Official Press Release
Entries are now being accepted for the 18th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, to be given to the finest publications and creators of 2005.
Publishers can submit any comic, graphic novel, or comics-related periodical or book that was shipped to retailers between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005. The submitted items will be considered by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, who will select the final items to appear on the Eisner Awards ballot.
Publishers wanting to submit entries for the judges to consider should send one copy each of the comics or books to be considered and include a cover letter indicating what is being submitted and in what categories. The tentative categories include best single issue, best short story, best serialized story, best continuing comic book series (at least two issues must have been published in 2005), best limited comic book series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2005), best new series, best title aimed at a younger audience, best anthology, best graphic album-new material, best graphic album-reprint, best archival collection, best humor publication, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best comics-related book, best comics-related periodical, and best publication design. The cover letter should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address.
Publishers may submit a maximum of five items for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted for more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. There are no entry fees.
Creators can submit materials for consideration if: (a) their publisher is no longer in business; (b) their publisher is unlikely to have participated in the nomination process; or (c) they have severed connections with the publisher or have similar reasons for believing that their publisher is unlikely to consider nominating them or their work.
All submissions should be sent to Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, 4657 Cajon Way, San Diego, CA 92115, before the deadline of March 10.
Entries are also being accepted for the new category of best webcomic. This category is open to any professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2005. Audio elements and animation can be part of the work but must be minimal. Web comics must have a unique domain name or be part of a larger comics community to be considered. The work must be online-exclusive for a significant period prior to being collected in print form. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eisner Award nominees will be announced in April, and ballots will go out in May to some 4,000 creators, editors, publishers, distributors, and retailers. The results will be announced by celebrity presenters at the gala awards ceremony on the evening of July 21 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Further information on the Eisner Awards can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.shtml
Anyone with questions about submitting entries for the awards can e-mail Ms. Estrada at email@example.com or call her at (619) 286-1591.