • Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth, vol. 3 by Dean Mullaney & Bruce Canwell
  • What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck by Michael Alexander Kahn & Richard Samuel West
  • 75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen by Roy Thomas & Josh Baker

Best Scholarly/Academic Work

  • American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife by A. David Lewis
  • Considering Watchmen: Poetics, Property, Politics by Andrew Hoberek
  • Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books by Michael Barrier
  • Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews edited by Sarah Lightman
  • The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay by Thierry Smolderen, tr. by Bart Beaty & Nick Nguyen
  • Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay by Katherine Roeder

Best Publication Design

  • Batman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition designed by Josh Beatman/Brainchild Studios
  • The Complete ZAP Comix Box Set designed by Tony Ong
  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream designed by Jim Rugg
  • Street View designed by Pascal Rabate
  • Winsor McCay’s Complete Little Nemo designed by Anna Tina Kessler

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24. ‘Alone in a Bathroom’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you deal with insecurities? Poet Beck Cooper explores this question with her poem “Alone in a Bathroom.”

The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Cooper’s performance at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Follow this link to listen to another one of her pieces.

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25. Niall Leonard to Write the Script For Fifty Shades Darker Movie

Fifty Shades Darker Book Cover (GalleyCat)Niall Leonard, a writer and the husband of E.L. James, will serve as the screenwriter for the Fifty Shades Darker movie. Leonard actually helped with the Fifty Shades of Grey script, but did not receive credit for his contribution.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “Niall Leonard, who is married and has two sons with the British author, is an author himself, in addition to being a screenwriter. He’s written for the British TV shows Air Force One Is Down and Wire in the Blood, among others. He’s also the author of the Crusher book series.”

According to People.com, actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return to reprise their roles for the two Fifty Shades sequels. At this point in time, the movie studio still needs to find a new director to take the helm of movie two. (via CNN.com)

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