List of Eisner Award winners

The following is a list of winners of the Eisner Award, sorted by category.

The Eisner Awards have been presented since 1988, but there were no Eisner Awards in 1990 due to balloting mix-ups.[1] The awards ceremony has been held at San Diego Comic-Con since 1991.


Best WriterEdit

Best Writer/ArtistEdit

Best Writer/Artist: DramaEdit

Best Writer/Artist: HumorEdit

Best Writer/Artist: NonfictionEdit

Best Painter/Digital ArtistEdit

This award was previously known as "Best Painter" from 1993 to 1999 and "Best Painter/Multimedia Artist" from 2000 to 2019.

Best ArtistEdit

Best PencillerEdit

  • 1993 Steve Rude, Nexus: The Origin (Dark Horse)
  • 1997 Steve Rude, Nexus: Executioner's Song (Dark Horse) - Best Penciller

Best InkerEdit

Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker TeamEdit

Best Art TeamEdit

Best Colorist/ColoringEdit

Best Letterer/LetteringEdit

Best Cover ArtistEdit

Talent Deserving of Wider RecognitionEdit

Special RecognitionEdit

Best EditorEdit


Best Single Issue/Single StoryEdit

Best Single Issue/One-ShotEdit

Best Short StoryEdit

Best Serialized StoryEdit

Best Black-and-White SeriesEdit

  • 1988 Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • 1989 Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • 1991 Xenozoic Tales, by Mark Schultz (Kitchen Sink)

Best Continuing SeriesEdit

Best Finite Series/Limited SeriesEdit

Best Limited Series or Story ArcEdit

Best New SeriesEdit

Best Title for Younger Readers/Best Comics Publication for a Younger AudienceEdit

Best Publication for KidsEdit

Best Publication for Early ReadersEdit

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)Edit

Best Publication for TeensEdit

Best AnthologyEdit

Best Digital ComicEdit

Best WebcomicEdit

Best Reality-Based WorkEdit

Best Graphic MemoirEdit

Best Graphic AlbumEdit

Best Graphic Album: NewEdit

Best Graphic Album: ReprintEdit

Best Archival Collection/ProjectEdit

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Strips (at least 20 years old)Edit

Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips (at least 20 years old)Edit

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic BooksEdit

Best Humor PublicationEdit

Best Adaptation from Another MediumEdit

Best U.S. Edition of International MaterialEdit

Best U.S. Edition of International Material — JapanEdit

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—AsiaEdit

Best Comic Strip CollectionEdit

  • 1992 Calvin and Hobbes: The Revenge of the Baby-Sat by Bill Watterson (Andrews and McMeel)
  • 1993 Calvin and Hobbes: Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons by Bill Watterson (Andrews and McMeel)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/JournalismEdit

In 2001, the judging panel chose to drop Best Comics-Related Periodical from the ballot;[7] the category was restored in 2002.

Best Academic/Scholarly WorkEdit

  • 2012 (tie)
    • 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)
  • 2013 Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley (University Press of Mississippi)
  • 2014 Black Comics: The Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II (Bloomsbury)
  • 2015 Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews, edited by Sarah Lightman (McFarland)
  • 2016 The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings (Rutgers)
  • 2017 Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca (Bloomsbury)
  • 2018 Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)
  • 2019 Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)
  • 2020 EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)
  • 2021 The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, by Rebecca Wanzo (New York University Press)

Best Comics-Related BookEdit

Best Comics-Related Publication (Periodical or Book)Edit

  • 2003 B. Krigstein, vol. 1, by Greg Sadowski (Fantagraphics)

Best Comics-Related Product/ItemEdit

  • 1992 Sandman statue, by Randy Bowen (DC)
  • 1994 Death Statue, by Chris Bachalo, et al. (DC)
  • 1995 Sandman Arabian Nights statue, designed by P. Craig Russell and sculpted by Randy Bowen (DC/Graphitti Designs)
  • 1996 Comic strip stamps (U.S. Postal Service)
  • 1997 Hellboy bust, Randy Bowen (Bowen Designs)
  • 1998 Acme Novelty Library display stand, designed by Chris Ware (Fantagraphics)
  • 1999 Sandman Pocketwatch, designed by Kris Ruotolo (DC/Vertigo)
  • 2000 Lunch boxes: Milk & Cheese, Sin City, Bettie Page, Hellboy, Groo (Dark Horse)
  • 2002 Dark Horse classic comic characters statuettes, sculpted by Yoe Studio (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Sculpted FiguresEdit

  • 1999 Hellboy statue, sculpted by Randy Bowen, produced by Bowen Designs

Best Publication DesignEdit

Special awardsEdit

Spirit of Comics Retailer AwardEdit

Bob Clampett Humanitarian AwardEdit

The Will Eisner Award Hall of FameEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  2. ^ SDCC: Here Are The Complete 2017 Eisner Award Winners Retrieved July 24, 2017
  3. ^ 2018 EISNER AWARDS Winners (Full List) Retrieved July 21, 2018
  4. ^ When the Darkness Presses 2014
  5. ^ A Life in Comics Summer 2017
  6. ^ Blake, Corey (2013-08-28). "25 Years of the Eisner Awards". Comic Book Resources.
  7. ^ Archive of "2001 Eisner Award nominee comics," The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, MarsImport. Original site. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
  8. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances (December 17, 2010). "Comic Relief struggles after founder's death". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  9. ^ "The amazing adventures of Sharon & Amitai".
  10. ^ "Eisner Awards Current Info". Comic-Con International. 17 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Will Eisner Hall of Fame". San Diego Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners". San Diego: San Diego Comic-Con International. 2010. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Dirks, Lucey Chosen for Eisner Hall of Fame". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2012. Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners 2012". San Diego: San Diego Comic-Con International. 2012. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "Hasen, Moldoff, Evans Chosen for Eisner Hall of Fame". San Diego Comic-Con International. 2014. Archived from the original on March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "Eisner Awards Hall of Fame Nominees Announced" (Press release). San Diego Comic-Con International via February 12, 2014. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  17. ^ Cavna, Michael (July 23, 2016). "Comic-Con: 'Overjoyed' Rep. John Lewis wins 'the Oscar of comics' for his civil rights memoir (+ winners' list)". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 7, 2017.

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