Spain Rodriguez (1940-2012), from Comic Journal, cover, 1998; graphite, pen, and ink on paper, 14 ¾ x 14 ¼ inches; Courtesy of the Artist
Spain Posthumously Inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Spain Posthumously Inducted to the 2013 Will Eisner Hall of Fame
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The Eisner Awards judges have selected two individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2013. These inductees are Golden Age artist Mort Meskin (Vigilante, Wildcat, Johnny Quick for DC) and the late underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez (1940-2012) (Trashman, Nightmare Alley).
The judges have also chosen 13 nominees from which voters will select 4 to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con. These nominees are Marjorie Henderson Buell (“Marge”), Howard Cruse, Lee Falk, Bud Fisher, Bill Griffith, Al Jaffee, Jesse Marsh, Tarpé Mills, Thomas Nast, Gary Panter, Trina Robbins, Joe Sinnott, and Jacques Tardi.
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of comics, turn 25 in 2013. The most prestigious of the industry’s awards, the Eisners are given out at a gala ceremony on the Friday night of Comic-Con International: San Diego.
The Awards encompass more than two-dozen categories covering both works and creators. Nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon committee of judges, and the winners are chosen by professionals in the comics industry. Started in 1988, the awards are named for Will Eisner, the legendary creator of “The Spirit” and giant of the graphic novel.
The Eisner Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.