2016 Eisner Award Winners Revealed
Every year at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the comic industry hosts the Eisner Awards.
This year was special, with John Barrowman playing host and winning as much as the nominees with his fun attitude and willingness to get in costume.
The 2016 Eisner Awards were huge for women, and it was about damn time. Even with Lumberjanes sharing center stage with Saga last year, the nominees were still very much overran by men. But in 2016, women nominees were abundant and we saw some huge winners with Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy winning the Best Teen Publication and Kate Beaton’s A Hark! A Vagrant Collection getting Best Humor Publication.
But it felt like with one single comic strip that Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal caught the attention of the comic industry, even though many of the fans were already following his work, launching him to his first ever Eisner Nomination and win. Inman took home the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his commentary on what has been going on in the world as well as confronting depression.
Overall it was Image celebrating the most though. Southern Bastards and Paper Girls, both Image series, seemed to own the night. Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards won Best Continuing Series amongst other awards and Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Paper Girls getting Best New Series along with multiple other recognitions for Chiang.
Here’s the full list of winners from last night’s event:
Best Short Story: “Killing and Dying,” by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #14 (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Silver Surfer #11: “Never After,” by Dan Slott and Michael Allred (Marvel)
Best Continuing Series: Southern Bastards, by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour (Image)
Best Limited Series: The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
Best New Series: Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Little Robot, by Ben Hatke (First Second)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Over the Garden Wall, by Pat McHale, Amalia Levari, and Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): SuperMutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Humor Publication: Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, by Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Digital/Webcomic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
Best Anthology: Drawn & Quarterly, Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary, Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Reality-Based Work: March: Book Two, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW)
Best Graphic Album—New: Ruins, by Peter Kuper (SelfMadeHero)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson (Harper Teen)
Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Two Brothers, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Dark Horse)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The Realist, by Asaf Hanuka (BOOM! Studios/Archaia)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: The Eternaut, by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lòpez, edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales, edited by Craig Yoe (IDW)
Best Writer: Jason Aaron, Southern Bastards (Image), Men of Wrath (Marvel Icon), Doctor Strange, Star Wars, Thor (Marvel)
Best Writer/Artist: Bill Griffith, Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist (Fantagraphics)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls (Image)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)
Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye, Karnak, Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
Best Coloring: Jordie Bellaire, The Autumnlands, Injection, Plutona, Pretty Deadly, The Surface, They’re Not Like Us, Zero (Image); The X-Files (IDW); The Massive (Dark Horse); Magneto, Vision (Marvel)
Best Lettering: Derf Backderf, Trashed (Abrams)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan’s Alley)
Best Comics-Related Book: Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America, by Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics)
Best Academic/Scholarly Work: The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings (Rutgers)
Best Publication Design: Sandman Gallery Edition, designed by Josh Beatman/Brainchild Studios (Graphitti Designs/DC)
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Orbital Comics & Gallery – Karl Asaa, Damian Keeng & James Wilson, London, UK
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Dan Mora, artist of Klaus and Hexed! (BOOM! Studios)
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal
For a complete list of nominees, visit the Comic-Con International website that features full details on the event.
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