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Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

When it comes to comics journalism, there are plenty of options available to the reader in this day and age. Websites dominate in this fast-paced new world, publishing articles and exclusive interviews with creators and publishers alike in mere minutes. Nowadays people are less likely to have meltdowns over social media in fear of making […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Publication Design

Looking at my own graphic novel library, some books definitely stand out because of the quality of their design. Size doesn't matter, despite what your girlfriend tells you, for you can produce the biggest Artist's Edition in the world, but if the design is unattractive, then no one wants to display it in their library […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015- Best Lettering

If you don't even realize you're reading the word balloons or sound effects in a comic, then the letterer is doing a fantastic job leading you throughout the story by an invisible hand. The only time you really notice bad lettering is if it doesn't fit inside the balloon properly, the font is something similar […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Coloring

When coloring, it's always a good idea to use a scheme that appropriately matches the tone of the comic. One does not color Batman in rainbow attire (unless written that way by Morrison), but rather in the traditional black, dark blues, and grays. Color can make or break a comic, and really helps make the […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Penciller/Inker

I recently got back into sketching after an extremely long hiatus, and it feels good creating something from nothing. Am I any good? Hardly, but I'm not looking to get paid to do it for a living. It's very gratifying to sketch, and takes some practice to get certain shapes and figures to form. I […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Writer/Artist

It's hard being the best at something. Some people struggle for years to be the best artist or writer, putting in countless hours of work for little or no results. But to be the best at writing and illustration? It's a balancing act making sure one doesn't outshine the other, while keeping things entertaining for […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Writer

Today's category is for Best Writer, one of the major categories of the Eisners. Stories and series start with an idea, and a talented writer is capable of taking something simple and running with it, expanding upon it and making it something earth-shattering and memorable. It's not just the story that's important, it's the collaboration […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best U.S. Edition Of International Material

While the American comics scene is highly regarded, it's always nice to be reminded of what good storytelling sans superheroes and world-shattering events looks like. Sometimes it's enjoyable to just lose oneself in a good European comic, preferably translated. Then again, some are still easy to follow if they haven't been translated because they let […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Graphic Album – Reprint

If I'm really a fan of something, I have no problem buying it twice (or "double-dipping"). This rarely happens nowadays, but take The Umbrella Academy for instance: I bought all the issues when they first came out, then the trades and hardcovers, then eventually the deluxe edition because how could I not?! Sometime we hold […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Graphic Album-New

When I think about the Best Graphic Album-New category, I equate it to the Academy Award for Best Picture. All the nominees have been praised for the past year for being the best that comics has to offer, and being nominated for several awards from multiple organizations simply validates the power they hold over the […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Reality-Based Work

Sometimes readers want to read a biography or a history book, but don't necessarily want to look at hundreds of pages of just tiny little words. Sometimes, readers also need a break from the tights and capes. Why not combine the best of both worlds and read a comic that focuses on a subject you […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Anthology

One of the things I love most about comic anthologies is the diversity of the content. Anthologies tend to be a mixed bag of stories and art, but in the end there's definitely something for everyone. I can't list how many artists and writers I've come to discover in the pages of 2000AD and Dark […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Digital/Web Comic

The bound & published medium isn't for everyone, for sometimes it can be constricting for such massive, imaginative ideas when it comes to storytelling. Not only that, but to offer a story online makes it accessible to virtually everyone with a computer or smartphone with an internet connection. Just make sure it's on a consistent […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Humor Publication

Do bricks get excited when they're about to get laid? I imagine they'd be rock hard. Thank you! I'll be here all week! Tip your waitresses! The humor business is a challenging one, for we all think we're comedians. My friend Jordan and I always attempted to go to Open Mic Nights at Hopmonk Tavern […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Publication For Teens (Ages 13-17)

Surely we all remember what it was like to be a teenager. We were young, invincible know-it-alls that refused to be put in the mold society had picked out for us. We were rebels without causes, and no one could possibly understand how we felt because we were the only ones to ever struggle with […]

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Publication For Kids (Ages 8-12)

My mother is a 3rd grade teacher, and anytime I'm done reviewing a graphic novel aimed at kids that I've been sent by a publisher, I donate it to her classroom. I always feel good about this, because a part of me feels like I'm encouraging a small group of kids to continue on the […]