Eisner Awards 2006

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MASTER NOMINEE LIST, 2006 Eisner Awards


Best Short Story
“Blood Son,” by Richard Matheson, adapted by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood, in Doomed #1 (IDW)
“Monster Slayers,” by Khang Le, in Flight, vol. 2 (Image)
“Nameless,” by Eric Powell, in The Goon #14 (Dark Horse)
“Operation” (story #5), by Zak Sally, in The Recidivist #3 (La Mano)
“Teenage Sidekick,” by Paul Pope, in Solo #3 (DC)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
The Bakers, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Ex Machina #11: “Fortune Favors” by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
The Innocents, by Gipi (Fantagraphics/Coconino Press)
Promethea #32: “Wrap Party” by Alan Moore and J. H. Williams III (ABC)
Solo #5, by Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Best Serialized Story
Desolation Jones #1-5: “Made in England,” by Warren Ellis and J. H. Williams III (WildStorm/DC)
Fables #36-38, 40-41: “Return to the Homelands,” by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Steve Leialoha (Vertigo/DC)
Ex Machina #12–14: “Fact v. Fiction,” by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
Y: The Last Man #37-39: “Paper Dolls,” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka, and Jose Marzan Jr. (Vertigo/DC)

Best Continuing Series
Age of Bronze, by Eric Shanower (Image)
Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Marvel)
Ex Machina, by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image)
Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa (Speakeasy)
True Story, Swear to God, by Tom Beland (Clib’s Boy Comics)

Best Limited Series
Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Ocean, by Warren Ellis, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story (WildStorm/DC)
Seven Soldiers, by Grant Morrison and various artists (DC)
Smoke, by Alex de Campi and Igor Kordey (IDW)

Best New Series
All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC)
Desolation Jones, by Warren Ellis and J. H. Williams III (WildStorm/DC)
Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image)
Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa (Speakeasy)
Young Avengers, by Alan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and John Dell (Marvel)

Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley (Renaissance Press)
The Clouds Above, by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics)
Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius, by Chris Eliopoulous and Mark Sumerak (Marvel)
Owly: Flying Lessons, by Andy Runton (Top Shelf)
Spiral-Bound, by Aaron Renier (Top Shelf)

Best Anthology
The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, edited by Scott Allie (Dark Horse Books)
Flight, vol. 2, edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Image)
Mome. edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Solo, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)
24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005, edited by Nat Gertler (About Comics)

Best Digital Comic
Copper, by Kazu www.boltcity.com/copper
Jellaby, by Kean Soo, www.secretfriendsociety.com/archive.php?cat=2
ojingogo, by matt forsythe www.comingupforair.net/comics/ojingogo.html
PVP, by Scott Kurtz, www.pvponline.com/

Best Reality-Based Work
Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
Epileptic, by David B. (Pantheon)
Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Pyongyang, by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)
True Story, Swear to God (Clib’s Boy Comics), True Story, Swear to God: This One Goes to Eleven (AiT/Planet Lar), by Tom Beland

Best Graphic Album—New
Acme Novelty Library #16, by Chris Ware (ACME Novelty)
The Rabbi’s Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, by Alan Moore and Gene Ha (ABC)
Tricked, by Alex Robinson (Top Shelf)
Wilmbledon Green, by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Black Hole, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
Feast of the Seven Fishes, by Robert Tinnell, Ed Piskor, and Alex Saviuk (Allegheny Image Factory)
Ice Haven, by Dan Clowes (Pantheon)
War’s End, by Joe Sacco (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Strips
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
The Complete Peanuts, 1955–1956, 1957–1958, by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)
Krazy and Ignatz: The Komplete Kat Komics. by George Herriman (Fantagraphics)
Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books)
Walt and Skeezix, by Frank King (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Absolute Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
Buddha, vols. 5-8, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
The Contract with God Trilogy, by Will Eisner (Norton)
DC Comics Rarities Archives, vol. 1 (DC)
Fantastic Four Omnibus, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel)

Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material
Cromartie High School, by Eiji Nonaka (ADV)
Dungeon: The Early Years, vol. 1, by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Christophe Blaine (NBM)
Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet (NBM)
The Rabbi’s Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
Six Hundred Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer, by Killoffer (Typocrat)

Best Writer
Warren Ellis, Fell (Image); Down (Top Cow/Image); Desolation Jones, Ocean, Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
Alan Heinberg, Young Avengers (Marvel)
Alan Moore, Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners (ABC)
Grant Morrison, Seven Soldiers, All Star Superman (DC)
Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina (WildStorm/DC); Y: The Last Man (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
Geof Darrow, Shaolin Cowboy (Burlyman)
Guy Delisle, Pyongyang (Drawn & Quarterly)
Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze (Image)
Adrian Tomine, Optic Nerve #10 (Drawn & Quarterly)
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Best Writer/Artist—Humor
Kyle Baker, Plastic Man (DC); The Bakers (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Paige Braddock, Jane’s World (Girl Twirl)
Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Oni)
Eric Powell, The Goon (Dark Horse)
Seth, Wimbledon Green (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Penciller/Inker
John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men (Marvel); Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
Gene Ha, Top Ten: TheForty-Niners (ABC)
J. G. Jones, Wanted (Top Cow/Image)
Frank Quitely, All Star Superman (DC)
J. H. Williams III, Promethea, Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Paul Guinan, Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate (IDW)
Ladronn, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active Images)
Ben Templesmith, Fell (Image)
Kent Williams, The Fountain (Vertigo/DC)

Best Cover Artist
Frank Espinosa, Rocketo (Speakeasy)
Tony Harris, Ex Machina (Wildstorm/DC)
James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)
Jock, The Losers (Vertigo/DC)
Eric Powell, The Goon; Universal Monsters: Cavalcade of Horror (Dark Horse)

Best Coloring
Jeromy Cox, Teen Titans (DC); Otherworld (Vertigo/DC)
Steven Griffen, Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort (Image)
Steve Hamaker, Bone: The Great Cow Race (Scholastic Graphix)
Jose Villarrubia, Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC)
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Best Lettering
Chris Eliopolis, Ultimate Iron Man, Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 2, House of M, Franklin Richards (Marvel); Fell (Image)
Todd Klein, Wonder Woman, Justice, Seven Soldiers #0 (DC); Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC); Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, Tomorrow Stories Special (ABC); Fables (Vertigo); 1602: New World (Marvel)
Best Lettering: Richard Starkings, Conan, Revelations (Dark Horse); Godland (Image); Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active Images)
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition
Dawn Brown (Ravenous, Little Red Hot)
Aaron Renier (Spiral-Bound)
Zak Sally (Recidivist)
Ursula Vernon (Digger)

Best Comics-Related Periodical
Comic Art, edited by M. Todd Hignite (Comic Art)
Comic Book Artist, edited by Jon Cooke (Top Shelf)
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth and Dirk Deppey (Fantagraphics)
Draw!, edited by Michael Manley (TwoMorrows)
Following Cerebus, edited by Craig Miller and John Thorne (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Win-Mill Productions)

Best Comics-Related Book
The Comics Journal Library: Classic Comic Illustrators, edited by Tom Spurgeon (Fantagraphics)
Eisner/Miller, interviews conducted by Charles Brownstein (Dark Horse Books)
Foul Play: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s EC Comics, by Grant Geissman (Harper Design)
Masters of American Comics, edited by John Carlin, Paul Karasik, and Brian Walker (Hammer Museum/MOCA Los Angeles/Yale University Press)
RGK: Art of Roy G. Krenkel, edited by J. David Spurlock and Barry Klugerman (Vanguard)

Best Publication Design
Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Little Nemo in Slumberland, designed by Philippe Ghuilemetti (Sunday Press Books)
Promethea #32, designed by J. H. Williams III and Todd Klein (ABC)
Walt and Skeezix, designed by Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
Wimbledon Green, designed by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices: Floyd Gottfredson, William Moulton Marston

Voters will choose four from among:
Matt Baker
Vaughn Bode
Wayne Boring
Reed Crandall
Creig Flessel
Ramona Fradon
Harold Gray
Graham Ingels
Robert Kanigher
Russ Manning
Mort Meskin
Marty Nodell
Gilbert Shelton
Jim Steranko

Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 17:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Nice to see Rocketo getting recognition!

Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 17:04 (eighteen years ago) link

So 49ers isn't painted after all!

Say, if Solo won best anthology, what're the odds that DC'll give it a reprieve?

c(''c) (Leee), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 17:49 (eighteen years ago) link

Why don't we ask the multi-award winning Gotham Central and Plastic Man?

Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 17:52 (eighteen years ago) link

Likewise, hopefully Age of Bronze will get some props and remain un-cancelled.

