Comics and Graphic Novels: Eisner Award Winners

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Comics have become so ingrained into our popular culture that there’s no doubt of their importance in entertainment and beyond. We’re happy to share the winners of the Eisner Awards, an award that is specific to this genre.

2021 Eisner Award Winners

Best Short Story

“When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town” by Mimi Pond, in Menopause: A Comic Treatment (Graphic Medicine/Pennsylvania State University Press)

Best Single Issue

Sports Is Hell, by Ben Passmore (Koyama Press)

Best Continuing Series

Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai (IDW)

Best Limited Series

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)

Best New Series

Black Widow, by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande (Marvel)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Our Little Kitchen, by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Superman Smashes the Klan, by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Humor Publication

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)

Best Anthology

Menopause: A Comic Treatment, edited by MK Czerwiec (Graphic Medicine/Pennsylvania State University Press)

Best Reality-Based Work

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams)

Best Graphic Memoir

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album—New

Pulp, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Seeds and Stems, by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

Superman Smashes the Klan, adapted by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Goblin Girl, by Moa Romanova, translation by Melissa Bowers (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

Remina, by Junji Ito, translation by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

The Complete Hate, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer

James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (BOOM! Studios); Batman (DC); The Department of Truth (Image); Razorblades (Tiny Onion)

Best Writer/Artist

Junji Ito, ReminaVenus in the Blind Spot (VIZ Media)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Michael Allred, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Anand RK/John Pearson, Blue in Green (Image)

Best Cover Artist

Peach Momoko, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19, Mighty Morphin #2, Something Is Killing the Children #12, Power Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios); DIE!namite, Vampirella (Dynamite); The Crow: Lethe (IDW); Marvel Variants (Marvel)

Best Coloring

Laura Allred, X-Ray Robot (Dark Horse); Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)

Best Lettering

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

Best Comics-Related Journalism/Periodical

Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne, www.WomenWriteAboutComics.com

Best Comics-Related Book

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, by Ken Quattro (Yoe Books/IDW)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, by Rebecca Wanzo (New York University Press)

Best Publication Design

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, designed by Adrian Tomine and Tracy Huron (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Digital Comic

Friday, by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)

Best Webcomic

Crisis Zone, by Simon Hanselmann, https://www.instagram.com/simon.hanselmann/