Over the weekend, the National Cartoonist Society had their annual awards ceremony, and amongst the winners was the celebrated Nanjing: The Burning City, which won the Silver Reuben for best graphic novel. The book’s creator Ethan Young commented that “To receive the Silver Reuben has been such a proud moment for me.”
Young’s win came in a category publisher Dark Horse was set to win from the start, as all three nominees were for their publications. This fact was not lost on Young, as he added “I was up against amazing competition, all published by Dark Horse Comics, so to have Nanjing: The Burning City selected truly humbles me. I hope my future work can continue to live up to the same standards.”
Nanjing: The Burning City follows two Chinese soldiers trapped inside the enemy occupied city of Nanjing during the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. In a desperate fight for their lives, outnumbered and outgunned, they learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed, even when faced with unimaginable horrors. Young is set to release his next graphic novel The Battle of Bridget Lee: Invasion of Farfall this September.
The other nominees in the category for best graphic novel were The New Deal by Jonathan Case, and Two Brothers by Fábio Moon and Gabrial Bá.