SDCC: 2019 Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners Announced


A major part of the annual San Diego Comic-Con is the cosplay and convention floor shopping, although the actual comic book trading and selling seems like much less so than in previous years. But one event that always gets a lot of press is the annual Eisner Comics Industry Awards. These are the creators, comics, and graphic novels that organizers and attendees alike will be discussing over the rest of the weekend.


The 50th SDCC’s biggest Eisner winners included Tom King, who went home with 4 Eisners for best writer, best short story for “The Talk of the Saints” in Swamp Thing Winter Special, best limited series for Mister Miracle, and best graphic album-reprint for The Vision. Ed Brubaker, who won the best Graphic Album-New category for My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies with Sean Phillips, even joked it’s a good thing Mister Miracle wasn’t an ongoing series. King’s partner in crime Mitch Gerads also came away with two Eisners for best penciler/inker and best limited for Mister Miracle. Another multi-winner was the creators behind Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julaa Madrigal which won for best continuing series and best humor publication.


Below is the full list of winners.


Best Lettering:

Todd Klein— Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White Night (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)


Best Digital Comic:

Umami, by Ken Niimura (Panel Syndicate)


Best Webcomic:

The Contradictions, by Sophie Yanow


Best Writer:

Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)


Best Writer/Artist:

Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)


Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers):

Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Submerged (Vault)


Best U.S. Edition of International Material:

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu, translated by Montana Kane (First Second)


Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia:

Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura (Kodansha)


Best Humor Publication:

Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)


Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8):

Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)


Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12):

The Divided Earth, by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)


Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17):

The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (First Second)


Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism:

TIE: Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)

and PanelxPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 


Best Comics-Related Book:

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists, by Martha H. Kennedy (University Press of Mississippi)


Best Academic/Scholarly Work: 

Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)


Best Penciller/Inker:

Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)


Best Coloring: 

Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)


Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art):

Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)


Hall of Fame Inductees (Judge’s Choice):

Jim Aparo, June Tarpé Mills, Dave Stevens, Morrie Turner


Hall of Fame Inductees (Voters’ Choice):

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, Wendy and Richard Pini, & Bill Sienkiewicz


Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:

La Revisteria Comics in Buenos Aires, Argentina


Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips:

Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)


Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books:

Bill Sienkiewicz’s Mutants and Moon Knights… And Assassins… Artifact Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)


Best Publication Design:

Will Eisner’s A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)


Best Short Story:

“The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)


Best Single Issue/One-Shot:

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)


Best Anthology:

Puerto Rico Strong, edited by Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Hazel Newlevant, Derek Ruiz, and Neil Schwartz (Lion Forge)


Best New Series:

Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)


Best Limited Series:

Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)


Best Continuing Series:

Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julaa Madrigal (BOOM! Box)


Best Adaptation From Another Media:

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, adapted by Junji Ito, translated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)


Best Graphic Album – Reprint:

The Vision hardcover, by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Michael Walsh (Marvel)


Best Reality-Based Work:

Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, by Box Brown (First Second)


Best Graphic Album – New:

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)


Anyone NOT on the list that you feel deserved an award? Sound off in the comments below!

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