Awards update

2009 is only over on our calendars, not in our hearts. At least that’s true until awards season is over, and that won’t wrap up until the Eisners this summer. Here are two nomination announcements:

First up are the nominations for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which includes a first-ever graphic novel category:

  • Gilbert Hernandez, Luba (A Love and Rockets Book) (Fantagraphics Books)
  • Taiyo Matsumoto, GoGo Monster (VIZ Media)
  • David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Oni Press)
  • Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Co., LLC)
  • That’s a good launch list. The Times is understandably pleased with itself:

    “With the Graphic Novel Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes becomes the first major book prize in the United States to honor publications in this category, which is an expanding part of the book landscape, both aesthetically and commercially.”

    On the other side of the planet, Japan Expo announces its 2010 nominees for manga (via The Comics Reporter).

    Of all my reactions to that list, I’m most distracted by the bitter reminder that France has Vinland Saga and we don’t.

    5 Responses to Awards update

    1. JRBrown says:

      Apparently Japan Expo is defining “shoujo” however the heck they want to. Butterflies, Flowers (Ma Petite Maitresse) is actually josei and Fujoshi Rumi (Otaku Girls) is seinen.

    2. davidpwelsh says:

      I wondered about that! (I’m also continually, inexplicably surprised that Black Butler isn’t shojo, no matter how often its shonen origins are confirmed for me.)

    3. JRBrown says:

      It’s technically shonen, but from a magazine that is aimed at a crossover audience. So they are definitely courting the shoujo demographic as well. (The anime is even more clearly targeted at the ladies.) I like to compare it to Loveless, which was also published in a magazine hoping for crossover power; you’ve got the questionable borderline-shota relationship for the fangirls and the people getting beaten up for the fanboys.

      Actually, questionable borderline-shota relationships seem to be common female-reader-bait in both shonen and seinen; I just read Blood Alone (seinen), which has as secondary characters a cute shota vampire and his various handsome and besotted male servants…

    4. Eva says:

      We’ve also got Tales from Outer Suburbia, by Shaun Tan on the YA list. Sure, it’s a hybrid, but it’s nice to see the GN format being recognized in categories outside the GN list. And it’s by Shaun Tan. SHAUN TAN!

    5. davidpwelsh says:

      JRB: You know, I think it’s that borderline-shota element that always indicates a (to me) unpleasant degree of commercial pandering. I automatically become less interested, because I feel like there’s such a recipe and such a level of calculation. But maybe I’m just reading the wrong borderline-shota.

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