NameThe Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Awards AdministratorJackie Estrada
DateThe Eisner Awards are held as part of the San Diego Comic Con International, and are held on Friday of the event.
HoursThe Eisner Awards are being held from 8:30pm-11:30pm.
The doors open for VIP’s at 7:30pm.
The doors open for con goers at 8:15pm.
CostThe Award ceremony is free to all paid con goers.
LocationSan Diego Convention Center – Ballroom 20
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Contact InfoAwards Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
General Info – email@example.com
Hotline - 619-491-2475
About The AwardsThe Eisner Awards are considered to be the “Oscars” of the comic book world. They endeavor to as Awards Administrator points out on the main site, “…call attention to and celebrate the best that the comics artform has to offer.” The event is a held in a gala ceremony at the San Diego Comic Con International and are considered by many to be on of the highlights of the event. The events are named after comic book legend Will Eisner, whom is considered to be the father of the graphic novel.
Why You Should Care About The EisnersThe Eisners represent the best that comic books have to offer. You might disagree with some of their choices, but the process in choosing and voting for the nominations is solid. The nominations and winners are probably going to be all good bets to pick up and read.
Nomination ProcessAwards Administrator Jackie Estrada chooses the judges, which represent a cross section of the comic book community. According to an interview with PopImage, Jackie states, “I try to choose judges to represent the five basic areas of the comics industry.” Those areas are – creator, retailer, journalist, distributor, and fan.
HistoryThe Awards were originally known as the Jack Kirby awards and were run through the publishing company Fantagraphics. Dave Olbrich was the chief employee who oversaw the awards. When Olbrich left the company and wanted to retain control of the event, Fantagraphics owner and publisher Gary Groth objected. The resulting conflict resulted with wife of the creator Roz Kirby suggesting they retire using his name for the awards.
CategoriesThe categories for the awards have grown to 29 categories The original award ceremony in 1988 had 10 categories with the additional Hall of Fame award. The categories are as follows:
- Best Short Story
- Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
- Best Continuing Series
- Best Limited Series
- Best New Series
- Best Publication for a Younger Audience
- Best Humor Publication
- Best Anthology
- Best Digital Comic
- Best Reality-Based Work
- Best Graphic Album—New
- 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—Japan
- Best Writer
- Best Writer/Artist
- Best Writer/Artist—Humor
- Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
- Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
- Best Cover Artist
- Best Coloring
- Best Lettering
- Special Recognition
- Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
- Best Comics-Related Book
- Best Publication Design
- Hall of Fame Award
Additional AwardsThere are also other awards presented at the ceremony. They are as follows:
- Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
- Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
- Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing
- Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award.