You never know what's around the corner.
I'm very proud to tell you that the graphic novel Nelson, of which I played a small part, has been nominated for a prestigious Eisner Award. I'm not surprised. It is a wonderful book, beautifully
put together by the massively talented team of Woodrow Phoenix and Rob Davis, and illustrated by a vast cast (sorry) of British creators...it rightfully deserves this accolade. The nomination alone is heart warming. So too is the feel of the nominations this year, with much less emphasis on Superheros and with new categories being introduced for children's material (DUH!) and, get this, educational material!! Is the American comic book industry finally accepting the theory that comics are for kids too?!! It's about time. The only healthy way forward for comics has ALWAYS been to involve children from as early an age as possible, but it might come as a shock to some to learn that kids have been ignored in mainstream comics in America for decades. I won't get on my soap box now suffice to say IT'S ABOUT BLOODY TIME!
This is a good day for comics.
So...congratulations to all that worked on Nelson. We did good!
Here's the Award list...
Best AnthologyDark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Nelson, edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix (Blank Slate)
Nursery Rhyme Comics, edited by Chris Duffy (First Second)
The Someday Funnies, edited by Michel Choquette (Abrams ComicArts)
Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, edited by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)
On a personal note: I have to say how cosmic this feels, to be an Eisner nominee! I had the great honour of getting to know Will Eisner, who, as everybody always says, really was the nicest man in comics. So this nomination, all be it shared by many, is extra special for me. There is no greater honour in comics than to be awarded an Eisner...so, finger's crossed fellow Nelsonites!!