The 2011 Eisner Awards were recently announced at the San Diego Comic-Con. One of the big winners was a children’s (or perhaps all-ages) comic: Return of the Dapper Men. Jim McCann and Janet Lee’s book won the Best Graphic Album-New category (tying with Dan Clowes’ book for adults, Wilson).
Other winners of interest to young readers include:
Tiny Titans, winner of Best Publication for Kids
Smile by Raina Telgemeier, winner of Best Publication for Teens
The Marvelous Land of Oz, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young; both were honored because this title won both Best Adaptation from Another Work and Skottie Young won Best Penciller/Inker for this title
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, edited by Paul Morrissey and David Petersen, winner of Best Anthology
Several authors and artists were specially honored, though specific works were not named. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award went to Patrick McDonnell, for promoting animal welfare in his comic strip Mutts. He’s also the author of several children’s books, mostly featuring the cat and dog from Mutts.
The Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award was shared by Bob Haney and Del Connell. Del Connell was creator of the Space Family Robinson comic in the 1960s, which is due to be reprinted this fall.
Of the eight inducted into the Hall of Fame, a few are especially of interest to younger readers.
- Martin Nodell was a co-creator of the Green Lantern.
- Lynd Ward, who created wordless woodcut novels for adults, also won the Caldecott medal for his first children’s book, The Biggest Bear.
- Roy Thomas adapted Treasure Island and The Man in the Iron Mask into comics, as well as working on popular comics like Conan and the X-men.
- Marv Wolfman has worked on the English adaptation of the soccer comic Whistle! and as both writer and artist on a number of American comics.