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SDCC 2012: Day 2 (July 13) News Recap
Published on Saturday, July 14, 2012 by

[UPDATED] We’ve got the list of the 2012 Will Eisner Award winners in our SDCC 2012 Day 2 news recap. Read on to find out who the winners are and more!


Courtesy of the @CNNGeekOut Twitter feed, here is a partial list—the “Best Digital Comic” category winner is absent—of the 2012 Will Eisner Award Winners (the full list of the 2012 nominees can be seen here)

  • Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductees: Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gilbert Shelton
  • Best Writer: Mark Waid, for his work on Incorruptible and Irredeemable (BOOM! Studios) and Daredevil (Marvel Comics)
  • Best Writer/Artist: Craig Thompson, for his work on Habibi (Pantheon)
  • Best Short Story: “The Seventh” by Darwyn Cooke (writer/artist), appeared in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (Dark Horse Books)
  • Best Single Issue or One-Shot: Daredevil #7 (Marvel Comics) by Mark Waid (writer), Paolo Rivera (artist), and Joe Rivera (artist)
  • Best Anthology Comic: Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse Comics), edited by Mike Richardson
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Tyler Crook
  • Best Limited Series: Criminal: The Last of the Innocent (Marvel Icon) by Ed Brubaker (writer) and Sean Phillips (artist)
  • Best Continuing Series: Daredevil (Marvel Comics) by Mark Waid (writer), Marcos Martin (artist), Paolo Rivera (artist), and Joe Rivera (artist)
  • Best Humor Publication: Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad (Dark Horse Books) by Evan Dorkin (writer/artist)
  • Best Reality-Based Work: Green River Killer: A True Detective Story (Dark Horse Books) by Jeff Jensen (writer) and Jonathan Case (artist)
  • Best Graphic Album–Reprint: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (Dark Horse Books) by Darwyn Cooke (writer/artist)
  • Best Graphic Album–New: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia Entertainment), adapted by Ramon K. Perez

[UPDATE] Here is the rest of the 2012 winners list, as posted on the SDCC site’s Eisner Awards page:

  • Best Digital Comic: Battlepug by Mike Norton (writer/artist)
  • Best Archival Collection–Comic Strips: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Vols. 1 & 2 (Fantagraphics) by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth
  • Best Archival Collection–Comic Books: Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)
  • Best US Edition of International Material: The Manara Library, Vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories (Dark Horse Books) by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt
  • Best US Edition of International Material–Asia: Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths  (Drawn & Quarterly) by Shigeru Mizuki
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Ramon K. Perez, for his work on  Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia Entertainment)
  • Best Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla, for his work on Black Panther (Marvel Comics), Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite Entertainment), and Archie Meets Kiss (Archie Comics)
  • Best Coloring: Laura Allred, for her work on iZombie (DC/Vertigo) and Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image Comics)
  • Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, for his work on Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Best Comics-related Journalism: The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon
  • Best Educational/Academic Work (tie): Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice (Yale University Press) by Ivan Brunetti and Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (University Press of Mississippi) by Charles Hatfield
  • Best Comics-related Book: MetaMaus (Pantheon) by Art Spiegelman
  • Best Publication Design: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia Entertainment), designed by Eric Skillman
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Dragon Puncher Island (Top Shelf) by James Kochalka (writer/artist)
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12): Snarked (kaboom!) by Roger Langridge (writer/artist)
  • Best Publication for Young Adults (ages 12–17): Anya’s Ghost (First Second) by Vera Brosgol (writer/artist)
  • Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductees–Judges’ Choices: Rudolf Dirks, Harry Lucey
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Morrie Turner
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Writing Award: Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Jesus Marugan Escobar (Akira Comics – Madrid, Spain) and Jennifer Haines (The Dragon – Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

Creators and titles from Dark Horse Comics (and its graphic novel/trade paperback division, Dark Horse Books) really cleaned up at the awards. Mark Waid, Paolo and Joe Rivera, Ramon K. Perez, and Darwyn Cooke were big winners as well, winning multiple awards either as individuals or as part of a winning title’s creative team. Quite telling of the industry’s critical appraisal of DC’s “New 52″ reboot is the fact that no post-reboot DC superhero title won any awards and in fact, only two “New 52″ books—Animal Man and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. were listed in Jeff Lemire’s body of work for his Best Writer nomination—received so much as a mention among the 2012 nominees.


The debut issue of a six-issue comic book mini-series based on Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album is to be released sometime during SDCC 2012. Does this mean there’s only going to be one good issue, and the rest of the issues will be overwrought, snooze-inducing filler? I kid, I kid.


The Comixverse’s very own BigIV takes a look at the 12-page advanced sampler of Red Circle Comics’ New Crusaders title, available at SDCC and online

Despite utilizing a cast familiar to readers in the 1940s, 1960s, and other yesterdays, this book is aware of modern comic story telling principles. Gone are the text narrations of the action within the panel that discuss what the art shows. Gone are the overly formal speeches. In their place is a set of teenagers playing, talking, and moving like a diverse group of kids.


IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall had attendees laughing at DC’s expense during the IDW: The Show panel

Periodically, throughout the panel, I’ll update you about what’s going on in other panels. In fact, I hear right now, DC is rebooting their entire universe again. Among other changes, Aquaman will now be straight.


The piece is a few days old, but Aaron Sagers, writing for, offers some pretty good secondhand insights into the business side of SDCC

A futurist and business writer, [Rob] Salkowitz approaches ‘The Con,’ as it is known in nerdy circles, as more than just a meeting ground of Hollywood suits and 130,000 fans. Instead, he calls it a ‘laboratory in which the global future of media is unspooling in real time,’ where people participate in their entertainment instead of just consuming it.


A.V. Club staffer Todd VanDerWerff’s second on-location piece on SDCC isn’t as good as yesterday’s, but he does come up with this memorable nugget

Nothing ever really dies at Comic-Con, to the point where there’s a panel for a ’70s TV version of Shazam that I’ve never even heard of. But that also means that everything you could ever possibly think of is here and wandering around, all the ghosts of your childhood entertainments live and in the flesh. Today, I stood in line with a Snork and saw a sexy Tom Servo. And those are among the more easily understandable costume choices. Everything about wandering around here has that feel of when you fall asleep after being awake too long and your brain starts rummaging its own couch cushions for spare change.

———————— has a feature called COSPLAY HOTTIES: San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Edition. You’re welcome.

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    • [Update Advisory] The article now has the complete winner’s list… the earliest media releases from did not have the Best Publication for Young Readers, Best Publication for Kids, and Best Publication for Young Adults category winners listed. 

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