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The 2022 Ignatz Award Winners revealed

Ignatz Awards

Last night as part of the Small Press Expo (SPX) the winners for the 2022 Ignatz Awards was announced. The awards are a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

For the first time in three years, SPX 2022 has featured a full slate of programming and workshops, along with a live presentation of the Ignatz Awards ceremony.

Beginning this year, voting for the Ignatz Awards was opened to anybody on the SPX email lists and anyone requesting a ballot. There was no in-person voting at the show as has been tradition. 

The Ignatz Awards nominees were determined by a panel of comics professionals. This year’s team of jurors included:

  • Cuyler Hedlund
  • Josh O’Neill
  • Breena Nunez
  • Alex Hoffman
  • Hazel Newlevant

Congrats to all of the nominees and winners. The winners are in bold below.


2022 IGNATZ NOMINEES AND WINNERS

OUTSTANDING ARTIST

  • Halcyon, illustrated by Ron Regé Jr. (Fantagraphics)
  • Four Years Collected: Vol 2, by K Czap (Czap Books)
  • The City of Belgium, illustrated by Brecht Evens (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life, illustrated by Reimena Yee (Hiveworks Comics)
  • Faster, illustrated by Jesse Lonergan (Bulgilhan Press)

OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY

  • LAAB Magazine #2: Eat / Shit – ed. Ronald Wimberly and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)
  • Isolated: A Pandemic Comics Anthology – ed. Tana Oshima (Self Published)
  • Smut Peddler Presents: Sordid Past – ed. Andrea Purcell (Iron Circus Comics)
  • Good Boy Magazine #1 – ed. Michael Sweater and Benji Nate (Silver Sprocket)
  • Baltic Comics Magazine š! #42 ‘Scientific Facts’ – ed. David Schilter, Sanita Muižniece (kuš!)

OUTSTANDING COLLECTION

  • Arrive In My Hands by Trinidad Escobar (Black Josei Press)
  • Cover Not Final: Crime Funnies by Max Huffman (Adhouse Books)
  • Think I’ve Still Got It! By Wang XX, Translated by R. Orion Martin (Paradise Systems)
  • Mr. Boop by Alec Robbins (Silver Sprocket)
  • The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories by Rumi Hara (Drawn & Quarterly)

OUTSTANDING COMIC

  • Four Years Collected: Vol 2 by K Czap (Czap Books)
  • I See A Knight by Xulia Vicente (Shortbox)
  • Pee Pee Poo Poo #69 by Caroline Cash (Self Published)
  • Are Comic Books Real? by Alex Nall (Self Published)
  • Ode to Keisha by Jamila Rowser and Trinidad Escobar (Black Josei Press)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • Discipline by Dash Shaw (New York Review Comics) 
  • Power Born of Dreams: My Story is Palestine, by Mohammad Sabaaneh, translated by Dalia and Mouin Rabbani (Street Noise Books)
  • Clutter: A Scatterbrained Sexual Assault Memoir, by Ariel Bordeaux (Fieldmouse Press)
  • No One Else by R. Kikuo Johnson (Fantagraphics)
  • What is Home, Mum? By Sabba Khan (Street Noise Books)

OUTSTANDING MINICOMIC

  • Joy by Maritsa Patrinos (Self Published)
  • Pee Pee Poo Poo #69 by Caroline Cash (Self Published)
  • Carrington’s World by Summer Pierre (Self Published)
  • Phonestoned by King Ray (Self Published)
  • Sleemor Gank – Burg Land 1 by Alexander Laird (Self Published)

OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC

  • Blind Alley by Adam de Souza 
  • Ride or Die by Mars Heyward 
  • Vattu by Evan Dahm 
  • Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life by Reimena Yee
  • Technofeelia Vol. 4 ‘Help’ by Amy Kurzweil

OUTSTANDING SERIES

  • Methods of Dyeing by B. Mure (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Trans Classic Movies by Jett Allen (www.intomore.com)
  • The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade (BOOM! Studios)
  • Ley Lines Artists: Keren Katz, Cameron Weston Nicholson, Jordan Jeffries, ed. K Czap & L Nichols (Grindstone Comics & Czap Books)
  • The Nib Magazine – ed. by Matt Bors (The Nib)

