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Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teams up for the third annual Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees. Awards and a $1,000 prize are given to the best in two categories print and webcomics, with nominees selected by people from boh Slate and CCS. This year the pickers were Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, CCS Fellow Sophie Yanow and guest judge Paul Karasik. While the GN nominees are a Mount Rushmoer of 2014’s most lauded, the webcomics are an interesting pick, with a strong showing by “applied comics” which teach us about things like SF’s housing bubble, bikram yoga and sex toys. Last year’s winners were Taiyo Matsumoto for Sunny and Emily Carroll for Out of Skin.

Anyway here’s the picks:

The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year: 2014 Shortlist

  • Arsene Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen. Fantagraphics.
  • Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët. Drawn and Quarterly.
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Bloomsbury.
  • Here by Richard McGuire. Pantheon.
  • The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino. Drawn and Quarterly.
  • How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis. Fantagraphics.
  • An Iranian Metamorphosis by Mana Neyestani. Uncivilized Books.
  • The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez. Fantragraphics.
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. First Second.
  • Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell. Uncivilized Books.
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    The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2014 Shortlist

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    • Bikram Addict by Eroyn Franklin, published in the Nib.
    • Carriers by Lauren R. Weinstein, published in Nautilus.
    • Dear Amanda by Cathy G. Johnson.
    • The Hole the Fox Did Make by Emily Carroll.
    • Hollow, Part I by Sam Alden.
    • How San Francisco Sold a Majority Stake to Tech by Susie Cagle, published in Al Jazeera America.
    • Nod Away by Joshua W. Cotter.
    • Oh Joy Sex Toy! by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan.
    • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki.
    • Watching by Winston Rowntree.
    • Last year’s Cartoonist Studio Prizes were won by Taiyo Matsumoto, for his mangaSunny, and Emily Carroll, for her Web comic Out of Skin.