Do you love a good graphic novel? The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards recognize the best comic books and graphic novels of the year. This year’s ceremony, held July 21 at Comic-Con International in San Diego, held special meaning, as pioneering artist Will Eisner would have turned 100 in March. Some of Eisner’s notable works include The Spirit; the Joe Dope series for the U.S. Army, which taught preventative maintenance through comics; and A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories, one of the first long-form American graphic novels.
By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Continuing Series Winner
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
By Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh
Best Limited Series Winner
Vision’s desire to be more human drives him to create a family in his own image, but when his unrelenting need to be ordinary is passed on, the family next door becomes a lot more deadly.
By Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
Best New Series Winner
Once they were heroes, but the age of heroes has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City—Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien—now lead simple lives in an idyllic, timeless farming village from which there is no escape. But as they employ all of their super abilities to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure.
By Ben Clanton
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) Winner
Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
By Raina Telgemeier
Best Publication for Early Readers (ages 9–12) Winner
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis—and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets herheart on meeting one.
By Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Best Publication for Teens Winner
With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer science student Doreen Green—aka the unbeatable Squirrel Girl—is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human with no powers). So, mainly Squirrel Girl.
By Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm
Best Humor Publication Winner
Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, Jughead Jones swears vengeance! Well, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics, after all.
Best Anthology Winner
The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting, which took place on June 12, 2016, in Orlando. This oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics—mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Best Reality-Based Work Winner
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.” To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.
By Jill Thompson
Best Graphic Album—New Winner
Young Diana has the fawning attention of her nation, but she soon grows spoiled and ungrateful. When a series of tragic events takes its toll, Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny.
By Jason Shiga
Best Graphic Album—Reprint Winner
No matter how hard he tries, Jimmy Yee cannot die. A noose around his neck, a razor across his wrist, and even a bullet to his head all yield the same results: he awakes from each suicide attempt, miraculously unharmed, in his shabby room at the Sunbeam Motel. Has he gone mad? Or has he truly died and found himself in hell? Jimmy is willing to tear the world down around him to get at the truth. Highly analytical and utterly unscrupulous, he is uniquely suited to unraveling this bizarre mystery.
By Jean Giraud
Best U.S. Edition of International Material Winner
Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen searching for a lost space station and its crew. Their journey takes them to the mythical paradise planet Edena where they unwittingly and unwillingly join a multidimensional battle between good and evil.
By Sonny Liew
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia Winner
Reflects on Charlie Chan Hock Chye’s five-decade career as a comic artist, his story mirroring the social and political evolution in Singapore during this time.
By Michael Tisserand
Best Comics-Related Book Winner
A biography of the creator of the wildly popular Krazy Kat comic describes how the 19th-century New Orleans native hid his African-American racial identity in order to advance his art and career.