Last night I won the Eisner award for Best Publication for Teens. I’m grateful to the Eisner committee for nominating A Wrinkle in Time and to all the comics industry professionals who voted for me. It means a lot. Because you saw what I put into this book, and because this will help me keep doing the only thing I want to do, which is tell stories. And, too, because the last awards I won–an Ignatz for Promising New Talent in 2006 and, in 2007, an Eisner for “Special Recognition”–were at the beginning of my career, and the thought’s nagged at me that I could go the rest of my career and never be more than “promising”. Thank you for believing in me.
Inevitably, in an industry this small, you end up nominated against your friends, and this time around I was in competition with Meredith Gran. Mer was nominated for Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens, which you should definitely pick up; it’s a great read even if you aren’t familiar with the cartoon. The morning before the Eisners, Mer and I had breakfast with Vera Brosgol (author of Anya’s Ghost) and Raina Telgemeier (who should have been nominated for her latest book, Drama). I’ve known all of them–and countless other women cartoonists–for as long as I’ve been cartoonist, and I’m so proud and lucky to have come up in such good company. Each time one of them puts out a new piece of work, I’m blown away all over again by their skill as writers and artists. It would be an honor to lose to any of them. It feels wrong to win against any of them.
But I’ll take it, and I’ll pass it on whenever, however I get the chance–to younger cartoonists like Madéleine Flores, Natalie “Tally” Nourigat, Sloane Leong, Rebecca Tobin, to name a few. There’s a wealth of talent flooding into the industry right now, and I can’t wait to see where these new creators take us.
I’d especially like to shine a light on the young illustrator Rebecca Mock. She and I are collaborating on a two-volume middle grade series, Four Points, which will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It’s set in the 1860s and follows the adventures of Alex and Cleo, twelve-year-old twins traveling from New York to San Francisco. It’s inspired by classic adventure tales like Kidnapped and Treasure Island, and yes, there will be pirates–which, judging by the tall ships all over Comic-Con, are coming back in style. Rebecca’s an incredible talent whose illustrations you may have seen in the New York Times, and it makes me giddy that I’m the one who gets to work with her on her first major project as a cartoonist. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I’m not sure when the first volume will be published, but I’ll let you know when I do. To whet your appetite, here’s an illustration of Alex and Cleo, by Rebecca:
Thanks to all my friends, peers and fans for another great San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll see you all next year!