OUTSTANDING STORY

  • Big Cats by Liz Yerby (Self Published)
  • Ley Lines: The First Few Bars by Keren Katz (Grindstone Comics & Czap Books)
  • Ley Lines: Love, or the Axe by Jordan Jeffries (Grindstone Comics & Czap Books)
  • The Lover of Everyone in the World, from The Lover of Everyone in the World by Beatrix Urkowitz (Parsifal Press)
  • Winter Break 2029, from Invisible Parade, by Mississippi (Glacier Bay Books)

PROMISING NEW TALENT:

  • Arrive In My Hands by Trinidad Escobar (Black Josei Press)
  • Archeologist Landing by Yara Elfouly (Self Published)
  • Koreans Speak English by Juniper Kim (Self Published)
  • The Third Person by Emma Grove (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Djeliya by Juni Ba (TKO Studios)

Small Press Expo Announces the 2022 Ignatz Award Nominees

Ignatz Awards

The Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the 2022 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

For the first time in three years, SPX 2022 will feature a full slate of programming and workshops, along with a live presentation of the Ignatz Awards ceremony.

Beginning this year, voting for the Ignatz Awards will be opened to anybody on the SPX email lists and anyone requesting a ballot. There will be no in-person voting at the show, as we open up the voting for the prestigious Ignatz Awards to all fans of indie comics. 

Ignatz Awards nominees are determined by a panel of comics professionals. This year’s team of jurors includes:

  • Cuyler Hedlund
  • Josh O’Neill
  • Breena Nunez
  • Alex Hoffman
  • Hazel Newlevant

The Ignatz Awards ceremony will be held at 9:30PM on September 17 in the White Oak Room of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.


BALLOT & VOTING INFORMATION

  • Voting for the 2022 Ignatz Awards will be by email ballot only, there will be no on-site voting.
  • Ballots will be emailed on Thursday August 18 to everyone on SPX’s email lists.
  • Voting ends on Wednesday, September 14 at 11:59 PM (EDT).
  • Please check your spam folder if you do not see your ballot.
  • If you wish to vote for the Ignatz Awards and are not on the SPX email lists, signup for a ballot and get added to the email lists at the SPX website.

2022 IGNATZ NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING ARTIST

  • Halcyon, illustrated by Ron Regé Jr. (Fantagraphics)
  • Four Years Collected: Vol 2, by K Czap (Czap Books)
  • The City of Belgium, illustrated by Brecht Evens (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life, illustrated by Reimena Yee (Hiveworks Comics)
  • Faster, illustrated by Jesse Lonergan (Bulgilhan Press)

OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY

  • LAAB Magazine #2: Eat / Shit – ed. Ronald Wimberly and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)
  • Isolated: A Pandemic Comics Anthology – ed. Tana Oshima (Self Published)
  • Smut Peddler Presents: Sordid Past – ed. Andrea Purcell (Iron Circus Comics)
  • Good Boy Magazine #1 – ed. Michael Sweater and Benji Nate (Silver Sprocket)
  • Baltic Comics Magazine š! #42 ‘Scientific Facts’ – ed. David Schilter, Sanita Muižniece (kuš!)

OUTSTANDING COLLECTION

  • Arrive In My Hands by Trinidad Escobar (Black Josei Press)
  • Cover Not Final: Crime Funnies by Max Huffman (Adhouse Books)
  • Think I’ve Still Got It! By Wang XX, Translated by R. Orion Martin (Paradise Systems)
  • Mr. Boop by Alec Robbins (Silver Sprocket)
  • The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories by Rumi Hara (Drawn & Quarterly)

OUTSTANDING COMIC

  • Four Years Collected: Vol 2 by K Czap (Czap Books)
  • I See A Knight by Xulia Vicente (Shortbox)
  • Pee Pee Poo Poo #69 by Caroline Cash (Self Published)
  • Are Comic Books Real? by Alex Nall (Self Published)
  • Ode to Keisha by Jamila Rowser and Trinidad Escobar (Black Josei Press)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • Discipline by Dash Shaw (New York Review Comics) 
  • Power Born of Dreams: My Story is Palestine, by Mohammad Sabaaneh, translated by Dalia and Mouin Rabbani (Street Noise Books)
  • Clutter: A Scatterbrained Sexual Assault Memoir, by Ariel Bordeaux (Fieldmouse Press)
  • No One Else by R. Kikuo Johnson (Fantagraphics)
  • What is Home, Mum? By Sabba Khan (Street Noise Books)

