Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rest In Peace, Dick Giordano (1932-2010)

I was very, very sorry to see this today, over on Bob Layton's Facebook:

Dear Friends & Colleagues, It is my sorrowful duty to announce that legendary artist/editor/entrepreneur Dick Giordano passed away today, due to complications from pneumonia. Few could ever hope to match what he accomplished in his chosen profession, or to excel while maintaining great humor, compassion for his peers and an unwavering love for the art form.

Dick Giordano was such a fantastic guy: Great artist, great mentor to artists and writers, great editor, great everything. He just set the standard. He was in his last year or two as Executive Editor up at DC when I was just starting, and was always so kind to me. He and his aide de camp Pat Bastienne made DC such a warm place be when they were there, and it was never quite the same after they left.

After his retirement from DC, he always remembered to stop by and say hello when we were at the same con, and I never lost my awe of him. His work remained solid to the end-- see his recent Jonah Hex issue for proof.

There's just a giant hole in this business right now. Vaya con dios, Uncle Dick.

Monday, March 15, 2010

GLAAD honors DETECTIVE COMICS as Outstanding Comic Book

Hey, check it out:

GLAAD honors DETECTIVE COMICS as Outstanding Comic Book

Monday, March 15th, 2010

By Alex Segura

This past Saturday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation took a moment to honor writer Greg Rucka and artists J.H. Williams III and Cully Hamner’s work on DETECTIVE COMICS’ Batwoman by naming the book the year’s “Outstanding Comic Book” at their 21st Media Awards, held in New York City.

A description of the awards, from the GLAAD site: “The GLAAD Media Awards elevate and promote fair, accurate and inclusive stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, people and allies that have increased awareness, understanding and respect for the lives of LGBT people. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.”

Congratulations to Greg, J.H. and the entire team behind Batwoman’s adventures for this much-deserved honor.

Feeling honored to be a part of this book. :)