I hope Cooke's Solo wins Best Issue, if only because half the other choices were eh and half I haven't read.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 17:53 (eighteen years ago) link

xpost :(

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 17:53 (eighteen years ago) link

Is Age of Bronze in danger of being cut loose by Image? That would stink!

David R. (popshots75`), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 18:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, I guess it's only the floppies that are in question. Here's an update from his website:

The declining sales of the comic book serialization of Age of Bronze is in the news lately. I appreciate all the supportive response from readers. You guys are great! But a bit of information seems to have been generally overlooked: the book collection sales aren't in any trouble! It's not a question of Age of Bronze's survival, but a question of format. I don't really care in what format someone reads Age of Bronze; I simply want it to be read. So if any of you wants to buy the book collections, please go ahead. But understand that buying an Age of Bronze graphic novel doesn't help sales of the comic book serialization.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 18:06 (eighteen years ago) link

“Operation” (story #5), by Zak Sally, in The Recidivist #3 (La Mano)

As in, ex-Low bassist Zak Sally?

Oblivious Lad. (Oblivious Lad), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 18:23 (eighteen years ago) link

Apparently!

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 18:49 (eighteen years ago) link

When are they just going to put Todd Klein in the Hall of Fame so somebody else can win Best Letterer...?

Very good to see Age of Bronze get some love again. Such a great comic.

Douglas (Douglas), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 19:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Did the Mike Allred solo come out this year, then?

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 22:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I love the phrase "Best Reality-Based Work."

There's a lot of Ellis nominations! I think he's pretty mediocre. (Hides.)

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 23:04 (eighteen years ago) link

man the Eisners love nominating lame-ass shit

can Hignite get the goddam award now he's run out of money and had to give up the mag please?

kit brash (kit brash), Thursday, 6 April 2006 03:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Alex Ross is having a little cry somewhere

Mark C (Markco), Thursday, 6 April 2006 07:18 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
We never got to talk about the winners of this. I'm sort of weirded out because I like almost everything on here - which would never happen with Emmys or Oscars or Grammys or whatnot.

Eisner Award Winners for 2006

Best Short Story
"Teenage Sidekick," by Paul Pope, in Solo #3 (DC)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Solo #5, by Darwyn Cooke (DC)

Best Serialized Story
Fables #36-38, 40-41: "Return to the Homelands," by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and Steve Leialoha (Vertigo/DC)

Best Continuing Series
Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Marvel)

Best Limited Series
Seven Soldiers, by Grant Morrison and various artists (DC)

Best New Series
All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC)

Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Owly: Flying Lessons, by Andy Runton (Top Shelf)

Best Anthology
Solo, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)

Best Digital Comic
PVP, by Scott Kurtz, www.pvponline.com

Best Reality-Based Work
Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)

Best Graphic Album-New
Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, by Alan Moore and Gene Ha (ABC)

Best Graphic Album-Reprint
Black Hole, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Strips
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books
Absolute Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)

Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material
The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)

Best Writer
Alan Moore, Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners (ABC)

Best Writer/Artist
Geof Darrow, Shaolin Cowboy (Burlyman)

Best Writer/Artist-Humor
Kyle Baker, Plastic Man (DC); The Bakers (Kyle Baker Publishing)

Best Penciller/Inker
John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men (Marvel); Planetary (WildStorm/DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Ladronn, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active Images)

Best Cover Artist
James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)

Best Coloring
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)

Best Lettering
Todd Klein, Wonder Woman, Justice, Seven Soldiers #0 (DC); Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC); Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, Tomorrow Stories Special (ABC); Fables (Vertigo); 1602: New World (Marvel)

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition
Aaron Renier (Spiral-Bound)

Best Comics-Related Periodical
Comic Book Artist, edited by Jon B. Cooke (Top Shelf)

Best Comics-Related Book
Eisner/Miller, edited by Charles Brownstein and Diana Schutz (Dark Horse Books)

Best Publication Design (tie)
Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays, designed by Philippe Ghielmetti (Sunday Press Books)

Hall of Fame
Judges' Choices: Floyd Gottfredson, William Moulton Marston
- Vaughn Bodé
- Ramona Fradon
- Russ Manning
- Jim Steranko

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 8 September 2006 09:51 (seventeen years ago) link

"Solo", "Fables", Whedon X-Men, Morrison supes, "Seven Soldiers", "Owly", Kyle Baker,"Top Ten" = Eisners not too far from the ILC canon!

Sad that "Age Of Bronze" and "Rocketo" didn't get anything, tho.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 8 September 2006 09:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Nice to see the props for Solo, maybe it'll get (even more of) a stay of execution?

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 8 September 2006 13:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Strips
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
The Complete Peanuts, 1955–1956, 1957–1958, by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)
Krazy and Ignatz: The Komplete Kat Komics. by George Herriman (Fantagraphics)
Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books)
Walt and Skeezix, by Frank King (Drawn & Quarterly)

No matter how you cut it, this is a pretty astonishing selection.
It was a very good year.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 September 2006 17:51 (seventeen years ago) link

(even more of)

?

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 8 September 2006 23:47 (seventeen years ago) link

3 nominees, and one winner, for women.
comics do remain misogynist, dont they?

anthony easton (anthony), Saturday, 9 September 2006 02:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Misogynist? Are you serious? I mean, I think it's more a matter of percentages than anything. Because the number of women working in the industry is still rather low, comparatively. Unless you can think of specific examples of exemplary work getting shut out because of the gender of the creator in question, I think that's a pretty spurious charge, dude.

Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 10 September 2006 00:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Which is not to say that misogyny doesn't exist within the industry. Just that this doesn't seem like a particularly damning example of it.

Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 10 September 2006 00:58 (seventeen years ago) link

misogyny of the world and its reflection in eisner

alderman frank rossi (bulbs), Sunday, 10 September 2006 06:25 (seventeen years ago) link

anthony what comics by women do you think should have been nominated?

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 10 September 2006 09:23 (seventeen years ago) link

I found Anthony's way of putting it a bit...jarring, as well, but really there's no contradiction between what he and Deric are saying I don't think. If it's a matter of percentages, that means not enough women are interested in/writing comic books, and while misogyny may not be the ONLY cause for that, it certainly plays a major part. I mean, Anthony called "comics" misogynistic, not the Eisners in particular.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 10 September 2006 09:53 (seventeen years ago) link

misogynist is a pretty loaded word since it means active hatred of women, not just discrimination. there's obviously some misogynists working in comics (dave sim, joe matt, and some would argue r crumb tho i wouldn't) but i don't think that has much to do with why more women don't get recognized for doing great comics. it has more to do with the fact that women haven't been particularly encouraged to do comics over the last century, for a lot of reasons (which, yes, include industry sexism). two out of my five favorite ever cartoonists are women, but i have to admit that there aren't nearly as many great female cartoonists as there are male. that's pretty sad, but just saying "comics are misogynist" isn't a very useful answer.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 10 September 2006 10:27 (seventeen years ago) link

What about saying "Lynda Barry should be universally adored and rich and famous"?

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Sunday, 10 September 2006 11:06 (seventeen years ago) link

J.D., I agree. I think the reason people use "misogynist" more often is because "sexist" has become sort of defanged, "misogynist" packs more of a punch. Also of course there's the theory that any sexist indutry will become de facto misogynous, even if most of the ppl working in it aren't, but I'm not sure how much I agree with that.

As for your question, I'm sort of iffy on the Eisner's timeline. "Villains United"? Not the sort of thing I'd usually see the Eisners enjoying, but if they're spandex-friendly enough for "All Star Superman" and "Seven Soldiers"...Jessica Abel's "La Perdida", maybe? Not that I'd take it over most of the stuff nominated on there.

Let's see if next year Ellen Forney's great "I Love Led Zeppelin" and that Blechdel thing (which I haven't read yet) get something.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 10 September 2006 12:12 (seventeen years ago) link

comics by women which should be nominated

lost girls
fun home
embrodries
la predida
in the floyd archives
gemma bovary
reflections
niger
woodsmen pete
birds of prey
grey horses/salamender dream
gabrielle bells work for mome


and for the hall of fame:
francosie mouly
lynda berry
alison bechdel
julie bell
lea hernadez

that wasnt so hard was it?

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 10 September 2006 13:42 (seventeen years ago) link

and the systematic ignoring of womens contributions, in both indie and mainstream comics circles, and the sheer lack of female voices, really does seem to be about not trusting or liking their stories

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 10 September 2006 13:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Anthony, having been an Eisners judge a few years ago, I can offer a few notes on your list:

*Almost all of the books on your list were actually published too late for this year's Eisners, aside from "Gemma Bovery" and "Salamander Dream," which both would've had to compete in the extremely tight Best Graphic Album catagories; "In the Floyd Archives," which came out in 2001; one or two of Gabrielle Bell's MOME stories; and "Embroideries," which did get nominated (in "Best Reality-Based Work"), but lost not unreasonably to "Nat Turner." (Also, Marco Corona, who did Reflections, is to my knowledge not a woman.) I mean, I"m _sure_ that both Fun Home and Lost Girls are gonna make it onto next year's list. So might the collection of "La Perdida"--although Jessica Abel got nominated for Best Writer/Artist for the serialized version back in 2003.

