Finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards Announced

The Hugo Awards are a series of literary awards presented annual for the works displaying excellence in science fiction and fantasy. Named after the founder of the science fiction magazin Amazing Stories, Hugo Gernsback, the finalists for 2018 were announced at WorldCon76 in San Jose, California.

This year, six graphic novels were nominated for the Best Graphic Story category, including four titles from Diamond publishers. For a full list of the finalists by category, see below.

*bold denotes Diamond publisher
Best Graphic Story
  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Novel

  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella

  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells ( Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang ( Publishing)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.Com Publishing)
  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Best Novelette

  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
  • “Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (, February 15, 2017)
  • “The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
  • “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Short Story

  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Series

  • The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
  • The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
  • InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
  • The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
  • World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Related Work

  • Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn (PublicAffairs)
  • Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
  • A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
  • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce, and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
  • Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
  • The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
  • Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
  • “The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
  • Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)

Best Editor, Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Lee Harris
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Joe Monti
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay William
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
  • Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
  • Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Writer

  • Camestros Felapton
  • Sarah Gailey
  • Mike Glyer
  • Foz Meadows
  • Charles Payseur
  • Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist

  • Geneva Benton
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Maya Hahto
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

There are two other Awards administered by Worldcon 76 that are not Hugo Awards:

Award for Best Young Adult Book

  • Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf)
  • In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
  • A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
  • Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Katherine Arden
  • Sarah Kuhn*
  • Jeannette Ng
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Rivers Solomon

*Finalist in their 2nd year of eligibility


Lighter Than My Shadow Named A Best Book by Bank Street

The Children's Book Committee bang in 1909 as part of the family life education program of the Child Study Association of America, an organization devoted to guiding parents in their understanding of child development. Today's Committee includes 40 members from various professions concerned with children and books including writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, teachers, and parents; and is dedicated to aiding parents, teachers, and librarians choose books that children will find captivating and transforming.

To aid in book collection, The Children's Book Committee provides the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant-16, in their annual Best Books of the Year list. The Committee reviews over 6000 titles and makes decisions based on accuracy and literary quality, and they consider the emotional impact a text will have on children. From this list, 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, are categorized by age with detailed annotations for each book.

The 2018 Best Books of the Year list has been announced, and includes Katie' Green's graphic memoir Lighter Than My Shadow. Green's impactful graphic novel was published in October 2017 and is a hand-drawn story of struggle, abuse, eating disorders, and recovery. For the full description see below:

A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery.

Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast.

But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. One day you can find yourself being told you have two weeks to live.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.

For the full list of titles included in the Best Books of the Year list, click here.

The Horror Writers Association Announces 2017 Bram Stoker Award Winners

Presented annually during StokerCon, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® winners.

“This year’s slate of nominees truly demonstrates the breadth and quality of the horror genre,” said Lisa Morton, HWA President and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. “Once again, our members and awards juries have chosen outstanding works of literature, cinema, non-fiction, and poetry.”

The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® was held March 1st-4th at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island during the third annual StokerCon. The awards presentation was also live-streamed online via the StokerCon website.

Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are recognize superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman. For a full list of categories and winners, see below. 

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Winner: Golden, Christopher – Ararat (St. Martin’s Press)
  • King, Stephen and King, Owen – Sleeping Beauties (Scribner
  • Malerman, Josh – Black Mad Wheel (Ecco)
  • Miskowski, S.P. – I Wish I Was Like You (JournalStone)
  • Tem, Steve Rasnic – Ubo (Solaris)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Winner: Cabeen, Robert Payne – Cold Cuts (Omnium Gatherum Media)
  • Davidson, Andy – In the Valley of the Sun (Skyhorse Publishing)
  • Hayward, Matt – What Do Monsters Fear? (Post Mortem Press)
  • Hepler, Jeremy – The Boulevard Monster (Bloodshot Books)
  • Thomas, Scott – Kill Creek (Ink Shares)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • French, Gillian – The Door to January (Islandport Press)
  • Leveen, Tom – Hellworld (Simon Pulse)
  • Winner: Liggett, Kim – The Last Harvest (Tor Teen)
  • Lukavics, Amy – The Ravenous (Harlequin Teen)
  • Porter, Sarah – When I Cast Your Shadow (Tor Teen)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Carey, Mike and Arvind, Ethan David – Darkness Visible (IDW)
  • Winner: Duffy, Damian and Butler, Octavia E. – Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams ComicArts)
  • Ferris, Emil – My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
  • Hickman, Jonathan – The Black Monday Murders (Image Comics)
  • Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 2: The Blood (Image Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Edelman, Scott – Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them) (Written Backwards)
  • Winner: Jones, Stephen Graham – Mapping the Interior (
  • Kiernan, Caitlín R. – Agents of Dreamland (
  • Taylor, Lucy – Sweetlings (
  • Waggoner, Tim – A Kiss of Thorns (DarkFuse)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Bailey, Michael – “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End” (Tales from the Lake Vol. 4) (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Chambers, James – “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills” (Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2) (Cutting Block Books)
  • Winner: Mannetti, Lisa – “Apocalypse Then” (Never Fear: The Apocalypse) (13Thirty Books)
  • Neugebauer, Annie – “So Sings the Siren” (Apex Magazine #101) (Apex Publications)
  • Yardley, Mercedes M. – “Loving You Darkly” (F(r)iction Magazine #8) (Tethered by Letters)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Winner: Hill, Joe – Strange Weather (William Morrow)
  • Kiste, Gwendolyn – And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe(JournalStone)
  • Malerman, Josh – Goblin (Earthling Publications)
  • Matsuura, Thersa – The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales (Independent Legions Publishing)
  • McGrath, Patrick – Writing Madness (Centipede Press)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Del Toro, Guillermo and Taylor, Vanessa – The Shape of Water (TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions)
  • Duffer, Matt and Duffer, Ross – Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre)
  • Frost, Mark and Lynch, David – Twin Peaks, Part 8 (Rancho Rosa Partnership, Inc.)
  • Palmer, Chase, Fukunaga, Cary, and Dauberman, Gary – It (New Line Cinema)
  • Winner: Peele, Jordan – Get Out (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment)
  • Shyamalan, M. Night – Split (Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Brooks, Kinitra, PhD., Addison, Linda D., and Morris, Susana, PhD. – Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing)
  • Datlow, Ellen – Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (Pegasus Books)
  • Maberry, Jonathan and Romero, George A. – Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Manzetti, Alessandro and Lester, Jodi Renee – The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water (Independent Legions Publishing)
  • Winner: Murano, Doug – Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Brittany, Michele – Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre(McFarland)
  • Brooks, Kinitra D. – Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers University Press)
  • Winner: Hendrix, Grady. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction (Quirk Books)
  • Jones, Stephen – The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History(Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
  • Mynhardt, Joe and Johnson, Eugene – Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre – (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Frazier, Robert and Boston, Bruce – Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest(Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Manzetti, Alessandro – No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Simon, Marge and Turzillo, Mary – Satan’s Sweethearts (Weasel Press)
  • Winner: Sng, Christina – A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Wytovich, Stephanie M. – Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Cybils Awards 2017 Winners Announced

