When a creator or creative team produces work that goes above and beyond the “norm”, touching upon important topics or subject matter that resonates with readers, they become contenders for one of our industry’s top honors. Just as the Motion Picture, Television, Theater and Music fields have their own rewards, so too does the Comics Industry.
And while the aforementioned fields of entertainment pass out a lot of rewards, the Comics Industry has many, many prestigious awards for excellence in graphic entertainment, including the Harvey, Reuben, Inkpot, Russ Manning, Eisner, Ignatz, and Ringo to name a few. Diamond Comic Distributor’s even has their own award, the “Gem”!
So, as we look back at the year that was, we look ahead to award season where pros and fans alike cast their votes for their favorite comics, graphic novels, collections and creators!
We've have gathered a selection of past award-winning graphic graphic novels no collection is complete without. To find more, check out our Best of 2022 section for PREVIEWS World's staff picks of the best comics and toys from the past year.
(W) Xavier Dorison (A/CA) Felix Delep
On the Farm all animals were equal.
In the Castle some are more equal than others.
For fans of the bestselling Stray Dogs and the Eisner Award winning Beasts of Burden comes an animal fable at once familiar and surprising! You may think you know the story, but set aside your assumptions. This animal uprising is unlike any you have read!
Nestled in the heart of a farm forgotten by men, the Animal Castle is ruled with an iron hoof by President Silvio. The bull and its dog militia savor their power, while the other animals are exhausted by work, until the arrival of the mysterious Azelar, a traveling rat who will teach them the secrets of civil disobedience.
Collecting issues 1-5 of the bestselling comic series into a handsome hardcover volume, with complete cover gallery and bonus material, including behind the scenes info and illustrations.
In Shops: Aug 24, 2022
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(W) Andrew Aydin, John Lewis (A) L Fury (A/CA) Nate Powell
To John Lewis, the civil rights movement came to an end with the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. But that was after more than five years as one of the preeminent figures of the movement, leading sit-in protests and fighting segregation on interstate busways as an original Freedom Rider. It was after becoming chairman of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and being the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. It was after helping organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the ensuing delegate challenge at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. And after coleading the march from Selma to Montgomery on what became known as "Bloody Sunday." All too often, the depiction of history ends with a great victory. But John Lewis knew that victories are just the beginning.
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
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(W) Terry Moore (A/CA) Terry Moore
Rachel rises from the grave to track down her own murderer in this chilling tale of suspense. With the help of a 10-year old serial killer carrying the remains of Satan's sword, and a sister who is literally the first woman to ever exist, Rachel uncovers the wicked secrets of small town Manson and its terrible role in earth's final days. Can Rachel learn from her past in time to save the future?
In Shops: Nov 02, 2016
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(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Filipe Andrade
Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality. As a result, the avatar of Death is cast down to Earth to live a mortal life in Mumbai as twenty-something Laila Starr.
Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born.
Will Laila take her chance to stop mankind from permanently altering the cycle of life, or will death really become a thing of the past?
Don't miss this premium, oversized presentation of the Ignatz Award-winning, Eisner, Harvey, and Ringo-nominated, bestselling graphic novel from writer Ram V (These Savage Shores, Swamp Thing) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying through the lens of magical realism.
Collects The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1-5.
In Shops: Mar 01, 2023
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DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Juan D?az Canales (A/CA) Juanjo Guarnido
Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido's sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the "red scare" Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans!
Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.
o Dark Horse is very proud to present the first three Blacksad stories in a beautiful hardcover collection, completely relettered to the artist's specifications and with the latest album, Red Soul, in English for the very first time.
o This internationally acclaimed series has won nearly a dozen prestigious awards-including the Angoulême Comics Festival prizes for Best Series and Best Artwork-and is a three-time Eisner Award nominee.
o Blacksad took Europe by storm in 2000 and sold over 200,000 copies in France alone.
Blacksad © DARGAUD 2000, by Diaz Canales, Guarnido. All rights reserved.
In Shops: Sep 28, 2022
(W) Barry Windsor-Smith (A/CA) Barry Windsor-Smith
Created over a period of 35 years, Barry Windsor-Smith' Monsters is a
tour de force of visual storytelling. Part family drama, part espionage thriller, part metaphysical journey, it is an intimate portrait of individuals struggling to reclaim their lives and an epic political odyssey across two generations of American history. Monsters is rendered in Windsor-Smith's impeccable technique, the visual storytelling being the most sophisticated of the artist's career. There are passages of heartbreaking tenderness, of excruciating pain, and devastating violence. It is surely one of the most intense graphic novels ever drawn.
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
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GRAPHIC MUNDI - PSU PRESS
(W) MK Czerwiec (A) Various
Eisner Award Winner for Best Anthology and Best Short Story. Hot flashes. Vaginal atrophy. Social stigma. The comics in this unapologetic anthology prove that when it comes to menopause and its attendant symptoms, no one needs to sweat it alone. Featuring works by comics luminaries such as Lynda Barry, Joyce Farmer, Ellen Forney, and Carol Tyler, Menopause is the perfect antidote to the simplistic, cheap-joke approach that treats menopause as a cultural taboo. This anthology challenges stereotypes with perspectives from a range of life experiences, ages, gender identities, ethnicities, and health conditions.
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
(W) Devin Grayson, Melody Cooper (A) Alitha Martinez, Chris Bolson, Giovanni Valletta, Cris Bolson, Enid Balam (CA) John Cassaday
What would you do if you could think faster than the speed of light?
Brilliant doctor Cecelia Cobbina, held in the highest regard by peers and patients alike, is caught in a spontaneous ignition of energy from out of nowhere. As it fades, she finds herself with the ability to process thoughts at the speed of light. Now gifted with an intelligence far beyond anything humanity has ever seen, Dr. Cobbina has set out to find and help other "ignited" people the world over, all in search of cracking the mystery behind their new powers.
In Shops: Sep 21, 2022
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(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Matt Wilson (A/CA) Cliff Chiang
NOW A HIT TV SERIES STREAMING ON PRIME VIDEO!
The entire Eisner Award-winning, critically-acclaimed epic-collected into one complete volume-is BACK IN PRINT to keep up with escalating demand.
Four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls from the year 1988 uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this critically acclaimed series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.
From the multiple award winning duo BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (SAGA) and CLIFF CHIANG (Wonder Woman) comes the unforgettable coming-of-age story steeped in '80s nostalgia and best described as Stand by Me meets Terminator.
Collects PAPER GIRLS #1-30
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
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(W) Anthony Del Col (A/CA) Fahmida Azim
Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for illustrated reporting! The true story of Zumrat Duwat, a mother of three from the Xinjiang autonomous region in China, who was arrested and sent to a detention facility for Uyghur women where she endured brutal living conditions and beatings. That was just the beginning of the troubles for Duwat, who, with her husband, would soon hatch a plan to escape the country. A harrowing, evocative, and important story that will enthrall and enlighten readers worldwide.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2023
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(W) Tatsuki Fujimoto (A/CA) Tatsuki Fujimoto
Denji's a poor young man who'll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil-dog Pochita. He's a simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when he's betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji's become a whole new man-Chainsaw Man!
For older teen audiences.
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
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The weakest of the weak, E-class hunter Jinwoo Sung has no money, no talent, and no prospects to speak of. And when he enters a hidden dungeon that fateful day, he ends up being left to die in the aftermath of a horrendous tragedy. At death's door, Jinwoo is suddenly invited to be a "player" by a mysterious voice. Desperate to live, Jinwoo jumps at the chance... but what is this strange new leveling system that only he can see?
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
PREVIEWS Page #368
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