Comics’ awards rush continues with the announcement of the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, a name lacking perhaps in snap and brio. May I suggest calling them the EGLAs or something? Anyway, the awards are the provenance of Pop Culture Classroom, the educational non-profit that puts on Denver Comic Con. The awards will debut at the 2018 show.
unlike other awards, the EGLA’s recognize excellence in fiction and non-fiction graphic novels, with an emphasis on books that can be used in the classroom to teach and promote the use of comics. Categories are:
- Book of the Year
- Best in Educational Comics: Early Childhood
- Best in Educational Comics: Primary
- Best in Educational Comics: Secondary
- Best New Voice
- Innovator Award
- Diversity Award
A jury of industry luminaries will select five finalists for each category, as well as the ultimate winners.
“More than four years ago, we set out to establish a new class of awards that recognizes the best in graphic novel publishing, but that also supports and encourages the increasing use of graphic novels in the educational market,” said Illya Kowalchuk, director of education for Pop Culture Classroom.
“To do that, one of our biggest goals is to create a program that ultimately benefits educators, librarians and retailers, by shining a spotlight on the use of graphic literature to inspire students at every reading level,” added Kowalchuk. “We are honored to have some of the greatest minds in the public library and school library systems contributing as advisors and judges, along with academic educators, K-12 specialists, and industry luminaries.”
More details on submissions, juries, the awards ceremony and more will be announced moving forward.
The EGLAs join the Eisners, the Inkwells, the Ringos, the Glyphs, the Prisms, the Ignatzes, and the still MIA Harveys, which have gone silent since the move to NYCC from Baltimore was made.
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.