Shannon Wheeler, Relium Media’s comics adviser, is this year’s Eisner Award winner for best humor publication. Shannon won the comic-industry equivalent of an Oscar for his book I Thought You Would Be Funnier, published by BOOM! Studios. The book is a collection of single panel comics originally submitted to – but rejected by – The New Yorker.
“Shannon Wheeler is a funny man and great comic artist. And now, with his win for Best Humor Publication at the 2011 Eisner Awards, even more people know,” said Kevin Curry, CEO of Relium Media and co-writer on Relium’s Angel Punk comics. “Relium Media is proud to have Shannon on board as our publishing adviser on the Angel Punk comic.”
“I laughed. I cried. I kissed everyone at my table,” Shannon said. “Winning that award is forcing me to re-define my identity of low self-esteem.”
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are given out annually at San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s awards were given out on Friday, July 22.
Wheeler is the multiple Eisner Award–winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man, who has appeared internationally in newspapers, magazines, comic books and opera houses. He has contributed to a variety of publications that include The Onion newspaper and The New Yorker magazine. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his cats, chickens, bees, girlfriend and children. Learn more about Shannon at www.tmcm.com.