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Countdown to the Eisners: 2019 Nominees for Best Humor Publication

Fanbase Press’ coverage of the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards continues with the “Countdown to the Eisners” series. From Wednesday, May 29, through Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Fanbase Press will highlight each of the Eisner Awards’ 31 nomination categories, providing comic book industry members and readers alike the opportunity to learn more about the nominees and their work. Stay tuned for Fanbase Press’ continued coverage of the Eisner Awards, including live coverage of the ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 19.

The award for Best Humor Publication was first awarded in the year 1992 to Groo the Wanderer (by Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés).  The category honors those comedic comics that always make you bust a gut or crack a smile. Previous winners include Bone (3 times!), Mike & Cheese, Vader’s Little Princess, and more!

Here are the 2019 Eisner Award nominees for the Best Humor Publication category:

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Get Naked by Steven T. Seagle et al. (Image)

Get Naked is a collection of “graphic essays” from writer Steven T. Seagle that explores the various social taboos and personal hang ups. Nineteen independent artists from around the world illustrated Seagle’s misadventures and meditations on physical nudity and emotional nakedness. Many of the stories, like “Naked in Barcelona” with art by Emei Olivia Burell, offer a global perspective on the subject and recount Seagle’s encounters with nudity abroad. In an interview for CBR, Seagle said, “Physical nudity is sometimes tangential to the essays, but nakedness is present in all of them — emotional, physical, spiritual — all kinds of nakedness. I also felt like getting people in the door for comics essays would be more possible with the title Get Naked.”

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Giant Days by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)

According the the publisher, when Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago, they became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three are looking to reinvent themselves. “But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.”

This critically acclaimed series is popular with fans of Nimona and Lumberjanes.

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MAD magazine edited by Bill Morrison (DC)

The iconic American humor periodical, MAD magazine, was originally launched as a comic book back in 1952. To this day, it continues to offer biting and hilarious satire on pop culture, celebrities, politics, public figures, and more.

Unfortunately, not only was Bill Morrison part of the collateral of layoffs at DC earlier in the year, but it was also just announced that MAD magazine has been canceled after a nearly 70-year run.

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A Perfect Failure: Fante Bukowski 3 by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)

“Rising star Van Sciver once again skewers the self-important male figure, in this case a terrible writer who fancies himself a great novelist and pushes himself onto everyone.”
Publishers Weekly

Following another year in the life of writer Fante Bukowski, this book sees him struggle with several projects while “hidden forces working behind the scenes” push him into “the critical and financial success he’s always longed for, despite his continued lack of talent.”

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Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)

“A remarkably sly and devastating critique of patriarchy.” – NPR

Described by the publisher as “the hilarious and wildly popular Instagram comic about a world with no men,” Woman’s World tells the story of a birth defect that wipes out all human males, making way for the new society built by the women who inherit the Earth.

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Stay tuned to the Fanbase Press website each day as we continue our “Countdown to the Eisners” coverage! Plus, follow Fanbase Press’ Facebook, Twitter (@Fanbase_Press), and Instagram (@fanbasepress) with the hashtag #FPSDCC to stay up to date on our SDCC and Eisner Awards updates, including a live-tweet of the 2019 Eisner Award Ceremony from the Hilton Bayfront Hotel at San Diego Comic-Con on the evening of Friday, July 19th!

Bryant Dillon, Fanbase Press President


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