April 26, 2010 | 12:15 a.m.
This is the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes but this year’s ceremony was the first to award a prize in the graphic novel category. On Friday night, at the sparkling ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, I had the distinct honor of announcing the category’s first winner: “Asterios Polyp” by David Mazzucchelli, a marvelous choice by the judges, who spoke highly of the quirky, brainy and cranky masterpiece: “Mazzucchelli’s monolith is a beautifully executed love story, a smart and playful treatise on aesthetics, a perfectly unified work whose every formal element, down to the stitching on its spine, serves its themes. No wonder the main character is an architect finding his way back to his Ithaca and his Penelope: “Asterios Polyp” is an odyssey of design as well as writing and art and cartooning. Steeped in classicism and wholly modern, it’s a […]