OUTSTANDING MINICOMIC

  • Joy by Maritsa Patrinos (Self Published)
  • Pee Pee Poo Poo #69 by Caroline Cash (Self Published)
  • Carrington’s World by Summer Pierre (Self Published)
  • Phonestoned by King Ray (Self Published)
  • Sleemor Gank – Burg Land 1 by Alexander Laird (Self Published)

OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC

  • Blind Alley by Adam de Souza 
  • Ride or Die by Mars Heyward 
  • Vattu by Evan Dahm 
  • Alexander, the Servant & the Water of Life by Reimena Yee
  • Technofeelia Vol. 4 ‘Help’ by Amy Kurzweil

OUTSTANDING SERIES

  • Methods of Dyeing by B. Mure (Avery Hill Publishing)
  • Trans Classic Movies by Jett Allen (www.intomore.com)
  • The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade (BOOM! Studios)
  • Ley Lines Artists: Keren Katz, Cameron Weston Nicholson, Jordan Jeffries, ed. K Czap & L Nichols (Grindstone Comics & Czap Books)
  • The Nib Magazine – ed. by Matt Bors (The Nib)

OUTSTANDING STORY

  • Big Cats by Liz Yerby (Self Published)
  • Ley Lines: The First Few Bars by Keren Katz (Grindstone Comics & Czap Books)
  • Ley Lines: Love, or the Axe by Jordan Jeffries (Grindstone Comics & Czap Books)
  • The Lover of Everyone in the World, from The Lover of Everyone in the World by Beatrix Urkowitz (Parsifal Press)
  • Winter Break 2029, from Invisible Parade, by Mississippi (Glacier Bay Books)

PROMISING NEW TALENT:

  • Arrive In My Hands by Trinidad Escobar (Black Josei Press)
  • Archeologist Landing by Yara Elfouly (Self Published)
  • Koreans Speak English by Juniper Kim (Self Published)
  • The Third Person by Emma Grove (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Djeliya by Juni Ba (TKO Studios)

SPX 2022: SPX Announces Ignatz Awards Sponsor Crowdfundr

SPX

Small Press Expo has announced that Crowdfundr, a free crowdfunding platform for creators, is the official sponsor of the 2022 Ignatz Awards

Crowdfundr launched on June 21 to the delight of comics creators looking for a crowdfunding alternative that puts their interests first. Nearly all of the first comic book creators and publishers on the platform have already fully funded their projects. The mission of Crowdfundr is to empower and support the creator community by providing them with a free and robust crowdfunding platform. 

The prestigious Ignatz Awards are held every year at SPX, recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The winners will be announced at SPX 2022 during the Ignatz Awards Ceremony, that occurs on September 17 at 9PM in the White Oak Room of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

Small Press Expo 2022 will be held on September 17 & 18, 2022 at the Bethesda North Marriott. Information about tickets, transportation and the hotel can be found on the SPX web site. In a ceremony to be held Saturday September 17 at 9PM, the most outstanding indie comic’s creators will be awarded the prestigious Ignatz Award across ten nominee categories, such as “Outstanding Artist”, “Outstanding Anthology”, “Outstanding New Talent” and more.

Besides sponsoring the Ignatz Awards, Crowdfundr will also host two workshops for creators to learn more about crowdfunding and the platform. The workshop schedule and the signup form will be announced mid-August.

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

The 2021 Ignatz Award Nominees Revealed

2021 Ignatz Awards

The Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the 2021 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. Presented virtually, SPX 2021 will feature a full slate of programming along with a livestream of the Ignatz 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 is open to all who register to receive a ballot.

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

The Ignatz Awards ceremony will be live-streamed via the SPX Youtube channel at 8PM on September 18.


BALLOT & VOTING INFORMATION

  • Ballots will be emailed on Thursday, September 2 to everyone on SPX’s email lists.
  • Voting begins Thursday, September 2 and ends on Sunday, September 12 at 11:59 PM (EDT).
  • Check your spam folder if you do not see your ballot.
  • If you requested a ballot in 2020 or are already subscribed to SPX emails, you do not need to sign up again.
  • If you need a ballot, Request one here.
  • New sign-ups will receive a ballot via email within 48-72 hours.

