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DC/Vertigo Wins 3 Eisner Awards at SDCC 2014

By Tammie Philpott

The Wake flooded the 2014 Eisner Award nomination pool with 5 of DC/Vertigo’s 11 nominations, and swam away with 2 wins for Best Limited Series and Best Penciller/Inker, Sean Murphy. The Wake is a 2-part 10-issue mini-series. The first part takes place in present time and shows the lead up to disaster. The second part is a post-apocalyptic horror epic of a flooded earth where humankind struggles to survive and solve the mystery of the creatures hunting them.

The Eisner Award for Best Coloring went to Jordie Bellaire for her work on The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero (Image); The Massive (Dark Horse); Tom Strong (Vertigo); X-Files Season 10 (IDW); Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery (Marvel); Numbercruncher (Titan); Quantum and Woody (Valiant). Tom Strong was created by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse. Tom Strong uses his strength and intelligence to battle evil with science in a classic pulp style.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly known as the Eisner Awards, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books. The Eisner Awards were first conferred in 1988, created in response to the discontinuation of the Kirby Awards after 1987. They are named in honor of the pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner.

Other DC/Vertigo titles nominated for Eisner Awards:

Best Short Story – “Mars to Stay,” by Brett Lewis and Cliff Chiang, in Witching Hour (Vertigo)

Aw, poor Mars Rover. He’s a good boy.

Best Limited SeriesTrillium, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo)

Trillium is a sci-fi story following two people when their time periods collide. It’s a brilliant read. The two stories unfold side-by-side, sometimes requiring the reader to turn the comic between storylines.

Best Adaptation from Another MediumDjango Unchained, adapted by Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin, R. M. Guéra et al. (Vertigo)

Django Unchained is an Academy Award-winning movie by Quentin Tarantino. Django is a freed slave who, after being trained as a bounty hunter, tracks down the man who owns his wife.

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Best Graphic Album — ReprintSolo: The Deluxe Edition, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)

Originally published in 2004, the 12-issue series Solo gave some of comics’ greatest creators the chance to create stories set in the DC Universe and beyond. Each issue featured one artist, including Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween), Paul Pope (Batman Year One Hundred), Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, Before Watchmen: Minutemen) and many others. Stories star Batman, Robin, Superman, The Spectre, The Teen Titans and many others, but also include westerns, war stories, science fiction epics, humor and horror, as well as introspective tales from the creators’ own lives.

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic BooksIn the Days of the Mob, by Jack Kirby (DC)

In the Days of the Mob is a black and white magazine featuring stories of organized crime in the 1930s in the style of the TV series “The Untouchables” and “The Godfather” movies. It is one of Jack Kirby’s first projects for DC.

Best Writer – Scott Snyder, Batman (DC); American Vampire, The Wake (Vertigo)

American Vampire is a horror comic following the shadow war between vampires and humans. Starting with the Wild West Gold Rush era, each story arc is expertly placed in a different time period. It is just as much a love letter to Americana as it is to the vampire mythos.

Best Cover Artist – Sean Murphy/Jordie Bellaire, The Wake (Vertigo)

Best Coloring – Matt Hollingsworth, Hawkeye, Daredevil: End of Days (Marvel); The Wake (Vertigo)

Tammie Philpott

Tammie Philpott is a Spartan/Wings fan, Code Monkey, Super Mom, Gamer, and Comics Enthusiast. She's been reading comics for slightly longer than Image or Vertigo have existed, and had to bear witness to the unfortunate Supermullet. Contact her on twitter at @tnphilpott

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