"100 Bullets" Makes Awards Salvo at 14th Annual Eisners

During the 14th annual Eisner Awards ceremony, Brian Azzarello's 100 Bullets for DC Comics/Vertigo proved that crime comics do indeed pay. The critically acclaimed title captured the awards for Best Continuing Series, Best Penciller/Inker (Eduardo Risso), and Best Cover Artist (Dave Johnson) during the gala held at Comic-Con International: San Diego on August 2.

The other award winners were spread around among old-timers and newcomers, big companies and indies, mainstream and alternatives. Besides 100 Bullets, only three other titles received multiple awards: Dan Clowes's Eightball (Best Single issue, Best Writer/Artist), Evan Dorkin's Dork (Best Short Story, Best Writer/Artist-Humor), and Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira (Best Archival Project, Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material).

Among publishers, DC Comics and its imprints had seven winners, including (besides 100 Bullets) Best Anthology for Bizarro Comics and Best Graphic Album-New for Will Eisner's own The Name of the Game. Dark Horse took home four plaques-the two for Akira plus Best Limited Series for Hellboy: Conqueror Worm and Best Comics-Related Item for its comics character statuette series. Fantagraphics had three nods: the two for Clowes plus Best Publication Design for Chris Ware and Acme Novelty Library. Marvel clocked in with two wins: Best Serialized Story (for Amazing Spider-Man's "Coming Home" storyline) and Best Writer (Brian Michael Bendis for Alias, Daredevil, and Ultimate Spider-Man, as well as for Powers from Image).

The Best New Series award went to Oni Press's Queen and Country, Best Humor Publication was won by Bongo Comics' Radioactive Man, and Best Title for a Younger Audience was collected by Mike Kunkel for Herobear and the Kid. Charles Vess took home the Best Painter award for Rose, Laura DePuy snagged the Best Coloring award for CrossGen Comics' Ruse and Image Comics' Ministry in Space, and Todd Klein was awarded Best Lettering for the 10th year in a row. Chip Kidd's Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz was named Best Comics-Related Book, and Comic Book Artist received Best Comics-Related Periodical. Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville) was named Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition.

The biggest crowd pleasers of the evening were the Hall of Fame Awards. Sergio Aragones and John Romita were both on hand to receive their awards, to a standing ovation. Two Hall of Fame awards were accepted by granddaughters: Dan DeCarlo's and John Buscema's. Mike Richardson accepted for Japanese manga/anime pioneer Osamu Tezuka, and Charles Biro's three daughters were on hand to accept the award for the man who started crime comics 60 years ago.

This year's Eisner Award presenters included Aragones, Kidd, Max Allan Collins (writer of Road to Perdition), Howard Chaykin (longtime comics and TV writer), the Hernandez Brothers (cartoonists of Love and Rockets), nominees Carla Speed McNeil (four nominations for her self-published Finder) Jason Lutes (Berlin), and Paul Dini (Jingle Belle), and past Eisner winners Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother).

The awards were held in the new Ballroom at the San Diego Convention Center. Among the other awards given out over the evening were the Comic-Con's own Inkpot, Clampett, and Manning awards. Inkpots, for lifetime achievement in comics, were handed out by MC Scott Shaw! to Frank Jacobs, Norwegian cartoonist Jason, Paul Levitz, Bob Lubbers, Bob Oksner, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Hal Sherman, Herb Trimpe, and William Woolfolk. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, presented by Bob's daughter Ruth, went to Herb Trimpe for his volunteer efforts at the World Trade Center ground zero. The Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, presented by Russ's widow Dodie, went to Doom Patrol artist Tan Eng Huat.

The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. This year's winner was The Source, in Falcon Heights, MN. The Retailer award was sponsored by DC Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, and Viz.

The principal sponsors for this year's Eisner Awards are ComicBookResources.com, Diamond Comic Distributors, and Quebecor Printing. Supporting sponsors include Alternate Reality Comics (Las Vegas), Atlantis Fantasyworld (Santa Cruz, CA), Cold Cut Distributors, Comic Relief-The Comic Bookstore (Berkeley, CA), Comicopia (Boston), and Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff (Concord, CA). Ballots were tabulated by Mel Thompson and Associates. Jackie Estrada, who also served as the Eisner MC, is the Awards administrator.

2002 Eisner Award Winners (for 2001 publications)

Best Short Story
"The Eltingville Club in 'The Intervention,'" by Evan Dorkin, in Dork #9 (Slave Labor)

Best Single Issue
Eightball #22, by Dan Clowes (Fantagraphics)

Best Serialized Story
Amazing Spider-Man #30-35: "Coming Home," by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr., and Scott Hanna (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series
100 Bullets, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo/DC)

Best Limited Series
Hellboy: Conqueror Worm, by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Maverick)

Best New Series
Queen & Country, by Greg Rucka and Steve Rolston (Oni)

Best Title for a Younger Audience
Herobear and the Kid, by Mike Kunkel (Astonish)

Best Humor Publication
Radioactive Man, by Batton Lash, Abel Laxamana, Dan De Carlo, Mike DeCarlo, and Bob Smith (Bongo)

Best Anthology
Bizarro Comics, edited by Joey Cavalieri (DC)

Best Graphic Album-New
The Name of the Game, by Will Eisner (DC)

Best Graphic Album-Reprint
Batman: Dark Victory, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (DC)

Best Archival Collection/Project
Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo (Dark Horse)

Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material
Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo (Dark Horse)

Best Writer
Brian Michael Bendis, Powers (Image); Alias, Daredevil, Ultimate Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
Dan Clowes, Eightball (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer/Artist-Humor
Evan Dorkin, Dork (Slave Labor)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Eduardo Risso, 100 Bullets (Vertigo/DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Charles Vess, Rose (Cartoon Books)

Best Coloring
Laura DePuy, Ruse (CrossGen); Ministry of Space (Image)

Best Lettering
Todd Klein, Promethea, Tom Strong's Terrific Tales, Tomorrow Stories, Top 10, Greyshirt (ABC); The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dreams But Were Afraid to Ask (Vertigo/DC); Detective Comics, The Dark Knight Strikes Again (DC); Castle Waiting (Olio); Universe X (Marvel)

Best Cover Artist
Dave Johnson, Detective Comics (DC), 100 Bullets (Vertigo/DC)

Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition
Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville, Atlas)

Best Comics-Related Periodical
Comic Book Artist, edited by Jon Cooke (TwoMorrows)

Best Comics-Related Book
Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, edited by Chip Kidd (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Item
Dark Horse classic comic characters statuettes, sculpted by Yoe Studio (Dark Horse)

Best Publication Design
Acme Novelty Library #15, designed by Chris Ware (Fantagraphics)

Hall of Fame
Judges' Choices: Charles Biro, Osamu Tezuka
Sergio Aragones
John Buscema
Dan De Carlo
John Romita

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