Lulu Awards 2009 Judges Selected!

We are very happy to announce that the judges for the 2009 Lulu Awards have been selected! We have brought together a diverse and knowledgeable team from a variety of interests, disciplines, and occupations from within the comic book industry and fandom. (for a list of Lulu Awards categories, click here)

The judges are:

Brigid Alverson – writer, editor, columnist, and blogger

Jennifer Babcock – comic book historian and creator

Abby Denson – writer, cartoonist, and teacher

Cheryl Lynn Eatonblogger and writer

Chris Eberlecomics retailer

Karen Green – academic librarian and columnist

Robert Randle – purchasing assistant manager, Diamond Distributors

In a change from last year, the judges panel will provide the list of nominees. Then the public will vote for the winners in each category.

The nomination process is open from now until September 14th.

Voting by the public will take place between September 14th and October 1st.

Note to publishers/comic creators wishing to submit review copies:

We have a list of judges who wish to receive review copies. Please email us at info@friends-lulu.org for more information & their contact info. Lulu loves the environment: please try to send scans/pdfs whenever possible! Please note that individual publishers/comic creators assume all responsibility in getting said materials to the judges, including cost of shipping & the delivery of electronic files in a proper format.

This is gearing up to be a great Lulu Awards this year and we are really excited! We have new categories to announce, and other goodies!

And our hearty thanks to the judges for volunteering their time!!!

Message From Lulu

As we gear up for the announcement of the 2009 Lulu Awards, we wanted to write a brief note as to where we are & where we are going as an organization – as well as concrete ways you can help us!

After 15 years as one of the most well-known non-profit organizations for women in comics, we are giving ourselves a needed “tune-up.” This will probably last until the beginning of next year, at which time a new board will be in place; until then, we are not accepting memberships or financial donations. However, if you are interested in being a member of Friends of Lulu, please email us at info@friends-lulu.org and we will put you on a mailing list to contact at the start of next year!

But we are still hard at work to provide you and the rest of the public the following this year:

  • The Lulu Awards
  • A regularly updated blog with which to promote your work and the work of other females in comics (which we urge you to take advantage of & send us your info to post!)
  • A great deal of behind-the-scenes work in preparation for next year in order that 2010 be he best year for Lulu yet!

As for how to help us NOW:

The biggest way Friends of Lulu can be helped right now is by having volunteers who are not only passionate about Women in Comics, but about getting involved in the rigors and rewards of a non-profit organization.

Please contact us at info@friends-lulu.org to get more information, and to inquire about running in the Fall for one of our national board positions.

Happy Birthday, Laurel Maury!

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Celebrate the birthday of Laurel Maury, book/comics reviewer for NPR, by reading one of her graphic novel reviews:

“Bradbury Classic In Vivid, ‘Necessary’ Graphic Form” (NEW! July 30th, 2009)

“Best Superhero Graphic Novels of 2008″

“Best Graphic Novels of 2008″

Eisners 2009 Recap: “Comic Book Tattoo”

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“Comic Book Tattoo,” the Image Comics anthology featuring stories based on/inspired by the songs of singer-songwriter Tori Amos, won a 2009 Eisner Award for Best Anthology.

Stories in the volume included, “Take To The Sky” by Sara Ryan and Jonathan Case; “Crazy” by Nikki Cook; “Here In My Head” by Elizabeth Genco and Carla Speed McNeil; “Gold Dust” by Hope Larson; “Pandora’s Museum” by Dame Darcy; and many many more.

“Comic Book Tattoo” Resource Links:

Creators Blog

Amazon.com link

Comic Book Resources Article

Publisher’s Weekly Article

Eisners 2009 Recap: Lynda Barry

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Cartoonist, author and teacher Lynda Barry’s “What It Is” won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Series. “What It Is,” published by Drawn & Quarterly, explores the creative urge’s development with age, and offers autobiographical glimpses into Barry’s life from childhood to adulthood.

Lynda Barry Resource Links:

Marlys Magazine

Amazon.com link to “What It Is”

Lynda Barry page on Drawn & Quarterly site

Salon.com’s Lynda Barry Archive

NPR spotlight w/”What It is” gallery/preview

Chicago Tribune article “Being Lynda Barry”

Eisners 2009 Recap: Carla Speed McNeil

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Carla Speed McNeil recently won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic for her work on the popular and long-running (in both print & digital) Finder. McNeil also previously won the Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent at the 1997 Lulu Awards, Lulu of The Year for 2001 & 2002, the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist in 2001, and the Ignatz for Outstanding Series in 2004 & 2005.

Resource Links For Carla Speed McNeil:

Finder on Shadowline Web Comics

Lightspeed Press (website currently unavailable)

Publisher’s Weekly Article “McNeil’s Finder Goes Online”

Amazon.com: Carla Speed McNeil

Comics Journal Interview

Happy Birthday Gail Simone!

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