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2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

See who the industry thought was the best of the best.

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The Comic-Con website announced the nominees for the 2014 Eisner Awards today. Here is the full list of nominees and the actual award ceremony will take place on Friday, July 25th at San Diego Comic Con.

Best Short Story

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Best Continuing Series
Best Limited Series
Best New Series
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Best Humor Publication
Best Anthology
Best Digital/Webcomic
Best Reality-Based Work
Best Graphic Album—New
Best Adaptation from Another Medium
  • The Castle, by Franz Kafka, adapted by David Zane Mairowitz and Jaromír 99 (SelfMadeHero)
  • The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted by by Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
  • Django Unchained, adapted by Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin, R. M. Guéra et al. (DC/Vertigo)
  • Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, by Donald Westlake, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
  • The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, by Edogawa Rampo, adapted by Suehiro Maruo (Last Gasp)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics)
  • The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka (PictureBox)
  • Showa: A History of Japan, 1926–1939, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Summit of the Gods, vol. 4, by Yemmakura Baku and Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist, by Asumiko Nakamura (Vertical)
Best Writer
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick, Pretty Deadly (Image); Captain Marvel (Marvel)
  • Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals (Image); Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, FF (Marvel)
  • Jonathan Hickman, East of West, The Manhattan Projects (Image); Avengers, Infinity (Marvel)
  • Scott Snyder, Batman (DC); American Vampire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
  • Eric Stephenson, Nowhere Men (Image)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
Best Writer/Artist
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Best Cover Artist
  • David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
  • Mike Del Mundo, X-Men Legacy (Marvel)
  • Sean Murphy/Jordie Bellaire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
  • Emma Ríos, Pretty Deadly (Image)
  • Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel)
  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
Best Coloring
  • Jordie Bellaire, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero (Image); The Massive (Dark Horse); Tom Strong (DC); X-Files Season 10 (IDW); Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery (Marvel); Numbercruncher (Titan); Quantum and Woody (Valiant)
  • Steve Hamaker, Mylo Xyloto (Bongo), Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue 1 (Abstract Studio), RASL (Cartoon Books)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Hawkeye, Daredevil: End of Days (Marvel); The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
  • Frank Martin, East of West (Image)
  • Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, Baltimore: The Infernal Train, BPRD: Hell on Earth, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy: Hell on Earth, The Massive, The Shaolin Cowboy, Sledgehammer 44 (Dark Horse)
Best Lettering
  • Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground (IDW)
  • Carla Speed McNeil, Bad Houses; “Finder” in Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
  • Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)
  • Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphics)
  • Britt Wilson, Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake (kaBOOM!)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Best Comics-Related Book
  • Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary, by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen (Bloomsbury)
  • The Art of Rube Goldberg, selected by Jennifer George (Abrams ComicArts)
  • Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, by Art Spiegelman (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell (LOAC/IDW)
  • The Love and Rockets Companion, edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
Best Scholarly/Academic Work
  • Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920–1960, by Nathan Vernon Madison (McFarland)
  • Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II (Bloomsbury)
  • Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art, edited by Jane Tolmie (University Press of Mississippi)
  • International Journal of Comic Art, edited by John A. Lent
  • The Superhero Reader, edited by Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Ken Worcester (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Publication Design
  • The Art of Rube Goldberg, designed by Chad W. Beckerman (Abrams ComicArts)
  • Beta Testing the Apocalypse, designed by Tom Kaczynski (Fantagraphics)
  • Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
  • The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme: A Panorama, by Joe Sacco, designed by Chin-Yee Lai (Norton)
  • Little Tommy Lost, Book 1, designed by Cole Closser (Koyama)

Winners will be announced at San Diego Comic Con, on Friday, July 25th.

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Posted By michaelthemighty17

Jordie Bellaire is the queen of colours. she should definitly win. @inferiorego

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Edited By batshrine

Its a sad day for a Batfan when you have a sigh of relief for when you see that one thing Batrelated amongst the top of the top (and thats snyder nominated for best author)

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Posted By pinecone1510

If you want a good horror title i highly recommend Colder which got nominated for best limited series.Story is creepy and eerie but the art is masterful creating some disturbing creatures and imagery.

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Edited By Sovereign91001

I'm happy Kelly Sue DeConnick got a nomination, I hope she wins.

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Edited By TheUnN4med

All those Image nominations... well deserved! Image Comics is (for me) the best publisher right now.

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Posted By MannEffest

I don't get the East of West love… I dropped it after issue 9, I was just so confused.

However, GO SEX CRIMINALS!!! (never thought I would say that out loud).

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Posted By WarDishy_

Big chuckle at the list of books under Jordie Bellaire's name! She's a machine.

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Posted By ZbvmX

Im glad Lazarus is up for best new series. Truly one of the best books on the shelves.

Yeah. Love how the writer does the world building stuff in Lazarus. I breeze through the story of most issues and spend more time reading the extra material on the back of the book. Hope Lazarus wins best new series :D

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Edited By SavageDragon

Im glad Lazarus is up for best new series. Truly one of the best books on the shelves.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever
@xwraith said:

Where the hell is Jeff Lemire?

Should make it Dark Horse/Image awards

Both of those thoughts ran through my head as I read this.

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Edited By KnightofSteel

Yeah disappointing Sorrentino didn't get nominated. The artwork in that has been groundbreaking. What a shame.

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Posted By Billy Batson

Should make it Dark Horse/Image awards

Er, plenty of different publishers have gotten nominated...

BB

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Posted By Billy Batson

@xwraith said:

Where the hell is Jeff Lemire?

Best Limited Series.

BB

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Edited By Manute117

Should make it Dark Horse/Image awards

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Posted By ZoddGuts

@fil123 said:

hawkeye and fraction are effing junk... ya lets release a hawkeye issue every 3 months.. oh and lets not continue the actually hawkeye story lets have more issues about kate (who no one cares about) or some junk issues about winter friends.

most overrated comic on the shelves... ya it was good in 2012.. but now lets be serious here

Agreed 100%

Lost interest in Hawkeye because of this. Use to be my favorite Marvel book but not anymore.

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Posted By Mapuia_Ralte

@fil123 said:

hawkeye and fraction are effing junk... ya lets release a hawkeye issue every 3 months.. oh and lets not continue the actually hawkeye story lets have more issues about kate (who no one cares about) or some junk issues about winter friends.

most overrated comic on the shelves... ya it was good in 2012.. but now lets be serious here

Yeah, this part right her.

Oh and I'm so glad to see Image owning the "Big 2", they totally deserve it.

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Posted By BattheMan008

Looks like a pretty good list. Would like to have seen Superior Foes get a nomination for Humor Publication.

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Edited By Hassun

@captainhoopla: Hear hear!

If Hawkeye gets nominated Superior Foes of Spider-Man deserves to get doubly nominated.

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@ren_ said:

@inferiorego said:

I'm just happy Jordie Bellaire is nominated.

Jordie Bellaire is an unsung hero, tbh. Her coloring can make a book and she's a freaking workhouse. Can't even count how many titles she's worked on in the last year.

I totally agree! Take Zero for example: if Jordie quits that book, cohesion from book to book will go down the drain as well. Her work speaks VOLUMES. Easily the hardest working gal in the industry, and I hope she wins.

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Posted By ZbvmX

@jonny_anonymous said:

@inferiorego said:

I'm just happy Jordie Bellaire is nominated.

Hail the Queen of Colour

Ahh yes... a CV Podcast listener.

If VAN JENSEN ever gets nominated for an Eisner... CV will probably explode! :D But yeah, tremendously happy that Jordie got nominated. I hope to get to meet her in-person (and in full-colour) one day.

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Posted By Ren_

I'm just happy Jordie Bellaire is nominated.

Jordie Bellaire is an unsung hero, tbh. Her coloring can make a book and she's a freaking workhouse. Can't even count how many titles she's worked on in the last year.

Matt Fraction is getting a lot of love, but I'm really rooting for Kelly Sue DeConnick & Greg Rucka/Lazarus to win their respective categories.

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Posted By InFamous_Wolf

Happy to see Emma Rios and Scott Snyder on the list!

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@daredevil21134 said:

@fil123 said:

hawkeye and fraction are effing junk... ya lets release a hawkeye issue every 3 months.. oh and lets not continue the actually hawkeye story lets have more issues about kate (who no one cares about) or some junk issues about winter friends.

most overrated comic on the shelves... ya it was good in 2012.. but now lets be serious here

Agreed 100%

Agreed 200%

the internet has a habbit of overrating things

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

@fil123 said:

hawkeye and fraction are effing junk... ya lets release a hawkeye issue every 3 months.. oh and lets not continue the actually hawkeye story lets have more issues about kate (who no one cares about) or some junk issues about winter friends.

most overrated comic on the shelves... ya it was good in 2012.. but now lets be serious here

Agreed 100%

Agreed 200%

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Edited By MadeinBangladesh

Eh not a fan of the picks. Too much hype with Hawkeye, Saga, and Sex Criminals.

