‘Charlie Chan Hock Chye’ Tops Nominees for 2017 Eisner Awards

Sonny Liew’s virtuosic graphic novel Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon) was nominated in six categories to top the slate of comics and graphic novels nominated for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Liew’s Charlie Chan Hock Chye tells the political history of the nation of Singapore from the 1950s to the present through the depiction of the life of a fictional Singaporean cartoonist. Right behind Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’s Saga, received four nominations. Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress, and Tom Gauld’s Moon Cop, each received three nominations.

Fantagraphics Books led publishers with 20 nominations (among them Dan Clowes’s Patience and  The Complete Wimmen’s Comix anthology), followed by Dark Horse (10 nominations), Marvel (9), DC (8), and Pantheon and Drawn & Quarterly (7 each).

A complete list of all the titles nominated in 2017 is located on the Comic-Con International website. The winners will be chosen at a gala ceremony held at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July.

All told, more than 120 titles from more than 50 publishers received nominations for the 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Nominated books were chosen by a jury selected by Comic-Con International: San Deigo.

The 2017 Eisner Awards judging panel includes Comic-Con International board member Alan Campbell, reviewer/critic Rob Clough, comics retailer Jamie Newbold (Southern California Comics, San Diego), comics scholar Robert Moses Peaslee (Texas Tech University), librarian Dawn Rutherford (Sno-Isle Libraries, Washington State), and comics writer/columnist Martha Thomases (ComicMix.com).

The awards are named after Will Eisner, creator of the comics strip The Spirit, and author of the acclaimed short stories in the graphic novel, A Contract With God. The awards are presented each year during  Comic-Con International.

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