Thursday, June 10, 2021


The press release follows:

Media Release — IDW has been recognized by the committee of the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards with a combined eleven nods this year (ten nominations and one shared nomination). Two projects, Jared Cullum’s graphic novel Kodi and Stan Sakai’s long-running Usagi Yojimbo comic series, received two nominations apiece. The prestigious award ceremony honors exemplary work from the previous year in comics publishing.

“On behalf of everyone at IDW Publishing, we’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Eisner committee for recognizing the passion, skill, and hard work of so many talented creators with this year’s nominations,” says publisher Nachie Marsham. “It’s delightful to see such a diverse array of projects embraced by the comics community, and we wish all the nominees the best of luck!”

IDW’s 2021 Eisner Nominees include:

Best Continuing Series: Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai (IDW)

Best Publication for Early Readers: Kodi, by Jared Cullum (Top Shelf)

Best Humor Publication: What If We Were…, by Axelle Lenoir (Top Shelf)

Best Anthology: Hey, Amateur! Go From Novice to Nailing It in 9 Panels, edited and curated by Shelly Bond (IDW Black Crown)

Best Graphic Album—New: The Book Tour, by Andi Watson (Top Shelf)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Gross Exaggerations: The Meshuga Comic Strips of Milt Gross, by Milt Gross, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salty Sea, by Hugo Pratt, translation by Dean Mullaney and Simone Castaldi (EuroComics/IDW)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Jared Cullum, Kodi (Top Shelf)

Best Cover Artist: Peach Momoko, The Crow: Lethe (IDW); Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19, Mighty Morphin #2, Something is Killing the Children #12, Power Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios); DIE!namite, Vampirella (Dynamite); Marvel Variants (Marvel)

Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

Best Comics-Related Book: Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, by Ken Quattro (Yoe Books/IDW)

To acquire copies of IDW Publishing’s nominated comic book and graphic novel releases, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you. Graphic novels are also available for order via bookstores, online booksellers, and digital platforms.

About IDW

IDW (OTCPINK: IDWM) is a leading media company providing uniquely compelling stories and characters in various genres for global audiences across all entertainment platforms. The award-winning IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment divisions holistically evaluate and acquire IP for franchise development across comics and graphic novels, television, theatrical, games, merchandise, and other entertainment platforms, in addition to bringing world-renowned storytelling to life with our creative partners.