CHRIS WARE’s “Building Stories” and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ “Saga” were the leading winners at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, presented Friday night at Hilton San Diego Bayfront and hosted by Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Ware and his masterpiece-in-a-box work (Pantheon) topped the field with four awards, for Best New Graphic Novel, Best Writer/Artist, Best Lettering and Best Publication Design.
“Saga” (Image) won Best New Series and Best Continuing Series, and Vaughan won for Best Writer. There had been a rumble of controversy in the spring when Staples wasn’t nominated for Best Artist.
Also a multiple winner was “Hawkeye’s” David Aja, for Best Cover Artist and Best Penciler/Inker. In one of the night’s two dead-heats, Aja shared the latter award with fellow Marvel artist Chris Samnee (“Daredevil” and IDW’s “Rocketeer”).
The night’s other tie was in the Best Reality-Based Work category, with Joseph Lambert (“Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller”; Center for Cartoon Studies/Disney Hyperion) and Frank M. Young and David Lasky (“The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song”; Abrams ComicArts) sharing the award.
There had also been burbles of springtime controversy over the relative lack of nomination representation by the Big-2 publishers, but they ultimately were represented not only by the Aja and Samnee wins, but also by Best Interior Artist (Painting/Multimedia) Juanjo Guarnido and Best Colorist Dave Stewart (those last two also flew the flag for Dark Horse). Guarnido also shared in Dark Horse’s “Blacksad” win for Best U.S. Edition of International Material.
Six greats were inducted into the Eisners’ Hall of Fame: Lee Falk, Al Jaffee, Mort Meskin, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez (who died just last year) and Joe Sinnott. And the Bill Finger Award for comic-book writing went to Steve Gerber and Don Rosa.
Elsewhere, editor Chris Sparks won the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for the Team Cul de Sac project, which he launched with Arlington-based “Cul de Sac” creator Richard Thompson. (Thompson has Parkinson’s disease, and Team Cul de Sac has raised more than $115,000 for Parkinson’s research.)
Here is the full list of 2013 Eisner Award winners:
(Full disclosure: Comic Riffs was one of the six judges who selected the 2013 Eisner nominees.)
Best Short Story: “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman, in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (Fantagraphics)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): The Mire, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best New Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12): Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17) : A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (FSG)
Best Humor Publication: Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)
Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Best Reality-Based Work (tie): Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Center for Cartoon Studies/Disney Hyperion); The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank M. Young and David Lasky (Abrams ComicArts)
Best New Graphic Album: Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Best Adaptation From Another Medium: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
Best Reprint Graphic Album: King City, by Brandon Graham (TokyoPop/Image)
Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips: Pogo, Vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash, by Walt Kelly, edited by Carolyn Kelly and Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books: David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Silent Hell, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material, Asia: Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
Best Writer/Artist: Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Penciler/Inker (tie): David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel); Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel); Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (IDW)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (Dark Horse), Hawkeye
Best Cover Artist: David Aja (Marvel)
Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Batwoman (DC); Fatale (Image); BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive (Dark Horse)
Best Lettering: Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The Comics Reporter, edited by Tom Spurgeon, www.comicsreporter.com
Best Comics-Related Book: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe (HarperCollins)
Best Educational/Academic Work: Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Publication Design: Building Stories, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Hall of Fame: Lee Falk, Al Jaffee, Mort Meskin, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Joe Sinnott
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Russel Roehling
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Chris Sparks and Team Cul de Sac
Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Steve Gerber and Don Rosa
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Challengers Comics + Conversation, Chicago.