Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Because what would Cybils be without lists?

Some thoughts on the complete nomination list and a break-down by genre:

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
  • 11 single/dual color series
  • 8 fantasy
  • 6 adaptations (continuations) of print books
  • 6 adaptation/tie-in to tv cartoons
  • 3 nonfiction (history)
  • 5 cat stories
  • 4 pink fantasies
  • 2 easy reader
  • 2 manga
  • 2 alien fantasies
  • 2 realistic school fiction
  • 1 memoir
  • 1 biography
  • 1 myth/legend
  • 1 wordless
Single/dual color series like Babymouse, Squish, and Lunch Lady are still going strong, with new entries in the field including the awesome Beaver Brothers, hilarious Fangbone and painlessly educational Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. Lots of really excellent books for beginning and intermediate readers. Fantasy is still going strong, but it's waging battle with adaptations of print books (again, I ask you, WHY??) and spin-offs from various tv cartoon series. Cats are, not surprisingly popular and, thankfully, people seem to be reserving their deathless memoirs for hapless teens (who mostly won't read them anyways). No one seems to have figured out a good way to create nonfiction graphic novels for anything but history or biography. Very few manga titles were nominated for this younger group, and those that are available seem to lean heavily towards the high end of the cuteness spectrum.

Teen Graphic Novels
  • 7 manga
  • 5 memoirs
  • 4 fantasy
  • 3 biographies
  • 3 adaptations of print books
  • 3 realistic school fiction
  • 2 historical fiction
  • 1 anthology
  • 1 nonfiction (history)
  • 1 myth/legend
Conclusion: People publish (or at least nominate) way more graphic memoirs than anyone could ever really want to read. Fantasy is still a popular genre for graphic novels. Graphic adaptations are on the rise, who knows why, since it's difficult to do them well or in a way that interests anyone except hardcore fans.


Liviania said...

Generally, I am not a memoir person. Don't think I've ever finished a plain one and graphic-wise, well, I like Alison Bechdel's work. But I think the two that ended up on the list deserve their slot. (Especially Little White Duck, which is more compelling than it has any right to be.)

Jennifer said...

Oh yes, we picked good ones (-:) I have a review of Little White Duck publishing in a few days and it was one that I loved, against my expectations. I don't think they're all bad, just that there's a heck of a lot too many and they're of such limited appeal to most teens - more an adult thing.