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. The finalists for 2017 have been revealed for all categories including Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels and Young Adult Graphic Novels. For a full list of all finalists in the graphic novel categories, click here. See below for the winners in all categories.

Board Books: Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear, Published by Harry N Abrams

Fiction Picture Books: Big Cat, Little Cat, Published by Roaring Brook Press

Easy Readers: King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code, Published by Peachtree

Early Chapter Books: Wedgie & Gizmo, Published by HarperCollins Childrens

Elementary Non-Fiction: Hatching Chicks in Room 6, Published by Charlesbridge

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels: Where's Halmoni?, Published by Little Bigfoot

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, Published by Bloomsbury USA

Middle Grade Fiction: Refugee, Published by Scholastic

Middle Grade Non-Fiction: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!, Published by Walden Pond Press

Poetry: I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Junior High Non-Fiction: The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found, Published by Candlewick Press

Senior High Non-Fiction: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, Published by Henry Holt

Young Adult Graphic Novels: Spill Zone, Published by First Second

Young Adult Fiction: Piecing Me Together, Published by Bloomsbury USA

Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe), Published by Simon & Schuster

Pop Culture Classroom Announces Finalists For 2018 Excellence In Graphic Literature Award

DENVER — March 15, 2018 — Pop Culture Classroom, the educational non-profit behind Denver Comic Con, today announced the finalists for the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards on an event live-streamed exclusively by KidLit TV at approximately 1 p.m. EDT.

The event is available for re-streaming on demand now from the KidLit TV website at the following URL:

Pop Culture Classroom created the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards to help grow awareness, legitimacy and respect for the comics medium, the graphic novel format and its creators, and drive growth for the graphic novel publishing category.

This is the inaugural year of the awards, with winners scheduled to be announced at Denver Comic Con in June.

"We are both thrilled and honored to officially unveil the finalists for 2018, our inaugural year of the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards," said Bruce MacIntosh, director of programming for Pop Culture Classroom. "We'd like to express our deepest thanks and congratulations to the nominees, our esteemed judging committees, our advisory board, and to all the creators, editors and publishers who submitted entries."

"Since our very first meeting to develop Denver Comic Con as a fun way to support our programs and spread the word about our educational non-profit, we have been planning an awards program to truly showcase the best in graphic novel publishing," continued MacIntosh. "We waited until the time was right to create a program that not only validates the comics medium and graphic novel format, but also provide educators, librarians and booksellers with a resource to identify the most effective books, and in turn drive sales and growth opportunities across the industry."

In Partnership with KidLit TV

Earlier this year, Pop Culture Classroom established a partnership with leading children's literature authority and content streaming website KidLit TV. The partnership grants KidLit TV the rights to stream announcements for the awards leading up to Denver Comic Con 2018.

The first of these streams occurred earlier today at approximately 1 p.m. EDT from the KidLit TV studios in New York City.

During the event, hosts Rocco Staino of KidLit TV and Carol Fitzgerald of The Book Report Network introduced the Judging Committee Chairs for each of the following award categories. The Committee Chairs each unveiled their finalist picks, reporting onsite from local book stores, comic shops, and libraries from across the U.S.

  • Best in Children’s Books — Committee Chair: Betsy Bird
  • Best in Middle Grade Books — Committee Chair: Dr. Katie Monnin
  • Best in Young Adult Books — Committee Chair: Mike Pawuk
  • Best in Adult Books — Committee Chair: Alicia Holston
  • Mosaic Award — Committee Chair: Alicia Holston
  • Book of the Year — Committee Chair: Betsy Bird

Finalists: Best in Children's Books


  • Bolivar by Sean Rubin (BOOM! Studios)
  • Good Night, Planet by Liniers (TOON Books)
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (First Second)
  • The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner (Macmillan)
  • Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim (Little Bigfoot)


  • Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn (Koch First Second)

Finalists: Best in Middle-Grade Books


  • As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman (Iron Circus Comics)
  • Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret (First Second)
  • Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Solution Squad by Jim McClain (Solution Squad Publishing)
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta (Dark Horse Comics)
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova (YEN Press)**

** Honorable Mention

Finalists: Best in Young Adult Books


  • Home Time: Book One by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf)
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings (TU Books/Lee & Low)
  • Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner (Fanbase Press)
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland (First Second)
  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish (Supergenius/Papercutz)


  • Fire!  The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green (Lion Forge)
  • Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Finakly and Lewis Trondheim (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Senses by Matteo Farinella (Nobrow Press)
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden (First Second)

Finalists: Best in Adult Books


  • Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (Gallery 13)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Park Bench by Christophe Chaboute (Gallery 13)
  • Roughneck by Jeff Lemiere (Gallery 13)
  • The Sound of the World by Heart by Giacomo Bevilacqua (Lion Forge)


  • Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary by Christian Perrissin and Mattheiu Blanchin (IDW Publishing)
  • Hostage by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press)
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Abrams Comic Arts)
  • The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair (First Second)

Finalists: Mosaic Award

  • As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman (Iron Circus Comics)
  • Good Night, Planet by Liniers (TOON-Books) Spanish and English lang. versions
  • Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and (Image)
  • Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (Gallery 13)
  • Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner (Fanbase Press)
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta (Dark Horse Comics)
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Abrams Comic Arts)
  • Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim (Little Bigfoot)

Finalists: Book of the Year

  • Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch (First Second)
  • Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret (First Second)
  • Home Time: Book One by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (First Second)
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta (Dark Horse Comics)
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland (First Second)
  • The Hunting Accident by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair (First Second)
*Bold denotes Diamond publisher

About Pop Culture Classroom

Pop Culture Classroom is the educational non-profit organization behind Denver Comic Con. Founded in 2011, Pop Culture Classroom is on a mission to ignite a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. Learn more at

About the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

The Excellence in Graphics Literature program was begun by Pop Culture Classroom to help define and grow needed awareness for quality graphic literature, grow legitimacy and respect for the format, the comics medium and its creators, and drive growth for the graphic novel publishing category. Learn more at

About KidLit TV

KidLit TV (KLTV) is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids. KLTV is available in over 600,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers, working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Learn and see more at KidLit.TV.


