Eisner judges have selected four automatic inductees into the Hall of Fame instead of the usual two because, in the words of administrator Jackie Estrada, “The judges felt that some significant contributors to comics’ history were being consistently overlooked by the regular voters. Choosing only two creators to induct was proving too difficult this year. The solution they chose was to single out individuals from four aspects of the medium.”
The winners are:
Ernie Bushmiller, the cartoonist on the iconic and baffling Nancy comic strip, whose zen absurdism has inspired both attire and games.
Jack Jackson (Jaxon), underground cartoonist who pioneered non fiction historical comics and co-founded Ripoff Press.
Marty Nodell, a beloved comics figure best known as the co-creator of Green Lantern
Lynd Ward, whose striking woodcut books are some of the earliest — but still powerful — American graphic novels.
An additional four inductees will be chosen on the public ballot, where eligible industry professionals can vote.
Judges Ned Catto, Andrew Helfer, Rich Johnson, Karen Green, and Chris Powell were aided by students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, who researched potential nominees.
Just a guess, but we’d imagine Pekar, who passed away last year, will be a sentimental favorite on that public ballot.