Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 AAEC John Locher Memorial Award, Sam Nakahira!
This year’s panelists said: “Sam’s work contains strong, clear opinions balanced with well-researched facts. Sam uses pop culture touchstones such as books, movies and music to beautifully illustrate and explore the history of American Imperialism, while also reflecting on her own biases.”
Sam Nakahira (she/they) is a Japanese American comic artist. Her comics have been published or are forthcoming by the Nib, Vox, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
A big congrats too to this year’s Runner-Up: Katie Vuong, and finalists Reilly Branson, Tom Coute, and Izzy Boyce-Blanchard. (Thanks too to the 2021 Judges: Dr. Gretchen Koch, Chelsea Saunders and Kevin Necessary.)
Snippets of the work of the winners and finalists can be downloaded here: