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Eisner awards confirm 'Saga' as best comic book, 'Sex Criminals' best new series

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Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' space opera "Saga" once again took big honors in this year's annual Eisner awards hosted at San Diego Comic Con. Vaughan received the comic world's most prestigious award of best writer, while his partner Fiona Staples took home the award for best painter. The series itself continued to receive industrial acclaim as it won for best continuing series.

This is now back to back years Vaughan has secured best writer honors and his third overall. He won the award in 2005 for his previous hit series "Y: The Last Man" and in 2013 for "Saga."

The hit series also won the Eisner for best continuing series for the second year in a row. "Saga" is the first series to secure a repeat win in this category since "Kurt Busiek's Astro City" accomplished the feat in 1997 and 1998. Vaughan and Staples will now attempt to three-peat and tie Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" as the only comic series to ever three-peat in the best continuing series category during the Eisner award's history.

The best new comic series for 2014 belonged to Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's quirky crime book "Sex Criminals." With its astronomically unusual premise and strangely lovable creation team, "Sex Criminals" took the industry by storm. The honor of best new series was preceded by none other than "Saga" in 2013 when it took home both best new series and continuing series.

2015 could very well shape up to be a competitive year for the two successful Image series. With multiple critically acclaimed comics coming from the same company, the incumbent winners will have to continue or even elevate their craft to maintain their awards.

"Saga" and "Sex Criminals" are both already off to big starts in their respective new story arcs. If you aren't reading either books (and why aren't you?) now is the right time to give them a try. How many awards do they need to win to persuade you?

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