YALSA Announces 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

The American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

Designed to aid Young Adult librarians with graphic novel collections, the list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens. Additionally, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee has chosen a Top Ten list from the overall titles which they feel "meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens." The list encompasses a wide variety of genres and subjects, from off-beat superheroes, to mysterious villainous sidekicks, middle school drama, roller derby, and more. 

Presented here is a spotlight on the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten titles, with the full list below. Bold titles denote Diamond publishers. To see all the titles featured on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list from Diamond publishers, click here.

  • The BackstagersBy James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869930)
  • Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston. 2017. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616557867)
  • BraveBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $11.00 (9780316363189)
  • I Am Alfonso JonesBy Tony Medina. Illus. by Stacey Robison and John Jennings. 2017. Tu Books, $18.95 (9781620142639)
  • Jonesy. By Sam Humprhies. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle
    • v.1. BOOM! Studios, $9.99 (9781608868834)
    • v.2. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869992)
    • v.3. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150168)
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419709470)
  • Lighter than My Shadow. By Katie Green. Illus. by the author. 2017. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781941302415)
  • My Brother’s HusbandBy Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2017. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871515)
  • Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368)

Presented below is the full list of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens, encompassing 115 total graphic novels and separated between Nonfiction and Fiction titles. Overall, 20 of the graphic novels are from Diamond publishers.


  • Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding FatherBy Jonathan Hennessey. Illus. By Justin Greenwood. 2017. Ten Speed Press, $19.99 (9780399580000)
  • Becoming Unbecoming. By Una. Illus. by the author. 2016. Arsenal Pulp, $24.95 (9781551526539)
  • Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 2. By Joel Christian Gill. Illus. by the author. 2016. Fulcrum Publishing, $23.95 (9781938486944)
  • The Best We Could DoBy Thi Bui. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419718779)
  • California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $16.50 (9781626725461)\
  • The CreepsBy Fran Krause. Illus. by the author. 2017. Ten Speed Press, $11.13 (9780399579141)
  • Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. By Nicole J. Georges. Illus. by the author. 2017. Mariner Books, $17.95 (9780544577831)
  • It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated so I've Drawn it Instead. By Ruby Elliot. Illus. by the author. 2017. Andrews McMeel, $16.99 (978144948424)
  • *Lighter than My Shadow. By Katie Green. Illus. by the author. 2017. Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781941302415)
  • Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us. By Ananth Hirsch and Yuko Ota. Illus by Yuko Ota. 2017. Oni Press, $34.14 (9781620103838)
  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s StoryBy Debbie Tung. Illus. by the author. 2017. Andrews McMeel, $14.99 (9781449486068)
  • Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and CrybabiesBy Shannon Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2017. First Second, $12.99 (9781626727854)
  • Rendez-vous in Phoenix. By Tony Sandoval. Illus. by the author. 2016. Roar, an imprint of Lion Forge, $19.99 (9781942367284)
  • Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&DBy David Kushner. Illus. by Koren Shadmi. 2017. Nation Books, $16.99 (9781568585598)
  • SpinningBy Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $17.99 (9781626729407)


