This week the 2008 Eisner Award nominations were announced. The Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, named after the “father of graphic novels” himself, is one of the most esteemed recognitions comics creators can boast. The Awards recognize excellence in comics, webcomics and graphic novels.
Hopefully, it will come as no surprise that CLP includes nearly all of the nominated works in our Juvenile, Teen and Adult Graphic Novel collections. Why not see for yourself how great they are?
- Yuichi Yokoyama received two nominations for New Engineering.
- James Sturm received three nominations for Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow.
- Stephen King crossed over into the wild world of graphic novels with The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born.
- Fletcher Hanks’ collection I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets! also swooped up a few nominations.
- Rutu Modan was nominated for her critically acclaimed Exit Wounds.
- Shaun Tan–who has beautifully illustrated children’s books as well–earned three nominations for the stirring, silent The Arrival.
- Naoki Urasawa’s manga thriller Monster earned a nod–or was it a shudder?
- Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight made the cut, to the chagrin of blood-suckers everywhere.
Other nominees include:
- Brian K. Vaughn’s recently-completed series Y: The Last Man
- Darwyn Cooke’s reinvention of Will Eisner’s The Spirit
- Laika, the tale of a cosmonaut dog, by Nick Abadzis.
- twistedly hilarious The Perry Bible Fellowship: The trial of Colonel Sweeto
- The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam by Ann Marie Fleming
- Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm by Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly
Some folks have noticed the glaring omission of Frederick Peeters’s Blue Pills, about a man who falls in love with an HIV-positive woman.
What about you? Did you read any stunning graphic novels or comics this year that didn’t make the list? What did you think of the nominated titles you were savvy enough to read?