Mazzucchelli wins new LA Times Graphic Novel prize
And I'm delighted. Not about Asterios Polyp's win - I haven't yet read the novel - but that such a mainstream prize should establish the graphic novel as a category. For those who are not yet drawn to the genre, such a prize serves a useful function of highlighting excellence and generating interest.
There are plenty of reviews to read on Mazzucchelli's book, including Douglas Wolk's piece for the New York Times; most of them will quickly lead you to his 1990s collaboration with Paul Auster and Paul Karasic in creating a comic-book version of Auster's City of Glass.
Which might mean that this prize leads you to discover not just one new novel but two.