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2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The nominated creators have been recognized by their peers for having produced some of the outstanding achievements in comics in 2006.
(Winners are in bold and marked with *)

Best Short Story

  • "The Black Knight Glorps Again," by Don Rosa, in Uncle Scrooge #354 (Gemstone)
  • "Felix," by Gabrielle Bell, in Drawn & Quarterly Showcase 4 (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • "A Frog's Eye View," by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC) *
  • "Old Oak Trees," by Tony Cliff, in Flight 3 (Ballantine)
  • "Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man," by Stan Lee, Oliver Coipel, and Mark Morales, in Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man (Marvel)
  • "Willie: Portrait of a Groundskeeper," by Eric Powell, in Bart Simpsons's Treehouse of Horror #12 (Bongo)

Best Single Issue or One-Shot

  • Batman/The Spirit #1: "Crime Convention," by Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke (DC) *
  • A Late Freeze, by Danica Novgorodoff (Danica Novgorodoff)
  • The Preposterous Adventures of Ironhide Tom, by Joel Priddy (AdHouse)
  • Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3, by Joshua Cotter (AdHouse)
  • They Found the Car, by Gipi (Fantagraphics)

Best Continuing Series

  • All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC) *
  • Captain America, by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting (Marvel)
  • Daredevil, by Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, and Stefano Gaudiano (Marvel)
  • Naoki Urasawa's Monster, by Naoki Urasawa (Viz)
  • The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)
  • Young Avengers, by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and various inkers (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

  • Batman: Year 100, by Paul Pope (DC) *
  • The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M, by Frank Beddor, Liz Cavalier, and Ben Templesmith (Desperado/Image)
  • The Other Side, by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart (Vertigo/DC)
  • Scarlet Traces: The Great Game, by Ian Edginton and D'Israeli (Dark Horse)
  • Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident, by Tony Millionaire (Dark Horse)

Best New Series

  • Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon) *
  • East Coast Rising, by Becky Cloonan (Tokyopop)
  • Gumby, by Bob Burden and Rick Geary (Wildcard)
  • Jack of Fables, by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Tony Akins, and Andrew Pepoy (Vertigo/DC)
  • The Lone Ranger, by Brett Matthews and Sergio Cariello (Dynamite)

Best Publication for a Younger Audience

  • Chickenhare, by Chris Grine (Dark Horse)
  • Drawing Comics Is Easy (Except When It's Hard), by Alexa Kitchen (Denis Kitchen Publishing)
  • Gumby, by Bob Burden and Rick Geary (Wildcard) *
  • Moomin, by Tove Jansson (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel, by Sienna Cherson and Mark Siegel (Simon & Schuster)

Best Humor Publication

  • Flaming Carrot Comics, by Bob Burden (Desperado/Image) *
  • Onionhead Monster Attacks, by Paul Friedrich (Hellcar)
  • Schizo #4, by Ivan Brunetti (Fantagraphics)
  • Tales Designed to Thrizzle, by Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics)
  • Truth Serum, by Jon Adams (City Cyclops)

Best Anthology

  • Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, by Bill Willingham and various (Vertigo/DC) *
  • Hotwire Comix and Capers #1, edited by Glenn Head (Fantagraphics)
  • Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, edited by Frédéric Boilet (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • Kramers Ergot 6, edited by Sammy Harkham (Buenaventura Press)
  • Project: Romantic, edited by Chris Pitzer (AdHouse)

Best Digital Comic

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin) *
  • I Love Led Zeppelin, by Ellen Forney (Fantagraphics)
  • Mom's Cancer, by Brian Fies (Abrams)
  • Project X Challengers: Cup Noodle, by Tadashi Katoh (Digital Manga)
  • Stagger Lee, by Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix (Image)

Best Graphic Album--New

  • American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second) *
  • Billy Hazelnuts, by Tony Millionaire (Fantagraphics)
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Ninja, by Brian Chippendale (Gingko Press)
  • Scrublands, by Joe Daly (Fantagraphics)
  • The Ticking, by Renée French (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album--Reprint

