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Women Among the Eisner Nominees

In under two weeks at San Diego Comic Con, the 2013 Eisner Awards will be announced. And while I can’t say if this is the first time it’s happened, there is at least one woman nominated in most categories. The exceptions are for the most part based in the distant past of gender disparity in comics (Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips and Comic Books), a dearth of translated European material (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)

By far, women dominate the Early Readers award, which is very enheartening with regards to acclimating the youngest generation to the ubiquity of women in comics

There are still some strange oversights: no nominations for Fiona Staples as an artist, for Amanda Conner at all, and only one female colorist nominated when Jordie Bellaire, Bettie Breitweiser, Rachelle Rosenberg, Laura Martin, and Laura Allred have all worked regularly.

Still, it’s an impressive show of recognition for women in comics, and hopefully the sign of a regular upward trend. And I’m personally excited to see that Shelli Paroline, my fellow Boston Comics Roundtable member, nominated multiple times for her work on Adventure Time!

The full list of female nominees are under the cut.

Best Short Story:

  • "Rainbow Moment," by Lilli Carré, in Heads or Tails

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot):

  • The Mire, by Becky Cloonan

Best Continuing Series:

  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best New Series:

  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb 
  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover 
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7) 

  • Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm 
  • Kitty & Dino, by Sara Richard
  • Maya Makes a Mess, by Rutu Modan
  • Zig and Wikki in The Cow, by Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12) 

  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb 

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17) 

  • Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens, by Meredith Gran
  • Spera, vol. 1, by Josh Tierney et al. [includes Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon, Cécile Brun and Leela Wagner.]
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson 

Best Humor Publication 

  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb 

Best Digital Comic

  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Best Anthology 

  • Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson [features work by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Caitlín Kiernan, and Carla Speed McNeil]
  • No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall [women creators featured include Alison Bechdel, Piage Braddock, Jennifer Camper, Joyce Farmer, Roberta Gregory, Joan Hilty, Lee Marrs, Erika Moen, Trina Robbins, Joey Allison Sayers, Ariel Schrag, and more]

Best Reality-Based Work 

  • The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, by Julia Wertz
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me, by Ellen Forney
  • You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart, by C. Tyler

Best Graphic Album — New

  • Unterzakhn, by Leela Corman
  • You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart, by C. Tyler

Best Adaptation from Another Medium 

  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson

Best Graphic Album — Reprint

  • Heads or Tails, by Lilli Carré

Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia 

  • Thermae Romae, by Mari Yamazaki 

Best Writer/Artist 

  • C. Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart

Best Penciller/Inker

  • Becky Cloonan, Conan the Barbarian; The Muse
  • Colleen Coover, Bandette 

Best Cover Artist

  • Yuko Shimizu, The Unwritten

Best Coloring

  • Colleen Coover, Bandette

Best Lettering

  • C. Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart 

Best Comics-Related Book 

  • Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics, by Dewey Cassell
  • Mastering Comics, by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden 

Best Educational/Academic Work

  • Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures, by Elisabeth El Refaie
  • Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley 
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