The finalists for the 2020 LA Times Book Prize have been announced, and as in years past, five books have been selected in the graphic novel category. This prize, one of the most prestigious for US comics, is selected by an anonymous panel of judges and often represents the more cutting edge of graphic storytelling. This year’s nominees are certainly an unexpected and diverse group, including two manga titles, a book of social satire, a memoir, and a book of short stories. And the finalists are:
Umma’s Table by Yeon-sik Hong, Janet Hong (translator) (D&Q)
Blue Flag (vol. 1-4) by KAITO (Viz Signature)
Sports is Hell by Ben Passmore (Koyama Press)
Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som (Feminist Press)
Come Home, Indio: A Memoir by Jim Terry
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The award winners will be announced on April 16th in a virtual ceremony, with details to come on that.
The winner of the 2019 LA Times Book Prize in the graphic novel category was Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam.