|Beautiful Darkness by Kerascoet|
The shortlists for the third annual Cartoonist Studio prize, founded by Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies, have been announced. This year, the shortlist was chosen by Slate book review editor, Dan Kois, the faculty and student body at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Sophie Yanow, and guest judge, cartoonist Paul Karasik. The Slate prize is nice and simple, with two categories: best print comic, and best web-comic. The winner of each prize receives $1000; previous winners have been Chris Ware and Taiyo Matsumoto in the print category, and Noelle Stevenson and Emily Carroll for best web-comic. The prize is one of the few in comics to recognise web-comics, and do so correctly (not lumping them in with digital comics), and also one of the few with a monetary award, which I would imagine is very nice.
Jillian Tamaki continues to have an outstanding year with nominations in both categories for This One Summer, co-authored by Mariko Tamaki, and SuperMutant Magic Academy. The print category manages to fit in all the hard-hitters of last year, with Beautiful Darkness, Here, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, The Love Bunglers, and more. I would think Richard McGuire's Here would be the undeniable choice there, but would really like to see Beautiful Darkness pick up some recognition. This years winners will be announced in April. A full list of the nominees can be found below.
Best Print Comic:
- Arsene Schrauwen, Olivier Schrauwen, Fantagraphics
- Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
- Here, Richard McGuire (Pantheon)
- The Hospital Suite, John Porcellino (Drawn and Quarterly)
- How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
- An Iranian Metamorphosis, Mana Neyestani (Uncivilized Books)
- The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez (Fantragraphics)
- This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (First Second)
- Truth is Fragmentary, Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
Best Web Comic:
- Bikram Addict, Eroyn Franklin
- Carriers, Lauren R. Weinstein
- Dear Amanda, Cathy G. Johnson.
- The Hole the Fox Did Make, Emily Carroll.
- Hollow, Part I, Sam Alden.
- How San Francisco Sold a Majority Stake to Tech, Susie Cagle
- Nod Away, Joshua W. Cotter.
- Oh Joy Sex Toy! Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan.
- SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki.
- Watching, Winston Rowntree.