The submission period for the 2014 Ignatz Awards came to a close at the end of May.  With the final books being sorted and packaged, copies will go out the weekend of June 13th to this year’s jury pool.

Jury members, who remain anonymous until the awards are presented, will pick from the enormous pool of submitted work the books they believe are most deserving of consideration by attendees of the annual SPX festival, which takes place September 13-14th, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The only way to weigh in on this year’s awards is to attend SPX!  Join us and cast your ballot.


The nominated works for the 2014 Ignatz Awards will be posted here at the SPX website for review by the end of the summer.  All work submitted will be eligible in all applicable categories, which include:
  • Outstanding Artist
  • Outstanding Anthology or Collection
  • Outstanding Graphic Novel
  • Outstanding Story
  • Promising New Talent
  • Outstanding Series
  • Outstanding Comic
  • Outstanding Minicomic
  • Outstanding Online Comic

Oh, and About That Rat

Beginning in 2012 we began asking the winner of this particular award to create their own version of George Herriman’s brick-throwing rodent (thank you Daryl Ayo and Lale Westvind!).  Last years’ well-deserved winner, Sam Alden produced the wonderful illustration above for our use in 2014.