MARCH: BOOK ONE selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014!



It's an honor for an excerpt of March: Book One to be included in this year's volume of Best American Comics, edited by Scott McCloud and Bill Kartalopoulos!

We're alongside an unreal lineup of creators including Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, Robert & Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Raina Telgemeier, Miriam Katin, Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault, Tom Hart, Sam Sharpe, Nina Bunjevac, Mark Siegel, Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples, Brandon Graham, Ted May, Chris Ware, Frank M. Young, David Lasky, Ed Piskor, Allie Brosh, Michael DeForge, Theo Ellsworth, Ron Rege Jr., C.F., Victor Cayro, Sam Alden, Onsmith, Gerald Jablonski, Lale Westvind, G.W. Duncanson, Aidan Koch, Erin Curry, and Richard Thompson!


San Diego Comic-Con 2014!



I'll be in San Diego at Comic-Con International this Thursday through Sunday, selling and signing books at the Top Shelf booth (#1721). 

March: Book One is nominated for 3 Eisner Awards (Best Artist, Best Publication For Teens, Best Reality-Based Work)-- come out to the awards ceremony on Friday night, and wish us good luck!

I'll also be discussing the forthcoming March: Book Two and You Don't Say at the Top Shelf spotlight panel, Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm in Room 32AB. See you there!

MARCH: BOOK ONE receives a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award!



I'm deeply honored that tonight March: Book One will be receiving a Robert F. Kennedy Special Recognition Book Award-- a few days ago Ethel Kennedy herself cold-called me to deliver the good news, and then we discussed John Lewis' dancing skills for many minutes. A delightful woman, and an extreme honor!

Here's Top Shelf's official press release about the great news.

Here's today's Washington Post piece on our recognition.

My collaborators Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin will be at the ceremony to receive the award-- alas, the only reason I can't be there is because SOMEbody's gotta draw Book Two, out in January!

Back to the drawing table, TCB'in.

MARCH nominated for 3 Eisner Awards!



I'm honored to find that March: Book One, my collaboration with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, has been nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Reality-Based Work, Best Publication For Teens, and Best Penciller/Inker!

This year's list has a really solid line-up of nominees-- congratulations to all my other comics homies including Cecil Castellucci, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder, Jeffrey Brown, Ed Piskor, Zander Cannon, Faith Erin Hicks, Luke Pearson, Gene Yang, Paul Pope, Sheila Keenan, Nathan Fox, Ben Katchor, Jeff Smith, Judith Vanistendael, and lots more! The winners will be announced at a ceremony this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The complete list can be viewed here.
Judith Vanistendael

MARCH is a Glyph Award nominee!



I'm honored to hear that March: Book One has been nominated for the 2014 Glyph Comics Award, recognizing "the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year"!

The winner will be announced next month at the East Coast Black Age Of Comics convention in Philadelphia. 

March has also been recognized as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels For Teens, YALSA's Outstanding Books For The College Bound, and has currently spent 29 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.

My favorite comics and albums of 2013.

Because I can't help but to make unnecessary lists all the time, here are my favorite albums and comics of 2013. There are plenty of comics and music I haven't gotten the chance to experience, so this list is shaped and impaired by not having much spare time.

ALBUMS:


1. HAIM-- Days Are Gone (Columbia/Polydor)



2. LORD DOG BIRD-- The Trinity Knot (Moon Glyph)


3. DAFT PUNK-- Random Access Memories (Columbia/Daft Life)





6. LORDE-- Pure Heroine (Universal)



7. CHVRCHES-- The Bones Of What You Believe (Virgin/ Goodbye)






COMICS:

 
1. Demeter by Becky Cloonan (self-published)


2. Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)


3. New School by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)


4. Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly (self-published/Adhouse in 2014)


5. Prophet: Brothers by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis,
and Farel Dalrymple  (Image)


6. Susceptible by Genevieve Castree (Drawn and Quarterly)


7. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)


8. A Matter Of Life by Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf)


9. Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)


10. Delusional by Farel Dalrymple (Adhouse)

MARCH is USA Today's #1 Graphic Novel of the year!

Whitney Matheson at USA Today's Pop Candy listed March: Book One as the best graphic novel of the year, alongside excellent books by my homies Lisa Hanawalt, Matt Kindt, Jeffrey Brown, Jeff Lemire, Nicole J. Georges, and more. This year was really solid for comics of all kinds, and for increasingly varied audiences. Hell yeah!

Here's the list.