July is one of the biggest months for comic books and pop culture, mostly due to San Diego International Comic-Con which celebrates hundreds of creators from film, TV, comics, and more. 2019 is extra special as Comic-Con celebrates its 50th year! Originally known as The Golden State Comic Convention, it was created in 1970 by four comic book enthusiasts and comic store owners. Initially drawing 300 people and being held at a San Diego hotel, the event has grown by leaps and bounds and now takes over the San Diego Convention Center, (and most of San Diego). One feature of the Con is The Eisner Awards (debuting in 1988), which are named for the legendary comic and graphic novel author Will Eisner. The Eisners are awarded to comics, graphic novels, and webcomics, rewarding the best publications and creators of the previous year. Think of the Oscars, only for the comic industry!
With 31 categories covering over 170 titles and creators, there is sure to be something on the list to catch your attention! And, If you’re headed to the convention yourself check out our great reading lists on cosplay and geek culture to spark your imagination!
Here are a few of the nominees to check out right now for free with your library card.