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Comics Deserve Better Episode 9: Copra Round One by Michel Fiffe

In the penultimate episode of this season of Comics Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan talk about the re-release of the Scott Pilgrim beat ’em up and the Little Bird prequel. However, the main attraction is a lively chat about Michel Fiffe‘s ass-kicking Silver Age-Ditko-meets-Bronze-Age-Ostrander pastiche, Copra. Other comics mentioned, include On the Stump, Klaus Hargreeves’ solo comic, Slaughterhouse-Five, Flower of the Deep Sleep, and Heavy #1.

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:

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.

Comics Deserve Better: Episode 3: Daytripper by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Dave Stewart, and Sean Konot

In this week’s Comic Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan discuss Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá‘, and Dave Stewart‘s life and death masterpiece, Daytripper, and get emotional and occasionally personal while breaking down the craft of this great title. They also chat about a plethora of recent indie releases ranging from Singaporean newspaper comics about Covid-19 and self-published comics about going to movie theaters (Remember those!) to Vault ComicsFinger Guns, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Pulp, and the manga, Yona of the Dawn. There’s something for everyone in this episode! (Episode art by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.)

Comics Deserve Better is a New Podcast Focused on Indie Comics

Graphic Policy contributor Logan Dalton, Darci Meadville, and Brian Stafford have teamed up for the new podcast “Comics Deserve Better.”

The podcast focuses on indie comics (non-Big Two), non-licensed comics, and news.

The first episode is available now and discusses the memoir/road trip story American Dream? by Malaysian-American non-binary cartoonist Shing Yin Khor.

You can listen to it on Anchor, Spotify, or right here below!

ShortBox Launches a Kickstarter for their 12th Comics Box

ShortBox has launched a Kickstarter for their twelfth box of exclusive comics and goods, hot from the presses and straight to your door! The box features five debut comics complete with covers, preview pages, and blurbs for your consideration in news coverage. The Kickstarter was funded within a day, and they’re now headed towards stretch goals!

The project ends Wednesday, May 20 2020 6:00 AM EDT and costs £35.

What Is ShortBox

ShortBox is an independent, Eisner-nominated comics publisher based in Yorkshire, England. 

Since 2016, we’ve been publishing a mail-order comics box containing 5 new comics, a limited edition art-print, and some sweets! What’s unique about our box is that everything in it is new- original work created specifically to be released via the box. 

Each box is a vehicle for us to put out a selection of fresh, exciting, independent comics, and mail them directly to your door!

The Box Features

Dead End Jobs for Ghosts by Aminder Dhaliwal 

What happens when we die? In this pithy new satire on the spookiness of capitalism and the culture of working til you drop (and beyond!), Aminder Dhaliwal answers that eternal question, charting the secret history of Spectreworks Inc., and the deal struck between humans and ghosts to build a spectral workforce via automation- with jobs to suit every ghost!

Dead End Jobs for Ghosts

‘Time will tell’ fabric screenprint by Jillian Tamaki

This oversized screenprinted patch measures 20x20cm, and is exclusive to the box (won’t be available at any later point or for individual sale- this is the only way to get one).  We love the idea of a unique fabric piece that can be framed, quilted, sewn in to a jacket or tote, mini-pennant, bunting, or whatever use you come up with!

'Time will tell' fabric screenprint by Jillian Tamaki

She Would Feel the Same by Emma Hunsinger

Chloe and Phoebe’s relationship has ended, amicably. Nobody instigated the breakup, they both felt it was time to move on. So why can’t Chloe stop thinking about it: how neat and civilised it all was? Is it normal to just suddenly stop loving someone who meant so much to you? Is that… it? An unmissable debut comic work from a formidable up-and-coming comics talent.

She Would Feel the Same by Emma Hunsinger

Pippette and Dudley’s Charming Dog Adventure by Charlotte Mei

Micro-influencer and regional princess Pipette is growing tired of her domestic life and virtual duty, and decides instead to participate in an ‘eligible bachelor’s showcase.’ As Pipette spends more and more time with DJ Prince Kyle, her darling dog and best friend, Dudley. begins to act out, feeling increasingly abandoned. Who will Pipette choose, and will their friendship survive?

Pippette and Dudley's Charming Dog Adventure

Interim by Allissa Chan

A star falls in a strange, empty city, but finds itself trapped and unable to escape. As the city shifts and remakes itself, the star joins forces with an indomitable crow in a bid to gain both their freedoms.

Interim

Outspace by Núria Martinez

Outspace is the hot, shiny, new game-of-the-moment, and after being recommended it by a friend, Erin decides to give it a go. Initially sceptical, she soon finds herself engrossed to the point where she real-life and virtual reality begin to blur… Or is she just imagining it?

Outspace

Review: Ginseng Roots #1

Creator Craig Thompson reflects on his childhood working in the ginseng fields of Wisconsin.

Story: Craig Thompson
Art: Craig Thompson

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Uncivilized Books

Uncivilized Books provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Small Press Expo Announces Kickstarter Table Grants for SPX 2019

Small Press Expo 2019

In addition to its sponsorship of the 2019 Ignatz Awards, Kickstarter is also directly supporting creators at SPX’s 25th Anniversary. SPX is honored to have Camilla Zhang, Kickstarter’s Comics Outreach Lead, along with Product Designer Jenna Leonardo and Senior Engineer Pritika N. on site to provide SPX creators with dedicated consultation as to how to design and launch the best Kickstarter campaigns possible.

Kickstarter is also directing part of its sponsorship to subsidize tables for a selected group of exhibitors at SPX 2019, which was developed in consultation with members of the SPX Executive Committee.

The following SPX exhibitors will have their tables paid for by this most generous Kickstarter sponsorship, with any monies already paid to SPX to be refunded after this years show:

  • Shortbox/Zainab Akhtar
  • Lawrence Lindell
  • Carla Speed McNeil
  • Hazel Newvalent
  • Laura Knetzger
  • Archie Bongiovanni
  • Claire Connelly
  • Richie Pope
  • Maia Kobabe
  • Christina “Steenz” Stewart
  • Henry Barajas
  • Rhael McGregor

Come to SPX 2019 to celebrate SPX’s 25th Anniversary. There will be 30 special guests, 22 program panels, 14 workshops and over 600 creators/exhibitors, many of whom have used Kickstarter to fund their works.

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