Monstress Wins Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. Trademarked by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), the Hugo Awards celebrate excellence in the science fiction and fantasy genre over several literary formats.

On August 18, 2019, the Hugo Awards ceremony was held at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention. Among the winners announced was Monstress Volume 3 for Best Graphic Story. 

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda is set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, It tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

Monstress Book One HC

Written by: Marjorie Liu

Illustrated by: Sana Takeda

Published by: Image Comics

ISBN: 9781534312326

Price: $49.99

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Ages: 16 and up

Monstress Volume 1  Monstress Volume 2 Monstress Volume 3 Monstress Volume 4
9781632157096 9781534300415 9781534306912 9781534313361 
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For a video of all the finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards see below. 


2019 Eisner Awards Presented


The 31st annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony were held Friday night, July 19, in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront, during Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, the Eisner Awards were given out in 32 categories for works published in 2018.

Winners in each category are displyed in boldface. Overall 3 titles from Diamond publishers received an Eisner Award. To see a full list of Diamond publishers who were nominated, please visit our Edelweiss catalog here.

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Best Short Story

  • “Get Naked in Barcelona,” by Steven T. Seagle and Emei Olivia Burrell, in Get Naked (Image)
  • “The Ghastlygun Tinies,” by Matt Cohen and Marc Palm, in MAD magazine #4 (DC)
  • "Here I Am," by Shaun Tan, in I Feel Machine (SelfMadeHero)
  • “Life During Interesting Times,” by Mike Dawson (The Nib)
  • “Supply Chains,” by Peter and Maria Hoey, in Coin-Op #7 (Coin-Op Books)
  • “The Talk of the Saints,” by Tom King and Jason Fabok, in Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

  • Beneath the Dead Oak Tree, by Emily Carroll (ShortBox)
  • Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox (Dark Horse)
  • No Better Words, by Carolyn Nowak (Silver Sprocket)
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, by Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)
  • The Terrible Elisabeth Dumn Against the Devils In Suits, by Arabson, translated by James Robinson (IHQ Studio/ Image)

Best Continuing Series

  • Batman, by Tom King et al. (DC)
  • Black Hammer: Age of Doom, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Rich Tommaso (Dark Horse)
  • Gasolina, by Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter (Skybound/Image)
  • Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julaa Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
  • The Immortal Hulk, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy José (Marvel)
  • Runaways, by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

  • Batman: White Knight, by Sean Murphy (DC)
  • Eternity Girl, by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew (Vertigo/DC)
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, and Mark Morales (DC)
  • Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)
  • X-Men: Grand Design: Second Genesis, by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

Best New Series

  • Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Green (Image)
  • Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)
  • Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
  • Isola, by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl (Image)
  • Man-Eaters, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk (Image)
  • Skyward, by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

  • Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Petals, by Gustavo Borges (KaBOOM!)
  • Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths, by Graham Annable (First Second)
  • This Is a Taco! By Andrew Cangelose and Josh Shipley (CubHouse/Lion Forge)
  • Tiger Vs. Nightmareby Emily Tetri (First Second)

 
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

 
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17)

 
Best Humor Publication

  • Get Naked, by Steven T. Seagle et al. (Image)
  • Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Julia Madrigal (BOOM! Box)
  • MAD magazine, edited by Bill Morrison (DC)
  • A Perfect Failure: Fanta Bukowski 3, by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
  • Woman World, by Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)

 
Best Anthology

 
Best Reality-Based Work

 
Best Graphic Album—New

 
Best Graphic Album—Reprint

 
Best Adaptation from Another Medium

 
Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • About Betty’s Boobby Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, translated by Edward Gauvin (Archaia/BOOM!)
  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
  • Herakles Book 1, by Edouard Cour, translated by Jeremy Melloul (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • Niourk, by Stefan Wul and Olivier Vatine, translated by Brandon Kander and Diana Schutz (Dark Horse)
  • A Sea of Love, by Wilfrid Lupano and Grégory Panaccione (Magnetic/Lion Forge)

 
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

 
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

  • Pogo, vol. 5: Out of This World At Home, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Sunday Strips in Color (1959–1960), by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Ferran Delgado (Amigo Comics)
  • Star Wars: Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 3, by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, edited by Dean Mullaney (Library of American Comics/IDW)
  • The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Words and Worlds of Herbert Crowley, by Justin Duerr (Beehive Books)
  • Thimble Theatre and the Pre-Popeye Comics of E. C. Segar, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

 
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

 
Best Writer

  • Alex de Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13); Twisted Romance (Image)
  • Tom King, Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis, Swamp Thing Winter Special (DC)
  • Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, Quantum Age (Dark Horse); Descender, Gideon Falls, Royal City (Image)
  • Mark Russell, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound, Lex Luthor/Porky Pig (DC); Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
  • Kelly Thompson, Nancy Drew (Dynamite); Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, Mr. & Mrs. X, Rogue & Gambit, Uncanny X-Men, West Coast Avengers (Marvel)
  • Chip Zdarsky, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel Two-in-One (Marvel)

 
Best Writer/Artist

  • Sophie Campbell, Wet Moon (Oni)
  • Nick Drnaso, Sabrina (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • David Lapham, Lodger (Black Crown/IDW); Stray Bullets (Image)
  • Nate Powell, Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW)
  • Tony Sandoval, Watersnakes (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)

 
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Matías BergaraCoda (BOOM!)
  • Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
  • Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
  • Sonny Liew, Eternity Girl (Vertigo/DC)
  • Sean Phillips, Kill or Be Killed, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image)
  • Yanick Paquette, Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC)

 
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • Lee Bermejo, Batman: Damned (DC)
  • Carita Lupatelli, Izuna Book 2 (Humanoids)
  • Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)
  • Gregory Panaccione, A Sea of Love (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • Tony Sandoval, Watersnakes (Magnetic/Lion Forge)

 
Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers)

  • Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Submerged (Vault)
  • Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC)
  • Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
  • Joshua Middleton, Batgirl and Aquaman variants (DC)
  • Julian Tedesco, Hawkeye, Life of Captain Marvel (Marvel)

 
Best Coloring

  • Jordie Bellaire, Batgirl, Batman (DC); The Divided Earth (First Second); Days of Hate, Dead Hand, Head Lopper, Redlands (Image); Shuri, Doctor Strange (Marvel)
  • Tamra Bonvillain, Alien 3 (Dark Horse); Batman, Doom Patrol (DC); Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Multiple Man (Marvel)
  • Nathan Fairbairn, Batman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC); Die!Die!Die! (Image)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: White Knight (DC): Seven to Eternity, Wytches (Image)
  • Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)

 
Best Lettering

  • David Aja, Seeds (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
  • Jim Campbell, BreathlessCalexit, Gravetrancers, Snap Flash Hustle, Survival FetishThe Wilds (Black Mask); AbbottAlice: Dream to Dream, Black Badge, CluelessCodaFenceFireflyGiant DaysGrass Kings, Lumberjanes: The Infernal CompassLow Road WestSparrowhawk (BOOM); Angelic (Image); Wasted Space (Vault)
  • Alex de Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13); Twisted Romance (Image)
  • Jared Fletcher, Batman: Damned (DC); The Gravediggers Union, Moonshine, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards (Image)
  • Todd Klein— Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald (Dark Horse); Batman: White Night (DC); Eternity Girl, Books of Magic (Vertigo/DC); The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest (Top Shelf/IDW)

 
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism (Tie)

  • Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
  • The Columbus Scribbler, edited by Brian Canini, 
  • Comicosityedited by Aaron Long and Matt Santori
  • LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter, edited by Ronald Wimberley and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)
  • PanelxPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou


Best Comics-Related Book

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

  • Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future, by Aaron Kashtan (Ohio State University Press)
  • Breaking the Frames: Populism and Prestige in Comics Studies, by Marc Singer (University of Texas Press)
  • The Goat-Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comicsby Eddie Campbell (Library of American Comics/IDW/Ohio State University Press)
  • Incorrigibles and Innocents, by Lara Saguisag (Rutgers Univeristy Press)
  • Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet, by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Uncivilized Books)


Best Publication Design

  • A Sea of Love, designed by Wilfrid Lupano, Grégory Panaccione, and Mike Kennedy (Magnetic/Lion Forge)
  • The Stan Lee Story Collector’s Edition, designed by Josh Baker (Taschen)
  • The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Worlds of Herbert Crowley, designed by Paul Kepple and Max Vandenberg (Beehive Books)
  • Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise Gallery Edition, designed by Josh Beatman/Brainchild Studios/NYC (Abstract Studio/Graphitti Designs)
  • Will Eisner’s A Contract with God: Curator’s Collection, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

