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Comic Book Publishers and Creators Respond to Being Nominated in 2019 Eisner Awards

The Eisner Awards nominations for 2019 were announced today. And publishers and creators were keeb to share their glee. Here's a collection of press releases from comics publishers and tweets from those comic book creators celebrating the big day.

Image Comics:

Image Comics made history today as the first publisher to sweep in the Best New Series category for nominations in the 2019 Eisner Awards.

This year, Image titles have received 19 nominations plus 11 shared nominations for a total of 30 Eisner nominations.

"It's always exciting to be nominated for anything, but to receive as many nominations as we did this year is a powerful testament to the sheer volume of creativity produced by the amazing writers and artists we work with here at Image," said Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics. "Even more exciting is dominating the Best New Series category, if only because we take so much pride in making 'new' our speciality."

Below is the full list of Image nominees.

Best Short Story: 

  • "Get Naked in Barcelona," by Steven T. Seagle and Emei Olivia Burell, in Get Naked (Image)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: 

  • The Terrible Elisabeth Dumn Against the Devils In Suits, by Arabson, translated by James Robinson (Image)

Best Continuing Series: 

  • Gasolina, by Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter (Skybound/Image)

Best New Series: 

  • Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)
  • Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)
  • Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
  • Isola, by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl (Image)
  • Man-Eaters, by Chelsea Cain, Lia Miternique, and Kate Niemczyk (Image)
  • Skyward, by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett (Image)

Best Publication for Teens: 

  • Middlewest, by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona (Image)
  • Norroway, Book 1: The Black Bull of Norroway, by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton (Image)

Best Humor Publication:

  • Get Naked, by Steven T. Seagle et al. (Image)

Best Anthology: 

  • Twisted Romance, edited by Alex de Campi (Image)
  • Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, edited by Will Dennis, curated by J. H. Williams III and Wendy Wright-Williams (Image)

Best Graphic Album—New: 

  • My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:

  • Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
  • Sean Phillips, Kill or Be Killed, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image)

Best Cover Artist: 

  • Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist:

  • Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)

Best Writer: 

  • Alex De Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13); Twisted Romance (Image)
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Black Hammer: Quantum Age, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, (Dark Horse); Descender, Gideon Falls, Royal City (Image)

Best Writer/Artist: 

  • David Lapham, Lodger (Black Crown/IDW); Stray Bullets (Image)

Best Cover Artist: 

  • Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Fantastic Four (Marvel); Submerged (Vault)

Best Coloring: 

  • Jordie Bellaire, Batman (DC); The Divided Earth (First Second); Days of Hate, Dead Hand, Head Lopper, Redlands (Image); Shuri, Doctor Strange (Marvel)
  • Nathan Fairbairn, Batman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC); Die!Die!Die! (Image); Despicable Deadpool (Marvel)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: White Knight (DC): Seven to Eternity, Wytches (Image)
  • Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)

Best Lettering: 

  • Jim Campbell, Abbott, Alice: Dream to Dream, Black Badge Clueless, Coda, Fence, Firefly, Giant Days, Grass Kings, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, Low Road West, Sparrowhawk (BOOM); Angelic (Image)
  • Alex De Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13), Twisted Romance (Image)
  • Jared Fletcher, Batman: Damned (DC); The Gravediggers Union, Moonshine, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards (Image)


Dark Horse:

Dark Horse is delighted to share with you this year's Eisner Awards 2019 nominations. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflect the wide range of material published in comics and graphic novels.

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are in their fourteenth year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.


Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox

Best Continuing Series: Black Hammer: Age of Doom, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Rich Tommaso

Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Niourk, by Olivier Vatine, translated by Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Will Eisner's A Contract with God: Curator's Collection, edited by John Lind

Best Comics-Related Book: Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography—Beyond the Fantasy, by Florent Gorges, translated by Laure Dupont

Best Publication Design: Will Eisner's A Contract with God: Curator's Collection, designed by John Lind

Best Writer: Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Black Hammer: Quantum Age, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows

Best Coloring: Tamra Bonvillain, Alien 3

Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald

Best Lettering: David Aja, Seeds

The Eisner Awards will be presented July 19, 2019 at the awards ceremony at Comic-con International. Voting for the awards is held online. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The ballot will be available at No matter the outcome, Dark Horse is grateful to all the creators and the stories they bring to life.

IDW Entertainment

The 2019 Eisner Award judges recognized IDW Publishing and its imprints, Top Shelf, Library of American Comics, Black Crown, and Artist's Editions, with a combined twelve nods this year (ten nominations and two shared nominations). The prestigious award ceremony, held annually at Comic-Con International, honors exemplary work from the previous year in comics publishing.

