In the week leading up to the 2017 Will Eisner Awards voting deadline this Friday, the Comics Beat will feature a series of “For Your Consideration” posts highlighting a number of the nominees as a celebration of their well-deserved acknowledgement. We’ll feature some never-before-seen behind the scenes content and some of the books’ gorgeous interiors. We encourage all of our readers to check these titles out and all of the eligible comics industry members to vote for the titles they think best exemplify what make comics great.
Demon is one of the craziest and most interesting comics being published today. Written and drawn by Jason Shiga, Demon tells the story of Jimmy Yee. He cannot die, but oh lord does he want to. He hangs himself. He slits his wrists. He shoots himself in the head. But again and again, he wakes up in his hotel room. An irreverent exploration about what it means to live or die, Demon is up for the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album—Reprint.
In Shiga’s words, “Demon began as a series of 2 color minicomics, printed up on a risograph in my basement. Because I was completely in charge of all aspects of production and distribution, I took the opportunity to try every crazy idea I could get away with, such as a 4 page issue, a 60 page issue and an issue that was completely black. Demon has since gone on to be a popular webcomic and now a 4 volume series from First Second.”
Shiga and First Second provided some examples of what the original mini-comic version of Demon looked like:
First Second also provided an excerpt from Demon‘s first volume for your consideration:
Check out of all of our 2017 Eisner coverage.