The LA Times Book Prizes were awarded over the weekend and the graphic novel prize went to The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez. This is fitting since the story, although denied a ton of traditional comics awards, is actually a timeless masterpiece. And as the Times put it, Hernandez is “one of Southern California’s signature artists,” with his work exploring so many aspects of SoCal life, from Latino culture to punk culture. Bravo.
The nominees were :
• Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir,Bloomsbury
*** • Jaime Hernandez, The Love Bunglers, Fantagraphics
• Mana Neyestani, An Iranian Metamorphosis, Uncivilized Books
• Olivier Schrauwen, Arsène Schrauwen, Fantagraphics
• Mariko Tamaki (Author), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), This One Summer, First Second
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.