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Tom King and Mister Miracle Are Top Winners at 2019 Eisner Awards

The top winners at the 3lst Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, held during Comic-Con on July 19 at the Bayfront San Diego Hilton, were the DC Comics series Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (Best Limited Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker) and King, who also won for Best Short Story (in DC’s Swamp Thing Winter Special) and Best Graphic Album–Reprint (for The Vision hardcover, published by Marvel).

Multiple Eisners also went to Jen Wang for The Prince and the Dressmaker (Best Publication for Teens, Best Writer/Artist; published by First Second), Bill Sienkiewicz (Hall of Fame inductee; Best Archival Publication–Comic Books, for Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights … And Assassins ... Artifact Edition, published by IDW), and Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (Best Continuing Series and Best Humor Publication, published by BOOM! Box).

The publisher with the most winners was First Second, with the two for The Prince and the Dressmaker plus Best Publication for Kids (The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks), Best Reality-Based Work (Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown), and Best U.S. Edition of International Material (Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu). Mister Miracle brought DC Comics four wins; the company also shared a win with Todd Klein for Best Lettering. The only other publishers with more than two winners were Image and IDW. Image’s trophies went to Best New Series (Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino), Best Graphic Album–New (My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips), and Best Painter (Dustin Nguyen, for Descender) as well as shared wins for Best Cover Artist (Jen Bartel) and Best Coloring (Matt Wilson). Besides the Sienkiewicz book, IDW can boast of awards for Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson), Best Publication for Early Readers (Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka), and a share of Todd Klein’s Best Lettering award.

Presenters during the gala evening included actor/writer/directors Tom Lennon  and Ben Garant (Reno 911, Balls of Fury, Night at the Museum series), actor Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), worldwide bestselling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters), actor Cas Anvar (The Expanse), voice actor/comedian Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Justice League), voice actor Grey DeLisle-Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls, Young Justice), voice actor Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain), comics creator/nominee Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Bacchus), bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Eisner nominees David Walker and Sanford Greene (Bitter Root), comics artist and past Eisner winner Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Batgirl), beloved cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/nominee Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/artist/nominee Bill Morrison (past editor of MAD magazine), and voice actor Kayre Morrison.

Sergio Aragonés presented the Hall of Fame Awards. The Judges’ choices were Jim Aparo (accepted by his son and daughter), June Tarpé Mills (accepted by her great-nephew), Dave Stevens (accepted by his sister), and Morrie Turner (accepted by his granddaughter). The four elected inductees were Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, Wendy and Richard Pini, and Sienkiewicz. All but Garcia-Lopez were on hand to accept their awards.

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth Clampett, had two recipients this year: Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (publisher of the benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico) and Lisa Wood (a.k.a. Tula Lotay, founder of Thought Bubble in Leeds, England).

William Stout announced the winner of the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: cartoonist Lorena Alvarez of Bogota, Colombia, whose work is published by Nobrow.

The 15th annual Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing was presented by Mark Evanier to two recipients: Mike Friedrich and the late E. Nelson Bridwell (accepted by Paul Levitz). The special In Memoriam video salute to those from the Comic-Con family who died in the past year was introduced by Maggie Thompson.

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, given to a store that has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large, was awarded by Joe Ferrara to La Revisteria Comics of Buenos Aires, Argentina, owned by Alejandro Gonzalez.

The principal sponsors for the Eisner awards this year are mycomicshop.com and Gentle Giant Studios. Supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comics, Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), and Marquis Book. The major sponsor for the Finger Award is DC Comics. Supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, San Diego Comic-Con (Comic-Con International), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.


