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Judges Select Kalish, Ormes for Eisner Hall of Fame

Voters Will Select 4 More Inductees

Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have selected two individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2018. These inductees are Carol Kalish (pioneering direct sales manager for Marvel Comics), and Jackie Ormes (first black female newspaper cartoonist, for the strip Dixie in Harlem featuring the character Torchy Brown).

The judges have also chosen 16 nominees from which voters will select 4 to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer. These nominees are Charles Addams, Jim Aparo, Gus Arriola, Karen Berger, Howard Cruse, Carlos Ezquerra, Dave Gibbons, Paul Levitz, Tarpé Mills, Francoise Mouly, Thomas Nast, Lily Renée Peter Phillips, Posy Simmonds, Rumiko Takahashi, John Wagner, and S. Clay Wilson.

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. Eligible voters can visit www.eisnervote.com to register (or to sign in if they have voted in the past) and then select up to four picks in the Hall of Fame category. The deadline for voting is March 16.

Click here to vote or register to vote!

The 2018 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of librarian Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), comics reviewer/journalist Graeme McMillan (i09, Wired, Hollywood Reporter), comics retailer Tate Ottati (Tate’s Comics, Lauderhill, FL), comics scholar Nhora Serrano (Hamilton College, Clinton, NY), writer/artist/educator Alexander Simmons (Blackjack, Scooby Doo, Archie; Kids Comic Con), and longtime Comic-Con volunteer William Wilson (anime/manga expert). See below for complete bios on this year's judges.

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 are currently being accepted in the other Eisner categories; the deadline is March 16. The nominees for these categories will be announced in late April. See below for more information on submissions.

The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 20 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of 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.


Eisner Awards Now Accepting Submissions for 2018
Comic-Con International Sets March 16 Deadline

Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that submissions are being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2018 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 2017), best limited series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2017), 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.

All physical submissions should be sent to:

Jackie Estrada
Eisner Awards Administrator
Comic-Con International
P.O. Box 128458
San Diego, CA 92112
before the deadline of March 16.

For those using shipping services other than the USPS, please inquire about the shipping address, as it has changed recently.

The best digital comic and best webcomic categories are open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2017. “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 20 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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

 


Judges Named for 2018 Eisner Awards
Six Comics Experts Make Up Nominating Committee

Comic-Con International is proud to announce that the judging panel has been named for the 2018 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:

2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Judges
 
Candice Mack

Candice Mack is the manager of systemwide Young Adult Services at the Los Angeles Public Library, where she helps coordinate teen programs and collections at the third largest library system in the United States. She was the president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 2015-2016 and served as the chair of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee (the fifth chair since the committee's inception and the first chair of Asian American descent) in 2010-2011.  She has reviewed graphic novels and young adult literature for the American Library Association's Booklist journal since 2011. More recently, Candice has worked with San Diego Comic-Con and San Diego Public Library to help moderate, present at, and organize panels for the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians.

Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan writes about comic books and pop culture for The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and Playboy. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles TimesTime, io9, Comics Alliance, CBR.com, and Newsarama, among other outlets, and he's half of the comic book podcast Wait, What? After graduating from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland, with an MA in art & design, he worked as a teacher, graphic designer, and call center manager before finding his niche in journalism.

Tate Ottati

In 1993, Tate Ottati opened his first comics store in Lauderhill, Florida, at the tender age of 17. Today Tate and his family operate an over 10,000-square-foot comic shop, a separate 2,000-square-foot tabletop gaming shop, an art gallery + boutique, and a second smaller comic shop 45 minutes north of the main location. Hosting multiple annual events every year and offering a hugely diverse selection of products has made his business something special to the community and brought him the 2009 Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Nhora Serrano

Nhora Lucía Serrano is a visiting assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Originally from Colombia, she has always been passionate about the interplay between image and word in newspaper strips, editorial cartoons, and the book arts in the Anglophone world and Latin America. Serrano is treasurer of the Comics Studies Society and serves on the MLA Executive Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives. Serrano is also the recent recipient of a Special Collections fellowship at Hamilton, where she is studying the George Cruikshank collection as well as Gus Arriola’s Gordo. An author of several visual studies articles and encyclopedia entries, Serrano’s edited anthology Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis (Routledge) will be published in 2018.

