The 2013 Eisner Awards: Reviewing the Best Reality-Based Comics

The Eisners, "the Oscars of comics," will be announced at Comicon (in San Diego) next month and I'm still madly reading to catch up with the best of the best of 2012's amazing crop of graphic novels. But, as it's (officially now) summer in Phoenix, it's not too burdensome for me to sprawl under a ceiling fan and cocoon, desert-style. This month I've been pleasure-trolling through the Eisner nominees for "Best Reality-Based Work." Though they are wildly disparate topically and stylistically, each of the six books in this category is entertaining, informative and, in its own way, inspiring. I confess that the first three on the list probably wouldn't have hit my radar if it hadn't been for their Eisner nominations; I would have been the poorer for not having found them.

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Cynthia is a freelance writer/artist living in Phoenix. Reading comics has been a lifelong pleasure for Cynthia; creating comics is a more recent pursuit. Cynthia's other job is framing art.