Wednesday, August 10, 2022

2022 Eisner Winners

2022 Eisner Winners

We usually find several familiar books and creators in the Eisner Winners each year. But this year, it seemed like we found an unusually large number of items/creators that we handle, roughly 50. So I’ve listed those winner and nominees below, with links to each one.

For a more complete list (but no links!) go to the Comic-Con website. Instead of burying these in our weekly email, we thought there was enough interest that we’d do this separate email to point all the talented people and great books out to you special. Enjoy! - Bud!

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Best Limited Series

The Good Asian by Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi

Also nominated was Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow by Tom King and Bilquis Evely

Collects #1-4. Four superb covers by Dave Johnson. Writer Pornsak Pichetshote's long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Infidel, art by Alexandre Tefenkgi (Outpost Zero)! Following Edison HarkÏ, a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown — a Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Chinese-Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes. Image Comics, 2021....More.

Item Code: GOAS01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 128pg, Full Color

Best New Series

The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez Bueno

Also nominated was Not All Robots by Mark Russell and Mike Deodato, Jr.

Collects #1-6, 2021. By James Tynion IV. Art by Alvaro Martinez.How do you think the world will end? Everyone who was invited to the house knows Walter “ well, they know him a little, anyway. Some met him in childhood; some met him months ago. And Walter’s always been a little—off. But after the hardest year of their lives, nobody was going to turn down Walter’s invitation to an astonishingly beautiful house in the woods, overlooking an enormous sylvan lake. It’s beautiful, it’s opulent, it’s private.... "10/10...One of the best horror reading experiences in recent memory." -Horror DNA. DC Comics, 2022....More.

Item Code: NICE01
Soft Cover, 7x10, 200pg, Full Color

Best Publication for Kids (9-12)

Salt Magic by Hope Larson & Rebecca Mock

Also nominated was Four-Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat by Ben Towle

FOUR-FISTED TALES Animals in Combat
Highly Recommended. By Ben Towle. This is fun, dramatic and informative, all in one. 11 stories. In virtually every military conflict in recorded history animals have both aided and fought (and often died) alongside their human counterparts. From Hannibal’s elephants in ancient Rome to mine-sniffing rats in Vietnam, carrier pigeons, gas-masked dogs, cats, kangaroos, camels, horses. Four-Fisted Tales highlights the real-life contributions of these underappreciated animal warriors. Dead Reckoning, 2021....More.

Item Code: FOURF
Soft Cover, 7x9, 120pg, b&w

Best Humor Publication

Not All Robots by Mark Russell and Mike Deodato, Jr.

Recommended. By Mark Russell and Mike Deodato Jr. A sci-fi satire and adventure with impressive photo-realistic art from Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and Mike Deodato Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Resistance). In the year 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. An uneasy co-existence develops between the newly intelligent robots and the ten billion humans living on Earth. Every human family is assigned a robot upon whom they are completely reliant. What could possibly go wrong? AWA Studios, 2022....More.

Item Code: NOTAR
Soft Cover, 7x10, 112pg, Full Color

Best Reality-Based Work

The Black Panther Party: A Graphic History by David Walker and Marcus Anderson

Also nominated was Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywoos’s Dracula by Koren Shadmi; Orwell by Pierre Christin and Sebastien Verdier; The Strange Death of Alex Raymond by Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh

Almost Gone! By David F. Walker. Art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. A serious, fact-packed look the origins and life of the Black Panther Party, founded in Oakland, Calif in 1966. It was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream, non-violent, non-armed civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community, their attempt to curb police brutality through citizen patrols, and finally, to their violent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the Party from its outset. Ten Speed Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: BLAPAN
Soft Cover, 7x10, 192pg, Full Color
$19.99 $17.99

Best Graphic Album

Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith

Also nominated was Destroy All Monsters (A Reckless Book) by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Highly Recommended. Monsters is the legendary project Barry Windsor-Smith has been working on for over 35 years. A 360-page tour de force of visual storytelling, Monsters' narrative canvas is vast and deep. The year is 1964. Close-mouthed, damaged, innocent, trying to forget a past and looking for a future, it turns out that Bobby Bailey is the perfect candidate for a secret U.S. government experimental program — an unholy genetics program discovered in Nazi Germany during World War II... Fantagraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: BARMH
Hard Cover, 8x11, 366pg, Full Color
$39.99 $36.99

