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Published: Wednesday April 16, 2014 MYT 3:00:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday April 16, 2014 MYT 4:30:28 PM

None for Batman, none for Spidey – superheroes fail to get Eisner nominations

Jonathan Hickman's East of West (Image Comics) is nominated for Best Continuing Series.

Jonathan Hickman's East of West (Image Comics) is nominated for Best Continuing Series.

DC and Marvel’s superheroes no match for creator-owned independent comics in comic industry equivalent of the Oscars.

Creator-owned comics dominated the nominations for the 26th Will Eisner Awards, or Eisners, which were announced yesterday, with publishing houses Image Comics and Fantagraphics grabbing the lion’s share of the awards.

Named after the late legendary comics creator Will Eisner, the Eisners are the comic industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, and are given out every year at a gala ceremony at the Comic Con International convention at San Diego.

This year, Fantagraphics and Image Comics, two companies that feature creator-owned and independent material heavily, garnered the most nominations, with the former grabbing 18 nominations, and the latter scoring 17 full and three shared nominations.

In contrast, the comic industry’s big two Marvel Comics and DC Comics – creators of superheroes like Batman, Spider-man and Superman – could only muster 14 full and six shared nominations between them.

Writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja’s critically acclaimed Hawkeye led the way for Marvel with nominations for Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue, Best Writer, and Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Artist; while the bulk of DC’s nominations were for its Vertigo imprint title The Wake, written by Scott Snyder, with art by Sean Murphy.

A panel from Matt Fraction and David Aja's 'Hawkeye' #11 issue, which is nominated for the Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) Eisner award.
A panel from Matt Fraction and David Aja's 'Hawkeye' #11 issue, which is nominated for the Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) Eisner award.

Hawkeye was the sole non-Image nominee in the Best Continuing Series category, though Fraction’s risque but fun Sex Criminals (with art by Chip Zdarsky) was also among the nominees, together with post-apocalyptic Western East of West (Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta), scientific epic Nowhere Men (Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde), and space opera Saga (Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples).

The following is a selected list of the nominations, as announced on the Comic Con website.

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Demeter, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)

Hawkeye #11, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6, by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)

Viewotron #2, by Sam Sharpe (self-published)

Watson and Holmes #6, by Brandon Easton, and N. Steven Harris (New Paradigm Studios)

Best Continuing Series

East of West, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image)

Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

Nowhere Men, by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde (Image)

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

Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)

Best Limited Series

The Black Beetle: No Way Out, by Francesco Francavilla (Dark Horse)

Colder, by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra (Dark Horse)

47 Ronin, by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)

Trillium, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo/DC)

The Wake, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (Vertigo/DC)

Best New Series

High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Monkeybrain)

Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image)

Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (Image/Shadowline)

Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)

Watson and Holmes, by Karl Bollers, Rick Leonardi, Paul Mendoza etc. (New Paradigm Studios)

Brian K. Vaughn's Saga (Image Comics) has been nominated for Best Continuing Series for the second year running.
Brian K. Vaughn's Saga (Image Comics) has been nominated for Best Continuing Series for the second year running.

Best Graphic Album – New

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)

The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown)

Good Dog, by Graham Chaffee (Fantagraphics)

Homesick, by Jason Walz (Tinto Press)

The Property, by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)

War Brothers, by Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance (Annick Press)

Best Writer

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Pretty Deadly (Image); Captain Marvel (Marvel)

Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals (Image); Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, FF (Marvel)

Jonathan Hickman, East of West, The Manhattan Projects (Image); Avengers, Infinity (Marvel)

Scott Snyder, Batman (DC); American Vampire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)

Eric Stephenson, Nowhere Men (Image)

Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)

Best Writer/Artist

Isabel Greenberg, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Little, Brown)

Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)

Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)

Luke Pearson, Hilda and the Bird Parade (Nobrow)

Matt Phelan, Bluffton: My Summers with Buster (Candlewick)

Judith Vanistendael, When David Lost His Voice (SelfMadeHero)

Best Penciller/Inker

Nate Bellegarde, Nowhere Men (Image)

Nick Dragotta, East of West (Image)

Sean Murphy, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)

Nate Powell, March (Book One) (Top Shelf)

Emma Ríos, Pretty Deadly (Image)

Thomas Yeates, Law of the Desert Born: A Graphic Novel (Bantam)

Best Cover Artist

David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)

Mike Del Mundo, X-Men Legacy (Marvel)

Sean Murphy/Jordie Belaire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)

Emma Ríos, Pretty Deadly (Image)

Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel)

Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Worlds of Wonder, comics, Eisner Awards, graphic novels, book news, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, San Diego Comic Con

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