By Jarrod Jones. If you were looking at the nominations list for this year’s Eisner Awards and felt that something was a bit off, let me be the first to tell you that your impulses are working great. You’re a paradigm of humanity and I love you. Because something was definitely off this year.
A cursory scan of this year’s nominees list showed that a few things were amiss (like, say, Kevin Wada’s continued absence on the Best Cover Artist category, or that amazing books like Kaijumax, The Sheriff of Babylon, and Doom Patrol were nowhere to be found). Perhaps the most egregious omission from this list was certainly Love is Love from the Best Anthology category, which left many people both within the industry and out going, “Say wha–?”
Love is Love is a 2016 comic book published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing to benefit victims of the June 12, 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. (With credit going to Marc Andreyko, editors Sarah Gaydos, Jamie S. Rich, and Maggie Howell, and far too many creators to list here.) That alone would make you figure that a mountain of Eisners were about to get hurled at this thing. But that turned out to not be the case.
DoomRocket learned from two separate sources that the decision to omit Love is Love came down to a pretty damn silly error: one of the judges scanned the book’s Amazon page, which lists it as an anthology published in 2017 — because it is Amazon and not, say, IDW Publishing or DC Comics’ PR department — and decided that it would be up for consideration next year.
The problem is, Love is Love was released in comic book stores on December 28 of 2016 which, under Comic Con International rules, makes the book eligible for awards consideration this year.
There has been no shortage of support for Love is Love over the past year, and the creator outcry for this oversight was considerable enough that on Wednesday, Comic Con International decided to add Love is Love to their nominee’s list.
So save your tomatoes and heads of lettuce for next year, I guess.
The Eisner Awards will be held on the evening of Friday, July 21 at Comic-Con International.