Monday, August 18, 2014

Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Nominees

Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
For Immediate Release
Contact: Eden Miller


Bethesda, Maryland; August 18, 2014 Media Release ­—

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 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, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, 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 13, 2014 at 9:30 P.M.

Additional information on the nominees and previews (as available) can be found at

Once again we want to thank our our friends at comiXology for sponsoring the Ignatz Awards. Information on comiXology and their self-publishing portal Submit can be found at

Additional information on the nominees and previews (as available) can be found at

 SPX will be held Saturday, September 13 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 14, 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.

For further information on the Ignatz Awards, the nominees or to request an interview, please contact Ignatz Awards coordinator, Eden Miller, at or SPX executive director, Warren Bernard at
For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit
Outstanding Artist

Sam Bosma for Fantasy Basketball
Kim Deitch for The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
Sophie Goldstein for Darwin Carmichael is Going To Hell; Edna II; House of Women
Ed Piskor for Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1
Jesse Reklaw for Couch Tag

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

Amazing Facts and Beyond by Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch

The End by Anders Nilsen

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire

QU33R edited by Robert Kirby

Outstanding Graphic Novel

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch

The Boxer by Reinhard Kleist

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

War of Streets and Houses by Sophie Yanow

Outstanding Story

"Brownout Biscuit," Octopus Pie: Dead Forever by Meredith Gran

Destination X by John Martz

The Grassy Knoll by Nick Drnaso

"Jobs,"  Life Zone by Simon Hanselmann

"Mom,"  Viewotron #2 by Sam Sharpe

Promising New Talent

Luke Howard for Trevor

Cathy G. Johnson for Jeremiah; Boy Genius; Until It Runs Clear

Nick Offerman for Orange; Onions

Keiler Roberts for Powdered Milk

Daryl Seitchik for Missy

Outstanding Series

The Black Feather Falls by Ellen Lindner

Demon by Jason Shiga

Powdered Milk by Keiler Roberts

Sky in Stereo by Sacha Mardou

Towerkind by Kat Verhoeven

Outstanding Comic

Blammo #8 by Noah Van Sciver

Cosplayers by Dash Shaw

It Will All Hurt #2 by Farel Dalrymple

Misliving Amended by Adam Buttrick

Wicked Chicken Queen by Sam Alden

Outstanding Minicomic

The Grassy Knoll by Nick Drnaso

House of Women by Sophie Goldstein

Never Forgets by Yumi Sakugawa

Test Tube #1 by Carlos Gonzalez

Up to the Top by Ian Sampson

Outstanding Online Comic

Band for Life by Anya Davidson

Big Dogs at Nite by Dane Martin

Demon by Jason Shiga

On Hiatus by Pete Toms

Vattu by Evan Dahm

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