Readers have spoken, and the final results of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards are here! After three rounds of voting, the Goodreads Choice winner in the Best Graphic Novels & Comics category is First Second’s Pumpkinheads, written by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, and colored by Sarah Stern. Out of 213,043 votes in the category, Pumpkinheads received 29,624.

Pumpkinheads wins 2019 Goodreads Choice Award

Pumpkinheads follows high school best friends Deja and Josiah, who have different ideas about how to spend their last night working at the best pumpkin patch in the world. As the pair attempt to achieve all their goals in the minimal time they have left at their seasonal job, things quickly get complicated, revealing more about their friendship, their goals, and their feelings than either of them ever could have guessed.

Pumpkinheads was one of four graphic novels from First Second nominated for a 2019 Goodreads Choice Award, in addition to a write-in nomination for a fifth title, though it was the only book from that publisher to make it into the final round. Garnering nearly 30 thousand votes is pretty impressive; it’s a testament both to the book’s success and to the popularity of its creative team, who are among some of the most prolific and beloved creators in comics and young adult fiction today.

It’s also worth noting that runner-up Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman received 28,460 votes, missing the top spot by just over 1 thousand votes. Below is the full list of Best Graphic Novels & Comics nominees (from all three rounds) and the number of votes each book received. You can also click here to see the winners in every category.

  • The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch (First Second) — 2,452 votes
  • Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda, and Rus Wooton (Image Comics) — 1,939 votes
    • 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards winner for Best Writer, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist, Best Continuing Series, Best Publication for Teens, and Best Cover Artist; 2018 Harvey Awards winner for Book of the Year; 2018 Hugo Awards winner for Best Graphic Story and Best Professional Artist; 2018 British Fantasy Awards winner for Best Comic/Graphic Novel; 2019 Hugo Awards nominee
    • Named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Best Comic Books of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2018; Named one of Newsweek‘s Best Comic Books of the Year 2018; Named one of The Washington Post‘s 10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year 2018; Named one of Barnes & Nobles Best Books of the Year 2018; Named one of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2018; Named one of Thrillist‘s Best Comics & Graphic Novels of the Year 2018; Named one of Powell’s Best Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels of the Year 2018
  • Fence, Vol. 3 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Joana Lafuente, and Jim Campbell (BOOM! Box) — 1,370 votes
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9: “Okay” by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Dee Cunliffe, and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics) — 1,168 votes
    • 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominee for Best Continuing Series
  • Die, Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker by Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics) — 567 votes

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