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Prix Aurora Nominees Announced

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:53pm

Nominations for the 2015 Prix Aurora have been announced! Awarded annually, the Prix Aurora recognizes the best Canadian fantasy, science fiction, artworks, and fan activities of the past year.

Winnipeg graphic novelist GMB Chomichuk has picked up two nominations in the "Best Graphic Novel" category. Sherry Peters, also of Winnipeg, earned a nomination in the "Best Young Adult Novel" category for her novel Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf. Finally, Kevin B. Anderson was nominated in "Best Fan Related Work" for his project depicting scenes from Chadwick Ginther's Thunder Road.

You can see the full list on the Prix Aurora Website. The winners will be announced the weekend of November 20-22, 2015.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Graphic Novels

Who watches the Watchmen?

Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:05pm

More importantly, who reads them?

Well, you should. And there's no better time to get into the universe of the Watchmen than now, with the release of the Before Watchmen series.

Acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism, Watchmen takes place in an alternate world where superheroes have changed history: The US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the Cold War is in full effect.

But what happened before the Watchmen?

The Before Watchmen series features four long-awaited prequels to the best-selling graphic novel of all-time. For over twenty years, the back stories of the now-iconic characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's landmark graphic novel had been the subject of much debate and theorizing. Now, DC Comics has assembled the greatest creators in the industry to further paint the world of Watchmen. Newly collected in trade format and released this month, there are four volumes in the Before Watchmen series: Minutemen/Silk Spectre by Darwyn Cooke, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke & Amanda Conner; Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair by Len Wein, illustrated by Jae Lee & John Higgins; Comedian/Rorschach by Brian Azzarello, illustrated by J.G. Jones & Lee Bermejo; and Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan by J. Michael Straczynski, illustrated by Adam Hughes & Joe Kubert.

You can find all four volumes in both our Winnipeg and Saskatoon stores. Buy online, or visit your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to pick one up. Call or email ahead to get a copy held for you!

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Graphic Novels

Shortlist for the Hugo Awards 2013

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:01am

The Hugo Awards, named for Hugo Gernsback, "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction," are the most prestigious awards for Science Fiction.

Here are this year's shortlists for Best Novel and Best Graphic Story (click on a link to see more about that title):

Best Novel

Best Graphic Story

  • Grandville BÍte Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudzuka (Vertigo)

For a list of all the categories and nominees, click here.

Categories: Awards, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Graphic Novels

To much disdain, 'Persepolis' pulled from curriculum

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 7:07pm

In a move that's been dubbed "Orwellian", Marjane Satrapi's critically acclaimed graphic memoir Persepolis was recently banned from Chicago classrooms and school libraries. Persepolis, which was originally published in France in 2000, details Satrapi's childhood surrounding the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, followed by her adolescence studying in Vienna, and her return to Iran as a young adult.

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David Lester -- Night Table Recommendations

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:41am

Footnotes In Gaza by Joe Sacco (Metropolitan Books)

A truly remarkable accomplishment by graphic novelist Joe Sacco. It is hard to imagine how he will ever top the epic scale of this book. Footnotes in Gaza tells the long-forgotten story of the massacre of 111 Palestinians in Gaza in 1956 by Israeli soldiers. We follow Sacco as he searches for the truth from the remaining witnesses still alive. He sifts through their conflicting memories and uncovers what really happened on that terrible day. All the while, he must contend with Palestinians who just don't see the point in dredging up old history when what's happening now in Gaza is so much more important. But Sacco makes a compelling case as to why the past matters.

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Categories: Reviews, Discussions, Authors, Graphic Novels, Night Table Recommendations

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