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2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Award Nominees

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Comic book and graphic novel fans, I come with the latest news from a new award!

The nominees for the first annual Excellence in Graphic Literature Award were announced earlier today. This is the first year of the award, which will be given at Denver Comic Con. 

Note: I am on the advisory board for this award and have been honored and excited to watch it develop. I’ve also spent the last few days very excited and counting down to find out the nominations. 

The nominations were announced in a live-stream presented by KidLit TV.  Categories include Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult. Additionally, there is the Mosaic award (honoring diverse storytellers) and the Book of the Year.

Pop Culture Classroom, who started the award, has stated that the EGL Award was created with the goal of increasing “ awareness, legitimacy and respect for the comics medium, the graphic novel format and its creators, and drive growth for the graphic novel publishing category.”

In a press release, Pop Culture Classroom shared the results of the live stream. So, without making you wait any longer, let’s get to the nominees.  


Finalists: Best in Children’s Books


  • Bolivar by Sean Rubin (BOOM! Studios)
  • Good Night, Planet by Liniers (TOON Books) 
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (First Second) 
  • The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner (Macmillan) 
  • Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim (Little Bigfoot) Nonfiction

Finalists: Best in Middle-Grade Books


** Honorable Mention

Finalists: Best in Young Adult Books


  • Home Time: Book One by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf) 
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings (TU Books/Lee & Low)
  • Quince by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner and Emma Steinkellner (Fanbase Press)
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland (First Second) 
  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish (Supergenius/Papercutz)


Finalists: Best in Adult Books



Finalists: Mosaic Award

Finalists: Book of the Year

What’s next?

The trophy still needs to be revealed. And, of course, at Denver Comic Con in June, the winners will be announced.

Personally, I have a lot of books to add to my TBR list. And some to re-read. Basically, I’m going to need at least 3 more hours in my day to prep for this.

Any titles you’re particularly excited to see on this list? Are there any you hadn’t heard of, or any you’re adding to your to-read list?