Gabriel Rodríguez wins an Eisner Award, the comics’ Oscar

The comic artist is the first Chilean to receive the award.

Little Nemo

A couple of weeks ago, Chilean artist and architect Gabriel Rodríguez earned the Eisner Award, an Oscar award equivalent in the world of comics. Rodríguez won the Best Limited Series category for his work in “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland”. This is the new version of the comic strip originally published by Winsor McCay from 1905 to 1927. The award ceremony took place at the Comic Con in San Diego, USA.

“We were competing against important people from the field, such as Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughn, J.H. Williams III, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, among others. So it was a huge surprise to earn the award,” stated the artist to El Mostrador newspaper.

Rodríguez has a consolidated career both nationally and internationally. He started in the Salo publisher in Chile, illustrating the “Mitos y Leyendas” card game. Then, his career went international when he started working for IDW Publishing in the United States. When he had been working for the independent publisher for 10 years, he was made an important offer from DC Comics to illustrate Superman in a new miniseries in 2013.

“It was a treat to draw Superman, who is my favorite superhero from the comics I read when I was a child. It’s rewarding; it is like completing a karma circle, achieving a childhood dream you thought it was unattainable. But I think I wouldn’t devote to that area, which works similarly to producing sausages. I prefer being in a small publisher and do my own stories,” says Rodríguez to La Tercera newspaper.

Rodríguez had already been nominated to the Eisner Awards in 2011 for his work together with Joe Hill in the “Locke & Key” series.