The LA Times Book Prize nominees were announced today, and there was a bit of excitement for comics readers.
This might seem like a double victory for us comic lovers, and it is, but Powell’s book is the first comic since Maus (Fiction, 1992) to be nominated on the list. While Gaiman is One Of Us, The Graveyard Book is prose.
“As a fan, I admit I’m kind of hoping Neil and Nate huddle in a corner somewhere in LA and hatch a plan to collaborate on a new book,” Leigh Walton of Top Shelf said, and I can’t blame him. Swallow Me Whole (read my full review here) is a haunting story of a brother and sister in the grips of mental illness, beautifully rendered in black and white, and full of images straight out of a dream.
“We sort of had the feeling Swallow Me Whole would be a sleeper hit. This tremendous honor is a great opportunity for those who haven’t looked at this amazing book to check it out. Nate’s artistic wizardry is obvious from first glance, but the richness of his storytelling is something that grows and grows the more time you spend with Swallow Me Whole. We’re incredibly proud of Nate and delighted that his book is going to reach so many people so deeply — especially young people,” Walton said.
Check out more of Powell’s work over at Top Shelf 2.0 as well—because what’s better than free webcomics?