Alexander Simmons

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, and playwright, as well as an international teaching artist, guest speaker, and educational consultant. He’s written Batman, Scooby Doo, Archie, Tarzan, and more, as well as his own original series, Blackjack. For years Simmons has taught writing and arts education master classes and workshops to students, children, and educators in the US, Europe, West Indies, and Africa.

William F. Wilson

Bill Wilson’s first Comic-Con was 1971. After being an attendee for many years, he became a member of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization, which showed Japanese animation to enthralled audiences at the 1980 Comic-Con. He eventually became president of the Los Angeles chapter. In 1985 and 1986 Bill put together evening anime programs at the Con, and he worked with Japanese businesses to sell at Comic-Con and introduced American distributors to the imports. In 1985, he was chair of the second Comic Book Expo, Comic-Con’s industry trade show. After that he worked in the Registration department for several years, and In 1991 he organized one of the first LGBT events held during Comic-Con. For the last few years he has been in charge of the Eisner Awards nominee display in the Art Show.

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 20 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 16.

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 is about the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Saga, Sonny Liew, Jill Thompson Are Top Winners at 2017 Eisner Awards

The top winner at the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, held July 21 at the Bayfront San Diego Hilton was Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona StaplesSaga, which received four awards (Best Continuing Series, Writer, Penciller/Inker, Cover Artist). Sonny Liew took home three awards for his graphic novel history of Singapore The Art of Charlie Chan Hoc Chye (Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia, Writer/Artist, and Publication Design), while Jill Thompson collected three trophies (Best Single Issue for Dark Horse’s Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, Best Painter for that issue and the DC graphic novel Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, and Best Graphic Album­–New for the Wonder Woman book).

Other creators with multiple awards were Tom King (Best Short Story for “Good Boy” in Batman Annual #1 and Best Limited Series for The Vision) and the team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Best Humor Publication for Archie’s Jughead, Best Publication for Teens for Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl).

Because of the Saga wins, Image was the publisher with the most trophies. The publisher with the second most winners was Dark Horse, with three (Single Issue, New Series for Black Hammer, International Publication for Moebius Library: The World of Edena), plus two shared. Pantheon can boast three awards for publishing Liew’s bookn. Other companies with more than one win included DC (two plus three shared), Marvel (two plus one shared), and IDW (Best Reality-Based Work for March (Book 3), plus one shared). DC and IDW co-published Love Is Love, which received the Best Anthology award. The rest of the awards were spread among eight other publishers.

Presenters during the gala evening included actor/writer Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Odd Couple, Balls of Fire, Night at the Museum series), actor/comedian Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless, DuckTales), actor/graphic novelist Greg Grunberg (Heroes; Dream Jumpers), iZombie creator and Eisner nominee Chris Roberson (Edison Rex) with his Monkeybrain co-publisher Allison Baker, Eisner-nominated comics writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Clean Room), Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons (UK’s first Comics Laureate) ,British TV host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, creator of The Tick Ben Edlund (producer/writer, Supernatural) and Tick actor Griffin Newman (“Arthur”), graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape), bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series, V-Wars comic), comics and animation writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn co-creator) with his wife magician/voice actor Misty Lee, voice actor/comedian Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Samurai Jack, Futurama, Justice League), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), and writer/artist Bill Morrison (new editor of MAD magazine) and his wife voice actor Kayre Morrison.

As a special surprise, Lennon and Simone invited onto the stage comedian Wayne Brady (Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Let’s Make a Deal) to help them present their three categories.

Sergio Aragonés presented the Hall of Fame Awards. The Judges’ choices were Milt Gross (accepted by his granddaughter, Lori Gross Hayle), H. G. Peter (accepted by Trina Robbins), Antonio Prohias (accepted by Sergio) and Dori Seda (accepted by Ron Turner). The five elected inductees were Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, George Pérez, Walter Simonson, and Jim Starlin. All were on hand to accept their awards except for Pérez; Marv Wolfman spoke on George’s behalf.

