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Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that submissions are being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2014 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. Publishers wanting to submit entries should send one copy of each of the comics or books they wish to nominate and include a cover letter that indicates what is being submitted (including the names of the creators) and in what categories.

2013-eisner-awards-chris-ware-building-storiesThe tentative categories include best short story, best single issue, best continuing comic book series (at least two issues must have been published in 2013), best limited series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2013), best new series, best publication for kids, best publication for teens, best humor publication, best anthology, best digital comic, best graphic album–new material, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best archival collection, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best comics-related book, best scholarly/academic work, best comics journalism periodical or website, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion. The cover letter should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address.

Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted in more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. Only one copy of each title need be submitted, even it if is being nominated in multiple categories. There are no entry fees.

Creators can submit materials for consideration if their publisher is either no longer in business or is unlikely to participate in the nomination process.

All submissions should be sent to Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, Comic-Con International, P.O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112, before the deadline of March 17. For those using shipping services other than the USPS, please use the shipping address included in the Call for Entries pdf, as the address has changed since last year.

The best digital comic category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2013. Webcomics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada: jackie@comic-con.org.

The Eisner Award nominees will be announced in April, and online voting will be available to professionals in the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, distributors, and retailers. Physical ballots will also be sent to comics professionals and publishers. The results will be announced by celebrity presenters at the gala awards ceremony on the evening of July 25 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Further information on the Eisner Awards and a downloadable pdf of the Call for Entries can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisners-current-info

Tampa Comic Con Draws Massive Crowd

Actress Lauren Cohen, cast member of The Walking Dead

Actress Lauren Cohen, cast member of The Walking Dead

TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay area was flooded with massive crowds of comic, superhero, sci-fi and fantasy fans August 23-25 who were attending its annual Comic Con. Now located at the massive Convention Center the large venue was able to accommodate a greater selection of guests from TV’s hottest shows, and movies; such as Game of Thrones, Hunger Games and The Walking Dead.

According to convention organizer Stephen Solomon, expected attendance was 20,000 total for the three-day event. “We got more than 20,000 in one day,” said Solomon, a managing member of Orlando-based Action3 Events and Promotions, which run the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

Solomon believed Saturday’s enormous turnout was due to the mainstream appeal of having actors from

Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones

the popular television show The Walking Dead (Lauren Cohen). Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones were also in attendance signing autographs. Willow Shields (sister to Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games) was also on hand for the event.

The organizers were not prepared for such a turn out and the deluge of fans made it difficult to enter the hall quickly. However once inside, fans enjoyed a cacophony of comics, toys, celebrities, artists and of course, cosplayers.

Cosplayer at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

Cosplayer at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

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