Will Eisner Awards
Named for writer & artist Will Eisner, creator of "The Spirit"
comic book. This award was created when the Kirby awards were split in
two in 1988. The members of the Kirby Awards' Hall of Fame were
all considered to have been inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.
Award known as: Eisners
First year of award: 1988
Award status: Active
Awarded at: Comic-Con
International: San Diego
Number of categories: 28 (Current); 11-27 (Historical)
Hall of Fame: Yes
Award for children's material: Yes
Type of Award: Nominated
Nominations open to: Five-member judging panel consisting of
comic book professionals, journalists, comic-shop owners, distributors,
and other such members of the comic-book industry
Voting open to: Comic book professionals, journalists,
comic-shop owners, distributors, and other such members of the comic-book
- Best short story: A story that is less than one standard comic book issue in length.
- Best single issue/one-shot: This story must be able to stand alone.
- Best continuing comic book series: At least two issues of the series must have been published during the year of eligibility.
- Best limited comic book series: At least half of the series must have
been published during the year of eligibility.
- Best graphic album--reprint material: Material must be less than 15 years old
- Best archival collection: Material must be at least 15 years old.
- Best writer: Can not also do the art on the title for which they are nominated.
- Best penciller/inker or penciller/inker team: Can not also do the writing on the title for which they are nominated.
- Best painter: Award is for interior art only, not covers.
- Best cover artist: Must be nominated for multiple covers.
- Best comics-related book: Books about comics, not books that are merely tangentially related.
- The judging panel selects the nominees from submitted material.
- Publishers can submit any comic, graphic novel, or comics-related
periodical or book that was shipped to retailers between January 1
and December 31 of the year of eligibility.
- Publishers may submit a maximum of five items for any one category.
The same item or person can be submitted for more than one category.
Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set
- Creators can submit materials for consideration if: (a) their publisher
is no longer in business; (b) their publisher is unlikely to have
participated in the nomination process; or (c) they have severed
connections with the publisher or have similar reasons for believing
that their publisher is unlikely to consider nominating them or their
- There are no entry fees.