Carl Burgos, Golden Age creator of The Human Torch, and Tove Jansson, cartoonist of the internationally popular Moomins, have been selected by the Eisner Award judges to be automatically inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2016.
The judges have also chosen 14 nominees from which voters will select four to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer. These nominees are Lynda Barry, Kim Deitch, Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, Jack Kamen, Francoise Mouly, George Pérez, Antonio Prohias, P. Craig Russell, Rumiko Takahashi, Jacques Tardi, and Herb Trimpe.
Eligible voters are professionals working in the comics or related industries as a creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer), publishers or editors, retailers (a comics store owner or manager), graphic novels librarians, or a comics historians/educators. Visit www.eisnervote.com to register or to sign in and vote online. The deadline for voting is April 1.
The 2016 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of journalist/reviewer Brian Doherty, comics writer/editor Danny Fingeroth, retailer Jason Grazulis (BSI Comics, Metairie, LA), librarian Jason M. Poole (Webster Public Library, Webster, NY), Comic-Con International board member Natalie Powell, and academic/scholar Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
The Eisner Awards will be presented July 22 in San Diego.