Comic-Con 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Comic Books' Big Night: The 2012 Eisner Award Winners

Big-budget Hollywood movies and celebrity sightings aside, in its 43rd year, Comic-Con is still about the art and industry of comic books. A celebration of the best artists and comic works of the last year, the annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (the Oscars of the comic scene) were held Friday night in San Diego.

Taking the prize for best digital comic is Battlepug, the tale of a warrior pug by Mike Norton, which began as a web comic and will soon hit the printed page in a full collection edition. Keep reading to see if your favorite comics were included among the full list of winners.

Best Short Story
"The Seventh," by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)

Best Single Issue (or One Shot)
Daredevil No. 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 to 12)
Snarked, by Roger Langridge (Boom!)

Best Publication For Young Adults (Ages 12 to 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 Reality-Based Work
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)

Best Graphic Album — New
Jim Henson's 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 Volumes One to Two, 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 US Edition of International Material
The Manara Library, Volume One: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)

Best US 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, www.comicsreporter.com

Best Educational/Academic Work (Tie)
Cartooning: Philosophy and 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)

Hall of Fame
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 and
The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada — Jennifer Haines

Photo Source: Battlepug Facebook

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