2018 Ignatz Awards shortlist announced

The 2018 Ignatz Awards shortlist was announced this week, and the full list of nominees reflects a huge range of diverse comics talent.

Congratulations to everyone nominated.

Launched in 1997, the Ignatz Awards – the name inspired by the brick-throwing mouse Ignatz from George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat” – are intended to recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators or creator-owned projects published by larger publishers.

Past winners include Tillie Walden, Michael DeForge and Jaime Hernandez.

Now in their 21st year of existence, the Awards form a part of America’s annual weekend-long Small Press Expo. Ballots will be handed out to attendees at the Festival.

The nominees were decided by panel of judges consisting of Leila Abdelrazaq, Kevin Czap, Mita Mahato, Carolyn Nowak and Taneka Stotts.

This year’s categories and nominees are:

Outstanding Artist

  • Yvan Alagbé for Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures
  • Ivy Atoms for Pinky & Pepper Forever
  • Tommi Parrish for The Lie and How We Told It
  • Richie Pope for The Box We Sit On
  • Sophie Standing for Anxiety is Really Strange

Outstanding Collection

  • Beirut Won’t Cry by Mazen Kerbaj
  • Blackbird Days by Manuele Fior
  • Language Barrier by Hannah K. Lee
  • Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino
  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

Outstanding Anthology

  • La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuertes ed. by Kat Fajardo & Pablo Castro
  • Comics for Choice ed. by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and Ø.K. Fox
  • Ink Brick #8 ed. by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin
  • BOTTOMS UP! Tales of Hitting Rock Bottom ed. by J.T. Yost
  • Lovers Only ed. by Mickey Zacchilli

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Why Art? by Eleanor Davis
  • Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom by Marcelo D’Salete
  • Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-sik Hong
  • The Lie and How We Told It by Tommi Parrish
  • Anti-Gone by Connor Willumsen

Outstanding Series

  • Ley Lines from Grindstone Comics & Czap Books
  • Nori by Rumi Hara
  • Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger
  • Gumballs by Erin Nations
  • Frontier from Youth in Decline

Outstanding Mini-Comic

  • Dog Nurse by Margot Ferrick
  • Greenhouse by Debbie Fong
  • Common Blessings & Common Curses by Maritsa Patrinos
  • Mothball 88 by Kevin Reilly
  • Say It With Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food by Shing Yin Khor

Outstanding Mini-Comic

  • Recollection by Alyssa Berg
  • How to Be Alive by Tara Booth
  • Hot Summer Nights by Freddy Carrasco
  • Whatsa Paintoonist? by Jerry Moriarty
  • Baopu by Yao Xiao

Outstanding Online Comic

  • Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal
  • The Wolves Outside by Jesse England
  • A Fire Story by Brian Fies
  • Lara Croft Was My Family by Carta Monir
  • A Part of Me is Still Unknown by Meg O’Shea

Promising New Talent

  • Iasmin Omar Ata for Mis(h)adra
  • Tara Booth for How to Be Alive
  • Xia Gordon for The Fashion of 2004
  • Rumi Hara for Nori and the Rabbits of the Moon
  • Tommi Parrish for The Lie and How We Told It

Outstanding Story

  • Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures by Yvan Alagbé
  • Why Art? by Eleanor Davis
  • Rhode Island Me by Michael DeForge
  • How the Best Hunter in the Village Met Her Death by Molly Ostertag
  • The Lie and How We Told It by Tommi Parrish

SPX takes place in Bethesda, Maryland from the 15th – 16th September 2018. More details can be found here

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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