2022 Cartoonist Studio Award winners announced

Today, The Beat and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to reveal the winners of the tenth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize in the Print Comics and Webcomics categories. Each of the 2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize Award winners will receive a $1,000 prize and a Wacom One Creative Pen Display.

The tenth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize was made possible through the sponsorship of Felix Comic Art and Wacom.

2022 Cartoonist Studio Award Winners

The tenth Cartoonist Studio Prize Award for Print Comic goes to:

Stone fruit by Lee Laipublished by Fantagraphics.

Here is the description of Stone fruit from the website:

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who love their role as quirky and fun aunts to Ray’s six-year-old niece Nessie. Their playdates are little oases of madness, joy, and ease in their three lives, ping-ponging between family tensions and deep-rooted personal stumbling blocks. As their emotional intimacy erodes, Ray and Bron isolate themselves from each other and try to mend their broken family ties – Ray with his overworked and resentful single mother sister and Bron with his religious teenage sister who does not fully capture the complexities of gender identity. Taking a leap of faith, each opens up and learns that they have more in common with their siblings than they ever knew.

By turns joyful and heartbreaking, Stone Fruit reveals through intimately naturalistic dialogue and blue-tinged watercolor just how painful it can be to become truly vulnerable to your loved ones – and how fulfilling it is to finally be understood for who are you. Lee Lai is one of the most exciting new voices to break into the comic book world, and she’s created one of the first truly sophisticated graphic novels in recent memory.

And the tenth Cartoonist Studio Prize Award for Webcomic goes to:

Dead end by Adam de Souza, www.blind-alley.com.

Here is the description of Dead end from the website:

This comic is about growing up in the weird and lonely neighborhood of Dead end.

New strips are posted twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.

The Beat and The Center for Cartoon Studies would like to thank everyone who submitted their work for consideration.

Have you had the opportunity to read Stone fruit Where Dead end? What about the other comics that were on this year’s shortlist?

The Beat wants to hear from you! Give us a shout, here in the comments section or on social media @comicsbeatand keep us posted!

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