Three UPM titles are being considered in the category of Best Educational/Academic Work. The nominated titles from UPM are Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures, by Elisabeth El Refaie; Crockett Johnson & Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature, by Philip Nel; Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley. UPM titles occupy 3 of the 5 nomination slots in the category.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 19. Phillip Nel and Susan Kirtley will both be on hand at the awards ceremony.
This is only the second year the Eisner’s have included an academic category. Last year, Hand of Fire: The Comic Art of Jack Kirby by Charles Hatfield shared the award with Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press).
Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 25th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels A full list of nominees can be seen here.