2022 Eisner votes

Best Short Story

“Funeral in Foam,” by Casey Gilly and Raina Telgemeier, in You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife (Iron Circus)

(Didn’t read any of the nominees)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot (must be able to stand alone)

Nightwing #87: “Get Grayson,” by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo (DC)

Best Continuing Series

Something Is Killing the Children, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (Boom Studios)

Though my own pick would have been Once and Future.

Best Limited Series

Stray Dogs, by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner (Image)

This was just amazingly good. The Many Deaths of Laila Starr is a close second.

Best New Series

The Nice House on the Lake, by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno (DC Black Label)

Though I also love Radiant Black.

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

I Am Oprah Winfrey, by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos (Dial Books for Young Readers)

I read none of the nominees. I’ll just vote for this one because of the attempts to ban it.

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Salt Magic, by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House)

Didn’t read any of these.

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

Wynd, by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas (Boom Box)

Best Humor Publication

Not All Robots, by Mark Russell and Mike Deodato Jr. (AWA Upshot)

This was the only one I read, though I think it’s too depressing to be called a humor publication. I ought to get Thirsty Mermaids.

Best Anthology

The Silver Coin, by Michael Walsh and various (Image)

Didn’t read any of the others.

Best Reality-Based Work

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic History, by David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson (Ten Speed Press)

I haven’t read any of the nominees, but Dave Sim certainly shouldn’t win.

Best Graphic Memoir

The Secret to Superhuman Strength, by Alison Bechdel (Mariner Books)

I also liked Parenthesis, and I have both Run and Save It for Later, but have not read them yet.

Best Graphic Album—New

Monsters, by Barry Windsor-Smith (Fantagraphics)

I haven’t read this yet. I also have Ballad for Sophie, but have not read that either.

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Middlewest: The Complete Tale, by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona (Image)

This was an excellent series, and a major creative step forward for Skottie.

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

After the Rain, by Nnedi Okorafor, adapted by John Jennings and David Brame (Megascope/Abrams ComicArts)

Didn’t read any of these.

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Ballad For Sophie, by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia, translation by Gabriela Soares (Top Shelf)

Just guessing here. I also love Schuiten and Peeters, but I don’t remember if I got Shadow of a Man. 

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

Spy x Family, by Tatsuya Endo, translation by Casey Loe (Viz Media)

I’ve been looking forward to reading this, though I haven’t yet.

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

Trots and Bonnie, by Shary Flenniken, edited by Norman Hathaway (New York Review Comics)

A strip that I’ve wanted to read for many years, and it’s finally available. Friday Foster is also an important project, but I’ve seen that book at the store and have not felt motivated to buy it.

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

Farewell, Brindavoine, by Tardi, translation by Jenna Allen, edited by Conrad Groth (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer

James Tynion IV, House of Slaughter, Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (Boom Studios); The Nice House on the Lake, The Joker, Batman, DC Pride 2021 (DC); The Department of Truth (Image); Blue BookRazorblades (Tiny Onion Studios)

Best Writer/Artist

Barry Windsor-Smith, Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Tea

Bruno Redondo, Nightwing (DC)

Though my own pick might be Javier Rodriguez.

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Juan Cavia, Ballad for Sophie (Top Shelf)

Best Cover Artist

Bruno Redondo, Nightwing (DC)

Though I am surprised to realize that Yoshi Yoshitani did the covers for four different comics I read. 

Best Coloring

Filipe Andrade/Inês Amaro, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr (Boom Studios)

Best Lettering

Crank!, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Oni); Money Shot (Vault)

Though none of them really stood out to me.

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism, edited by Wendy Browne and Nola Pfau (WWAC)

Best Comics-Related Book

The Art of Thai Comics: A Century of Strips and Stripes, by Nicolas Verstappen (River Books)

I haven’t read this, but I really want to.

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

The Life and Comics of Howard Cruse: Taking Risks in the Service of Truth, by Andrew J. Kunka (Rutgers University Press)

Best Publication Design

Crashpad, designed by Gary Panter and Justin Allan-Spencer (Fantagraphics)

This was the only one that I read.

Best Webcomic

Lore Olympus, by Rachel Smythe (Webtoon),

I haven’t read this, but I bought the print edition.

Best Digital Comic

Days of Sand, by Aimée de Jongh, translation by Christopher Bradley (Europe Comics)

I didn’t read any of these.

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