Slate describes Davis’ graphic novel as “a potent meditation on the complexities of childhood. Beautifully drawn in colored pencils that at once evoke youth and betray tremendous skill, every page of Davis’ brief work is assured and resonant.”
Tran’s webcomic is “a story about medical tourism in South Korea,” according to Slate. “Making thoughtful use of the web format and drawing creatively on multimedia techniques, Tran tells a striking story about the difficulties of unlearning the lessons we’ve been taught about gender.”
Slate began the program in 2012 in conjunction with the Center for Cartoon Studies. Previous winners include Noelle Stevenson for Nimona, Chris Ware for Building Stories, Taiyo Matsumoto for Sunny, Winston Rowntree for Watching and Carol Tyler for Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father. The judges for this year included Slate’s Jacob Brogan; Center for Cartoon Studies’ Jarad Greene and Karen Green, curator for comics and cartoons at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.