For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Stafford
Bethesda, Maryland – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2020 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.
The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression.
The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.The 2020 Ignatz Awards are sponsored by Politics & Prose, a D.C. based independent bookstore devoted to cultivating community and strengthening the common good through books, programs, and a respectful exchange of ideas.
The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of the best of today’s comics professionals, Scott Cederlund, November Garcia, Malaka Gharib, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Voting beings August 31 and continues until September 9. Register to vote via the SPX website. Everyone registering to vote after the initial ballots are mailed on August 31 will be emailed ballots soon after registration.
Key Dates for the Ignatz Awards
August 31 – Announcement of Ignatz 2020 nominees
September 1 – Voting begins with ballots emailed to all registered voters
September 7 – Voter registration ends
September 8 – Voting for the 2020 Ignatz Awards ends
September 12 – Online presentation of Ignatz Award winners
Everyone registering to vote after the initial ballots are mailed on August 31 will be emailed ballots soon after registration.
The Ignatz Awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Saturday night, September 12 at 8PM Eastern Time on the SPX Youtube channel. Further details on presenters will be given at a later date.
Live Streaming of the Ignatz Awards Ceremony
The Ignatz Awards ceremony will be live-streamed on Saturday night, September 12 at 8PM Eastern Time via the SPX Youtube channel.
2020 Ignatz Award Nominees
Ana Galvañ – Press Enter to Continue
Tianran Qu – Slices of Life 100 Comic Montage
Michael DeForge – Familiar Face
Katie Hicks – Guts
Dates III – edited by Zora Gilbert & Cat Parra
Be Gay, Do Comics – edited by The Nib
LAAB Magazine #4 – edited by Ronald Wimberly & Joshua O’Neill
The Anthology of Mind – Tommi Musturi
Sweaty Palms Volume 2 – Sage Coffey
GLEEM – Eddy Carrasco
Glenn Ganges in: The River at Night – Kevin Huizenga
Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
Slices of Life: 100 Comic Montage – Tianran Qu
The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski – Noah Van Sciver
Cosmoknights – Hannah Templer
My Dog Ivy – Gabrielle Bell
Cry Wolf Girl – Ariel Ries
Theth Tomorrow Forever – Josh Bayer
Mooncakes – Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker
Outstanding Graphic Novel
Hot Comb – Ebony Flowers
Pittsburgh – Frank Santoro
Skip – Molly Mendoza
How I Tried to be a Good Person – Ulli Lust
This Was Our Pact – Ryan Andrews
The Gulf – Nguyen Nguyen
Chapter Two – Keren Katz
Canvas – Theo K. Stultz
I Feel Weird #4 – Haleigh Buck
Black Hole Heart – Cathy G Johnson
Outstanding Online Comic
I Exist – Breena Nuñez
Like the Tide – Isabella Rotman
SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
Gabby Schulz (@gabbyschulz)
Witchy – Ariel Ries
The Misplaced – Chris Callahan
Fizzle – Whit Taylor
SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
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Frontier – Youth in Decline
The Lab – Allison Conway
The Hard Tomorrow – Eleanor Davis
The Weight #9 – Melissa Mendes
“Little Red Riding Hood” – Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
BTTM FDRS – Ezra Daniels & Ben Passmore
Promising New Talent
Congratulations to all our nominees!