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Nomination and Selection Process

Five judges are selected annually from different branches of the comic book community to comprise a panel to nominate works from the previous year in each category. The judges select from entries submitted to them by creators and publishers as well as any works not submitted they see as noteworthy. The judge's nominations are sent out to members of the comics industry to select a winner. Four or five candidates are nominated per category for work released in the prior year with the exception of the Hall of Fame. Inductees into the Hall of Fame are chosen from a list of around 16 candidates, typically two candidates are inducted by the judges and four are voted in by the industry voters. Winners are announced at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Hall of Fame

Annual Artist Awards

Best Art Team

Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Best Colorist/Coloring

Hollingsworth's 1997 Best Colorist Winner

Best Cover Artist

James Jean Best Cover Artist Eisner Winner 2004-2009

Best Editor

Best Letterer/Lettering

Todd Klein won Eisners from 2000-2006 for Promethea

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior)

Ladronn's 2006 Winner

Best Writer

Best Writer/Artist

Best Writer/Artist - Humor

Tony Millionaire's 2007 Winner

Best Writer/Artist Non-Fiction

Special Recognition

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition

Renier's 2006 Winner

Annual Publication Awards

Best Adaption from Another Medium

Best Anthology

1993 Best Anthology Winner

Best Archival Collection/Project

Schulz' 2005 and 2007 Winner

Best Archival Collection/Project- Comic Strips

2010 Best Archive Project

Best Archival Collection/Project- Comic Books

Best Black and White Series

Best Comic Strip Collection

Best Continuing Series

ABC's 2001 Winner

Best Digital Comic

Best Finite/Limited Series

1994 Best Limited Series Winner

Best Graphic Album

Best Graphic Album - New

Craig Thompson's 2004 Winner

Best Graphic Album - Reprint

Miller's 1998 Winner

Best Humor Publication

Jeff Smith's Bone Won 3 Consecutive Best Humor Eisners

Best New Series

2006 Best New Series Eisner Winner

Best Publication Design

David Petersen's Mouse Guard Books Won 2 Eisners in 2008

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

Best Publication for Teens/Young Adults (13-17)

Best Reality Based Work

Best Serialized Story

2003, 05, and 06 Winner for Best Serialized Story

Best Short Story

Baker & Glass' Controversial 2000 Winner

Best Single Issue/Single Story/One-Shot

Eric Powell's 2004 Best Single Issue Winner

Best Title for Younger Readers/Best Comics Publication for a Younger Audience

Baker's Plastic Man

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

2000 Winner for Best U.S. Publication of International Material

Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia

Annual Comics-Related Awards

Best Comics-Related Book

  • 1992 From 'Aargh!' to 'Zap!': Harvey Kurtzman's Visual History of the Comics edited by Howard Zimmerman [Prentice Hall]
  • 1994 Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud [Kitchen Sink]
  • 1996 Alex Toth edited by Manual Auad [Kitchen Sink]
  • 1997 Graphic Storytelling by Will Eisner [Poorhouse Press]
  • 1998 The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book edited by Pete Poplaski [Kitchen Sink]
  • 1999 Batman: Animated by Paul Dini and Chip Kidd [HarperCollins]
  • 2000 The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano [DC/Vertigo]
  • 2001 Wonder Woman: The Complete History by Les Daniels, edited by Steve Korte [Chronicle Books]
  • 2002 Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz edited by Chip Kidd [Pantheon]
  • 2003 B. Krigstein, vol. 1 by Greg Sadowski [Fantagraphics] (Best Comics-Related Publication Periodical or Book Winner)
  • 2004 The Art of Hellboy by Mike Mignola [Dark Horse]
  • 2005 Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerard Jones [Basic Books]
  • 2006 Eisner/Miller edited by Charles Brownstein and Diana Schutz [Dark Horse]
  • 2007 The Art of Brian Bolland edited by Joe Pruett [Image/Desperado]
  • 2008 Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean by Douglas Wolk [Da Capo Press]
  • 2009 Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier [Abrams]
  • 2010 The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Dennis Kitchen and Paul Buhle [Abrams Comicarts]
  • 2011 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking by Paul Levitz [TASCHEN]
  • 2012 MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman [Pantheon]
  • 2013 Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe [HarperCollins]
  • 2014 Genius Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth designed by Dean Mullaney [IDW]
  • 2015 Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth Vol. 3 by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell [IDW/LOAC]

