Malaysian comic artist Reimena Ashel Yee’s webcomic turned graphic novel, The Carpet Merchant Of Konstantiniyya, has been nominated for an Eisner Award, the comics industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.
The graphic novel is nominated for the Best Digital Comic Eisner, alongside Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover; Barrier by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin; Contact High by James F. Wright and Josh Eckert; Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler and Gideon Kendall; and Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner.
Yee is not the first Malaysian to be nominated for an Eisner though – Tan Eng Huat was nominated for the Best Penciller/Inker Eisner in 2003 for his work on DC Comics’ Justice League Of America.
The Carpet Merchant Of Konstantiniyya, however, is the first Malaysian creator-owned comic book to be nominated.
In a statement on her Facebook page, Yee says the nomination is a “big deal in terms of diverse storytelling getting recognised”.
According to her official website, The Carpet Merchant Of Konstantiniyya is a two-volume graphic novel set in 17th century Istanbul and 18th century England, centering on a carpet merchant and his relationship with faith, love and home in the aftermath of his death by a vampire.
The Eisners will be given out at a ceremony during Comic-Con International in San Diego in July.
For the other Eisner award nominations, go here.