2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners

Best Short Story

“The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series

Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)

Best Limited Series

Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)

Best New Series

Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17)

The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (First Second)

Best Humor Publication

Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)

Best Anthology

Puerto Rico Strong, edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz (Lion Forge)

Best Reality-Based Work

Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh (Marvel)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, adapted by Junji Ito, translated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu, translated by Montana Kane (First Second)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… And Assassins... Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best Writer

Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Writer/Artist

Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Submerged (Vault)

Best Coloring

Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)

Best Lettering

Todd Klein, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White Night (DC); Books of Magic, Eternity Girl (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism (tie)
  • Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
  • PanelxPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com
Best Comics-Related Book

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, by Martha H. Kennedy (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)

Best Publication Design

Will Eisner’s A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

Best Digital Comic

Umami, by Ken Niimura (Panel Syndicate)

Best Webcomic

The Contradictions, by Sophie Yanow, www.thecontradictions.com


Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices:
  • Jim Aparo
  • June Tarpé Mills
  • Dave Stevens
  • Morrie Turner
Voted in:
  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
  • Jenette Kahn
  • Paul Levitz
  • Wendy & Richard Pini
  • Bill Sienkiewicz

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
  • Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico
  • Lisa Wood, Thought Bubble Festival

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing
  • E. Nelson Bridwell
  • Mike Friedrich

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award

Lorena Alvarez • Writer/artist, Hicotea, Nightlights


Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
La Revisteria Comics

Alejandro Gonzalez, Buenos Aires, Argentina


2019 Will Eisner Awards Presenters

The 31st annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony will be held Friday night, July 19 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, just a short walk south from the Convention Center.

The doors of the Indigo Ballroom will open at 7:45, and the ceremonies will get under way at 8:00. Attendance at the event is free to all Comic-Con members. Be sure to bring your convention badge to be admitted—and your I.D. if you wish to purchase alcoholic beverages. Advance seating for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) will begin at 7:00. No-host bars will be set up both in the ballroom and the ballroom lobby. The ceremony is expected to run until about 10:45. It will be followed by a reception in the Indigo Ballroom foyer, with a live jazz duo for entertainment.

Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, The Eisner Awards will be given out in 32 categories for works published in 2018. All attendees will get a souvenir program listing the nominees.

Among presenters at this year’s ceremony are
  • Worldwide bestselling graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters)
  • Actor/writer/directors Tom Lennon  and Ben Garant (Reno 911, Balls of Fury, Night at the Museum series)
  • Actor Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)
  • Voice actor/comedian Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Samurai Jack, Futurama, Justice League)
  • Voice actor Grey DeLisle-Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls, Scooby-Do and Guess Who, The Loud House, Young Justice)
  • Comics creator Eddie Campbell (Bizarre Romance, From Hell, Bacchus)
  • Bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Bizarre Romance)
  • Eisner nominees David Walker and Sanford Greene (Bitter Root)
  • Comics artist and past Eisner winner Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Batgirl, Iron Man)
  • Beloved cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD)
  • Writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers)
  • Writer/artist and past Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipient Bill Morrison
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipient and voice actor Kayre Morrison
Sponsors

The principal sponsors for the awards this year are mycomicshop.com and Gentle Giant Studios. Supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comics/Geppi Entertainment Museum, Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), and Marquis Book.

Other Awards

The Eisner Awards evening includes the presentation of several other special awards. Since 1984, Comic-Con has been bestowing the annual Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award (to be presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth). This year’s recipients are Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (publisher of the benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico) and Lisa Wood (a.k.a. Tula Lotay, founder of Thought Bubble in Leeds, England). Past winner William Stout will be announcing the nominees and winner of the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, which has been handed out since 1982. Also being presented is the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award, presided over by Joe Ferrara.

This is the 15th year for presentation of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The 2019 recipients are Mike Friedrich (scripter of numerous titles for DC and Marvel in the early 1970s, including The Spectre, Justice League of America, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Warlock, Ka-Zar, and many more) and E. Nelson Bridwell (writer/editor at DC in the 1960s–1980s, with credits including The Inferior Five, The Secret Six, and The Angel and the Ape, Shazam! and Super-Friends); the awards will be presented by Mark Evanier. The major sponsor for the Finger Award is DC Comics. Supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, San Diego Comic-Con (Comic-Con International), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.


