July means Eisner month! This year, ComicCon@Home happened mostly on YouTube, so you can watch the entire awards ceremony if you're into that sort of thing. The awards were held on July 23rd, 2021.
Titles are nominated by a panel of folks in the comics industry, a librarian, and an academic researcher. Then, comics industry folks, librarians, and comic academics can vote for the winners. While the panel of folks have read all of these titles (and many more!), those voting for winners definitely do not need to have read everything to vote. The entire list of winners AND nominees is full of some amazing titles because they were the BEST of what the small committee read this year. I suggest checking out the full list of winners and nominees posted here by the Comics Beat. Since this website is School Library related, I'll be posting the winners and nominees for categories that will help school librarians with their purchasing decisions.
I definitely haven't read all of these amazing titles (yet!), but where I can, I have linked my review of the titles I have finished. As always, this list means I have even more titles to add to my towering TBR pile!
Best Continuing Series
Many of these are more on the mature side, and would be best for upper grades or even adult learners.
Best New Series
Some of these are more on the mature side, and would be best for upper grades or even adult learners.
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Best Humor Publication
Best Reality-Based Work
Best Graphic Memoir
Best Adaptation from Another Medium
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
This is basically the Eisner category for manga.
This section is where I will post general information about graphic novels, news, or other things I feel are relevant to the development of graphic novel sections in libraries.
I've been reading Manga and comicbooks for years. Now, it's time to share my knowledge with you.
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