Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

April 10, 2012 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman in the flesh at Festival of Books

'Watchmen,' 'Walking Dead'
Fans hungry for talk of zombies and mutants can get their fill at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, where writer Robert Kirkman will talk about his work for “The Walking Dead,” “Invincible,” “Ultimate X-Men” and his new project, “Super Dinosaur,” which he has described as “a Pixar movie on paper.” The question-and-answer session with Kirkman, hosted by Hero Complex writer Geoff Boucher, will be held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at 10:30 a.m. on April 21. Here are a few other events Hero Complex readers may want to check out at the festival, which runs April 21-22: • “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”: The documentary will screen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 22 in the School for Cinematic Arts’ Ray Stark Theater. • “Graphic Novel: Drawing Outside the Lines”: […]
April 02, 2012 | 1:23 p.m.

Dave McKean, Jim Woodring among L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

Five graphic novels are nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Aboriginal sci-fi, madcap cartoon realms, a sexualized dreamscape and a garden of geometric surrealism – these are the unexpected ideas and fascinating settings presented by the nominees in the graphic novel category for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. This is the 32nd presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes but just the third year that the graphic novel category has been included. The winners in all categories will be announced at a ceremony at USC on April 20, right before the start of the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the largest book festival in the United States. Here’s a look at the nominees in the graphic novel field: Joseph Lambert, “I Will Bite You! And Other Stories” (Secret Acres): Lambert’s dazzling debut effort, “I Will Bite You!” is a collection of short works (it includes some of Lambert’s self-published mini-comics […]
March 30, 2012 | 7:45 a.m.

‘Before Watchmen’ in spotlight at L.A. Times Festival of Books

"Watchmen," the film (Warner Bros.)
The landmark legacy of “Watchmen” and the intriguing future of  “Before Watchmen” will be center stage at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, with an on-stage Q&A featuring DC Entertainment co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio as well as a rare big-screen presentation of the director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s 2009 film “Watchmen.” “Watchmen” was the 12-issue series (1986-1987) by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons that arguably redefined the ambitions and literary stature of the American comic book. DC is returning to that universe with the “Before Watchmen” project, which will launch a series of separate, multi-issue prequels – a bold move considering that Moore has publicly criticized the concept and will not be participating. Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher will moderate the discussion with Lee and DiDio. The discussion is set for 1 p.m. on April 21 in USC’s […]
May 02, 2011 | 5:00 p.m.

‘Duncan the Wonder Dog’ wins Los Angeles Times book prize

The 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for graphic novels was awarded to Adam Hines for “Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One,” his tale of an animal-world uprising. The book, set in a world where animals can talk, chronicles the plight of the furry and feathered souls who chafe under the cruel hand of human dominion. The judges praised “Duncan” as a “powerful, prodigious work about the question of who the world belongs to, with an incredibly strong, original visual and narrative aesthetic.” The judges also wrote: “It’s Adam Hines’ first book, and he’s come charging out of the gate, to use one of those animal metaphors that seem very different after you’ve read it. It’s aflame with the heat of its own inventiveness, hilarity, terror and ingenious world-building. But it also demands and rewards slow, careful reading — on every […]
April 29, 2011 | 5:27 p.m.

‘You’ll Never Know’: Carol Tyler’s family album of war pain

"You'll Never Know, Book II: Collateral Damage"
Last year, “Asterios Polyp” won as the graphic novel category was introduced at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The five finalists in the category this year have been announced and the winner will be named Friday. Leading up to the awards ceremony, we will be looking at each of the finalists. Today: “You’ll Never Know, Book II: Collateral Damage.” Carol Tyler‘s graphic memoir “You’ll Never Know, Book I: A Good & Decent Man,” published by Fantagraphics, delved into her father’s experiences in World War II. The book was nominated for two Eisner Awards. Now, in the soulful second installment of the trilogy, Tyler paints a picture of the quiet pain her parents carried for decades, and the repercussions of war that, though not often talked about, still echo in the lives of the next generation. Hero Complex’s Noelene Clark caught up […]
April 29, 2011 | 7:40 a.m.

