April 15, 2014 10:49am PT by Graeme McMillan
2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced
The nominees for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced, ahead of the awards ceremony during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Three series lead the list with more than three nominations apiece: Hawkeye (Nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best Writer for Matt Fraction, and Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Artist for David Aja), Saga (Best Continuing Series, Best Writer for Brian K. Vaughan, Best Painter and Best Cover Artist for Fiona Staples) and The Wake (Best Limited Series, Best Writer for Scott Snyder, Best Penciller/Inker for Sean Murphy and Best Cover Artist for Murphy and Jordie Bellaire).
Of the publishers, Fantagraphics heads up the list with 18 nominations, including Best Single Issue (Love and Rockets: New Stories #6), Best Comics-Related Book (The Love and Rockets Companion) and Best Publication Design (Beta Testing the Apocalypse). Image Comics closely follows, with 17 nominations (and an additional three shared).
This year marks the 26th year for the awards, with the panel of judges including cartoonist James Romberger (whose 7 Miles a Second garnered a nomination for artist Marguerite Van Cook in the Best Painter category) and retailer Kathy Bottarini. All professionals in the comic book industry can vote for the awards, with the ballot available soon online. The ceremony will take place on July 25.