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Winners of the 2019 Graphic Novel Making Contest

Submitted by Megan Hicks on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 4:00 PM
Batman reading a comic book

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Big news from this year’s Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony: the San José Public Library, in partnership with DC Comics, was able to provide awards ceremony attendees with a first look at our new, limited edition DC Comics library card—just in time for Batman Day! With original artwork featuring the Dark Knight himself, this card will be available at all 26 San Jose Public Library locations starting September 21, 2019. Get yours while supplies last!

Awards Ceremony

City Librarian Jill Bourne on a stage at a podium hosting the 2019 Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony

The 11th annual Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony was once again hosted by San Jose Public Library Director, Jill Bourne, at the Seven Trees Community Center on August 31st. This year’s contest featured 248 submissions, copies of which were on-hand for perusal by nearly 400 awards ceremony attendees. In addition to the public unveiling of the limited edition DC Comics library card, ceremony participants were treated to presentations by three industry insiders.

Guest Speakers

RJ Palmer speaks at the ceremony

The first guest speaker of the afternoon, RJ Palmer, is an artist and illustrator whose work was featured in the recent hit film, Detective Pikachu. He shared insight from his professional experience as a concept artist and film animator.

Maia Kobabe speaks at the ceremony

The second guest speaker of the afternoon, Maia Kobabe, is a freelance cartoonist and author of the graphic novel, Gender Queer. Maia spoke at length about eir experience as a debut author, and shared insights about what it takes to succeed as a freelance creator.

The Winners

Winners of the library's 2019 Graphic Novel Making Contest standing on a stage with City Librarian Jill Bourne

And now, it is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 11th annual Graphic Novel Making Contest!

Children, Ages 0-7

  • First Place: George Liu, Ninja Potato
  • Second Place: Harsha Mullu, Plant of Life
  • Third Place: Arvind Vrinda, Secret of the Dirty Dog
  • Honorable Mention: Alaina Gupta, Amber Lee and the Juniper Tree (and What She Found Inside It)!
  • Honorable Mention: Audrielle Walter, A Droplet’s Journey

Children, Ages 8-9

  • First Place: Easha Sreeder, Camping Adventures
  • Second Place: Alyssa Dikovsky, Supermom
  • Third Place: Sophia Nguyen, The Electrifying Adventure of Peka
  • Honorable Mention: Laura Madelaine, Friends without Limits
  • Honorable Mention: Jane Brandeberry, Breakfast Bunch and the Party

Pre-Teen, Ages 10-12

  • First Place: Charlotte Homer, The Adventures of Basil the Bold: Trapped in a Bird’s Nest
  • Second Place: Ruhani Gidha, Zulu Pride
  • Third Place: Taylor Pham, Always There
  • Honorable Mention: Denise Nhi Dinh, Cookies at Midnight
  • Honorable Mention: Ian Jun, Rainbow and Scales – Bully Slayers

Teen, Ages 13-17

  • First Place: Vy Nguyen, Starseed
  • Second Place: Deeya Nagi & Sarah Philosoph, Beyond the Mask
  • Third Place: Christine Huynh, Hoarder
  • Honorable Mention: Rebekah Davis, Block
  • Honorable Mention: Grace Jin, Why Draw?

Adult, Ages 18+

  • First Place: Christina Silva, Blobfish Contemplates Beauty and Identity in the Afterlife
  • Second Place: Kathleen Carvalho, Water Baby
  • Third Place: TJ Moynahan, A Night in Valley Forge
  • Honorable Mention: Jiwoo Kim & Jackie Friedland, Forbidden Fruits

Where to Read

View the winning comics online through Biblioboard.

All digital submissions may be viewed on Biblioboard as well.

Additionally, each library branch has 2 copies of the 2019 Graphic Novel Making Contest, which contain the winning entries and for you to check out.


A big thank you to this year's generous sponsors! We were able to provide prizes for the winners, as well as graphic novels and museum tickets for every ceremony attendee thanks to the following: Sakura of America, TRY Japan Cultural Center, San Jose Museum of Arts, Crunchyroll Expo, Illusive Comics and Games, Image Comics, DC Comics, BOOM! Comics, and the San Jose Public Library Foundation.

A special thank you goes out to Phuong-Mai Blasich, artist and owner of PMBQ Studios; Michael Ogilvie, Director of Public Art for the City of San Jose; Wayne Chan, artist and creator of Turtle Wayne; Eisner Award winning comics creator, Trina Robbins; and Image Comics creators Devin Grayson and Nick Dragotta.

Guest Written by Kyle Burkett, Alyssa Mendoza, and Diana Learned

Blog Category
Graphic Novels


Submitted by Ian on Sun, 12/01/2019 - 7:15 PM


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I'm the guy who wrote Rainbow and Scales and you spelled my last name Jun but that's wrong. I'm not going to tell it, because of privacy, but I'm just letting you know

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