I’m sort of a little mixed on this. On the one hand we keep saying that the Eisner Awards should be funner and shorter and getting sponsorship money for the Eisners should be part of what it takes to get a big panel in Hall H.
And so according to the programming, this year’s Eisners will be sponsored by Showtime. Sadly Dexter isn’t around, because we might get to see Michael C Hall singing or kissing Jonathan Ross. OTOH, I hope that vaguely connected nerdlebrities don’t take as presenters ENTIRELY from from comics folks, because it is fun to see comics folks get dressed up for big awards!
Also, bigger party afterwards! Governor’s Ball! I wish I could crash that Grimes concert on the battleship, but I’ll settle for the Eisners, because comics is where it all began and where my heart remains.
Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 11, 09:59AM
The 26th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor/screenwriter/comedian Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Balls of Fury), actor/comedian Orlando Jones(Sleepy Hollow, The MAD Show), actor Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), nominee Reginald Hudlin (writer,Black Panther; producer, Django Unchained), Belgian graphic novelists Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten(Obscure Cities series), nominees Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Sex Criminals) and Kelly DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison(Bongo Comics), writer/artist nominee Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise) and voice actors Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Justice League Unlimited, MADtv) and Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man), and David Herman (Office Space, Futurama), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.