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Eisner Award Nominations Announced

Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 2:36pm

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have released the ballot for the 2009 honours. Canadian cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki have received four nominations for their debut work Skim. Other creators to receive multiple nominations include Emmanuel Guibert for Alan's War, Lynda Barry for What It Is, and Nate Powell for Swallow Me Whole. Among the most honoured series are Dark Horse's The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba; Vertigo's Fables, written by Bill Willingham and art team Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha; and Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley and Richard Friend. Marvel Comics received three nominations for J. Michael Straczynski's reboot of Thor with art by Oliver Coipel.

A complete list of the nominees can be found here. The winners will be announced Friday July 24th, as part of San Diego International Comic Con.

Categories: Awards, Graphic Novels

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What It Is

- Lynda Barry

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"Deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+" -Salon

How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? For decades, these types of questions have permeated the pages of Lynda Barry's compositions, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember. Composed of completely new material, each page of Barry's first Drawn & Quarterly book is a full-color collage that is not only a gentle guide to this process but an invigorating example of exactly what it is: "The ordinary is extraordinary."

Swallow Me Whole

- Nate Powell

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In his Eisner-Award-winning breakthrough, Nate Powell quietly explores the dark corners of adolescence -- the countless tiny moments of madness, the vague relief of medication, and mixed blessing of family ties.

Swallow Me Whole
 is a love story carried by rolling fog, terminal illness, hallucination, apophenia, insect armies, secrets held, unshakeable faith, and the search for a master pattern to make sense of one's unraveling.

In his most ambitious book to date, Nate Powell quietly explores the dark corners of adolescence -- not the clichéd melodramatic outbursts of rebellion, but the countless tiny moments of madness, the vague relief of medication, and mixed blessing of family ties. As the story unfolds, two stepsiblings hold together amidst schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, family breakdown, animal telepathy, misguided love, and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make sense.

Deliberately paced, delicately drawn, and drenched in shadows, Swallow Me Whole is a landmark achievement for Nate Powell and a suburban ghost story that will haunt readers long after its final pages.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 1

- Gerard Way, Various

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The New York Times bestselling comics series that was the inspiration for The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, now on Season 3!

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."

These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

o This volume collects the first six-issue series, as well as out-of-print short stories and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Gabriel Bá, James Jean, and Gerard Way.

o "Flawless...stylish, imaginative."--Newsarama

o Listed as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA).

o's #1 Graphic Novel of 2008!

o A New York Times bestseller!