Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that submissions are being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2020 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards.
The tentative categories include best short story, best single issue/one-shot, best continuing series (at least two issues must have been published in 2019), best limited series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2019), best new series, best limited series, best publications for kids and teens, best anthology, best humor publication, best U.S. edition of international material, best graphic album–new, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best adaptation from another medium, best digital comic, best webcomic, best archival collection, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciller/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best cover artist, best comics journalism periodical or website, best comics-related book, best scholarly/academic work, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion.
Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted in more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. Creators can submit materials for consideration if their publisher is either no longer in business or is unlikely to participate in the nomination process. Only one copy of each book need be submitted, even it if is being nominated in multiple categories. The cover letter should list the items being submitted and in what category, and it should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address for the person or company submitting the material. There are no entry fees.
All physical submissions should be sent to Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, Comic-Con International, P.O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112, before the deadline of March 13. No submissions should be sent directly to the judges. For those using shipping services other than the USPS, please inquire about the shipping address, as it has changed recently.
The best digital comic and best webcomic categories are open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2019. “Digital comics” are complete issues of comics or graphic novels that are available for online viewing or download. “Webcomics” are comics stories that are serialized on line (such as a daily or weekly) and/or that use formats other than the traditional comic book page and take advantage of being online (horizontal, scrolled, etc.). The URLs and any necessary access information should be emailed to Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eisner Award nominees will be announced in April, and online voting will be available to professionals in the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, distributors, and retailers. The results will be announced by celebrity presenters at the gala awards ceremony on the evening of July 24 at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Further information on the Eisner Awards and a downloadable pdf of the Call for Entries can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisners-current-info