From the Nominator
It’s one thing to host regular seances in which a medium summons ghosts and objects from the spirit realm. It’s another to donate money to the university your big brother founded on the condition that it scientifically study the phenomena. The story, illustrated in graphic novel format, highlights the quirky story of Leland Stanford’s younger brother’s interest in the occult and how that interest accidentally helped psychology come of age.
From the Judges
This entry drew comments like "tour de force," "a wow," and "huzzah!" Graphic novel and comic formats are becoming popular with university magazines as innovative storytelling vehicles, but they can be harder to pull off than they look. This one was original, compelling, and accomplished, elevated by the masterful illustrations. The treatment and style perfectly suited the story and effectively evoked the period. This appealing story about a quirky piece of Stanford history was a winner from the title page on.