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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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Awards for Good Boys
Tales of Dating, Double Standards, and Doom
By (author): Shelby Lorman
9780143134312 Paperback, Trade English General Trade ART / Popular Culture Jun 04, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 4.91 x 6.98 x 0.48 in 208 pages 4-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT Penguin Books
From the creator of the wildly popular Instagram account @AwardsForGoodBoys, a wickedly funny illustrated look at living and dating in a patriarchal culture so mired in misogyny that it celebrates men for displaying the bare minimum of human decency

With trophies and ribbons, cartoonist and comedian Shelby Lorman makes literal our collective tendency to applaud men for (barely) edging above our already subterranean standards for them—for being “good boys.”

A good boy puts “feminist” in his Tinder bio but talks over the women in his Gender Studies class without batting an eyelash. He ghosts you, but he feels momentarily guilty about it. He once read a book by a woman author. (It was required, but he thought it was “okay.”) And of course, the headlines are filled with good boys bravely issuing statements condemning sexual harassment (for PR purposes).

Through Shelby’s signature illustrations, comics, and written vignettes, Awards for Good Boys offers hilarious cultural commentary through which we may begin to unravel our own assumptions about gender roles and how we treat each other, both on and offline.

RAPIDLY GROWING FOLLOWING: In just one year, @AwardsForGoodBoys’s following has grown from fewer than 10k to more than 260k. Her followers are highly engaged—each of her posts attracts hundreds of comments and thousands of likes within a few hours—and her fans include big names like Samantha Irby, Hannah Gadsby, Stephanie Beatriz, and Jill Soloway.

WIDELY PUBLISHED AND CONNECTED AUTHOR: Shelby’s writing has appeared on The Cut, The Daily Beast, CNN, and Business Insider. Her illustrations have been featured by Comedy Central, Vice, The Independent, and HuffPost. Her personal network includes friends at these outlets as well as Vanity Fair and Bustle, to name a few.

POPULAR CATEGORY: Books from popular Instagram illustrators like Mari Andrew and Adam Kurtz have been hugely successful in recent months.

NEW MATERIAL: The book’s content will be more than 75% new, and include longer-form comics and written pieces that expand on the format of the material available online.

Shelby Lorman is a writer, illustrator, and comedian from Los Angeles, and the creator of the Instagram sensation @AwardsForGoodBoys. Her writing has appeared on The Cut, The Daily Beast, CNN, and Business Insider. Her illustrations have been featured by Comedy Central, Vice, The Independent, and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Marketing: Online advertising

Social media and online promotion


Publicity: Print and online feature attention

Radio interviews

Author Website:

Author Social Media: Instagram @AwardsForGoodBoys | Twitter @SDLorman

Praise for @AwardsForGoodBoys:

“Hilarious…2018 is perhaps a perfect moment to celebrate the tragicomic—or find humor in life’s darkened corners.”—Vice

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