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Graphic Novels at HMCPL

A guide to help navigate our extensive graphic novel collection, broken down my genre and format.

Will Eisner Award

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, are handed out each year in a gala ceremony at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and pioneer of the graphic novels), the Awards are given out in more than two-dozen categories covering the best publications and creators of the previous year.

The Eisner Awards were not always the Eisner Awards. At one point they were the Kirby Awards—sort of.

Back in 1984, Fantagraphics Books instituted the Jack Kirby Awards to honor the best works and creators in comics. The administrator of the awards was Dave Olbrich, a Fantagraphics employee. The awards were given out beginning in 1985 in programs at Comic-Con, with Jack Kirby himself on hand to congratulate the winners.

When Olbrich left Fantagraphics for other pursuits in 1987, the Kirby Awards came to an end, and two new awards programs were born: Fantagraphics started the Harvey Awards (named after Harvey Kurtzman), and Olbrich started the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Set up as a nonprofit organization, the Eisners were given out at Comic-Con like the Kirbys had been, only now with Will Eisner on stage to hand out the awards.

 

     - Taken from The Official Comic Con Website

 

2019 Nominees

Abbott

Best Lettering (Jim Campbell) Nominee

All Summer Long

Best Publication for Teens (13-17) Nominee

All the Answers

Best Reality-Based Work Nominee

Aquicorn Cove

Best Publication for Kids (9-12) Nominee

Batman: White Knight

Best Limited Series Nominee

Best Lettering (Todd Klein) Nominee

Best Coloring (Matt Hollingsworth) Nominee

Be Prepared

Best Publication for Kids (9-12) Nominee

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Best U.S. Edition of International Material Nominee

The Cardboard Kingdom

Best Publication for Kids (9-12) Nominee

Crush

Best Publication for Kids (9-12) Nominee

Descender Vol. 5: Rise of the Robots

Best Writer (Jeff Lemire) Nominee

Best Painter/Multimedia Interior Artist (Dustin Nguyen) Nominee

Doctor Strange by Mark Waid Vol. 1: Across the Universe

Best Coloring (Jordie Bellaire) Nominee

Doom Patrol by Gerard Way Vol. 2: Nada

Best Coloring (Tamra Bonvillain) Nominee

Exit Stage Left: Snagglepuss Chronicles

Best Limited Series Nominee

Best Writer (Mark Russell) Nominee

Frankenstein

Best Adaptation from Another Medium Nominee

Gravediggers Union Volume 1

Best Lettering (Jared Fletcher) Nominee

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1

Best Graphic Album (New) Nominee

The Immortal Hulk Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?

Best Continuing Series Nominee

Kill or Be Killed Volume 4

Best Penciller/Inker (Sean Phillips) Nominee

The Life of Captain Marvel

Best Cover Artist (Julian Tedesco) Nominee

Man-Eaters Volume 1

Best New Series Nominee

Mister Miracle

Best Limited Series Nominee

Best Writer (Tom King) Nominee

Best Cover Artist (Nick Derington) Nominee

Best Penciller/Inker (Mitch Geralds) Nominee

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

Best Graphic Album (New) Nominee

Best Penciller/Inker (Sean Phillips) Nominee

The Nameless City Vol. 3: Divided Earth

Best Publication for Kids (9-12) Nominee

Best Coloring (Jordie Bellaire) Nominee

Paper Girls Volume 4

Best Coloring (Matt Wilson) Nominee

Best Lettering (Jared Fletcher) Nominee

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Best Publication for Teens (13-17) Nominee

Best Writer/Artist (Jen Wang) Nominee

Rogue and Gambit: Ring of Fire

Best Writer (Kelly Thompson) Nominee

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever

Best Continuing Series Nominee

Best Coloring (Matt Wilson) Nominee

Sabrina

Best Graphic Album (New) Nominee

Best Writer/Artist (Nick Drnaso) Nominee

Sherlock Holmes: Neil Gaiman's a Study in Emerald

Best Lettering (Todd Klein) Nominee

Shuri: The Search for Black Panther

Best Coloring (Jordie Bellaire) Nominee

Skyward Vol. 1: My Low-G Life

Best New Series Nominee

This Is a Taco!

Best Publication for Early Readers (Up to Age 8) Nominee

Tiger vs. Nightmare

Best Publication For Young Readers (Up to Age 8) Nominee

Watersnakes

Best Publication for Teens (13-17) Nominee

Best Writer/Artist (Tony Sandoval) Nominee

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Tony Sandoval) Nominee

The Wicked + the Divine Volume 8: Old Is the New New

Best Coloring (Matt Wilson) Nominee

Award Winners (Alphabetically)