Seattle publisher Fantagraphics Books has been nominated for 17 Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the comic-book world, the most nominations of any publisher.
The comic publisher, which began in 1976, has won so many awards in the Eisner’s 28-year history, said associate publisher Eric Reynolds, they don’t even know the exact total but guess it was “close to 100.”
“I don’t think we’ve ever taken the time to quantify how many we’ve received over the years,” he said. “Now you have me curious!”
“We are often one of the more well-represented publishers in the Eisner Award nominations, but I don’t want to sound like I’m taking it for granted by saying it is business as usual,” Reynolds wrote via email, adding, tongue firmly planted in cheek, “Glutton that I am, I’m also quick to notice all of the great artists we publish who weren’t nominated.”
Fantagraphics has three nominees in the category for Best Reality Based Work: “Displacement: A Travelogue” by Lucy Knisley, “Hip Hop Family Tree, Book 3: 1983–1984” by Ed Piskor, and “Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist” by Bill Griffith.
The publisher also has three nominations in the Best Writer/Artist category: Bill Griffith, Ed Piskor and Noah Van Sciver.
Seattle’s well-represented. In addition to Fantagraphics, three Seattle-based comic artists received nominations, including popular online satirist Matthew Inman, who draws under the name The Oatmeal. Inman was nominated for Best Short Story for his comic “It’s Going to Be Okay,” about the lessons learned by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry after surviving a plane crash in the Syrian desert when he was a Pan Am pilot.
G. Willow Wilson was nominated for Best Writer, for her work on “Ms. Marvel,” about a Muslim superhero. She has been nominated several times previously.
And Seattleite Ed Brubaker, though currently of “Windy Silverlake,” according to his Twitter, is up for two awards, including Best Writer. He has won several Eisners in the past.
This year was also a banner year for women, with 49 female nominees out of 61, the most of any year. (This is in stark contrast to another award, the Grand Prix d’Angoulême, which Fantagraphics artist Daniel Clowes (among several other others) boycotted for not including a single woman amongst its 30 nominees.