Eisner Awards for Comics 2018

The nominations for the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced on April 26th, with the awards to be presented July 20th at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The awards, presented annually since 1988, after the discontinuation of the Jack Kirby Award, are the most well-known honor in American comics. The nominations span 31 categories in 2018, from best writer, artist, inker, and colorist to best archival collection, publication for early readers (up to age 8), and comics-related book. Here are just a few of the nominees available at the Seattle Public Library.

Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton

Nominated for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8), this adventure story, drawn in a style reminiscent of Kate Beaton or Noelle Stevenson, with rich colors, follows Icelandic boy Arthur as he is drawn into Norse myth in attempts to stop the great wolf Fenrir from destroying the world as part of Ragnarok.

Bitch Planet Triple Feature presented by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine Delandro

This companion comics anthology, featuring nominee for Best Letterer Clayton Cowles, features 15 stories from a diverse range of established and up-and-coming creators, set in the dystopian patriarchal world of Bitch Planet.

Giant Days by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming

Nominated for Best Continuing Series, this reliably hilarious comic follows staunch friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy, as they navigate their often chaotic, but relatable lives at a British university.


Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea by Mike Mignola, Gary Gianni, and Dave Stewart

This Hellboy tale, set directly after the events of “The Island” featuring Best Colorist nominee Dave Stewart and Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team nominee (Gary Gianni), finds Hellboy sailing from the aforementioned island, only to encounter a ghost ship. In true Hellboy style, he is taken captive by the nefarious phantom crew, and bears witness to the captain’s Moby Dick-like crusade against a monstrous sea creature.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best Cover Artist (Sana Takeda), Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Sana Takeda, interior art), Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17), Best Writer (Marjorie Liu), this series has it all. A world of humans, human witches, anthropomorphic animal demigods, and animal-human hybrids is the enthralling setting of Monstress, the story of Maika Half-wolf, our protagonist (but-it’s-not-really-that-simple), who is, as their name suggests, a hybrid wolf-human. Having lost an arm — and a whole lot more — in the recent war between humans and Arcanics (the aforementioned animal demigods and hybrids), Maika must uncover what’s happened to her mother in order to figure out what’s going on with the demon that seems to have replaced her lost arm.

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Nominated for both Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12) and Best Writer/Artist (Lorena Alvarez), Nightlights tells the story of young artist Sandy, who finds refuge from the strict nuns of her Catholic school in the creation of wonderfully vibrant creatures dreamed-up out of starlight. When the mysterious Morfie shows up at school, she initially emboldens Sandy’s creations, but then begins to manipulate and control her creativity. In this richly colorful story, Sandy grapples with her artistic imagination, inspiration, and self-worth, moving from self-doubt to self-assurance.

Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

This adorable and earnest comic, nominated for both Best Webcomic and Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12), follows apprentice blacksmith Greta as she learns the disappearing practice of raising and caring for Tea Dragons, an assortment of small and absolutely adorable creatures that produce unique tea varieties from their horns.  This story delicately intertwines the story of the tea shop’s two owners’ romance with the burgeoning relationship of Greta and shop-ward Minette, as they learn the traditions of caretaking over the course of four beautiful seasons.

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

Regularly nominated for Best Lettering (Stan Sakai), Usagi Yojimbo follows the titular Miyamoto Usagi, a rabbit ronin (master-less samurai), as he wanders throughout feudal Japan. With an art style that combines cartoon anthropomorphized animals with well researched environments, architecture, and clothing, Sakai intertwines episodic travelers’ tales, humorous hijinks, criminal mysteries, fables, and folklore into a unique overarching tale of one samurai’s unending pilgrimage.

Check out even more of the nominated comics in The Seattle Public Library collection.

~posted by Mychal L.

Library Reads: New Books for August

Ten books coming in August 2018, chosen by librarians across the U.S. You’ll find more librarian-recommended fiction and nonfiction featured in previous Library Reads lists. (Insider tips: Go back a few months for a better chance of finding a book without a holds list. And, of course, place holds on forthcoming books each month when we publish new Library Reads posts here on Shelf Talk.) Continue reading “Library Reads: New Books for August”

#BookBingoNW2018: A SAL author


There is no shortage of ideas for the Book Bingo challenge to read a Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) author. SAL has been bringing writers to Seattle for three decades (here is the complete list), so there are literally hundreds of options. In the spirit of being current with this year’s literary happenings around town, let’s take a look at some of the authors coming for the 2018/2019 season. You’ll find many ideas for book bingo squares other than “SAL author” with this list: Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: A SAL author”

#BookBingoNW2018: Memoir or biography — deep thoughts from funny people

If you’re looking for a lighter summer read but still want some substance,
check out these memoirs by comedians.

Lately I’ve been feeling a little too world-weary for anything heavy but a little too… existentially keyed up? for pure escapism. Luckily, the library has a great collection of memoirs that weave in issues of family dynamics, race, and gender along with the funny. Here’s a selection of thoughtful, clever, emotional, and yes, occasionally funny memoirs that have been giving me life. Add one of these recommendations to your bingo card, or add your own memoir recommendation in the comments.

Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman is more than just his Ron character from Parks and Recreation, and he proves it in this delightful look back at a pretty decent childhood. Come for the nuanced discussion of manliness and stay for the compassionate analysis of the aspects of his childhood church experience that he appreciated (mainly the people) and the aspects that he has rejected (mainly treating the Bible as literal fact). Offerman even credits his signature deadpan style to the church, honed while attempting to make his cousins laugh without getting caught “monkeying around”. Most importantly, the audio book is read by the author himself, so you can experience the delight of his dry delivery first hand. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: Memoir or biography — deep thoughts from funny people”

#BookBingoNW2018: A book that takes place in the area where you were born

Yukon-born Pierre Berton’s advice to aspiring authors that they get themselves “born in an interesting environment,” was facetious, but based on some sound evidence. Consider authors such as William Faulkner, Louise Erdrich, Jim Lynch – you can safely assume their story will be set in Mississippi, Minnesota, and Washington state, respectively.  I would argue that these places are no more interesting than other places; but if you were born there, your opinion may differ. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: A book that takes place in the area where you were born”