Nominees Announced for 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Image and DC Lead the Pack with Most Nominations
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2019 AWARDS

Comic-Con International is proud to announce the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2019. The nominees are for works published between January 1 and December 31, 2018 and were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.

Once again, this year’s nominees in 31 categories reflect the wide range of material being published in the U.S. today in comics and graphic novel form, representing over 170 print and online titles from more than 50 publishers and produced by creators from all over the world.

Click here for a complete list of 2019 nominees!

Image and DC received the most nominations: Image with 19 (plus 11 shared), and DC with 17 (plus 7 shared). Image swept the Best New Series category, with all six nominees (including Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s Isola, up for 2 other categories as well). Also strong for Image are Steven Seagle’s Get Naked anthology (3 nominations), Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (2 nominations), and the Alex de Campi–edited Twisted Romance (2 nominations plus 1 shared). For DC, Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle is up for 4 nods, Eternity Girl has 2 nominations plus 1 shared, MAD and Exit Stage Left have 2, and Batman is nominated in Best Continuing Series plus several shared categories.

Other  publishers with multiple nominations include IDW (10 plus 2 shared), Lion Forge (10), First Second (9 plus 1 shared), Marvel (7 plus 5 shared), Dark Horse (7 plus 3 shared), BOOM! (5 plus 1 shared), Drawn & Quarterly (5), and Gallery 13 (3 plus 2 shared). Six companies had 3 nominees: Beehive Books, Ohio State University Press, TwoMorrows, VIZ Media, and WEBTOON. Eight companies have 2 nominations each, and another 30 companies or individuals have 1 nomination each.

In addition to Isola, Mister Miracle, and Get Naked, titles with the most nominations include two books from Lion Forge/Magnetic Press, with 3 each: Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval (Best Publication for Teens, Best Writer/Artist, Best Painter) and A Sea of Love by Wilfrid Lupano and Grégory Panaccione (Best U.S. Edition of International Material, Best Painter, and Best Publication Design).

The creator with the most nominations is Tom King with 5: Best Short Story (from DC’s Swamp Thing Winter Special), Best Continuing Series (Batman), Best Limited Series (Mister Miracle), Best Graphic Album­–Reprint (The Vision hardcover), and Best Writer. Two creators have 4 nominations each: Alex de Campi (Best Graphic Album–New: Bad Girls, Best Anthology: Twisted Romance, Best Writer, Best Letterer) and Jeff Lemire (Best Single Issue: Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, Best Continuing Series: Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Best New Series: Gideon Falls, Best Writer). Creators with 3 nominations are Karl Kerschl (Best New Series, Best Penciller/Inker, Best Cover Artist for Isola), Grégory Panaccione (Best U.S. Edition of International Material, Best Painter, and Best Publication Design for A Sea of Love), and Tony Sandoval (Best Publication for Teens, Best Writer/Artist, Best Painter for Watersnakes).

Twelve individuals are nominated for 2 Eisners: John Allison,  Emily Carroll, Nick Drnaso, Mitch Gerads, Sonny Liew, Carolyn Nowak, Sean Phillips, Nate Powell, Mark Russell, Noah van Sciver, Jen Wang, and Chip Zdarsky.

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 31st year of bringing attention to and highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2019 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics journalist Chris Arrant (Newsarama), academic/author Jared Gardner (Ohio State University), librarian Traci Glass (Multnomah County Library system in Portland, Oregon), retailer Jenn Haines (The Dragon, Guelph and Milton, Ontario, Canada), reviewer Steven Howearth (Pop Culture Maven), and comics creator Jimmie Robinson (CyberZone, Amanda & Gunn, Bomb Girl). For more information on the judges, scroll down.

Voting for the awards was held online. All professionals in the comic book industry were eligible to vote. The deadline for voting was June 14. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 19 at a gala awards ceremony at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented by the San Diego Comic Convention (Comic-Con International), a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums, and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

Click here for a complete list of 2019 nominees!

 


 

 

2019 Will Eisner Hall of Fame Judges' Choice Inductees and Nominees
 
VOTING FOR THE HALL OF FAME IS NOW CLOSED
Judges Select Aparo, Mills, Stevens, Turner for Eisner Hall of Fame
Voters Will Select 4 More Inductees

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have selected four individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2019. These inductees are Jim Aparo (Silver Age DC artist, Brave and the Bold, Batman and the Outsiders), Dave Stevens (writer/artist, creator of The Rocketeer), June Tarpé Mills (Golden Age creator of the Miss Fury comic strip and comic books), and Morrie Turner (cartoonist of the Wee Pals newspaper strip), pictured above.

The judges have also chosen 14 nominees from which voters will select 4 to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer. These nominees are Brian Bolland, Kevin Eastman, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Lynn Johnston, Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, Alex Nino, Lily Renée Peter Phillips, Wendy & Richard Pini, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, Don & Maggie Thompson, Akira Toriyama, and Naoki Urasawa.

Click here for a complete list of the 2019 nominees, including bios and art

All voting is online. To vote, you must be a professional working in the comics or related industries as a creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer), a publisher or editor, a retailer (comics store owner or manager), a graphic novels librarian, or a comics historian/educator.

The 2019 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics journalist Chris Arrant (Newsarama), academic/author Jared Gardner (Ohio State University), librarian Traci Glass (Multnomah County Library system in Portland, Oregon), retailer Jenn Haines (The Dragon, Guelph and Milton, Ontario, Canada), reviewer Steven Howearth (Pop Culture Maven), and comics creator Jimmie Robinson (CyberZone, Amanda & Gunn, Bomb Girl).

The judges would like to give a special thank you to the students at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Vermont (courtesy of Steve Bissette and James Sturm) for their helpful input to the Hall of Fame selection process.

Submissions for the other Eisner categories ended on March 15, 2019. The nominees for these categories will be announced in late April.

The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 19 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented by the San Diego Comic Convention (Comic-Con International), a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums, and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.


Eisner Awards 2019 Submissions Now Closed
Deadline Was March 15, 2019

Comic-Con, the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that submissions are now closed for  the 2019 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards.

The tentative categories include best short story, best single issue/one-shot, best continuing series (at least two issues must have been published in 2018), best limited series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2018), best new series, best limited series, best publications for kids and teens, best anthology, best humor publication, best U.S. edition of international material, best graphic album–new, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best adaptation from another medium, best digital comic, best webcomic, best archival collection, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciller/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best cover artist, best comics journalism periodical or website, best comics-related book, best scholarly/academic work, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion.

Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted in more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. Creators can submit materials for consideration if their publisher is either no longer in business or is unlikely to participate in the nomination process. Only one copy of each book need be submitted, even it if is being nominated in multiple categories. The cover letter should list the items being submitted and in what category, and it should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address for the person or company submitting the material. There are no entry fees.

Submissions are now closed. The deadline was March 15, 2019.

The best digital comic and best webcomic categories are open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2018. “Digital comics” are complete issues of comics that are available for online viewing or download. “Webcomics” are comics stories that are serialized on line (such as a daily or weekly) and/or that use formats other than the traditional comic book page and take advantage of being online (horizontal, scrolled, etc.). The URLs and any necessary access information should be emailed to Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada: jackie@comic-con.org.

The Eisner Award nominees will be announced in April, and online voting will be available to professionals in the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, distributors, and retailers. The results will be announced by celebrity presenters at the gala awards ceremony on the evening of July 19 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Call for Entries information.

Judges Named for 2019 Eisner Awards

Six Comics Experts Make Up Nominating Committee

Comic-Con is proud to announce that the judging panel has been named for the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. This blue-ribbon committee will select the nominations to appear on the Eisner Awards ballot. This year's judges are Chris Arrant, Jared Gardner, Traci Glass, Jenn Haines, Steven Howearth, and Jimmie Robinson.

 

Comic-Con Presents the 2019 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Judges

 

Chris Arrant, the editor of Newsarama, has covered comic books since 2003 for USA Today, Life, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, CBR, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press’s upcoming anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He was a judge for the 2012 Stan Lee Awards at Kapow! Comic Con and is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table.

