Judges Named for 2014 Eisner Awards
Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is proud to announce that the judging panel has been named for the 2014 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:
Owner of Comic Book Box, in Rohnert Park, CA
Kathy graduated from Sonoma State University with degrees in English, art history, and art studies in 1988. She began her comic retailing adventure as an employee of the Comic Book Box in August 1986 when she was concurrently employed as the slide librarian for Santa Rosa Junior College. She remained at her librarian job for only a year and stayed with the Comic Book Box before buying the store in 1994. Her goal is to continue introducing new generations to comics.
William H. Foster III
Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Connecticut
Professor Foster has been an expert commentator on comics for both CNN News and National Public Radio. His exhibit “The Changing Image of Blacks in Comics” has been displayed at a number of venues across the country, including the 1998 Comic-Con International Comic Arts Conference. He has traveled worldwide to speak on the topic of comic books, including Germany, England, China, Costa Rica, and Sweden. He is the author of two collections of essay on blacks in comics: Looking for a Face Like Mine (2005) and Dreaming of a Face Like Ours (2010). He is currently at work on the third book in the series.
Comics reviewer and journalist
Christian has written hundreds of pieces about comic book news in Portland, Oregon and nationally. He has also moderated comics panels for Portland-area conventions, including Stumptown Comics Fest, Rose City Comic Con, and Orycon. In his spare time, he is in two bands and moonlights as a pirate.
Member of the Board of Directors, Comic-Con International: San Diego
Lee is a longtime comics fan who has been involved with Comic-Con since 1985, when he started as a volunteer in the anime department. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2008 and an assistant to Comic-Con President John Rogers for the past two years. He was also a judge for the 2013 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer award. His comics collecting days go back to the 1980s, when he shopped at Comic Kingdom, the San Diego store started by Richard Alf, one of the co-founders of Comic-Con.
Curator and associate professor, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at the Ohio State University, the largest academic research institution dedicated to cartoons and comics
Before coming to Ohio State in 2005, Jenny served as curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco for 5 years. She holds masters degrees in history and museum studies from Syracuse University. She is the author of several comics-related articles, including “Bill Blackbeard: the Collector Who Rescued the Comics” in the Journal of American Culture and “From the Periodical Archives: Winsor McCay, George Randolph Chester and the Tale of the Jungle Imps” published in American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, & Bibliography.
Fine artist and cartoonist who lives and works in Manhattan’s Lower East Side
In the mid-1980s, he was co-founder of the seminal East Village installation gallery Ground Zero. Romberger’s pastel drawings are in many private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Post York, his multimedia comic book/flexidisc collaboration with his son Crosby for Uncivilized Books, was nominated for an Eisner award in 2013, a year that also saw a revised edition of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Seven Miles a Second, Romberger’s collaboration with Marguerite Van Cook and the late David Wojnarowicz (published by Fantagraphics). For DC/Vertigo, Romberger collaborated with MacArthur fellow Jay Cantor on Aaron and Ahmed, with Peter Milligan on Bronx Kill, and with Jamie Delano on the “Renegade” arc of 2020 Visions. He is a longtime contributor to the activist comics magazine World War 3 Illustrated. Romberger also writes critically for Publisher’s Weekly and the pop culture websites Hooded Utilitarian, The Beat, and Comics Journal.
The judges will meet in San Diego in early 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 25 at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Guidelines for submitting material for the judges will be announced here on the Comic-Con website in early January. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 17.
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.
Building Stories and Saga Big Winners at 2013 Eisner Awards
Celebrity Presenters a Hit with Attendees
The big winners at the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, sponsored by Syfy, were Chris Ware’s Building Stories (published by Pantheon) and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga (published by Image). Building Stories was awarded Best Graphic Album–New and Best Publication Design, and Ware was chosen Best Writer/Artist and Best Letterer. Saga received the awards for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best Writer. The only other titles with multiple wins were Marvel’s Hawkeye (Best Penciler/Inker and Best Cover Artist for David Aja) and Dark Horse’s Blacksad: Silent Hell (Best U.S. Edition of International Material and Best Painter for Juanjo Guarnido).
The publisher taking away the most awards was Image, with five total, while Pantheon had four. Dark Horse scored three awards plus one shared, while IDW and Marvel both had three and Fantagraphics received two. Other publishers taking home trophies included Abrams, BOOM!, Disney/Hyperion, FSG, HarperCollins, Monkeybrain, Random House, the University Press of Mississippi, and VIZ Media. DC Comics shared in Dave Stewart’s award for Best Coloring.
The awards, considered the “Oscars” of comics, were presented in a gala ceremony at the Indigo Ballroom of the San Diego Hilton Bayfront on Friday July 19. The audience was entertained by such celebrity presenters as Oscar-nominated actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), bestselling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Ocean at the End of the Lane), British talk show host Jonathan Ross, actor John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), TV host Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead), actor James Marsters (Buffy, Angel, Torchwood), and voice actors Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain, Futurama), Lauren Tom (Futurama, King of the Hil), and David Herman (Office Space, Futurama).
Sergio Aragonés presented the Hall of Fame Awards. The six inductees were comic strip creator Lee Falk (The Phantom, Mandrake), cartoonist Al Jaffee (MAD magazine), Golden Age artist Mort Meskin (Vigilante, Starman, Johnny Quick), underground comix legend Spain Rodriguez (Zap, Trashman), Marvel inker Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four, Thor), and cartoonist and “herstorian” Trina Robbins, who was on hand to accept her award.
Among the other awards given out over the evening were the Comic-Con’s Clampett and Manning awards. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth, went to Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac for producing an anthology to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award (co-sponsored by the West Coast Comics Club) went to Russel Roehling (artist of Wasteland, published by Oni) and was presented by past Manning Award winner David Petersen.
The ninth annual Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing was presented by Mark Evanier to Don Rosa (The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck) and to the late Steve Gerber (Howard the Duck), whose daughter accepted the award on his behalf. Maggie Thompson (editor of Comics Buyers Guide) introduced the special In Memoriam video salute.
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, went to Challengers Comics + Conversation of Chicago, Illinois.
The title sponsor for this year’s Eisner Awards was Syfy, and the major sponsor was mycomicshop.com. The principal sponsors were comiXology, Gentle Giant, and Lebonfon Printing. Supporting sponsors were Alternate Reality Comics of Las Vegas, Atlantis Fantasyworld of Santa Cruz, CA, Diamond Comics/Geppi Entertainment Museum, Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff of Concord, CA, Strange Adventures of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tate’s Comics+Toys+Videos+More of Lauderhill, FL, Warp 1 of Edmonton, Alberta, and Mel Thompson and Associates. DC Comics was the major sponsor of the Finger Award, with Heritage Auctions and Maggie Thompson as supporting sponsors. Baby Tattoo, publishers of books for kids and adults, sponsored the retailer award.
Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners 2013
The winners of the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held during Comic-Con International: San Diego, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, on Friday, July 19.
Best Short Story: “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman, in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (Fantagraphics)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): The Mire, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best New Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12): Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17): A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (FSG)
Best Humor Publication: Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)
Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Best Reality-Based Work (tie): Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Center for Cartoon Studies/Disney Hyperion); The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank M. Young and David Lasky (Abrams ComicArts)
Best Graphic Album—New: Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: King City, by Brandon Graham (TokyoPop/Image)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Pogo, vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash, by Walt Kelly, edited by Carolyn Kelly and Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Silent Hell, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
Best Writer/Artist: Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Penciler/Inker (tie): David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel), Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel); Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (IDW)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (Dark Horse)
Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); Fatale (Image); BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive (Dark Horse)
Best Lettering: Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The Comics Reporter, edited by Tom Spurgeon, www.comicsreporter.com
Best Comics-Related Book: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe (HarperCollins)
Best Educational/Academic Work: Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Publication Design: Building Stories, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Hall of Fame: Lee Falk, Al Jaffee, Mort Meskin, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sinnott
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Russel Roehling
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Chris Sparks and Team Cul deSac
Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Steve Gerber, Don Rosa
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Challengers Comics + Conversation, Chicago, IL