Small Press Expo announces the Ignatz Award nominees!


The Small Press Expo ain’t just about getting your Indie Comic Book cred.  It’s also a showcase of talent that may have been flying under your radar.  Thanks to the Ignatz Awards, you can get a look at what all the cool kids think is the best and shiniest.

For me, this is a list that serves to remind me that I need to get out and grab more indie.  Though I thoroughly enjoyed The Hive, I really need to get my hands on Pope Hats, The Property, Hair Shirt….  You get the picture.

Heeeeere’s the nominees; more info on each can be found at the Ignatz Awards 2013 page.  A big ol’ CONGRATULATIONS to each and every nominee!


Bethesda, Maryland; August 15, 2013 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce nominees for the seventeenth annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Lisa Hanawalt, Jason Shiga, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay and Sakura Maku, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during this years SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala ceremony hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly and is to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

This year the Ignatz Awards gala ceremony will be sponsored by our friends at comiXology and their self-publishing portal Submit, more information on Submit can be found at

SPX will be held Saturday, September 14 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 15, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit

Outstanding Artist

Lilli Carre for Heads or Tails

Michael DeForge for Lose #4

Miriam Katin for Letting It Go

Ulli Lust for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

Patrick McEown for Hair Shirt

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry

Heads or Tails by Lille Carré

Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff by Peter Bagge

Stark #1 by Tusen Hjartan

Very Casual by Michael DeForge

Outstanding Graphic Novel

The Property by Rutu Modan

Susceptible by Genevieve Castree

Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust

When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael

You’ll Never Know Vol. 3: A Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler

Outstanding Story

“Arid” (Secret Prison #7) by Tom Hart

Birdseye Bristoe by Dan Zettwoch

“The Carnival” (Heads or Tails) by Lilli Carre

Gold Star by John Martz

“Neighbors” (Stark #1) by Joanna Hellgren

Promising New Talent

Sam Alden for  Hawaii 1997 & Haunter

Nathan Bulmer for Eat More Bikes

Philippa Rice for Looking Out

Diana Thung for August Moon

Angie Wang for “The Teacup Tree” (Secret Prison #7)

Outstanding Series

The Hive by Charles Burns

Lose by Michael DeForge

Madtown High by Whit Taylor

Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly

Prison Pit by Johnny Ryan

Outstanding Comic

Hyperspeed to Nowhere 2: Return to Entropy by Lale Westvind

The Life Problem by Austin English

Looking Out by Philippa Rice

Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly

St. Owl’s Bay by Simon Hanselmann

Outstanding Minicomic

The End of the Fucking World: Part 16 by Charles Forsman

Il Cammino Delle Capre by Kris Mukai and Zachary Zezima

Hawaii 1997 by Sam Alden

Layaway by Joseph Lambert

Powdered Milk Vol. 10: The Man Who Could Not Read by Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Online Comic

Bird Boy by Annie Szabla –

Haunter by Sam Alden –

Gabby’s Playhouse – Ken Dahl/Gabby Schulz –

July Diary by Gabrielle Bell –

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki –

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