Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PR: Small Press Expo welcomes back former Ignatz winners as guests for 2011

Small Press Expo welcomes back former Ignatz winners as guests for 2011 

For Immediate Release                             
Contact: Warren Bernard

Bethesda, Maryland; July 20, 2011 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons welcomes back a significant number of former Ignatz award winners as guests for SPX 2011.

The Ignatz Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comics and Cartooning is the first Festival Prize in the US comic book industry. Nominees for the awards are announced in August and are voted on by SPX attendees during the festival. The Ignatz Awards Presentation is open to the public and will be held on Saturday night, September 10 at 9PM.

Former Ignatz winners attending SPX 2011 include:

Craig Thompson
Ignatz for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding GN or Collection, 2004, Blankets

Sarah Glidden
Ignatz for Promising New Talent, 2008, How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Ken Dahl
Ignatz for Outstanding Story, 2010, Monsters

Mike Dawson
Ignatz for Outstanding Online Comic, 2010, Troop 142

Lisa Hanawalt
Ignatz for Outstanding Comic, 2010, I Want You

Jim Rugg
Ignatz for Outstanding Mini-Comic, 2010, Rambo 3.5

Collen Frakes
Ignatz for Promising New Talent, 2009, Woman King

Greg Means
Ignatz for Outstanding Anthology or Collection, 2008, Papercutter #7 (editor)

Nate Powell
Ignatz for Outstanding Debut, 2008 Swallow Me Whole

Tom Neely
Ignatz for Promising New Talent, 2007, The Blot (I Will Destroy You)

Alex Robinson
Ignatz for Outstanding Graphic Novel, 2006, Tricked

Carla Speed McNeil
Ignatz for Outstanding Series, 2005, Finder

Dave Roman
Ignatz for Outstanding Debut, 2004, Teen Boat #6: VOTE BOAT

Detailed information about all of our announced guests is available at the SPX web site at Additional guests will be announced on the Website as they are confirmed.

Interviews with cartoonists can be arranged by contacting the SPX press office at the email or telephone listed above.

About SPX

SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 300 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, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at

The hours for SPX 2011 are 11am–7pm Saturday, September 10, and 12–6pm Sunday, September 11. Admission is $10 for a single day or $15 for the weekend.

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