The National Cartoonists Society has awarded the Reuben for Best Graphic Novel to Ethan Young for Nanjing: The Burning City, which gives a brutal depiction of one of the darkest moments in World War II.

he National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world’s major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration, and more.

“To receive the Silver Reuben has been such a proud moment for me. I was up against amazing competition, all published by Dark Horse Comics, so to have Nanjing: The Burning City selected truly humbles me. I hope my future work can continue to live up to the same standards,” remarked Young.

Young’s Nanjing: The Burning City was nominated along with two other Dark Horse graphic novels including Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Two Brothers and Jonathan Case’s The New Deal.

Nanjing: The Burning City tells the story of two abandoned Chinese soldiers who are trapped and desperately outnumbered within the walled city of Nanjing. The Imperial Japanese Army has seized control of the city and enacts horrors that will haunt the two Chinese soldiers. But in the horror, they learn resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed.

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