Wow, that's cool to write! As it turns out, my book "The Insider's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels" just won the Eagle Award for "Favorite Book About Comics." My book was up against some pretty great competition, so I honestly didn't think I had a chance of winning it, but I'll take it! It's really awesome to have a book like this recognized. It has been the most difficult undertaking in my career in comics and this seems like a cool way to find out that it's had an impact. Thanks to everyone who supported the book and me throughout the years.
And I'm not knocking the award itself, but what makes me feel even better is getting notes directly from people who have read the book. Who were inspired by the book, who used the book, who learned from it. That's the really great thing. I got this note just the other day:
"I owe my entrance into Zuda to Andy's book. It was my bible when I wrote that script. It is, literally, the most complete book on the topic of making comics." That was written by Janine Frederick, who is also a Comics Experience alum. And every time I go to a convention, someone mentions this book and how it helped them in some way. That is a really amazing thing to hear, and while it's not why I teach, it's a really inspiring bit of feedback to receive.
If you're into comics and want to check the book out, you can find it here on Amazon or contact me directly, and I can autograph it and send it to you (but it's full price plus shipping if I do it...).
Thanks again to everyone who has supported me and Comics Experience and, of course, to the Eagle Awards. I'd like to think you chose wisely...