The LA Times handed out its book prizes at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend, and the winner in the Graphic Novel category was Carla Speed McNeil for FINDER: VOICE. The other nominees were:
“I Will Bite You! And Other Stories” by Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
“Celluloid” by Dave McKean (Fantagraphics)
“Congress of the Animals” by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
“Garden” by Yuichi Yokoyama (PictureBox)
Any one of these would have been a strong winner (previous winners in the category, which is in only its third year, were DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG and ASTERIOS POLYP), but the FINDER win is interesting because McNeil’s work isn’t usually included in accountings of literary comics, probably because of its genre trappings—there’s a lot of meat on those bones, however.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.