UPDATE! This article has been amended to recognize the work of two more CE alums, whose contributions to In the Dark we learned about after this story first posted. We regret the omission and are thrilled to extend congratulations to even MORE CE community members!
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominees for 2015 have been announced, and FIVE of the nominated books boast the work of CE community members!
BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION
Superior Foes of Spider-Man, by Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber (Marvel)
Nick Spencer is known in the comics world for creator-owned titles like Morning Glories and Bedlam at Image, and for writing Marvel and DC properties like this year’s Eisner nominee Superior Foes of Spider-Man, plus Ant-Man, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and more. But prior to all that, he was a student in one of Andy Schmidt’s first-ever Introduction to Comic Book Writing courses – before they were even offered online!
In this guest blog post, Nick talked about moving from Cincinnati to New York City for the Comics Experience Introduction to Comic Book Writing course. Luckily, you don’t have to relocate in order to take CE classes – they’re now exclusively online, where anyone throughout the globe can partake. But Nick’s leap of faith paid off, and now, among his many achievements, he has this year’s Eisner nomination to show for it!
This year’s Best Anthology category includes three nominees with CE contributors!
In the Dark: A Horror Anthology, edited by Rachel Deering (Tiny Behemoth Press/IDW)
In the Dark is a who’s-who of esteemed comics writers and artists. The anthology presents a diverse collection of original horror stories – several of which include the work of CE alums!
- Three In the Dark stories are lettered by CE alum and Creators Workshop member Nic Shaw.
- Another story, “The Body,” by writer/artist Tim Seeley, features the coloring work of CE alum K Michael Russell.
- The short “Not All There” was drawn by CE alum Rich Clark. Written by Dwayne Swierczynski, “Not All There” was also nominated for a Ghastly Award!
Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon)
This expansive, lovingly-curated tribute to Winsor McKay’s groundbreaking Little Nemo in Slumberland contains a story written by CE alum Paul Allor, with art by Jorge Coelho.
To End All Wars: The Graphic Anthology of The First World War, edited by Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark (Soaring Penguin)
CE alum and Creators Workshop member Lex Wilson contributed a story to this collection commemorating England’s entrance into World War I. Illustrated by Robert Brown and featured on our blog in October 2014, Lex’s short piece revolves around urban legends from the Battle of Mons.
To End all Wars is also nominated in a second category, BEST REALITY-BASED WORK.
BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK
Comics Through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (4 vols.), edited by M. Keith Booker (ABC-CLIO)
CE community members Forrest Helvie and Will Allred both contributed multiple articles to this four-volume scholarly collection, which offers an in-depth look at the history of American comic storytelling.
Please join us in congratulating Nick, Nic, Rich, K Michael, Paul, Lex, Will, Forrest, and all of this year’s nominees!
If you want to make comics, write, draw, letter, and color comics, or improve as a comics creator, you’ll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!
Posted by Nicole Boose