DC Comics was the clear winner at the Eisner Awards at Comic-Con International in San Diego with wins in 10 categories and shared wins in three others. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor excellence in the comic book field and are named for Will Eisner, creator of the Spirit.
Darwyn Cooke, who announced at San Diego he would be leaving DC Comics' latest iteration of "The Spirit,” was a winner in multiple categories.
Cooke won in the "best single issue or one-shot” category for "Batman/The Spirit,” drawn by Cooke and written by Jeph Loeb.
Cooke's magnum opus for DC, "The New Frontier,” won best graphic album — reprint and best publication design.
"The New Frontier” follows Superman and other heroes of the DC Universe from the end of World War II through the cold war.
The anthology hardcover "Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall,” won awards for "best anthology,” and "best short story.” Artists who worked on "1001 Nights” also won awards — Jill Thompson for best painter/multimedia artist and James Jean for best cover artist. Todd Klein was named best letterer for his work on "1001 Nights” and others, including "The Eternals” and "Lost Girls.”
Paul Pope nabbed two awards for DC. His "Batman Year 100,” featuring a futuristic Batman, was named best limited series, and Pope was named best writer/artist.