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.