Monsters rule at the 2018 Eisner Comics Industry Awards

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  • Monday, 23 Jul 2018

It was a monstrous affair at the recent 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, or Eisner Awards, with Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Image Comics series Monstress and Emil Ferris’ critically acclaimed graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters the biggest winners at the awards ceremony held last Friday.

The creator-owned Monstress won five awards in total: Best Continuing Series, Best Publication For Teens and Best Writer for Liu (who shared the award with Batman writer Tom King), while Takeda won for Best Cover Artist and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.

Ferris’ debut graphic novel My Favourite Thing Is Monsters, published by Fantagraphics, is about a young girl who tries to solve the murder of a neighbour, a Holocaust survivor, and draws on Ferris’ love for monsters and classic horror culture. The book won Ferris three Eisners in total: Best Writer/Artist, Best Colouring, and Best Graphic Album, New.

Malaysian comics artist Remeina Yee’s webcomic turned graphic novel, The Carpet Merchant Of Konstantiniyya, was nominated for Best Digital Comic, but lost out to Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler and Gideon Kendall.


Despite suffering the ignominy of being cancelled after only six issues, Marvel Comics’ Black Panther: World Of Wakanda won for Best Limited Series, while another Marvel series, Black Bolt won Best New Series. Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by industry heavyweights Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes, won Best Single Issue/One-Shot.

Here is a list of selected winners. For the full list, go here.

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Limited Series

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)

Best New Series

Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)


Best Humour Publication

Baking With Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Reality-Based Work

Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

Best Graphic Album (New)

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album (Reprint)

Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer

Tom King, BatmanBatman Annual #2Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle

Marjorie Liu, Monstress

Best Writer/Artist

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)


Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Cover Artist

Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Colouring

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Best Lettering

Stan Sakai, Usagi YojimboGroo: Slay Of The Gods (Dark Horse)

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