Gene Luen Yang was a three-time honoree in this year’s Eisner Awards: His Dragon Hoops won the Best Publication for Kids award, while Superman Smashes the Klan, co-created with the Japanese team Gurihiru, won for Best Publication for Teens and Best Adaptation.  Several other creators won two awards apiece, including Ed Brubaker, Simon Hanselmann, Junji Ito, Stan Sakai, Adrian Tomine, and Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber.

In terms of publishers, DC Comics and Fantagraphics Books both had four awards, and several others had two. Last year, neither DC nor Marvel Comics  won a single award (see “Eisner Awards 2020: Wide Range of Winners”).

For the second year in a row, the Eisner Awards ceremony was held online rather than in person.  The host, actor Phil LaMarr, remarked that 16,000 people had watched last year’s virtual ceremony in the first four days, and the number eventually grew to over 20,000.

Here are the winners.

Best Short Story
“When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town,” by Mimi Pond, in Menopause: A Comic Treatment (Graphic Medicine/Pennsylvania State University Press)

Best Single Issue
Sports Is Hell, by Ben Passmore (Koyama Press)

Best Continuing Series
Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai (IDW)

Best Limited Series
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)

Best New Series
Black Widow, by Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande (Marvel)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
Our Little Kitchen, by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
Superman Smashes the Klan, by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Humor Publication
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)

Best Anthology
Menopause: A Comic Treatment, edited by MK Czerwiec (Graphic Medicine/Pennsylvania State University Press)

Best Reality-Based Work
Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams)

Best Graphic Memoir
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album—New
Pulp, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Seeds and Stems, by Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
Superman Smashes the Klan, adapted by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Goblin Girl, by Moa Romanova, translation by Melissa Bowers (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Remina, by Junji Ito, translation by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips 
The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age, edited by Trina Robbins (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
The Complete Hate, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Best Writer
James Tynion IV, Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (BOOM! Studios); Batman (DC); The Department of Truth (Image); Razorblades (Tiny Onion)

Best Writer/Artist
Junji Ito, Remina, Venus in the Blind Spot (VIZ Media)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Michael Allred, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Anand RK/John Pearson, Blue in Green (Image)

Best Cover Artist
Peach Momoko, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19, Mighty Morphin #2, Something Is Killing the Children #12, Power Rangers #1(BOOM! Studios); DIE!namite, Vampirella (Dynamite); The Crow: Lethe (IDW); Marvel Variants (Marvel)

Best Coloring
Laura Allred, X-Ray Robot (Dark Horse); Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams (Insight Editions)

Best Lettering
Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)

Best Comics-Related Journalism/Periodical
Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne,

Best Comics-Related Book
Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books, by Ken Quattro (Yoe Books/IDW)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging, by Rebecca Wanzo (New York University Press)

Best Publication Design
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, designed by Adrian Tomine and Tracy Huron (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Digital Comic
Friday, by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)

Best Webcomic
Crisis Zone, by Simon Hanselmann,

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Mike and Christine Mignola, who sold Mike’s sketches online to raise funds for World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that fights hunger. 

Hall of Fame

Judges’ Choices: Alberto Breccia, Stan Goldberg, Thomas Nast, Rodolphe Töpffer, Françoise Mouly, and Lily Renée Phillips 

Voters’ Choices: Ruth Atkinson, Dave Cockrum, Neil Gaiman, and Scott McCloud