Jillian Tamaki

Zap! Pow! Comics not just for kids anymore!

Oct 21st, 2008

Some bittersweet news:

Skim has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award! For “Children’s Book Text” (there is no graphic novel section). For non-Canucks, the GGs are one of the highest literary awards in Canada.

I heartily congratulate Mariko… truly and sincerely. She has always been a very giving and supportive partner in this endeavor of ours!

But I can’t help but feel a bit of disappointment in this. I simply don’t believe you can separate the pictures and words in a GRAPHIC NOVEL. They do the same for Children’s Books with the GGs, which I kind of think is strange, but hey, at least the authors get an acknowledgment in the Illustrator’s section.

I think this is another illustration (snort) of the chasm the graphic novels sit in, between “Comics” and “Books”. The book industry is set up for very defined genres and graphic novels can pose a strange conundrum. Shelving, reviewing, book awards. Sigh.

Or maybe I feel like an ugly date?