AMID THE HEIGHT of comics awards season, the announcements and deadlines seem to pepper the schedule each week.

Monday, for example, is the deadline for all eligible voters to cast their ballots for the 2014 Eisner Hall of Fame inductees, who are saluted in July at San Diego Comic-Con.

From this field of HOF 14 contenders, voters may pick four:

Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Hayao Miyazaki, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O’Neil, Antonio Prohias, Rumiko Takahashi, George Tuska and Bernie Wrightson.

The Eisners earlier named the judges’ automatic three Hall of Fame inductees: Golden Age artists Irwin Hasen and Sheldon Moldoff and African American comics pioneer Orrin C. Evans.

(To determine whether you’re eligible to vote, CLICK to see the contest’s criteria as an industry professional.)

The Eisners will be presented at a formal ceremony July 25 in San Diego, during Comic-Con.


ELSEWHERE, a half-dozen political cartoonists have been honored in recent days:

The Detroit Free Press’s Mike Thompson has won the Editorial Cartooning prize for the National Headliner Awards. Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch placed second, and Wisconsin-based cartoonist Stuart Carlson of the Universal UClick syndicate was third.

The honors, which recognize “the best in journalism,” were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City.

 AND the Reuben Awards announced that Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press (who early this month was named runner-up for the Herblock Prize), Adam Zyglis of the Buffalo News (who early this month won the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award) and Mike Ramirez of Investors Business Daily are the Editorial Cartooning finalists for the National Cartoonists Society’s divisional awards.

The NCS named its finalists in 15 categories, ranging from Magazine Gag Cartooons to Online Comics.

In February, the NCS announced the four nominees for the group’s “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” Reuben Award: Wiley Miller (“Non Sequitur”), Stephan Pastis (“Pearls Before Swine”), Hilary Price (“Rhymes With Orange”) and Mark Tatulli (“Lio” and “Heart of the City”).

The winners will be announced May 24 in San Diego at the NCS Reuben Awards dinner.