2022 Eisner Awards

Comic-Con International announced the winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2022 at an in-person ceremony on July 22.

2022 WILL EISNER COMIC INDUSTRY AWARDS

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “Funeral in Foam,” by Casey Gilly and Raina Telgemeier, in You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife (Iron Circus)

BEST SINGLE ISSUE/ONE-SHOT (MUST BE ABLE TO STAND ALONE)

  • Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez (DC)

BEST CONTINUING SERIES

[Tie]

  • Bitter Root, by David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)
  • Something Is Killing the Children, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (BOOM! Studios)

BEST LIMITED SERIES

  • The Good Asian, by Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefenkgi (Image)

BEST NEW SERIES

  • The Nice House on the Lake, by James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno (DC Black Label)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS (UP TO AGE 8)

  • Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis, by Julie and Stan Sakai (IDW)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS (AGES 9-12)

  • Salt Magic, by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House)

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS (AGES 13-17)

  • The Legend of Auntie Po, by Shing Yin Khor (Kokila/Penguin Random House)

BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

  • Not All Robots, by Mark Russell and Mike Deodato Jr. (AWA Upshot)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

  • You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife, edited by Kel McDonald and Andrea Purcell (Iron Circus)

BEST REALITY-BASED WORK

  • The Black Panther Party: A Graphic History, by David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson (Ten Speed Press)

BEST GRAPHIC MEMOIR

  • Run: Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury, and Nate Powell (Abrams ComicArts)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—NEW

  • Monsters, by Barry Windsor-Smith (Fantagraphics)

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM—REPRINT

  • The Complete American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and Scott Hampton (Dark Horse)

BEST ADAPTATION FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

  • George Orwell’s 1984: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Fido Nesti (Mariner Books)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL

  • The Shadow of a Man, by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten, translation by Stephen D. Smith (IDW)

BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL—ASIA

  • Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection, by Junji Ito, translation by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—STRIPS (AT LEAST 20 YEARS OLD)

  • Popeye: The E.C. Segar Sundays, vol. 1 by E.C. Segar, edited by Gary Groth and Conrad Groth (Fantagraphics)

BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT—COMIC BOOKS (AT LEAST 20 YEARS OLD)

  • EC Covers Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

BEST WRITER

  • James Tynion IV, House of Slaughter, Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (BOOM! Studios); The Nice House on the Lake, The Joker, Batman, DC Pride 2021 (DC); The Department of Truth (Image); Blue BookRazorblades (Tiny Onion Studios)

BEST WRITER/ARTIST

  • Barry Windsor-Smith, Monsters (Fantagraphics)

BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

  • Phil Jimenez, Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons (DC)

BEST PAINTER/MULTIMEDIA ARTIST (INTERIOR ART)

  • Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

BEST COVER ARTIST

  • Jen Bartel, Future State Immortal Wonder Woman #1 & 2, Wonder Woman Black & Gold #1, Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary (DC); Women’s History Month variant covers (Marvel)

BEST COLORING

  • Matt Wilson, Undiscovered Country (Image); Fire Power (Image Skybound); Eternals, Thor, Wolverine (Marvel); Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters (Oni)

BEST LETTERING

  • Barry Windsor-Smith, Monsters (Fantagraphics)

BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

  • WomenWriteAboutComics.com, edited by Wendy Browne and Nola Pfau (WWAC)

BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

  • All of the Marvels, by Douglas Wolk (Penguin Press)

BEST ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WORK

  • Comics and the Origins of Manga: A Revisionist History, by Eike Exner (Rutgers University Press)

BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

  • Marvel Comics Library: Spider-Man vol. 1: 1962–1964 (TASCHEN)

BEST WEBCOMIC

BEST DIGITAL COMIC

  • Snow Angels, by Jeff Lemire and Jock (Comixology Originals) 

WILL EISNER SPIRIT OF COMICS RETAILER AWARD

  • Books with Pictures — Katie Pryde, Portland, OR

BOB CLAMPETT HUMANITARIAN AWARD

  • Annie Koyama

BILL FINGER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMIC BOOK WRITING

  • Bob Bolling
  • Don Rico 

RUSS MANNING PROMISING NEWCOMER AWARD

  • Luana Vecchio, artist of Bolero (Image)

EISNER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Six chosen by judges, four by vote of industry professionals.

COMIC PIONEERS

  • Marie Duval
  • Rose O’Neill

DECEASED CREATORS

  • Max Gaines
  • Mark Gruenwald

LIVING LEGENDS

  • Alex Niño
  • Craig Russell

VOTERS’ SELECTIONS

  • Howard Chaykin
  • Kevin Eastman
  • Moto Hagio
  • Larry Hama
  • David Mazzucchelli
  • Grant Morrison

Annie Koyama to Receive 2022 Clampett Humanitarian Award

Annie Koyama and her Koyama Provides program is the 2022 recipient of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented by Ruth Clampett, Bob’s daughter, during the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Ceremony on July 22.

Annie is the founder of Toronto-based Koyama Press, which she ran for over 13 years. Her mandate was to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists, publishing comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. The company was known for its alternative edge and diverse range of titles, from autobiography to photography, from horror to humor. After ceasing the publishing arm of the company, Annie created Koyama Provides, a grant initiative to help artists at all stages of their careers. Since its inception, she has given out approximately 90 grants to artists. By the end of this year, $300,000 will have been given out.

Bob Clampett. Image by Milton Caniff.

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 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.

2021 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Bob Clampett portrait by Milton Caniff

Mike and Christine Mignola are the 2021 recipients of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award Comic-Con International announced on June 8. The official presentation will be part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Ceremony on July 25. Bob Clampett’s daughter, Ruth Clampett, will make the presentation.

The Mignolas have been selected for their fundraising contributions to Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. Online auction sales of Mike’s sketches of characters from popular culture have raised over $420,000 for the charity. In addition, Dark Horse has published a collection of the sketches, Mike Mignola: The Quarantine Sketchbook, which is expected to increase the overall charity contribution to half a million dollars.

Comics writer/artist Mike Mignola is best known as the creator of the Hellboy series of comics and its spinoffs, including B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, and Abe Sapien. From April to December 2020, Mignola auctioned his sketches of such characters as Kermit the Frog, the Jolly Green Giant, and Astro Boy as well as DC and Marvel superheroes and villains and his own characters.

The Mignolas’ chosen charity, World Central Kitchen, was founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés. WCK uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. It has created a new model for disaster response through its work helping devastated communities recover and establish resilient food systems. WCK has served more than 50 million fresh meals to people affected by natural disasters and other crises around the world in countries including The Bahamas, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Venezuela, and the United States.

Comic-Con’s Humanitarian Award is given 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 award was created to honor those people in comics and the popular arts who have worked to help others. Each year’s recipients are chosen by the Comic-Con committee.

2020 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

The 2020 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award recipients were named on July 21 by Comic-Con International: Hero Initiative, creators4comics, and Comicbook United Fund. The official presentation will be part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Ceremony on July 24. Bob Clampett’s daughter, Ruth Clampett, will being doing the presentation.

The 2020 recipient for its ongoing charity efforts is the Hero Initiative, which has been helping comics creators in financial need for over 20 years. Two organizations were chosen for their recent fundraising activities to help out comic book stores. Both are under the auspices of Binc (Book Industry Charitable Foundation): Creators4Comics, helping comics shops affected by the COVID shutdown by raising money through auctions of original art; and Comicbook United Fund, providing economic relief for comicbook retailers.

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.

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: