As the Eisner nominations were announced, Steven Scott of IDW Publishing posted his reaction to the Love Is Love comic anthology, the volume jointly published by IDW and DC to raise money and awareness for the victims of the Orlando Pulse gay nightclub shootings last year, not being included.
Shocked and disappointed at the Eisner snub for Love is Love. Can't think of a more deserving title. A lot of hard work gone unrecognized
— Scott (@Scott_Duvall) May 2, 2017
He wasn't alone.
shocked that #LoveIsLove got no Eisner love. :/
— Sterling Gates (@sterlinggates) May 2, 2017
Love Is Love was published in comic stores by DC/IDW. Previewsworld lists it as published on December 28th. But Jackie Estrada, who runs the awards, provided some context.
And indeed, Amazon has January 10th for the publication date. Plenty of publishers let direct market comic stores get first dibs on volumes before the bookstore market, which is served by Amazon.
The submission guidelines read,
Printed works must have been distributed in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. Online material must have been first published in that same time period.
It just seems a strange way to define that period
But as a result, this time, the nominators and voters will have to wait another year to get the chance. If they remember. Hopefully we'll be available to remind them.
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