Congratulations to Emil Ferris, Marjorie Liu, and Sana Takeda for winning a lot in 2018 Eisner Awards. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards a.k.a The Eisner Awards is dominated by women, creators of color, and LGBTQ-themed works and aims to acknowledge for those who makes efforts in the American comic book industry.
This year, My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris ,and Liu and Takeda’s Monstress series won big. My Favorite Thing is Monsters won three Eisner awards including Best New Graphic Novel, while writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda’s Monstress won a total of five Eisner Awards, among them best writer, best multimedia artist, and best work for teens.
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Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of ten-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge (Amazon).
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Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both (Amazon).
I’m happy to hear this great news regarding the triumph of queerness. I think the victory of the monstrous theme suggests that stories about “Others” need more attention. The world of comic books provides a space for those considered abnormal in the linear reality. The theme of ‘monster’, for me, is not scary but powerful in the way that it celebrates the state of becoming unexpected, fantastic, strange, odd, peculiar, and eccentric.
Hey, let’s get copies of the awarded “monsters” and “monstress,” and enjoy the queer worlds!
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