  • 4 Kids Walk Into a BankBy Matthew Rosenberg. Illus. by Tyler Boss. 2017. Black Mask Comics, $14.99 (9781628751888)
  • AfarBy Leila Del Duca. Illus. by Kit Seaton. 2017. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632159410)
  • All’s Faire in Middle School. By Victoria Jamieson. Illus. by the author. Dial Books, $20.99 (9780525429982)
  • Angel City: Town without PityBy Janet Harvey. Illus. by Megan Levens. 2017. Oni Press, $19.99 (9781620104262)
  • Anonymous Noise. By Ryoko Fukuyama. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594200)
    • v.2. VIZ Media, $9.24 (9781421594217)
    • v.3. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594224)
    • v.4. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594231)
  • Archie, Volume 2. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2016. Archie Comics, $19.99 (9781627387989)
  • As the Crow Flies. By Melanie Gillman. Illus. by the author. 2017. Iron Circus Comics, $30.00 (9781945820069)
  • *The BackstagersBy James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869930)
  • Bad Machinery: The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor. By John Allison. Illus. by the author. 2016. Oni Press, $19.99 (9781620103517)
  • *Black Hammer, Volume 1: Secret Origins. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dean Ormston. 2017. Dark Horse, $14.99 (9781616557867)
  • *BraveBy Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $11.00 (9780316363189)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs. By Kafka Asagiri. Illus. by Sango Harukawa.
    • v.1. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316554701)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316468145)
    • v.3. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316468152)
    • v.4. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316468169)
  • The Case Study of Vanitas. By Jun Mochizuki. Illus. by the author. 2016. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316552813)
  • Crawl SpaceBy Jesse Jacobs. Illus. by the author. 2017. Koyama, $19.95 (9781927668412)
  • Dept. H. By Matt Kindt. Illus. by the author and Sharlene Kindt.
    • v.1. Pressure. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781616559892)
    • v.2. After the Flood. Dark Horse, $19.99 (9781616559908)
  • Descender. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen.
    • v.3. Singularities. 2016. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632158789)
    • v.4. Orbital Mechanics. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534301931)
  • Dreamin' Sun. By Ichigo Takano. Illus. by the author.
    • v.1. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925250)
    • v.2. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925274)
    • v.3. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925458)
  • Erased. By Ken Sanbe. Illus. by the author.
    • v.1. Yen Press, $30.00 (9780316553315)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $30.00 (9780316468442)
  • Faith. By Jody Houser. Illus. by Pere Pérez, Marguerite Sauvage, Joe Eisma, and Kate Miemczyk
    • v.2. California Scheming. Valiant Entertainment, $14.99 (9781682151631)
    • v.4. The Faithless. Valiant Entertainment, $14.99 (9781682152195)
  • Fish Girl. By Donna Jo Napoli. Illus. by David Wiesner. 2017. Clarion Books, $25.00 (9780544815124)
  • Flying Witch, Volume 1. By Chihiro Ishizuka. Illus. by the author. 2017. Kodansha, $10.95 (9781945054099)
  • GenerationsBy Flavia Biondi. Illus. by the author. 2017. Lion Forge, $14.99 (9781941302507)
  • Giant Days. By John Allison. Illus. by Max Sarin
    • v.3. 2016. Boom Box, $14.99 (9781608868513)
    • v.4. Boom Box, $14.99 (9781608869381)
  • The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, a Run. By Nagabe. Illus. by the author. 2017. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626924673)
  • Girls' Last Tour. By Tsukumizu. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Yen Press, $15.00 (9780316470629)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $15.00 (9780316470643)
  • Goldie Vance. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Brittney Williams
    • v.1. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.95 (9781626924628)
    • v.2. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781626925243)
    • v.3. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150533)
  • Hana & Hina After School. By Milk Morinaga. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626924628)
    • v.2. Seven Seas, $12.99 (9781626925243)
  • Happiness. By Shuzo Oshimi. Illus. by the author. 2016. Kodansha, $12.99 (9781632363633)
  • HeathenBy Natasha Alterici. Illus. by the author. 2017. Vault Comics, $10.99 (9781939424198)
  • *I Am Alfonso JonesBy Tony Medina. Illus. by Stacey Robison and John Jennings. 2017. Tu Books, $18.95 (9781620142639)
  • I Hear the SunspotBy Yuki Fumino. Illus. by the author. 2017. One Peace Books, $12.95 (9781944937300)
  • *Jonesy. By Sam Humprhies. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle
    • v.1. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.99 (9781608868834)
    • v.2. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869992)
    • v.3. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150168)
  • Jughead, Volume 2. By Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North. Illus. by Derek Charm. 2017. Archie Comics, $17.99 (9781682559987). It's summer vacation, and it appears that just about everyone in Riverdale is focused on romantic relationships.  Can Jughead survive the drama and have a relaxing summer with his friends? Or will love find him after all?
  • Kim & Kim, Volume 1: This Glamorous, High-flying Rock Star Life. By Magdalene Visaggio. Illus. by Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre. 2017. Black Mask Studios, $12.97 (9781628751604)
  • *Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419709470)
  • LadycastleBy Delilah S. Dawson. Illus. by Ashley A. Woods. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781684150328)
  • The Lighthouse. By Paco Roca. Illus. by the author. 2017. NBM Graphic Novels, $15.99 (9781681120560)
  • Louis UndercoverBy Fanny Britt. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. 2017. Groundwood Books, $19.95 (9781554988594)
  • Love: The Dinosaur. By Frederic Brremaud. Illus. by Frederico Bertolucci. 2017. Roar, $17.99 (9781942367369)
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 6: Sink or Swim. By Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh. Illus. by Carey Pietsch. 2017. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781608869541)
  • Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. By Ben Hatke. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $14.99 (9781626722668)
  • Misfit City, Volume 1By Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith. Illus. by Naomi Franquiz. 2017. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (9781684150274)
  • Mis(h)adra. By Iasmin Ata. Illus. by the author. 2017. Gallery 13, $25.00 (9781501162107)
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood. By Marjorie Liu. Illus. by Sana Takeda. 2017. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534300415)
  • Motor CrushBy Brenden Fletcher. Illus. by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534301894)
  • Ms. Marvel. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, Mira Andolfo, and Francesco Gaston.
    • v.6. Marvel, $17.99 (9780785196129)
    • v.7. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302903053)
  • *My Brother’s Husband. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2017. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871515). After the passing of Ryoji, his twin brother, Yaichi, and his now widowed husband, Mike, come together to learn more about the loved one they have both lost.
  • Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie. By Anthony Del Col. Illus. by Werther Dell’Edera. 2017. Dynamite Entertainment, $19.99 (9781524104177)
  • Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman. By Tim Seeley. Illus. by Yanick Paquette and Javier Fernandez. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268039)
  • The One Hundred Nights of HeroBy Isabel Greenberg. Illus. by the author. 2016. Little, Brown and Company, $25.00 (9780316259170)
  • One Trick Pony. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by the author. 2017. Amulet Books, $10.01 (9781419721281)
  • Paper Girls. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson
    • v.2. Image Comics, $12.99 (9781632158956)
    • v.3. Image Comics, $12.99 (9781534302235)
  • *Pashmina. By Nidhi Chanani Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626720879)
  • The Promised Neverland, Volume 1. By Kaiu Shirai. Illus. by Possums Demizu. 2017. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421597126)
  • Royal CityBy Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534302624)
  • The Royal Tutor. By Higasa Akai. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316439794)
    • v.2. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316562843)
    • v.3. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316441001)
  • School-Live!. By Norimitsu Kaihou. Illus. by Sadoru Chiba
    • v.5. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316310017)
    • v.6. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316502726)
  • Secret Coders. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Mike Holmes
    • v.3. Secrets & Sequences. First Second, $10.99 (9781626726185)
    • v.4. Robots & Repeats. First Second, $10.99 (9781626726062)
  • Shade the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy. By Cecil Castellucci. Illus. by Marley Zarcone. 2017. Young Animal, $16.99 (9781401270995)
  • She-Hulk, Volume 1: Deconstructed. By Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by Nico Leon and Dalibor Talajic. 2017. Marvel, $17.99 (9781302905675)
  • Slam! Volume 1. By Pamela Ribon. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2017. BOOM! Box, $14.99 (978164150045)
  • Snotgirl, Volume 1: Green Hair Don’t Care. By Bryan Lee O'Malley. Illus. by Leslie Hung. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534300361)
  • Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster. By Natalie Riess. Illus. by the author. 2017. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781620104040)
  • *Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368)
  • Star Trek: Boldly GoBy Mike Johnson. Illus. by Tony Shasteen. 2017. IDW, $19.99 (9781631409233)
  • The Stone Heart: The Nameless City, Volume 2. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721593)
  • Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume 1Edited by Arigon Starr. Illus. by editor and others. 2016. Native Realities Publishing, $19.99 (9780990694755)
  • The Unstoppable Wasp, Volume 1: UnstoppableBy Jeremy Whitley. Illus. by Elsa Charretier. 2017. Marvel, $12.99 (9781302906467)
  • Waiting for Spring. By Anashin. Illus. by the author
    • v.1. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632365163)
    • v.2. Kodansha Comics, $12.99 (9781632365170)
  • The Wendy Project. By Melissa Jane Osborne. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2017. Super Genius, $12.99 (9781629917696)
  • Wires and Nerve. By Marissa Meyer. Illus. by Douglas Holgate. 2017. Feiwel & Friends, $21.99 (9781250078261)
  • The Witch BoyBy Molly Ostertag. Illus. by the author. 2017. GRAPHIX, $12.99 (9781338089516)
  • Your Name, Volume 1. By Makoto Shinkai. Illus. by Ranmaru Katone. 2017. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316558556)


