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Toronto's Jeff Lemire receives 4 Eisner Award nominations for achievement in comics

The Eisner Awards recognize comics published in the U.S., though creators nominated in their 31 categories come from all over the world. There are 25 total nominees with Canadian contributors.

Lemire is up for best writer, best new series, best continuing series and best single issue.

Jeff Lemire is an award-winning cartoonist from Toronto. (Jamie Hogge)

Toronto comic creator Jeff Lemire has received four nominations — best writer, best new series, best continuing series and best single issue/one-shot — for the San Diego Comic-Con's annual Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

The Eisner Awards recognize comics published in the U.S., though creators nominated in their 31 categories come from all over the world.

Comic industry professionals will vote for the eventual winners of the Eisner Awards. The winners will be revealed on July 19.

Lemire's best writer nomination is for his work in Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, Quantum Age, Descender, Gideon Falls and Royal City. 

He is also nominated for best continuing series with collaborators Dean Ormston and Rich Tomasso for Black Hammer: Age of Doom, for best single issue/one-shot with Emi Lenox for Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise and for best new series with Andrea Sorrentino for Gideon Falls.

Lemire ties American writer Alex de Campi for second-most Eisner Award nominations this year; U.S. creator Tom King has the most with five.

Montreal artist Karl Kerschl has three nominations for his work on the series Isola: in the best new series category with New York writer Brenden Fletcher, best penciller/inker category and best cover artist category.

Stratford, Ont.'s Emily Carroll and Toronto's Chip Zdarsky have two Eisner Award nominations apiece.

Carroll is nominated for two books: Beneath the Dead Oak Tree for best single issue/one-shot and Speakwritten by Laurie Halse Anderson, for best adaptation from another medium.

Zdarsky's up for best writer for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Marvel Two-in-One, as well as best single issue/one-shot for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310.

There are 25 nominations with Canadian contributors. They are listed below.

Best short story:

  • The Talk of the Saints by Tom King and Jason Fabok (Kingsville, Ont.) from Swamp Thing Winter Special 

Best single issue/one-shot:

  • Beneath the Dead Oak Tree by Emily Carroll (Stratford, Ont.)
  • Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise by Jeff Lemire (Toronto, Ont.) and Emi Lenox
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310 by Chip Zdarsky (Toronto, Ont.)

Best continuing series:

  • Black Hammer: Age of Doom by Jeff Lemire (Toronto, Ont.), Dean Ormston and Rich Tommaso

Best limited series:

  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan (St. John's, N.L.) and Mark Morales

Best new series:

  • Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire (Toronto, Ont.) and Andrea Sorrentino
  • Isola by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl (Montreal, Que.)

Best publication for early readers (up to age 8):

  • Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable (from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., now lives in Portland, Ore.)

Best publication for kids (ages 9-12):

  • Crush by Svetlana Chmakova (Toronto, Ont.)
  • The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks (Vancouver, B.C.)

Best humour publication:

  • Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal (from Brampton, Ont., now who now lives in California)

Best graphic album — new:

  • The Vision hardcover by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Michael Walsh (Hamilton, Ont.)
  • Young Frances by Hartley Lin (Montreal, Que.)

Best adaptation from another medium:

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection adapted by Junji Ito, translated by Jocelyne Allen (Toronto, Ont.)
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (Stratford, Ont.)

Best U.S. edition of international material:

  • About Betty's Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau (Montreal, Que.), translated by Edward Gauvin
  • Niourk by Stefan Wul and Olivier Vatine, translated by Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz (from Montreal, now lives in the U.S.)

Best archival collection/project — comic books:

Best writer:

  • Jeff Lemire (Toronto, Ont.) for Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, Quantum Age, Descender, Gideon Falls, Royal City
  • Chip Zdarsky (Toronto, Ont.) for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel Two-in-One

Best penciller/inker or penciller/inker team:

  • Karl Kerschl (Montreal, Que.) for Isola
  • Yanick Paquette (Montreal, Que.) for Wonder Woman Earth One, Vol. 2

Best cover artist:

  • Karl Kerschl (Montreal, Que.) for Isola

Best colouring:

  • Nathan Fairbairn (Vancouver, B.C.) for Batman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman Earth One, Vol. 2, Die!Die!Die!

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