Sunday, 20 September 2015

2015 Ignatz awards celebrate cartoonists at forefront of the medium

The 2015 Ignatz awards took place yesterday evening in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of the SPX comics convention. The big winner of the night was Sophia Foster-Dimino, who took home 3 'brick' trophies for 'promising new talent,' 'outstanding series' (for Sex Fantasy), and 'outstanding mini-comic', while Sophie Goldstein triumphed in both the 'outstanding graphic novel' and 'outstanding comic' categories with her dystopian sci-fi tale, The Oven. Rounding out the winner's roster were Emily Carroll, Jillian Tamaki, Eleanor Davis, and Lilli Carre. It was, I believe, the first time in the awards 19 year history that all the winners were women.

There'll no doubt be much focus on that fact alone: that the awards were all won by female cartoonists, and as great and important as that is, the bit that annoys me about that sort of line or perspective is the still assumptive 'hey, women can make comics too!' I think we're beyond the engagement of those reductive stances (although I'm equally as sure there'll be those who never get past it), and I think these awards are some evidence towards that fact. Yes, the awards were all won by female cartoonists, but what's more striking is that they were all won by excellent cartoonists, full-stop. Taking a look at the winning line-up  -Emily Carroll, Jillian Tamaki, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Sophie Goldstein, Eleanor Davis, Lilli Carre- presents you with a selection of cartoonists at the forefront of contemporary comics today; the artists who are producing the most interesting and superb work; work which is having the most resonance within the medium and with audiences. And it was just so satisfying and thrilling to see that recognised and celebrated.

Congratulations to all nominated. Below you can find a full list of categories and nominees, with winners marked in bold

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

Sophia Foster-Dimino

(via Comics Beat)

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