*It's probably worth noting that the awards' administrator is a woman, & there's virtually always at least one woman among the five judges who determine the nominees. (This year, it was the awesome Nisha Gopalan.)

*As for the Hall of Fame, that's usually reserved for people who are no longer particularly active in the business--you know, if you seriously think Lea Hernandez is up there with Floyd Gottfredson and Ramona Fradon and Jim Steranko, then we have a genuine difference of opinion.

Be very careful with ideas like "systematic," I guess I'm saying.

Douglas (Douglas), Sunday, 10 September 2006 15:45 (seventeen years ago) link

fair cop and sorry for the mistakes made


and thanks for the info

some thots
i cant really judge ramona fradons work, because well i dont like super hero art, and thats where i fuck up... (altough this is awesome:
http://lambiek.net/artists/f/fradon_ramona/fradon_aquaman.gif)

looking thru the catalogs, of fantagraphics, d&q, marvel, DC, etc there is a paucity of female talent, that seems systematic (ie Fantagraphics has three women in their catalog this time; d and q has 5; and well for the majors--read this: http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=259


a couple of questions:
how much power does the admin have?
is there a requirement for gender parity?
do you think that there are womens voices that are talked about in equal levels in comics?
as an eisner judge, did you consider diversity as a priority?
are there seperate judges for super hero work and indie work?
why do the eisners reward super hero comics more than they reward other work (or is this fair?)

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 10 September 2006 18:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Going through the questions:

*How much power does the Eisner administrator have? Well, she picks the judges, and while she doesn't vote, she did sometimes say "you should really make sure you take a look at this." (Jackie knows more about comics than pretty much anyone; when she points at something, I look.)

*Is there a requirement for gender parity? No; there'd be no sensible way to design or enforce it. The Eisners are about good work, & loaded as that "good" is, it's the best we can do.

*Do I think that there are women's voices that are talked about in equal levels in comics? I'm not sure exactly what that question means; if it means "do I think there are women creators who get talked about as much as men creators do," sure--the buzz book of the year in trade graphic-novel publishing is "Fun Home," and the breakout cartoonist of the moment, I think, is Hope Larson.

*As an Eisner judge, did I consider diversity as a priority? Probably not as a priority-qua-priority, but as something to keep in mind. (And diversity of content and style more than of creators, pretty much.)

*Are there separate judges for superhero work and indie work? Of course not; no more than there are for SF movies and non-SF movies in the Oscars.

*Why do the Eisners reward superhero comics more than they reward other work? Yeah, that's definitely not a fair question. Look at the nominees, up on the top of the page. Superhero proportions: Best Short Story, 1 of 5; Best Single Issue, 3 of 5 and that's pushing it; Best Serialized Story, 1 of 4; Continuing Series, 3 of 6 and that's only if you count "Rocketo"; Limited Series, 1 of 4; New Series, 2 of 5; Younger Audience, only "Franklin Richards" even vaguely counts; Anthology, 1 of 5; Digital Comic, zilch; Reality-Based, zilch; Graphic Album-New, 1 of 5; Graphic Album - Reprint, zilch; Archival Collection - Comic Strips, zilch; Archival Collection - Comic Books, 3 of 5; Foreign Material, zero; Writer, at last, five of five, although you sort of have to push it with Ellis; Writer/Artist, zero unless you count "Shaolin Cowboy"; Writer/Artist - Humor, 1 of 5 if "Plastic Man" counts; Penciller/Inker, five of five; Painter/Multimedia Artist, I suppose you could say Guinan counts; Cover Artist, two or three of five; Coloring, 1 of 5; Lettering, 2 of 4 but everybody already knows Todd Klein's going to win...; Wider Recognition, zero; Comics-Related Periodical, only two of five ever have much to do with superheroes; Comics-Related Book, 1 or 2 of five touch on superheroes; Publication Design, 1 of 5.

