Congratulations to Jeremy Whitley, M. Goodwin, Action Lab Entertainment, and Fire Tower Studios! We hope they win! If you haven't read it yet, this book deserves all the accolades it's getting. It's fun and exciting, all without talking down to younger readers. You can definitely expect us to review the first trade when it comes out.
And VIETNAMERICA is up for Best Reality-Based Work.
If you haven't read GB Tran's incredible graphic novel, you really owe it to yourself to read it. The crew spotted this book early on and have been shouting its praises from the rooftops! GB's style has an incredible flow between photorealism and cartoon that is nearly imperceptible while reading. His personal story of trying to relate to his expatriated Vietnamese family is easily one of the best graphic novels to come out in a long time. He has definitely earned this Eisner nomination.
For those people following us that are a little unfamiliar with the world of comics, the Eisner Awards are one of the top honors a creator can receive. A bit like the Oscars... They are named after Will Eisner, one of the mediums greatest early pioneers of the Golden Age of the 20s and 30s. Sited by many as the inventor of the Graphic Novel, and a firm believer that panels were unnecessary in storytelling, his cartoony but incredibly well rendered style easily makes him the Da Vinci of the comic book medium (with Kirby as its Michelangelo and Moebius as its De Chirico).
Eisner was the creator of the newspaper insert character The Spirit, and loved to find ways to insert the title into the scene in bizarre and different ways each issue. He enjoyed a long fruitful career up until his death in 2005.
You can bet we will cover one of his books on this podcast at some future date.