At Comic-Con International: San Diego, the 2017 Eisner Awards ceremony took place. Considered the “Oscars of the comics industry,” the Eisner awards recognize the best and the brightest that the comics industry has to offer.
The biggest winner of the evening was Saga from Image Comics, a longstanding fan favorite and a top seller for the publisher. The creator-owned series won the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series. Artist Fiona Staples won two Eisners, one Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team for her interior art on Saga and another for Best Cover Artist for her Saga covers. Writer Brian K. Vaughan won the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his work on Saga and his other Image Comics series, Paper Girls.
Saga is both a sprawling space opera an intimate family story, with both aspects being heavily influenced by Star Wars. The story follows two star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of a galactic war, Alana and Marko, as they both go AWOL. While on the run, they do their best to raise their young daughter, Hazel, who narrates the series from some time in the future.
Other big wins for the evening were Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Dark Horse Comics series Black Hammer, which won the Eisner Award for Best New Series. Black Hammer follows a group of old school superheroes and adventurers who find themselves banished from their home dimension and forced to live a secluded life on a farm until they are called back for one last mission. A spinoff series has already been announced.
Tom King and Gabriel Walta’s 12-issue The Vision series won the Eisner Award for Best Limited Series. King and Walta put a unique spin on Marvel Comics’ android Avengers by showing him trying to have a normal, suburban family life, which ended only in tragedy.
Keep reading to see the full list of 2017 Eisner Awards winners.
Best New Series: Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
Best Limited Series: The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta
Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)
Best Reality-Based Work: March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Best Graphic Album—New: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan (Paper Girls, Saga)
Best Writer/Artist: Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye)
Best Penciller/Inker—Individual or Team: Fiona Staples (Saga)
Best Coloring: Matt Wilson (Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine; Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman: The True Amazon; Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In)
Best Lettering: Todd Klein (Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer; Black Hammer)
Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Best Webcomic: Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla
Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples (Saga)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Moebius Library: The World of Elena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al.
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew
Best Humor Publication: Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm
Bill Finger Award: William Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The AV Club
Best Comics-Related Book: Krazy: George Herriman: A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand
Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocoa
Best Publication Design: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew
Best Short Story: “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1
Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson
Best Anthology: Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Anne Szabla, writer/artist of Bird-Boy
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Joe Ferrara, for work in prostate cancer awareness, and Mark Andreyko, for the Love Is Love anthology.
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clinton
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Hall of Fame: Judges’ Choices: Milt Gross, H.G. Peter, Antonio Prohias, Dori Seda Voters’ Choices: Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, George Perez, Walter Simonson, James Starlin
Will Eisner Spirit of Retailer Award: Comicazi, Somerville, MA
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: The Complete Wimmin’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, Gary Groth, and J. Michael Catron