Saturday, July 22, 2017


The Eisner Awards were announced at San Diego Comicon. File 770 has the list.

Here's my thoughts, as unqualified as they are.

Best Single Issue/One-Shot was won by Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse), and was very deserving of it! I love every issue of Beasts of Burden and wish we could get more of it. The series is great, the premise is solid, and I love the art and writing.

Best Anthology was won by Love is Love, edited by Marc Andreyko (IDW/DC). Another deserving work with a lot of passion in it. I'm still reading a page or two every week, and will savor this one for a long time - probably start over and reread once I'm done. There's just so much in it.

Best Reality-Based Work was won by March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf). I loved all the March books, especially how they showed that the whole movement wasn't entirely peace and harmony within, but people still got it done. There was no cleaning up of the history to make himself or his fellows look better - John Lewis told it warts and all. And the entire series was fantastic and a must-have.

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) went to Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse). Yay to Jill, who is an amazing artist and a wonderful person. If you ever get the chance to meet her, take it. She's lovely in person, too.

Best Webcomic was won by Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla, Hrm. Never heard of it. Must go check it out...

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award went to Comicazi, Robert Howard, David Lockwood, Michael Burke. Somerville, MA. This was a slight disappointment to me, as my friend Anna (Illusive Comics and Games, Anna Warren Cebrian. Santa Clara, CA) was one of the five finalists.

Overall, I thought the list was mostly excellent and enjoyed seeing familiar names.