The Eisner Awards dinner for 2019 was held on Friday evening at San Diego Comic Con, and the night’s big winners were Tom King and Mister Miracle,proving the Eisner selection committee has the same discerning taste as your friends at the Den. King won in every category he was nominated except one, taking home an Eisner for Best Short Story (“Talk of the Saints” in Swamp Thing Winter Special with Jason Fabok); Best Limited Series (with Mitch Gerads for Mister Miracle); Best Graphic Album – Reprint (for the hardcover edition of The Vision with Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Michael Walsh); and Best Writer.
The only category his books were nominated in that did not win was Best Ongoing Comic – Batman lost out to the delightful Giant Days by John Allison, Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal. Gerads also took home a solo Eisner for Best Penciller/Inker for his spectacular work on Mister Miracle. And in fact, the only category in which Mister Miraclewas nominated and did not win was for Best Cover Artist, where Nick Derington lost to Jen Bartel for her work on Blackbird and Submerged from Image.
The night’s other big winner was, of course, Den of Geek! We managed six correct predictions out of eleven made! We cracked 50%! Woohoo! We successfully predicted that Chip Zdarsky’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310 would win Best Single Issue (because of how hard it made us cry when we read it, and we challenge all of you to get through that issue without shedding a tear); that My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies would fulfill its prophesy as Eisner bait for Best Graphic Album – New; The Divided Earth from Faith Erin Hicks would take Best Publication for Kids; and we had Gerads for Best Penciller/Inker, and Mister Miraclefor Best Limited Series.
Congratulations to everyone who won an Eisner, and to everyone who was nominated! It was a stellar crowd that gave us hours of great reading last year. Here’s your full list of winners.
Best Short Story: “The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)
Best Continuing Series: Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julaa Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
Best Limited Series: Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)
Best New Series: Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12): The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17): The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (First Second)
Best Humor Publication: Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
Best Anthology: Puerto Rico Strong, edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz (Lion Forge)
Best Reality-Based Work: Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown (First Second)
Best Graphic Album — New: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
Best Graphic Album — Reprint: The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh (Marvel)
Best Adaptation from Another Medium: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, adapted by Junji Ito, translated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Asia: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha)
Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips: Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)
Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books: Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… And Assassins… Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Best Writer: Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
Best Writer/Artist: Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)
Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers): Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Submerged (Vault)
Best Coloring: Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)
Best Lettering: Todd Klein— Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White Night (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: TIE! – Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows) AND PanelxPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com
Best Comics-Related Book: Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, by Martha H. Kennedy (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)
Best Publication Design: Will Eisner’s A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)
Best Digital Comic: Umami, by Ken Niimura (Panel Syndicate), http://panelsyndicate.com/comics/umami
Best Webcomic: The Contradictions, by Sophie Yanow, www.thecontradictions.com
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