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism Publication

  • 1992 Comics Buyer's Guide [Krause]
  • 1993 Comics Buyer's Guide [Krause]
  • 1995 Hero Illustrated [Warrior Publications]
  • 1996 The Comics Journal [Fantagraphics]
  • 1997 The Comics Journal [Fantagraphics]
  • 1998 The Comics Journal [Fantagraphics]
  • 1999 The Comics Journal [Fantagraphics]
  • 2000 Comic Book Artist [TwoMorrows]
  • 2002 Comic Book Artist [TwoMorrows]
  • 2004 Comic Book Artist [TwoMorrows]
  • 2005 Comic Book Artist [TwoMorrows]
  • 2006 Comic Book Artist [TwoMorrows]
  • 2007 Alter Ego edited by Roy Thomas [TwoMorrows]
  • 2008 Newsarama produced by Matt Brady and Michael Doran
  • 2009 Comic Book Resources by Jonah Weiland
  • 2010 The Comics Reporter by Tom Spurgeon
  • 2011 Comic Book Resources by Jonah Weiland
  • 2012 The Comics Reporter by Tom Spurgeon
  • 2013 The Comics Reporter by Tom Spurgeon
  • 2014 Comic Book Resources by Jonah Weiland
  • 2015 Comics Alliance by Andy Khouri, Caleb Goellner, Andrew Wheeler, & Joe Hughes

Best Comics-Related Product/Item

  • 1992 The Sandman statue by Randy Bowen [DC]
  • 1994 Death statue by Chris Bachalo, et al [DC]
  • 1995 The Sandman Arabian Nights statue by P. Craig Russell (design) and Randy Bowen [DC]
  • 1996 Comic-strip stamps [US Postal Service]
  • 1997 Hellboy bust by Randy Bowen [Bowen Designs]
  • 1998 Acme Novelty Library display stand by Chris Ware [Fantagraphics]
  • 1999 The Sandman pocketwatch by Kris Ruotolo [DC]
  • 2000 Bettie Page, Groo, Hellboy, Milk & Cheese, and Sin City lunchboxes [Dark Horse]
  • 2002 Dark Horse comic character statuettes by Yoe Studio [Dark Horse]

Best Comics-Related Sculpted Figure

  • 1999 Hellboy statue by Randy Bowen [Bowen Designs]

Best Educational/Academic Work

  • 2012 (tie) Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti [Yale University Press] and Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield [University Press of Mississippi]
  • 2013 Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass by Susan E. Kirtley [University Press of Mississippi]
  • 2014 Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation
  • 2015 Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews, edited by Sarah Lightman [McFarland]

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

  • 1993 Gary Colobuono of Moondog's in Chicago, IL
  • 1993 Sean Scoffield and Steve Solomos of The Beguiling in Toronto, ON
  • 1993 Rory Root and Mike Patchen of Comic Relief in Berkeley and San Franciso, CA
  • 1994 Bill Liebowitiz of Golden Apple in Los Angeles, CA
  • 1994 Leon Cowen and Michael Pandolfo of Dr. Comics and Mr. Games in Oakland, CA
  • 1995 Joe Field of Flying Colors in Concord, CA
  • 1995 Kees Kousemaker of Lambiek in Amsterdam, Holland
  • 1996 George Vlastaras of Kings Comics in Sydney, Australia
  • 1996 Joe and Dottie Ferrara of Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz, CA
  • 1997 Eric Kirsammer of Chicago Comics in Chicago, IL
  • 1997 Steve Snyder of Central City Comics in Columbus, OH
  • 1997 Paul Howley of That's Entertainment in Fitchburg and Worchester, MA
  • 1998 Mark and Robert Hennessey of Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, CA
  • 1998 Gaston Dominquez and Ilia Carson of Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles, CA
  • 1999 Scott Thorne of Star Clipper Comics & Games of St. Louis, MO
  • 1999 Greg Ketter of DreamHaven in Minneapolis, MN
  • 2000 Patrick Shaughnassy of Golden Age Collectibles in Vancouver, BC
  • 2001 Calum Johnston of Strange Adventures in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2002 Nick Postiglione of Source Comics & Games in Falcon Heights, MN
  • 2003 Alan & Marsha Giroux of All About Books & Comics in Phoenix, AZ
  • 2004 Fran & Kevin McGarry of ACME Comics & Collectibles in Sioux City, IA
  • 2005 Mimi Cruz and Alan Carroll of Night Flight Comics in Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2006 Richard Neal of Zeus Comics in Dallas, TX
  • 2007 Carr D'Angelo and Jud Meyers of Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks, CA
  • 2008 Atom! and Portlyn Freeman of Brave New World in Santa Clarita, CA
  • 2009 Tate's Comics in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 2010 Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2011 Yuval Sharon and Danny Amitai in Comics & Vegetables in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2012 Akira Comics in Madrid, Spain
  • 2012 The Dragon in Guelph, ON
  • 2013 Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, IL
  • 2014 TIE All Star Comics in Melbourne Australia
  • 2014 TIE Legends Comics & Coffee, NE
  • 2015 Packrat Comics in Hilliard, Ohio

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