SDCC 2011: And the Eisner Award Goes To…

Last night in San Diego the best and brightest of the comics industry gathered for the prestegious Eisner Awards. Big winners include that ginormous Taschen history of DC Comics edited by Paul Levitz, Joe Hill as Best Writer, The Return of the Dapper Men as best new graphic album, Snyder, Albuquerque and King for Best New Series American Vampire and brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba for their best limited series Daytripper.

Here's he full list of nominees

Envelope, please? The winners are: 

Best Short Story

"Post Mortem," by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, in I Am an Avenger #2 (Marvel)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
Best Continuing Series
Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
Best Limited Series
Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Vertigo/DC)
Best New Series
American Vampire, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque (Vertigo/DC)
Best Publication for Kids
Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco (DC)
Best Publication for Teens
Smile, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)
Best Humor Publication
I Thought You Would Be Funnier, by Shannon Wheeler (BOOM!)
Best Anthology
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, edited by Paul Morrissey and David Petersen (Archaia)
Best Digital Comic
Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl,
Best Reality-Based Work
It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Best Graphic Album—New
Return of the Dapper Men, by Jim McCann and Janet Lee (Archaia)
Wilson, by Daniel Clowes (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Wednesday Comics, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)
Best Adaptation from Another Work
The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Strips, 1946–1948, by Bob Montana, edited by Greg Goldstein (IDW)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
Best Writer
Joe Hill, Locke & Key (IDW)
Best Writer/Artist
Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit (IDW)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Skottie Young, The Marvelous Land of Oz (Marvel)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (Dark Horse)
Best Cover Artist
Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Baltimore: The Plague Ships (Dark Horse)
Best Coloring
Dave Stewart, Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, Let Me In (Dark Horse); Detective Comics (DC); Neil Young's Greendale, Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian (Vertigo/DC)
Best Lettering
Todd Klein, Fables, The Unwritten, Joe the Barbarian, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom (WildStorm/DC); SHIELD (Marvel); Driver for the Dead (Radical)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
ComicBookResources, produced by Jonah Weiland (
Best Comics-Related Book
75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, by Paul Levitz (TASCHEN)
Best Publication Design
Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition, designed by Randall Dahlk (IDW)
Judges' Choices: Ernie Bushmiller, Jack Jackson, Martin Nodell, Lynd Ward
Elected: Mort Drucker, Harvey Pekar, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Patrick McDonnell
Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award:
Del Connell, Bob Haney


  1. Great to see Hill and Snyder get the awards. Well deserved. Here’s to iFanboy kicking CBR’s butt next year and taking that award!

  2. Daytripper is one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time so it’s great to see it won for best limited series. Truly deserved.

  3. Nice. Not a single winner I can doubt on the list.

  4. I’ve been a fan of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile since it came out. Really glad to see that she won.

  5. Hurray for Chew!!!

  6. wow, you sure don’t see Marvel’s name come up

  7. They nailed it this year, congrats to everyone. really glad to see Team Chew and American Vampire walking away with some gold.

  8. Yay! Jaxon in the hall of fame! If you like Western and/or historical comics and havent checked out Commanche Moon you are doing yourself a disservice.  

  9. The only thing missing from this list is some sort of award for Jeff Lemire, but otherwise this is a very good list.  


  10. I like Mignola’s work, but I’m sorry to see Yuko Shimizu didn’t get an Eisner for his The Unwritten covers. 

  11. Wow… This is the first year in a while where I saw all the names and nodded in agreement. Nice to see Joe Hill, Scott Snyder, Ba and Moon and Skottie Young up there. Very good year for comics.

  12. There a lot of wonderful books on that list. Congratulations to all the winners.

  13. Really nice list, but doesn’t Todd Klien have like hundred of those already?

  14. Shouldn’t the best letterer award just go to Adobe InDesign each year?