Rowser & Smith’s Wash Day Diaries and Segura’s Secret Identity Win 2023 LA Times Book Awards

Rowser & Smith's Wash Day Diaries and Segura's Secret Identity Win 2023 LA Times Book Awards

jamila rower And Robyn SmithIt’s Wash logs (Books of Chronicles) and Alex Seguranovel impressed by the comedian e-book trade Secret id (Flatiron Books) received Finest Graphic Novel/Comedian Ebook and Finest Thriller/Thriller classes on the 2023 LA Occasions Ebook Awards over the weekend. Rowser and Smith doubtlessly the primary black girls to be nominated and win the graphic novel class of the LA Occasions Ebook Prize.

Jamila Rowser holding the Graphic Novel LA Occasions Ebook Award with Robyn Smith (absent) shot in

Rowser and Smith Wash logs was the undoubted underdog in a class dominated by work from main arthouse, worldwide and literary graphic novel publishers Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly and Abrams ComicArts. Revealed books of chronicles Wash logs is a graphic novel that focuses on the lives and hair routines of 4 black girls characters within the Bronx, which itself had advanced from their Kickstarter-funded undertaking. mini comic 2018 wash day.

Wash Day Newspaper Cover

Rowser, who accepted the award on her and co-writer Robyn Smith’s behalf, thought they have been most likely the primary black girls to be nominated for the award and hoped it could pave the way in which for extra comics and graphic novels about life. of black girls.

Rowser later tailored his 2023 LA Occasions Ebook Prize speech in a Twitter thread:

“Thanks to the judges and [LA Times Festival of Books] for this award and to Chronicle Books for believing in our story.

“When me and [Robyn] revealed the wash day mini-comic in 2018 (the very first comedian I wrote), we could not have imagined the gorgeous journey it could take us.

Wash logs celebrates black girls, hair, sisterhood and wonder within the mundane lifetime of black girls within the Bronx. We’re so proud that our 27-page comedian has grown right into a 192-page graphic novel that individuals from all walks of life love.

“Me & [Robyn] are the FIRST black girls to not solely develop into finalists for the [LA Times Festival of Books Prize] Graphic novels class, however now to win it as nicely.

“We all know we should not should show graphic novels like Wash logs are price posting, so me and [Robyn] I hope this award will open the door for a lot of extra comics like ours.

Segura’s novel Secret id was impressed by the historical past of comedian e-book manufacturing, setting the story in a Nineteen Seventies comedian e-book publishing home the place its Latinx protagonist falls right into a thriller as she fights to retain possession of comedian books. a personality she helped create.

Segura said on his Thriller/Thriller win:

“After I began this e-book, I assumed, ‘Oh, this can be straightforward, I do know the comics,'” Segura stated, earlier than including that it was essentially the most journalistic effort. depth of his life.

To find the opposite nominees within the comics class, you’ll be able to seek the advice of our earlier article.

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