With all the news lately about voting, I though I should remind you folks that the Deep Dark Fears book has been nominated for a2016 Eisner Award, and time is running out to cast your vote! So, if you are a comic artist (web, print, etc) or work in a related field, I’d really appreciate your vote! You can vote at http://eisnervote.com/ - thank you!
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I’d like to dedicate this award to every “bad” bisexual who ever existed out there.
Every bi person who ever fit a stereotype. Every bi person who’s been shamed, doubted or ridiculed for not being “bi enough” or for being “too bisexual”. Every bisexual woman who’s ever survived sexual violence. Every bi person who’s considered suicide. Every bisexual person of color, every disabled bi person, every asexual bi person. Every bi person who’s ever experienced multiple intersections of marginalization and oppression.
A week ago at the Eisner Awards, Trina Robbins was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. She brought the number of women in the Hall of Fame up to four (out of 128). Hers was the last name announced, and I had already braced myself for disappointment when Sergio Aragonés said that the final inductee was “the most deserving” and called her name.
I didn’t need a legend like Aragonés to tell me that, but I’m happy he agrees. Because here’s what Trina Robbins’s induction into the Hall of Fame means: Women matter to comics.
Trina edited the first all-women’s comics anthology, It Ain’t Me Babe, co-founded the ongoing Wimmen’s Comix (which launched careers such as Melinda Gebbie and Roberta Gregory), and dug through the forgotten parts of comics history to find such lost treasures as Nell Brinkley, Fran Hopper, and Lily Renée; she has written three editions of the history of women in comics, with her definitive volume coming out later this year. Throughout the ‘80s and '90s, she was a gadfly on the comics industry, pressing them to produce more books for girls, leading to such efforts as the Marvel-published Misty and Barbie series (the latter of which had an almost-completely female creative staff and was an early showcase of Amanda Conner’s art), the DC-published Legend of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman: The Once and Future Story, and her own superhero creation (with artist Anne Timmons) GoGirl! Even this year, parallel to San Diego Comic-Con itself, she curated an exhibit on women in comics for the Women’s Museum of California. This blog and the Women in Comics Wiki would be the poorer without her. Trina Robbins’s name is synonymous with “women in comics”.
And the Eisner judges inducted Trina Robbins into the Hall of Fame, alongside Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Moëbius, Osamu Tezuka, and everyone from EC Comics. Trina Robbins is as important and as valuable to comics as these men because women are important to comics. Their talent and contributions are often ignored, forgotten, or diminished, and Trina Robbins was the first to put up a fight against such obscurity, not just for herself, but for all women who had ever worked in comics.
We can hope that the gates are now flung fully open for the lost women of comics history to receive their due and bring more parity to the Hall of Fame. But the future is most certainly bright, because after the awards ceremony was over–after Hope Larson, Becky Cloonan, and the Fiona Staples-drawn Saga took home their statues–Trina said to me, “Well, I’m glad I gave up drawing, because I could never compete with all the amazing women artists working today.”
I’ve been busy so I haven’t posted yet about this, but my comic The Adventures of Superhero Girl (published by Dark Horse Comics) was nominated for TWO Eisner awards! (Best Humor Publication and Best Publication for Kids.) I was a guest of San Diego Comic-con last year, and while I had a fantastic time (read about my adventures here!), it’s much too difficult a con to attend regularly (we live a 9 hour flight away). I told myself I wouldn’t go back unless I was nominated for an Eisner award … which happened. ;) So we’re going back.
Comic-Con 2: Return to Comic-Con, starring Faith & Tim, coming to San Diego this July. Hope to see you there. ;)
Oh! And you can read the black and white webcomic version of Superhero Girl FOR FREE right here! :D
At San Diego Comic Con I won an Eisner award! Me and Braden and Shelli each got our own little Eisner statue (the globe actually spins!) for our work on Adventure Time.
There were tons of great comics by tons of great people, so I was not expecting to win, especially since it was the first time I was nominated for anything! But we did which was nuts and then it was a super thrill to be up there on stage talking to the rest of the comics world.
Thank you to everyone who likes our crazy comics, and thanks for this awesome recognition. We will keep making rad comics for as long as we can, I’m pretty sure!
It’s true! Sarah and the Seed has been nominated for an Eisner in the Best Digital Comic category! What an honor to be nominated along side so many fantastic artists. If you’re eligible to vote, click here to go to the voting site! And the great thing about this category, is that you can actually read all the comics nominated for FREE before voting :D
The Adventures of Superhero Girl is one of my favorite comics, and one of the ones I’m proudest to have worked on. It’s by people I love and love working with. It’s the kind of book that shifts the balance of the industry and medium toward what I want comics to be.
I’ve spent a lot of time with Superhero Girl–probably more than any one person who isn’t Faith Erin Hicks or Cris Peter. I read it in black and white when it was first going up online, and then I read it again. And again. I went through every strip to pick the representative handful I could use to argue its case to my boss, and his boss, and the DH costing committee; and all of that was technically before I was its editor.
There are books I edit and then put down; ones I’m not interested in revisiting, or, more often, ones I’ve spent so much process time with that reading them feels redundant. Superhero Girl has never been one of those books. It’s a pick-me-up and a security blanket, the oh-so-readable soft matte hardcover, Adam Grano’s exuberant design (man, there is nothing about this book I don’t love), Kurt Busiek’s glowing introduction. I go back to it when I’m having a bad day, when I want to remember why I care about comics and what they can mean–to me, and as a medium.
I almost burst into tears. I spent the rest of the evening texting Faith and telling everyone I ran into that Superhero Girl had won.
I didn’t make this book. But I am so proud of having played even an incremental role in getting it out there, and I am so happy to see it get the recognition it deserves. The Eisner Awards aren’t perfect, by a long shot; how much they really mean is debatable. But sometimes? Sometimes, they get it right.
Congratulations, Faith, and thank you–more than I can properly express–for the chance to be part of one of the best comics I’ve ever read, and some of the most fun I’ve ever had on the job.
Fell is an American comic book, written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Ben Templesmith, and published by Image Comics. It began publication in 2005, and has been on hiatus since 2008. It has received two Eisner Awards nominations, for Best New Series and Best Continuing Series.
Lackadaisy’s been nominated for an Eisner Award in digital comics. Whoa. Wow. What? Who bribed who to make that happen? No, seriously I’m blown away. I hope it’s not rude or weird of me to share this information here - I’m just really excited!!