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September 17, 2013

D+Q Announces Gilbert Hernandez’s Bumperhead As Author Wins Pen Center USA Graphic Literature Award


Big two-fer for Gilbert Hernandez today as it was announced that the world-class cartoonist would be the 2013 recipient of the Pen Center USA's graphic literature award for outstanding body of work while at the same time his second book with Drawn and Quarterly, Bumperhead, will be released in Fall 2014. D+Q published Marble Season earlier this year.

The next D+Q will continue an incredibly fruitful and hard-hitting series of works from the cartoonist, a run which began with Marble Season is likely by Fall 2014 to include work in two issue of the iconic publication Love And Rockets, and encompasses a number of other original and collected works. I think he might be on the grandest run over a several-month period enjoyed by any cartoonist in the history of the medium.

According to the PR, "Bumperhead is the story of a young Hispanic boy and his immigrant father who doesn't speak English. Nicknamed 'Bumperhead' by the neighbourhood bullies -- due to his odd-shaped head -- he frets over his dad's inability to understand the world around him. On top of that he's trying to gain the attentions of his dream girl and fit into American culture. Bumperhead explores the intergenerational immigrant identity, and the complexities of the father-son relationship."

The usual line-up of D+Q support players will be involved: FSG distributing in the US, Raincoast Books in Canada, Samatha Haywood representing international rights.

My review of Marble Season can be found here.

The Pen Center USA awards have been around since the early 1980s. It is a regional competition and honors creators in a number of categories. The graphic literature awards has been around since 2010. Its past winners are Matt Fraction (2010), Daniel Clowes (2011) and Joe Sacco (2012). It comes with a cash prize and there's a dinner in Beverly Hills.

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