Congratulations To Gary Groth On Winning The 2014 Stranger Genius Award In Literature
I saw this on some private Facebook postings, but here's the tweet from someone that was at last night's ceremony. Here's Paul Constant's profile of Groth when Groth was nominated for the prize, given out in yearly fashion by the major alt-weekly to people working in that region in various forms of expression.
This seems important to me for a couple of reasons. One is that I think this is the first career-spanning award Groth has been a part of, and if there's justice he should be a part of a bunch over the next several years. The world of adult, literate expression in comics owes much of crucial significance to that 14-year-old lining up the column spacing on his fanzines in his bedroom, night after night, and the man that teenager became. The other is that Fantagraphics has had a curious relationship to Seattle over its quarter-century there, and it's always nice to see that city recognize the cultural impact that this long-standing business has had both there in town and throughout the world.
I've long suspected Gary Groth was a genius in part because I'm 3-269 in two decades of arguments with him. So this makes me feel better. Seriously, though, thousands of lives would be different without his unique achievements, including my own. Congratulations to him on this nice honor.