Diamond Announces 2017 Gem Award Winners

Diamond Comic Distributors proudly announces the winners of the 2017 Diamond Gem Awards, selected by comic book specialty retailers and celebrated within the comic book industry as an key annual award honoring sales success.

DC Entertainment took home Comic Book Publisher of the Year (Over 3% Market Share) in 2017. Retailers recognized DC with the most Gem Awards--seven--including the Comic Book of the Year $3.99 or Under with Batman #24Comic Book of the Year - Over $3.99 with Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12); Backlist Publisher of the Year; Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman/TMNT, Volume 1, shared with IDW Publishing; Best All-Ages Original/Reprint Graphic Novel with DC Super Hero Girls TP Volume 4: Past Times at Super Hero High; and Original Graphic Novel of the Year with Wonder Woman Earth One, Volume 1. DC Collectibles, the collectibles branch of DC Entertainment won Collectible Statue of the Year with the DC Designer Series: The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue.

Marvel Comics earned three Gem Awards, including Top Dollar Market Share Publisher of the Year, Top Dollar Comic Book of the Year for for Marvel Legacy #1; and Licensed Comic of the Year with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1.

Image Comics also received three Gem Awards, taking home Reprint TP or HC of the Year with The Walking Dead: Here's Negan; Best Free Comic Book Day Book with FCBD 2017 I Hate Image; and Best New Comic Book Series for Redneck.  

IDW Publishing received three Gem Awards, taking home Anthology of the Year with Love is Love GN; Best All Ages Series with DuckTales, and Licensed TP or HC of the Year with Batman/TMNT, Volume 1 shared with DC Comics.

Dark Horse Comics took home the Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year with The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts HC.

Retailers also recognized AfterShock Comics as 2017 New Publisher of the Year, VIZ Media with two Gem Awards, including Manga Publisher of the Year; and Diamond Select Toys with a Gem Award for Toy Product of the Year with the Marvel Gallery: Dr. Strange PVC Figure.

A panel of Diamond product specialists selected the nominees for the Diamond Gem Awards based on each entry’s overall impact on the industry, while comics and related merchandise were chosen on the merits of their sales performance and quality from 2017. Members of the most critical segment that serves the comic book-buying public--comic book specialty retailers across the United States and worldwide--then selected the winners.

And the Winners are...

2017 Diamond Gem Award Suppliers of the Year

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2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Over 3%
DC Entertainment

2017 Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Under 3%
AfterShock Comics

2017 Backlist Publisher of the Year
DC Entertainment

Top Dollar Comic Book Publisher of the Year
Marvel Comics


No caption.

2017 Manga Publisher
of the Year
VIZ Media

2017 Game Manufacturer
of the Year

2017 Toy Manufacturer
of the Year

2017 Diamond Gem Award Products of the Year 

2017 Comic Book of the Year
$3.99 or Under

Batman #24 
DC Entertainment

2017 Top Dollar Comic Book

Marvel Legacy #1
Marvel Comics

2017 Comic Book of the Year
Over $3.99

Doomsday Clock #1 (of 12)
DC Entertainment

2017 Best New 
Comic Book Series

Image Comics

2017 Licensed Comic Book of the Year

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1
Marvel Comics

2017 Best All-Ages Series

IDW Publishing

2017 Licensed TP/HC of the Year

Batman/TMNT, Volume 1 
DC Entertainment/IDW Publishing

2017 Best All-Ages Original/Reprint GN

DC Super Hero Girls, Volume 4: 
Past Times at Super Hero High
DC Entertainment

2017 Original GN of the Year

Wonder Woman:
Earth One, Volume 1
DC Entertainment

2017 Magazine of the Year

Heavy Metal 
Heavy Metal Magazine

2017 Reprint TP/HC of the Year

The Walking Dead: Here's Negan
Image Comics

2017 Indie GN of the Year

My Favorite Thing 
is Monsters GN Vol. 1
Fantagraphics Books

2017 Manga TP of the Year

The Legend of Zelda:
Twilight Princess, Volume 1
VIZ Media

2017 Anthology of the Year

Love is Love GN
IDW Publishing

2017 Best Free Comic Book Day Book

FCBD 2017 I Hate Image 
Image Comics

2017 Trade Book of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: 
Art & Artifacts HC
Dark Horse Comics


2017 Collectable
Statue of the Year

DC Designer Series:
The Joker by Brian Bolland Statue 
DC Collectibles from 
DC Entertainment


2017 Game Product of the Year

Marvel HeroClix: 
Deadpool and X-Force 
Booster Brick

2017 Toy Product of the Year

Marvel Gallery: 
Dr. Strange PVC Figure
Diamond Select Toys


2017 Toy Line of the Year

Funko POP!


Texas Library Association Announces Mavericks Graphic Novels List for 2018


The Texas Library Association created the Mavericks Graphic Novels Reading List with the purpose of encouraging students in grade 6-12 to explore a variety of current books. Compilated by the a committee of public school and library officials, the Mavericks list is posted on an annual basis as recreational reading for readers of all ages. To see previous recommended reading lists: 2016 | 2017

Below is a list of the committee's 2018 recommended reading list as well as the Little Mavericks Graphic Novel list, recommending titles for grades K-5. Bold denotes Diamond publisher. For a fully annotated list of the recommended reading, click here.