  • Absolute DC: The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke (DC) *
  • Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley (Fantagraphics)
  • Mom's Cancer, by Brian Fies(Abrams)
  • Shadowland, by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)
  • Truth Serum, by Jon Adams (City Cyclops)

Best Archival Collection/Project--Comic Strips

  • The Complete Peanuts, 1959–1960 & 1961–1962, by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics) *
  • Mary Perkins On Stage, by Leonard Starr (Classic Comics Press)
  • Moomin, by Tove Jansson (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Popeye: I Yam What I Yam, by E. C. Segar (Fantagraphics)
  • Walt & Skeezix, vol. 2, by Frank King (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Archival Collection/Project--Comic Books

  • Abandon the Old In Tokyo, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Absolute Sandman, vol. 1, by Neil Gaiman and various (Vertigo/DC) *
  • Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900–1969, by Dan Nadel (Abrams)
  • The Eternals, by Jack Kirby (Marvel)
  • Ode to Kirihito, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • A.L.I.E.E.E.N., by Lewis Trondheim (First Second)
  • De:TALES, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Dark Horse)
  • Hwy 115, by Matthias Lehmann (Fantagraphics)
  • The Left Bank Gang, by Jason (Fantagraphics) *
  • Pizzeria Kamikaze, by Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka (Alternative)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material--Japan

  • After School Nightmare, by Setona Mizushiro (Go! Comi)
  • Antique Bakery, by Fumi Yoshinaga (Digital Manga)
  • Naoki Urasawa's Monster, by Naoki Urasawa (Viz)
  • Old Boy, by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi (Dark Horse Manga) *
  • Walking Man, by Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

Best Writer

  • Ed Brubaker, for Captain America, Daredevil (Marvel); Criminal (Marvel Icon) *
  • Bob Burden, for Gumby (Wildcard)
  • Ian Edginton, for Scarlet Traces: The Great Game (Dark Horse)
  • Grant Morrison, for All Star Superman, Batman, 52, Seven Soldiers (DC)
  • Bill Willingham, for Fables, Jack of Fables, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC)

Best Writer/Artist

  • Allison Bechdel, for Fun Home (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Renée French, for The Ticking (Top Shelf)
  • Gilbert Hernandez, for Love and Rockets, New Tales of Old Palomar (Fantagraphics); Sloth (Vertigo/DC)
  • Paul Pope, for Batman: Year 100 (DC) *
  • Joann Sfar, for Klezmer, Vampire Loves (First Second)

Best Writer/Artist--Humor

  • Ivan Brunetti, for Schizo(Fantagraphics)
  • Lilli Carré, for Tales of Woodsman Pete (Top Shelf)
  • Michael Kupperman, for Tales Designed to Thrizzle (Fantagraphics)
  • Tony Millionaire, for Billy Hazelnuts (Fantagraphics); Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident (Dark Horse) *
  • Lewis Trondheim, for A.L.I.E.E.E.N. (First Second); Mr. I (NBM)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Mark Buckingham/Steve Leialoha, for Fables (Vertigo/DC) *
  • Tony Harris/Tom Feister, for Ex Machina(WildStorm/DC)
  • Niko Henrichon, for Pride of Baghdad (Vertigo/DC)
  • Michael Lark/Stefano Gaudiano, for Daredevil (Marvel)
  • Sonny Liew, for Wonderland (SLG)
  • Steven McNiven/Dexter Vines, for Civil War (Marvel)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Nicolas De Crecy, for Glacial Period (NBM)
  • Melinda Gebbie, for Lost Girls (Top Shelf)
  • Ben Templesmith, for Fell (Image); The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M (Desperado/Image); Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse (IDW)
  • Jill Thompson, for "A Dog and His Boy" in The Dark Horse Book of Monsters; "Love Triangle" in Sexy Chix (Dark Horse);"Fair Division," in Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC) *
  • Brett Weldele, for Southland Tales: Prequel Saga (Graphitti); Silent Ghost (Markosia)

Best Coloring

  • Kristian Donaldson, for Supermarket (IDW)
  • Hubert, for The Left Bank Gang (Fantagraphics)
  • Lark Pien, for American Born Chinese (First Second)
  • Dave Stewart, for BPRD, Conan, The Escapists, Hellboy (Dark Horse); Action Comics, Batman/The Spirit, Superman (DC) *
  • Chris Ware, for Acme Novelty Library #17 (ACME Novelty)

Best Lettering

  • Ivan Brunetti, for Schizo(Fantagraphics)
  • Todd Klein, for Fables, Jack of Fables, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Pride of Baghdad, Testament (Vertigo/DC); Fantastic Four: 1602, Eternals (Marvel); Lost Girls (Top Shelf) *
  • Clem Robins, for BPRD, The Dark Horse Book of Monsters, Hellboy (Dark Horse); Loveless, 100 Bullets, Y: The Last Man (Vertigo/DC)
  • Richard Sala, for The Grave Robber's Daughter, Delphine (Fantagraphics)
  • Chris Ware, for Acme Novelty Library #17 (ACME Novelty)

Best Cover Artist

  • John Cassaday, for Astonishing X-Men (Marvel); The Escapists (Dark Horse); The Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
  • Tony Harris, for Conan (Dark Horse); Ex Machina (WildStorm/DC)
  • James Jean, for Fables, Jack of Fables, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (Vertigo/DC) *
  • Dave Johnson, for 100 Bullets (Vertigo/DC); Zombie Tales, Cthulu Tales, Black Plague (Boom!)
  • J.G. Jones, for 52 (DC)

Special Recognition

  • Ross Campbell, for Abandoned (Tokyopop); Wet Moon 2 (Oni)
  • Svetlana Chmakova, for Dramacon(Tokyopop)
  • Hope Larson, for Gray Horses (Oni) *
  • Dash Shaw, for The Mother's Mouth (Alternative)
  • Kasimir Strzepek, for Mourning Star (Bodega)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows) *
  • Comic Art 8, edited by Todd Hignite (Buenaventura Press)
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Dirk Deppey, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
  • The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon and Jordan Raphael ()
  • ¡Journalista!, produced by Dirk Deppey (Fantagraphics)

Best Comics-Related Book

  • The Art of Brian Bolland, edited by Joe Pruett (Desperado/Image) *
  • Cartoon America: Comic Art in the Library of Congress, edited by Harry Katz (Abrams)
  • Dear John: The Alex Toth Doodle Book, by John Hitchcock (Octopus Press)
  • In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists, by Todd Hignite (Yale University Press)
  • Wally's World, by Steve Sarger and J. David Spurlock (Vanguard)

Best Publication Design

  • Absolute DC: The New Frontier, designed by Darwyn Cooke (DC) *
  • Castle Waiting graphic novel, designed by Adam Grano (Fantagraphics)
  • Lost Girls, designed by Matt Kindt and Brett Warnock (Top Shelf)
  • Popeye: I Yam What I Yam, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
  • The Ticking, designed by Jordan Crane (Top Shelf)

Hall of Fame

    Judges' Choices: (Automatically inducted)
  • Robert Kanigher *
  • Ogden Whitney *

    Voters choices:

  • Ross Andru & Mike Esposito *
  • Dick Ayers *
  • Bernard Baily
  • Matt Baker
  • Wayne Boring *
  • Creig Flessel
  • Harold Gray
  • Irwin Hasen
  • Graham Ingels
  • Joe Orlando *
  • Lily Renée (Peters) Phillips
  • Bob Powell
  • Gilbert Shelton
  • Cliff Sterrett

2006 Eisner Awards Judges

  • Robin Brenner (librarian & editor of No Flying No Tights)
  • Whitney Matheson (pop culture blogger of Pop Candy at
  • Christopher P. Reilly (comics writer, Punch & Judy)
  • James Sime (retailer, Isotope Comics, San Francisco)
  • Jeff VanderMeer (fantasy author/critic)