Monday, April 11, 2011

Eisner Award Nominations for 2011 - Best Single Issue or One-Shot

The Eisner nominations are out for the 2011 awards and they are certainly interesting. Where 2010 seemed to have plenty of Big Two top talent this year is much more independent. Throughout this week, we’re going to discuss each of the main sections of the awards, offer some suggestions for those who missed out, and then open up the floor for you all to have your say. Right now we’re looking at Best Single Issue or One-Shot. Let's get into it.

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

The Cape, by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, and Zack Howard (IDW)
Fables #100, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and others (Vertigo/DC)
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1: “Sparrow,” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Unknown Soldier #21: “A Gun in Africa,” by Joshua Dysart and Rick Veitch (Vertigo/DC)

What They Got Right

The Cape one-shot from IDW. That issue was dominant. It was a great origin issue, but for a villain. Everything in this issue clicked for me and I’m excessively happy to see it here on the list. The issue was adapted from Joe Hill’s short story, of the same name, and it follows along close enough but really choosing just the right parts to put onto the panels.

This issue was so successful that it will soon get a Director’s Cut issue that will include behind the scenes information and Hill’s original prose tale. It will then also lead onto an ongoing and I’m massively keen for that title to slowly unfold.

What They Got Wrong

No Daytripper. Poor form. You could just about pick out any issue from this series but surely #3, 8, or 10 could have been in this list. Those issues are so haunting, so beautiful, and so perfect. I’d not only nominate them, I’d let them win. Daytripper wasn’t just the best comic of 2010 because of the whole but because each part really worked on its own.


These are just some thoughts on the Eisner nominations for this category. We’d love to hear what you think so please add any thoughts or comments down below.

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Ken Boehm said...

I'd go with Fables #100 because it does a good job of doing a 30 page fight while opening up the door for what feels like the third act of the Fables world. But it probably won't get the nod because Fables has won so many times in the past.

Glenn said...

A Gun in Africa is amazing. It's a one and done tale and stands on it's own as a story and a history of conflict.

Klep said...

Wow, it's rather stunning how little recognition the big 2 get (excepting Vertigo), and even what they do get recognized for is stuff off the beaten path (Tiny Titans, Marvelous Land of Oz, etc.). I wonder if this will cause either Marvel or DC to make some changes in what they're doing/how they're doing it.

My guess is not.

Ryan K Lindsay said...

@Klep - what's more inportant, awards or sales? I guarantee Marvel and DC will still err on the side of money than creative quality. I'm sure there's some consideration that an Eisner nom, or even victory, will increase sales, but that's rarely been the case.

Klep said...

@Ryan Sure, sales are definitely more important to them than awards and like I said, I don't think this actually will make them do anything differently. On the other hand, I'm sure they'd also like the institutional ego boost for getting a bunch of nominations. If they get a similar number of nominations next year, I might expect to see them start taking some more risks on artier projects.

Of course, now that I've had some time to think about it a bit more, it seems like quite a snub that Thor: The Mighty Avenger didn't get a nomination anywhere (I'm specifically thinking of the kids/teens categories), and I'm sure there were DC projects of similar quality. I wonder if this was a deliberate move by the people who select the nominees to recognize a lot of indie work this year.

Ryan K Lindsay said...

I'd say it was a deliberate move by the committee to honour Nick Spencer and Joe Hill. :)

McE said...

I'm ok with Daytripper being passed over in this category. Since I'm not sure which issue I'd pick, I'm inclined to think Daytripper's sum of parts is greater than any individual issue

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