Eisner Award

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Will Eisner Comic Industry Award
Awarded for Creative achievement in American comic books
Location San Diego Comic-Con International
Country United States
First awarded 1988
Website http://www.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 Oscar 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-member panel, then voted on by comic book professionals and presented at the annual San Diego Comic-Con International convention held in July, usually on Friday night.


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 award non-profit organization.[4]

There was no Eisner Award ceremony, or awards distributed, in 1990, due to widespread balloting mix-ups.[5] The previous administrator, Dave Olbrich, left the position,[5] and Jackie Estrada has been the award administrator since 1990.[4] The Eisner Award ceremony has been held at the San Diego Comic Con every year since 1991.[6]

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, VA.[7]


The Eisner Awards are awarded in the following categories:


As of 2017, awards are presented in 30 categories for works published in 2016.[8]

  • Best Writer (1988-1989, 1991–present)
  • Best Writer/Artist (1988-1989, 1991–present)
  • Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team (1988-1989, 1991–present)
  • Best New Series (1988-1989,1991–present)
  • Best Continuing Series (1988–present)
  • Best Colorist/Coloring (1992–present)
  • Best Letterer/Lettering (1993–present)
  • Best Cover Artist (1992–present)
  • Best Limited Series or Story Arc (2010–present)
  • Best Single Issue/One-Shot (2010–present)
  • Best Short Story (1993–present)
  • Best Anthology (1992–present)
  • Best Digital Comic (2005–present)[9]
  • Best Webcomic (2009, 2017–present)[10]
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) (2012–present)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12) (2012–present)
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 12–17) (2008–present)
  • Best Graphic Album: New (1991–present)
  • Best Graphic Album: Reprint (1991–present)
  • Best Humor Publication (1992–present)
  • Best Educational/Academic Work (2012–present)
  • Best Reality-Based Work (2007–present)
  • Best Publication Design (1993–present)
  • Best Comics-Related Book (1992–present)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books at least 20 years old (2006–present)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips at least 20 years old (2010–present)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material (1998–present)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia (2010–present)
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism (2008–present)
  • The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame (1987-1989, 1991–present)

Past awards[edit]

  • Best Graphic Album (1988-1989)
  • Best Art Team (1988-1989)
  • Best Black-and-White Series (1988-1989, 1991)
  • Best Single Issue/Single Story (1988-1989, 1991-2008)
  • Best Finite Series/Limited Series (1988-1989, 1991-2009)
  • Best Comic Strip Collection (1992-1993)
  • Best Editor (1992-1997)
  • Best Comics-Related Product/Item (1992, 1994-2002)
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Publication (1992-2000, 2002-2007)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project (1993-2005)
  • Best Serialized Story (1993-2006)
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior) (1993-2011)
  • Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (1995-2006)[11]
  • Best Writer/Artist: Humor (1995-2008)
  • Best Title for Younger Readers/Best Comics Publication for a Younger Audience (1996-2007)
  • Best Writer/Artist: Drama (1997-2008)
  • Best Comics-Related Sculpted Figures (1999)
  • Best Comics-Related Publication (Periodical or Book) (2003)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips (2006-2009)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan (2007-2009)
  • Special Recognition (2007-2008)[11]
  • Best Publication for Kids (2008-2011)
  • Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction (2010)
  • Best Adaptation from Another Work (2010-2016)

Past winners[edit]

See also[edit]

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

Other comics-related awards:


  1. ^ "The Eisner Awards". worldofsuperheroes.com. April 8, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Albert, Aaron. "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Profile". about.com. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  4. ^ a b Estrada, Jackie. "The Eisner Awards: A Brief History", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  5. ^ a b "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  6. ^ "Eisner Awards History," Awards: Comic-Con International San Diego official site. Accessed Jan. 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Eisner Awards Archives to Be Housed at Virginia Commonwealth University. February 16, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Eisner Awards Nominations 2017 Retrieved July 18, 2017
  9. ^ Thorne, Amy (2010). "25 Webcomics and Libraries". In Robert G. Weiner. 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.