Two Canadian creators took home prizes at the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, presented on July 22 at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Jillian Tamaki won the Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17) category for SuperMutant Magic Academy (Drawn & Quarterly), a collection of web comics published between 2010 and 2015. The book was previously awarded an Ignatz Award for best online comic.
Nova Scotia–based Kate Beaton was awarded Best Humor Publication for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Drawn & Quarterly), also a compilation of comics originally published on the web, lampooning various historical figures and events.
Tamaki and Beaton’s publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, took home an additional award for Best Anthology for the Tom Devlin–edited Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels.
Vietnamese-born Dustin Nguyen won the Eisner for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for Image Comics’ Descender, written by Toronto’s Jeff Lemire.
Founded in 1988, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are named for the legendary creator of the comic The Spirit, and are generally considered the Oscars of the industry.