March 23, 2020

Pop Culture Classroom Announces 2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards Nominees

  • The awards honor the year’s most innovative, exciting, and educational graphic literature
  • Winners will be spotlighted July 4 as part of Denver Pop Culture Con

DENVER — Pop Culture Classroom (PCC), the educational nonprofit behind Denver Pop Culture Con (DPCC) today announced the Finalists for the 2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards (EGL Awards).

“The titles nominated for this year’s awards are incredibly compelling and imaginative,” said Adam Kullberg, Director of Education and Interim Executive Director at Pop Culture Classroom. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on these works and the creators behind them, and we’d like to express our deepest thanks to our jurors, advisory board, and to everyone who participated in this year’s awards.”

After careful review of more than 120 submitted titles from over 50 publishers, our jurors and EGL awards team are ready to announce the finalists for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards!

2020 Finalists for the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

 

Finalists: Best in Children’s Graphic Literature

Fiction

  • Akissi: More Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet & Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye Books)
  • Chicken Soup & Goji Berries by Naomi Ciu & Janice Liu (Cloudscape Comics)
  • Hex Vet: The Flying Surgery by Sam Davies (BOOM! Studios)
  • Hilo 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Kai and the Monkey King by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)

Finalists: Best in Middle-Grade Graphic Literature

Fiction

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
  • Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen (Oni Press)
  • Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle (Lerner Publishing Group)
  • White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio (Random House Children’s Books)

Nonfiction

  • Rocket to the Moon!: BIG IDEAS That Changed the World #1 By Don Brown (ABRAMS Amulet Books)
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic)
  • Major Impossible (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #9) by Nathan Hale (ABRAMS Amulet Books)
  • Survivors of the Holocaust by Kath Shackleton & Zane Whittingham (Sourcebooks Explore)
  • Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up by Heather Corinna & Isabella Rotman (Oni Press)

Finalists: Best in Young Adult Graphic Literature

Fiction

  • Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • King Shaka: Zulu Legend by Luke Molver (Catalyst Press/Story Press Africa)
  • Kiss Number 8 by Collen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw (Macmillan Publishers)
  • Shout Out by Andrew Wheeler, BC Holmes, Joamette Gil & various (TO Comix Press)
  • Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman (Lerner Publishing Group)

Nonfiction

  • The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby Vol. 2 by Marek Bennett (Comics Workshop)
  • King of King Court by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918 by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater by Ted Fox & James Otis Smith (ABRAMS ComicArts)
  • The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito by Shing Yin Khor (Lerner Publishing Group)

Finalists: Best in Adult Graphic Literature

Fiction

  • Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
  • Carpe Fin: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Harbour Publishing)
  • Clyde Fans by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Vanni: A Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict by Benjamin Dix & Lindsay Pollock (Penn State University Press)

Nonfiction

  • Americana (and the Act of Getting Over It.) by Luke Healy (Nobrow)
  • A Fire Story by Brian Fies (ABRAMS Books)
  • Hawking by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick (Macmillan Publishers)
  • In Waves by AJ Dungo (Nobrow)
  • The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television by Koren Shadmi (Humanoids)

Finalists: The Mosaic Award

  • Akissi: More Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet & Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye Books)
  • Carpe Fin: a Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Harbour Publishing)
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni (BOOM! Studios)
  • Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
  • Kiss Number 8 by Collen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw (Macmillan Publishers)
  • Putuga & Kublu and the Qalupalik by Roselynn Akulukjuk, Danny Christopher, & Astrid Arijanto (Inhabit Media)
  • Shout Out by Andrew Wheeler, BC Holmes, Joamette Gil & various (TO Comix Press)

Finalists: Book of the Year

  • Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn & Claire Roe (BOOM! Studios)
  • Camp by Kayla Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Clyde Fans by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander & Dawud Anyabwile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • King of King Court by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Kiss Number 8 by Collen AF Venable & Ellen T. Crenshaw (Macmillan Publishers)
  • Putuga & Kublu and the Qalupalik by Roselynn Akulukjuk, Danny Christopher, & Astrid Arijanto (Inhabit Media)
  • White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio (Random House Children’s Books)

Pop Culture Classroom launched the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards program in 2017 to promote quality graphic literature, drive growth for the graphic novel publishing industry, and increase the legitimacy of and respect for the medium and its creators.

The Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards program seeks to:

  • Help educators and librarians identify high quality graphic literature to bring into diverse educational settings, and
  • Help publishers of graphic novels increase their sales and growth potential with libraries and schools.

The program improves awareness of new titles, builds momentum for existing titles, amplifies publishers’ efforts to engage librarians and educators with their work, and honors the creators, publishers, and educators using graphic literature to ignite a love of learning in classrooms worldwide.

With the help of prestigious jurors from across the world, this year’s finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions and represent some of the most innovative, exciting, and educational  graphic literature being published today.

In addition to receiving the prestigious Excellence in Graphic Literature Award, winning and nominated titles earn the honor of including an Excellence in Graphic Literature cover medallion on their award-winning work. This medallion is a simple, visual way to make it easier for families, teachers, librarians and all-aged readers to identify the highest quality titles and connect with literacy, learning, and imagination.

Winning titles will be announced in early April 2020 and honored the evening of Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the Excellence in Graphic Awards Gala during Denver Pop Culture Con. For more information, please visit our website at https://classroom.popcultureclassroom.org/programs/excellence-in-graphic-literature/2020-awards/

Media Contact: Chris Burley  – c.burley[at]popcultureclassroom.org or (720) 515-5439.

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Pop Culture Classroom is the educational non-profit behind Denver Pop Culture Con. Founded in 2011, the organization’s mission is to ignite a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self expression. Visit www.PopCultureClassroom.org to learn more about our goals, programs and objectives

Denver Pop Culture Con is one of the most attended pop culture conventions in the U.S. due in part to its unique educational programming schedule and its family-friendly mission and environment. One of the largest portions of the show floor (approximately 10,000 square feet in 2019) is dedicated to teens and children with activities designed to engage kids in education through pop culture. Visit www.DenverPopCultureCon.com for more information and to buy tickets.