Jared Gardner is Joseph V. Denney Professor of English at the Ohio State University, where he teaches comics, film, and American literature. He is the founding editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, and he has written or edited a dozen comics-related books—four of which received Eisner nominations.

Traci Glass is an Information Services Administrator at the Central Library for the Multnomah County Library system in Portland, Oregon, where she helps coordinate reference services and collections, including Central’s graphic novel and manga collection. She has been a graphic novel selector for kids and teens in libraries in Arizona and Oregon since 2005. She served as the chair of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection committee in 2016-2017. She currently coordinates the Oregon Young Adult Network’s (OYAN) Graphic Rave list, OYAN’s yearly list of the best graphic reads for teens.  She has reviewed graphic novels and comics for Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and No Flying, No Tights. 

Jenn Haines is the owner of The Dragon, a Canadian comic and games store operating in three locations in Guelph and Milton, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Education, with 10 years of teaching experience, and a Master's in Classical Studies. The Dragon is a recipient of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award (2012) and the winner of several local reader’s choice awards. Jenn curates The Dragon Prize for the Joe Shuster Awards, recognizing the best all-ages graphic novel by a Canadian each year. She is the vice president of ComicsPRO, the only professional organization of comic shops.

Steven Howearth is a master QC technician by day; by night he is the editor-in-chief and founder of www.popculturemaven.com: dedicated to bridging the pop culture gap between the past and present. Pop Culture Maven reviews new comic book releases every week, helping the readers find out what to look for at their local comic book retailer. While Steven covers many things in this site, his passion for comic books is at the forefront. The nostalgia of buying comics from the newsstand, the memory of reading Giant Size X-Men #1 so much the cover fell off—this fueled his passion for the medium that led to him working at Sunrise Distribution in the mid 1980s. He moved to Adventureland Comics in Fullerton, California in the early 1990s as a promotions manager for the store. Every year on Free Comic Book Day he volunteers his time at local comic retailers to share his knowledge and help introduce new readers to the medium he is passionate about. Steven attended his first San Diego Comic-Con in 1983 and has enjoyed becoming more involved with the Con as a volunteer for the past three years.

Jimmie Robinson started as a self-publisher in the early 1990s with his sci-fi series CyberZone. He is known as a writer, artist, colorist, and letterer for his various creator-owned comic series, mainly published by Image Comics, which include Bomb Queen (and spinoffs), Power Lines, The Empty, Five Weapons, T-Runt, Evil & Malice, Avigon, Code Blue, and Amanda & Gunn. He’s done cover art for various books and contributed to several anthologies, including Tori Amos’s Comic Book Tattoo. Robinson has covered every aspect of making comics, from creation to the printing press to distribution, and even convention planning. He has served as a judge for the Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award and been honored as an Inkpot Award recipient. His work is used in college textbooks, museum installations, and comics dictionaries and has been translated into several languages.

The judges will meet in San Diego in April to select the nominees that will be placed on the Eisner Awards ballot. The nominees will then be voted on by professionals in the comic book industry, and the results will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on Friday, July 19 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Guidelines for submitting material for the judges will be announced on the Comic-Con website in early January. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 22.

The Eisner Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.


INFORMATION BELOW CONCERNS LAST YEAR'S 2018 WILL EISNER COMICS INDUSTRY AWARDS
Monstress and My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Are Top Winners at 2018 Eisner Awards

The top winners at the 30th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, held July 20 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, were the ongoing Image series Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda and the debut graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics). Monstress was awarded Best Continuing Series, Best Publication for Teens, Best Writer (for Liu), Best Painter, and Best Cover Artist (both for Takeda). Liu was on hand to accept all the awards, and Takeda joined her by cell phone to thank the voters on the final category. In accepting the awards for Best Writer/Artist, Best Coloring, and Best Graphic Album–New, Ferris revealed the ordeals she had to overcome to produce this major work.

Multiple Eisners also went to Katie O’Neill’s Tea Dragon Society (Best Publication for Kids, Best Webcomic; Oni Press), Tom King and Mitch Gerads’s Mister Miracle (Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker; DC Comics), and Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo (Best Archival Publication–Comics, Best Publication Design; Kodansha).

The publisher with the most winners was Fantagraphics, with the three for Ferris plus Best U.S. Edition of International Material (Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom), Best Comics-Related Book (How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden), and Best Comics-Related Journalism/Periodical (tcj.com). Because of the Monstress wins, Image garnered five trophies. Besides DC, Kodansha, and Oni, three companies had two wins: Dark Horse, Drawn & Quarterly, and Marvel. Dark Horse’s two wins were for Best Single Issue/One-Shot (Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes) and Best Lettering (Stan Sakai). The two trophies for Drawn & Quarterly went to Tom Gauld’s Baking with Kafla (Best Humor Publication) and Jillian Tamaki’s Boundless (Best Graphic Album—Reprint). The two Marvel wins were for Best New Series for Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward, and Best Limited Series for Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez. Marvel editor Nick Lowe accepted for both series.

Presenters during the gala evening included actor Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura), voice actor/comedian Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Samurai Jack, Futurama, Justice League), actor/voice actor Cas Anvar (The Expanse, The Strain, Assassin’s Creed), actor Helen Slater (Supergirl, The Lying Game), actor Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Marco Polo), actor/writer/webseries creator Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Buffy, Supernatural), film critic/historian/author Leonard Maltin (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Walt Disney’s Treasures DVD series), actor/voice actor Danielle Nicolet (The Flash’s Cecile Horton, Born Again Virgin), actor Hartley Sawyer (The Flash’s Ralph Dibney/Elongated Man), voice actor Claudio Serrano (Spanish voice of Batman in films and animated series), comics creators Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest), Watchmen co-creator (and Eisner Hall of Fame inductee) Dave Gibbons (UK’s first Comics Laureate), beloved cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), and writer/artist Bill Morrison (new editor of MAD magazine) and his wife, voice actor Kayre Morrison.

Sergio Aragonés presented the Hall of Fame Awards. The Judges’ choices were Carol Kalish (accepted by writer Paul Dini) and Jackie Ormes (accepted by Ormes’s niece, Lisa Jackson Selznick. The four elected inductees were Charles Addams, Karen Berger, Dave Gibbons, and Rumiko Takahashi.

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth Clampett, had two recipients this year: Frederick Joseph, who spearheaded the Black Panther Challenge campaign, and Seattle’s Comics4Kids.

The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award was a tie between writer/artist Hamish Steele (Pantheon, Nobrow) and artist  Pabloc Tunica (TMNT Universe, IDW). The awards were presented by past Russ Manning Award winner Scott McCloud.

The 14th annual Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing was presented by Mark Evanier to two recipients: 94-year-old Joye Murchison Kelly and the late Dorothy Woolfolk. The special In Memoriam video salute to those from the Comic-Con family who died in the past year was introduced by Maggie Thompson.

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, given to a store that has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in the community and within the industry at large, was awarded by Joe Ferrara to Norma Comics of Barcelona, Spain, owned by Rafa Martinez.

The principal sponsors for the Eisner awards this year are mycomicshop.com and Gentle Giant Studios. Supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), the Comic-Con Museum, Diamond Comics, Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), and Marquis Books.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, Comic-Con International: San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

A complete list of this year’s winners follows.

