‘The Hard Tomorrow’ wins the L.A. Times Book Prize

Davis’ graphic novel about an activist couple takes home the prize in the “Graphic Novel/Comics” category.

The Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis has won the L.A. Times Book Prize in the “Graphic Novel/Comics” category this year. The graphic novel was published by Drawn and Quarterly.

The Hard Tomorrow tells the harsh-yet-optimistic story of Hannah and Johnny, an activist couple trying to have a baby as they live in their truck while Johnny works on building them a house.

The awards were announced last week on Twitter, with many of the winners providing their acceptance speeches via video. Davis shared hers from her home while holding her child, addressing the current coronavirus pandemic and its effect on “those who are already the worst off” in society:

“The world is in tremendous pain and upheaval, with those who are already the worst off being the hardest hit,” she said. “We fear for tomorrow, we hope for it, we fight for it. A baby doesn’t care … No matter how much tomorrow will hurt him, nothing can ever erase his bright, burning today.”

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. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden won the award last year.

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