Eisner Awards--Celebrating Graphic Format Books

The 26th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were given out on July 25 At San Diego Comic Con International. Awards were given out in 30 categories to works published in 2013, celebrating the best of the comics world. Whether you're a longtime fan of comics and graphic novels or want to try out this increasingly popular format (even NPR is in on the action, featuring several graphic format books in the past few weeks), present and past Eisner winners and nominees are a great place to look for your next read. Check out some of these 2014 winners:

Best Lettering, Best Adaptation from Another Media: Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground

Best Penciler/Inker: Sean Murphy, The Wake (collection coming in November)

Best Publication Design, Best Comics-Related Book: Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth

Best Painter: Fiona Staples, Saga

Best Scholarly/Academic Work: Black Comics: The Politics of Race and Representation

Best Archival Collection/Project--Strips: Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips

Best Humor Publication: Vader's Little Princess

Best Publication for Kids: The Adventures of Superhero Girl

Best Publication for Teens: Battling Boy

Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga

Best Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets

Best New Series: Sex Criminals

Best Limited Series: The Wake (collection coming in November)

Best Continuing Series: Saga

Best Reality-Based Work: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

A complete list of nominees and winners, past and present, is here.

Want to get a jump on next year's possible Eisner nominees and winners? Check out the library's extensive collection of graphic novels for every age, from kids to adults.  See what's coming soon on the Graphic Novels On Order page and place your holds now. See the Book Reviews section for staff opinions. Ask staff at any location for a recommendation, or request a graphic Personalized Reading List. There's even a newly formed Comic Club at the Schlessman Family Branch. See what everyone's talking about and try out a graphic novel today!

Written by Becker on July 31, 2014


Josh J on July 31, 2014


Saga was awesome! Battling boy was really good too

Shelly on August 5, 2014


I love the Star War's themed graphic comics by Jeffrey Brown, so very funny!! I enjoyed sharing them with my son who also got a big kick out of them!

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