The JABBICA stands for Judge A Book By Its Cover Award and is awarded every year for the graphic novel (from that year's shortlist) with the best cover. It is only voted for by librarians and teachers and is a great way of getting school staff directly involved with all the fun of the Excelsior Award!

2023 JABBICA Winner


Cover by Ario Anindito

Published by Boom! Studios

2022 JABBICA Winner

How to Pick a Fight

Cover by Lara Kaminoff

Published by Nobrow

2021 JABBICA Winner

Strange Skies Over East Berlin

Cover by Evan Cagle

Published by Boom! Studios

2020 JABBICA Winner

For The Kid I Saw In My Dreams

Cover by Kei Sanbe

Published by Yen Press

2019 JABBICA Winner


Cover by Lee Garbett

Published by Image Comics

2018 JABBICA Winner


Cover by Veronica Fish

Published by Boom! Studios

2017 JABBICA Winner

Audubon: On the Wings of the World

Cover by Jeremie Royer

Published by Nobrow

2016 JABBICA Winner


Cover by Scott Godlewski

Published by Image Comics

2015 JABBICA Winner

Moonhead and The Music Machine

Cover by Andrew Rae

Published by Nobrow

2014 JABBICA Winner

Earth 2

Earth 2

Cover by Ivan Reis

Published by DC

2013 JABBICA Winner

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Cover by Declan Shalvey

Published by Classical Comics

2012 JABBICA Winner

Sita: Daughter of the Earth

Cover by Manikandan

Published by Campfire