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The Eisner Awards Were Actually Good!

Usually, at this time of the year, I’m complaining about the winners for the Eisner Awards. Not so, this year! With the one glaring exception of Astonishing X-Men selling its soul to be named the Best Continuing Series (that’s the only explanation I can come up with), which, by the by, should be fun for anyone wanting to irritate a Grant Morrison fan, “Hey, how many Eisners did Morrison’s X-Men run win? Oh…none?”, the winners were excellent choices (although I may quibble here or there)!! Congrats, Eisner voters!! I will forgive your Continuing Series vote…it must have been some sort of mass hallucination! However, Jackie Estrada informed me that the Eisner judges only pick the NOMINEES, and comic professionals pick the winners, which makes the pick of Astonishing X-Men a little more predictable (still annoying, though).

The winners…

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

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

Best Digital Comic
PVP, by Scott Kurtz, www.pvponline.com (Before you complain, the category was sparse this year, although I would have went with Copper, myself)

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) (Cancelled by DC…noticing a trend?)

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
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– Ramona Fradon
– Russ Manning
– Jim Steranko

Pretty cool, huh?


Well, I have issues with a lot of them, but generally they’re okay. At least New Avengers didn’t win anything! Of course, Owly winning for a younger audience is fine … if the “younger” audience is for kids under 2!

Sorry – I can’t pass up an opportunity to bash Owly.

Todd Klein must seriously be using these things to prop doors open by now. But he deserved it anyway for that lovely Desolation Jones lettering.

Do you think Stan Sakai ever teases Klein about the time Sakai beat him for the award – the ONLY loss of Klein’s Eisner career?

Copper really should have got Digital comic but the rest I’m mostly happy with.

Jackie Estrada

July 24, 2006 at 12:21 pm

Brian: The Eisner winners were not chosen by the Eisner judges. The judges only choose the nominees. The winners are chosen by a vote of comics professionals throughout the industry.

Jackie Estrada

Thanks for filling me in, Jackie!

That explains a lot!!!

What the hell?!? Someone please explain to me how Fell did not win for Best Ongoing or… or… something. Grrrrrr.

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