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2018 Eisner Award Winners

The Eisner Awards were presented Friday June20th at the San Diego Comic Con.
Yes, they are mostly about comic books, which I don’t cover much here,
but there are some comic strip and cartooning categories that caught my eye.
(Winners listed in bold type)

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS (UP TO AGE 8)

  • Adele in Sand Land, by Claude Ponti, translated by Skeeter Grant and Françoise Mouly (Toon Books)
  • Arthur and the Golden Rope, by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye/Nobrow)
  • Egg, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
  • Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)
  • Little Tails in the Savannah, by Frederic Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci, translated by Mike Kennedy (Lion Forge/Magnetic)

Liniers will be coming to U. S. funny pages in September 2018 with his Macanudo strip.

 

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS (AGES 9-12)

  • Bolivar, by Sean Rubin (Archaia)
  • Home Time (Book One): Under the River, by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf)
  • Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
  • The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill (Oni)
  • Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

The Tea Dragon Society began as a webcomic.

 

 

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

  • Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Byron Vaughn (DC)
  • The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
  • Rock Candy Mountain, by Kyle Starks (Image)
  • Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

Baking With Kafka is a collection of comic strips from The Guardian.
Four other of the nominated title characters have also appeared in comic strips.

 

 

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT – STRIPS

  • Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M. Schulz, edited by Alexis E. Fajardo and Dorothy O’Brien (Andrews McMeel)
  • Crazy Quilt: Scraps and Panels on the Way to Gasoline Alley, by Frank King, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
  • Foolish Questions and Other Odd Observations, by Rube Goldberg, edited by Peter Maresca and Paul C. Tumey (Sunday Press Books)
  • Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Dailies, by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Daniel Herman (Hermes Press)
  • Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, by Russ Manning et al., edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)

A massive hardcover dedicated to Snoopy.

 

 

BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

  • Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Dan Nadel, Timothy Hodler, and Tucker Stone, tcj.com (Fantagraphics)
  • Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes
  • Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)
  • PanelXPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com

Coming next year is The Comics Journal’s return to print!

 

 

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

  • Deconstructing the Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, by Jean Annestay and Christophe Quillien (Humanoids)
  • How Comics Work, by Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher (Wellfleet Press/Quarto Group)
  • How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)
  • Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, by Richard Pini (Flesk)
  • Monograph, by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)
  • To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life and Times of Art Young, by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young (Fantagraphics)

How To Read Nancy won, but I was rooting for the other Fantagraphics book.

 

 

BEST WEBCOMIC

  • Awaiting a Wave, by Dale Carpenter and Nate Powell (The Weather Channel Digital)
  • Brothers Bond, by Kevin Grevioux and Ryan Benjamin (LINE Webtoon)
  • Dispatch from a Sanctuary City, by Mike Dawson (The Nib)
  • The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press)
  • Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan (New York Times Sunday Review)

As mentioned above – Tea Dragon Society began as a webcomic.

 

Among the handful inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame
were cartoonists Jackie Ormes and Charles Addams.

 

The entire list of nominees and winners can be read at The IGN site.

 

 

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