Every year at San Diego Comic Con the best of the best of the comic book industry professionals are recognized for their outstanding work during the previous year. Last night, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony took place and the complete list of nominees and winners (In Bold) are below. When there are two nominees in bold in a category, they tied in the voting and share the award.
Did your favorite artist/writer/character/series make the list? If you’ve ever struggled to find something for your child, or maybe a niece or nephew, this list has some age appropriate categories well worth a look.
The “Man without fear” is not without love from Eisner Award voters, Marvel’s Daredevil book lead the field with 6 nominations, including Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue, Best Writer (Mark Waid), Best Cover Artist (Marcos Martin), and Best Penciller/Inker Team Marcos Martin, and Paolo Rivera/Joe Rivera). Marvel also grabbed 2 nominations for Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal: The Last of the Innocents as well as 3 others (plus one shared).
The big honoree for DC was the Vertigo/DC title iZombie, whose artistic team took 3 nominations (Cover Art, Coloring, Inker/Penciller). The Unwritten also received 3 nominations for Best Single Issue, Cover Art, and Best Writer (Mike Carey).
Notable “non-big-two” nominees included Dark Horse Comics’ true crime graphic novel, Green River Killer and Archaia’s adaptation of a lost Jim Henson/Jerry Juhl screenplay, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, which had 5 nominations.
The Eisner Awards are entering their 24th year of honoring excellence in the comic medium. The awards are handed out on July 13th at San Diego Comic Con and the nominees are selected by a group of comic professionals, retailers, and historians. Named after comic book pioneer Will Eisner, the official ballot will have selections in 27 categories that seek to single out the best in limited series, graphic novels, digital comics, artists, and writers. The event also serves as the induction ceremony for the Eisner Hall of Fame.
A complete list of nominees is posted here after the jump. If you would like to learn more about the Eisner Awards, click here.
This week Comic Con International announced the nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. These awards celebrate the very best in comic books and graphic novels for the passed year and are selected by a “blue-ribbon” panel of judges. The Eisner Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry and just like the Academy Awards it’s an honor just to be nominated. Or at least that’s what the losers say the day after awards are given. Named for famed cartoonist, Will Eisner (The Spirit) the Eisner Awards have been going strong since 1987.
This year the capes are in the minority for nominees which is surprising since super heroes are all the rage at the movies. Leading with five nominations is Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann, artist Janet Lee and published by Archaia. This fantasy book has garnered a lot of great praise and it’s definitely on my list of books I need to check out. It’s been nominated for Best Publication for Teens, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Publication Design. Two awesome comic book series are tied with four nominations each, Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma published by Image and Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez published by IDW. I picked up the first issue of Morning Glories on the recommendation of my local comic book purveyor and man am I glad I did! The gripping tale of a group of teenage geniuses sent to a prestigious academy where they’re encouraged to be the thinkers of tomorrow, whether they want to or not. And if they refuse, well, let’s just say the faculty has no issue with a little blood on their hands. Okay, a lot of blood. Morning Glories is fantastic and if you want to catch up now the first arc has been collected in trade. Mike Mignola of Hellboy fame is nominated the most of any creator with five nominations, including cover artist, and DC leads with 14 nominations, the most of any publisher. Granted, they’re nominations also include those of Vertigo and Wildstorm.
The whole list of nominees is below the cut and I really recommend you check them out. The Eisner Nominees is a great way to learn about comics you should be reading. Anything you’re particularly happy was nominated, anything you’re pissed wasn’t recognized? Sound off in the comments.