With 2015 now a footnote in the history books, Comic-Con International has officially announced its call for entries for the 2016 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. All entries must be submitted by March 18, 2016.
While the categories remain largely the same year to year, they can and do adjust according to shifts in the industry. The rules for this year's qualifying entries includes a "tentative" list of categories with a note that "judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion."
The full press release and submission rules are presented below. A printable pdf of the entry form can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisner-awards-current-info
Official Press Release
Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) has announced that submissions are being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2016 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. Publishers wanting to submit entries should send one copy of each of the comics or books they wish to nominate and include a cover letter that indicates what is being submitted (including the names of the creators) and in what categories.
The tentative categories include best short story, best single issue/one-shot, best continuing series (at least two issues must have been published in 2015), best limited series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2015), best new series, best limited series, best publications for kids and teens, best anthology, best humor publication, best U.S. edition of foreign material, best graphic album–new, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best adaptation from another medium, best digital/webcomic, best archival collection, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciler/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. The cover letter should include both a mailing address and an email address for the person or company submitting the material.
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. There are no entry fees.
All physical submissions should be sent to Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, at:
P.O. Box 128458
San Diego, CA 92112
before the deadline of March 18. For those using shipping services other than the USPS, please inquire about the shipping address, as it has changed recently.
The best digital/webcomic category is open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2015. The URL and any necessary access information should be emailed to Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada: email@example.com.
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 22 at Comic-Con in San Diego.
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