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A Genuine Honor

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On the morning of Saturday, July 11th, I came in from walking the dog and checked on-line to see the winners of the 2015 Eisner Awards, the comics industry’s version of the Oscars. This year’s Eisners were given out Friday night, at a banquet associated with Comic-Con in San Diego, California.

I was pleasantly surprised and genuinely humbled to see that Dean Mullaney and I won in the category of “Best Comics-Related Book” for Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth. The win for this third book in our Genius trilogy, a tribute to the monumental talents of Mr. Toth, follows last year’s win for Genius, Illustrated, the second book of the series. Going back-to-back in the same category is something of an uncommon feat, so I had no expectations of capturing the Eisner this year. As a result, I was stunned by the news!

To all those who contributed to the Genius series — those we interviewed who knew Alex, those collectors who admire his work and loaned us rare art pieces to use in our publications, and those who labored behind the scenes — heartfelt thanks. We can’t chip up the trophy to send you all a piece, but a portion of this win belongs to you. To the judging panel and all those involved in the Eisners, your support is sincerely appreciated. Most importantly, to the four Toth children — Dana, Carrie, Eric, and Damon — and their families: many thanks for your help. This Eisner Award is still more proof — though proof was hardly needed — of the enduring power of your father’s work.

My entries in this space are admittedly sporadic, at best, and I apologize if this reads like an Oscars/Emmys/Tonys acceptance speech. But those involved in this series, more than a half-decade in the making, deserve a bit of public recognition and appreciation — and I guess I’m still stunned by taking home the prize …

Best wishes to anyone who reads this —

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Written by cnwl1

July 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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