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The 2021 Ignatz Award Winners are…

2021 Ignatz Awards

During this weeked’s Small Press Expo (SPX) the winners of the 2021 Ignatz Awards were announced. The Ignatz are a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The awards were presented virtually with a livestream awards ceremony.

The Ignatz Awards are a juried festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry. Traditionally, the winners are determined by attendees of the in-person event. This year, as was the case in 2020, voting was open to all who register to receive a ballot.

Ignatz Awards nominees are determined by a panel of comics professionals. The 2021 Ignatz jurors were Sunmi, Nguyên Khôi Nguyễn, and Daniel Elkin.

The nominees are listed below with the winner in BOLD. Congrats to everyone.


Outstanding Artist

  • Ashanti Fortson – Leaf Lace (Hiveworks)
  • Lee Lai – Stone Fruit (Fantagraphics)
  • Arantza Peña Popo – Lavender Scare (self-published)
  • Damien Roudeau – Crude (Graphic Mundi)
  • Karl Stevens – Penny (Chronicle)

Outstanding Anthology

  • A Queer Prisoner’s Anthology IV – ed. by Casper Cendre (ABO)
  • Bystander (Kadak Collective)
  • Confined Before Covid: A Pandemic Anthology by LGBTQ Prisoners (ABO)
  • First Wave: Comics from the Early Months of China’s Outbreak – ed. by Xinmei Liu (Paradise Systems)
  • Glaeolia 2 (Glacier Bay Books)

Outstanding Collection

  • Sami Alwani – The Pleasure of the Text (Conundrum Press)
  • Ancco – Nineteen (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Abby Howard – The Crossroads at Midnight (Iron Circus Comics)
  • Tess Scilipoti – Do You Think I Look Like a Girl? (self-published)
  • Kuniko Tsurita – The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Comic

  • EA Bethea – Francis Bacon (Domino Books)
  • Ashanti Fortson – Leaf Lace (Hiveworks)
  • Maddi Gonzalez – Rhapsodie (Fantagraphics)
  • Adam Szym – A Cordial Invitation (Fantagraphics)
  • Dominique Duong – The Dog & The Cat (self-published)

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Alex Graham – Dog Biscuits (self-published)
  • Jim Terry – Come Home, Indio (Street Noise Books)
  • Lee Lai – Stone Fruit (Fantagraphics)
  • Sloane Leong – A Map to the Sun (First Second)
  • Nico Harriman – Mr. H: Portrait of a High School Art Teacher (self-published)

Outstanding Minicomic

  • Brendan Leach – Slum Clearance Symphony (Czap Books)
  • Casey Nowak – Bodyseed (Diskette Press)
  • Arantza Peña Popo – Lavender Scare (self-published)
  • Whit Taylor – Montana Diary (Silver Sprocket)
  • Leda Zawacki – The Drain Pipe (self-published)

Outstanding Online Comic

  • Michael DeForge – Birds of Maine
  • Ashanti Fortson  Leaf Lace (Hiveworks)
  • Shing Yin Khor – I Do Not Want to Write Today
  • Susannah Lohr – Shadows Become You
  • Alec Robbins – Mr. Boop

Outstanding Series

  • Ex.Mag (Peow Studios)
  • Malarkey – November Garcia (Birdcage Bottom Books)
  • Ley Lines – ed. by Kevin Czapiewski (Czap Books)
  • Tongues – Anders Nilsen (self-published)
  • A Queer Prisoner’s Anthology IV – ed. by Casper Cendre (ABO)

Outstanding Story

  • Raquelle Jac – Misguided Love from Now #9 (Fantagraphics)
  • Ancco – Nineteen (Drawn & Quarterly)Yeong-shin Ma – Moms (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Freddy Carrasco – Personal Companion from Ex.Mag #1 (Peow Studios)
  • Stan Stanley – The Hazards of Love (Simon & Schuster)

Promising New Talent

  • Royal Dunlap
  • Nico Harriman
  • Zoe Maeve
  • Pa-Luis
  • Tess Scilipoti
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