San Diego Comic Con saw the announcement of this year’s Eisner Award winners – and it was good news for Britain’s Sean Phillips, artist on The Fade Out, who co-won the award for Best Limited Series which is written by Ed Brubaker, earning him plenty of deserved kudos on Twitter; publisher SelfMadeHero for their edition of Ruins by Peter Kuper; and London’s brilliant Orbital Comics, which won the award for Spirit of Comics Retailer.
A deluxe edition of The Fade Out will be released in October by Image Comics, collecting all 12 issues and including behind-the-scenes art and stories, sketches and layouts, illustrations, and several historical essays.
- Best New Series: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
- Best Limited Series: The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
- Best Continuing Series: Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason LaTour
- Best Reality-Based Work: March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
- Best Graphic Album — Reprint: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- Best Graphic Album — New: Ruins by Peter Kuper
- Best Short Story: “Killing and Dying,” by Adrian Tomine in Optic Nerve #14
- Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Silver Surfer #11: “Never After” by Dan Slott and Michael Allred
- Best Anthology: Drawn & Quarterly, Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary, Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels edited by Tom Devlin
- Best Digital/Webcomic: Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
- Best Publication Design: Sandman Gallery Edition, designed by Josh Beatman
- Best Lettering: Derf Backderf (Trashed)
- Best Colouring: Jordie Bellaire (The Autumnlands, Injection, Plutona, Pretty Deadly, The Surface, They’re Not Like Us, Zero, The X-Files, The Massive, Magneto, Vision)
- Best Penciller: Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls)
- Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Dustin Nguyen (Descender)
- Best Writer: Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Men of Wrath, Doctor Strange, Star Wars, Thor)
- Best Writer/Artist: Bill Griffith (Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist)
- Best Cover Artist: David Aja
- The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award: Dan Mora
- Bill Finger Award for Comic Book Writing: Elliot Maggin
- Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes
- Best Comics-Related Book: Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly
- Best Academic/Scholarly Work: The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings
- Best US Edition of International Material: The Realist by Asaf Hanuka
- Best US Edition of International Material — Asia: Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki
- Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Two Brothers by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
- Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal
- Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Little Robot by Ben Hatke
- Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Over the Garden Wall by Pat McHale, Amalia Levari, and Jim Campbell
- Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
- Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips: The Eternaut by Héctor Germán Oesterheld, Alberto Breccia and Francisco Solano Lòpez, edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti
- Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books: Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales edited by Craig Yoe
- Best Humour Publication: Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection! by Kate Beaton
- The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Orbital Comics
Congratulations to all the winners!
— Chris Thompson (@PopCultureHound) July 23, 2016
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.