Eisner Award

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 Academy 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- to six-member jury, then voted on by comic book professionals and presented at the annual San Diego Comic-Con held in July, usually on Friday night.[4] The jury often consists of at least one comics retailer, one librarian (since 2005), and one academic researcher, among other comics experts.

Will Eisner Comic Industry Award
Awarded forCreative achievement in American comic books
LocationSan Diego Comic-Con
CountryUnited States
First awarded1988


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.[5]

There was no Eisner Award ceremony, or awards distributed, in 1990, due to widespread balloting mix-ups.[6] The previous administrator, Dave Olbrich, left the position,[6] and Jackie Estrada has been the award administrator since 1990.[5] The Eisner Award ceremony has been held at the San Diego Comic Con every year since 1991.[7]

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.[8]


The Eisner Awards are awarded in the following categories:


As of 2018, awards are presented in 31 categories for works published in 2017.[9]

  • Best Short Story (1993–present)
  • Best Single Issue/One-Shot (1988-2008, 2010–present)
  • Best Continuing Series (1988–present)
  • Best Limited Series (1988–present)
  • Best New Series (1988–present)
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) (2012–present)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12) (2008–present)
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17) (2008–present)
  • Best Humor Publication (1992–present)
  • Best Anthology (1992–present)
  • Best Reality-Based Work (2007–present)
  • Best Graphic Album — New (1991–present)
  • Best Graphic Album — Reprint (1991–present)
  • Best Adaptation from Another Medium (2013-2014, –present)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material (1998–present)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Asia (2010–present)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips (1992-1993, 2006–present)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books (2006–present)
  • Best Writer (1988–present)
  • Best Writer/Artist (1988–present)
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team (1988–present)
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) (1993-2011, 2013–present)
  • Best Cover Artist (1992–present)
  • Best Coloring (1992–present)
  • Best Lettering (1993–present)
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism (2008–present)
  • Best Comics-Related Book (1992–present)
  • Best Academic/Scholarly Work (2012–present)
  • Best Publication Design (1993–present)
  • Best Digital Comic (2005–present)[10]
  • Best Webcomic (2009, 2017–present)[11]

Past awards

  • Best Graphic Album (1988-1989)
  • Best Art Team (1988-1989)
  • Best Black-and-White Series (1988-1991)
  • 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)
  • Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (1995-2006)[12]
  • 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 U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan (2007-2009)
  • Special Recognition (2007-2008)[12]
  • Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction (2010)
  • Best Adaptation from Another Work (2010-2011)

See also

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. ^ Past Judges | Comic-Con International: San Diego
  5. ^ a b Estrada, Jackie. "The Eisner Awards: A Brief History", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  6. ^ a b "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  7. ^ "Eisner Awards History," Awards: Comic-Con International San Diego official site. Accessed Jan. 29, 2016.
  8. ^ Eisner Awards Archives to Be Housed at Virginia Commonwealth University. February 16, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "2018 Eisner Awards Nominations". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2018-04-23. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ Blake, Corey (2013-08-28). "25 Years of the Eisner Awards". Comic Book Resources.
  12. ^ a b "2007 Eisner Nominations announced". Comic Book Resources. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2016-07-14.

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