Publisher Title ISBN
Holiday House Noodleheads See the Future 9780823436736
Penguin Random House Colette’s Lost Pet 9780553536591
Magnetic Press Little Tails in the Jungle 9781942367260
TOON Books Wordplay  9781943145171
Graphix Bird & Squirrel On Fire 9780545804301
Picture Window Books Be A Star, Wonder Woman! 9781623708757
Penguin Random House I’m Awake! 9780375845758
Schwartz & Wade Little Fox in the Forest 9780553537895
TOON Books Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye 9781935179993
Penguin Random House Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes 9781101937433
TOON Books Blip! 9781935179986
First Second Hocus Focus 9781596436541
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Frankie  9780544611139
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Treat  9780544472709
Oni Press Brobots Volume 2: Mecha Malarkey! 9781620104248
Nobrow Press Nightlights 9781910620137
Tundra Books Dog Night at the Story Zoo 9781101918388
Little, Brown Books CatStronauts: Mission Moon 9780316307451
Little, Brown Books CatStronauts: Race To Mars 9780316307505
Yen Press Brave  9780316363181
Dial Books Cosmic Commandos 9781101994481
Scholastic DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #2 Fort Solitude 9780545876841
First Second Real Friends 9781626727854
First Second Mighty Jack and the Goblin King 9781626722644
First Second The Nameless City Volume 2: The Stone Heart 9781626721586
Penguin Random House Comic Squad: Detention!  9780553512670
Dial Books All’s Faire in Middle School 9780525429999
First Second Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly 9781626724082
Farrar Straus Giroux Knife’s Edge 9780374300449
First Second Star Scouts #1 9781626722804
Clarion Books Lint Boy 9780544528604
Papercutz Lunch Witch #2 Knee-deep in Niceness 9781629915036
HarperCollins DAN TDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal 9780062574329
Oni Press Princess Princess Ever After 9781620103401
Flying Eye Books Hilda and the Stone Forest  9781909263741
First Second The Big Bad Fox 9781626723313
Viking Books  Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny 9780147516589
Oni Press Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1: LIGHTS, CAMERA, SNACKTION! 9781620103135
First Second Animal Crackers 9781626729353
Penguin Random House 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior 9781101935880
Stone Arch Books Daydream Receiver 9781496537065
Oni Press Mermin Book Five: Making Waves 9781620103944
Clarion Books Fish Girl 9780544815124
Graphix NewsPrints 9780545803120
Tundra Books Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea 9781101918715
Tundra Books Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt 9781101918296
Graphic Universe Cici: A Fairy’s Tale #2 Truth in Sight 9781512411560
First Second Crafty Cat #1 The Amazing Crafty Cat 9781626724860
Henry Holt and Co. The Great Art Caper (Pets on the Loose!) 9781627791199
Scholastic Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps 9780545875745
Graphix Dog Man Unleashed 9780545935203
Graphix Dog Man A Tale of Two Kitties 9780545935210
Dark Horse Comics Tree Mail 9781506700960
Tokyopop Disney Stitch! Vol.1 9781427856739
Penguin Random House Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom 9780385386203



Publisher Title ISBN
Grade 6-8  
First Second Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 9781626724938
JY Brave 9780316363181
Graphix  Time Shifters 9780545926577
First Second Mighty Jack 9781626722644
Dial Books All's Faire in Middle School 9780525429999
Balzer + Bray Invisible Emmie 9780062484932
First Second The Time Museum 9781596438491
Penguin Random House 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior 9781101935880
Graphix NewsPrints 9780545803120
Grade 6-12
First Second Pashmina 9781626720879
BOOM! Box Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy 9781608869459
Drawn and Quarterly Mooncop 9781770462540
First Second Real Friends 9781626727854
Candlewick  Poe: Stories and Poems 9780763695095
Tilbury House The Far Side of the Moon 9780884484523
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Knife's Edge 9780374300449
Tu Books I Am Alfonso Jones 9781620142639
Feiwel & Friends Wires and Nerve Vol. 1 9781250078261
Vertical Comics the god's lie. 9781942993360
Tokyopop  Oceans of Secrets 9781427857149
Harper Perennial Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book 9780062569028
BOOM! Box The Backstagers Vol. 1 9781608869930
Oni Press Another Castle Grimoire 9781620103111
Clarion Books Fish Girl 9780544815124
DC Comics New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China 9781401270933
Grade 9-12
DC Comics Batgirl: Birds of Prey Vol. 1 9781401268671
Knopf Books Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road of Epoli 9780399556135
DC Comics The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins 9781401267285
Image Comics Afar 9781632159410
Lion Forge Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven 9781941302149
Image Comics Motor Crush Vol. 1 9781534301894
VIZ Media Anonymous Noise 9781421594200
Valiant Entertainment Faith Vol. 1 9781682151211
Valiant Entertainment Faith Vol. 2 9781682151631
Valiant Entertainment Faith Vol. 3 9781682151990
Valiant Entertainment Faith Vol. 4 9781682152195
Hill and Wang Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation 9780809066506
VIZ Media Yona of the Dawn Vol. 1 9781421587813
Image Comics Plutona 9781632156013
Marvel  Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat: Hooked on a Feline 9781302900359
Archaia  Jane 9781608869817
Titan Comics Sherlock: A Study in Pink 9781785856150
Super Genius The Wendy Project 9781629917696
Campfire  The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays 9789381182222
First Second Decelerate Blue 9781596431096
Yen Press Erased 9780316553315
Yen Press your name Vol. 1 9780316558556
First Second Shattered Warrior 9781626720893
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2018 Eisner Awards Nominations Announced

Comic-Con International is proud to announce the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2018. The nominees are for works published between January 1 and December 31, 2017 and were chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.

Once again, this year’s nominees in 31 categories reflect the wide range of material being published in the U.S. today in comics and graphic novel form, representing over 120 print and online titles from more than 50 publishers and produced by creators from all over the world.

Topping the nominations are two works done by women. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics) by first-time graphic novelist Emil Ferris is nominated in 5 categories: Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/Artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design. Image’s Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda is nominated for Best Continuing Series and Best Publication for Teens, Liu is nominated for Best Writer, and Takeda is nominated for Best Painter and Best Cover Artist.

Other works with multiple nominations include DC’s Mister Miracle with 3 (Best Limited Series, Best Penciller/Inker and Best Coloring for Mitch Gerads) plus 2 shared (Best Writer for Tom King, Best Cover Artist for Nick Derrington); The Flinstones (another DC title) with 3 (Best Limited Series, Best Humor Publication, and Best Writer for Mark Russell); and Groundwood Books’ Louis Undercover by French creators Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault (Best Publication for Teens, Best Penciller/Inker and Best Lettering for Arsenault). Dark Horse’s Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and David Rubín has 1 sole nomination (Best Continuing Series) as well as 4 shared (Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker for Rubín, and Best Coloring for Dave Stewart and Rubín). Another 16 publications have 2 nominations.

