Congrats ! “How To Read Nancy” by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden has won the Eisner Award

How To Read Nancy Wins the Eisner Award!

Friday July 20, 2018 San Diego, Ca.

How To Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in 3 Easy Panelsby Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden has won the Eisner Award for “Best Book About Comics”.

The book, which postulates that “everything that you need to know about reading, making, and understanding comics can be found in a single Nancy strip created by Ernie Bushmiller and published on Saturday, August 8, 1959” was released last October by Fantagraphics Books of Seattle.

Already in it’s 2ndprinting, the book has garnered praise from a wide spectrum of media including the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books and Public Radio International’s Studio 360.

The authors are both cartoonists and educators. Paul Karasik teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Mark Newgarden teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and The Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.

How To Read Nancy was originally published as a short essay in 1988, which subsequently became a cornerstone in Comics Studies programs internationally. The book-length expansion has already been adopted by numerous curriculums including at Cambridge University, California State University and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

The Eisner Awards, presented every year at the San Diego Comic-Con is considered “the Academy Awards of the comics industry.”

How To Read Nancyincludes an introduction by Professor James Elkins, the E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a foreword by the late comedian and “total film-maker” Jerry Lewis.

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Mark Newgarden

Paul Karasik