Best Limited Series
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez
“An all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th Century strip, Return to Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, selecting her next-playmate – Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!” (Diamond Comics Distributors)
Best New Series
Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)
Five friends attend a summer camp that just happens to be the home of yetis, talking statues, and other supernatural monsters. This title also won Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17), for which it shared a nomination with The Dumbest Idea Ever, by Jimmy Gownley (author of Amelia Rules!).
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
The Zoo Box, by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke
Left home alone for the evening, Erika and Patrick discover a mysterious box in the attic, and when they take a peek inside the box, animals begin to pour out, turning their world upside down. – (Baker & Taylor)
Other nominees in this category:
BirdCatDog, by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch
“Tells the story of a bird, a cat, and a dog through wordless comics. Everyone is a hero in his own story and every story is connected”– – (Baker & Taylor)
A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories by John Martz
In Tim’s world, a cat can paint on the ceiling and a happy pig couple can wait months for the bus. A duck and a mouse love to go flying, in a plane, of course. Every page is an adventure and each character is colorful in this collection of comics.
Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories edited by Traci N. Todd & Elizabeth Kawasaki
Featuring contributions by the creators of Babymouse, a 40th anniversary tribute collects stories and artwork by a range of comics artists, muralists and toy creators. – (Baker & Taylor)
Mermin, Book 3: Deep Dive by Joey Weiser
“No one knows much about Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the Merman was born, but due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis, Mermin is needed back home immediately. Which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all the aquatic wonders of Mer. But once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past – even when it’s swimming right in front of him. And there are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer who’ve got their sights set not only on Mermin, but on Pete and his friends!” –Amazon.com
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
El Deafo, by Cece Bell
Based on Cece Bell’s own story, El Deafo tells the story of a rabbit girl making friends at school while dealing with the pros and cons of a large, awkward hearing aid. This title was also nominated for Best Reality-Based Work, along with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood, by Nathan Hale.
Other nominees in this category:
Batman Li’l Gotham, vol. 2 by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin & Benjamin Dewey
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez (shown above)
Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar & Franco
“Superboy and Supergirl return to the treehouse to discover…IT’S MISSING! Or is it just…really small? Who could have done such a thing?! Find out as all your favorite Tiny Titans search for answers!” –Random House
Best Writer: Gene Luen Yang for Avatar: The Last Airbender
as well as The Shadow Hero, which was also nominated for Best Publication for Teens.
Best Writer/Artist: Raina Telgemeier for Sisters