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The 2014 Eisner Award nominations

16th Apr 2014

Fiona Staples
Women comic creators across the spectrum were honoured yesterday as the 2014 Eisner Award nominations were announced. We highlight some of the incredibly talented women comic creators appearing in this year’s diverse list.

The Eisners, aka the Oscars of the comics industry, boast to ‘reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic form today’, from mainstream titles to self published and autobiographical work.  A nomination alone is a worthy accolade for any nominee demonstrating admiration from comic peers and professionals.

Several winners from last year’s Eisner awards are nominated again, showing ongoing support and recognition for some of the most important women working in comics.

Fiona Staples, who won awards at both the Eisners and the Harvey awards last year, is once again nominated for an incredible 3 awards this year making her one of the most nominated creators in the awards list. Staples is nominated for her excellent work on ongoing series Saga in the Best Continuing Series, Best Painter/Multimedia artist, and Best Cover artist.

It’s not just mainstream titles making waves with the Eisners as Becky Cloonan, who was also awarded at last year’s Eisners, continues to receive critical recognition for her self published work. Cloonan who received fantastic reviews for her work on The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Darkhorse) last year, is nominated for Best Single Issue for her self published work Demeter.

Once again it’s the YA and all ages comic categories where the talents of women comic creators are most acknowledged.Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault are nominated in the Best Publication for Kids (8-12) category for Jane, The Fox, and Me, and Sheila Keenan is also nominated with fellow creator Nathan Fox in Best Publication for Teens (13-17) for the compelling Dogs of War.

But it’s Faith Erin Hicks that is the real delight, a long time YA comic creator working both in ditigal and print finally receiving recognition with two nominations for her all ages series The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Darkhorse).

Melanie Gillman is nominated for their webcomic As the Crow Flies, while the hugely talented Jordie Bellaire is nominated for Best Coloring, an achievement that seems overdue as Bellaire’s name graces the cover of so many of the best comic titles right now.

All eyes are on the Best Writer category with Kelly Sue DeConnick appearing as the only woman writer in that group. Last year’s Eisners saw no women even nominated in that category, and no woman has won this award since the Eisners began.

DeConnick is nominated for her excellent work on brand new creator-owned series for Pretty Deadly, which co-creators Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire are also nominated for in their respective categories.

Lastly, the Eisners also nominate comic creators for entrance to the Eisner Hall of Fame. Tarpé Mills, one of the first mainstream women comic artists working during the Golden Age is nominated. Tarpé famously concealed her gender throughout her career and is acknowledged as the first woman comic creator to create a woman superhero with her series Miss Fury in 1941.

Rumiko Takahashi is also nominated for the Hall of Fame. Takahashi is one of the most influential manga artists of all time and is the best selling female comics artist in comics history, with over 170 million copies of her work has been sold. She is best known for her Urusei Yatsura series as well as Ranma ½.

Voting for the Eisner Awards will be open to all comics professionals and official ballots will be open soon. The winners will be announced Friday 25th July at San Diego Comic Con and we can only hope that the awards reflect the diversity of the nominations list. Good luck to all the hugely talented women nominees!

The complete list of nominees can be found here

Comments

  • Melanie Gillman says:

    Thanks for the shout-out for my comic! Since you’re talking about the gender of the nominees, though–I’m genderqueer, and so is another nominee in the webcomics category, Dax Tran-Caffee. So, depending on how you categorize things ’round here, there’s either no one in the webcomics category for you to recommend, or two people!

    • Jane Bradley says:

      Hi Melanie,
      Thanks for getting in touch, and for letting us know about our inadvertent misgendering! We’re so sorry about that – we’ve updated the post to remove that reference to your gender, and amended the pronoun to ‘their’ as after looking at your website I believe that’s your preferred term? Apologies again, and congratulations on the Eisner nomination – we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!