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San Diego Comic-Con 2009 was my very first Comic-Con. I had always wanted to go — especially since I used to attend Anime Expo every year with friends — but my usual congoing group didn’t feel the same way. Since I’ve stopped going to Expo, I decided to make it my goal to attend in 2010…that is, until Murder He Wrote got nominated for an Eisner. No part of me thought we would win (I compared our chances of winning to the chances of a wacky slapstick comedy winning Best Picture at the Oscars when up against epic profound war movies and arthouse films); however, I didn’t want to miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the ceremony and hear my name announced as one of the nominees. And so I opted to go this year instead, prepared for my first major award loss.

Little did I realize then how incredible the trip would be!

click for my full San Diego Comic-Con 2009 report


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* I won an Eisner Award for best short story
* I met Matt Groening, Morgan Spurlock, Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, Phil Lamarr, Stan Sakai and Paul Dini
* It has been announced so I can finally say: my next comic project for Del Rey (just art, not the writing) is a manga prequel for the Avatar: The Last Airbender live action film

Full con report when I go home…? For now, San Diego Zoo.

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My work has been nominated for an Eisner Award!

“Murder He Wrote,” a.k.a. the Simpsons Death Note parody I did the pencils for in The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #14, has been nominated for Best Short Story.

Best Short Story
“Actual Size” by Chris Ware, in Kramers Ergot 7 (Buenaventura Press)
“Chechen War, Chechen Women,” by Joe Sacco, in I Live Here (Pantheon)
“Freaks,” by Laura Park, in Superior Showcase #3 (AdHouse)
“Glenn Ganges in ‘Pulverize,’” by Kevin Huizenga, in Ganges #2 (Fantagraphics)
“Murder He Wrote,” by Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto, and Andrew Pepoy, in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #14 (Bongo)

Full list of nominees here

For non-comic book geeks: the Eisner Awards is sort of like the Academy Awards of comic books.

Fun fact: the writer of the story, Ian Boothby, is from Vancouver just like me.

This is pretty incredible news and I definitely wasn’t expecting it.

ETA: Here’s an Anime News Network article on all nominated manga, including Murder He Wrote.

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more reviews ahoy

Another review of Yokaiden up at Comic Book Bin, by Leroy Douresseaux. And over at Manga Recon, Erin Finnegan picked Yokaiden as the Best OEL/World Manga of 2008!

I finished Yokaiden 1 well over a year ago, and I’m glad to be receiving feedback on this comic at last. As for Yokaiden 2, the comic part is finished; I’m currently working on the extra material. There’s not as much room for extras this time because there are 8 chapters instead of 7 like in the first book.

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