Quick Hits | A quick awards round-up

‘The Inhabitant of the Lake’ wins the Bram Stoker Award, plus nominations for the Graphic Medicine International Collective Award, Locus Awards and more.

It’s awards season, so today seems like a good day for a quick awards round-up post. Here we go …

The Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards. In the graphic novel category Alessandro Manzetti and Stefano Cardoselli’s The Inhabitant of the Lake, published by Independent Legions Publishing, won the award, beating out what started as a large and very competitive field.

You can find the complete list of winners across all categories on the HWA website.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards | Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System, the debut graphic novel by Safdar Ahmed, has won the top prize at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards — “Book of the Year” — which is given out by the government in New South Wales, Australia. Ahmed also took the top prize in the multicultural category. Per their website, these annual awards honor “distinguished achievement by Australian writers, contribute to Australia’s artistic reputation and draw international attention to some of our best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtures them.”


Graphic Medicine International Collective Award | The Graphic Medicine International Collective has announced the shortlist for its first-ever Graphic Medicine International Collective Award for “the outstanding health-related comic project completed and/or published in 2021.” Winners will be announced in July.

Alcuin Society Awards | Congrats to the team at Drawn + Quarterly, whose books took all three prizes in the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

Adrian Tomine and Tracy Hurren won first prize for the design of The Loneliness of the Long-distance Cartoonist, while Michael DeForge was awarded second prize for his design work on Heaven No Hell. Finally, Tom Gauld’s Department of Mind-blowing Theories took third prize.

Locus Awards | The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the nominees for the annual Locus Awards, and while they don’t have a category specifically for graphic novels, they do have an “Illustrated and Art Book” category that included not only The Art of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’s Stardust, but also some graphic novel nominations like After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor, John Jennings and David Brame; and 1984: The Graphic Novel, by George Orwell and Fido Nesti.

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