 
Best Digital Comic

 
Best Webcomic


Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices:

  • Jim Aparo
  • June Tarpé Mills
  • Dave Stevens
  • Morrie Turner

Voted in:

  • Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
  • Jenette Kahn
  • Paul Levitz
  • Wendy & Richard Pini
  • Bill Sienkiewicz

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award

  • Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico
  • Lisa Wood, Thought Bubble Festival

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing

  • E. Nelson Bridwell
  • Mike Friedrich

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
Lorena Alvarez, writer/artist of Hicotea and Nightlights

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
La Revisteria Comics -- Alejandro Gonzalez, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Bingo Love Receives Virginia Library Associationís Graphic Novels Diversity Award

The Diversity & Inclusion Forum of the Virginia Library Association presented their annual VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award ceremony. The award was created to recognize graphic novel titles dealing with diversity through storylines and characters to educate and promote reading at all levels. To be eligible, applicants must feature “a diverse protagonist (casual or issue-based), a diverse supporting character that impacts the story, or a diverse subject,” be published in the award year in North America, have a stand-alone story and be submitted in either the Adult (18+) or (Youth 6-17) category.

This year, Image’s graphic novel BINGO LOVE was the recipient of the adult category for this prestigious award. To see all the winners and honorees, see below.


ADULT CATEGORY WINNER - BINGO LOVE

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER's "THE OUTFIT," Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & the Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.

 

 

YOUTH CATEGORY WINNER - MEAL

Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talented devotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda -- and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks -- or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.

Co-written with chef and food writer Soleil Ho (Edible Manhattan, Bitch), Blue Delliquanti's sweet coming-of-age story takes us deep into a world of art, mystery, and memory on the culinary frontier.



Other honorees of the VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award include the following titles:

My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame
Published by Pantheon

Dumb: Living Without a Voice by Georgia Webber
Published by Fantagraphics Books

Puerto Rico Strong by Various Creators.
Published by Lion Forge

Amla Mater by Devi Menon.
Published by Yali Books

 

 


Image Makes History As First Publisher To Sweep 'Best New Series' Eisner Noms

Image Comics made history as the first publisher to sweep in the Best New Series category for nominations in the 2019 Eisner Awards. 

This year, Image titles have received 19 nominations plus 11 shared nominations for a total of 30 Eisner nominations.

“It’s always exciting to be nominated for anything, but to receive as many nominations as we did this year is a powerful testament to the sheer volume of creativity produced by the amazing writers and artists we work with here at Image,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics. “Even more exciting is dominating the Best New Series category, if only because we take so much pride in making ‘new’ our speciality.”

Below is the full list of Image nominees.

Best Short Story:
• “Get Naked in Barcelona,” by Steven T. Seagle and Emei Olivia Burell, in Get Naked (Image)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot:
• The Terrible Elisabeth Dumn Against the Devils In Suits, by Arabson, translated by James Robinson (Image)

Best Continuing Series:
• Gasolina, by Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter (Skybound/Image)

Best New Series:
• Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)
• Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)
• Gideon Falls, by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Image)
• Isola, by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl (Image)
• Man-Eaters, by Chelsea Cain, Lia Miternique, and Kate Niemczyk (Image)
• Skyward, by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett (Image)

Best Publication for Teens:
• Middlewest, by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona (Image)
• Norroway, Book 1: The Black Bull of Norroway, by Cat Seaton and Kit Seaton (Image)

Best Humor Publication:
• Get Naked, by Steven T. Seagle et al. (Image)

Best Anthology:
• Twisted Romance, edited by Alex de Campi (Image)
• Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, edited by Will Dennis, curated by J. H. Williams III and Wendy Wright-Williams (Image)

Best Graphic Album—New:
• My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
• Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
• Sean Phillips, Kill or Be Killed, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image)

Best Cover Artist:
• Karl Kerschl, Isola (Image)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist:
• Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)

SHARED:

Best Writer:
• Alex De Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13); Twisted Romance (Image)
• Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Black Hammer: Quantum Age, Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows, (Dark Horse); Descender, Gideon Falls, Royal City (Image)

Best Writer/Artist:
• David Lapham, Lodger (Black Crown/IDW); Stray Bullets (Image)

