Tentative Eisner votes

The Eisner nominees were released today. Here are my preliminary thoughts on how I might vote, with the caveat that there are lots of nominees I haven’t read. My comments are in parentheses.

Best Short Story
Best Single Issue/One-Shot
  • Pope Hats #5, by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)

(I’m thrilled that this was nominated. I thought it was easily the best comic book of the year.)

Best Continuing Series
  • The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)

(I read or am reading all five of the nominees, but few if any of them are among my personal top five. I think Saga should be nominated every year.)

Best Limited Series
  • The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)

(World of Wakanda didn’t deserve to be nominated.)

Best New Series
  • Royal City, by Jeff Lemire (Image)
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)

(I didn’t read any of the nominees in either category.)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
  • Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

(Again I’m sorry not to see Lumberjanes nominated. Spinning is an easy winner and probably the second best book of the year.)

Best Humor Publication
  • Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

(Tough choice between this and Flintstones.)

Best Anthology
  • Now #1, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

(I haven’t even heard of any of the others.)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
Best Graphic Album—New
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

(I haven’t read the others, but this was far and away the best comic of the year.)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

(Haven’t read this yet, but it looks great.)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
  • Beowulf, adapted by Santiago García and David Rubín (Image)

(Haven’t read any of these.)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • Flight of the Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (EuroComics/IDW)

(I have this but haven’t read it yet. IDW deserved more than one nomination.)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • Golden Kamuy, by Satoru Noda, translated by Eiji Yasuda (VIZ Media)

(Haven’t read any of the others. The Fantagraphics Moto Hagio books are way too expensive.)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
  • Foolish Questions and Other Odd Observations, by Rube Goldberg, edited by Peter Maresca and Paul C. Tumey (Sunday Press Books)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
  • The Collected Neil the Horse, by Arn Saba/Katherine Collins, edited by Andy Brown (Conundrum)

(I haven’t seen this but it deserves to be back in print.)

Best Writer
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender (Image)

(I was thinking Tom King instead, but I haven’t read any of his work this year other than Mister Miracle, and he’ll probably be nominated for that again next year.)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • David Rubín, Black Hammer #9 & #12, Ether, Sherlock Frankenstein #1–3 (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

(Jean-Pierre Gibrat is incredible, but I don’t think he should win an Eisner for a book that was originally published in 2002.)

Best Cover Artist
  • Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC); Doom Patrol (DC Young Animal)

(With the shift away from periodicals to graphic novels, this award should maybe be retired soon.)

Best Coloring
  • Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
Best Lettering
  • Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes

(Mostly because I know him)

Best Comics-Related Book
  • How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)

(I really need to get this)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
  • The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon (University Press of Mississippi)

(I haven’t seen any of these, so I’ll go with the one that’s edited by my own editor. My own book will be eligible for this category next year.)

Best Publication Design
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)

(X-Men: Grand Design should have been nominated.)

Best Digital Comic
  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
Best Webcomic

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