The Center for Cartoon Studies and Slate Book Review section of Slate.com, the online news and current affairs magazine, have teamed up to announce the first Cartoonist Studio Prize, a new annual mainstream award created to celebrate the work of cartoonists and creators both online and in print.Announced today at Slate, the Prize will award two prizes each March, for the best graphic novel of the year and the best web comic of the year. Each winner will receive $1000 in recognition of their achievements, in addition to their work gaining wider mainstream recognition via Slate's audience. The judging panel for the Prize will be made up of Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, the teaching staff and students of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and a guest judge, with the first guest stepping into the role being New Yorker art editor and respected cartoonist Francoise Mouly.

Creators or publishers wishing to submit work for consideration can find details on how to do so on the CCS' website, and the first shortlist of nominees will be announced next year on February 1.