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.
C. 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.
"Outstanding Artist" was presented by Gemma Correll, amid quite stiff competition. Look at that line up of talent!
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
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Outstanding Series" was presented by Laura Terry.
"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.
"Outstanding Minicomic" was presented by Whit Taylor.
"Outstanding Online Comic" was presented by Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsch.