Eisner Awards 2012 Wrap-up

A few thoughts on the Eisner Awards. I wasn't at San Diego this year but looking over the news roundup of the event, I do regret a little that I couldn't be there. (Of course on Friday night I remember sitting outside with people cooking out and thinking how much nicer it was than dealing with San Diego...)

But it was exciting to see that Ramon Perez and the book A Tale of Sand receive so many awards. It's an amazing book and Ramon is besides being a really nice guy, just an unbelievable talent who I think still has so much to show us what he's capable of. It's an amazing book and he just knocked it out of the park. I can't wait to see his next major project.

I was also thrilled to see Roger Langridge win for Snarked and Vera Brogsol win for Anya's Ghost. Both are great comics for younger readers and deserve more attention.

Mike Norton, who I've spoken with a few times and is incredibly nice besides being obviously talented, won for best digital comic for Battlepug.

As far as archival projects, Scott Dunbier and the IDW Artists Edition won one award for the Walt Simonson Thor book. Fantagraphics won for the reprints of Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse comic strips, Dark Horse won for the Milo Manara Library and Drawn and Quarterly's edition of Shigeru Mizuki's Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths won another Eisner. All brilliant books in their own way and all very deserving.

Also it was nice that Tom Spurgeon received the award for best comics-related journalism. Because he is Tom Spurgeon. In the eyes of pretty much all of us in the field, he's a giant.

It is funny to note that over the past four years, Tom Spurgeon and CBR have alternated winning that particular Eisner.

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