Preliminary voting is in on this year’s Eisner Award Hall of Fame and the judges have selected Mort Meskin and Spain Rodriguez for automatic inclusion.
The ballot for this year’s voting includes 13 additional nominees from whom four will be chosen:
Marjorie Henderson Buell (“Marge”)
Joe Sinnott and
It’s good to see so many worthy living nominees on this list.
Mort Meskin (1916–1995) was a 40s workhorse known for his work on such DC titles as Vigilante, Wildcat, Starman, and Johnny Quick, and the Black Terror for Standard. He collaborated with Jerry Robinson to create Atoman and Golden Lad, and worked with Simon and Kirby on Boys Ranch. His art was the kind of clean, stylish, versatile storytelling that didn’t call attention to itself even as it couldn’t be bettered. Fantagraphics has published two recent collections of his old comics, From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin and Out of the Shadows
Spain Rodriguez (1940–2012) is still being mourned since his death late last year. A founding giant of both the emerging NY and SF underground scenes, he was both a personality and a creator to be reckoned with, from his early work on Zap to his more recent graphic novels Nightmare Alley and Che: A Graphic Biography.
Voting on the awards is now open to industry professionals. The voting deadline is March 4; the awards will be presented July 19th at CCI-SD.
The 2013 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of reviewer Michael Cavna (“Comic Riffs” Washington Post) academic/author Charles Hatfield (Cal State Northridge) retailer Adam Healy (Cosmic Monkey Portland OR) author/educator Katie Monnin (Teaching Graphic Novels) cartoonist/critic Frank Santoro (Storeyville; TCJ) and Comic-Con International registrar John Smith.
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.