The Eisners have been announced. It’s been an incredible year for comics, and as such, it’s unsurprisingly strong across the board. They’re all here.
However, there’s actually some awards that are particularly relevant to us. Let me cut, paste and bold.
Best New Series
The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips (Image)
Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)
Ms. Marvel, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
Rocket Raccoon, by Skottie Young (Marvel)
The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)
Best Cover Artist
Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers (DC)
Mike Del Mundo, Elektra, X-Men: Legacy, A+X, Dexter, Dexter Down Under (Marvel)
Francesco Francavilla, Afterlife with Archie (Archie); Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight (Dark Horse); The Twilight Zone, Django/Zorro (Dynamite); X-Files (IDW)
Jamie McKelvie/Matthew Wilson, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
Phil Noto, Black Widow (Marvel)
Alex Ross, Astro City (Vertigo/DC); Batman 66: The Lost Episode, Batman 66 Meets Green Hornet (DC/Dynamite)
Laura Allred, Silver Surfer (Marvel); Madman in Your Face 3D Special (Image)
Nelson Daniel, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Judge Dredd, Wild Blue Yonder (IDW)
Lovern Kindzierski, The Graveyard Book, vols. 1-2 (Harper)
Matthew Petz, The Leg (Top Shelf)
Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, DHP (Dark Horse)
Matthew Wilson, Adventures of Superman (DC); The Wicked + The Divine (Image), Daredevil, Thor (Marvel)
Yes, the MATT WILSON FOR THE EISNERS! worked a treat.
This is an incredible honour. None of us have ever been nominated for the Eisners before, and to happen in a year like is incredible. All the categories are strong as hell. Seriously, look at the Best New Series one. That’s an incredible array of books, all of which I’ve publicly raved about prior to this. I suspect The Fade Out is the best work of Ed and Sean’s career, Lumberjanes is a kids comic Sasquatch of awesome emerging from the 00s pop-alt forest, I’d say Ms Marvel is the 10s Spider-man but that makes its merits far too reflective of another work rather than its own (Honestly – I want to write essays precisely about why Miss Marvel work) and Rocket Raccoon was good enough for me to actually make jokes about in one of my own books, which is about my highest compliment. We’re in with them. Hell, all the nominees in all the categories are well worth exploring. Relevantly, Image are presently doing a Comixology sale of all their titles, so it’s an excellent opportunity to jump on.
Now we’re going to have to work out a way to get to San Diego. Man!