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Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
On Friday the 13th of July, Syfy presented the 24th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards as part of San Diego Comic-Con at the Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Browse the winners in this slideshow or read through the complete list below.



Best Short Story

“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series

Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

Snarked, by Roger Langridge (kaboom!)

Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)

Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)

Best Anthology

Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication

Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse Books)

Best Digital Comic

Battlepug, by Mike Norton


Best Reality-Based Work

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)

Best Graphic Album – New

Jim Hensons Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)

Best Graphic Album – Reprint

Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Strips

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books

Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer

Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible (BOOM!); Daredevil (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist

Craig Thompson, Habibi (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)

Best Cover Artist

Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther (Marvel); Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite); Archie Meets Kiss (Archie)

Best Coloring

Laura Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)

Best Lettering

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Journalism

The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon


Best Educational/Academic Work (Tied)

Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Comics-Related Book

MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)

Best Publication Design

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman (Archaia)


Judges’ Choices

  • Rudolf Dirks
  • Harry Lucey
  • Bill Blackbeard
  • Richard Corben
  • Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Gilbert Shelton
  • Russ Manning

Promising Newcomer Award

Tyler Crook

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

Morrie Turner

Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award

  • Frank Doyle
  • Steve Skeates

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award

  • Akira Comics, Madrid, Spain – Jesus Marugan Escobar
  • The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada – Jennifer Haines
A big congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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  • Henning Franke

    Wow all three together! Mj is so beautiful! Really love her Pose alot! Spidey and Gwen are both stunning as well

  • channekane

    Top artwork by J.Scott Campbell ! Pure sweet designed lines ! Very attractive vision of Spidey with his 2 life wives :)

  • Alicia Arsenault

    Love me some Spidey! *crossing fingers*

  • Brian

    Mary Jane would be very nice stand between my other sideshow figures. Hope I win her!!

  • jskurkis

    I want to win this one soo bad that I tried to enter twice!

  • dcrules

    Would love to win but will have the set anyway…..but still like to win

  • Christophe Braem

    AMAZING contest. Not only is Spider-Man my favorite superhero, since he got me into comics in the first place, I’m also a HUGE fan of J. Scott Campbell. Been trying to get him at a Belgium convention so I could finally meet him in person. Spider-Man, J. Scott Campbell, 3 statues = EPIC CONTEST!!!

  • Logan Henderson

    Gwen stacy looks amazing and I’m glad they brought her character to life in the movie if I win this will be prized statue and no dust would ever touch it……….does anyone know anybody that’s won outside of USA just wondering

  • Kevin Paul Kennedy

    This is truely cool, as many many things you folks make are. I’d love it, but whoever does win I hope’s a die hard Spidey fan. I love him a lot, but I won’t be broken hearted about not winning, as long as whoever does treasures their win :) Have fun entering folks! :D

  • Carl

    This would be a dream win for any hardcore collector! Good luck everyone!

  • Dale Frewaldt

    Ends on my birthday. That’s a good omen.

  • Ryan Maurer

    I have the two ladies on pre-order but sure wouldn’t mind getting them for free.

  • R.a. Rayne

    Saw them at Comic Con… They are amazing

  • Muhammad Shahrulizan Juli

    It will be the ultimate spectacular birthday present if i win!!!Gd luck”

  • Callum James Smith

    You have LITERALLY no idea how much I want to win this! But as @kevinpaulkennedy:disqus said, I really hope this prize goes to a TRUE fan and not someone who just enters competitions for free stuff! Aww man this stuff is just TOO COOL! May we all Thank Ditko and Lee for creating the most original Super-Hero EVER!

  • jabes

    Thanks for having this contest!

  • Desiree Moore

    My husband and I had the awesome opportunity to go to San Diego Comic Con in 2012 and we met Scott Campbell and bought his Women of Spider Man prints. When we saw these figures, we wanted them SO BAD. They cost so much and I’ve been contemplating how to get him the Mary Jane bust at least. I hope I win these for him so or I at least hope that some other person who would dance around the living room when they hear they win will get them!

  • Anthony Moreno

    Nice contest?

  • Dale Voges

    J.Scott Campbell is one of my all time favorite artists! To own not 1 but 3 of his work based sculptures would be an absolute dream!

  • PtigrouX

    Thanks you Sideshow for the contest.
    The entire J.Scott Campbell Spider-Man Comiquette collection is really fantastic :)

  • http://anonofholland.wordpress.com/ Anon of Holland

    Oh man, I love J. Scott Campbell so I really hope this time I might win.
    Fingers crossed!

  • Doremil Mariela Sánchez Peña

    Awesome, i wanna win

  • Super Laundry Bag

    Anything from Sideshow Collectibles is an amazing work of art!!! So would love to add these Spidey statues to my Spider-man collection… specially the Gwen Stacey!!! ~Super Laundry Bag (Super hero For The Arts) :)

  • http://fabian-art.blogspot.com/ Fabian!

    I need them, at least Mary Jane!! :D

  • Justin J. Petersen

    Sweet contest! Amazing prizes for the lucky winner.

  • whitedemo

    love it

  • T. Davies

    How about a long-time costumer from The Netherlands and a true Spidey fan ey? ;-)

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