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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 (1988 - Present)

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


2020 Nominees & Winners

Are You Listening?

Best Graphic Album (New) Winner

Best Writer/Artist Nominee - Tillie Walden

Best Lettering Nominee - Tilie Walden

Bitter Root

Best Continuing Series Winner

Bttm Fdrs

Best Graphic Album (New) Nominee

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls

Best Publication For Kids Nominee

The Giver

Best Adaptation of Another Medium Nominee


Best Publication For Kids Winner

The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel)

Best Adaptation of Another Medium Nominee

H. P. Lovecraft's at the Mountains of Madness Volume 1-2

Best Adaptation of Another Medium Nominee

Hot Comb

Best Short Story Winner - "Hot Comb"

Best Publication For Teens Nominee

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

Best Reality-Based Work Nominee

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me

Best Publication For Teens Winner

Best Writer Winner - Mariko Tamaki

Best Penciler/Inker Winner - Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

Naomi: Season One

Best Limited Series Nominee

New Kid

Best Publication For Kids Nominee

Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples

Best Adaptation of Another Medium Winner

They Called Us Enemy

Best Reality-Based Work Winner

This Was Our Pact

Best Publication For Kids Nominee

Witch Hat Atelier Volume 1

Best U.S. Edition of International Material (Asia) Winner

Award Winners (Alphabetically)