Small Press Expo Announces 2019 Ignatz Award Nominees
Bethesda, Maryland - August 22, 2019
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 2019 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 comics professionals, MK Czerwiec, Kelly Froh, Chris Kindred, Nola Pfau and Rob McMonigal.
Congratulations to all our nominees!, 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 14, 2019 at 9:30 P.M.
This years Ignatz logo is by 2018 Promising New Talent winner, Iasmin Omar Ata.
SPX is proud to have Kickstarter as the sponsor for the 2019 Ignatz Awards. Their generous sponsorship will go towards ballot printing, manufacture of the awards, room & A/V costs for the ceremony and the Ignatz After Party.
More information on Kickstarter's exciting support of SPX's 25th Birthday will be announced in the next few weeks.
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell - Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second)
Koren Shadmi - Highwayman (Top Shelf Productions)
Lucy Knisley - Kid Gloves (First Second)
Sloane Leong - Prism Stalker (Image Comics)
Ezra Claytan Daniels - Upgrade Soul (Lion Forge)
Love Letters to Jane's World - Paige Braddock (Lion Forge)
Girl Town - Carolyn Nowak (Top Shelf Productions)
Dirty Plotte - Julie Doucet (Drawn & Quarterly)
Leaving Richard's Valley - Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
This Woman's Work - Julie Delporte (Drawn & Quarterly)
Electrum - Edited by Der-shing Helmer (Alloy)
Wayward Sisters - Edited by Allison O'Toole (TO Comix Press)
Family - The Nib Magazine - Edited by Matt Bors, Matt Lubchanksy and Eleri Harris (The Nib)
Death- The Nib Magazine - Edited by Matt Bors, Matt Lubchanksy and Eleri Harris (The Nib)
We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology - Edited by Tara Avery and Jeanne Thornton (Stacked Deck Press)
Outstanding Graphic Novel
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me - Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
Upgrade Soul - Ezra Clayton Daniels (Lion Forge)
Woman World - Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn & Quarterly)
Highwayman - Koren Shadmi (Top Shelf Productions)
Gender Queer - Maia Kobabe (Lion Forge)
The Nib Magazine - Matt Bors (The Nib)
Daygloayhole Quarterly - Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket Press)
Heavenly Blues - Ben Kahn/Bruno Hidalgo (Scout Comics)
Frontier - Youth in Decline
Endgames - Ru Xu (NewsPrints)
Trans Girls Hit the Town - Emma Jayne (Diskette Press)
Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 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. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.
The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.