Recently the nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Awards were announced. The Eisners, often called the Oscars of the comic book industry (or maybe we should say that the Oscars are the Eisners of the movie industry?), are awarded annually at Comic-Con in San Diego.
This year, more than ever, the classic superheroes of comic book fame -- Spiderman, Batman, Superman, and friends -- are hard to find among the nominees. Instead, the 2011 Eisner Awards are dominated by a wide variety of new comics. The most-nominated work is the graphic novel Return of the Dapper Men, a surreal fantasy work by Jim McCann and Janet Lee, up for 5 awards, including best writer and best artist.
Another big hit is the series Chew, featured not long ago on this blog. Chew won the Eisner for best new series in 2010; obviously it can't win that award again, but it is up for 3 more Eisner Awards in 2011, including best continuing series.
One of its competitors for best continuing series is Locke & Key, another hot new comic that picked up 4 nominations in total. And it's not just the comic book world that recognizes the quality of these comics -- both Chew and Locke & Key are being developed as television series.
Who will ultimately take home the gold? We'll find out on July 22.
See the full list of nominees here.
Written By Dave Resch