I’ve been taking the time to process this thing and I’m still wondering how I convinced any of my comic friends I am at all deserving of this award.
I say that but this is the second colorist award I’ve won - The first came from Publix Super Market (without a doubt, the best super market on Earth). I participated in a coloring contest. I colored something similar to the happy counting dinosaur you see above. Upon winning this contest, after trying to win the coloring contest for what felt like forever, I was granted a Jurassic Park birthday cake. It was a great day for a five-year-old and the cake was delicious.
The Eisner means a great deal more than a Jurassic Park birthday cake but the feelings upon winning were nearly identical - absolute surprise, maybe a little nervous someone will take it away saying “Oh, wait, we’ve made a terrible mistake!”, followed by feeling like the coolest person in the room but then finding it difficult to feel that way when you’ve maybe peed your pants.
I owe my thanks to my boyfriend, Declan, who picked up the award for me and always forces me to challenge myself. It’s exhausting but I clearly cannot argue with results. My friends and my parents are just great and even though I rarely saw them the past three years because my work commitments forced me to cancel nearly every hangout plan made, they were/are still supportive and caring - I owe them a lot there (looking at you Clayton Cowles, Maddie Bellaire, Aaron Fever, Stephen Mooney, Jacintha O’Reilly and Jeremy Lambert to name a few). Plus, my parents let me go to art school so that’s pretty great. Thank you my wonderful, beautiful parental creature folks!
My editors and my collaborators - I owe them basically everything. Eric Stephenson, Sana Amanat, Lauren Sankovitch, Tom Brennan, Sierra Hahn, Jim Gibbons, Ian Brill, Nate Cosby, Scott Dunbier and many others put me on all the right projects, regardless of the little experience I had and for that I am so grateful.
Tom Fowler, Chris Samnee, Ramon Perez, Declan Shalvey, Sean Murphy, Gabriel Hardman, Ming Doyle, Becky Cloonan, Mike Hawthorne, Matthew Dow Smith, Garry Brown, Walt Simonson, Chris Sprouse, Nate Bellegarde, Mahmud Asrar and Emma Rios - this partial list sounds like a ridiculous and wonderful convention guest list but these were my collaborators! I cannot even believe my luck. I am so humbled by these talented beasts and so grateful for the time we worked together. They are the best.
And without my flatters I couldn’t have finished as many books as I did. Thanks to Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jordan Gibson, David B. Cooper and others - I was able to complete all my books regardless of how late artwork came in. You guys are like the Three Musketeers.
And finally, my colorist peers! Every single one of them deserves an Eisner. They are amazing and ridiculously charming, wonderful people and they wow me with their work. Matt Wilson, Bettie Breitweiser, John Rauch, Jordan Boyd, Laura Martin, Shari Chankhamma, Dave McCaig, Nathan Fairbairn, Nick Filardi, Trish Mulvihill, Rachelle Rosenberg, Bill Crabtree, Rico Renzi and the other nominees! Whenever I pick up a comic colored by any of these titans, I want to pack my bags and quit!
Daredevil #177 page 2 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. Very excited to be doing this material as an Artifact Edition here this summer. Anyone looking forward to the Netflix DD show and unfamiliar with Frank’s run should seek it out in any form as good background for the show. And just because it’s great comics.
Chris Samnee’s Daredevil: Artist’s Edition HC – SPOTLIGHT
Mark Waid (w) • Chris Samnee (a & c)
IDW Publishing launched the very first Artist’s Edition in 2010. It was a bold concept that to date has garnered five consecutive Eisner Awards in the category of Best Archival Project. With the release of Chris Samnee’s Daredevil Artist’s Edition we continue to stay ahead of the pack by featuring not one, not two, but THREE versions of Samnee’s gorgeous original art – we like to think of it as an Artist’s Edition triple play! This amazing collection will be presented in TWO books. The first, a hardcover featuring Daredevil Issues 23 - 27. Since these books were lettered digitally, you will see more of the Samnee’s original art than ever before! Additionally, all of Chris’ beautiful layouts will be printed here, again, scanned from the original art. The second book will be a horizontal softcover, printing all Mark Waid’s scripts – but that’s not all – Samnee’s artistic technique involves drawing thumbnail breakdowns ON the script pages themselves. Which means there are THREE versions of art presented, plus the actual script enabling you to read along with the story! Additionally, these two books will come in a handsome slipcase. You’ve heard the term “Artist’s Artist?” This will be an “Artist’s Artist’s Edition!”
HC/TPB w/slipcase • BW • $95.00 net cost item • 160 page HC + 60 page SC • 12" x 17" HC + 17" x 12" SC• ISBN: 978-1-63140-723-9
•Advance solicited for October release!
•The immensely popular, critically acclaimed, and Eisner Award-winning duo of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are showcased in their first Artist’s Edition!
•TWO books, slipcased!
I’m so dang jazzed about this, you have no idea! I’m a huge fan of the Artist’s Editions that Scott Dunbier and the folks at IDW have been putting together.