The Eisner Award winners were announced last night. Having been a judge for this year, it’s somewhat odd to see the results. In the major categories, I don’t think my top vote would have gone to any of the winners except Gumby (seriously strange), Fun Home, Tony Millionaire, Absolute DC: The New Frontier (maybe), and possibly Fables for Best Anthology. (Bat Man Year 100 is a worthy winner in its category, but still not my top choice.) My single favorite fantastical comic of the year, Dungeon, didn’t make the list, and my second favorite, A.L.I.E.E.E.N., didn’t win. I also loved Scarlet Traces. And it’s fine that American-Born Chinese won, but I thought it was overhyped, frankly. Although Fables was a good anthology, “A Frog’s Eye’s View” was not the best “short story” of the year. Nor was the Left Bank Gang the best US edition of foreign material. Old Boy’s not a terrible choice for the Japanese category, but it wasn’t the best thing nominated. I’d be very surprised if most voters had sought out everything on the ballot–but, that’s not a slam, in that the ballot is crazy-long. Anyway, I had a great time doing the judging and the other judges and administrator Jackie Estrada were wonderful.
UPDATE: Basically a text version article from the same reporter on the same subject.