Eleanor Davis, Christina Tran win Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize

Created in conjunction with the Center for Cartoon Studies, the program offers $1,000 to each winner.

Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have announced the winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize, which awards $1,000 to the year’s “best” print comic and webcomic.

Libby’s Dad by Eleanor Davis, published by Retrofit and Big Planet Comics, won for Best Print Comic. Christina Tran’s “On Beauty” won the award for Best Web Comic.

Libby’s Dad

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.”

On Beauty

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *