Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant deadline extended to February 8

For Immediate Release
Wed, 01/09/2019


Tina Coleman

Staff Liaison

Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table

American Library Association



The American Library Association Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is excited to announce a three week extension to the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries  — applications will now be due on February 8, 2019 (previous deadline: Jan 18, 2019).

We are excited to have opened up this award to the larger library community in North America and we want to give additional time for libraries in Canada, United States, and Mexico to apply for a Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant.

In addition to the extension of the deadline and countries eligible, in 2019, a third grant has been added to this selection process  — the award now consists of two Growth Grant recipients and one Innovation Grant recipient.

The Will Eisner Grant is as unique as Will Eisner himself; this grant allows for funds to build (or further develop) a graphic novel collection at a school, public, academic, or special library; furthermore the successful recipient will receive a collection of The Eisner Award titles and titles from Will Eisner’s collection of work; the successful recipient will also receive a travel stipend to attend ALA Annual 2019 in Washington D.C. The total value of each of these three awards is more than $6000 USD.

Our great thanks goes out to The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation for their ongoing support and encouragement of libraries.

Application instructions and information about the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant for Libraries and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant for Libraries can be found on the ALA website. For any inquiries, please contact ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Round Table staff liaison Tina Coleman at ccoleman@ala.org.

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation fosters innovation and creativity in graphic literature, sequential art, and comics. It encourages others to continue and build upon the legacy of Will Eisner who broke new ground in the development of visual narrative and the language of comics and was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and countless others. For more information about Will Eisner visit www.willeisner.com.

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association is dedicated to supporting library staff in all aspects of engaging with graphic novels and comics, including collection development, programming, and advocacy. For more information connect with GNCRT on Facebook: ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Round Table; Twitter: @libcomix; Instagram: @libcomix; or the GNCRT ALA Connect page.

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