2021 IGNATZ NOMINEES

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 MaevePa-Luis
  • Tess Scilipoti

And the 2020 Ignatz Award Winners Are…

The 2020 winners for the annual Ignatz Awards have been announced during this year’s virtual Small Press Expo. The Ignatz are 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 2020 Ignatz Awards are sponsored by Politics & Prose, a D.C. based independent bookstore devoted to cultivating community and strengthening the common good through books, programs, and a respectful exchange of ideas.

The winner for each category is in bold below. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees!

Outstanding Artist

  • Ana Galvañ – Press Enter to Continue
  • Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  • Tianran Qu – Slices of Life 100 Comic Montage
  • Michael DeForge – Familiar Face
  • Katie Hicks – Guts

Outstanding Anthology

  • Dates III – edited by Zora Gilbert & Cat Parra
  • Be Gay, Do Comics – edited by The Nib
  • LAAB Magazine #4 – edited by Ronald Wimberly & Joshua O’Neill
  • The Anthology of Mind – Tommi Musturi
  • Sweaty Palms Volume 2 – Sage Coffey

Outstanding Collection

  • GLEEM – Eddy Carrasco
  • Glenn Ganges in: The River at Night – Kevin Huizenga
  • Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
  • Slices of Life: 100 Comic Montage – Tianran Qu
  • The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski – Noah Van Sciver

Outstanding Comic

  • Cosmoknights – Hannah Templer
  • My Dog Ivy – Gabrielle Bell
  • Cry Wolf Girl – Ariel Ries
  • Theth Tomorrow Forever – Josh Bayer
  • Mooncakes – Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Hot Comb – Ebony Flowers
  • Pittsburgh – Frank Santoro
  • Skip – Molly Mendoza
  • How I Tried to be a Good Person – Ulli Lust
  • This Was Our Pact – Ryan Andrews

Outstanding Minicomic

  • The Gulf – Nguyen Nguyen
  • Chapter Two – Keren Katz
  • Canvas – Theo K. Stultz
  • I Feel Weird #4 – Haleigh Buck
  • Black Hole Heart – Cathy G Johnson

Outstanding Online Comic

  • I Exist – Breena Nuñez
  • Like the Tide – Isabella Rotman
  • SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
  • Gabby Schulz (@gabbyschulz)
  • Witchy – Ariel Ries

Outstanding Series

  • The Misplaced – Chris Callahan
  • Fizzle – Whit Taylor
  • SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
  • kuš! – kuš! komiks
  • Frontier – Youth in Decline

Outstanding Story

  • The Lab – Allison Conway
  • The Hard Tomorrow – Eleanor Davis
  • The Weight #9 – Melissa Mendes
  • “Little Red Riding Hood” – Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
  • BTTM FDRS – Ezra Daniels & Ben Passmore

Promising New Talent

  • AJ Dungo
  • Sylvia Nickerson
  • Theo Stultz
  • Emil Wilson
  • Andrew Lorenzi

You can watch the ceremony below:

Comics Deserve Better Episode 8: Fearscape by Ryan O’Sullivan, Andrea Mutti, Vladmir Popov, and Andworld Design

Brian, Darci, and Logan court controversy yet again by discussing the news about the Keanu Reeves/BOOM! Studios KickStarter BRZKR as well as the announcement of the 4 Kids Walk Into the Bank film and the 2020 Ignatz Awards. But the main event of the episode is a discussion of Ryan O’Sullivan and Andrea Mutti‘s Vault Comics fantasy series Fearscape. Two of our hosts liked this book, but one was definitely drinking the haterade. You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out who’s who. Finally, other comics mentioned in this episode include Tartarus, Akagami no Shirayukihime, Grendel Kentucky, Ice Cream Man Presents: Quarantine Comix, Seance Tea Party, and Powers: The Best Ever. (Episode art by Andrea Mutti)

Small Press Expo Begins to Announce Its Virtual Panels

Small Press Expo

With the Small Press Expo canceled this year, the convention is going virtual. Along with a virtual Ignatz Awards, the beloved convention will have a full slate of programming to go with it.

Some of the panels have already been announced which you can see below and check out here for the full schedule. New panels are being revealed daily. Panels can be viewed on the SPX Youtube page during their times.

September 12

PARENTING AND ART IN A TIME OF CRISIS
September 12, 2020 11:00 am – 11:50 am

Balancing parenting with creating art can be difficult under the best of circumstances. In a time when parents also have to cope with a global pandemic, economic turmoil, injustice and oppression, and naked racism, how are cartoonists who are parents coping with this? How is it affecting not only their output, but the content of their work? Moderator Rob Clough (High-Low, SOLRAD) will discuss these questions and more with Keiler Roberts (Chlorine Gardens), Tyler Cohen (Primahood: Magenta), Whit Taylor (Fizzle, The Nib), and Luke Howard (Our Mother).


DISKETTE PRESS: ANN ARBOR TRANS PRINTING CLUB
September 12, 2020 1:30pm – 2:20 pm

Take a tour and listen to the behind-the-scenes workings of Ann Arbor’s Diskette Press! Publisher Carta Monir will lead a discussion with two of the artists she publishes, Emma Jayne (Trans Girls Hit The Town) and Casey Nowak (Girl Town, Duh Ha Ha). Diskette’s ace employee and Risograph tech whiz Renée Cymry will also provide details on the nuts and bolts of running a self-contained publishing house.


RED, WHITE, BLACK, & BLUE: HIGHLIGHTING AMERICA’S RACIAL ILLITERACY
September 12, 20202 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Combining comics, storytelling, statistics, and facts, Knight makes the case that America’s biggest problem is its inability to have a frank and honest discussion about race.

Knight’s presentation is designed to provoke constructive dialogue amongst people young and old, left and right, of all colors and orientations.  The presentation has been a hit at schools, churches, and workplaces across the United States and beyond.

Keith will also be answering questions about Woke, the new Hulu series inspired by Knight’s life and comics. All episodes of the first season drop 9/9/20.


THE FUTURE WITHOUT YOU
September 12, 2020 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

A seamless tapestry of comics, radio play, and live theatrical performance, The Future Without You is a collection of six short pieces from Tulsa Artist Fellow and Ignatz-award winning comics creator Sophie Goldstein and Tulsa Artist Fellow Carl Antonowicz, starring actors Kara Bellavia and Javier Sagel. Moderator Rob Clough will have a brief discussion with Goldstein and Antonowicz after the performance airs.


September 13

COMICS AND CONTRACTS
September 13, 2020 11:00 am – 11:50 am

One thing lacking in many art school curriculums is how to approach signing a book contract. What considerations should an artist consider in negotiating a contract? How do factors like copyrights, media rights, licensing, reversion rights figure into a contract? Join moderator Rob Clough and the interim Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Jeff Trexler, as they answer these and other frequently asked questions. Trexler will also discuss how he sees the CBLDF providing resources for these issues in the future.


HOW DRAWINGS RESONATE: EMPATHY AND IDENTITY IN GRAPHIC MEMOIR
September 13, 2020  12:15 pm – 1:05 am

Cartoonists GB Tran (Vietnamerica) and Erin Williams (Commute) join this roundtable with moderator Qiana Whitted and other scholars from the International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF) to discuss the ways that audience, reception, and “relatability” affect how comics are created, particularly those by women and people of color. How do these artists render hidden on painful experiences on the page in a manner that resonates with readers, while also realizing their own vision for the stories they want to tell? Co-sponsored by the International Comic Arts Forum


THE BODY LAID WASTE: THE NEW BODY HORROR IN COMICS
September 13, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm

While comics have always provided a space for the provocative modification of the human body, in recent years cartoonists have returned to the horror genre to twist it with their new visions of terrifying human figures. Grounding their approach to horror in the body itself, these artists excavate intimacy, desire, fantasy, and community care as they explore the human body in all its wonder and grotesqueness. At the intersection of the body, horror, and comics, they conjure alien lifeforms, create impossible anatomies, and pillage historical plagues and contemporary blights, all the while transforming the language of comics and pushing towards new heights of horror storytelling. Join moderator Dr. Rachel Miller as she explores these ideas with Kate Lacour (Vivisectionary), Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul, BTTM FDRS), Julia Gfrörer (Vision), and Sloane Leong (Prism Stalker).


