February 23, 2011
Your 2011 LA Times Festival Of Books GN Prize Finalists
The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books has announced
its various category nominees for its Book Prizes, celebrating work published in 2010. The graphic novel category finalists are:
* Adam Hines, Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One (Adhouse Books)
* Dash Shaw, Bodyworld (Pantheon)
* Karl Stevens, The Lodger (KSA Publishing)
* C. Tyler, You'll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)
* Jim Woodring, Weathercraft (Fantagraphics)
The winners will be awarded April 29. Presenting the Graphic Novel award will be their comics-oriented columnist Geoff Boucher. The nominees and finalists are selected by panels of three judges each. Asterios Polyp
won last year's GN award, I believe the category's first.
I'm not sure there's anything to say about the nominees directly except that they basically represent new work as opposed to some of the great collections out there (a couple of the works appeared on-line before print publication, and Tyler's work folded in an older comic into its pages), and the range of publishers represented -- self-published, boutique publisher, established arts-comics publisher, book publisher -- seems to me a healthy thing.
In addition to the nominations in the various themed categories the Festival announced a pair of stand-alone honors. Worth noting from a comics perspective is that something called the Innovator's Award is going to Powell's Books, the Portland superstore where a lot of fine comics material can be and has been purchased.
image from The Lodger
posted 5:00 pm PST
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