Hall of Fame Inductees

Rose O’Neill (creator of The Kewpies in 1912), Max Gaines, Mark Gruenwald, Alex Nino, and P. Craig Russell


Best Graphic Album

The Complete American Gods by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton

Also nominated were Locke & Key/Keyhouse Compendium; George Orwell’s 1984: The Graphic Novel by Fido Nesti; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell, adapted by Sophie and Scarlett Rickard

Collects American Gods: Shadows #1-9, My Ainsel #1-9, and Moment of the Storm #1-9. Art by Scott Hampton, Russell and Walt Simonson. The complete comic series, adapted by comics legend P. Craig Russell from the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, in a deluxe, oversized collection with slipcase and ribbon. Shadow Moon, fresh out of jail, finds his wife dead, his life in shambles, and nowhere to turn. But a chance meeting with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday thrusts him into the center of a conflict between new and old gods, where the future of human and divine life is at stake. Dark Horse, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: COMAGH
Hard Cover, 9x13, 712pg, Full Color
$124.99 $110.00

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

The Shadow of a Man by Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten

Also nominated was Love: The Mastiff by Frederic Brremaud and Federico Bertolucci

Almost Gone! Highly Recommended. By Benoît Peeter. Art by François Schuiten. The fourth release in The Obscure Cities series brings the award winning graphic novels to readers in English for the first time! Newly married Albert Chamisso is having horrific nightmares. Eccentric doctor Polydore Vincent is able to give him relief, but the experimental treatment has a strange side effect and his life is crashing down, ultimately losing him his job and his new wife. Evicted from his home, he moves away and meets the beautiful and talented Minna, who will help turn his curse into a gift. IDW, 2021....More.

Item Code: SHADOM
Soft Cover, 9x12, 112pg, Full Color

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

Popeye: The E.C. Segar Sundays

Also nominated was Friday Foster: The Sunday Strips by Jim Lawrence; Trots and Bonnie by Shary Flenniken

POPEYE Volume 1 Olive Oyl and Her Sweety Slipcased
Recommended. This new four-volume series collects the complete run of the original Popeye Sunday newspaper page adventures in an accessible and affordable slipcased paperback format. An irresistible alchemy of screwball comedy, tender romance, and rags-to-riches fantasy, Segar's newspaper comic strip captivated readers of the Roaring Twenties, Thirties and Forties. Fantagraphics, 2021....More.

Item Code: POPE01
Soft Cover, 9x11, 120pg, Full Color
$24.99 $22.99

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 years old)

EC Covers Artist’s Edition

Also nominated were Farewell Brindaoine by Tardi; Marvel Comics Library Spider-Man Volume 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko [currently out of print; new edition in January]; Spain Rodriguez: My Life and Times by Patrick Rosenkranz; Steranko Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artisan Edition; Uncle Scrooge “Island in the Sky” by Carl Barks

EC COVERS Artist's Edition
Our Highest Recommendation. This once-in-a-lifetime Artist's Edition collects the original art, in the same size as they were drawn, of more than 120 EC covers by EC's best. This gigantic (14 pounds) tome includes: Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman. Graham Ingles, Johnny Craig, Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, and more. That's 40% of EC's entire New Trend covers! Each has been shot from the original art, scanned in color, enabling the reader to see all the subtle little nuances that make original art unique. Blue pencil notations, zip-a-tone, whiteout, all of these and more are clearly visible. IDW, 2021. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: ECCAEH
Hard Cover, 15x22, 160pg, b&w

Best Writer

James Tynion IV

Also nominated: Ed Brubaker, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Ram V, Filpe Melo


Best Writer/Artist

Barry Windsor-Smith, Monsters


Best Painter/Multi-Media Artist

Sana Takeda, Monstress

Nominated were Federico Bertolucci (Brindille, Love: The Mastiff), John Bolton, Frank Pe (Little Nemo)

Highly Recommended. French artist Frank Pé pays tribute to Little Nemo and the cast of mythical characters created by Windsor McCay in 1905. The celebrated artist plunges into their universe with delight, inviting readers to stroll through his own poetic and whimsical imagination. A century later, he breathes new life into this wonderful world. Dinosaurs, mountains of books, wizards, unicorns, walking beds, talking animals, hippos, elephants, polar bears, panthers...this is wild. Magnetic Press, 2021. ...More.

Item Code: FRAPLH
Hard Cover, 9x12, 80pg, Full Color

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Phil Jimenez

Also nominated: Esad Ribic (Eternals, Marvel), P. Craig Russell (Norse Mythology)

Collects #1-6, 2020-21. Art by Jerry Ordway, Mike Mignola, Jill Thompson et al. #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and Eisner Award-winning comics legend P. Craig Russell breathe new life into the ancient Norse stories in this comic-book adaptation of Gaiman's popular new novel, Norse Mythology. A series of Norse myths, including the creation of the Nine Worlds, the loss of Odin's eye and source of his knowledge, the crafting of Thor's hammer and the gods' most valuable treasures, the origin of poetry, and Loki's part in the end of all things: Ragnarök. Dark Horse, 2021....More.

Item Code: NOR01H
Hard Cover, 7x10, 160pg, Full Color
$29.99 $26.99

Best Cover Artist

David Mack (Norse Mythology), Alex Ross


Best Coloring

Matt Wilson (Eternals, Thor, Wolverine, Undiscovered Country) Nominated: Terry Dodson (Adventureman)

ADVENTUREMAN Volume 1 The End of Everything After
Collects #1-4, 2020. Our Highest Recommendation. By Matt Fraction. Art by Terry Dodson et al. Where his story ended... her story begins! "Everyone" knows the story of how Adventureman, the greatest pulp hero of all time, ended in a heartbreaking cliffhanger with our hero facing his very, learn the startling truth about how, 80 years after his seeming demise, single mother and amazing babe Claire and her adventurefan son Tommy light the spark of resurrection! Well written and superbly drawn, this is a breath of fresh air and worth your attention. Handsome oversized hardcover with 13-page bonus Afterword by Fraction interspersed with dozens and dozens of never before seen character sketches by Dodson. Image Comics, 2020....More.

Item Code: ADVM01H
Hard Cover, 9x12, 168pg, Full Color

Best Comics-Related Periodical

Nominated: Alter Ego (Roy Thomas)


Best Comics-Related Book

All of the Marvels by Douglas Wolk (we didn’t handle this)

Nominated: Fantastic Four No. 1: Panel by Panel (Geoff Spear)

Sixty years after its publication in November 1961, this re-imagining by award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd uses an original copy of the comic book to present the classic story in a whole new way — with each panel as a full page. The book also includes text by Marvel editor Tom Brevoort and historian Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics), and the entire issue as it was originally presented also. Abrams ComicArts, 2021....More.

Item Code: FANTFH
Hard Cover, 9x11, 260pg, Full Color

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

Nominated: The Life and Comics of Howard Cruse (now on sale)

THE LIFE AND COMICS OF HOWARD CRUSE Taking Risks in the Service of Truth
Closeout Price! Recommended. By Andrew J. Kunka. The remarkable story of how a self-described "preacher’s kid" from Birmingham, Alabama, became the so-called "Godfather of Gay Comics." A remarkable fifty-year career that included working in the 1970s underground comics scene, becoming founding editor of the groundbreaking anthology series Gay Comix, and publishing the graphic novel Stuck Rubber Baby, partially based on his own experience of coming of age in the Civil Rights era. Rutgers University Press, 2021....More.

Item Code: LIFCOM
Soft Cover, 6x9, 196pg, Text/b&w
$29.95 $17.95

Best Publication Design

Marvel Comics Library: Spider-Man 1 (currently out of print, new edition coming)

Nominated: The Complete American Gods, The Complete Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge, Popeye Volume 1

Limited, 5,000. Recommended. Travel back in time to witness the creation of the world’s favorite web-slinger as dreamed up by comic book legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who redefined what it meant to be a hero. In this Hulk-sized, collector’s dream, the first 21 Spider-Man stories from 1962-1964 have been meticulously photographed from the most pristine copies of these rare comic books — a fine art celebration of the teen super hero in this inaugural volume of Taschen’s Marvel Comics Library series and reproduced in XXL size. Taschen, 2021. Rush Service and International shipping would require an additional charge....More.

Item Code: MARS01H
Hard Cover, 11x16, 698pg, Full Color
$200.00 $180.00

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