Matthew Inman honored with Eisner Award for “Best Digital/Webcomic” at San Diego Comic Con
Every year, a panel at San Diego Comic-Con presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (or the Eisner Awards, for short)—basically the Oscars of the comic world—honoring the best publications and creators of the previous year. Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, was nominated in two categories this year: Best Short Story (for “When Your House Is Burning Down, You Should Brush Your Teeth,” an autobiographical comic based on a childhood experience) and Best Digital/Webcomic (for his website, theoatmeal.com). Inman told The Washington Post that while he thought he might have a shot at the Short Story category, he never dreamed of winning for Best Webcomic. And yet, he did. Reflecting on this incredible honor, Inman said that it’s “really great to see a digital category in the Eisners. I’ve only been cartooning for a few years, and I’ve never understood why something has to appear on paper for it to ‘count’ in the world of comics.” He also reported that the last time he won anything was during a spelling bee in the third grade, which, if true, will make this a standout trophy in a small collection:
The Oatmeal’s latest book, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances, will be available on September 30th, 2014 (but you can pre-order it now!). For more in the meantime, check out his website or follow him on Twitter.