Con News: SPX announces the 2016 Ignatz Award nominees!

SPX 2016 banner 2It’s time, folks!  Small Press Expo has released this year’s list of nominees for the Ignatz Awards!  What are they?  Well, they’re named after a really adorable mouse…with a not so adorable way of throwing bricks.  Read Krazy Kat.  You’ll thank me later.

Some of the titles that have passed my way this year?  Jason Shiga’s Demon, Carol Tyler’s Soldier’s Heart, and of course online stuff like Octopus Pie and Vattu…but there’s so much good stuff here.  Feel free to use it to fill out your read list this Fall.  I know I will.

Read on for the full Ignatz Awards nominations list. And congratulations to all the nominees!

2016 Ignatz Award Nominees

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eden Miller
Email: spxignatz@gmail.com

Bethesda, Maryland; August 18, 2016 Media Release ­—

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2016 nominees for the 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. This year’s Ignatz image is by 2015 Promising New Talent winner, Sophia Foster-Dimino.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Tony Breed, Summer Pierre, Keiler Roberts, C. Spike Trotman and J.T. Yost., with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 9:30 P.M.

Additional information on the nominees can be found at www.smallpressexpo.com/spx-2016-ignatz-nominees

Once again we want to thank our our friends at comiXology for sponsoring the Ignatz Awards. Information on comiXology and their self-publishing portal Submit can be found at https://submit.comixology.com.

The 2016 Ignatz Award Nominees


Outstanding Artist

  • Daniel Clowes for Patience
  • Ryan Heshka for Mean Girls Club
  • Kevin Huizenga for Ganges
  • Noah Van Sciver for Disquiet
  • Tillie Walden for The End of Summer

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

  • Beverly by Nick Drnaso
  • Beyond: The Queer Sci Fi and Fantasy Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster and Taneka Stotts
  • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix edited by Trina Robbins
  • Killing And Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt
  • Nod Away by Josh Cotter
  • Sick by Gabby Schulz
  • Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler
  • Trashed by Derf Backderf

Outstanding Story

  • The Hunter by Joe Sparrow
  • Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • “Megg & Mogg In Amsterdam” from Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories by Simon Hanselmann
  • My Hot Date by Noah Van Sciver
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God” by Kim Deitch from Kramers Ergot 9

Promising New Talent

  • Kevin Budnik for Handbook
  • Maia Kobabe for Tom O’Bedlam
  • Sara Lautman for The Ultimate Laugh, Grape Nuts
  • Carolyn Nowak for Radishes
  • Tillie Walden for I Love This Part

Outstanding Series

  • Cartozia Tales edited by Isaac Cates
  • Demon by Jason Shiga
  • Ganges by Kevin Huizenga
  • Megg & Mogg & Owl by Simon Hanselmann
  • Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Comic

  • As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman
  • Be Good by John Martz
  • Fantasy Sports No. 1 by Sam Bosma
  • Patience by Daniel Clowes
  • “Shrine of the Monkey God” by Kim Deitch from Kramers Ergot 9

Outstanding Minicomic

  • The Experts by Sophie Franz
  • Laffy Meal by Pranas T. Naujokaitis
  • Maps to the Suns by Sloane Leong
  • Radishes by Carolyn Nowak
  • The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest by Luke Healy

Outstanding Online Comic

SPX will be held Saturday, September 17 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 18, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days.

For further information on the Ignatz Awards, the nominees or to request an interview, please contact Ignatz Awards coordinator, Eden Miller, at spxignatz@gmail.com or SPX executive director, Warren Bernard at warren@spxpo.com.  For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.

Once again we want to thank our our friends at comiXology for sponsoring the Ignatz Awards. Information on comiXology and their self-publishing portal Submit can be found at https://submit.comixology.com.

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