Update #13: May 2, 2016 – An Eisner Nomination!!

Posted by Bill Schelly on May 2, 2016

Recently, the Eisner Award nominations were published, and (happy day!), my book Harvey Kurtzman, the Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America was among them, nominated for Best Comics-Related Book! Mad magazine was a game-changer in American popular culture in the 1950s, and the interest in this book has been tremendous. Those who are eligible can vote on line at: http://www.eisnervote.com/index.a5w. Naturally, I’d love to have your vote.

Two of my earlier books were nominated for Eisners (which are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book business): The Golden Age of Comic Fandom in 1996, and Alter Ego: The Best of the Legendary Comics Fanzine in 1998. Neither won. Quite a bit of time has passed since I received the last one. None of my Joe Kubert books, for example, were nominated. Jackie Estrada did tell me that my Otto Binder biography had something to do with him being a “Judge’s Choice” for induction into the Eisner Hall of Fame the following year. That felt good.

Awards are funny things. You realize they aren’t really a measure of the value of your work…. but, at the same time, they’re awfully nice to receive! I think being nominated for a Will Eisner Comics Industry Award means your work is considered good enough to win the award, so getting the nod is almost as good. But it sure would be nice to win one, at some point. It’s handy in marketing and promoting one’s work, and it kind of symbolizes that you have “arrived.”

The votes are tabulated by the people of Comic-Con International, and will be announced at their ceremony at the con in July.

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