Best Cover Artist:
• Jen Bartel, Blackbird (Image); Fantastic Four (Marvel); Submerged (Vault)

Best Coloring:
• Jordie Bellaire, Batman (DC); The Divided Earth (First Second); Days of Hate, Dead Hand, Head Lopper, Redlands (Image); Shuri, Doctor Strange (Marvel)
• Nathan Fairbairn, Batman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman Earth One, vol. 2 (DC); Die!Die!Die! (Image); Despicable Deadpool (Marvel)
• Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: White Knight (DC): Seven to Eternity, Wytches (Image)
• Matt Wilson, Black Cloud, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); The Mighty Thor, Runaways (Marvel)

Best Lettering:
• Jim Campbell, Abbott, Alice: Dream to Dream, Black Badge Clueless, Coda, Fence, Firefly, Giant Days, Grass Kings, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, Low Road West, Sparrowhawk (BOOM); Angelic (Image)
• Alex De Campi, Bad Girls (Gallery 13), Twisted Romance (Image)
• Jared Fletcher, Batman: Damned (DC); The Gravediggers Union, Moonshine, Paper Girls, Southern Bastards (Image)

View all Eisner nominations here.

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Lambda Literary Have Announced the 2019 Finalists

This year’s finalist were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from over 1,000 book submissions from over 300 publishers. Finalists will be celebrated and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala the evening of Monday, June 3, 2019 in New York City. For the full list of finalists, click here. For the full list of Graphic Novel finalists, see below.

This year, two Diamond publishers made the finalists lists with Love Letters to Jane's World from Lion Forge and The Pervert from Image Comics.

Love Letters to Jane's World is essential Jane's World collection, and debuted twenty years after Jane Wyatt first appeared in Paige Braddock's trailblazing comics strip about a young lesbian woman making her clumsy way in the world and the friends who help (or hinder) her along the journey. The Eisner-nominated Jane's World was the first syndicated comic strip with a lesbian main character to appear in many major newspaper markets. This new volume collects the most quintessentially "Jane" storylines from the strip's early, middle, and later years, and pairs them with "love letters" and notes of appreciation from notable fans. To read Lambda Literary's review of the book, click here.

With excerpts published in Eisner nominated anthology ISLAND, the full colour volume, drawn and painted by Remy Boydell is an unflinching debut graphic novel and written by Michelle Perez, The Pervert is an honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. Library Journal called it, "A challenging, intense, and empathic account of finding oneself despite heavy odds."

LGBTQ Graphic Novels Finalists

  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Mark Russell (Writer), Sean Parsons, Mark Morales, Howard Porter, Mike Feehan (Illustrators), DC Entertainment
  • The Lie and How We Told It, Tommi Parrish, Fantagraphics Books
  • Love Letters to Jane’s World, Paige Braddock, Lion Forge
  • On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden, First Second / Roaring Brook Press
  • Our Wretched Town Hall, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Retrofit Comics & Big Planet Comics
  • The Pervert, Michelle Perez (Writer), Remy Boydell (Illustrator), Image Comics
  • Unpacking, Steve MacIsaac, Northwest Press
  • We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, Jeanne Thornton & Tara Madison Avery, Stacked Deck Press


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Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell's 'The Pervert' Named In L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist

The finalists for the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have announced the nominees for the annual literary awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at USC's Bovard Auditorium on April 12, the day before the start of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. For the complete list of Book Prize finalists, click here. For the list of Comics & Graphic Novels finalists, please see below.

Among the finalists of the Comics & Graphic Novel category was The Pervert published by Image Comics. The Pervert is an honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. With excerpts published in Eisner nominated anthology ISLAND, the full colour volume, drawn and painted by Remy Boydell is an unflinching debut graphic novel and written by Michelle Perez was also featured on Vulture and New York Magazine's Best Comics of 2018. For more information about this book, click here.

L.A. BOOK PRIZE FINALISTS - COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell, "The Pervert" (9781534307414)
  • Eleanor Davis, "Why Art?" (9781683960829)
  • Aisha Franz, "... Is Real" (9781770463158)
  • Jérôme Ruillier, "The Strange" (9781770463172)
  • Tillie Walden, "On a Sunbeam"


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YALSA Announces 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

Designed to aid Young Adult librarians with graphic novel collections, the list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens. Additionally, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has chosen a Top Ten list from the overall titles which they feel "meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens." The list encompasses a wide variety of genres and subjects, from off-beat superheroes, to mysterious villainous sidekicks, middle school drama, roller derby, and more. 

Presented here is a spotlight on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten titles, with the full list below. Bold titles denote Diamond publishers. To see all the titles featured on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list from Diamond publishers, click here.

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic AdaptationBy Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799)
  • CrushBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242)
  • Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family AddictionBy Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472)
  • IllegalBy Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143)
  • My Brother's Husband Volume 2By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539)
  • On A SunbeamBy Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145)
  • Royal City Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526)
  • Royal City Volume 3: We All Float OnBy Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497)
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press
    • Volume 1 (9780316416191)
    • Volume 2 (9781975326197)
    • Volume 3 (9781975327460)
    • Volume 4 (9781975327590)
  • Speak: The Graphic NovelBy Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian RefugeesBy Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151)

Presented below is the full list of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens, encompassing over 100 total graphic novels and separated between Nonfiction and Fiction titles. Overall, 16 of the graphic novels are from Diamond publishers.

NONFICTION

  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. By Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799)
  • Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person. By Dani Lee. Illus. by the author. 2018. Chronicle Books, $14.95 (9781452167657). 
  • Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home. By Nora Krug. Illus. by the author. 2018. Scribner, $30.00 (9781476796628)
  • Birding is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons About the Natural World From Bird and Moon. By Rosemary Mosco. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99 (9781449489120)
  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $17.99 (978626728691)
  • The Bride Was a Boy. By Chii. Illus. by the author. 2018. Seven Seas, $13.99 (9781626928886)
  • Grand Theft Horse. By G Neri. Illus. by the author. 2018. Lee & Low Books, Inc., $19.95 (9781620148556)
  • Herding Cats: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection. By Sarah Andersen. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 (9781449489786)
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction. By Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472)
  • Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. By Isabel Quintero. Illus. by Zeke Peña. 2018. Getty, $19.95 (9781947440005)
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns. By Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. Illus. by Archie Bongiovanni. 2018. Limerence Press, $7.99 (9781620104996)
  • Strange Fruit, Volume II: More Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History. By Joel Christian Gill. Illus. by the author. 2018. Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95 (9781938486579)
  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition. By Julia Kaye. Illus. by the author. 2018. Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99 (9781449489625)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151)

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  • Green Lantern: Earth One, Volume 1. By Gabriel Hardman. Illus. by the author. 2018. DC Comics, $16.50 (9781401241865)
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  • I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness. By Yuki Fumino. Illus. by the author. 2018. One Peace Books, $13.95 (978194493741
  • Illegal. By Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143)
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  • Last Pick. By Jason Walz. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $17.99 (9781626728912)
  • Luisa - Now and Then. By Carole Maurel and Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by the authors. 2018. Humanoids, $29.95 (9781594656439)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 7: A Bird's-Eye View. By Shannon Waters. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2017. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684150458)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 8: Stone Cold. By Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151325)
  • Making Friends. By Kristen Gudsnuk. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9781338139228)
  • Mech Cadet Yu, Volume 1. By Greg Pak. Illus. by Takeshi. 2018. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781684151950)
  • Misfit City, Volume 2. By Kiersten Smith. Illus. by Naomi Franquiz. 2018. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684151721)
  • Monstress, Volume 3. By Marjorie Liu. Illus. by Sana Takeda. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306912)
  • Motor Crush, Volume 2. By Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534305519)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 8: Mecca. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Marco Failla and Diego Orlortegui. 2017. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302906085)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 9: Teenage Wasteland. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Nico Leon. 2018. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302910787)
  • My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539)
  • Nameless Asterism. By Kina Kobayashi. Illus. by the author. 2018. Seven Seas, $12.99
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  • The Nameless City, Volume 3: The Divided Earth. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721616)
  • On a Sunbeam. By Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145)
  • Orphans, Volume 2: Lies. By Roberto Recchioni. Illus. by Emiliano Mammucari. 2018. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781942367529)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson. 2018. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781534305106)
  • Persephone. By Loic Locatelli-Kournwskcy. Illus. by the author. 2018. Archaia, $19.99 (9781684151752)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker. By Jen Wang. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $24.99 (9781250159854)
  • The Promised Neverland. By Kaiu Shirai. Illus. by Posuka Demizu. 2018. Viz Media, $9.99
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  • Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526)
  • Royal City, Volume 3: We All Float On. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497)
  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home. By Rainbow Rowell. Illus. by Kris Anka. 2018. Marvel Comics, $17.99 (9781302908522)
  • Runaways: Best Friends Forever. By Rainbow Rowell. Illus. by Kris Anka. 2018. Marvel Comics, $17.99 (9781302911973)
  • Scales & Scoundrels, Volume 1: Into the Dragon's Maw. By Sebastian Girner. Illus. by Galaad. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781626927445)
  • Sheets. By Brenna Thummler. Illus. by the author. 2018. Lion Forge, $12.99 (9781941302675)
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press, $15.00
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  • Skyward, Volume 1: My Low-G Life. By Joe Henderson. Illus. by Joe Garbett. 2018. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534308336)
  • Sleepless, Volume 1. By Sarah Vaughn. Illus. by Leila del Duca. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534306844)
  • Son of Shaolin. By Jay Longino. Illus. by Caanan White. 2017. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534303232)
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289)
  • Spirit Circle. By Satoshi Mizukami. Illus. by the author. Seven Seas, $12.99
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  • Stephen McCranie's Space Boy, Volume 1. By Stephen McCranie. Illus. by the author. 2018. Dark Horse Books, $10.99 (9781506706481)
  • The Strange. By Jerome Ruillier. Illus. by the author. 2018. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770463172)
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Diamond Announces 2018 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2018 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as an key annual award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2018 and had the Top Dollar Comic Book with Action Comics #1000. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards--six--including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Heroes In Crisis #1Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99 with Action Comics #1000; Reprint TP or HC of the Year with Batman White Knight; Best All Ages Series with DC Super Hero Girls; and Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster. DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment won Collectible Statue of the Year with the Batman Black and White: The Batman Who Laughs statue.

Marvel Comics earned five Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith Volume 2; Anthology of the Year with Thanos Legacy #1; Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America; and Best New Comic Book Series with Immortal Hulk.

Image Comics received two Gem Awards, taking home Backlist Publisher of the Year and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies.  

Dark Horse Comics received two Gem Awards, for Licensed Comic of the Year with Stranger Things #1 and Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda Encylopedia.

IDW Publishing received a Gem Awards, taking home Game Product of the Year with Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege.

Retailers also recognized BOOM! Studios as Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Under 3% Market Share), VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys with two Gem Awards, including Toy Manufacturer of the Year.

A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the supplier nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2018. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public--comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide--then selected the winners.

2018 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year

Over 3%
DC Entertainment

2018 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 3%
BOOM! Studios



2018 Backlist Publisher of the Year
Image Comics

Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics

2018 Manga Publisher of the Year
VIZ Media


2018 Game Manufacturer of the Year
WizKids/NECA


2018 Toy Manufacturer of the Year
Diamond Select Toys


2018 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year




2018 Comic Book of the Year
$3.99 or Under

Heroes in Crisis #1 
JUL180592
DC Entertainment

2018 Top Dollar Comic Book

Action Comics #1000
FEB180142
DC Entertainment



2018 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.99

Action Comics #1000
FEB180142
DC Entertainment



2018 Best New Comic Book Series

Immortal Hulk
Marvel Comics

2018 Licensed Comic Book of the Year

Stranger Things #1
JUL180419
Dark Horse Comics



2018 Best All-Ages Series

DC Super Hero Girls
DC Entertainment



2018 Licensed TP/HC of the Year

Star Wars: Darth Vader 
Dark Lord Sith Volume 2: Legacy's End
JAN181040
Marvel Comics



2018 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN

DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster
NOV170216
DC Entertainment



2018 Original GN of the Year

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
JUL180133
Image Comics




2018 Magazine of the Year

Heavy Metal 
Heavy Metal Magazine



2018 Reprint TP/HC of the Year

Batman White Knight
JUL180733
DC Entertainment



2018 Indie GN of the Year

Berlin: The Complete Edition
JUN181666
Drawn + Quarterly

2018 Manga TP of the Year

My Hero Academia, Volume 13
APR181944
VIZ Media

2018 Anthology of the Year

Thanos Legacy #1
JUL180975
Marvel Comics



2018 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America 
JAN180009
Marvel Comics



2018 Trade Book of the Year

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia
DEC170068
Dark Horse Comics