2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners
Best Short Story

”A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green,” by Nick Sousanis, in Columbia Magazine (Summer 2017)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Limited Series

Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)

Best New Series

Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill (Oni)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Humor Publication

Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Anthology

Elements: Fire, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)

Best Reality-Based Work

Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

Kindred, by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for the Freedom, by Marcelo D’Salete, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

My Brother’s Husband, vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M. Schulz, edited by Alexis E. Fajardo and Dorothy O’Brien (Andrews McMeel)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan (Kodansha)

Best Writer

Tom King, Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle (DC)

Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Cover Artist

Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Coloring

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Best Lettering

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo, Groo: Slay of the Gods (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

The Comics Journal, edited by Dan Nadel, Timothy Hodler, and Tucker Stone, tcj.com (Fantagraphics)

Best Comics-Related Book

How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)

Best Publication Design

Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, designed by Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), NORMA Editorial, and MASH•ROOM (Kodansha)

Best Digital Comic

Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost, by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Gideon Kendall (comiXology Originals/Kitchen, Lind & Associates)

Best Webcomic

The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill, teadragonsociety.com (Oni Press)

Hall of Fame:

Judges’ Choices: Carol Kalish, Jackie Ormes

Voters’ Choices: Charles Addams, Karen Berger, Dave Gibbons, Rumiko Takahashi

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Frederick Joseph; Comics4Kids

Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Joe Murchison Kelly; Dorothy Woolfolk

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Hamish Steele (writer/artist, Pantheon), Pablo Tunica (artist, TMNT Universe)

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Norma Comics, Barcelona, Spain


Nichelle Nichols, Cas Anvar, Helen Slater Among Presenters at the 30th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The 30th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony will be held Friday night, July 20 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, just a short walk south from the Convention Center.

The doors of the Indigo Ballroom will open at 7:45, and the ceremonies will get under way at 8:00. Attendance at the event is free to all Comic-Con members with a convention badge. Advance seating for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) will begin at 7:00. No-host bars will be set up both in the ballroom and the ballroom lobby. The ceremony is expected to run until about 10:45 PM. It will be followed by a reception in the Indigo Ballroom foyer, with live music by a flute-piano jazz duo.

Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, The Eisner Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, will be given out in 32 categories for works published in 2017. All attendees will get a souvenir program listing the nominees.

Among the presenters at this year’s ceremony are

  • Actor Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura)
  • Actor/voice actor Cas Anvar (The Expanse, The Strain, Assassin’s Creed)
  • Actor Helen Slater (Supergirl, The Lying Game)
  • Actor Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Marco Polo)
  • Actor/writer/webseries creator Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Buffy, Supernatural)
  • Film critic/historian/author Leonard Maltin (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Walt Disney’s Treasures DVD series)
  • Actor/voice actor Danielle Nicolet (The Flash’s Cecile Horton, Born Again Virgin)
  • Voice actor Claudio Serrano (Spanish voice of Batman in films and animated series)
  • Comics creators Wendy and Richard Pini (Elfquest), celebrating the 40th anniversary of their popular series
  • Watchmen co-creator (and Eisner Hall of Fame nominee) Dave Gibbons (UK’s first Comics Laureate)
  • Voice actor/comedian Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Samurai Jack, Futurama, Justice League)
  • Beloved cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD)
  • Writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers)
  • Writer/artist Bill Morrison (editor of MAD magazine, president of National Cartoonists Society)
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipient and voice actor Kayre Morrison
Sponsors

The principal sponsors for the awards this year are mycomicshop.com and Gentle Giant Studios. Supporting sponsors are Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Comic-Con Museum, Diamond Comics, Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), and Marquis Books.

Other Awards

The Eisner Awards evening includes the presentation of several other special awards. Since 1984, Comic-Con has been bestowing the annual Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award (to be presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth). This year’s recipients are Frederick Joseph (The Black Panther Challenge) and the Seattle-based Comics4Kids. Past winner Scott McCloud will be announcing the nominees and winner of the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, which has been handed out since 1982.  Also being presented is the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award, presided over by Joe Ferrara.

This is the 14th year for presentation of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The 2018 recipients are Joye Murchison Kelly (uncredited co-writer with William Moulton Marston on Wonder Woman) and Dorothy Roubicek Woolfolk (Golden Age writer/editor for All-American, Timely, and EC, among others); the awards will be presented by Mark Evanier. The major sponsor for the Finger Award is DC Comics. Supporting sponsors are Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson.

The Eisner Awards are part of, and underwritten by, San Diego Comic-Con (Comic-Con International), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.