22 APRIL 2015
The Eisner nominees have been announced. Comic-Con 2015 is starting to feel very official, isn't it?
CCI says of this year's Eisner nominees that they "highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from companies big and small, in print and online." I mostly agree. There's nothing too radical on the list, but then every field has its awarded work and work that's more, well, experimental. I think the fact that even awarded work in comics can go off the narrative beaten path is something to celebrate. Compare themes, characters and storylines to the films and TV shows that win awards, and it's obvious that good comic book work exists in an imaginative universe like no other.
Nominees who won't surprise you: Brian K. Vaughan leading individual nominations with 4; Grant Morrison, Noelle Stephenson, Paul Tobin and Gary Groth getting 3 nominations each. The titles topping the lists include Saga, Multiversity, Ms. Marvel, Bandette, Sandman, Little Nemo and Astro City.
Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Fantagraphics dominate among publishers but Image and IDW got a decent number of nods as well. Whether you think they got enough nods is your call. BOOM!, Oni and Drawn & Quarterly showed up a few times.
If you're a professional in the industry, you're eligible to vote at www.eisnervote.com. The deadline is 1 June. And of course the ceremony itself will be Friday night at the Con.