The nominees for the 2017 Eisner Awards, the biggest award in the comic book industry, has come out this week. Among the nominations, there are four nominations related to The Batman Universe running for Best Short Story, Best Publication for Teens and Best Reality-Based Work.
The stories nominated were “Good Boy”, featured in Batman Annual #1, for Best Short Story, and Dark Night: A True Batman Story for Best Reality-Based Work. Written by Tom King with art by David Finch, “Good Boy” tells the story of Ace the Bathound. As for Dark Night, the story is told by Paul Dini, following his physical and psychological recovery after a severe beating he suffered while writing Batman: The Animated Series, with artwork by Eduardo Risso.
The series running for an award is Batgirl: Rebirth by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque in the Best Publication for Teens category.
Besides those titles, Love is Love is running for Best Anthology, a collection of tales revolving around the Pulse shooting that happened on June 2016. Among the collected stories there is one involving Batman and Nightwing by Matt Bomer and Cully Hammer, plus some tales by the creators on the Batman titles, such as Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman, DC Bombshells), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), Rafael Alburquerque (Batgirl, All Star Batman) and James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batwoman).
As usual, the winners will be announced during the Comic Con International in San Diego this July. The full list of Nominees can be found on the official Comic Con website.
BEST SHORT STORY
“The Comics Wedding of the Century,” by Simon Hanselmann, in We Told You So: Comics as Art (Fantagraphics)
“The Dark Nothing,” by Jordan Crane, in Uptight #5 (Fantagraphics)
“Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1 (DC)
“Monday,” by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor, in One Week in the Library (Image)
“Mostly Saturn,” by Michael DeForge, in Island Magazine #8 (Image)
“Shrine of the Monkey God!” by Kim Deitch, in Kramers Ergot 9 (Fantagraphics)
BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS (ages 13-17)
Bad Machinery, vol. 5: The Case of the Fire Inside, by John Allison (Oni)
Batgirl, by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque (DC)
Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm (Archie)
Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
Trish Trash: Roller Girl of Mars, by Jessica Abel (Papercutz/Super Genius)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)
Baltic Comics Anthology š! #26: dADa, edited by David Schilter and Sanita Muizniece (kuš!)
Island Magazine, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios (Image)
Kramers Ergot 9, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
Love Is Love, edited by Sarah Gaydos and Jamie S. Rich (IDW/DC)
Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists, edited by Santiago Garcia (Fantagraphics)
BEST REALITY-BASED WORK
Dark Night: A True Batman Story, by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo/DC)
Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel (NBM)
March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir, by Tom Hart (St. Martin’s)
Tetris: The Games People Play, by Box Brown (First Second)