Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 Eisner Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2018 Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, given for creative achievement in American comic books, often referred to as the Comics Industry's equivalent of the Oscar Awards, have been announced.

Chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, the Will Eisner Awards reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from superheroes, to nursery rhymes and high school angst and pulp fiction.

The awards were presented in a special ceremony during this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The 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 (or 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 Humour Publication
  • Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Web Comic

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

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 Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)
  • Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M Shulz, edited by Alexis E Fajardo and Dorothy O’Brien (Andrews McMeel)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)
  • Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan (Kodansha)

Best US 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 US Edition of International Material—Asia
  • My Brother’s Husband, Vol 1, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)

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
  • Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Best Painter / Multimedia Artist (interior art)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Cover Artist
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Colouring
  • 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 Scholarly/Academic 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)

Bill Finger Award for Excellence In Comic Writing 
  • Joye Murchison Kelly
  • Dorothy Woolfolk

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
  • Hamish Steele
  • Pablo Tunica

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Spirit of the Industry Award

Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees
  • Jackie Ormes
  • Carol Kalish
  • Charles Addams
  • Karen Berger
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Rumiko Takahashi