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Eisner’s Nominations: Some Thoughts

Comic-Con International has announced the nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for 2015. These awards celebrate the greatest creators and works in the comic book industry. The awards go across many categories, from best issue to best creator, to everything in between.
Even though the winners won’t be announced until July 10, there are definitely some standouts in the list of nominees.

First off, Saga is once again being nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist, all of which are categories that it won last year. Saga isn’t the only book that Brian K. Vaughan is getting nominations for either. He is receiving two nominations for Saga, and two more for his digital series, Private Eye, giving him the most nominations for any single creator.

Of course, Saga isn’t the only book that has a chance of winning in multiple categories. Ms. Marvel, Bandette, and Multiversity are all receiving at least three nominations. While it’s unsurprising that Marvel and DC topped the major publishers as far as nominations, it’s worth noting that a good chunk of their nominations are from two titles. Both Ms. Marvel and Multiversity have been very successful for The Big Two.

Despite failing to release regularly for some time now, Hawkeye is still being nominated for best continuing series. The title has clearly shown that every issue has been worth waiting for.

It’s clear that women are becoming more and more critical to the success of the comic book industry.  Fiona Staples, G. Willow Wilson, and Kelly Sue DeConnick all dominate the nominations. Also, Lumberjanes was a surprise hit last year. The title, mostly created by women, has been nominated for two categories: Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17).

The Walking Dead’s nomination for Best Ongoing Series is a bit surprising considering that the series hasn’t done anything phenomenal lately. Seeing a series such as Batman or even Deadly Class (Which should at the very least be in the running for best new series.) would have been preferred. Speaking of Batman, where is Greg Capullo’s Eisner award?

Finally, while she won the Eisner for Best Coloring last year, it’s definitely disappointing to not see Jordie Bellaire on this year’s nominations. While it’d be tough for her to win this year (Matthew Wilson’s colors have been phenomenal), she should at least receive some kind of mention. I just don’t know who from this great list of colorists I’d remove for her nomination.


Here are this year’s categories and nominees:


Best Short Story




Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)




Best Continuing Series



Best Limited Series




Best New Series




Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)




Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)




Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)




Best Humor Publication




Best Digital/Web Comic




Best Anthology




Best Reality-Based Work




Best Graphic Album—New




Best Graphic Album—Reprint




Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)




Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)




Best U.S. Edition of International Material




Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia



Best Writer




Best Writer/Artist




Best Penciller/Inker




Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)




Best Cover Artist




Best Coloring




Best Lettering




Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism




Best Comics-Related Book




Best Scholarly/Academic Work




Best Publication Design


What do you think of this year’s nominations? Any titles or creators that you would have liked to see get a mention? Sound off below in the comments!