The winners of the Eisner Award for excellence in comics were announced last night. In a reversal of the last couple of years, this was a bad year to be a new writer, or even a relatively new writer.
Gaiman won for Best Short Story (Death, from Endless Nights) and Best Anthology. I can live with those.
Moore won Best Writer. While Moore clearly IS the best writer in comics, Maybe EVER, Ed Brubaker and Brian Michael Bendis – who were both nominated – clearly had the better year in 2003. Of Moore's output, only Smax (which wasn't even nominated for Best Limited Series) and Promethea are truly superior work. Brubaker did amazing work on Sleeper, Gotham Central, and Catwoman. And Bendis had really good stuff in Powers, Alias, Daredevil, and Ultimate Spider-Man.
100 Bullets won Best Ongoing Series beating Alias' brilliant swan song and a superior year on Gotham Central.
Kyle Baker's Plastic Man inexplicably won Best New Series – a category where it was simply the weakest book nominated. Sleeper is miles better, Losers, Invincible, and The Walking dead are better, and El Cazador is a little better.
Fables, Sleeper, Alias, Lucifer, and Powers didn't win anything.
At least Formerly Known as the Justice League won best humor. And Gotham Central won Best Serialized story for Half a Life.