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CODA – LA Book Prize Finalist Announcement

Si Spurrier & Matías Bergara’s CODA Selected as Finalist in the LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE 

“This book is an utter delight and you absolutely need it in your life… Coda is chaos and madness—a pure concoction of energy, action, and love.”—Nerdist

“A surreal mix of strange faces and places that blends the over-the-top fantasy aesthetics of Dungeons and Dragons with the ecological wastelands of Mad Max, complete with Spurrier’s unmistakable flair for clever dialogue and a surly hero whose intentions are often just as bad as his attitude”—Paste Magazine

“What if The Last Unicorn was a bit more metal?”—Polygon

“It’s rare to find such a surprising combination of genre-subverting writing and expectation-subverting art, but Coda is a creative match made in heaven.”—io9

BOOM! Studios announced today that the long-awaited deluxe hardcover collection of the Eisner Award-nominated, despondent fantasy series, CODA, from GLAAD Media Award-winning author Simon Spurrier and EW’s 2019 Artist of the Year, Matías Bergara has been selected as a finalist in the 2023 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Graphic Novel/Comics category!

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are dedicated to discovering new voices and celebrating the highest quality of writing across the spectrum of book publishing. The 2024 ceremony will mark 44 years of recognizing literary achievement.

Written by GLAAD Media Award-winning author Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming, Star Wars) and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominated artist Matías Bergara (Step By Bloody Step, John Constantine: Hellblazer), CODA is the Eisner Award-nominated relentless kaleidoscope of visual wonders, exploring high fantasy and the post-apocalypse through the lens of a curmudgeonly loner in search of his lost love.

“On behalf of all of us at BOOM!, we’re thrilled & honored to congratulate the absolutely brilliant creative team of Si Spurrier & Matías Bergara,” said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios. “CODA being selected for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize is such a wonderful acknowledgement of a series we’ve always considered a masterpiece here at the publishing house. Congratulations to the entire CODA team!”

The winners of the 2023 Book Prizes will be awarded at the ceremony in Bovard Auditorium on the campus of USC on April 19, 2024. This year marks the 44th annual presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and will kick off the 29th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books which will take place at USC over the weekend, April 20th and 21st.