The nominees for this year’s Eisner Awards have been revealed and include a number of terrific British creators, including John Allison, Jim Campbell, Alex de Campi, Al Ewing, Lee Garbett and Sean Phillips.
Once again, this year’s nominees in 31 categories reflect the wide range of material being published in the United States today in comics and graphic novel form, representing over 170 print and online titles from more than 50 publishers and produced by creators from all over the world.
I’m delighted to see, in particular, letterer Jim Campbell among the nominees, who I’ve worked with on many projects and always been hugely impressed by his work, and his dedication to his craft.
(In addition to the work he’s been nominated for, Jim also letters Crucible, the SF adventures drawn by 2000AD artist Smuzz, the current adventure written by myself and Smuzz).
The winners will be announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Voting for the awards is held online, and the ballot will be available at www.eisnervote.com. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote..
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented by the San Diego Comic Convention (Comic-Con International), a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums, and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
Best Short Story
“Get Naked in Barcelona,” by Steven T. Seagle and Emei Olivia Burrell, inGet Naked(Image)
“The Ghastlygun Tinies,” by Matt Cohen and Marc Palm, inMADmagazine #4 (DC)
“Here I Am,” by Shaun Tan, inI Feel Machine(SelfMadeHero)
Nathan Fairbairn,Batman,Batgirl, Birds of Prey,Wonder Woman Earth One,vol. 2 (DC);Die!Die!Die!(Image)
Matt Hollingsworth,Batman: White Knight(DC):Seven to Eternity, Wytches(Image)
Matt Wilson,Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine(Image);The Mighty Thor, Runaways(Marvel)
David Aja,Seeds(Berger Books/Dark Horse)
Jim Campbell,Breathless,Calexit,Gravetrancers,Snap Flash Hustle,Survival Fetish,The Wilds(Black Mask);Abbott,Alice: Dream to Dream, Black Badge,Clueless,Coda,Fence,Firefly,Giant Days,Grass Kings,Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass,Low Road West,Sparrowhawk(BOOM);Angelic(Image);Wasted Space(Vault)
Alex de Campi,Bad Girls(Gallery 13);Twisted Romance(Image)
Jared Fletcher, Batman: Damned(DC);TheGravediggers Union, Moonshine, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards(Image)
Todd Klein—Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald(Dark Horse);Batman: White Night(DC);Eternity Girl, Books of Magic(Vertigo/DC);The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest(Top Shelf/IDW)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Back Issue,edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
The Columbus Scribbler,edited by Brian Canini, Jack Wallace, Steve Steiner, and Derek Baxtercolumbusscribbler.com
The deadline for voting is June 14. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 19 at a gala awards ceremony at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator
The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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