Winners of the 2016 Ignatz Awards
The winners of the 2016 Ignatz Awards were announced tonight at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland. The Ignatz is a festival prize, with winners determined by voting by those who actually attended the show today. I previously posted the nominee list; here are the winners, as introduced by host Nate Powell.
Radishes by Carolyn Nowak
My Hot Date by Noah Van Sciver
Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts
Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Step Aside Pops by Kate Beaton
Outstanding Online Comic
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
Promising New Talent
Tillie Walden for I Love This Part
Fantasy Sports No. 1 by Sam Bosma
Outstanding Graphic Novel
Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt
Tillie Walden for The End of Summer
In many categories, long-time, well-known, award-winning creators (such as Dan Clowes or Kim Deitch or Adrian Tomine) were defeated by younger artists, which could be considered an upset, or a possible reflection of a younger audience.
Out of the nine categories, Tillie Walden was the only repeat winner, and only two of the awards were won by men, continuing the recent SPX tradition of strongly recognizing women’s comic work. (One of those categories, “Outstanding Story”, had no female nominees.) Another area where SPX paves the way is the ceremony itself — by having only nine categories, they seem more meaningful, which resulted in standing room only, as people were eager to see the results, and it was all over in an hour.