2020 Ignatz illustration by Ebony Flower

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Stafford
Email: dan@smallpressexpo.com

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

Outstanding Artist

Ana Galvañ – Press Enter to Continue

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Tianran Qu – Slices of Life 100 Comic Montage

Michael DeForge – Familiar Face

Katie Hicks – Guts

Outstanding Anthology

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

Outstanding Collection

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

Outstanding Comic

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

Outstanding Minicomic

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

Outstanding Series

The Misplaced – Chris Callahan

Fizzle – Whit Taylor

SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka

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Frontier – Youth in Decline

Outstanding Story

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

AJ Dungo

Sylvia Nickerson

Theo Stultz

Emil Wilson

Andrew Lorenzi

Congratulations to all our nominees!

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