Obviously, we love the comics we publish over here, but we’re still pretty blown away over how many DC books, artists and writers were honored with Eisner nominations this year. Acclaimed titles like Nightwing, Superman: Red & Blue and Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons along with DC talent including Tom Taylor, James Tynion IV, Tom King, Ram V, Bruno Redondo, Jen Bartel and Phil Jimenez all received nods. In total, DC came away with fifteen nominations plus seven shared ones for a total of twenty-two chances at Eisners.
For any of you who don’t know, the Eisner Awards—or more formally, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards—are given for creative excellence within the comic book industry. They’re seen by many as the comic book equivalent of the Oscars. Each year the nominations are chosen by a specially selected jury and then voted on by comic industry professionals before being awarded at San Diego Comic-Con.
You can see the full list of nominees below:
Best Short Story: “Generations,” by Daniel Warren Johnson, in Superman: Red & Blue #5 (DC)
Best Short Story: “Tap, Tap, Tap,” by Larry O’Neil and Jorge Fornés, in Green Arrow 80th Anniversary (DC)
Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Nightwing #87: “Get Grayson,” by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo (DC)Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez (DC)
Best Continuing Series: Nightwing, by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo (DC)
Best Limited Series: Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, by Tom King and Bilquis Evely (DC)
Best New Series: The Human Target, by Tom King and Greg Smallwood (DC)
Best New Series: The Nice House on the Lake, by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno (DC Black Label)
Best Anthology: Superman: Red & Blue, edited by Jamie S. Rich, Brittany Holzherr, and Diego Lopez (DC)
Best Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons (DC)
Best Penciller/Inker: Phil Jimenez, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons (DC)
Best Penciller/Inker: Bruno Redondo, Nightwing (DC)
Best Cover Artist: Bruno Redondo, Nightwing (DC)
Best Lettering: Wes Abbott, Future State, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman Black & Gold (DC)
Best Webcomic: Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, by CRC Payne and StarBrite (DC/WEBTOON): https://www.webtoons.com/en/slice-of-life/batman-wayne-family-adventures/list?title_no=3180&page=1
Best Writer: Ram V, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr (BOOM! Studios); The Swamp Thing (DC); Carnage: Black, White & Blood, Venom (Marvel)
Best Writer: James Tynion IV, House of Slaughter, Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (BOOM! Studios); The Nice House on the Lake, The Joker, Batman, DC Pride 2021 (DC); The Department of Truth (Image); Razorblades (Tiny Onion)
Best Writer/Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson, Superman: Red & Blue (DC); Beta Ray Bill (Marvel)
Best Cover Artist: Jen Bartel, Future State Immortal Wonder Woman #1 & 2, Wonder Woman Black & Gold #1, Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary (DC); Women’s History Month variant covers (Marvel)
Best Cover Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco, Just Beyond: Monstrosity (BOOM!/KaBoom!); Dune: House Atreides (BOOM! Studios); Action Comics (DC); The Walking Dead Deluxe (Image Skybound)
Best Cover Artist: Yoshi Yoshitani, I Am Not Starfire (DC); The Blue Flame, Giga, Witchblood (Vault)
Best Lettering: Clayton Cowles, The Amazons, Batman, Batman/Catwoman, Strange Adventures, Wonder Woman Historia (DC); Adventureman, Bitter Root (Image); Daredevil #26-36, Eternals #3-8, King in Black #4-5, Strange Academy #10-14, Venom #1-3, X-Men Hickman #18-21, X-Men Duggan #3-6 (Marvel)
We know you’re a DC fan, so chances are you’ve read at least some of the nominated comics, but if you haven’t yet, now’s your chance. From now until June, we’re making four nominated comics completely free-to-read on DC UNIVERSE INFINITE (you will need to register—but it’s free and you only have to do it once). The four comics are Nightwing #78 (the beginning of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo’s nominated run), Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1, The Nice House on the Lake #1 and Superman: Red & Blue #5 (which includes Daniel Warren Johnson’s nominated short story, “Generations”). You can find all of them, along with other free-to-read DC UNIVERSE INFINITE comics, by clicking here.
As for when you’ll find out which of the nominees have won, the Eisner Awards ceremony is being held the evening of July 22, so look for the winners to be announced then!