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Small Press Expo Announces the 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees

2015 Ignatz AwardThe Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, has announced the 2015 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’s comic artists, Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha, 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 19, 2015 at 9:30 P.M.

ComiXology will be sponsoring this year’s Ignatz Awards.

The 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees


Outstanding Artist

  • Emily CarrollThrough The Woods
  • Ed LuceWuvable Oaf
  • Roman Muradov (In a Sense) Lost and Found
  • Jillian TamakiSuperMutant Magic Academy
  • Noah Van SciverSaint Cole

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

  • Drawn and Quarterly, 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin, Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren, and Julia Pohl-Miranda
  • An Entity Observes All Things by Box Brown
  • How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly
  • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Beauty by Kerascoët and Hubert
  • The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
  • Rav by Mickey Zacchilli
  • Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver
  • Wendy by Walter Scott

Outstanding Story

  • Doctors by Dash Shaw
  • “Me As a Baby” from Lose #6 by Michael DeForge
  • “Nature Lessons” from The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger
  • “Sex Coven” from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki
  • Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

Promising New Talent

  • M. DeanK.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971)
  • Sophia Foster-DiminoSphincter; Sex Fantasy
  • Dakota McFadzeanDon’t Get Eaten by Anything
  • Jane MaiSoft
  • Gina WynbrandtBig Pussy

Outstanding Series

  • Dumb by Georgia Webber
  • Frontier edited by Ryan Sands
  • March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  • Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
  • Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Comic

  • Borb by Jason Little
  • The Nature of Nature by Disa Wallander
  • The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
  • Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly
  • Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

Outstanding Minicomic

  • Devil’s Slice of Life by Patrick Crotty
  • Epoxy 5 by John Pham
  • King Cat #75 by John Porcellino
  • Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino
  • Whalen: A Reckoning by Audry

Outstanding Online Comic

SPX will be held Saturday, September 19 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 20, 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.

This year’s image of Ignatz, as seen above, was created by 2014 Promising New Talent Winner Cathy G. Johnson.

Small Press Expo announces debut works from Lilli Carre, Keith Knight, Sammy Harkham, Michael DeForge, Adrian Tomine and over 140 others at SPX 2012

The Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. It’s now wonder then that so many new independent comics will debut at the festival. To find out what to expect, you can head to http://www.spxpo.com/debuts. But, there’s over 140 debuts at this year’s show, the most in show history. They represent a diverse range of cartooning styles, narrative approaches, topics, audiences and cartoonists, from some of the biggest names in the indie comics field.

Here’s a few of the comics you can expect:

Lilli Carre will be back at SPX for the first time in over five years with her new compilation Heads or Tails, from Fantagraphics.

Keith Knight’s social commentary strip K Chronicles, has a new compendium of material not available in other collections, titled The Incredible Cuteness of Being.

Sammy Harkham debuts his new book from Picturebox, Everything Together: Collected Stories.

Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings from Drawn & Quarterly collects and annotates his illustration work, including drawings for The New Yorker and other magazines.

Michael DeForge series of self-anthologized works continues with the debut of  Lose #4 from Koyama Press.

All of the above creators will be at SPX 2012 to sign their latest works.

The festival features additional debuts from: Carol Tyler, Theo Ellsworth,  Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson, Dean Haspiel, Renee French, Ron Rege, Diana Thung, Jess Smart Smiley, Carolyn Belefski, Lamar Abrams, Ethan Rilly, Frank Santoro, Julia Wertz, Michael Bracco and many others.

Small Press Expo announces debut works from Takashi Murakami, Matt Thurber, Mike Dawson, and others at SPX 2011

Official Press Release

Small Press Expo announces debut works from Takashi Murakami, Matt Thurber, Mike Dawson, and others at SPX 2011

Bethesda, Maryland; August 16, 2011 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, announces new graphic novels and comics being debuted at the festival.. For summaries, cover images, and details of all the debuting work, please visit http://www.spxpo.com/debuts

SPX has always been a showcase for new talent and a great place to debut new works. This year’s debuts — 38 at the time of this release! — represent a diverse range of cartooning styles, narrative approaches and topics, audiences, and cartoonists.

Takashi Murakami’s Stargazing Dog, the latest bestseller by the internationally renowned designer, will be available in an English-language version from NBM Publishing. The Japanese version has sold over a half a million copies and is slated to become a feature film.

Mike Dawson debuts the graphic novel compilation of last year’s Ignatz-award winner for Outstanding Online Comic, Troop 142.

Matt Thurber introduces 1-800-Mice, an imaginative and ambitious narrative set in the imaginary city of Volcano Park, where flying mouse couriers have replaced Federal Express.

Jennifer Hayden releases the print compilation of her popular and acclaimed autobiographic online comic Underwire. The comics previously appeared on ACT-I-VATE.com..

The festival features additional debuts from: 1RODHWY, Troy-Jeffrey Allen and Jay Payne, Americans UK, Pat Barrett, Jonathan Baylis, Carolyn Belefski, Jeffrey Brown, Marjee Chmiel and Sandra Lanz, Ernie Colon, the Draw Sucka! artists, Mario A. Gonzales, Seamus Heffernan, Jeph Jacques, James Jarvis, Jim8ball, Josh Kramer, Molly Lawless, Eric Leland, Joel Lolar, Renee Lott, Kyle Magnan, Jeremy Massie, Tom McHenry, Shawn Padraic Murphy, Jamie Noguchi, Melody Often, Katie Omberg, Desiree Pittman, Peter Quach, Ashley Quigg, Ethan Rilly, Justin Rivers and Courtney Zell, Jon Reed, Matthew D. Smith, The Sequential Artist Workshop, Andrea Tsurumi, Sara Turner, Joey Weiser, Jeremy Whitley and Jason Strutz, K. Sekelsky, Robert Ullman, Yuichi Yokoyama, and Chris Yura.

Interviews and review copies may be available. Please contact the SPX press office at the number above.

About SPX

SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at http://www.cbldf.org.

The hours for SPX 2011 are 11am–7pm Saturday, September 10, and 12–6pm Sunday, September 11. Admission is $10 for a single day or $15 for the weekend.