Tuesday, April 2, 2013

3rd Annual O'Keefe Graphic Literature Prizes Announced

Diablo Valley College's 3rd Annual Prize for Graphic Literature surpasses all expectations and showcases the art of some amazing aspiring artists.

Go Fish by Ana Valdez is the Grand Prize Winner; a story of love where you find it between a lonely fisherwoman and a mermaid.

The Runners Up included The Amazing Uncanny Aviator by Emily Pate and Sarah Luver, a spoof of the mainstream superhero comic, and Nick Pino’s Ass Birth One: The Day the Earth Said F@ck, a tale of a boy and his dog. Ass Birth One also won the George Herriman Prize. The Herriman Prize Runner Up was awarded to Kelly Conroy’s Annoying F***tard a knock, knock joke gone incredibly annoying.

An Apple A Day Keeps Everyone Else Away by Sheemul Gupta won the Charles Schultz Award with its lifelong tale of technology’s lonely consequences. “What Does He Want…?” by the creative trio Aly Murphy, Dan Povenmire, and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, was the Shultz Runner Up in its search for the perfect Christmas gift.

Dorena Hinh’s A Zombie’s Survival Guide to the Human Apocalypse!!! earned the Joe Schuster Award with its makeover handbook for the undead told by a loveable little zombie.

One Newcomer Award went to Tom Valdespino’s My Hero vs. His Mind, a real life narrative about the author/illustrator’s uncle, “the greatest man in the world, and his lifelong battle with the demon known as schizophrenia.” Another Newcomer comic awarded was The Lost World created by the comic duo Greg Childs and Brenda Cudd, an apocalyptic look at an underwater future where merpeople terrorize humans.

Megan Lotter’s heroic journey entitled On Surviving the Search for Self won the Lynda Barry Award, while the Runner Up, Kellyn Borst’s Daydream Believer, examines waking dreams and the consequence of memory.

Abraham Reyes’ Timothy, a gothic love story, won the Edward Gorey Award for its tale of misplaced hearts.

To view any of the winning comics in their entirety go to: http://jokp2013.blogspot.com/

The James O’Keefe Prize is offered in memory of DVC’s beloved Professor O’Keefe who created the Graphic Novel as Literature course. DVC offers transfer level courses and an Associate’s Degree in Art, ArtDigital Media, and English. Professors Adam Bessie, Doré Ripley, and Arthur S. King hosted the event which received over 100 entries . Prizes included art packs, tickets to Big WOW! ComicFest and cash awards. Plans are already underway for next year’s contest.

Do you have a love for writing and art?  Maybe a career in comics is for you.


  1. I enjoyed seeing the comic book awards. It was interesting to get a feel of what comics were like, and how much time and effort it takes to actually put one together. I liked being able to see everyone's comic and acknowledge their creativity.I do have a love for writing but I do not like creating art. If I were to get into my creative side, it would probably have something to do with creative writing.

  2. it was fun for me to see comic book wards.it dam interesting to imagin what the comics were in the picture.it showed the award of new commer of comics book writers.

  3. All of these comic book entries were interesting. I was surprised to see how simplistic they were, yet they received so much appreciative and artistic attention. It made me feel inspired to make a comic of my own, because I'm sure I would definitely feel great about my creative potential if I received attention for something so simple. However, not all the comics were simple. There were a few that had a lot of detail - some even looked like professional illustrations of children's books! I used to love drawing cartoons as a kid. Maybe it's not too late to take it back as a hobby.

  4. Wow, I wish I had gone to last year's ceremony, it sounds like the entries were entirely more exciting and impressive than this year's.The graphics for Go Fish look very nice and simple and the zombie survival guide is such a great idea... I think I just might try to find that online to read. Making a comic has really put it in perspective just how much work it takes. just arranging images and text was tasking enough for me, I couldn't imagine illustrating a whole comic.
    I illustrated a children's book this past fall and that was more work than anything I have ever done. The amount of hours I put in was astounding, and I wasn't even worried about all the different angles and perspectives that come into play when illustrating a comic. I definitely have respect for even the crummy looking ones now.