Two librarians and a library services student left Anaheim with graphic novel collections featuring Eisner Award-nominated titles and funds valued at over $5,000 for each of their libraries.
The three lucky winners were drawn from 100 finalists in a ceremony held on the Graphic Novel Stage during the June 24th programming at the American Library Association's Annual Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries consists of three collections of titles nominated for the 2012 Eisner Awards and the entire Will Eisner Library Catalog (totaling over 100 books), plus a $2,000 voucher for the purchase of more graphic novels through Brodart Company, and an additional $1,000 for a graphic novel author/creator visit or graphic novel/comics themed event at the library.
The winners of the prize were library services student, Dylan Flesch from Seattle Washington, retired librarian Viola Dyas, from Oakland California, and Jack Baur from the Berkeley California Public Library.
Pictured at the 2012 ALA Eisner Graphic Novel Prize Event are (L to R) Moderator John Shableski, Jennifer Ruth (Brodart Co.) Carl & Nancy Gropper (Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation), with prize winners Viola Dyas and Jack Baur. (Not pictured is winner Dylan Flesch)
Full News Release: WEGN_2012_Winners_Announced.pdf