SPX 2018 Ignatz Awards Nominees

Art by 2017 Ignatz Promising New Talent, Bianca Xunise


The Small Press Expo is inestimably proud to announce the 2018 nominations for our annual awards for excellence in independent comics, the Ignatz. Congratulations to all our nominees!

About the Award
The Ignatz Award, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is the festival prize of the Small Press Expo, that since 1997 has recognized outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is voted on by the attendees of the SPX festival.

The 2018 Jury
Leila Abdelrazaq
kevin czap
Mita Mahato
Carolyn Nowak
Taneka Stotts



Outstanding Artist

Yvan Alagbé – Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures


Ivy Atoms – Pinky & Pepper Forever


Tommi Parrish – The Lie and How We Told It


Richie Pope – That Box We Sit On


Sophie Standing – Anxiety is Really Strange

Outstanding Collection

Beirut Won’t Cry – Mazen Kerbaj









Blackbird Days – Manuele Fior









Language Barrier – Hannah K. Lee









Sex Fantasy – Sophia Foster-Dimino








Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition – Julia Kaye

Outstanding Anthology

La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuertes – ed. by Kat Fajardo & Pablo Castro


Comics for Choice – ed. by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and Ø.K. Fox

Ink Brick #8 – ed. by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin


BOTTOMS UP! Tales of Hitting Rock Bottom – ed. by J.T. Yost


Lovers Only – ed. by Mickey Zacchilli

Outstanding Graphic Novel

Why Art? – Eleanor Davis


Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom – Marcelo D’Salete


Uncomfortably Happily – Yeon-sik Hong


The Lie and How We Told It – Tommi Parrish


Anti-Gone – Connor Willumsen

Outstanding Series

Ley Lines – Grindstone Comics & Czap Books


Nori – Rumi Hara


Bug Boys – Laura Knetzger


Gumballs – Erin Nations


Frontier – Youth in Decline

Outstanding Minicomic

Dog Nurse – Margot Ferrick


Greenhouse – Debbie Fong


Common Blessings & Common Curses – Maritsa Patrinos


Mothball 88 – Kevin Reilly



Say It With Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food – Shing Yin Khor

Outstanding Comic

Recollection – Alyssa Berg


How to Be Alive – Tara Booth


Hot Summer Nights – Freddy Carrasco


Whatsa Paintoonist? – Jerry Moriarty


Baopu – Yao Xiao


Outstanding Online Comic

Woman World – Aminder Dhaliwal


The Wolves Outside – Jesse England


A Fire Story – Brian Fies


Lara Croft Was My Family – Carta Monir


A Part of Me is Still Unknown – Meg O’Shea

Promising New Talent

Iasmin Omar Ata – Mis(h)adra


Tara Booth – How to Be Alive


Xia Gordon – The Fashion of 2004


Rumi Hara – Nori and the Rabbits of the Moon


Tommi Parrish – The Lie and How We Told It

Outstanding Story

Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures – Yvan Alagbé


Why Art? – Eleanor Davis


Rhode Island Me – Michael DeForge


How the Best Hunter in the Village Met Her Death – Molly Ostertag


The Lie and How We Told It – Tommi Parrish