2021 Eisner Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 2021 Eisner Awards have been revealed. While mainly covering US comics, some manga titles and people related to the industry have also been nominated. Voing is held online and closes midnight PST on 30th June. Write-in nominations are also allowed.

The main manga category is “Best U.S. Edition of Interational Material – Asia”. The nominations are:

  • I Had That Same Dream Again, by Yoru Sumino and Idumi Kirihara, translation by Beni Axia Conrad (Seven Seas)
  • I Wish I Could Say “Thank You,” by Yukari Takinami, translation by Yukari Takeuchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • A Journal Of My Father, by Jiro Taniguchi, translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • Ping Pong, vols. 1–2, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)
  • Remina, by Junji Ito, translation by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)
  • Spy x Family, vols. 1–3, by Tatsuya Endo, translation by Casey Loe (VIZ Media)

Junji Ito is also nominated for “Best Writer/Artist” for both Remina and Venus in the Blind Spot, while Ayami Kazama’s I Don’t Know How to Give Birth! is nominated for “Best Graphic Memoir”. Meanwhile, nominees for the Eisner Award Hall of Fame this year include Moto Hagio.

Westerners involved in manga nominated for awards include Deron Bennett for “Best Lettering”, having worked on Ping Pong. Fans of the podcast Mangasplaining will also be interested to learn that one of its stars, Chip Zdarsky, is nominated twice for “Best Continuing Series” for his work on Daredevil and Stillwater, and is also up for “Best Writer” for his work on both these series as well as Fantastic Four and X-Men.

Ian Wolf

Ian works as an anime and manga critic for Anime UK News, and was also the manga critic for MyM Magazine. His debut book, CLAMPdown, about the manga collective CLAMP, is available now. Outside of anime, he is data specialist for the British Comedy Guide, is QI's most pedantic viewer, has written questions for both The Wall and Richard Osman's House of Games, and has been a contestant on Mastermind.

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