IDW's 2019 Eisner Nominees include:

  • Best Publication for Early Readers: Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Best Publication for Teens: Gumballs, by Erin Nations (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Best Anthology: Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World, edited by Shelly Bond (Black Crown/IDW)
  • Best Graphic Album — New: Come Again, by Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Best Graphic Album — Reprint: Girl Town, by Carolyn Nowak (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips: Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, Vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books: Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books: Madman Quarter Century Shindig, by Mike Allred, edited by Chris Ryall, designed by Shawn Lee (IDW)
  • Best Writer/Artist: David Lapham, Lodger (Black Crown/IDW)
  • Best Writer/Artist: Nate Powell, Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Best Academic/Scholarly Work: The Goat Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics, by Eddie Campbell (Library of American Comics/IDW/Ohio State University Press)
  • Best Lettering: Todd Klein, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)


"It's such an honor to see the Eisner judges celebrate the diverse range of graphic novels that Top Shelf has published lately — with James Kochalka celebrating the whimsical anarchy of young boys, Erin Nations introducing teens to a wide spectrum of queer and trans experience, Carolyn Nowak animating millennial womanhood with comedy and pathos, and Nate Powell exploring the dark terrors of parenting. These nominations (and these books) demonstrate the persistent truth that 'weird personal comics' can in fact be universal, because they let us see inside each other's hearts," says Leigh Walton, Top Shelf marketing director and editor.

"As we approach the landmark 200th release in the Library of American Comics, we're proud to help preserve the history of comics one book at a time," says creative director Dean Mullaney. "The Goat Getters especially breaks new ground in comics scholarship."

"On behalf of my Femme Magnifique co-curators, Brian and Kristy Miller, over 100 of your favorite writers and artists, and IDW, I'm honored to be in such magnificent company," says Black Crown curator/editor Shelly Bond. "Congrats to all the Eisner nominees, especially the Laphams, who continue to crush our expectations of crime noir."

Scott Dunbier, IDW's Director of Special Projects, says, "Bill Sienkiewicz's Mutants and Moon Knights charts Bill's evolution through different stages of his career. Watching him progress from a talented new artist to a true innovator is fascinating to behold — it was an honor to work on this book, and to be nominated for an Eisner Award."

Chris Ryall, IDW's Publisher & President/CCO and editor on the nominated Madman Quarter Century Shindig book, added, "To directly quote Madman creator Michael Allred when notified about the nomination, this is Super Ginchy! It's a thrill to see such diverse nominations for IDW's equally wide-ranging output."

DC Comics

The nominees for the 31st annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today, and DC has earned 24 nominations! Celebrated as "the Oscars of the comics world," for three decades the prestigious Eisner Awards have celebrated the industry's very best releases and talent.
Chosen by a highly lauded panel of judges and voted on by industry professionals, this year's winners will be announced at the annual ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con.
DC's titles and creators are represented among the elite with the following nominations:

Best Short Story:
"The Ghastlygun Tinies," by Matt Cohen and Marc Palm, in MAD magazine #4 (DC)
"The Talk of the Saints," by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Continuing Series:
Batman, by Tom King et al. (DC)

Best Limited Series:
Batman: White Knight, by Sean Murphy (DC)
Eternity Girl, by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew (Vertigo/DC)
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, and Mark Morales (DC)
Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)

Best Humor Publication:
MAD magazine, edited by Bill Morrison (DC)

Best Graphic Album—New:
Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1, by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books:
Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition, edited by Paul Levitz (DC)

Best Writer:
Tom King—Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
Mark Russell—Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound, Lex Luthor/Porky Pig (DC); Lone Ranger (Dynamite)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
Mitch Gerards—Mister Miracle (DC)
Sonny Liew—Eternity Girl (Vertigo/DC)
Yanick Paquette—Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC)

Best Coloring:
Jordie Bellaire—Batman (DC); The Divided Earth (First Second); Analog, Dead Hand, Head Lopper, Redlands(Image); Shuri, Doctor Strange (Marvel)
Nathan Fairbairn—Batman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC); Die!Die!Die! (Image)
Tamra Bonvillain—Alien 3 (Dark Horse); Batman, Doom Patrol (DC): Moon Girl, Multiple Man (Marvel)
Matt Hollingsworth—Batman: White Knight (DC): Seven to Eternity, Wytches (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist:
Lee Bermejo—Batman: Damned (DC)

Best Lettering:
Jared Fletcher—Batman: Damned (DC); Paper Girls (Image)
Todd Klein—Black Hammer: Age of Doom (Dark Horse); Batman: White Night (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)

Best Cover Artist:
Nick Derington—Mister Miracle (DC)
Joshua Middleton—Batgirl, Aquaman variants (DC)


And plenty of the creators took the chance to celebrate too…


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