Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
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Awarded forCreative achievement in American comic books
LocationSan Diego Comic-Con
CountryUnited States
First awarded1988
Websitewww.comic-con.org/awards/eisner-awards-current-info

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the comics industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards.[1][2] They are named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner, who was a regular participant in the award ceremony until his death in 2005.[3] The Eisner Awards include the Comic Industry's Hall of Fame.

The nominations in each category are generated by a five- to a six-member jury, then voted on by comic book professionals and presented at the annual San Diego Comic-Con held in July, usually on Friday night.[4] The jury often consists of at least one comics retailer, one librarian (since 2005), and one academic researcher, among other comics experts.

History

The Eisner Awards and Harvey Awards were first conferred in 1988, both created in response to the discontinuation of the Kirby Awards in 1987.[3] Dave Olbrich started the non-profit organization.[5]

There was no Eisner Award ceremony, or awards distributed, in 1990, due to widespread balloting mix-ups.[6] The previous administrator, Dave Olbrich, left the position,[6] and Jackie Estrada has been the award administrator since 1990.[5] The Eisner Award ceremony has been held at the San Diego Comic-Con every year since 1991.[5]

In 2006, it was announced that the archives of the Eisner Awards would be housed at the James Branch Cabell Library of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.[7]

Categories

The Eisner Awards are awarded in the following categories:

Current

As of 2021, awards are presented in 32 categories for works published in 2020.[8]

Past awards

Past winners

Main article: List of Eisner Award winners

See also: Category:Eisner Award winners

See also

Other comic-related awards given at the San Diego Comic Con:

Other comics-related awards:

References

  1. ^ "The Eisner Awards". worldofsuperheroes.com. April 8, 2011. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Albert, Aaron. "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Profile". about.com. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  4. ^ Past Judges | Comic-Con International: San Diego
  5. ^ a b c "The Eisner Awards: A Brief History" Archived 2011-03-06 at WebCite, Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  6. ^ a b "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  7. ^ Eisner Awards Archives to Be Housed at Virginia Commonwealth University. February 16, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Eisner Awards Current Info". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2021-06-09. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  9. ^ Thorne, Amy (2010). "25 Webcomics and Libraries". In Robert G. Weiner (ed.). Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging. Elizabeth (FRW) Figa and Derek Parker Royal (forewords); Stephen Weiner (afterword) (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-7864-4302-4. Librarians also can consult ... the Eisner Awards, which have had a Best Digital Comic entry since 2005
  10. ^ Blake, Corey (2013-08-28). "25 Years of the Eisner Awards". Comic Book Resources.
  11. ^ a b "2007 Eisner Nominations announced". Comic Book Resources. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2016-07-14.