SDCC 2012: The Winners of the 2012 Eisner Awards Are…

Last night in San Diego, the comics industry’s best and brightest gathered for the 2012 Eisner Awards, celebrating the very best in the medium.

This year, the results of the voting process represent a survey of our own favorites like no year before. From Marvel’s Daredevil to cover artist Francesco Francavilla to Mike Norton’s Battlpug webcomic and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand from Archaia, this list is a veritable treasure trove of iFanboy mainstays.

Have a look at the full list of nominees.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Daredevil and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition

And now, the Eisner Award goes to…

Best Short Story
“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series
Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Limited Series
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
Snarked, by Roger Langridge (kaboom!)

Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)
Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)

Best Anthology
Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication
Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse Books)

Best Digital Comic
Battlepug, by Mike Norton,

Best Reality-Based Work
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)

Best Graphic Album – New
Jim Hensons Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)

Best Graphic Album – Reprint
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Strips
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books
Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer
Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible (BOOM!); Daredevil (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
Craig Thompson, Habibi (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)

Best Cover Artist
Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther (Marvel); Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite); Archie Meets Kiss (Archie)

Best Coloring
Laura Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)

Best Lettering
Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Journalism
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon,

Best Educational/Academic Work (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)

Best Comics-Related Book
MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)

Best Publication Design
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman (Archaia)

Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices: Rudolf Dirks, Harry Lucey
Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gilbert Shelton

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:
Tyler Crook

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Morrie Turner

Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award:
Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:
Akira Comics, Madrid, Spain – Jesus Marugan Escobar and
The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada – Jennifer Haines


  1. WOO!
    Looks like I win my betting pool.
    I had Waid for 3 and Cooke for 2!

    Also Congrats to the winners!

  2. Three cheers for Mark Waid.

  3. So pleased for Mark Waid and the Daredevil team. Easily my favourite re-launched title of last year, despite the best efforts of DC!

    Congrats to all the winners – some I know, some I’d like to.

  4. Some richly deserved winners here. Team DD, Francavilla, Perez, Norton, Archaia – you all rock. Congratulations everyone.

  5. Congrats to Mark Waid!

    What is the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award given for?

  6. Yeah! Waid and Daredevil took the show!! Good give both the creative team and the comic the deserved praise!

  7. Great list of winners! I really need to get my hands on a copy of Tale of Sand. Awesome to see Tyler Crook get some love, his work on BPRD has been fantastic.

  8. Scott Snyder wasn’t even nominated for anything?! That’s pretty silly.

  9. I would like IDW to reprint the recent Battlepug hardcover collection with a new title “The Eisner Award Winner Mike Norton’s Battlepug!”

  10. how are the winners decided and who nominates the creators?

    • Apparently, Josh, Ron and Conor.

    • they have nothing to do with it.
      i’ll just wiki it.

    • I was kidding. A lot of their favorites won this year, that’s all. Jeez.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      A small panel makes the nominations. Voted on by pros.

    • This year’s judges were Brigid Alverson, Calum Johnston, Jesse Karp, Larry Marder, Benjamin Saunders and Mary Sturhann. They did the nominees list. Voting for the winners was open to industry professionals for an extended period of time.

    • @wheelhands
      my bad. 🙂 i don’t really know what they’re favorites are specifically.
      i know conor likes bat-books. ron likes x-books. and i think josh likes indie books. that’s about the scope of my obviously limited knowledge of their poisons. i’d probably know more if i watched the podcasts, but i’m not into that sort of thing.

      i wikied the process but was ignorant of who comprised the 5-member panel. thanks for filling in the gap. i was surprised not to see snyder or batman(or dc period) as a winner. it makes me curious to see the list of the nominees.

  11. There’s a sense of validation that comes along with seeing two of your favorite books of the year (Parker and DD) get so much love. Makes ya feel like you’re reading the right stuff.

    And for that, I thank you iFanboy.

    Congrats to the winners. Here’s to next year.