List of Eisner Award winners

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The following is a list of winners of the Eisner Award, sorted by category.

The Eisner Awards have been presented since 1988, but there were no Eisner Awards in 1990 due to balloting mix-ups.[1] The awards ceremony has been held at San Diego Comic-Con since 1991.


Best Writer[edit]

Best Writer/Artist[edit]

Best Writer/Artist: Drama[edit]

Best Writer/Artist: Humor[edit]

Best Writer/Artist: Nonfiction[edit]

Best Painter/Digital Artist[edit]

This award was previously known as "Best Painter" from 1993 to 1999 and "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist" from 2000 to 2019.

Best Artist[edit]

Best Penciller[edit]

  • 1993 Steve Rude, Nexus: The Origin (Dark Horse)
  • 1997 Steve Rude, Nexus: Executioner's Song (Dark Horse) - Best Penciller

Best Inker[edit]

Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team[edit]

Best Art Team[edit]

Best Colorist/Coloring[edit]

Best Letterer/Lettering[edit]

Best Cover Artist[edit]

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition[edit]

Special Recognition[edit]

Best Editor[edit]


Best Single Issue/Single Story[edit]

Best Single Issue/One-Shot[edit]

Best Short Story[edit]

Best Serialized Story[edit]

Best Black-and-White Series[edit]

  • 1988 Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • 1989 Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • 1991 Xenozoic Tales, by Mark Schultz (Kitchen Sink)

Best Continuing Series[edit]

Best Finite Series/Limited Series[edit]

Best Limited Series or Story Arc[edit]

Best New Series[edit]

Best Title for Younger Readers/Best Comics Publication for a Younger Audience[edit]

Best Publication for Kids[edit]

Best Publication for Early Readers[edit]

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)[edit]

Best Publication for Teens[edit]

Best Anthology[edit]

Best Digital Comic[edit]

Best Webcomic[edit]

Best Reality-Based Work[edit]

Best Graphic Memoir[edit]

Best Graphic Album[edit]

Best Graphic Album: New[edit]

Best Graphic Album: Reprint[edit]

Best Archival Collection/Project[edit]

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Strips (at least 20 years old)[edit]

Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips (at least 20 years old)[edit]

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books[edit]

Best Humor Publication[edit]

Best Adaptation from Another Medium[edit]

Best U.S. Edition of International Material[edit]

Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Japan[edit]

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia[edit]

Best Comic Strip Collection[edit]

  • 1992 Calvin and Hobbes: The Revenge of the Baby-Sat by Bill Watterson (Andrews and McMeel)
  • 1993 Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson (Andrews and McMeel)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism[edit]

In 2001, the judging panel chose to drop Best Comics-Related Periodical from the ballot;[7] the category was restored in 2002.

Best Academic/Scholarly Work[edit]

  • 2012 (tie)
    • Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
    • Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield (University Press of Mississippi)
  • 2013 Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley (University Press of Mississippi)
  • 2014 Black Comics: The Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II (Bloomsbury)
  • 2015 Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews, edited by Sarah Lightman (McFarland)
  • 2016 The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings (Rutgers)
  • 2017 Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)
  • 2018 Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)
  • 2019 Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)
  • 2020 EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)
  • 2021 The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, by Rebecca Wanzo (New York University Press)

Best Comics-Related Book[edit]

Best Comics-Related Publication (Periodical or Book)[edit]

  • 2003 B. Krigstein, vol. 1, by Greg Sadowski (Fantagraphics)

Best Comics-Related Product/Item[edit]

  • 1992 Sandman statue, by Randy Bowen (DC)
  • 1994 Death Statue, by Chris Bachalo, et al. (DC)
  • 1995 Sandman Arabian Nights statue, designed by P. Craig Russell and sculpted by Randy Bowen (DC/Graphitti Designs)
  • 1996 Comic strip stamps (U.S. Postal Service)
  • 1997 Hellboy bust, Randy Bowen (Bowen Designs)
  • 1998 Acme Novelty Library display stand, designed by Chris Ware (Fantagraphics)
  • 1999 Sandman Pocketwatch, designed by Kris Ruotolo (DC/Vertigo)
  • 2000 Lunch boxes: Milk & Cheese, Sin City, Bettie Page, Hellboy, Groo (Dark Horse)
  • 2002 Dark Horse classic comic characters statuettes, sculpted by Yoe Studio (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Sculpted Figures[edit]

  • 1999 Hellboy statue, sculpted by Randy Bowen, produced by Bowen Designs

Best Publication Design[edit]

Special awards[edit]

Spirit of Comics Retailer Award[edit]

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award[edit]

The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  2. ^ SDCC: Here Are The Complete 2017 Eisner Award Winners Retrieved July 24, 2017
  3. ^ 2018 EISNER AWARDS Winners (Full List) Retrieved July 21, 2018
  4. ^ When the Darkness Presses 2014
  5. ^ A Life in Comics Summer 2017
  6. ^ Blake, Corey (2013-08-28). "25 Years of the Eisner Awards". Comic Book Resources.
  7. ^ Archive of "2001 Eisner Award nominee comics," The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, MarsImport. Original site. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
  8. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances (December 17, 2010). "Comic Relief struggles after founder's death". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  9. ^ "The amazing adventures of Sharon & Amitai".
  10. ^ "Eisner Awards Current Info". Comic-Con International. 17 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Will Eisner Hall of Fame". San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners". San Diego: San Diego Comic-Con International. 2010. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Dirks, Lucey Chosen for Eisner Hall of Fame". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2012. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners 2012". San Diego: San Diego Comic-Con International. 2012. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Hasen, Moldoff, Evans Chosen for Eisner Hall of Fame". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2014. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "Eisner Awards Hall of Fame Nominees Announced" (Press release). San Diego Comic-Con International via February 12, 2014. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  17. ^ Cavna, Michael (July 23, 2016). "Comic-Con: 'Overjoyed' Rep. John Lewis wins 'the Oscar of comics' for his civil rights memoir (+ winners' list)". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 7, 2017.

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