Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sophia Foster-Dimino, Jillian Tamaki, Ethan Rilly lead 2015 Ignatz award nominations

Beauty by Kerascoet and Hubert

The Small Press Expo (SPX) announced the full list of nominees for the 2015 Ignatz Awards last week; with an aim to celebrate outstanding achievements in independent and alternative comics and cartooning, the awards are named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his Krazy Kat comic strip, recognising exceptional work within the medium. Nominees are determined by a panel of cartoonists, this year comprised of  Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha, with votes cast by all SPX attendees during the festival to decide the eventual winners. 

This year's slate again sees a wide range of books and authors recognised- there's quite a bit of self-published work nominated, which is always pleasing to see. Looking at the standard and quality of work across the board, -and not to single out the Ignatz awards specifically here- it reiterates how constraining the labels of 'independent' and 'alternative' within comics have become. I'm particularly pleased to see Swedish publishers Peow! Studio receive some acknowledgement for their excellent work, with nods for Jane Mai's Soft, Disa Wallander's The Nature of Nature, and Patrick Crotty's Devil's Slice of Life, in addition to the nominations for Sophia Foster-Dimino's superb comics; the majority of Foster-Dimino's work is online or digital, and there's always a worry that that can make it easier for it to be overlooked. A mention, too, for Ryan Sands who does a quietly brilliant job in curating and publishing artists for the high-quality Frontier series- I think (hope) that that category will see Frontier and Sex Fantasy duke it out. 

With regard to Sophie Goldstein being both a juror and nominee, SPX Ignatz coordinator Eden Miller clarified the selection and submission process for the Washington Post, 'The Ignatz jurors’ identities are secret from the public and from each other. While jurors cannot nominate their own work, there is no prohibition on a juror’s work being nominated by his or her fellow jurors. Sophie Goldstein’s fellow jurors nominated ‘The Oven’ without knowing she was also serving as a juror.' The winners will be presented Saturday, Sept. 19, at SPX. Congratulations to all nominated. Below you can find a full list of nominees:

Outstanding Artist
Emily Carroll for Through the Woods
Ed Luce for Wuvable Oaf
Roman Muradov for (In a Sense) Lost and Found
Jillian Tamaki for SuperMutant Magic Academy
Noah Van Sciver for Saint Cole

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Drawn and Quarterly: 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin, Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren and Julia Pohl-Miranda
An Entity Observes All Things, by Box Brown
How to Be Happy, by Eleanor Davis
Pope Hats #4, by Ethan Rilly
SuperMutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Beauty by Kerasco√ęt and Hubert
The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
Rav by Mickey Zacchilli
Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver
Wendy by Walter Scott

Outstanding Story
Doctors by Dash Shaw
Me As a Baby by Michael DeForge (from Lose #6)
Nature Lessons by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger (from The Late Child and Other Animals)
Sex Coven by Jillian Tamaki
Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness, by Kris Mukai

Promising New Talent
M. Dean for K.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971)
Sophia Foster-Dimino- for Sphincter, Sex Fantasy
Dakota McFadzean for Don’t Get Eaten by Anything
Jane Mai for Soft
Gina Wynbrandt for Big Pussy

Outstanding Series
Dumb by Georgia Webber
Frontier edited by Ryan Sands
March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Comic
Borb by Jason Little
The Nature of Nature by Disa Wallander
The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
Pope Hats 4 by Ethan Rilly
Weeping Flower Grows in Darkness, by Kris Mukai

Outstanding Minicomic
Devil’s Slice of Life by Patrick Crotty
Epoxy 5 by John Pham
King Cat #75 by John Porcellino
Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino
Whalen: A Reckoning by Audry

Outstanding Online Comic
The Bloody Footprint by Lilli Carre
Carriers by Lauren Weinstein
Mom Body by Rebecca Roher
O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti
Witchy by Ariel Ries

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