The Prizes for Bandas Desenhadas, based on the specialized website and the observatory set up for this expression, aim to promote annually the comic strip produced and edited in Portugal, through the distinction of the best editorial releases by national and foreign authors.
In this second edition, the graphic novel ‘Balada para Sophie’, by Portuguese screenwriter Filipe Melo and Argentine designer Juan Cávia, won the prize for Best National Publication with Commercial Distribution, as well as Best Screenplay and Best Illustration, in Publication National.
The award for Best National Publication with Alternative Distribution went to ‘UltraSaiyanJedi is streaming Tactical Arena: Apocalypse, March 11th (Twitch is like the fun side of the military-industrial-surveillance complex)’, by Mao (Massacre, 2020).
Still at the national level, the 4th volume of the TLS Series collection (edited by A Seita) was named Best Anthology, entitled ‘Raízes‘, which brings together works by authors who are part of the collective The Lisbon Studio, one of which Nuno Saraiva, which won the prize for best National Short Comics edited in Anthology, with ‘Sem Cuecas nem Soutien’.
In the same category of national short film in anthology, ‘Construção‘, by Francisco Sousa Lobo (Pentangle # 3 – Chili Com Carne) received an honorable mention.
The Galician Miguelanxo Prado was doubly distinguished, with the prizes for Best Foreign Publication and Best Illustration in Foreign Publication, for ‘O Pacto da Letargia’ (Ala dos Livros).
The distinction of Best Screenplay in Foreign Publication went to Renée Nault’s ‘The Story of a Handmaid: graphic novel’, based on the work of Margaret Atwood, (Bertrand).
The Best Humor Publication award was given to ‘A Cowboy in the Cotton Business’, 9th volume of ‘The Adventures of Lucky Luke according to Morris’, by Jul & Achdé (ASA).
In the category of Best Publications Series, ‘Descender‘ was distinguished, by the duo Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (G. Floy).
Regarding the best edition award, it happened to Druuna’s Tomo 4, ‘Planeta Esquecido | Clone’, by Paolo E. Serpieri (Author Art), while the best reissue of the year was for ‘Corto Maltese: Fábula de Veneza’, by Hugo Pratt (Author Art).
Bandas Desenhadas is a website specializing in comics, illustrated books, and other frequently related means of artistic expression.
In addition to the dissemination of comic book releases and the Prizes for the Comic Strip, the site also works in areas such as didactics, research and criticism, photoreporting and the publication of series and ‘one-shots’ of online comics, as explained in your page, on the Internet. A Comics Database (BD²) is also in preparation.