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Hilda, Jughead, ‘Ghosts’ Get Eisner Nominations


The 2016 Eisner Award nominations were announced yesterday, and as always, the kids’ and YA selections are an interesting bunch. Here you go:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World, by James Sturm (Toon)
Burt’s Way Home, by John Martz (Koyama)
The Creeps, Book 2: The Trolls Will Feast! by Chris Schweizer (Abrams)
I’m Grumpy (My First Comics), by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random
House Books for Young Readers)
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton (Tundra)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
The Drawing Lesson, by Mark Crilley (Watson-Guptill)
Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
Hilda and the Stone Forest, by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
Rikki, adapted by Norm Harper and Matthew Foltz-Gray (Karate Petshop)
Science Comics: Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood (First Second)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Bad Machinery, vol. 5: The Case of the Fire Inside, by John Allison (Oni)
Batgirl, by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque (DC)
Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, by Jessica Abel (Papercutz/Super Genius)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

The all-ages wordless comic Love: The Lion, by Frédéric Brémaud and Federico Bertolucci, made the Best U.S. Edition of International Material lit, and several of the other nominees are particularly teen-friendly: March (Book Three), by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell and Tetris: The Games People Play, by Box Brown (Best Reality-Based Work); Mooncop by Tom Gauld and Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (Best Graphic Album—New); orange: The Complete Collection, by Ichigo Takano, Princess Jellyfish, vols. 1–3, by Akiko Higashimura, and Wandering Island, vol. 1, by Kenji Tsuruta (Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia). Ann Szabla’s beautiful webcomic Bird Boy, which is published in print by Dark Horse, made the Best Webcomic list.

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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