Via PR this morning, AdHouse publisher Chris Pitzer announced that the already much-lauded DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG by Adam Hines has won the first Lynd Ward Prize for graphic fiction. In a tweet, Drew Weing mentioned that his SET TO SEA had been named a Lynd Ward Prize Honor book. More honors may be announced when the actual PR goes out.
Named for the seminal woodcut artist who created some early American graphic novels, the prize is sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries and presented to the “best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. citizen or resident.”
DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG has already been nominated for the LA Times Book Prize, and been named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best GNs of 2010. The book is currently sold out in print form but a second printing will be on sale imminently; a digital edition is currently for sale here.
Complete PR below:
About the award: Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize will be presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. citizen or resident.
Publisher Chris Pitzer was almost speechless when told of the news. He then realized that he should say something, so… “I am VERY excited for Adam Hines. The amount of work that he has put into Duncan shows and is admirable. The second printings of the book should be hitting shops this month. I’m sure that with this announcement they will be soon be gone as well.”
When asked for comment, the creator Adam Hines said, “I’m pleased and flattered that the jurors liked the book as much as they did. And I think it’s a nice bit of continuity that the first Lynd Ward Prize is going to the work of another native Chicagoan.”