Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

March: Book 1 cover pageHey Atlanta Comic Con fans and lovers of graphic novels, listen up! This post may interest you particularly...

There's a good reason that we here at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System are excited about the list of nominees for this year's Eisner Awards. Considered the "Oscars" of the comic book industry, this award named after renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of "The Spirit" and pioneer of the graphic novel) is given out in more than twenty-four categories and includes the best publications and artists from the previous year. March: Book One, which hit the shelves last summer is the first in a trilogy based on the life, struggles, and heroism of Atlanta's own Civil Rights pioneer, Representative John Lewis. And for the creative team behind the endeavor, writers John Lewis himself, Andrew Aydin (who is also an aide to Lewis and native Atlantan) and artist Nate Powell, things just keep looking up. The books is nominated for three categories: Best Publication for Teens (13-17,) Best Reality-Based Work, and Powell is also nominated for Best Penciller/Inker. Powell is a previous Eisner winner for his 2009 original graphic novel Swallow Me Whole.        

This series has already proven in many educational and library circles to be a great way to introduce teaching about the Civil Rights movement, it's intensity and importance, to young people in a format that keeps them interested, engaged, and entertained all at the same time. So even if you don't consider yourself an avid fan, or even a reader of, graphic novels, you should definitely give this one a try. Check the library catalog and place a hold on a copy today! 

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