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Free Samples of 2014 Eisner Award Winning Comics

Eisner LogoThe winners of the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced. Follow the links below for free samples of books by some of the winners.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples won the prize for “Best Continuing Series” for Saga. Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker came out on top in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category for The Fifth Beatle. Matthew Inman took home the “Best Digital Comic” award for The Oatmeal.

Here’s more from the press release: “Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2014 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).”
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Mediabistro Course

Memoir Writing

Memoir WritingStarting January 7, work with a published memoir writer to tell and sell the story of your life! In this course, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create your story around a marketable premise, hone your narrative voice, write a memoir with a solid structure, and sell your memoir before you've even finished writing it. Register now!

Red Hen Press, The Oatmeal & Nelson DeMille Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump-start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Red Hen Press will be hosting an evening with its authors! Check it out on Monday, October 29th starting 8 p.m. at The Gerding Theater (Portland, OR)

“The Oatmeal” (a.k.a. Matthew Inman) will be appearing at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside to talk about his new title, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. Hear him on on Tuesday, October 30th starting 7:30 p.m. (Portland, OR)

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The Oatmeal Talks About Punching Dolphins in the Mouth & His Past with PETA

The Oatmeal was conceived in 2009 and has since attracted 173,000+ Twitter followers and 288,000+ “likes” on Facebook. The compilation book, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, contains several comics from the site as well as twenty-seven unreleased articles. We caught up with the man behind The Oatmeal, creator Matthew Inman, to find out more about the popular webcomic.

Q: Was it difficult when you were working on your book to transition your work from a nontraditional medium to a more traditional one?
A: Yeah, the hardest part was that my comics are seven hundred pixels wide by five thousand pixels tall. So, if those were made into a book it’d be as tall as a book case. Re-sizing those were kind of a pain because they’re vector art [pieces] and I had to re-draw a lot of it. I spent more time re-sizing my comics to fit them to the dimensions of a book than I did working on new material for it.

Q: Have you ever gotten protested by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)?
A: Yeah, here’s what happened. This was a few years ago before The Oatmeal was even around. PETA started this campaign called ‘Save the Seakittens.’ They drew the ocean with these little kittens swimming; they were kind of fish-like. They were trying to brand fish as sea kittens…That way people wouldn’t eat fish because they associate it with a kitten. So, I saw that and within hours of them launching this campaign, I launched my own called ‘Eat Some Sea Bacon‘ and it had little bacon-y fish moving around in the ocean. PETA was obviously unhappy and my campaign overshot theirs in terms of traffic. I got like ten thousand times as many people as they did.

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Revolving Door News at Hyperion & Penguin Group

hyperion.jpgTwo nonfiction editors found more work recently.  Matthew Inman has been named an editor at Hyperion and Brooke Carey has been promoted to an associate editor at Penguin Group (USA)’s Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints.

Inman has worked as an associate editor at HarperCollins, editing titles that included Free Fall by Willam J. McGee and Brother, Can You Spare a Job? by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson. At Hyperion, he will acquire nonfiction about business, politics, narrative, investigative journalism, and popular culture.

Carey joined Penguin in 2007 as an editorial assistant. She has worked on several titles, including The Weekend that Changed Wall Street by Maria Bartiromo and A Simple Government by Mike Huckabee.