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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

 

2022 Nominees & Winners

After the Rain

Best Adaptation of Another Medium Nominee

Bitter Root Volume 3: Legacy

Best Continuing Series Winner

The Black Panther Party

Best Reality-Based Work Winner

Bubble

Best Humor Publication Nominee

Best Adaptation From Another Medium Nominee

Chainsaw Man

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

Department of Truth Vol. 2: The City Upon a Hill

Best Continuing Series Nominee

Best Writer Winner - James Tynion IV

The Good Asian Volume 1

Best Limited Series Winner

Hakim's Odyssey

Best Reality-Based Work Nominee

Immortal Hulk Vol. 10: Of Hell and Death (A Fresh Start)

Best Continuing Series Nominee

Best Cover Artist Nominee - Alex Ross

In: A Graphic Novel

Best Graphic Album (New) Nominee

Best Writer/Artist Nominee - Will McPhail

Kaiju No. 8

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

The Legend of Auntie Po

Best Publication for Teens Winner

Lore Olympus: Volume One

Best Webcomic Winner

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr

Best Limited Series Nominee

Best Penciler/Inker Nominee - Filipe Andrade

Best Coloring Nominee - Filipe Andrade/Inês Amaro

Marvel Voice's: Identity

Best Single Issue Nominee - Marvel Voices: Identity #1 edited by Darren Shan

Monsters

Best Graphic Album (New) Winner

Best Writer/Artist Nominee - Barry Windsor-Smith

The Nice House on the Lake Vol. 1

Best New Series Winner

Best Writer Winner - James Tynion IV

1984: the Graphic Novel

Best Adaptation of Another Medium Winner

Radiant Black Volume 1

Best New Series Nominee

Run Book One

Best Graphic Memoir Winner

The Secret to Superhuman Strength

Best Graphic Memoir Nominee

Best Writer/Artist Nominee - Alison Bechdel

The Silver Coin

Best Anthology Nominee

Something Is Killing the Children Vol. 3

Best Continuing Series Winner

Best Writer Winner - James Tynion IV

Stray Dogs

Best Limited Series Nominee

Thirsty Mermaids

Best Humor Publication Nominee

Ultramega by James Harren Volume 1

Best New Series Nominee

Wynd

Best Writer Winner - James Tynion IV

You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

Best Short Story Winner - "Funeral in Foam" by Casey Gilley & Raina Telgemeier

Best Anthology Winner

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, Vol. 1

Best Humor Publication Nominee

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

Award Winners (Alphabetically)