The African Speculative Fiction Society released the Nommo Awards’ 2019 short list. Shuri and Black Panther, Long Live the King are both up for nominations in the graphic novel category. Eligibility for a Nommo award means that a work must be authored “to a significant degree by at least one African,” and is chosen entirely based on the decision of the African Speculative Fiction Society at large. Members select up to five works a year for nominations, then are allowed to vote on one piece per category to determine a winner in each.
Shuri is written by Nnedi Okorafor with art by Leonardo Romero, colors by Jordie Bellaire and letters by Joe Sabino. The first issue of this series dropped in October of last year, in the wake of the Letitia Wright’s rave portrayal in Black Panther. This series sees Shuri herself take over ruling duties when her brother suddenly disappears. Although Wakandans are desperate for the next-in-line, Shuri’s aspirations have always been with her scientific discoveries. The series hits issue 8 on May 22.
Okarafor also wrote Marvel’s other nominee, Black Panther, Long Live the King, with art from Andre Araujo, colors by Chris O’Halloran. The digital first limited series is a ComiXology and Marvel joint effort that preludes the eponymous Oscar winning blockbuster.
Other nominees in the graphic novel category include Akissi: Tales of Mischief, Eru, Kwezi, Karmzah, Malika Warrior Queen Part Two, Rovik, Shaka Rising, Tatashe and Under the Sun. Members of the ASFS will read each of these and vote on a winner, to be announced at a ceremony three months from now. For a look at the full Nommo award shortlist, check out the African Speculative Fiction Society’s page.


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