Comics Lowdown: Awards round-up

See recently announced nominees and winners for several different awards.

Today seems like a good day for an awards rundown …

The nominees for the L.A. Times Book prize have been announced, including the five books chosen in the “Graphic Novel/Comics” category. They include:

  • Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell, The Pervert
  • Eleanor Davis, Why Art?
  • Aisha Franz, … Is Real
  • Jérôme Ruillier, The Strange
  • Tillie Walden, On a Sunbeam

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium on April 12, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

The L.A. Times has given an award in the graphic novel category since 2009, when Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli won the award. Other previous winners include The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez, Duncan the Wonder Dog by Adam Hines and Beverly by Nick Drnaso.

Award winners: In other awards news, Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina “Steenz” Stewart won the the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. The award was presented at the Long Beach Comic Expo and “spotlights underrepresented voices in comics and celebrates diversity in stories and creators.” Archival Quality was published in March of last year by Oni Press.

Awards: The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. This year’s nominees include three in the graphic novel/illustrated work category:

  • Deathship Jenny, Rob O’Connor (self-published)
  • Cicada, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
  • Tales from The Inner City, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin)

Winners will be announced in Melbourne on May 4.

Awards: And finally, the nominees for the Bram Stoker Awards, which recognize the horror genre, were announced. Nominees in the graphic novel category include:

  • Ahmed, Saladin – Abbott (BOOM! Studios)
  • Azzarello, Brian – Moonshine Vol. 2: Misery Train (Image Comics)
  • Bunn, Cullen – Bone Parish (BOOM! Studios)
  • LaValle, Victor – Victor LaValle’s Destroyer (BOOM! Studios)
  • Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 3: Haven (Image Comics)

The awards will be presented at StokerCon on May 11.

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