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, presented by Bob’s daughter Ruth, had two recipients this year: Joe Ferrara (for his efforts to raise awareness of prostate cancer) and Marc Andreyko (for organizing the Love Is Love project to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida). The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award went to cartoonist Anne Szabla, whose Bird Boy also won the Best Webcomic Eisner; it was presented by past Russ Manning Award winner Arthur Adams.

The 13th annual Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing was presented by Mark Evanier to two recipients: William Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby; members of Kirby’s family accepted the award on his behalf. Maggie Thompson introduced the special In Memoriam video salute to those from the Comic-Con family who died in the past year.

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 Comicazi of Somerville, MA, owned by Robert Howard, David Lockwood, and Michael Burke.

The title sponsor for the Eisner Awards this year was SYFY. The principal sponsors were comiXology and Gentle Giant Studios. Supporting sponsors were Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Diamond Comics/Geppi Entertainment Museum, Flying Colors & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA), Marquis Book, mycomicshop.com, and Strange Adventures (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

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.


Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners 2017

Best Short Story

“Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel)

Best New Series

Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

Best Humor Publication

Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)

Best Anthology

Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich (IDW/DC)

Best Reality-Based Work

March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (DC Comics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, Gary Groth, and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer

Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In  (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Coloring

Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)

Best Lettering

Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al., www.avclub.com

Best Comics-Related Book

Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)

Best Publication Design

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)

Best Webcomic

Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla

Best Digital Comic

Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)

Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices:
  • Milt Gross
  • H. G. Peter
  • Antonio Prohias
  • Dori Seda
Inductees:
  • Gilbert Hernandez
  • Jaime Hernandez
  • George Pérez
  • Walt Simonson
  • Jim Starlin
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:

Anne Szabla

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing:

Jack Kirby, William Messner-Loebs

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:

Mark Andreyko, Joe Ferrara

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:

Comicazi: Robert Howard, David Lockwood, Michael Burke, Somerville, MA


 

SYFY Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
29th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Salute the Eisner Centennial

The 29th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony will be held Friday night, July 21 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, just a short walk south from the Convention Center. This year’s ceremony celebrates the Will Eisner Centennial: He would have turned 100 years old in March.

The doors of the Indigo Ballroom will open at 7:45 PM, and the ceremonies will get under way at 8:00 PM. Attendance at the event is free to all Comic-Con members. Be sure to bring your convention badge to be admitted—and I.D. if you wish to purchase alcoholic beverages. Advance seating for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) and those with pro badges will begin at 7:00 PM. No-host bars will be set up both in the ballroom and the ballroom lobby. The ceremony is expected to run until about 10:30 PM. It will be followed by a reception in the Indigo Ballroom foyer, with live music by San Diego’s famed CheeMaisel ukulele 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 31 categories for works published in 2016. A complete list of all the nominees can be found in the Souvenir Book. All attendees will also get a souvenir program listing the nominees.

Among presenters at this year’s ceremony are:

  • Actor/writer Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Odd Couple, Balls of Fire, Night at the Museum series)
  • Actor/comedian Danny Pudi (Community, Powerless, DuckTales)
  • iZombie creator and Eisner nominee Chris Roberson (Edison Rex)
  • Eisner-nominated comics writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Clean Room)
  • Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons (UK’s first Comics Laureate)
  • British TV host/comics writer Jonathan Ross
  • Creator of The Tick Ben Edlund (producer/writer, Supernatural)
  • Tick actor Griffin Newman (“Arthur”)
  • Actor/graphic novelist Greg Grunberg (Heroes; Dream Jumpers)
  • Graphic novelist and Comic-Con special guest Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl, The Great Pet Escape)
  • Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series, V-Wars comic)
  • Comics and animation writer/Eisner nominee Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn co-creator)
  • Magician/voice actor Misty Lee
  • 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 (Bongo Comics, new editor of MAD magazine, president of National Cartoonists Society)
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipient and voice actor Kayre Morrison
Sponsors

The title sponsor for the awards this year is SYFY, the global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fi ction fans of all kinds a universe to call home, with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. SYFY’s lineup of shows to be presented at Comic-Con includes The Expanse, The Magicians, 12 Monkeys, and the new series Krypton and Happy!

The principal sponsors are comiXology 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), Marquis Book, mycomicshop.com, and Strange Adventures (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

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), and the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award 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 13th year for presentation of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. The 2017 recipients are William Messner-Loebs (Superman, the Flash, Aquaman, Mr. Monster, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate, Jonny Quest, Spider-Man,Thor) and Jack Kirby (co-creator, Captain America, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Avengers, etc.; creator, Fourth World, New Gods, Mister Miracle, Kamandi, The Demon, Captain Victory, etc.); 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, 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.


SYFY Presents the 29th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Gala Ceremony Will Be Friday, July 21, at Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The 29th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be held Friday, July 21 in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, during Comic-Con International.

The doors for the event will open to attendees at 7:45, and the ceremonies will get under way at 8:00. Attendance is free to anyone with a valid Comic-Con badge. Advance seating for VIPs (nominees, sponsors, presenters) and those with professional badges will begin at 7:00 and will include a buffet dinner. The ceremony is expected to run until about 10:30.

The title sponsor for the awards this year is SYFY, the global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home, with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. SYFY’s lineup of shows to be presented at Comic-Con includes The Expanse, The Magicians, 12 Monkeys, and the new series Krypton and Happy!

The principal sponsors are digital comics service comiXology and collectible statue manufacturer 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), Marquis Book, mycomicshop.com, and Strange Adventures (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Eisner Awards will be given out in 30 categories for works published in 2016. (To see this year’s nominees, please click here). Nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon committee and are then voted on by professionals in the comics industry. The nominees and winners for the awards will be announced by presenters who will include Comic-Con special guests, nominated creators, and celebrities from films and television.

Other prestigious awards to be given out during the gala ceremony include the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, and the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. 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, 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 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Tops List with Six Nominations
Click here for a complete list of the 2017 Eisner Awards Nominations

Comic-Con International is proud to announce the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2017. The nominees were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges. (For comments by the judges on this year's nomination process, please click here.)

Once again, this year’s nominees reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, with over 120 titles from some 50 publishers and by creators from all over the world.

Topping the nominations is Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon), originally published in Singapore. It is a history of Singapore from the 1950s to the present as told by a fictional cartoonist in a wide variety of styles reflecting the various time periods. It is nominated in 6 categories: Best Graphic Album–New, Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia, Best Writer/Artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design.

Boasting 4 nominations are Image’s Saga and Kill or Be Killed. Saga is up for Best Continuing Series, Best Writer (Brian K. Vaughan), and Best Cover Artist and Best Coloring (Fiona Staples). Kill or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, and Best Coloring (Elizabeth Breitweiser). Two titles have 3 nominations: Image’s Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Best Publication for Teens, Best Painter, Best Cover Artist), and Tom Gauld’s Mooncop (Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/Artist, Best Lettering), published by Drawn & Quarterly. Another dozen publications have 2 nominations.

Among publishers, Fantagraphics and Image top the list with the most nominations. Fantagraphics’s 20 nominations include 2 each for Dan Clowes’s Patience (Best Graphic Album–New, Best Lettering), Kramer’s Ergot (Best Short Story, Best Anthology), The Realist Cartoons (Best Archival Collection–Strips, Best Publication Design), and The Complete Wimmen’s Comix (Best Archival Collection–Comic Books, Best Publication Design). Fantagraphics has 3 out of the 6 nominees for Short Story and 3 out of 5 nominees for Design. Image can boast 17 nominations plus 4 shared. In addition to Saga, Kill or Be Killed, and Monstress, nominated Image titles include Paper Girls for Best Continuing Series (accounting for the majority of that category) and Island Magazine (Best Anthology, Best Short Story).

Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel have numerous shared nominations each (mostly in the coloring and lettering categories), making totals difficult to pin down. Dark Horse has 10 nominations and 3 shared, Marvel has 9 nominations and 2 shared, and DC has 8 nominations and 5 shared. Dark Horse’s stand-alone nominees include Black Hammer (Best New Series), Briggs Land (Best Limited Series), Dave McKean’s Black Dog (Best Graphic Album–New, Best Painter), and Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Best Single Issue, Best Painter). Among Marvel’s nominees are The Mighty Thor (Best Continuing Series), Han Solo (Best Limited Series, Best Penciller/Inker for Mark Brooks), Mockingbird (Best New Series, Best Writer for Chelsea Cain), and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Best Publication for Teens). DC nominations include Astro City (Best Continuing Series, Best Writer for Kurt Busiek), Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (Best Graphic Album–New, Best Painter), Dark Night: A True Batman Story (Best Reality-Based Work), and 2 nods for Best New Series: Clean Room and Deathstroke: Rebirth.

Other publishers with multiple nominations include Pantheon and Drawn & Quarterly with 7 each, IDW with 4 plus 2 shared, First Second with 4, and Abrams with 3. Eleven publishers have 2 nominations each, and another 44 companies or individuals have 1 nomination each.

After Sonny Liew with 6 nominations, ten creators have 3 nominations each: the previously mentioned Brubaker, Gauld, Phillips, Staples, Takeda, and Thompson, plus Tom Hart (Best Reality-Based Work and Best Writer/Artist for Rosalie Lightning, Best Graphic Album–Reprint for She’s Not Into Poetry),  Brian K. Vaughan (Best Writer, Best  Continuing Series for Saga and Paper Girls), and Erica Henderson and Ryan North (Best Publication for Teens for Jughead and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Best Humor Publication for Jughead).

The judges made two changes to the categories this year. They did not choose any nominees for Best Adaptation from Another Medium, so that category will not be on the ballot. And they divided what was previously Best Webcomic/Digital Comic into two categories, with nominees for webcomic comprising works produced originally to be viewed online, and nominees for digital comic comprising works that use a traditional comic book format available for viewing and/or download as PDFs or similar formats.

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 29th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2017 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of Comic-Con International board member Alan Campbell, reviewer/critic Rob Clough, comics retailer Jamie Newbold (Southern California Comics, San Diego), comics scholar Robert Moses Peaslee (Texas Tech University), librarian Dawn Rutherford (Sno-Isle Libraries, Washington State), and comics writer/columnist Martha Thomases (ComicMix.com).

Voting for the 2017 awards is now closed.

The deadline for voting was June 16. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 21 at Comic-Con International.

The voting in one Eisner Awards category, the Hall of Fame, is already completed. The judges chose the nominees earlier this year, and voting was conducted online.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of 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. Jackie Estrada has been administrator of the Awards since 1990. She can be reached at jackie@comic-con.org.

Click here for a complete list of the 2017 Eisner Awards Nominations

 


Judges Select Gross, Peter, Prohias, and Seda for Eisner Hall of Fame
Voters Will Select 4 More Inductees

Comic-Con International 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 2017. These inductees are Milt Gross (early newspaper cartoonist known for such strips as Count Screwloose of Tooloose, Nize Baby, and That's My Pop!), H. G. Peter (original Wonder Woman artist), Antonio Prohias (creator of MAD’s “Spy vs. Spy”), and Dori Seda (pioneering autobiographical underground cartoonist). In most years, the judges select only two automatic inductees, but an exception was made this year as part of the Will Eisner centennial celebration (Eisner would have turned 100 on March 6).

The judges have also chosen 17 nominees from which voters will select 4 to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer. These nominees are Peter Bagge, Howard Cruse, Steve Englehart, Justin Green, Roberta Gregory, Bill Griffith, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Francoise Mouly, Jackie Ormes, George Pérez, P. Craig Russell, Posy Simmonds, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Rumiko Takahashi, and Garry Trudeau.

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 deadline for voting was March 10.

The 2017 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of Comic-Con International board member Alan Campbell, reviewer/critic Rob Clough, comics retailer Jamie Newbold (Southern California Comics, San Diego), comics scholar Robert Moses Peaslee (Texas Tech University), librarian Dawn Rutherford (Sno-Isle Libraries, Washington State), and comics writer/columnist Martha Thomases (ComicMix.com). Scroll down for more information on this page, including photos and bios of this year’s judges.

The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 21 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of 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.