Australian comics-maker Campbell Whyte’s first graphic novel, Home Time, has just been announced as a nominee in this year’s Eisner Awards, the world’s most prestigious comics award.
Home Time, is set in Perth and follows the adventures of five primary school age children who fall into the Swan River and wake up in an enchanted and otherworldly version of Perth. The children then adventure amongst magical creatures, prehistoric life forms and long-lost heritage buildings while trying to find their way back home.
Fellow Australian, Shaun Tan, describes Home Time as being:
“Beautifully realised, funny, smart, weird and surprisingly epic in scope, Home Time is also just plain brilliant.”
Every chapter in the 228 page epic is told from the point of view of a different child, each with their own unique visual style. Ranging from tender watercolour and pencil illustrations, bombastic pixel art and lush painting on linen.
This is Whyte’s first long-format work and was released by US publisher Top Shelf at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con, the world’s largest comic’s convention. Since then it has been gathering a flurry of nominations. These nominations include The National Cartoonist Society of America for Best Graphic Novel, the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards for Best Young Adult Work, the Denver DiNKY Award for Best Work Published by Mid /Large Press, the Aurealis Award for Best Graphic Novel and the Readings Children’s Book Prize.
The Eisner Awards are named after pioneering writer and artist Will Eisner and are commonly referred to as the comic’s industry equivalent of The Oscar Awards. Voting is now open to all working in the comics-industry and closes on the 15th of June. Winners will be announced on the 20th of July.