Announcing the Winners of the 2021 SPL Graphic Novel Contest

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August 12, 2021

Salinas Public Library is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Graphic Novel Contest.

We had some really excellent entries which combined the elements of art, dialogue, and creativity into each novel. After some tough deliberation, we determined winners for each of the three categories (1st-4th grade, 5th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade).

Participants received backpacks with graphic novels from our summer Zoom interviews and various art supplies. Some additional goodies went to top winners like: Funko Pops, additional art supplies, and copies of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. Congratulations to all of the participants!






Category: 9th-12th grade

Image of Wheel of Misfortune by Brynna Ventura. Three panels across the top show the same young character, wordless: looking to the left, then right, then the eyes widening. Below these three frames, there is a large carnival-like personified spinner.

  1. Wheel of Misfortune by Brynna Ventura
  2. Automatic Debacle by Sebastian D. Sanchez
  3. Tented Harmen: Episode 2: Quadruple Impact Part 1 by Cauan Melo


Category: 5th-8th grade

In the image, a young woman is packing her backpack full of fruit and says to her two dogs: "Okay guys, let's get ready for this adventure!"

  1. How Volcanoes, Snow, and Rainbows Were Created by Regina Diaz Flores
  2. Never Too Late by Isabella Schmidt and Zhara Schmidt
  3. Dream Mate by Gracie Gomez


Category: 1st-4th grade

A cat is dressed in a lion costume. It stands in a room with clothes littering the floor, and the cat says "I'm a lion! Roar!"

  1. The Cat That Thought She Was a Person by Kyrie Barraca
  2. Ant Kid & Thormen vs Wolf Head & Wolf Pet by Ayden Espinoza
  3. The Fighters by Victoria Vera-Cardenas and 3. Lightning Strike by Angel Vera-Cardenas


We really enjoyed seeing the winning entries as well as the winners as they picked up their prizes! Keep drawing, Salinas!