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
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.
- 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
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
- G. Willow Wilson, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
Mariko Tamaki would also be a great choice.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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