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Nick announces Best Kids’ Graphic Novel Awards


With so much good stuff being done again, it’s about time:

Nickelodeon Magazine, the leading entertainment and humor magazine for kids, has announced its first-ever “Best Kids’ Graphic Novel” Awards, taking place in spring 2009. The Awards will honor the best comic books and animated novels for kids published across the U.S. The submission process is open through Sept. 30, 2008, and voting will take place in December.

“Comics have always been an integral part of who we are, and these Awards will allow us to honor the great work for kids being produced in graphic novels today,” said Laura Galen, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director. “Our readers consistently rave about ‘The Comic Book’ section as one of their favorites, so awards are a natural direction for the magazine.”

All graphic novel submissions must be submitted before Sept. 30, 2008. A list of books for kids to vote on, pre-selected by the Nickelodeon Magazine editorial staff, will be available in the December issue and online at http://www.nickmag.com. The results will be announced in print and online in spring 2009 in conjunction with the release of Nickelodeon Magazine’s popular annual cartoon-themed issue. Nickelodeon Magazine welcomes all submissions appropriate for kids between the ages of seven and 13.

Publishers interested in submitting graphic novels should send two copies of each title no later than Sept. 30, 2008. Submissions should be mailed to:

Chris Duffy or Dave Roman
Graphic Novel Award
Nickelodeon Magazine
1515 Broadway 37th Floor
New York, NY 10036.

Nickelodeon Magazine’s “The Comic Book” has been praised for delivering sophisticated story lines and innovative visual formats to a young audience. It has been recognized with four Harvey Award nominations in the category of Best Anthology, the comic book industry’s highest award. Nickelodeon Magazine, published 11 times annually, is the leading entertainment and humor magazine for kids. It reaches 7.7 million readers with each issue.

Nickelodeon, now in its 29th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, feature films, and magazines. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 96 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 14 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

  1. Yeay! All I can say is that this is all sorts of awesome. I’m really happy to see the move this last year towards encouraging more children’s and youth content in the comic / graphic novel market. :)

  2. I am thrilled to see Duffy’s work pay off. I think he’s been at this for quite some time now and the planets finally aligned to make it happen. Even though there is tons of great stuff for older audiences the publishers are all going to see value in creating books for the younger set too.

    hey, we need to start feeding the market at a very early age here folks! Not that its really a problem to do that.

    what a great time to be in the business! I know it’s not like the golden age but it seems to be getting pretty damned close for the next gen creators.

  3. This is excellent news for those of us who keep giving comics to kids. Age-appropriate, of course! ^_^ I worked for two years chairing a task force that finally got the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list going at the Young Adult Library Services Association – after more than 2 decades of pushing comics and graphic novels for libraries. I know how much work goes into doing something like this. Kudos to Nickelodeon Magazine for doing this! We just started a Nickelodeon subscription at my school library.

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