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2024 WINNERS - GRAPHIC NOVEL

See below for the list of 2024 winners in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

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Mary Shelley's School for Monsters: La Llorona in the Machine
2024 Gold Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Jessica Maison, illustrated by Anna Wieszczyk

Publisher: Wicked Tree Press

ISBN: 9798987430101

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A young Mary Shelley encounters an occult mad scientist and a living grimoire, Necro, who accidentally split her into two versions of herself-a human who goes on to write Frankenstein, and a supernatural girl, Shel, who spends her immortality rescuing monsters, like La Llorona, from the evil humans exploiting them.

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Guardian of Fukushima
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: Ewan Blain & Fabien Grolleau

Publisher: TOKYOPOP

ISBN: 9781427871367

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March 11, 2011: a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami which caused a meltdown at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Unwilling to abandon his beloved animals for his own safety, farmer Naoto Matsumura chose to return home to his farm — and to fight for the beauty of life.

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Kid Beowulf - Songs & Sagas
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Alexis E. Fajardo

Publisher: Kid Beowulf Comics

ISBN: 9798985999907

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Dragons, knights, monsters, and more! Kid Beowulf – Songs & Sagas collects five original stories from the world of Kid Beowulf. Join twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel on a series of side quests from the award-winning graphic novel series Kid Beowulf! Written and drawn by series creator, Alexis E. Fajardo.

2023 WINNERS - GRAPHIC NOVEL

See below for the list of 2023 winners in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

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My Cat Hates Me
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Bai Cha

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

ISBN: 978-1-61254-584-4

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Some pets adore their owners-and then there's Your Highness. Illustrated in a composite style of simple comics, My Cat Hates Me follows the daily exploits of a petulant "purr-sonality", his canine sidekick, and their long-suffering artist owner. Bestselling author Bai Cha has drawn millions of fans to his comic series "Cat and Dog." Now, the first installment makes its U.S. debut.

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Field Expedition
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Ted Rechlin

Publisher: Rextooth Studios

ISBN: 978-1-7371242-2-1

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Travel across time and space in this field trip like none other, from award-winning graphic novelist Ted Rechlin.  Meet Maximo, the 70-ton sauropod.  See the Tsavo Lions in a different light and of course come face-to-face with the tyrant lizard, Sue: The Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Peremoha: Victory for Ukraine
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Various

Publisher: TOKYOPOP

ISBN: 978-1-4278-7322-6

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PEREMOHA: Victory for Ukraine is a collection created by Ukrainian artists during the first weeks of the Russian invasion, channeling all their emotions — their anger, courage dreams, and despair into one goal, one manifestation of their nation’s fight for survival!

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2022 WINNERS - GRAPHIC NOVEL

See below for the list of 2022 winners in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

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Djeliya: A West African Fantasy Epic
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Juni Ba

Publisher: TKO Studios

ISBN: 978-1-952203-24-4

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Inspired by West African folklore of creator Juni Ba’s childhood, Djeliya is a fantasy epic that tells the tale of Prince Mansour and his royal storyteller Awa as they journey to reach the mysterious wizard Soumaoro, who guards a fearsome power that he once used to destroy the entire world.

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Kid Beowulf - The Tarpeian Rock
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Alexis E. Fajardo

Publisher: Kid Beowulf Comics

ISBN: 978-0-9909505-5-4

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In this action-packed graphic novel, twin brothers, Beowulf and Grendel, are lost in ancient Italy and forced to fight for their freedom in the gladiatorial games. In the arena the brothers will battle fearsome warriors, deadly beasts, and meet another pair of twins, Romulus and Remus. It all leads to the founding of the world's most epic city: ROME!

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Scales & Scoundrels Book 1: Where Dragons Wander
2022 Silver Winner

Author: by Sebastian Girner, art by Galaad

Publisher: TKO Studios

ISBN: 978-1-952203-22-0

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This multicultural fantasy adventure follows treasure hunter Luvander in her search for gold and glory. With her companions – a prince, his stern bodyguard, and a plucky young dwarf – Lu dives into an epic journey and discovers a secret that brings light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness.

2021 WINNERS - GRAPHIC NOVEL

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

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Dead Max Comix: Book 1, The Deadening
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Dana Sullivan

Publisher: Red Chair Press

ISBN: 978-1-63440-852-3

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Derrick Hollis is a 7th grader and an aspiring cartoonist, too shy to show his work to most people. When his dog Max dies, Derrick is devastated. But then Max returns from the other side to give Derrick advice. Will Dead Max be good for Derrick or lead him astray?

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Icarus: The Longest Fall #1
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Gregory A. Wilson, script by Keith R.A. DeCandido, artwork by Áthila Fabbio

Publisher: Atthis Arts

ISBN: 978-1-945009-54-9

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Cinematic and adventurous, Icarus tells the story of two unlikely heroes: a flamepetal prospector down on his luck, and the winged young man with no memory who falls across his path. Together, they must discover the secret of Icarus’ past to save their worlds from the grasp of tyranny.

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The Saga of Evil Monkey Man!: Season One
2021 Silver Winner

Author: N. Blake Seals, artwork by Butch Mapa

Publisher: Monarch Comics, LLC

ISBN: 9781735836829

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It's a mind-altering, time-traveling, reality-bending, criss-cross quest across America in a search for a way to become human once again. It's all fun and games, until someone gets turned into a monkey!

2020 WINNERS - GRAPHIC NOVEL

See below for the list of 2020 winners in the GRAPHIC NOVEL category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Chickasaw Adventures: The Complete Collection
2020 Gold Winner

Artwork: Tom Lyle

Publisher: Chickasaw Press

ISBN: 978-1-935684-79-4

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Follow Johnny as he journeys into the past, where he discovers the unconquerable spirit of his ancestors and learns what it means to be Chickasaw.

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The Invisible Empire: Madge Oberholzer and the Unmasking of the Ku Klux Klan
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Micky Neilsoin and Todd Warger, illustrated by Marc Borstel

Publisher: Insight Comics

ISBN: 978-1-68383-447-2

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Discover the true story of Madge Oberholtzer in this graphic novel retelling of her controversial case, which exposed the political corruption in Indiana and revealed the true face of the infamous Ku Klux Klan. 

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VEI, Vol. 1

Authors: Sara B. Elfgren and Karl Johnsson

Publisher: Insight Comics

ISBN: 978-1-68383-449-6

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VEI weaves together an incredible tale that pits man against God and God against God in an outstanding Hunger Games meets Norse mythology graphic novel.

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