So the only categories where superhero comics actually have any real kind of hegemony in this year's Eisner nominees were "writer" and "penciller/inker"--and that, I'd wager, has a lot to do with the fact that in most indie comics those aren't separate categories--!

Douglas (Douglas), Sunday, 10 September 2006 18:58 (seventeen years ago) link

im trying to be fair here, the superhero isnt fair cop, and im sorry for it.

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 10 September 2006 19:45 (seventeen years ago) link

you know what, i wont drop this, fun home is brilliant enough that it deserves its buzz, and well there are any number of other buzz books created by men for men...and as for hope larson, she isnt as hyped as lets say her husband or dave b or sammy harkham or anders nilsen or david heatley

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 10 September 2006 19:50 (seventeen years ago) link

An interesting point about the Sequential Tart link, is that they mention that none of the Vertigo books make the cut, as you'd expect them to be more female friendly. But in fact if you add in Vertigo's entire line, you get one big number up top (Karen Berger, group editor), and then... nothing. Until about six months ago, when they got a female writer on Hellblazer (I've completley forgotten her name), their record was waaay worse than DC's.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Sunday, 10 September 2006 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Fun Home still isn't relevant to a discussion of this year's Eisners! (and I found it sadly unreadable due to atrocious lettering)

in what world is David Heatley even vaguely hyped, beyond (I'm guessing) Anthony's own enthusiasm for seeing straight boys rooting each other and putting things up their bottoms, which is only one of his stories ever anyway?

who is Hope Larson's husband (and why is that relevant)?

how is Joe Matt a misogynist?

and Gemma Bovary was published SEVEN YEARS AGO, what the fuck.

kit brash (kit brash), Sunday, 10 September 2006 21:17 (seventeen years ago) link

well kit that was kind of nasty--heatley has been hyped in several palces, including the forementioned mome volumes.

scott o malley, and the scout pilgrim work.

i didnt call joe matt a misogynst

gemma has been republished, this year, in NA, i think.

anthony easton (anthony), Sunday, 10 September 2006 21:48 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm the one who called matt a misogynist - i don't know how anyone could read his work and come away with the idea that he likes or understands women at all.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Sunday, 10 September 2006 23:44 (seventeen years ago) link

being PUBLISHED in Mome /= being hyped! that's like saying his self-pubbed ishes of Deadpan are, I dunno, DEDICATED FEATURE TRIBUTE MAGAZINES or something.

wasn't meaning to be nasty - that's a great comic, one of the best "short" stories of the decade, but I genuinely do assume that you particularly like those aspects of it. it's like guessing that Huk likes something because Green Arrow points his finger in it. sorry for offense in arm-waving rhetoric though.

yeah Joe Matt bit wasn't you, just fulminating at the thread while I thought of it. Joe not understanding women is a long way from him hating women - and his issues with relating to people are clearly not female-specific, but much broader and related to social awkwardness and internal notions of self-sufficiency. and ANYWAY he's presumably over it to some degree now what with being all shacked up in Hollywood with hott teenage girlfriends and whatnot.

now that I know who Larson's husband is, a) his hype is WAY HIGHER than any of the others on your list, and in a completely different realm to David B, the next-most-acclaimed, b) profoundly related to his work and its appeal to a specific audience - you have to know what a Bob-omb is to think it funny to reference in a comic, and REALLY CARE what it is to think it awesome to have a hero in a comic's band named after one (er, or whatever, I flipped through one book in a shop once) and c) still a pretty spurious point of comparison - judge her hype on its own terms, not in comparison to that of who she roots.

kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 11 September 2006 13:32 (seventeen years ago) link

kit

his hype is larger than almsot anyone working today, so is dave b's. much more than larson.

anthony easton (anthony), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 02:55 (seventeen years ago) link

for one weird second i thought yall were talking about gary larson!

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 05:34 (seventeen years ago) link

a) people on the internet (IE NERDS) getting excited about video-game-comic dude is disproportionate

b) larson's hype vs o'malley's hype is MAD irrelevant! it's quite appallingly sexist to even propose comparing them!


(altho feel free to come back in six months when still no-one gives a shit about Late Bloomer and fire off some shots about its hype outshining that of the new Binky Brown reprint)

kit brash (kit brash), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 13:42 (seventeen years ago) link

f) point still stands that size of hype is related to audience giving hype

y) count Alan Moore in Lost Girls articles in mainstream print and web. count O'Malley articles in mainstream print and web. BLUSH WITH SHAME.

