Eisner Award Winners 2018

Liu is the first woman to win Best Writer at the Eisner Awards, plus much more!

Marjorie Liu became the first woman to ever win the Best Writer Eisner Award at 2018’s ceremony, held Friday night at San Diego Comic-Con. Liu created Monstress, a fantasy tale about race, class, slavery, and giant tentacle monsters, with Sana Takeda on art. The book took home five total Eisners at the ceremony: Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist, Best Cover Artist, Best Continuing Series, and Best Publication for Teens (13-17).

The other big winner of the night was Emil Ferris, writer and artist on My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. The staggering debut comic from Fantagraphics gave Ferris three Eisners – Best New Graphic Album, Best Writer/Artist, and Best Coloring.

Sharing the Best Writer award with Liu was Tom King, writer of Batman, Mister Miracle,and Batman/Elmer Fudd Special, a sentence no one in their right mind expected to say on stage at an award show. Mister Miracle also gave penciler/inker Mitch Gerads his first.

The sole controversy of the night was the failure of Den of Geek to secure a write-in win for Best Comics Publication. The winner of that category, The Comics Journal, successfully blocked our grassroots campaign for victory by pointing out that there is no option to write in nominees who are not on the ballot. The Establishment can stand in our way for only so long, though, so expect a landslide victory for Den of Geek next year as a reward for successfully choosing at least two of this year’s winners.

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Congratulations to all of the honorees! For a complete list of Eisner winners, keep scrolling. For more from the CONTINUALLY JOBBED geniuses at Den of Geek, stick with…shit. Uh…keep reading, true believers!

2018 Eisner Award Winners

Best Short Story: ”A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green,” by Nick Sousanis, in Columbia Magazine (Summer 2017)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series: Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Limited Series: Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)

Best New Series: Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)

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Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12): The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill (Oni)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Humor Publication: Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Anthology: Elements: Fire, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)

Best Reality-Based Work: Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

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Best Graphic Album—New: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Kindred, by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for the Freedom, by Marcelo D’Salete, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: My Brother’s Husband, vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M. Schulz, edited by Alexis E. Fajardo and Dorothy O’Brien (Andrews McMeel)

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Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan (Kodansha)

Best Writer: Tom King, Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle (DC) AND Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image)

Best Writer/Artist: Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Cover Artist: Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

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Best Coloring: Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo, Groo: Slay of the Gods (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: “The Comics Journal,” edited by Dan Nadel, Timothy Hodler, and Tucker Stone, tcj.com (Fantagraphics)

Best Comics-Related Book: How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)

Best Publication Design: Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, designed by Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), NORMA Editorial, and MASH•ROOM (Kodansha)

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Best Digital Comic: Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost, by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Gideon Kendall (comiXology Originals/Kitchen, Lind & Associates)

Best Webcomic: The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill, teadragonsociety.com (Oni Press)

Hall of Fame:

Judges’ Choices: Carol Kalish, Jackie Ormes

Voters’ Choices: Charles Addams, Karen Berger, Dave Gibbons, Rumiko Takahashi

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Frederick Joseph; Comics4Kids

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Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Joye Murchison Kelly; Dorothy Woolfolk

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Hamish Steele (writer/artist, Pantheon), Pablo Tunica (artist, TMNT Universe)

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Norma Comics, Barcelona, Spain

Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!