Among publishers, Fantagraphics and Image top the list with the most nominations. Fantagraphics’ 16 nominations include the 5 for My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, plus 2 for Cathy Malkasian’s Eartha. Fantagraphics can boast 2 out of the 5 nominees for Best Graphic Album–New, Best U.S. Edition of International Material, Best Writer/Artist, and Best Comics-Related Book. Image has 13 nominations plus 5 shared. In addition to Monstress, nominated Image titles include The Wicked + The Divine (Best Continuing Series), 3 of the 5 nominated Limited Series (Extremity, Maestros, and Royal City), and Beowulf, by Spanish creators Santiago García and David Rubín (Best Adaption from Another Medium, plus shared nominations for Rubín for Penciller/Inker and Coloring).

DC, IDW, Dark Horse, and Marvel have numerous shared nominations each (mostly in the writing, coloring, and lettering categories), making totals difficult to pin down. DC has 9 nominations and 2 shared, Dark Horse has 7 nominations and 6 shared, while IDW and Marvel both have 7 nominations and 1 shared. The majority of DC’s nominations are for The Flintstones and Mister Miracle. Dark Horse nominees besides Black Hammer include 2 in the Adaptation category (H. P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick) and 2 for Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration 1917–2017 (published in conjunction with Kitchen Sink). IDW has nominees in the Kids, Reality-Based, International, and Archival categories. Its 2 Reality-Based nominees are Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852–1903 and Lennon: The New York Years, both from European creators. In addition, Flight of the Raven by Jean-Pierre Gibrat (published by EuroComics/IDW) is nominated for Best U.S. Edition of International Material and Best Painter. Marvel has 2 Limited Series nominees: Black Panther: World of Wakanda and Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design. Other Marvel nominees include Hawkeye for Best Continuing Series and Black Bolt for Best New Series.

Additional publishers with multiple nominations include BOOM! with 6 nominations plus 1 shared, Nobrow with 5, and Andrews McMeel with 4 (2 each for the kids/humor book Wallace the Brave by Will Henry and the archival collection Celebrating Snoopy). Five companies have 3 nominations each: Drawn & Quarterly, First Second, Groundwood Books, Lion Forge/Magnetic, and Short Box. Twelve publishers have 2 nominations each, and another 39 companies or individuals have 1 nomination each.

Along with Emil Ferris and Sana Takeda, Beowulf and Black Hammer artist David Rubín has 4 nominations (Adaptation, Continuing Series, Penciller/Inker, Coloring).

Five creators have 3 nominations each: Marjorie Liu, Mark Russell, Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Isabelle Arsenault. Eleven individuals are nominated for 2 Eisners, among them the late Jiro Taniguchi (Best U.S. Edition of International Material–Asia, Best Writer/Artist), Colombia-born Lorena Alvarez for Night Lights (Publication for Kids, Writer/Artist), French artist Chabouté (Adaptation, Writer/Artist), writers Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender) and Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Ether, Eternity, X-O Manowar), artist Ramón K. Perez for Jane (Publication for Teens, Penciller/Inker), and writer/artist Tillie Walden for her graphic novel Spinning (Publication for Teens, Reality-Based Work).

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 30th year of bringing attention to and highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2018 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of librarian Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), comics reviewer/journalist Graeme McMillan (i09, Wired, Hollywood Reporter), comics retailer Tate Ottati (Tate’s Comics, Lauderhill, FL), comics scholar Nhora Serrano (Hamilton College, Clinton, NY), writer/artist/educator Alexander Simmons (Blackjack, Scooby Doo, Archie; Kids Comic Con), and longtime Comic-Con volunteer William Wilson (anime/manga expert).

Voting for the awards is held online, and the ballot is available at

All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The deadline for voting is June 15. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 20 at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The voting in one Eisner Awards category, the Hall of Fame, is already completed. The judges chose the nominees earlier this year, and voting was conducted online.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture. Jackie Estrada has been administrator of the Awards since 1990. She can be reached at

2018 Eisner Awards Nominations

Best Short Story

“Ethel Byrne,” by Cecil Castelluci and Scott Chantler, in Mine: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefiting Planned Parenthood (ComicMix)

“Forgotten Princess,” by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Antonio Sandoval, in Adventure Time Comics #13 (kaboom!)

”A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green,” by Nick Sousanis, in Columbia Magazine (Summer 2017),,0

“Small Mistakes Make Big Problems,” by Sophia Foster-Dimino, in Comics for Choice (Hazel Newlevant)

“Trans Plant,” by Megan Rose Gedris, in Enough Space for Everyone Else (Bedside Press)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Barbara, by Nicole Miles (ShortBox)

Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)

Pope Hats #5, by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)

The Spotted Stone, by Rick Veitch (Sun Comics)

What Is Left, by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (ShortBox)

Best Continuing Series

Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and David Rubín (Dark Horse)

Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming (BOOM! Box)

Hawkeye, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Mike Walsh (Marvel)

Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)

Best Limited Series

Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)

Extremity, by Daniel Warren Johnson (Image/Skybound)

The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)

Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)

X-Men: Grand Design, by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

Best New Series

Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)

Grass Kings, by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins (BOOM! Studios)

Maestros, by Steve Skroce (Image)

Redlands, by Jordie Belaire and Vanesa Del Rey (Image)

Royal City, by Jeff Lemire (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Adele in Sand Land, by Claude Ponti, translated by Skeeter Grant and Françoise Mouly (Toon Books)

Arthur and the Golden Rope, by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye/Nobrow)

Egg, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)

Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)

Little Tails in the Savannah, by Frederic Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci, translated by Mike Kennedy (Lion Forge/Magnetic)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

Bolivar, by Sean Rubin (Archaia)

Home Time (Book One): Under the River, by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf)

Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)

The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill (Oni)

Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

The Dam Keeper, by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (First Second/Tonko House)

Jane, by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)

Louis Undercover, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)

Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)

Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

Best Humor Publication

Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Byron Vaughn (DC)

The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)

Rock Candy Mountain, by Kyle Starks (Image)

Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

Best Anthology

A Bunch of Jews (and Other Stuff): A Minyen Yidn, by Max B. Perlson, Trina Robbins et al. (Bedside Press)

A Castle in England, by Jamie Rhodes et al. (Nobrow)

Elements: Fire, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)

Now #1, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

The Spirit Anthology, edited by Sean Phillips (Lakes International Comic Art Festival)

Best Reality-Based Work

Audubon: On the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan (Nobrow)

The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (Abrams ComicArts)

Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852–1903, by Christian Perrissin and Matthieu Blanchin, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (IDW)

Lennon: The New York Years, by David Foenkinos, Corbeyran, and Horne, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger (IDW)

Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

Best Graphic Album—New

Crawl Space, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)

Eartha, by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

Stages of Rot, by Linnea Sterte (Peow)

The Story of Jezebel, by Elijah Brubaker (Uncivilized Books)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole by Charles Burns, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection, by Colleen Coover (Oni/Limerence)

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)

Unreal City, by D. J. Bryant (Fantagraphics)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium

Beowulf, adapted by Santiago García and David Rubín (Image)

H. P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories, adapted by Gou Tanabe, translated by Zack Davisson (Dark Horse)

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, adapted by Christophe Chabouté, translated by Laure Dupont (Dark Horse)

Kindred, by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Audubon: On the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan (Nobrow)

Flight of the Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (EuroComics/IDW)

FUN, by Paolo Bacilieri, translated by Jamie Richards (SelfMadeHero)

Ghost of Gaudi, by El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias, translated by Esther Villardón Grande (Lion Forge/Magnetic)

The Ladies-in-Waiting, by Santiago García and Javier Olivares, translated by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)

Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for the Freedom, by Marcelo D’Salete, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia

Furari, by Jiro Taniguchi, translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

Golden Kamuy, by Satoru Noda, translated by Eiji Yasuda (VIZ Media)

My Brother’s Husband, vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)

Otherworld Barbara, vol. 2, by Moto Hagio, translated by Matt Thorn (Fantagraphics)

Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories, by Junji Itotranslated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips

Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M. Shulz, edited by Alexis E. Fajardo and Dorothy O’Brien (Andrews McMeel)

Crazy Quilt: Scraps and Panels on the Way to Gasoline Alley, by Frank King, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

Foolish Questions and Other Odd Observations, by Rube Goldberg, edited by Peter Maresca and Paul C. Tumey (Sunday Press Books)

Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Dailies, by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Daniel Herman (Hermes Press)

Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, by Russ Manning et al., edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books

Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan (Kodansha)

Behaving MADly, edited by Craig Yoe (Yoe Books/IDW)

The Collected Neil the Horse, by Arn Saba/Katherine Collins, edited by Andy Brown (Conundrum)

Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez, edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017, by Paul Gravett, Denis Kitchen, and John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

Best Writer

Tom King, Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle (DC)

Matt Kindt, Grass Kings (BOOM! Studios); Ether (Dark Horse); Eternity, X-O Manowar (Valiant)

Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender (Image)

Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image)

Mark Russell, The Flintstones (DC)

Best Writer/Artist

Lorena Alvarez, Night Lights (Nobrow)

Chabouté, Moby Dick (Dark Horse); Alone, The Park Bench (Gallery 13/Simon & Schuster)

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Cathy Malkasian, Eartha (Fantagraphics)

Jiro Taniguchi, Furari, Louis Vuitton Travel Guide: Venice (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)

Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Gary Gianni, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (Dark Horse)

Ramón K. Perez, Jane (Archaia)

David Rubín, Black Hammer #9 & #12, Ether, Sherlock Frankenstein #1–3 (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Dinosaur, Little Tails (Lion Forge/Magnetic)

EFA, Monet: Itinerant of Light (NBM)

Jean-Pierre Gibrat, Flight of the Raven (EuroComics/IDW)

Cyril Pedrosa, Portugal (NBM)

Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Best Cover Artist

Jorge Corona, No. 1 with a Bullet (Image)

Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC); Doom Patrol (DC Young Animal)

Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)

Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

Julian Totino Tedesco, Hawkeye (Marvel)

Best Coloring

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)

Ed Piskor, X-Men: Grand Design (Marvel)

David Rubín, Ether, Black Hammer, Sherlock Frankenstein (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)

Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, BPRD: Devil You Know, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, Sherlock Frankenstein, Shaolin Cowboy (Dark Horse); Maestros (Image)

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, What Is Left (ShortBox)

Best Lettering

Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)

Clayton Cowles, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Redlands, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Bolt, Spider-Gwen, Astonishing X-Men, Star Wars (Marvel)

Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo, Groo: Slay of the Gods (Dark Horse)

John Workman, Mother Panic (DC Young Animal); Ragnorak (IDW)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)

The Comics Journal, edited by Dan Nadel, Timothy Hodler, and Tucker Stone, (Fantagraphics)

Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes

Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)

PanelXPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou,

Best Comics-Related Book

Deconstructing the Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, by Jean Annestay and Christophe Quillien (Humanoids)

How Comics Work, by Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher (Wellfleet Press/Quarto Group)

How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, by Richard Pini (Flesk)

Monograph, by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)

To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life and Times of Art Young, by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young (Fantagraphics)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work

The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon (University Press of Mississippi)

Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics, by Kate Polak (Ohio State University Press)

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)

Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin, by Brannon Costello (LSU Press)

Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics, edited by Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis (University of Texas Press)

Best Publication Design

Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, designed by Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), NORMA Editorial, and MASH•ROOM (Kodansha)

Celebrating Snoopy, designed by Spencer Williams and Julie Phillips (Andrews McMeel)

Monograph, designed by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)

Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

Best Digital Comic

Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)

Barrier, by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)

The Carpet Merchant of Konstaniniyya, by Reimena Yee (

Contact High, by James F. Wright and Josh Eckert (

Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost, by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Gideo Kendall (comiXology Originals/Kitchen, Lind & Associates)

Quince, by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner, and Emma Steinkellner, translated by Valeria Tranier (Fanbase Press/comiXology)

Best Webcomic

Awaiting a Wave, by Dale Carpenter and Nate Powell,   (The Weather Channel Digital)

Brothers Bond, by Kevin Grevioux and Ryan Benjamin,  (LINE Webtoon)

Dispatch from a Sanctuary City, by Mike Dawson,  (The Nib)

The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O’Neill, 

Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan,  (New York Times Sunday Review)

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