¤) David B's hype is still tiny compared to Brad Meltzer's! and David Heatley's is tiny x tiny compared to David B's! I bought both issues of Deadpan, but only cos I saw them in the Fanta catalogue they've been mailing me for ten years and I recognised him from that strip in Kramer's #5

ə) would be more but 1am drunk and I have to go to work unlike Gaz

can we talk about the Harveys now? someone email me results and I will try and think about @ w0rk

kit babble (kit brash), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 13:54 (seventeen years ago) link

How is that Warren Ellis series?

Young Fresh Danny D (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 14:30 (seventeen years ago) link

re: David B

Does the "B" stand for "BORING"??? OMG MUAHAHAHAHAH HAH HAHAHA god I hate myself.

c('°c) (Leee), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 15:21 (seventeen years ago) link

i don't unnerstand kit...you went to work? is that a euphemism?

alderman frank rossi (bulbs), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:14 (seventeen years ago) link

So, no one read the Ellis series?

Young Fresh Danny D (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Not sure which of them you mean, Dan. I read them all, and thought Fell > Ocean >>> Desolation Jones.

Oblivious Lad. (Oblivious Lad), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I meant Fell; I didn't read the list closely enough to notice that he had three series up there. I really liked Desolation Jones so hearing that the other two are better = SQUEE!

Young Fresh Danny D (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 01:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Here are Harveys resultz

BEST WRITER
Ed Brubaker / CAPTAIN AMERICA / Marvel Comics

BEST ARTIST
J.H. Williams III / PROMETHEA / ABC/WildStorm/DC Comics

BEST CARTOONIST
Chris Ware / ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY # 16 / ACME Novelty Library

BEST LETTERER
Chris Ware / ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY # 16 / ACME Novelty Library

BEST INKER
Charles Burns / BLACK HOLE # 12 / Fantagraphics Books

BEST COLORIST
Laura Martin / ASTONISHING X-MEN / Marvel Comics

BEST COVER ARTIST
James Jean / FABLES / DC/Vertigo

BEST NEW TALENT - TIE
R. Kikuo Johnson / NIGHT FISHER / Fantagraphics Books
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa / MARVEL KNIGHTS FOUR / Marvel Comics

BEST NEW SERIES
YOUNG AVENGERS / Marvel Comics

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES
RUNAWAYS / Marvel Comics

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP OR PANEL
MAAKIES / Tony Millionaire
Self-syndicated

BEST ANTHOLOGY
SOLO / DC Comics

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM - ORIGINAL
TRICKED / Top Shelf

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM - PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED
BLACK HOLE / Pantheon Books

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY
LOVE AND ROCKETS, VOLUME 2, # 15 / Fantagraphics Books

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT
LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND: SO MANY SPLENDID SUNDAYS / Sunday Press Books

BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL
BUDDHA / Vertical Books

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK
AMERICAN ELF / James Kochalka / www.americanelf.com

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS
Kyle Baker / PLASTIC MAN / DC Comics

SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION
LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND: SO MANY SPLENDID SUNDAYS / Sunday Press Books

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL OR JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION
COMICS JOURNAL / Fantagraphics Books

Adrienne Begley (sparklecock), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 03:52 (seventeen years ago) link

See there's an award for Laura Martin so stfu

Adrienne Begley (sparklecock), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 03:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I went to work, then I went home, then I went to work.

Several of those Harvey results seem fine, but the apparent Marvel block-voting fucks up the worth of the entire program*. And I dunno what was nominated. But I do like Tony Millionaire's view on it still being worth winning:

Winning a Harvey Award is an exceptionally great experience, but only if you win one. If you lose, it is meaningless, humiliating and shameful. I've rarely lost a Harvey, which is proof that I'm a better cartoonist than most.

If you ever get good enough to win a Harvey, you will be able to hold it, enjoy it, scorn lesser cartoonists. It is much better for smashing your wife's face in than for instance an Eisner. The Eisner is a poor weapon, the globe will fall out before you can bring the trophy down onto the head.

For good smashing, hold the Harvey upside down, the heavy black cube at the end will do great damage. The long glass part is also good, it could easily snap the neck of the wife.

Sorry to the losers! Good fortune to me!




*almost as much as Tricked's win! what the hell else was nominated there?

kit brash (kit brash), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 06:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Joe Matt is in your extended network.

kit brash (kit brash), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 06:55 (seventeen years ago) link


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