Brian K. Vaughan

April 22, 2015 | 1:54 p.m.

Eisner Awards: ‘Ms. Marvel,’ ‘Saga,’ ‘Multiversity,’ ‘Bandette’ lead nominations

Marvel Comics’ “Ms. Marvel,” DC Comics’ “Multiversity,” Image’s “Saga” and Monkeybrain’s webcomic “Bandette” topped the roster of nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards — considered the Oscars for comics. The nominations were announced Wednesday, with DC, Marvel and Fantagraphics topping the list of publishers. DC and Vertigo (DC’s imprint for edgy, offbeat comics) received 14 nominates plus four shared. Marvel was close behind with 12 nominations plus six shared, and Fantagraphics garnered 15 nominations. Image Comics, which led last year’s nominations field with 17 nods plus three shared, this year had seven nominations and seven shared. Image’s nomination count was once again aided by “Saga,” which last year won the painter prize for artist Fiona Staples as well as its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan, who is also known for his television work […]
Jan. 08, 2015 | 6:34 p.m.

Image Expo: Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young reveal titles

Brian K. Vaughan showed at Image Expo on Thursday that he’d meant it when he said comics are a “vastly superior medium” to film and television, announcing two new projects he’ll write in addition to continuing the award-winning, bestselling “Saga.” The acclaimed comics creator – who brought Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” to television and was a producer on “Lost” – has followed up on his proclamation from last year’s Eisner Awards by taking on more work in the medium than he has in years, teaming up with artist Steve Skroce on the limited series “We Stand on Guard,” which finds Canadian freedom fighters resisting an invasion of U.S. forces (including “giant … robots”), and with artist Cliff Chiang (“Wonder Woman”) on the ongoing story “Paper Girls,” about 12-year-old suburban newspaper delivery girls who encounter strange happenings. Vaughan’s announcements came […]
July 26, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Saga’s’ Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples on raising Hazel

“Saga,” writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples told their panel’s capacity crowd Saturday at Comic-Con, is Hazel’s story. The daughter of Alana and Marko – on-the-run lovers born of warring alien species – Hazel narrates Vaughan and Staples’ creator-owned, Eisner Award-winning hit Image Comics series from an as yet unseen future. Readers first met her just as she was being born, and in the most recent issues see her as a toddler. “Her parents are a very important part of her life now,” said Vaughan, who hasn’t been shy about killing off “Saga” characters. “But they might not always be.” After the audience’s mournful reaction to that, he jokingly offered, “Or maybe they’ll always be!” The truly out-there sci-fi series’ first deluxe hardcover, collecting the first 18 issues, has a cover image of the infant Hazel breastfeeding, with […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Saga,’ Matt Fraction, IDW win big at Eisner Awards

“Saga’s” Alana and Marko, lovers from warring alien races, may always be on the run with their daughter, but the truly out-there science-fiction adventure was once again welcomed with open arms at the Eisner Awards. Brian K. Vaughan’s and Fiona Staples’ Image Comics series continued to dominate in its second year as a contender, winning its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer, and adding the painter prize for Staples. Responsible for bringing the CBS show “Under the Dome” to television and also a former “Lost” producer in addition to his comics work, Vaughan told the crowd Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom, “People always ask, ‘What have you learned working in film and television?’ I guess I’ve learned that comics are not an equal medium — that we are a vastly superior medium.” Trying […]
July 20, 2013 | 6:30 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Building Stories,’ ‘Saga’ top Eisners (winners list)

Chris Ware’s innovative “Building Stories” had a lease on the Eisner Awards dais Friday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego, winning four awards — the most of any project this year. The unconventional set — a box containing 14 related but free-standing comics about residents who share a building — took home the prizes for writer/artist, new graphic album, publication design and lettering. Times book critic David L. Ulin wrote that with “Building Stories” Ware “has upped the ante, pushing comics in a new direction while paying tribute to their history.” Editor Chip Kidd, accepting the trophies on behalf of the absent creator, cracked early in the ceremony — the Oscars of comics — in the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom that “giving Chris Ware an award for lettering is kind of like giving Frank Lloyd Wright an award for doorknobs.” […]
Feb. 11, 2011 | 9:03 a.m.

VIDEO: ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Ex Machina’ in this week’s comic book picks [Updated]

A comic book store can be a vast and wonderful landscape, but sometimes it’s nice to have a compass to help you as you wander those aisles. With that in mind, the Hero Complex and the mighty have teamed up for a weekly series of video recommendations. Geoff Boucher of the Hero Complex will select and celebrate a new release  from the vivid world of superheroes and more traditional-minded fare, and the always insightful Blair Butler of G4’s Fresh Ink blog will recommend a worthy new release from the “non-Spandex” side of comics, those graphic novels and alternative press titles that use their comics panels in the name of memoir, literary experimentation or underground voice. NOTE: In the video below I screwed up! “Ex Machina” is published by the good folks at Wildstorm, not sure how I got that mixed up in my head. — Geoff Boucher MORE PICKS: “Let Me In” / […]
Dec. 17, 2008 | 9:56 p.m.

‘Ex Machina’ is art imitating … art?

I’ve told you before how much I admire "Ex Machina,"  and I wanted to let you know about a fun surprise in the newest issue, No. 40, which hit stands today. (Stop reading now if you don’t want any cats let out of any bags. …) The story, written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Tony Harris, finds Mayor Mitchell Hundred seeking collaborators for an autobiographical project — a graphic-novel account of his first term as the chief executive of New York City. The final few pages of the issue have some guest creators drop by, and they are none other than writer Garth Ennis and artist Jim Lee. Nice! — Geoff Boucher Image credits: Wildstorm/DC Comics
Sept. 22, 2008 | 9:06 p.m.

D.J. Caruso says Shia LaBeouf is ‘perfect’ for a ‘Y: The Last Man’ film trilogy

Director D.J. Caruso now says he hopes to make a film trilogy based on the "Y: The Last Man" comic books that will star Shia LaBeouf and also tweak a basic element of the plot — even though he knows any departure from the original risks the wrath of fanboy purists. "It is tricky to suggest changing things. I’m sure the fanboys will stone me and my kids for daring to change a thing. But Brian K. Vaughan [the writer of the comics] loves the ideas we’ve come up with. He even said said, ‘You have to think outside the box because the reason this story hasn’t been made into a movie so far is that we haven’t thought outside the box.’" I sat down with Caruso the other day at one of his favorite spots in Los Angeles, the […]
Aug. 03, 2008 | 10:49 p.m.

‘Ex Machina,’ the perfectly wired graphic novel

The Sunday Review: "Ex Machina: The Deluxe Edition" By Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris (Wildstorm, hardcover, $29.99) Which graphic novel would you hand a curious friend who had never read one but wants to give the medium a try? A lot of fans automatically say "Watchmen," which makes perfect sense, I suppose, considering the fact that it changed the ambitions of the entire sector with its cinematic sensibility, gravitas and heart-rending emotional nuance. But, really, Alan Moore’s 1986 epic is so steeped in comic-book lore and deconstruction that its greatest appeal is to true believers. If you didn’t grow up reading the tidy escapades of the Justice League, Moore’s flawed mystery men aren’t quite as jolting or disturbing. "Watchmen" may be the perfect graphic novel, I just don’t know if it’s the best first graphic novel. "The Dark Knight […]
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