It’s that time of year again when thoughts begin to turn to the Toonies. We’re concentrating our 2012 efforts on the Golden Toonie itself, dispensing with the additional category awards and going for the glory. The final list is a compilation of the works with the most nominations. This year I’ve decided to devote my March column to giving you, the voter, more information about the nominees.
Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars by Mark Rahner
Formerly the pop culture writer for the Seattle Times, Mark Rahner is a veteran journalist and comic book writer living in Seattle. In this trade paperback, the most beautiful woman on two worlds has been backed into a corner by the white apes infesting a deserted Martian city. She’s seen her friends killed by the beasts, and now it’s up to her to rescue a ship full of children and learn the secret of the Face of Mars in this series conclusion.
Marbles by Ellen Forney
Known best in Seattle as a cartoonist for The Stranger, Ellen Forney was nominated for an Eisner in 2007 and the illustrator for National Book Award winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Her 2012 book Marbles is a New York Times bestseller and documents her struggles with bipolar disorder. Unconventional page layouts, charts, sketches and traditional cartooning combine to tell a journey towards stability.
A Little Death by Donna Barr
Donna Barr is the creator and long-time self-publisher of the “The Desert Peach,” a comic series about the experiences of the fictional brother of a German Natzi general. Her 2012 book explores death in its many forms, and illustrates the anonymous submissions of the mortals. Donna is a 1996 Golden Toonie award winner.
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by David Lasky and Frank Young
David Lasky was a participant in Cartoonists Northwest’s 2005 Spawns of Insomnia; since then he and his writing partner Frank Young have produced two historical graphic novels. Following their young adult reader Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny, they published a trip back in time to the early days of folk and country music that features the genres’ first superstars. The Carter Family sold millions of records and influenced a musical generation. Their 2012 graphic novel has been mentioned in Time Magazine and featured on NPR.
We will be giving out a Hall of Fame award to someone very deserving as we meet for food, drinks and conversation on May 11 at Ivar’s Salmon House. We are looking for donations to the Silent Auction! Last year our Silent Auction went a long way towards paying for the gala, so please bring books, toys and original art to the March and April meetings for pick up. In my April column I will feature more information about our upcoming speaker, Rob Salkowitz, renowned expert on the business of making comics.