Winner: Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers Drawn & Quarterly
It feels rare to encounter a book as full of life as Ebony Flowers's debut collection of short graphic fictions, Hot Comb. The style in which each story is rendered changes according to the narrative's needs, but Flowers's impressionistic panels are a constant. They vibrate with an energy that suggests they've been invested with the world she portrays. In Hot Comb, Flowers has produced something authentically new and exciting.