‘BodyWorld’: Dash Shaw’s trippy tale of telepathy

Bodyworld
Last year, “Asterios Polyp” won as the graphic novel category was introduced at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The five finalists in the category this year have been announced and the winner will be named Friday. Leading up to the awards ceremony, we will be looking at each of the finalists. Today: “BodyWorld.” In Dash Shaw‘s “BodyWorld,” published by Pantheon, aliens deposit seeds in the sleepy suburb of Boney Burrough, where Billy-Bob Borg, Pearl Peach and teacher Jem Jewel are preparing for high school graduation. New-in-town professor Paulie Panther, a botanist and drug researcher, discovers that smoking the psychedelic plants induces telepathic hallucinations. Hero Complex’s Noelene Clark caught up with Shaw. NC: Your book is about an alien plant that allows people to experience what it’s like to be someone else. How did you come up with this? DS: I […]
April 28, 2011 | 10:03 a.m.

‘Weathercraft’: A wordless epic of toons and torture

"Weathercraft" (Fantagraphics Books)
Last year, “Asterios Polyp” won as the graphic novel category was introduced at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The five finalists in the category this year have been announced and the winner will be named Friday. Leading up to the awards ceremony, we will be looking at each of the finalists. Today: “Weathercraft.” In his “Frank” comics — a staple in the world of alternative comics — Jim Woodring has put his anthropomorphic character through nearly two decades of scrapes, slapstick violence and meanderings through a cartoon universe that is both paradisaical and terrifying. In Woodring’s first full-length graphic novel “Weathercraft,” published by Fantagraphics, side character Manhog is thrust into the spotlight, forced on a quest for truth in a hallucinatory realm. Hero Complex’s Noelene Clark caught up with the Woodring. NC: Your pen-and-ink drawing style is beautifully reminiscent […]
April 24, 2011 | 9:31 a.m.

‘The Lodger’: An art school dropout breaks the rules (and dreams of drawing sex)

Lodger
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZES Last year, “Asterios Polyp” won as the graphic novel category was introduced at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The five finalists in the category this year have been announced and the winner will be named Friday. Leading up to the awards ceremony, we will be looking at each of the finalists. Today: “The Lodger.” “The Lodger” by Karl Stevens is an illustrated account of the author’s experiences after dropping out of art school, being dumped by his girlfriend and moving in as a boarder with his former teacher’s family. Stevens, whose previous titles include “Guilty” and “Whatever,” is a regular cartoonist for the Boston Phoenix. Hero Complex’s Noelene Clark caught up with Stevens. NC: How did this project come about? KS: I wanted to do something that was more like the first comic strip I did [for the Boston […]
April 22, 2011 | 8:18 a.m.

‘Duncan the Wonder Dog’: Math, mystery and rhythms of the animal mind

"Duncan the Wonder Dog" (AdHouse Books)
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZES Last year, “Asterios Polyp” won as the graphic novel category was introduced at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The five finalists in the category this year have been announced and the winner will be named April 29. Leading up to the awards ceremony, we will be looking at each of the finalists. Today: “Duncan the Wonder Dog.” “Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One,” set in a world where animals can talk, reason and even revolt, is a massive, lavishly drawn first installment in what Hines plans will be a nine-volume epic. Hero Complex’s Noelene Clark caught up with the author, Adam Hines. NC: How did this project get started, and what inspired you to write about the relationship between animals and humans? AH: “Duncan the Wonder Dog” was originally a comic book series I created when I was […]
Feb. 22, 2011 | 1:22 p.m.

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: ‘Bodyworld,’ ‘The Lodger’ among graphic novel finalists

"You'll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage" by C. Tyler (Fantagraphics), "Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One" by Adam Hines (Adhouse Books),  "Weathercraft" by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics).
The finalists in the graphic novel category of the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced: “Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One” by Adam Hines (Adhouse Books) “Bodyworld” by Dash Shaw (Pantheon) “The Lodger” by Karl Stevens (KSA Publishing) “You’ll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage” by C. Tyler (Fantagraphics) “Weathercraft” by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics) The 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be awarded April 29 in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Times building. The annual event will be the 31st presentation of the awards. The graphic novel category was added last year and the first winner was “Asterios Polyp.” For a list of all nominees in all categories, go to our must-read sister blog, Jacket Copy. RECENT AND RELATED ‘Asterios Polyp’ wins Times Prize for graphic novels Steve Niles scares up laughs with “Doc Macabre” Dean Haspiel and […]
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