2017 Eisner Award Winners

Saga ran away with the lion’s share of the Eisners this year, nabbing four. This gave Image Comics five awards. The second runner-up  was Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, from Pantheon. While Saga took the most awards, thius did not give Image Comics a monopoly on Eisners, since all but one, for Matt Wilson’s coloring work (which also included work for Marvel), was for Saga. Dark Horse took home five Eisners as well, and DC took home four with Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman: The True Amazon taking two. Marvel and Pantheon took home three, and IDW took home two for Love is Love, and March: Book Three from their Top Shelf imprint. The other publishers to each take home one Eisner were First Second, Archie, Harper, Bloomsbury, Tundra, Scholastic, Sunday Press and Fantagraphics. 

Here is a complete list of the winners.

Best New Series: Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston

Best Limited Series: The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta

Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)

Best Reality-Based Work: March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Best Graphic Album—New: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson

Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan (Paper Girls, Saga)

Best Writer/Artist: Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye)

Best Penciller/Inker—Individual or Team: Fiona Staples (Saga) 

Best Coloring: Matt Wilson (Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The DivineBlack Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman: The True AmazonBeasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In)

Best Lettering: Todd Klein (Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer; Black Hammer)

Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Best Webcomic: Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla

Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples (Saga)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Moebius Library: The World of Elena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al.

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew

Best Humor Publication: Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm

Bill Finger Award: William Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The AV Club

Best Comics-Related Book: Krazy: George Herriman: A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand

Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocoa

Best Publication Design: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew

Best Short Story: “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1

Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson

Best Anthology: Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Anne Szabla, writer/artist of Bird-Boy

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Joe Ferrara, for work in prostate cancer awareness, and Mark Andreyko, for the Love Is Love anthology.

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clinton

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Hall of Fame: Judges’ Choices: Milt Gross, H.G. Peter, Antonio Prohias, Dori Seda Voters’ Choices: Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, George Perez, Walter Simonson, James Starlin

Will Eisner Spirit of Retailer Award: Comicazi, Somerville, MA

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: The Complete Wimmin’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, Gary Groth, and J. Michael Catron