Finalists Revealed for Denver Comic Con’s Excellence in Graphic Lit Awards

Pop Culture Classroom, organizer of the Denver Comic Con, announced the finalists for the inaugural 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards in a program live-streamed on KidLit TV.

The nominees for 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards were announced on March 15 and live-streamed on KidLit TV.

Set to debut this year at the Denver Comic Con, the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards are a new book industry-focused awards program that will honor the best graphic novels in six categories.

Among the books nominated in the children’s, middle grade and YA categories are Bolivar by Sean Rubin (BOOM!) and Good Night, Planet by Liniers (TOON) for children’s fiction; As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman (Iron Circus Comics) in middle grade fiction; I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings (Lee & Low) and Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner (Fanbase Press) in Young Adult Fiction.

In the adult books category, the nominees include My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics) and Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (Gallery 13) in adult fiction; Calamity Jane by Christian Perrissin and Mattheiu Blanchin (IDW Publishing) and Hostage by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly) for adult nonfiction.

EGL Awards categories include: Children’s (fiction/nonfiction), Middle Grade (fiction/nonfiction), Young Adult (fiction/nonfiction), and adult (fiction/nonfiction).  The EGL Awards program will also present a Mosaic Award to the best book representing diverse communities and orientations. In addition there will be a Book of the Year award, which will be presented to one of the nine winning books from the aforementioned EGL Awards categories.

A complete list of the books nominated for the 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards is available on the EGL Website.

The winners of the 2018 EGL Awards will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held on June 16, 2018 at the Denver Comic con.

Bruce MacIntosh, director of programming for Pop Culture Classroom said, “We are both thrilled and honored to officially unveil the finalists for 2018, our inaugural year of the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards.”

“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,” MacIntosh said.


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