2020 Eisner Awards votes

As I do every year, I’m providing a tentative list of my votes in each Eisner Awards category.

Best Short Story
  • “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot
  • Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Didn’t read any of the others. I’d like to get Sobek, but $14 for one issue is a bit much.

Best Continuing Series
  • Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)

Immortal Hulk is probably the better series, but Christopher Sebela deserves an Eisner. I’m surprised to see Daredevil nominated because I dropped it after about three issues.

Best Limited Series
  • Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)

Ghost Tree was a poorly written series and should not have been nominated. I don’t see why Ascender counts as a limited series.

Best New Series
  • Once & Future, by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)

A very tough category. I haven’t read Dr. Doom, but all four of the other nominees are deserving.

Best Publication for Early Readers

No vote

Best Publication for Kids
  • New Kid, by Jerry Craft (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)

Though I haven’t read it yet. Guts would also be an excellent choice.

Best Publication for Teens
  • Hot Comb, by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)

Hot Comb should have been nominated for Best Graphic Album – New or Best Reality-Based Work instead. It doesn’t feel like a teen comic. If I was able to vote for Hot Comb in a different category, I’d vote for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me in this category.

Best Humor Publication

No vote. I wish there was a cheaper way to get these Shortbox comics.

Best Anthology
  • The Nib #2–4, edited by Matt Bors (Nib)

Haven’t read Kramer’s Ergot yet

Best Reality-Based Work
  • They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

But I’d really like to read Grass. I was considering buying it today but balked at the $30 price tag.

Best Graphic Album—New
  • Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)

Haven’t read any of these yet

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Glenn Ganges: The River at Night, by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)

A tough category.

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

No vote

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

Haven’t read any of these

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • The Poe Clan, by Moto Hagio, translation by Rachel Thorn (Fantagraphics)

I own this but have not yet read it. Again, I really want to read Grass.

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
  • Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839–1862, by David Kunzle (University Press of Mississippi)

Haven’t seen any of these

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
  • The Complete Crepax, vol. 5: American Stories, edited by Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)

Haven’t read any of these

Best Writer
  • G. Willow Wilson, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)

Mariko Tamaki would also be a great choice.

Best Writer/Artist
  • Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Ian Bertram, Little Bird (Image)

Best Painter/Digital Artist
  • Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist
  • Christian Ward, Machine Gun Wizards (Dark Horse), Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Coloring
  • Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD (Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • Jim Campbell, Black Badge, Coda (BOOM Studios); Giant Days, Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship (BOOM Box!); Rocko’s Modern Afterlife  (KaBOOM!); At the End of Your Tether (Lion Forge); Blade Runner 2019 (Titan); Mall, The Plot, Wasted Space (Vault)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, edited by Qiana Whitted (Ohio State University Press)

Though I wish I could also vote for Women Write About Comics

Best Comics-Related Book
  • The Book of Weirdo, by Jon B. Cooke (Last Gasp)

I haven’t read this yet, but I had problems with Making Comics.

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
  • EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)

Congratulations also to Christina Meyer.

Best Publication Design
  • Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Digital Comic

No vote

Best Webcomic

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