Indie Publishers Lead the Way In All-Ages Eisner Awards Nominations

Benjamin Dewey and Paul Tobin's I WAS THE CAT is among the nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards.
Benjamin Dewey and Paul Tobin’s I WAS THE CAT is among the nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards.

While not all comics are for kids, those which do target the younger demographics certainly deserve acclaim for helping to develop the next generation of comics readership and the 2015 Eisner Awards have named a few books which have helped do just that.

Whereas the more mainstream publishers such as Marvel and DC focus solidly on the late teen to middle-age markets, independent publishers have found a nice in producing quality work geared towards those who may not be ready to embrace the capes and tights crown just yet.

In the three Eisner Award (the industry’s most prestigious recognition) categories focusing on work for younger readers, independent publishers landed fourteen of the possible sixteen slots, with the remaining two nominations being secured by DC Comics’ Batman: Li’l Gotham and Tiny Titans collections.

Though the nominations reflect a broad spectrum of publishers from around the world, Portland-based independent comic book publisher ONI Press and New York-based First Second Books showed the strongest performances, securing three nominations apiece.

The complete list of Eisner Award nominations for all-ages titles can be found below.

Which of these youth-oriented titles do you think will walk away with the win when the awards are announced on July 10th? Let us know in the comments!


Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

BirdCatDog, by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch (Lerner/Graphic Universe)

A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories, by John Martz (Koyama Press)

Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories, edited by Traci N. Todd & Elizabeth Kawasaki (VIZ)

Mermin, Book 3: Deep Dives, by Joey Weiser (Oni)

The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke (First Second)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

Batman Li’l Gotham, vol. 2, by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen (DC)

El Deafo, by Cece Bell (Amulet/Abrams)

I Was the Cat, by Paul Tobin & Benjamin Dewey (Oni)

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse, by Art Baltazar & Franco (DC)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

Doomboy, by Tony Sandoval (Magnetic Press)

The Dumbest Idea Ever, by Jimmy Gownley (Graphix/Scholastic)

Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)

Meteor Men, by Jeff Parker & Sandy Jarrell (Oni)

The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew (First Second)

The Wrenchies, by Farel Dalrymple (First Second)


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