Slate announces 2018 Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlists

Winners of the annual award by Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies will be announced March 30.

The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies have announced the nominees for its annual Cartoonist Studio Prize, which awards $1,000 to the creator of one print comic and one webcomic.

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, Carol Tyler for Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father, and last year’s winners, Eleanor Davis for Libby’s Dad and Christina Tran for “On Beauty.”

The shortlists for both prizes are:


The Academic Hour by Keren Katz. Secret Acres.
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Abrams ComicArts.
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki. Drawn and Quarterly.
“Breath, Plucked from Heaven” by Shivana Sookdeo in Elements: Fire. Beyond Press.
“Gaylord Phoenix No. 7” by Edie Fake. Perfectly Acceptable.
Language Barrier by Hannah K. Lee. Koyama Press.
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris. Fantagraphics.
One More Year by Simon Hanselmann. Fantagraphics.
Tenements, Towers & Trash by Julia Wertz. Black Dog & Leventhal.
You & a Bike & a Road by Eleanor Davis. Koyama Press.


A Fire Story” by Brian Fies.
Agents of the Realm by Mildred Louis.
A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance” by Ted Closson.
Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge.
Neighbors by Christina Tran.
The Price of Acceptance” by Sarah Winifred Searle.
Reported Missing by Eleri Harris
Somebody Told Me” by Jesse England.
Whose Free Speech? ” by Ben Passmore.
Wonderlust by Diana Nock.

The nominees were selected by Slate’s Jacob Brogan; the faculty and students of the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by Kevin Czap; and this year’s guest judge, Andrew Farago of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum.

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