The 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards panel of judges has announced its nominees for the best works in the comic book industry.
Manga artist Jiro Taniguchi received a nomination for Best Writer/Artist for Furari and Louis Vuitton Travel Guide: Venice, both published by Fanfare / Ponent Mon. Taniguchi, who passed away in 2017, is also known for The Times of Botchan, Kodoku no Gourmet, The Summit of the Gods, and A Distant Neighborhood, among other titles.
Dark Horse Comics’ release of Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories, translated by Zack Davisson, received a nomination in the Best Adaptation from Another Medium category along with three other titles.
Kodansha Comics’ 35th anniversary edition of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira received nominations in the Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books and Best Publication Design categories. Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan edited the complete hardcover box set, and Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), Norma Editorial, and MASH•ROOM provided designs.
Five manga titles are vying for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award:
- Furari by Jiro Taniguchi
- Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
- My Brother’s Husband Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame
- Otherworld Barbara by Moto Hagio
- Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories by Junji Ito
Voting is open to all comic book industry professionals until June 15, 2018. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 20, 2018 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.