SPX 2020 Ignatz Nominees

2020 Ignatz Awards Logo by Ebony Flowers

The Ignatz Awards, 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.

Nominees are determined by a panel of comics professionals. The 2020 Ignatz jurors are: Scott Cederlund, November Garcia, Malala Gharib, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell.

The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, typically chosen by voters attending the annual SPX event. With no in-person event occuring in 2020, voting for the Ignatz Awards is open to all who register on the SPX website. Voting begins September 1 and continues until September 8.

Ballots will be emailed shortly after registration.

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.


Outstanding Artist

Ana Galvañ – Press Enter to Continue (Fantagraphics)
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Tianran Qu – Slices of Life: 100 Comic Montage
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Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – Don’t Go Without Me (ShortBox)
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Michael DeForge – Familiar Face (Drawn & Quarterly)
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Katie Hicks – Guts
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Outstanding Anthology

Be Gay Do Comics – Edited by The Nib
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Dates III – Edited by Zora Gilbert & Cat Parra (Margins Publishing)
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LAAB #4 – Edited by Ron Wimberly & Joshua O’Neill (Beehive Books)
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The Anthology of Mind – Tommi Musturi (Fantagraphics)
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Sweaty Palms Volume 2 – Sage Coffey
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Outstanding Collection

GLEEM – Freddy Carrasco (Peow Studio)
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Glenn Ganges in: The River at Night – Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)
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Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized)
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Slices of Life: 100 Comic Montage – Tianran Qu
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The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski – Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
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Outstanding Comic

My Dog Ivy – Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Comics)
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Cry Wolf Girl – Ariel Ries (Shortbox)
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Cosmoknights – Hannah Templer (Top Shelf)
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Mooncakes – Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker (Oni Press)
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Theth Tomorrow Forever– Josh Bayer (Tinto Press)
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Outstanding Graphic Novel

Hot Comb – Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)
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Pittsburgh – Frank Santoro (New York Review Books)
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How I Tried to Be a Good Person – Ulli Lust (Fantagraphics)
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This Was Our Pact – Ryan Andrews (First Second)
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Outstanding Minicomic

Chapter Two – Keren Katz (kuš!)
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The Gulf #5 – Nguyen Nguyen
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Canvas – Theo Stultz (Lucky Pocket Press)
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I Feel Weird #4 – Haleigh Buck (Atomic Books)
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Black Hole Heart– Cathy G. Johnson
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Outstanding Online Comic

I Exist – Breena Nuñez
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Like the Tide – Isabella Rotman
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SUPERPOSE – Seosamh & Anka
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@gabbyschulz – Gabby Schulz
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Witchy – Ariel Ries
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Outstanding Series

The Misplaced – Chris Callahan (OxEye Media)
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SUPERPOSE – Seosamh & Anka
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Fizzle – Whit Taylor (Radiator Comics)
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kuš! (kuš! komiks)
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Frontier (Youth in Decline)
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Outstanding Story

The Lab – Allison Conway (Top Shelf)
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The Hard Tomorrow – Eleanor Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)
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The Weight #9 – Melissa Mendes
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“Little Red Riding Hood” – Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized)
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BTTM FDRS – Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)
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Promising New Talent