Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize will be awarded to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning. The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1000 each. In addition, this year COPIC is providing each winner with $250 of art supplies! Winners will be selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, the faculty and students of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and a distinguished guest judge. This year’s guest judge will be Christopher Butcher of the world-
The two award categories for the Cartoonist Studio Prize are Graphic Novel of the Year and Web Comic of the Year. Finalists for each category will be announced February 1, 2014. The two winning comics will be announced March 1, 2014.
Eligible Graphic Novels must be written in (or translated into) English, published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. Creators or publishers may submit a graphic novel for consideration by sending a physical copy of the book, along with a submission form, to:
The Center for Cartoon Studies
Cartoonist Studio Prize
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- Graphic Novel creators or publishers may submit a comic for consideration, click here.
- Eligible Web Comics must be written in (or translated into) English, published online between January 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year. Creators or publishers may submit a web comic for consideration by clicking here for the online Web Comics form.
Submissions in both categories must be received by December 31. Currently enrolled CCS students are not eligible for the award. No creator may submit more than one work in either category. The judging panel reserves the right to consider work that was not officially submitted.
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Announcing the Winners of the Cartoonist Studio Prize.
Here’s to the best graphic novel and Web comic of 2012.
Guest judge: New Yorker art editor and TOON Books publisher, Françoise Mouly.
The winner of the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year is Chris Ware, forBuilding Stories. This massive cartoon epic—made up of 14 books, pamphlets, and broadsheets—is a feat of ambitious storytelling that doesn’t shy away from the microscopically detailed character study that has set Ware’s work apart his entire career.
The winner of the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year is Noelle Stevenson, for Nimona. This twice-weekly series about a medieval supervillain who takes on an irritating sidekick is funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson’s illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling. In recent weeks the story has been expanding surprisingly into a kind of deadpan epic, which suggests the comic has a long way to go before it’s done.
Click here to read the story on Slate.com
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