2008 Ignatz Award nominees

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The nominees for this year’s Ignatz Awards have just been announced and here they are — a very, very indie list, with few of the “big” indies from FBI or D&Q represented — but a great list nonetheless.

Small Press Expo (SPX) 2008 will host the twelfth annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards on Saturday night, October 4 at 9PM at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The Ignatz Awards are a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, the nominees being determined by a jury of five comic artists. This year’s jury consisted of Gabrielle Bell, Farel Dalrymple, Eleanor Davis, John Hankiewicz and Andy Hartzell. The Ignatz Awards are voted on by those who attend
this year’s SPX on Saturday, October 4 only.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse, 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.

SPX will be held on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, across form the White Flint Metro stop. Admission is $8 per day and $15 for both days.

For more information on SPX and the Ignatz Awards, please visit our web site at www.spxpo.com.

The categories and nominees for this year’s Ignatz Awards are:


Outstanding Artist
Warren Craghead, How to Be Everywhere (self-published)
Lat, Town Boy (First Second Books)
Jillian Tamaki, Skim (Groundwood Books)
Laura Park, Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream (self-published)
Michel Rabagliati, Paul Goes Fishing (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Inkweed, Chris Wright (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Little Lulu Vol. 18, John Stanley (Dark Horse)
Papercutter #7, edited by Greg Means (Tugboat Press)
Pond Life, John Broadley (PictureBox)
Windy Corner #2, edited by Austin English (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
The Hot Breath of War, Trevor Alixopulos (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Notes for a War Story, Gipi (First Second Books)
Paul Goes Fishing, Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
Skim, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood Books)
Spent, Joe Matt (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Story
“Americus”, MK Reed and Jonathan Hill, Papercutter #7 (Tugboat Press)
“The Candy Rod”, Onsmith, Hotwire Comics #2 (Fantagraphics Books)
“The Galactic Funnels”, Dash Shaw, Mome #11 (Fantagraphics Books)
The Thing About Madeleine, Lilli Carre (self-published)
“The Urn”, Chris Wright, Inkweed (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Promising New Talent
Oliver East, Trains Are… Mint (Blank Slate)
Austin English, Windy Corner #2 (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Chuck Forsman, Snake Oil #1 (self-published)
Sarah Glidden, How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (self-published)
Lars Martinson, Tonoharu (Pliant Press/Top Shelf Productions)

Outstanding Series
Eye of the Magnetic Creature, Leslie Stein (self-published)
Injury, Ted May, Jason Robards, and Jeff Wilson (Buenaventura Press)
Paul series, Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly)
Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Snake Oil, Chuck Forsman (self-published)

Outstanding Comic
Cryptic Wit #2, Gerald Jablonski (self-published)
Department of Art, Dunya Jankovic (self-published)
Lucky Vol. 2 #2, Gabrielle Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
Palooka-ville #19, Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
Snake Oil #1, Chuck Forsman (self-published)

Outstanding Mini-Comic
Bluefuzz, Jesse Reklaw
Dorado Park, Lilli Carre
How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden
Ochre Eclipse #2, Jonas Madden-Connor
Swell, Juliacks
Outstanding Online Comic

Achewood, Chris Onstad (www.achewood.com)

Danny Dutch, David King (www.reliablecomics.com)

Slow Wave, Jesse Reklaw (www.slowwave.com)

Thingpart, Joe Sayers (www.jsayers.com/thingpart/thingpart.html)

Traced, Tracy White (www.traced.com)

Comments

  1. Go indie! That’s my shopping list right there!

  2. YEAH MK!!! WOOO!!!

    Maybe now her SPX nametag won’t be misspelled every year!

  3. Ben May says:

    Now that’s more like it!! It’s ridiculous that the Eisners and Harvey are considered the “major” awards when the Ignatz is the one that really celebrates excellence and originality.

  4. Lawson says:

    Outstanding Graphic Novel

    Spent, Joe Matt (Drawn & Quarterly)

    Go, Joe! One of the best cartoonists working today. If this dude doesn’t make you laugh until your stomach hurts, check your pulse.

  5. Congratulations to all the Sparklug artists whose comics we publish and distribute. And everyone else for that matter! We’re so excited for y’all ovah heah!

    Thanks Ignatz nominators for giving all these great cartoonists some of the wider recognition they deserve.

    XOSO

    PS: Oh and also: what Liz said! GO MK!

  6. That’s two, count ‘em, two Forbidden Planet peops nominated! Congrats MK and Austin…

  7. Joe Matt!

  8. When did/will that John Broadley Picturebox book come out? Where can it be bought? I didn’t see it on the website.

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  1. [...] In addition to being nominated for an Ignatz Award, Skim, a graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki and her cousin, Parsons Illustration Part-time Faculty member, Jillian Tamaki was named last week as one of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2008.  See Skim and the other books recognized in this slideshow.  The book was also reviewed in the Times.  Here’s a snippet: [...]

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