Eisner Award

Will Eisner Comic Industry Award
Awarded for Creative achievement in American comic books
Location San Diego Comic-Con International
Country United States
First awarded 1988
Official website http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisner-awards-current-info

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the Comics Industry's equivalent of the Oscar Awards.[1][2] They are named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner, who was a regular participant in the award ceremony until his death in 2005.[3] The Eisner Awards include the Comic Industry's Hall of Fame.

The nominations in each category are generated by a five-member panel, then voted on by comic book professionals and presented at the annual San Diego Comic-Con International convention held in July, usually on a Friday.


The Eisner Awards were first conferred in 1988, created in response to the discontinuation of the Kirby Awards after 1987.[3][4]

There was no Eisner Award ceremony, or awards distributed, in 1990, due to widespread balloting mix-ups.[5] The previous administrator, Dave Olbrich, left the position,[5] and Jackie Estrada has been the award administrator since 1990.[4] The Eisner Award ceremony returned to the San Diego Comic Con beginning in 1991.[6]

In 2006 it was announced that the archives of the Eisner Awards would be housed at the James Branch Cabell Library of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.[7]


Awards are given out in the following categories:

As of 2015


Past winners

See also

Other comic-related awards given at the San Diego Comic Con:

Other comics-related awards:


  1. "The Eisner Awards". worldofsuperheroes.com. April 8, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  2. Albert, Aaron. "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Profile". about.com. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  3. 1 2 "The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  4. 1 2 Estrada, Jackie. "The Eisner Awards: A Brief History", Comic-con.org. WebCitation archive (requires scrolldown).
  5. 1 2 "Eisners Cancelled," The Comics Journal #137 (Sept. 1990), p. 16.
  6. "Eisner Awards History," Awards: Comic-Con International San Diego official site. Accessed Jan. 29, 2016.
  7. Eisner Awards Archives to Be Housed at Virginia Commonwealth University. February 16, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  8. Thorne, Amy (2010). "25 Webcomics and Libraries". In Robert G. Weiner. Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging. Elizabeth (FRW) Figa and Derek Parker Royal (forewords); Stephen Weiner (afterword) (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-7864-4302-4. Librarians also can consult ... the Eisner Awards, which have had a Best Digital Comic entry since 2005
  9. 1 2 "2007 Eisner Nominations announced". Comic Book Resources. 2007-04-19. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  10. Blake, Corey (2013-08-28). "25 Years of the Eisner Awards". Comic Book Resources.


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