ALA: ‘Rollergirl’ is a Newbery honor book, three other graphic novels honored

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  Victoria Jamieson’s Rollergirl, a graphic novel about a girls dream of becoming a roller girl star, was named a Newbury honor book, this morning, one of several honors awarded to graphic novels. The awards were announced in Boston and you can see the complete list here. The selection is the second year in a […]

After briefly adding six women, Angoulême fest throws open Grand Prix voting

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I’d been waiting to write this up as things have been changing so fast but after a very brief period this morning where the list of Grand Prix nominees was posted with the 30 already picked and the addition of six women, the voting has now been thrown open. Here’s the ugly Google translate: Crossing […]

Cybils Awards announce 2015 graphic novel finalists

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The Cybils, a literary award presented by children’s and young adult book cloggers have announced their 2015 finalists, and the graphic novel picks. And they are: Baba Yaga’s Assistant Courtney Crumrin Volume 7: Tales of a Warlock (Courtney Crumrin Spec Ed Hc) Dragons Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) Roller Girl Secret Coders Sunny Side Up […]

Alors! Florence Cestac says Franck Bondoux is “un crétin total.”

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Whooooo-ah! This whole Angoulême-gate thing got out of hand FAST. In just 24 hours it went from an angry petition to the world’s best cartoonists rejecting their nominations to front page news to the festival sulkily added Marjane Satrapi and Posy Simmonds to their list, even though no one would vote for them, and a whirlwind of hot takes.

Sattouf, Clowes, Burns, Davodeau and Sfar and even MIlo Manara withdraw from Grand Prix in suport of boycott

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As reported yesterday, there has been international consternation over the 016 list of nominees for the Grand Prix, the lifetime achievement awards for cartoonists presented each year at the FIBD in Angoulême. While it broadened its scope from past years in including more non-French artists—including more manga-ka—it was 30 men, and that has led to […]

Call for boycott of Angoulême’s Grand Prix nominees after list includes only men

The long list for the 2016 Grand Prix at Angoulême was announced today—this is a kind of lifetime achivemenet award, and arguably the greatest honor a cartoonist can receive. It’s also been the center of much controversy in recent years over the jury’s tendency to select only winners from the inner circle of the Franco-Belgium comics world. […]

Gene Yang named Library of Congress’s Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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Gene Luen Yang has racked up a lot of honors for his work—first graphic novel to be shortlisted for a National Book Award (for American Born Chinese), first cartoonist to be shortlisted TWICE (second time for Boxers and Saints), and he’s won an Eisner, a PRinzt Award and in general become one of th best […]

The Beat’s Best Comics of 2015

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The Comics Beat’s staff votes on the best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of the year.