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Will Eisner Comic Industry Award
Awarded for Creative Achievement in American comic books
Location San Diego Comic-Con International
Country  United States|United States
First awarded 1988
Official website http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisners-current-info

Kirby 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 Oscar Awards.[1][2] The Eisner Awards were first conferred in 1988, created in response to the discontinuation of the Kirby Awards after 1987.[3][4] 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-member panel, then voted on by comic-book professionals, and presented at the annual Comic-Con International convention held in San Diego, California, in July.

There was no Eisner Award ceremony, or awards distributed, in 1990, due to widespread balloting mix-ups.[5] The previous administrator, Dave Olbrich, left the position,[5] and Jackie Estrada has been the award administrator since 1990.[4]


Awards are given out in the following categories:


  • Best Writer (1988-1989,1991–present)
  • Best Writer/Artist (1988-1989,1991–present)
  • Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team (1988-1989,1991–present)
  • Best Colorist/Coloring (1992–present)
  • Best Letterer/Lettering (1993–present)
  • Best Cover Artist (1992–present)
  • Best Limited Series or Story Arc (2010–present)
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) (2010–present)
  • Best Short Story (1993–present)
  • Best Anthology (1992–present)
  • Best Digital Comic (2005–present)[6]
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7) (2012–present)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12) (2012–present)
  • Best Publication for Young Adults (ages 12–17) (2012–present)
  • Best Graphic Album: New (1991–present)
  • Best Graphic Album: Reprint (1991–present)
  • Best Humor Publication (1992–present)
  • Best Educational/Academic Work (2012–present)
  • Best Reality-Based Work (2007–present)
  • Best Publication Design (1993–present)
  • Best Comics-Related Book (1992–present)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Books (2006–present)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips (2010–present)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material (1998–present)
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism (2008–present)
  • Spirit of Comics Retailer Award (1993–present)
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award (1984–present)
  • The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame (1987-1989,1991–present)
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award (2012–present)
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award (2012–present)


  • Best Graphic Album (1988-1989)
  • Best Art Team (1988-1989)
  • Best Black-and-White Series (1988-1989,1991)
  • Best Single Issue/Single Story (1988-1989,1991-2008)
  • Best Finite Series/Limited Series (1988-1989,1991-2009)
  • Best New Series (1988-1989,1991-2011)
  • Best Comic Strip Collection (1992-1993)
  • 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)
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior) (1993-2011)
  • Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition (1995-2007)
  • 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 Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips (2006-2009)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan (2007-2009)
  • Special Recognition (2008)
  • Best Publication for Kids (2008-2011)
  • Best Publication for Teens (2008,2010-2011)
  • Best Publication for Teens/Tweens (2009)
  • Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction (2010)
  • Best Adaptation from Another Work (2010-2011)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia (2010-2012)
  • Best Spin-off
  • Best Webcomic

Past winners

Main article: List of Eisner Award winners

See also


  1. "The Eisner Awards". worldofsuperheroes.com. April 8, 2011. http://www.worldofsuperheroes.com/comics/4713/. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  2. Albert, Aaron. "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Profile". about.com. http://comicbooks.about.com/od/conventionsandevents/p/eisnerawards.htm. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Estrada, Jackie. "The Eisner Awards: A Brief History", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  6. 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. http://books.google.com/books?id=Xo-QYdfL9DoC. "Librarians also can consult ... the Eisner Awards, which have had a Best Digital Comic entry since 2005"