The Eisner Awards, held every year during San Diego Comic-Con, are the highest honor anyone in the comic book industry can receive.
Not only are the best works of the year honored, but the ceremony also gives out lifetime achievement and posthumous awards. (For example, Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of "Akira" received Hall of Fame recognition this year.) The awards are named for late cartoonist Will Eisner.
This year's ceremony was a showcase for the wide variety of recent comic book work. It included a few tearful speeches, a few awards presented by "Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin, and a Russell Brand-esque turn by Jonathan Ross at one point during the evening.
Here are some of the big winners from Friday night's show:
In Joss Whedon's case, it's not Walt Disney World, but San Diego Comic-Con, where he was ubiquitous this year. Whedon hit up the parties (social media lit up with tales about his dancing prowess) and spoke on several panels, even getting mentioned In a panel for the web series "Husbands," on which he will guest star.
Whedon was a perennial presence at the mega-convention, hyping TV’s "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly," among others, for many years prior to his box office success.
Whedon wasn't at the convention to tout the success of "The Avengers," though. His first panel celebrated the 10th anniversary of "Firefly," – in conjunction with an upcoming special on the Science Channel – and his second was to discuss the continuing adventures of "Buffy" in comic book form.
Lately, though, Whedon has been pondering his post-"Avengers" plans.
“I’ve just been trying to be with my family and trying to figure out who I am and what to do next," he told CNN Geek Out at Comic-Con. "It’s kind of an exciting time right now but it’s an exciting time of me waiting to make sure I don’t get so excited that I do the wrong thing."