Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Dark Horse Comics Celebrates 2016 Eisner Award for Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
MILWAUKIE, OR — This past Friday, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, the Eisner Award–winning and New York Times best-selling duo behind Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties, received the Eisner Award for Best Adaptation from Another Medium for their critically acclaimed graphic novel Two Brothers.
Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him, his tensions with Omar unchanged. Family secrets engage the reader in this profoundly resonant story about identity, love, loss, deception, and the dissolution of blood ties.
Dark Horse also celebrated two awards shared with other publishers.
The award for Best Coloring went to Jordie Bellaire, for The Autumnlands, Injection, Plutona, Pretty Deadly, The Surface, They’re Not Like Us, Zero (Image); The X-Files (IDW); The Massive (Dark Horse); and Magneto, Vision (Marvel).
The winner in the Best Digital/Webcomic category was Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology, collected in print by Dark Horse). A costumed teen burglar by the nome d’arte of Bandette and her group of street urchins find equal fun both in skirting and aiding the law. This is the second Eisner for Bandette following a win in 2013.
Artists Colleen Coover (Bandette) and Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer, Brides of Helheim) were the women with the most nominations in a record-breaking year for female creators, with three each. Dark Horse’s Lady Killer, by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones, was nominated for Best New Series, and Jones was also nominated for Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Artist. The book also shared a coloring nod for Laura Allred.
Dark Horse’s other nominees included Harrow County (Best New Series) and Nanjing: The Burning City (Best Graphic Album—New).
Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their twenty-eighth year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.
Congratulations to all winners and nominees.
Additional praise for Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Two Brothers:
“Beautiful, poignant.” —THE AV CLUB
"...come and see what flavor of genius the Brazilian-based brothers have crafted from the work of Milton Hatoum.” —COMICS BEAT
“Beautifully rendered.” —PASTE MAGAZINE
About Dark Horse
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.