Last night in San Diego the Eisner Awards were handed out and as usual many Canadians took the top spots, this year in particular Canadian women dominated in many categories including Best Short Story, Best Continuing Series, Best Graphic Albums (new and reprint) and Best Penciller/Inker. So congratulations to Emily Carroll, Fiona Staples, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Darwyn Cooke, D+Q and those who participated in the Dream Another Dream anthology.
Best Short Story
“When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, http://emcarroll.com/comics/darkness/ (link is external)
Best Continuing Series
Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon) features the work of many Canadian artists among the 140 contributors to the project.
Best Graphic Album—New
This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (First Second)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll (McElderry Books)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Showa 1939–1944 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
Best Cover Artist
Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers (DC)
Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame member John Byrne joined the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.
Byrne does not consider himself to be a Canadian because he emigrated from the UK in the 60s and left Canada in the 80’s to become an American citizen. He was Canadian in the years in between where he became a superstar creator and made the X-Men the biggest book in the industry with fellow Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Chris Claremont.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards.