The Ignatz Awards 2015 – It's The Oven Of Sex Fantasies

The Ignatz Awards this year at Small Press Expo were characteristically snappy in their delivery, poignant in their reflections, and predictive of trends in comics. It's all about the honesty and the psychology this year it seems. In short, being human.

IMG_2876C. Spike Trotman hosted the awards with great aplomb, speaking quite meaningfully and saying that "The Future of comics is in this room" and adding that the resurgence of interest in 'zines and graphic novels stands in contrast to the "self effacing problem" that comics has as a medium that often keeps us from realizing that we are currently living in a "Golden Age", and perhaps in the best place comics has yet been for the past couple of generations.

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IMG_2872Outstanding Artist
Emily Carroll, Through The Woods
Ed Luce, Wuvable Oaf
Roman Muradov, (In a Sense) Lost and Found
Jillian Tamaki, SuperMutant Magic Academy
Noah Van Sciver, Saint Cole

"Outstanding Artist" was presented by Gemma Correll, amid quite stiff competition. Look at that line up of talent!

IMG_2859Outstanding 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

Eleanor Davis spoke about the way in which SPX helps us say "This is me" and talk about "who we are" in comics.

"Outstanding Anthology" was presented by Whitney Leopard, of Boom! Studios.

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

"Outstanding Graphic Novel" was presented by Leila Abdelrazaq.

IMG_2856Outstanding 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 (from Frontier #7)
"Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness," by Kris Mukai

"Outstanding Story" was delivered by Alexis Ziritt of Space Riders and more. He had an excellent jacket.

IMG_2868Promising New Talent
M. Dean, K.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971)
Sophia Foster-Dimino, Sphincter, Sex Fantasy
Dakota McFadzean, Don't Get Eaten by Anything
Jane Mai, Soft
Gina Wynbrandt, Big Pussy

"Promising New Talent" was presented by Chip Mosher, who confessed to 30 years experience in the comics industry, VP of Marketing at ComiXology, who spoke about the role of Comixology Submit to help creators work toward "making a living in comics". "We like to make comics money", he said, and make sure that creators don't have to "go to another medium to make a living", to applause.

IMG_2862Outstanding 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 Series" was presented by Laura Terry.

IMG_2870Outstanding 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 Comic" was presented by Ed Luce of Wuvable Oaf whose comic was introduced as the "Scott Pilgrim of Gay Comics" and who commented that he was relieved that clearly the "battle jacket" is back in fashion, referencing Alex Ziritt's own vest.

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IMG_2857Outstanding 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 Minicomic" was presented by Whit Taylor.

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IMG_2865Outstanding 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

"Outstanding Online Comic" was presented by Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsch.

IMG_2866Read More: Small Press Expo Announces 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees

IMG_2855 IMG_2874 IMG_2875Congrats to all the winner and nominees!

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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