The 2011 Eisner Award nominees have been announced, and a few nominees have Oklahoma connections.
“Trickster: Native American Tales,” edited by Matt Dembicki for Fulcrum Books, features the work of multiple Oklahomans and is nominated in the best anthology category.
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are intended to honor the best in the comic-book industry. They have been awarded since 1990.
The “Trickster” anthology adapts 21 American Indian folkloric tales.
More than 40 people contributed to the anthology as a writer or artist. Joyce Bear, Roy Boney Jr., Greg Rodgers, Michael Thompson and Tim Tingle are contributors to the “Trickster” anthology with roots in Oklahoma.
Author and Choctaw storyteller Rodgers, of Warr Acres, contributed the tale “Giddy Up, Wolfie” with artist Mike Short.
“It’s a story that I’ve been telling for several years, one of many,” he said. “It was traditional Choctaw, it had different kind of animals. It was a story that I told that was a trickster tale, and a story that I knew real well. … Out of all the stories, I thought it would be the best one (to) translate to that kind of format.”
It’s the first comic-book story by Rodgers, who is a writer, storyteller, workshop presenter and oral historian who began his career under the mentorship of Choctaw storyteller and author Tingle.
“As a storyteller and a writer, one of the things I do is try to create mental images using words.” Rodgers said. “But to actually see someone else take those words and create images and have that interplay was just a unique and fun experience.”
In the awards as a whole, the most-nominated book of 2011 is “Return of the Dapper Men,” a fantasy hardcover from Archaia by writer Jim McCann and artist Janet Lee.
DC Comics led all publishers with 14 nominations; Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly followed with 11 each.
Ballots will go out in mid-April to voters, which include comic-book creators, editors, publishers and retailers. The results will be announced July 22 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The Eisner Awards are named for Will Eisner, creator of “The Spirit.”
- by Matthew Price
From Friday’s The Oklahoman