Gabriel Bá describes what it was like for him, and his twin brother Fábio Moon, to win the Eisner Award last Friday evening in the category Best Limited Series for DAYTRIPPER.
I still can't believe it.
How can I describe all these feelings? That warmth in my chest, cold in my gut, the overwhelming doubt that makes my mind unable to really focus on anything else than the chances of winning or losing.
Since the moment the Eisner nominees were announced, I was really nervous about it. I didn't want anything to ruin the great feeling we have for this series or stain the great run of the book with something that could be seen as a failure. I didn't want to disappoint the readers who liked the book so much and as much as it wouldn't change the story or anything, losing the Eisner would leave that bad taste in my mouth that would have been hard to shake. Nervous and scared, I was looking down when they were announcing the nominees and I didn't even see which image they put on the screen for our book.
Gladly, we won. The tension and fear that haunted me for three months vanished the moment Louise Simonson said "DAYTRIPPER" and we started shouting. I felt relieved. Everything could go back to normal.
DAYTRIPPER is the most personal and intense story we've ever told and we couldn't be happier with the response we've been getting from everyone. Greatest thing about coming to San Diego every year is getting to meet creators and readers who come to us and tell about the book, the story, the characters. And I'm always impressed by how many people go to watch the Eisner ceremony and it's awesome when they come on Saturday and congratulate you. It's great to see people happy for you. That's the great achievement of this book, touching people and making them feel good about life. We live in a world full of terrible things happening and we almost forget how magical it is to be alive.
Thanks again for this wonderful trip.