SO GOTH SHE WAS BORN BLACK: A SPOTLIGHT ON BIANCA XUNISE
September 13, 2020 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Moderator J.A. Micheline will engage in conversation with Ignatz-award winning cartoonist Bianca Xunise (Six Chix, Say Her Name) about punk rock, goth, and her comics career.

The Small Press Expo Announces the 2020 Ignatz Award Nominees

The Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the 2020 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 2020 Ignatz Awards are sponsored by Politics & Prose, a D.C. based independent bookstore devoted to cultivating community and strengthening the common good through books, programs, and a respectful exchange of ideas.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of the best of today’s comics professionals, Scott Cederlund, November Garcia, Malala Gharib, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Voting beings August 31 and continues until September 9. Register to vote via the SPX website. Everyone registering to vote after the initial ballots are mailed on August 31 will be emailed ballots soon after registration.

Outstanding Artist

  • Ana Galvañ – Press Enter to Continue
  • Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  • Tianran Qu – Slices of Life 100 Comic Montage
  • Michael DeForge – Familiar Face
  • Katie Hicks – Guts

Outstanding Anthology

  • Dates III – edited by Zora Gilbert & Cat Parra
  • Be Gay, Do Comics – edited by The Nib
  • LAAB Magazine #4 – edited by Ronald Wimberly & Joshua O’Neill
  • The Anthology of Mind – Tommi Musturi
  • Sweaty Palms Volume 2 – Sage Coffey

Outstanding Collection

  • GLEEM – Eddy Carrasco
  • Glenn Ganges in: The River at Night – Kevin Huizenga
  • Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
  • Slices of Life: 100 Comic Montage – Tianran Qu
  • The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski – Noah Van Sciver

Outstanding Comic

  • Cosmoknights – Hannah Templer
  • My Dog Ivy – Gabrielle Bell
  • Cry Wolf Girl – Ariel Ries
  • Theth Tomorrow Forever – Josh Bayer
  • Mooncakes – Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Hot Comb – Ebony Flowers
  • Pittsburgh – Frank Santoro
  • Skip – Molly Mendoza
  • How I Tried to be a Good Person – Ulli Lust
  • This Was Our Pact – Ryan Andrews

Outstanding Minicomic

  • The Gulf – Nguyen Nguyen
  • Chapter Two – Keren Katz
  • Canvas – Theo K. Stultz
  • I Feel Weird #4 – Haleigh Buck
  • Black Hole Heart – Cathy G Johnson

Outstanding Online Comic

  • I Exist – Breena Nuñez
  • Like the Tide – Isabella Rotman
  • SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
  • Gabby Schulz (@gabbyschulz)
  • Witchy – Ariel Ries

Outstanding Series

  • The Misplaced – Chris Callahan
  • Fizzle – Whit Taylor
  • SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
  • kuš! – kuš! komiks
  • Frontier – Youth in Decline

Outstanding Story

  • The Lab – Allison Conway
  • The Hard Tomorrow – Eleanor Davis
  • The Weight #9 – Melissa Mendes
  • “Little Red Riding Hood” – Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
  • BTTM FDRS – Ezra Daniels & Ben Passmore

Promising New Talent

  • AJ Dungo
  • Sylvia Nickerson
  • Theo Stultz
  • Emil Wilson
  • Andrew Lorenzi

Small Press Expo Wants You to Register to Vote… for the Virtual 2020 Ignatz Awards

Ignatz 2020 logo design by Ebony Flowers
Ignatz 2020 logo design by Ebony Flowers

Small Press Expo’s 2020 Ignatz Awards, recognizing this year’s outstanding achievements in comics by small press creators, will be held online for the first time. In past years the Ignatz Awards have been a festival prize to be voted on only by attendees of the show, this year’s virtual event will open voting to all who have registered. 
Please register to vote by following this link.

Key dates for the 2020 Ignatz Awards

August 11 – Voter registration begins
August 26 – Announcement of Ignatz 2020 Nominees
August 28 – Voting begins with ballots emailed to all registered voters
September 4 – Voter registration ends
September 5 – Voting for the 2020 Ignatz Awards end
September 12 – Online Presentation of Ignatz Award winners

Everyone registering to vote after the initial ballots are mailed on August 28 will be emailed ballots soon after registration.

The Ignatz Awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Saturday night, September 12 at 8PM Eastern Time over the SPX Youtube channel.

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