Monday, April 11, 2011

Eisner Award Nominations for 2011 - Best Continuing Series

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 Continuing Series. Let's have at thee.

Best Continuing Series

Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)
Echo, by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Morning Glories, by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (Shadowline/Image)
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)
Scalped, by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guéra (Vertigo/DC)

What They Got Right

Chew is an amazing book. The fact it won the Best New Series last year and then is still riding high on such quality to garner another nomination for ongoing means something. Chew is a great book, in every aspect, for all the right reasons. I completely agree with this nomination but I’m not guaranteed it will win because:

Scalped is pure brilliance. Perennially number two on people’s ‘Best Of’ lists it could win here because it’s main competition was either a mini series or a new series. This could very well be Scalped’s time to shine. It certainly deserves it.

What They Got Wrong

Morning Glories…is this really deserving to be on this list? It gets a nomination for Best New Series, and that’s fine, but is it one of the best six books of the past year? I’m unsure. I’m not going to say it shouldn’t be here but I’m am going to raise the question, at least.

American Vampire deserves a place on this list. It hasn’t faltered with an issue, it’s been nearly unequivocal agreement on quality, and it is easily one of my favourites. I’m honestly shocked it’s not here.

Where’s last year’s winner? The Walking Dead is still pound-for-pound one of the best titles on the stands and it certainly didn’t lull so much from the previous year’s win so as to not even warrant a nomination. TWD is still an amazing character study of how grief and danger shape us and our actions.


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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McE said...

Morning Glories deserves the nod, tightly written and a compulsive read.

I'd bump Locke & Key for American Vampire (or Fables, for that matter), but then again, Locke & Key has never quite clicked for me. Personal preference, I guess.

Anonymous said...

Walking Dead HAS lulled. And the latest development is a jump with a shark.

Retcon Joe said...

Sadly, Scarlett didn't make the list. For me the verdict is still out on Morning Glories.

Sr. Lado Brillante said...

Where is Secret Six?

quietomega said...

I'm miffed that Secret Six isn't nominated; it's still the best team book on stands and it's still not getting enough love.

Surprised that Batman and Robin, Action Comics and Fables weren't nominated.

Morning Glories has been good, but I don't really get how a new series can qualify as continuing as well; I always thought that "continuing series" meant that it didn't debut in the previous year and was still awesome.

That said, I'd love to see Scalped take the big prize.

schuyler said...

Scarlet has no business being anywhere near this list. Scalped or chew should get it.

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