Cartoonist and author Jeff Lemire wins 2022 Eisner Award for best digital comic for Snow Angels

The Toronto-based Lemire won best digital comic for his book, Snow Angels, illustrated by Scottish cartoonist Jock. The Eisner Awards recognize the best publications and creators of comics and graphic novels distributed in the United States.
Snow Angels is a comic by Canadian writer Jeff Lemire and Scottish cartoonist Jock. (4Twenty Limited, Francois Hercourt)

Canadian cartoonist and author Jeff Lemire is among the winners of the 2022 Eisner Awards, which were presented on July 22 in a gala awards ceremony held during the San Diego Comic Convention. 

The U.S. prizes recognize the best in comic books and graphic novels in 32 categories. The books must be published in the U.S., but nominated creators are from all over the world. The winners are chosen through voting by comics industry professionals.

The Toronto-based Lemire won best digital comic for his book, Snow Angels, illustrated by Jock. 

Snow Angels follows Milliken and Mae – two young girls who live in the Trench. The Trench is an insular community that exists inside a vast sheet of ice and people never enter or leave. When the girls go on an adventure to commemorate Milliken's 12th birthday, they accidentally awaken the Trench's defender, the Snowman, and learn that there's an entire world beyond.

Snow Angels is part of the ComiXology Originals line and is available both digitally and now in print.

Lemire is an author and illustrator whose work includes Sweet Tooth: The Return, which was adapted into a Netflix series, Roughneck, Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Royal City, Gord Downie's Secret Path and more. He has also worked on Justice League and Green Arrow for DC Comics and Hawkeye for Marvel.

This is the third time Lemire has won an Eisner Award. In 2017, he won the Eisner Award for best new series for his comic series Black Hammer and again in 2019 for Gideon Falls.

Jock is the pen name for the British cartoonist Mark Simpson. He has worked for 2000 AD and on The Losers, Batman and Wolverine comics.

Lemire was among the eight Canadians nominated for this year's Eisner Awards.

The other Canadians were Aminder Dhaliwal for Cyclopedia Exotica, Elise Gravel for Arlo & Pips #2: Join the Crow Crowd!, Guy Delisle for Factory Summers, Jim Zub and Troy Litter for Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons Deluxe Edition, Michael Walsh for The Silver Coin and Tony Cliff for Bubble.

Last year's winners included Toronto author and illustrator Jillian Tamaki, who won the Abrams Books for Young Readers for her picture book, Our Little Kitchen. She was the only Canadian to win in 2021.

Previous Canadian winners include Mariko Tamaki, who won best writer; Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo, who won best digital comic for Afterlift; and Darcy Van Poelgeest, who won best limited series for Little Bird, co-created with Ian Bertram.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented by the San Diego Comic Convention. 

The full list of winners can be found on ComicCon's website.


  • This post has been updated to reflect that this is Jeff Lemire's third Eisner Award win. He also won awards in 2017 and 2019.
    Jul 30, 2022 9:00 AM ET

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