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2017 Eisner Award Winners

  • Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer (Vertigo/DC); Black Hammer (Dark Horse)
  • Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
  • Best Webcomic: Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla,
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga (Image) Read Patrick’s review of Paper Girls #13
  • Best Writer/Artist: Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
  • Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Moebius Library: The World of Elena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al. (Dark Horse) Read Patrick’s review
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Best Humor Publication: Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie) Read Creighton’s review of Jughead #10
  • Bill Finger Award: William Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The AV Club (
  • Best Comics-Related Book: Krazy: George Herriman: A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand (Harper)
  • Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocoa (Bloomsbury)
  • Best Penciller/Inker—Individual or Team: Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
  • Best Coloring: Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord (Marvel)
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (DC); Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (Dark Horse) Listen to Creighton’s interview with Jill Thompson
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Joe Ferrara, for his work in prostate cancer awareness, and Mark Andreyko for curating the Love Is Love anthology after the Pulse nightclub shooting.
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clinton (Tundra)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel) Read Creighton’s review of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12
  • Hall of Fame: Judges’ Choices: Milt Gross, H.G. Peter, Antonio Prohias, Dori Seda Voters’ Choices: Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, George Perez, Walter Simonson, James Starlin Listen to our Walt Simonson career retrospective podcast
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Retailer Award: Comicazi, Somerville, MA
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: The Complete Wimmin’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins, Gary Groth, and J. Michael Catron (Fantagraphics)
  • Best Publication Design: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew (Pantheon)
  • Best Short Story: “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)
  • Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse) Read Creighton’s review
  • Best Anthology: Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich (IDW/DC) Read Katharine’s review of Love is Love
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Anne Szabla, writer/artist of Bird-Boy (Dark Horse)
  • Best New Series: Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse) Read Josh’s review of Black Hammer #8
  • Best Limited Series: The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta (Marvel) Read Patrick’s review of The Vision #12
  • Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)  Read all our Saga coverage
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Demon, by Jason Shiga (First Second)
  • Best Reality-Based Work: March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
  • Best Graphic Album—New: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson (DC Comics) Read Creighton’s review