2018 Collectible Statue of the Year

Batman Black and White: The Batman Who Laughs Statue 
MAY180609
DC Collectibles from 
DC Entertainment



2018 Game Product of the Year

Batman: The Animated Series Gotham Under Siege
JUN180756
IDW Games



2018 Toy Product of the Year

Marvel Select Thor: Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk Action Figure
JUL172803
Diamond Select Toys


2018 Toy Line of the Year

Funko POP!
Funko

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Cybils Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. The finalists for 2018 have been revealed for all categories including Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels and Young Adult Graphic Novels. For a full list of all finalists in each category, click here. See below for the finalists of the Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels and Young Adult Graphic Novels categories.

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel from Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Be Prepared from First Second Books
  • Escape from Syria from Firefly Books
  • Mr. Wolf's Class from Graphix
  • The Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • The Tea Dragon Society from Oni Press
  • The Witch Boy from Graphix
Young Adult Graphic Novels
  • Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation from Pantheon
  • As the Crow Flies from Iron Circus Comics
  • Grand Theft Horse from Lee & Low Books
  • Hey, Kiddo from Graphix
  • On a Sunbeam from First Second
  • Quince from Fanbase Press
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker from First Second

Comics Industry Celebrates the 2019 Ringo Awards
Press Release

Comic creative professionals, publishers, retailers, and fans came together Saturday night, October 19, 2019 to socialize, dine, and experience the comic book industry celebrating recognition of their peers, co-workers, and competitors at the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards

This year's Ringo Awards was sponsored by Presenting Sponsors Cards, Comics & Collectibles and the Baltimore Comic-Con; Gold Sponsors BOOM! Studios, WEBTOON; and Silver Sponsors Fantastic Forum, Graphite, Source Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment. The banquet and awards ceremony honoring nominees and winners in professional and fan categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike.

Bob Wayne, comics industry luminary whose resume includes stints as a retailer, comics writer for DC and Charlton Comics, DC Comics executive, and CBLDF advisory board member, honored the Ringo Awards as the 2019 keynote presenter at the event.

A very special thanks go to the sponsors who donated items to the 2019 Ringo Awards Gift Bags, including Abrams ComicArts, Action Lab Entertainment, Archie Comic Publications, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group,  New York Review Books, Source Point Press, TokyoPop, Valiant Entertainment, and WEBTOON.

To see a catalog of all the Diamond Book Publisher winners, click here.

Winners of the 2019 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:

Fan Favorites:
Favorite Hero: Toaster Dude
Favorite Villain: Lance Cordrey from Aberrant (Action Lab Entertainment)
Favorite New Series: Luff
Favorite New Talent: Enjelicious
Favorite Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Jury and Fan Winners:
Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Best Series (tie): Black Hammer: Age of Doom, Dark Horse Comics and The Immortal Hulk, Marvel Comics
Best Letterer: Todd Klein
Best Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Best Humor Comic: MAD, DC Comics
Best Original Graphic Novel: My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Image Comics
Best Comic Strip or Panel: Nancy, Olivia Jaimes, Andrews McMeel Universal
Best Single Issue or Story: Swamp Thing Winter Special, DC Comics
Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Isola, Image Comics
Best Anthology: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
Best Non-fiction Comic Work: Where We Live, A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, Image Comics
Best Presentation in Design: Absolute Sandman: Overture, DC Comics
Best Webcomic: The Nib (thenib.com)
Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel: Punk Taco, Adam Wallenta Entertainment
Best Inker: Fiona Staples
Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Best Artist or Penciller: Sean Phillips
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Terry Moore

Hero Initiative Awards:
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Louise Simonson
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con would like to thank those individuals who presented at this year's award ceremony, including: Keynote speaker Bob Wayne; Paul McSpadden, Arely 'Arechan' Mancini and Dean Haspiel; Ross Richie and Filip Sablik; Fred Chamberlain; Shea Fontana and Brian K. Vaughan; Katie Cook and Afua Richardson; Walter Simonson; Mitch Gerads and Tom King; and Cully Hamner , Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid, and Matt Wieringo. We would also like to thank John Gallagher for his contributions to our program guide for the evening and awards ceremony presentation.


About Mike Wieringo
Michael Lance "Mike" Wieringo was known to fans and friends as "Ringo", which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics' The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

 
About the Ringo Awards

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.

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