Many of you already know that I'm one of five judges in charge of the 2007 Eisner Awards. For the uninitiated, the Eisner Awards are the comic industry equivalent to the Oscars, complete with a star-studded ceremony at the San Diego Comic Con and, most importantly, career-altering impact on not just those who win... but also on those who are simply nominated for the award.
I've always seen the Eisners as one of the comics' greatest events and something that truly matters in this industry, which is why for last four years the Isotope has chosen to be one of the award's many sponsors. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into these awards each year, and am happy for our entire industry that they exist.
But nothing put the Eisners into perspective for me or has made me love this industry more than seeing the tears of joy running down Tony Harris' face after the Eisner Ceremony in 2005 for all the love Ex Machina took home that year. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time for it to really hit home for me how much winning that award meant to a creator like Mister Harris. And I don't doubt for a second there are many, many other creators out there whose names perhaps aren't as well known and whose books perhaps aren't from as large of a publisher for whom winning an Eisner Award probably means even more.
And that means something to me.
As a comic retailer I read a lot of comics every year, particularly so because I specialize in the kind of books that fly under most other comic shops' radars. But there's always a few fantastic books that I end up missing out on completely. And as an Eisner judge I don't want that happening this year.
So I'm opening up my in-box to your suggestions.
A list of categories can be found here and if you drop me an email at the following address I'll be sure to take your suggestions into account when I formulate my lists for Eisner Award nomination.