The Eisner Awards 2013: Which Women Won?

Becky Cloonan wins at the Eisner Awards
Women scooped a number of awards last night at the 2013 Eisner Awards, the self-dubbed Oscars of the comic book industry which took place last night at San Diego Comic Con.

Robbins’ induction was a highlight, giving great recognition to an incredible writer who has continuously pushed boundaries and promoted women in comics throughout her career.

Meanwhile, the wonderfully talented Becky Cloonan won Best Single Issue for her self-published comic The Mire, a fantastic achievement.

We hope and expect to see her name again in next year’s awards for her current work on The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys published by Dark Horse.

Unsurprisingly, excellent space opera/sci-fi series Saga won both Best New Series and Best Continuing Series, earning Fiona Staples two well deserved awards along with co-creator Brian K. Vaughan.

Female writers and artists cleaned up in the YA categories, with A Wrinkle in Time adapted by Hope Larson, Babymouse For President co-written by Jennifer L. Holm, and Adventure Time co-created by Shelli Paroline all winning in their respective YA categories, shining light on the many ways in which women comic creatives are welcoming  a whole new generation to the world of comics.

Other winners included Colleen Coover for Best Web Comic for Bandette and Susan Kirtley for Best Educational/Academic Work for Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass.

Women were conspicuous by our absence in nominations for Best Writer, however -  and no woman has won this title since the awards began in 1988.

While it was encouraging to see so many female comic creatives nominated this year, there were some notable names missing from this list. Kelly Sue Deconnick, Alison Bechdel, Amanda Connor, Jordie Bellaire, and Ming Doyle all failed to be nominated in their respective categories.The awards highlight that while less women achieve prominence with mainstream comic publishers, there is a fantastic wealth of female comic creatives working with independent publishers and and self-publishing. It was encouraging to see some rare recognition in these fields.

Who knows, maybe the 2014 Eisner Awards will finally give us the first female recipient of the Best Writer award – we here at For Books’ Sake sure think it’s about time.

The complete list of winners can be found here.

Holly Casio