I don’t know if the so-called Oscars of comics need a signal boost, but these are weird times and the winners were announced last night in an online ceremony. However you feel about the ranking of art it’s nice to see cartoonists recognized and maybe it brings greater visibility to some books. Maybe?
In the past year the Comix Claptrap (of which I am a member, along with cartoonists Rina Ayuyang and Thien Pham) interviewed big winners Gene Luen Yang and Adrian Tomine. And I can attest that Yang’s Dragon Hoops was a well-received recommendation among young people I know.