Ignatz Award Nominees Announced

The Ignatz Awards, the SPX festival prizes, will be given out on Saturday, October 4, at 9 PM. As the press release describes them,

The Ignatz Awards are a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, the nominees being determined by a jury of five comic artists. This year’s jury consisted of Gabrielle Bell, Farel Dalrymple, Eleanor Davis, John Hankiewicz, and Andy Hartzell. The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse, 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 winners are determined by the votes of those who attend the show that day. The nominees are:

Outstanding Artist
Warren Craghead, How to Be Everywhere (self-published)
Lat, Town Boy (First Second Books)
Jillian Tamaki, Skim (Groundwood Books)
Laura Park, Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream (self-published)
Michel Rabagliati, Paul Goes Fishing (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Inkweed, Chris Wright (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Little Lulu Vol. 18, John Stanley (Dark Horse)
Papercutter #7, edited by Greg Means (Tugboat Press)
Pond Life, John Broadley (PictureBox)
Windy Corner #2, edited by Austin English (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
The Hot Breath of War, Trevor Alixopulos (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Notes for a War Story, Gipi (First Second Books)
Paul Goes Fishing, Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
Skim, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood Books)
Spent, Joe Matt (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Story
“Americus”, MK Reed and Jonathan Hill, Papercutter #7 (Tugboat Press)
“The Candy Rod”, Onsmith, Hotwire Comics #2 (Fantagraphics Books)
“The Galactic Funnels”, Dash Shaw, Mome #11 (Fantagraphics Books)
The Thing About Madeleine, Lilli Carre (self-published)
“The Urn”, Chris Wright, Inkweed (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Promising New Talent
Oliver East, Trains Are… Mint (Blank Slate)
Austin English, Windy Corner #2 (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Chuck Forsman, Snake Oil #1 (self-published)
Sarah Glidden, How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (self-published)
Lars Martinson, Tonoharu (Pliant Press/Top Shelf Productions)

Outstanding Series
Eye of the Magnetic Creature, Leslie Stein (self-published)
Injury, Ted May, Jason Robards, and Jeff Wilson (Buenaventura Press)
Paul series, Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Snake Oil, Chuck Forsman (self-published)

Outstanding Comic
Cryptic Wit #2, Gerald Jablonski (self-published)
Department of Art, Dunya Jankovic (self-published)
Lucky Vol. 2 #2, Gabrielle Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
Palooka-ville #19, Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
Snake Oil #1, Chuck Forsman (self-published)

Outstanding Mini-Comic
Bluefuzz, Jesse Reklaw
Dorado Park, Lilli Carre
How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden
Ochre Eclipse #2, Jonas Madden-Connor
Swell, Juliacks

Outstanding Online Comic
Achewood, Chris Onstad
Danny Dutch, David King
Slow Wave, Jesse Reklaw
Thingpart, Joe Sayers
Traced, Tracy White

… wow, there’s a whole lot of work there I’ve never seen or heard of. Which is admirable, since an award connected to a small press show SHOULD bring attention to lesser-known works, in my opinion. I hope many of them are at the show with sample copies to browse, though, or voting will be very difficult.

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One Response to “Ignatz Award Nominees Announced”

  1. Dave Rose Says:

    Well, I thought I bought a fair share of small press/alternative titles, but either I’m seriously seriously out of the loop or these comics aren’t aimed at me – probably some of both.

    Shoot, I don’t even know where I would get these comics. I’ve never seen them at any of the shops I’ve been to.

    The only one I have (or have even heard of) is Little Lulu Vol. 18. I still wish Dark Horse would put out more editions of this great series.

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