A major success and round of applause! Marjorie Liu has become the first woman to win an Eisner-Award in Writing. In the 30 years the competition has been going on, she’s the first to win. It almost seems impossible, right? But it’s fantastic news!

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She actually splits the award with Tom King, who also won for best writing for his Batman and Mister Miracle runs. Liu won for her solo series Monstress, courtesy of Image Comics. Her series also won for Best Continuing Series, Best Cover Art, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) and Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17). Let’s just say it won big time at this year’s Eisner’s. Monstress has been running since 2015 and currently has 18 issues. 

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Liu started her career in comics as a writer for tie-in books for children. She wrote the X-Men novel Dark Mirror in 2005 before being offered an X-Men spin-off series NYX. She even wrote a 21 issue run of X-23! Then in 2015 she finally branched away from Marvel and earned her own monstrous success and the rest is history.

This is a huge win for women in comics! For a very long time, it has been (and still is) a male dominated world. But with this win, I think it will come more apparent just how many incredibly talented female writers there are working in comics today. And hopefully this means we’re going to be getting a lot more female writers winning awards, because they’re well deserved. Monstress has been on my TBR shelf, so it’s gonna have to come right to the top, now!

What do you think about Liu’s win? Are you happy she won the award like we are? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more female comic writer news. Check out Monstress – on shelves now!


Erin Lynch