2021 FINALISTS - GRAPHIC NOVEL
See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.
Dead Max Comix: Book 1, The Deadening
Author: Dana Sullivan
Publisher: Red Chair Press
Derrick Hollis is a 7th grader and an aspiring cartoonist, too shy to show his work to most people. When his dog Max dies, Derrick is devastated. But then Max returns from the other side to give Derrick advice. Will Dead Max be good for Derrick or lead him astray?
Icarus: The Longest Fall #1
Author: Gregory A. Wilson, script by Keith R.A. DeCandido, artwork by Áthila Fabbio
Publisher: Atthis Arts
Cinematic and adventurous, Icarus tells the story of two unlikely heroes: a flamepetal prospector down on his luck, and the winged young man with no memory who falls across his path. Together, they must discover the secret of Icarus’ past to save their worlds from the grasp of tyranny.
The Saga of Evil Monkey Man!: Season One
Author: N. Blake Seals, artwork by Butch Mapa
Publisher: Monarch Comics, LLC
It's a mind-altering, time-traveling, reality-bending, criss-cross quest across America in a search for a way to become human once again. It's all fun and games, until someone gets turned into a monkey!
2020 WINNERS - GRAPHIC NOVEL
See below for the list of 2020 winners in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.
Chickasaw Adventures: The Complete Collection
2020 Gold Winner
Artwork: Tom Lyle
Publisher: Chickasaw Press
Follow Johnny as he journeys into the past, where he discovers the unconquerable spirit of his ancestors and learns what it means to be Chickasaw.
The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholzer and the Unmasking of the Ku Klux Klan
2020 Silver Winner
Authors: Micky Neilsoin and Todd Warger, illustrated by Marc Borstel
Publisher: Insight Comics
Discover the true story of Madge Oberholtzer in this graphic novel retelling of her controversial case, which exposed the political corruption in Indiana and revealed the true face of the infamous Ku Klux Klan.
VEI, Vol. 1
Authors: Sara B. Elfgren and Karl Johnsson
Publisher: Insight Comics
VEI weaves together an incredible tale that pits man against God and God against God in an outstanding Hunger Games meets Norse mythology graphic novel.
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