In under two weeks at San Diego Comic Con, the 2013 Eisner Awards will be announced. And while I can’t say if this is the first time it’s happened, there is at least one woman nominated in most categories. The exceptions are for the most part based in the distant past of gender disparity in comics (Best Archival Collection/Project - Strips and Comic Books), a dearth of translated European material (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)
By far, women dominate the Early Readers award, which is very enheartening with regards to acclimating the youngest generation to the ubiquity of women in comics
There are still some strange oversights: no nominations for Fiona Staples as an artist, for Amanda Conner at all, and only one female colorist nominated when Jordie Bellaire, Bettie Breitweiser, Rachelle Rosenberg, Laura Martin, and Laura Allred have all worked regularly.
Still, it’s an impressive show of recognition for women in comics, and hopefully the sign of a regular upward trend. And I’m personally excited to see that Shelli Paroline, my fellow Boston Comics Roundtable member, nominated multiple times for her work on Adventure Time!
The full list of female nominees are under the cut.
As a quick correction, the female artists on Spera: Vol. 1 are Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon, Cécile Brun and Leela Wagner. Vol. 2 has Kyla, Baru, Julia, Anna, Polly and Kris Mukai.
It’s pretty exciting to be on a list like this with Emily, Kyla, Cécile, Hwei, and Leela!
Comics are changing! It’s an exciting art form to be involved in. I do think it’s evolving for the better and slowly becoming more inclusive and diverse. Which is wonderful and inspiring.