If a picture is worth a thousand words, then graphic novels sure pack a punch! Graphic novels are more than comic strips and superheroes (although these are awesome too!); they encompass anything that tells a story with words and pictures. While the origins of the graphic novel art form are debatable, human beings have a long tradition of telling stories with pictures, from cave paintings, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows. Graphic novels have the unique ability to approach topics that would be difficult, problematic or just plain impossible in other formats. Some of the artwork and subject matter are truly brilliant! Graphic novels are also an excellent way to improve and expand literacy.
This year’s winners of the Eisner Awards were recently announced during the 2015 Comic-Con International in San Diego. The Eisner Awards, named after pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, give over two dozen awards to recognize achievement in graphic novels. While some forms of graphic novels and comics are outside the scope of the Library’s collection, we do have an excellent and diverse collection of full-length graphic novels, graphic albums, series, manga, anthologies, collections and comics-related non-fiction.
Here are some of the 2015 Eisner Award winners:
Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Best Limited Series: Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez (ON ORDER)
Best New Series: Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen
Best Humor Publication: The Complete Cul de Sac, by Richard Thompson
Best Anthology: Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens
Best Reality-Based Work: Hip Hop Family Tree, vol. 2, by Ed Piskor (ON ORDER)
Best Graphic Album—New: This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido (ON ORDER)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: Showa 1939–1944 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (ON ORDER)