“Hocus Pocus” nominated for Best Limited Series!

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Score one… for the GOOD GUYS!

As part of last year’s IPT Skepticism Month, the cartoonist artist and co-host of The quadrature of the strange podcast, Celestia Ward, reviewed the first three issues of the particularly positive comic Hocus Pocus, about finding truth in a world of illusions. Check out his interview with one of the co-screenwriters, psychologist and magician Richard Wiseman!


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Now the self-published little book has been nominated for an EISNER AWARD! Keep reading for the press release with all the details, and let’s help get Hocus Pocus in the hands of votersbefore the June 8 deadline!

Voting for the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards opens this week and Richard Wiseman’s series HOCUS POCUS: Magic, Mystery and Spirit received a surprise nomination for Best Limited Series. The Eisners are considered the pinnacle of comic book honors. Previous winners in this category include Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Concrete and dozens of more classic series.

Wiseman is best known as a professor of psychology, a skeptical parapsychologist, and an advisor to some of the world’s greatest magicians. Along with Rik Worth (writer), Jordan Collver (artist), and Owen Watts (colors), he crafted the comic book series, which examines the science and history of the paranormal through weird but true stories; with unique interactive elements thrown into the mix.

Although the appointment is great news for the team, they still face a big challenge. Writer Rik Worth explains: “We are blown away by the nomination. It’s virtually unheard of for self-published comics to reach the Eisners. It’s like a YouTube video coming to the Oscars.

“The problem we have is that our book was a limited print run, sold almost exclusively in the UK. Many of our peers and other voters, especially in the US, have yet to get a chance to read the book.

“We really want to give him a fighting chance, so we encourage voters to contact us so we can put the series in front of them. We take on Marvel, DC, and Image, plus a stable of incredible creators, with our fun little book about magic. We need all the help we can get! It’s long, but, as we prove in the comic, weird things have happened.

Voters can request revision copies through the HOCUS POCUS or contact Worth and Collver directly on Twitter at @RikWorth and @JordanCollver,

The team is currently working on its fifth and final issue and an upcoming collection to be released later this year. You can register at HOCUS POCUS Newsletter for more details.

The Eisners are voted by comics industry professionals, including creators, retailers and critics, and the 2022 winners will be announced at a ceremony at Comic-Con International on July 22. Voting will end on June 8.

Eisner Prize: The Skeptical Comic

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