Small Press Expo Announces the 2019 Ignatz Award Nominees

Ignatz Award 2019 logo

The Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the 2019 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.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today comics professionals, MK CzerwiecKelly Froh, Chris Kindred, Nola Pfau, and Rob McMonigal.

The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 9:30 P.M.

This year’s Ignatz logo is by 2018 Promising New Talent winner, Iasmin Omar Ata.

Kickstarter is sponsoring the 2019 Ignatz Awards. Their sponsorship will go towards ballot printing, manufacture of the awards, room & A/V costs for the ceremony and the Ignatz After Party.

Congrats to this year’s nominees! Find the full list below.

Outstanding Artist

  • Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second)
  • Koren Shadmi – Highwayman (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Lucy Knisley – Kid Gloves (First Second)
  • Sloane Leong – Prism Stalker (Image Comics)
  • Ezra Claytan Daniels – Upgrade Soul (Lion Forge)

Outstanding Collection

  • Love Letters to Jane’s World – Paige Braddock (Lion Forge)
  • Girl Town – Carolyn Nowak (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Dirty Plotte – Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Leaving Richard’s Valley – Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • This Woman’s Work – Julie Delporte (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Anthology

  • Electrum – Edited by Der-shing Helmer (Alloy)
  • Wayward Sisters – Edited by Allison O’Toole (TO Comix Press)
  • Family  The Nib Magazine – Edited by Matt Bors, Matt Lubchanksy and Eleri Harris (The Nib)
  • Death – The Nib Magazine – Edited by Matt Bors, Matt Lubchanksy and Eleri Harris (The Nib)
  • We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology – Edited by Tara Avery and Jeanne Thornton (Stacked Deck Press)

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me – Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second)
  • Upgrade Soul – Ezra Clayton Daniels (Lion Forge)
  • Woman World – Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Highwayman – Koren Shadmi (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Gender Queer – Maia Kobabe (Lion Forge)

Outstanding Series

  • The Nib Magazine – Matt Bors (The Nib)
  • Daygloayhole Quarterly – Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket Press)
  • Heavenly Blues – Ben Kahn/Bruno Hidalgo (Scout Comics)
  • Frontier – Youth in Decline
  • Endgames – Ru Xu (NewsPrints)

Outstanding Minicomic

  • Trans Girls Hit the Town – Emma Jayne (Diskette Press)
  • Gonzalo – Jed McGowan (Shortbox)
  • Silver Wire – Kriota Willberg (Birdcage Bottom Books)
  • Cherry – Inés Estrada (Kilgore Books & Comics)
  • YLLW YLLW YLLW – Mar Julia (Diskette Press)

Outstanding Comic

  • Lorna – Benji Nate (Self-Published)
  • Infinite Wheat Paste #7 – Pidge (Pidge Comics)
  • The Saga of Metalbeard – Joshua Paddon & Matthew Hoddy (Self-Published)
  • Egg Cream – Liz Suburbia (Silver Sprocket & Czap Books)
  • Check Please! – Ngozi Ukazu (First Second)

Outstanding Online Comic

  • Isle of Elsi – Alec Longstreth
  • That’s Not My Name! – Hannako Lambert
  • What Doctors Know About CPR – Nathan Gray
  • About Face – Nate Powell
  • Full Court Crush – Hannah Blumenreich

Promising New Talent

  • Haleigh Buck
  • Ebony Flowers
  • Emma Jayne
  • Mar Julia
  • Kelsey Wroten

Outstanding Story

  • Sacred Heart Vol 2 Part 1: Livin’ in the Future – Liz Suburbia (from Egg Cream #1) (Czap Books)
  • Sincerely, Harriet – Sarah Winifred Searle (Graphic Universe)
  • Woman World – Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea – Vannak Anan Prum (Seven Stories Press)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me – Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second)

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