New Cartooning Award Comes With Cash Prize

As posted at (and via Tom Spurgeon), the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are teaming up to create the Cartoonist Studio Prize.

Cartoonist Studio Prize

This annual award will go each March to two creators. One will be recognized for best graphic novel of the year, one for best webcomic. Periodical comics are apparently out of luck, but since they are either an increasingly moribund format OR simply a way to serialize a graphic novel, I can understand that. Plus, it’s a lot easier to send readers to get a book or view a webcomic. Hunting out issues is much harder.

Best part of the news: Each winner gets, in addition to the acclaim and audience, one thousand dollars. The award will be selected by a committee of judges, to include Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and a rotating guest judge, who to start will be Françoise Mouly, art editor for The New Yorker and publisher of Toon Books.

The entry process is now open, although judges will also consider work not officially submitted. Visit the prize link to learn more. Deadline for submission is December 31; finalists will be announced in February. Bravo to Slate and CCS for recognizing great work with financial benefit!

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