2019 Clampett Humanitarian Award

The 2019 recipients of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award are Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Kyung Jeon-Miranda, and Lisa Wood. The awards will be presented by Ruth Clampett (Bob’s daughter) during the Eisner Awards ceremony on July 19.


Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator of the Puerto Rican superhero La Borinqueña, independently published the benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico, featuring DC Comics characters teaming up with La Borinqueña as a response to Hurricane Maria.

Ricanstruction has thus far raised over $200,000 for the La Borinqueña Grants Program, run by Kyung Jeon-Miranda, awarding grants last fall to local grassroots organizations in Puerto Rico.

This summer they both continue their philanthropic efforts to award more grants.


Lisa Wood (a.k.a. comics artist Tula Lotay), founded Thought Bubble in Leeds, England. Although the most visible aspect of Thought Bubble is a yearly comics festival, it conducts activities year-round. Activities include a young people’s comic book awards at select schools, special autism services, Rainbow Age LGBTQ reading group events, an annual anthology (distributed internationally by Image) whose profits go to a disadvantaged children’s charity, distribution of free graphic novels to libraries, a two-day academic conference, and more.


Comic-Con International’s Humanitarian Award is presented in the name of famed animator Bob Clampett, who created the TV series Beany and Cecil, designed such popular characters as Porky Pig and Tweety Bird, and directed 84 classic Warner Brothers cartoons. Clampett was a regular guest a Comic-Con in the 1970s and early 1980s. After his death in 1984, the humanitarian award was created to honor those people in comics and the popular arts who have worked to help others. The recipient is chosen by the Comic-Con committee.

2018 Clampett Humanitarian Award

The 2018 recipients for the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award are Frederick Joseph and Seattle’s Comics4Kids.

Frederick Joseph

New York resident Frederick Joseph created the Black Panther Challenge on GoFundMe to send black children from Harlem to see the Black Panther movie. He used the attention the campaign received to issue a challenge to others to start similar campaigns in their own communities. According to GoFundMe, some 100 campaigns raised over $900,000 to help 70,000 kids across the nation see Black Panther. Joseph also developed a website around the challenge and offers resources and readings for K-teen. More info: blackpantherchallenge.org

Comics4Kids

Comics4Kids INC is a Pacific Northwest–based comic book reading library and national 501(c)(3) literacy charity. Parents/guardians can bring children to the facility in Tacoma, WA, where kids can read old comics from a 250,000-issue collection that dates back to 1882. Additionally, an all-volunteer staff travels the United States to give away comics to kids to improve literacy and encourage imagination. They also send comics out to schools and libraries as reading incentive program rewards. The organization was created by longtime comic book dealer Dale Moore. Dale’s childhood friends Jason McKibbin and Teena Southern came up with the name Comics4Kids. Together they further developed the program as a way of giving back to the community. Comics4Kids became incorporated in 1996. More info: www.comics4kidsinc.org

Comic-Con International’s Humanitarian Award is presented in the name of famed animator Bob Clampett, who created the TV series Beany and Cecil, designed such popular characters as Porky Pig and Tweety Bird, and directed 84 classic Warner Brothers cartoons. Clampett was a regular guest a Comic-Con in the 1970s and early 1980s. After his death in 1984, the humanitarian award was created to honor those people in comics and the popular arts who have worked to help others. The recipient is chosen by the Comic-Con committee. The awards will be presented by Ruth Clampett (Bob’s daughter) during the Eisner Awards ceremony on Friday, July 20.

2015 Eisner Award Winners

eisnerawards_logo_2Comic-Con International announced the winners of the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on July 10.

Named for comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards, now in their 27th year, highlight the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.

Best Short Story

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

  • Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, by Eric Shanower & Garbriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Best New Series

  • Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

  • The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke (First Second)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

  • El Deafo, by Cece Bell (Amulet/Abrams)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)

Best Humor Publication

  • The Complete Cul de Sac, by Richard Thompson (Andrews McMeel)

Best Digital/Web Comic

Best Anthology

  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon)

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Hip Hop Family Tree, vol. 2, by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—New

  • This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll (McElderry Books)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

  • Winsor McCay’s Complete Little Nemo, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at least 20 Years Old)

  • Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

  • Showa 1939–1955 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer

  • Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse); The Shadow Hero (First Second)

Best Writer/Artist

  • Raina Telgemeier, Sisters (Graphix/Scholastic)

Best Penciller/Inker

  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • J. H. Williams III, The Sandman: Overture (Vertigo/DC)

Best Cover Artist

  • Darwyn Cooke, DC Comics Darwyn Cooke Month Variant Covers (DC)

Best Coloring

  • Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, DHP (Dark Horse)

Best Lettering

  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

Best Comics-Related Book

  • Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth, vol. 3, by Dean Mullaney & Bruce Canwell (IDW/LOAC)

Best Scholarly/Academic Work

  • Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews, edited by Sarah Lightman (McFarland)

Best Publication Design

  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, designed by Jim Rugg (Locust Moon)

Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Marjorie ”Marge” Henderson Buell (creator of Little Lulu)
  • Bill Woggon (creator of Katy Keene)
  • John Byrne
  • Chris Claremont
  • Denis Kitchen
  • Frank Miller.

(The first two were selected by the Eisner Awards judges, and the last four were voted in by con members.)

Other Awards Presented at Ceremony

Bill Finger Award For Excellence in Comics Writing

  • John Stanley & Don McGregor

The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

  • Bill and Kayre Morrison

Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

  • Packrat Comics in Hilliard, Ohio

Russ Manning Newcomer Award (tie)

  • Greg Smallwood
  • Jorge Corona

Incidentally — Jonathan Ross was the presenter: