Every year, there are several awards presented throughout the country, mostly at notable comic conventions. Here is a list of these award-winning titles that may not appear as an award winner on purchasing services, such as Titlewave. You may see duplicate titles, as I am not going to omit a title if it wins two or more different awards. In some cases, I have included the nominees when available. Even being nominated for these prestigious awards is an honor, so all of these books on the nominees list are quality titles that you can consider purchasing for your collection.
EISNER AWARDS - 2019
The Eisner Awards are named after Will Eisner, one of the pioneers of the graphic novel format. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are like the Academy Awards of Comics. The nominees are selected by comic retailers, librarians, academic researchers, and other comic experts. The award is handed out every year at San Diego Comic Con.
Below the nominees is the list of winners in several of the Eisner categories.
2019 Eisner Award Winners
Best Single Issue/One-Shot:
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE AWARD FOR DIVERSITY - 2019
The Dwayne McDuffie awards are given to titles that are committed to diversity and inclusion. They are named after the comic creator of the same name who was known for promoting diversity and inclusion in his comics. The award is presented at the Long Beach Comic Expo (originally posted by Wikipedia)
2019 McDuffie Award Winners
VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION DIVERSITY AWARDS - 2018
The VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Awards are given out in August for the preceding year. This award honors comics that promote and embrace diversity and inclusion through the characters or subject matter, in the hopes that this will increase visibility and promote these titles to other librarians. (originally published by The Comics Beat.
2018 Winners and Nominees
Adult Book Winner (ages 18+)
POP CULTURE CLASSROOM'S EXCELLENCE IN GRAPHIC LITERATURE - 2019
The Pop Culture Classroom award was created to honor the "best and brightest" graphic novel titles. The jury is a selection of industry experts, educators, and librarians. This award is presented at the Denver Pop Culture Con (originally published by Pop Culture Classroom).
2019 Pop Culture Classroom Winners
Best in Children’s Books
Book of the Year: Berlin by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly)
YALSA TOP TEN TEEN GRAPHIC NOVELS - 2019
The Young Adult Library Services Association put together a list of over 200 titles that were appropriate for teens ages 13-17. They called it the "Great Graphic Novels for Teens". From that list, the panel of librarians selected ten that were the best of the best.
2019 Top Ten
THE HUGO AWARDS - 2019
The Hugo Awards are for excellence in the field of Science Fiction. The awards are given to prose novels, and, since 2009, to the best graphic story. These awards are given at the World Science Fiction Convention.
2019 Hugo Award Winners
Best Graphic Story
THE HARVEY AWARDS - 2019
These awards are named after writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman, and presented at a variety of conventions, including Chicago Comiccon, Wondercon, Baltimore Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Nominees are selected by a panel of volunteer comic experts and enthusiasts.
2019 Harvey Award Winners
Book of the Year Award
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