@noj AGREED. Hawkeye is kindof overrated even though I like it.

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Edited By ZbvmX

Cheering on for Pizza dog!

Hawkeye #11: “Pizza Is My Business,” by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

and to the QUEEN OF COLOR

Jordie Bellaire, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero (Image); The Massive (Dark Horse); Tom Strong (DC); X-Files Season 10 (IDW); Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery (Marvel); Numbercruncher (Titan); Quantum and Woody (Valiant)

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Posted By LyraFay

Cool, I've actually read some of those. Except I've read Paul Pope's Battling Boy, I find it weird seeing in a tween section especially when I found more compelling than some of the "adult," comics. But so happy Francesco Francavilla's Black Beetle was nominated. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO READ IT!!

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

It is an absolute criminal shame that Superior Foes of Spider-Man wasn't nominated for anything, especially when Hawkeye gets nominated when it's only had one good issue since last May.

I guess the Eisner's have officially become like the Oscars and Emmys.

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Posted By DrellAssassin

Greg Capullo, snubbed again. I feel he deserves it far more than Emma Rios, whose art is nice in Pretty Deadly but her action scenes are incomprehensible.

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Posted By Squalleon

@fil123 said:

@squalleon: i wouldnt say all these series are better, anyway i was just wondering since every time im on a site theyre tossing out 9s like its nobodys business. and capullas are seems to be very underrated.

and the fact hawkeye is nominated is a huge joke, thats a rant for another time

Batman doesn't deserve the 9s it gets IMO. And why someone would give a best series award to just another Batman origin, I mean when Wonder Woman or Green Arrow don't get a nomination I don't see why Batman should.
I agree about hawkeye, it is so hit or miss lately I am actually surprised it is there.
Cappulo isn't underrated he has a huge fanbase. The fact that he didn't get nominated THIS YEAR doesn't say much.

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Posted By Dark_Vengeance_

Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground better win.

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Posted By fil123

@squalleon: i wouldnt say all these series are better, anyway i was just wondering since every time im on a site theyre tossing out 9s like its nobodys business. and capullas are seems to be very underrated.

and the fact hawkeye is nominated is a huge joke, thats a rant for another time

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Edited By longbowhunter

Hey just noticed Battling Boy got a nom for the 13-17 category. Finished that last week. Great read, fantastic art, leaves on a big cliffhanger. So excited for book two.

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Posted By kidchipotle

Lotta good stuff on here!

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Posted By Xwraith

Where the hell is Jeff Lemire?

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Posted By longbowhunter

Not surprised to see Demeter get a nomination. I've loved all Becky Cloonan's self published stuff so far. Happy to see The Wake and Trillium get looked at for best limited series.

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Posted By Fenderxx

Jordie Bellaire is the Queen of Colors !

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Posted By illmatic4177

@fil123: Obviously not everyone agrees with that opinion.

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Posted By Catsnlynne

@fil123 said:

hawkeye and fraction are effing junk... ya lets release a hawkeye issue every 3 months.. oh and lets not continue the actually hawkeye story lets have more issues about kate (who no one cares about) or some junk issues about winter friends.

most overrated comic on the shelves... ya it was good in 2012.. but now lets be serious here

Agreed 100%

I also agree.

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Posted By noj

Oh and its a freaking travesty to not see Andrea Sorrentino nominated for Green Arrow. Seriously the best art on the stands.

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Posted By DonFelipe

Note to self: Check out Watson & Holmes!

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Posted By noj

Oh come on Hawkeye gets WAY too much hype! Its good dont get me wrong but its really not THAT good. I liked it but the series lost me a few months ago after the long hiatus and honestly I have no reason to pick it back up.

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Posted By DonFelipe

Interesting nominations! I'm surprised but very happy for Colder being nominated for Best Limited Series. Well deserved, Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra!

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Posted By Squalleon

not a single nomination for Green Arrow?

you joking?

I was expecting Sorrentino to get nominated. The story is good but Sorrentino's art is the thing that truly makes this book great.

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Posted By Fallschirmjager

not a single nomination for Green Arrow?

you joking?

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Posted By Nahuel

And no Valiant...

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Posted By inferiorego

@inferiorego said:

I'm just happy Jordie Bellaire is nominated.

Hail the Queen of Colour

Ahh yes... a CV Podcast listener.

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Posted By TheWrathofLucille

Hope rat queens wins!!!

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