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The Year's Best Graphic Novels: Harvey Awards 2023


Since 1988, the Harvey Awards have been one of the comic world's most prestigious achievements. This year's awards have recently been announced, and we have compiled all the nominees for each category below for you to browse! If you are interested in a title, just click the book cover to be taken to our catalog where you can request a copy for yourself.


Categories below include 'Book of the Year', 'Best Children's or Young Adult Book', 'Best Manga', and 'Best International Book'.


Book of the Year

The Nominees:


The Winner:


Fresh out of university and seeking employment, Kate Beaton heads out west to take advantage of Alberta's oil rush. Arriving in Fort McMurray, Beaton finds work in the lucrative camps owned and operated by the world’s largest oil companies. Being one of the few women among thousands of men, the culture shock is palpable. It does not hit home until she moves to a spartan, isolated worksite for higher pay. She encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet never discussed. Her wounds may never heal.

 
Best Children's or Young Adult Book

The Nominees:


The Winner:

Hungry Ghost by Victoria Ying


After the sudden death of her father, sixteen-year-old Valerie Chu, who is hiding an eating disorder from her friends and family, reevaluates her life, her choices and her own body as she tries to find the strength to seek help.


Valerie Chu is quiet, studious, and above all, thin. No one, not even her best friend Jordan, knows that she has been binging and purging for years. But when tragedy strikes, Val finds herself taking a good, hard look at her priorities, her choices, and her own body. The path to happiness may lead her away from her hometown and her mother's toxic projections, but first she will have to find the strength to seek help.

 
Best Manga

The Nominees:


The Winner:

Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto


Denji's a poor young man who'll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil-dog Pochita. He's a simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when he's betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji's become a whole new man - Chainsaw Man!



 
Best International Book

The Nominees:


The Winner:

Blacksad: They All Fall Down Part 1 by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander


Detective John Blacksad deals with the mob, the unions, and mid-century "master builder" Lewis Solomon, who plans to pave over New York City's green spaces, come hell or high water. While Blacksad must navigate from the lofty world of 1950s theater all the way to the city's seedy depths, Solomon looms above it all in pursuit of his own dreams--but at what cost? Meanwhile, Weekly finds himself in the hot seat just as an old flame comes back to burn his pal Blacksad!

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