The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards
, are prizes given for creative achievement in American comic books since 1988. The digital comic category was added in 2005. Some say the category could be expanded
, given the abundance of digital creations. Regardless, there are 42 different titles nominated in the past 8 years. The 2013 nominations have been made
: Ant Comic
, by Michael DeForge (previously
) | Bandette
, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover | It Will All Hurt
, by Farel Dalrymple (previously
) | Our Bloodstained Roof
, by Ryan Andrews (previously
) | Oyster War
, by Ben Towle. Nominations and winners from prior years inside. [more inside]
Scott Kurtz draws and writes one of the Internet's oldest webcomics, PvP
. He launched it in 1998 and, since then, has won two Eisner Awards and a Harvey Award for his work. Scott has been a trendsetter for webcomics before, infamously (and frequently controversially) brash in defense of its business model, especially in the face of criticism from old media. Today, he announced that he will be selling product placement
in his strips, starting with an arc focused on Magic: The Gathering
. This is a webcomics first. Will it prove a boon to the financial success of artists, or a burden on the freedoms they've won? Or will it catch on at all beyond PvP?
Non-Sequitur takes another jab at webcomics.
With Garfield now dropped
from the LA Times, once again Wiley Miller has renewed his ongoing battle
against Scott Kurtz of Player Vs. Player
and his challenge to syndicated strips; offering his own for free.
As usual, the best comments are from the boys @ Penny-Arcade
From PVP Online's Forums:
"If we do wage war, will we be any better? What happened today, 9-11-01, was atrocious and could not be justified by any means. However, how could we justify violence while abhoring it?"