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2018 Oregon Book Awards Finalist: Graphic Literature

The 2018 Oregon Book Awards ceremony takes place April 30 at the Gerding Theater. Join us! You can purchase tickets to the ceremony at Brown Paper Tickets. This years winners of the Oregon Book Award, including the Readers Choice Award, will be announced at the ceremony.   


The New Deal by Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Comics)

It’s New York City, 1936. At the glamorous Waldorf Astoria, young Frank, a bellhop, and Theresa, a maid, get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts and must rely on each other to discover the truth.

Jonathan Case is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, painter, and writer. As an author of graphic novels, his work includes Dear Creature, The New Deal, and the upcoming middle-readers adventure, Little Monarchs. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Dorothy and Miriam.



Bandette Volume 3: The House of the Green Mask by Colleen Cover and Paul Tobin (Dark Horse Comics)

Bandette follows the story of a charming teen thief and her urchin accomplices, as she “acquires” an array of fabulous treasures, and foils a wealth of nefarious villains.

Colleen Coover is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her comics include the adult title Small Favors and the all-ages Banana Sunday. She has been published by Dark Horse, Top Shelf, Marvel, and many others. She works with her husband, writer Paul Tobin, on the Eisner-winning series Bandette.

Paul Tobin is NYT best-selling author of hundreds of comic books, including the multiple Eisner award winning Bandette. He also writes the “Genius Factor” novels for middle grade readers, among many other projects. He lives in Portland, and knows secrets.


Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Image Comics)  

“An intersectional experiment that uses exploitation tropes in a feminist narrative” sounds hopelessly dry, but BITCH PLANET is actually a brutal comic book satire, as depressing as it is hilarious. Set on an Earth where a literal patriarchy reigns, women who do not conform to dominant standards are labeled “non-compliant” and shipped to a space prison named for the temperament of the broads who live there. 

Kelly Sue DeConnick is best known for comic books like Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, (co-created with artist Emma Ríos) and Bitch Planet (co-created with artist Valentine De Landro). DeConnick and husband, author Matt Fraction, develop television for NBC/Universal and live in Portland.


Hereville: How Mirk Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch (Amulet Books)

Mirka, an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish Girl, takes her little sister on a forbidden trip into the forest – but when the girls encounter a magical fish, everything goes wrong. This graphic novel features unusual layouts, magical adventure, and a loving depiction of Orthodox Jewish life. 

Barry Deutch’s “Hereville” series has won the Oregon Book Award, the Sydney Taylor Award (the only time a comic book has won), and has been nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Nebula awards. Barry also creates political cartoons. He lives in a bright blue house with pink trim in Portland.


Fetch: How A Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Fetch: How A Bad Dog Brought Me Home is a graphic memoir about a difficult, beloved dog. It chronicles the symbiotic, codependent relationship between Nicole and her mutt, Beija, through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene.

Nicole J. Georges is a professor, writer, and illustrator, who has been publishing her own zines and comics for twenty years. She is the author of the Lambda Award–winning graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura and the diary comic Invincible Summer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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