The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the winners of the third annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The winners were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS fellow Sophie Yanow; and this year’s guest judge, cartoonist Paul Karasik.
Congratulations to our two winners, who each receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory, joining last year’s winners, Taiyo Matsumoto and Emily Carroll, and 2013’s winners, Noelle Stevenson and Chris Ware. This year, coincidentally, both prizewinners explore issues of time and memory by delving into the history of a single place. They’re both worthy, moving comics on their own, but read in tandem, they reveal even greater depths.
The winner of the Best Print Comic prize is Richard McGuire for Here, a decades-in-the-making, centuries-spanning epic of time and space, as seen through the complete history of a single room in a single house. Published by Pantheon.
The rest of the books on the shortlist:
- Arsène 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.
- 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. Fantagraphics.
- This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. First Second.
- Truth Is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell. Uncivilized Books.
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The winner of the Best Web Comic prize is Winston Rowntree for Watching, a beautiful, detailed story of time travelers observing life in the present day.
The rest of the Web comics on the shortlist:
- 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.
Congratulations to our winners and to all our nominees.