Carla Speed McNeil's Finder: Voice, the most recent collection from her series spanning some 18 years of stories, has been named as a winner in this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, beating out nominated books from creators like Dave McKean and Jim Woodring to be named as the best graphic novel of 2011.Finder: Voice, Dark Horse's February 2011 print collection of McNeil's Eisner Award-winning science-fiction webcomic, beat out McKean's Celluloid, Woodring's Congress of the Animals, Joseph Lambert's I Will Bite You! And Other Stories and Yuichi Yokoyama's Garden to win the Graphic Novel category in the 32nd annual ceremony, held Friday night in the Bovard Auditorium on the campus of the University of Southern California.

The official synopsis of Voice goes like this:

In a society defined by its intricate network of clans, Rachel Grosvenor has grown up an outcast, straddling worlds. Now, her quest for admission to a highly exclusive clan sends Rachel spiraling into the dark underbelly of Anvard and a paradox that holds the key to her future: How do you find a Finder?

Finder: Voice is the third winner of the graphic novel category, which has previously gone to Adam Hines' Duncan the Wonder Dog and David Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp.

If the titles mentioned above sound familiar, then full disclosure: CA Editor-in-Chief Laura Hudson and CA contributor Douglas Wolk were among the judges for the graphic novel category this year. You can find (ahem) out more about Finder: Voice, including a six page preview, here, and read Laura's recommendation of the book from our 2011 Best Comics list here.

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