2021 Ignatz Award Winners & Nominees

2021 Ignatz Awards Logo by Theo Stultz

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 2021 Ignatz jurors are: Sunmi, Daniel Elkin and Nguyên Khôi Nguyễn.

Congratulations to all the winners, who are shown in Bold.


Outstanding Artist


Ashanti Fortson – Leaf Lace
(Hiveworks)
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Lee Lai – Stone Fruit
(Fantagrap
hics)
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Arantza Peña Popo – Lavender Scare
(self-published)
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Damien Roudeau – Crude
(Graphic Mundi)
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Outstanding Anthology


A Queer Prisoner’s Anthology IV – ed. by Casper Cendre
(ABO)
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Bystander
(Kadak Collective)
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Confined Before Covid: A Pandemic Anthology by LGBTQ Prisoners
(ABO)
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First Wave: Comics from the Early Months of China’s Outbreaked. by Xinmei Liu
(Paradise Systems)
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Glaeolia 2
(Glacier Bay Books)

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Outstanding Collection


Sami Alwani – The Pleasure of the Text
(Conundrum Press)
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Ancco – Nineteen
(Drawn & Quarterly)
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Abby Howard – The Crossroads at Midnight
(Iron Circus Comics)

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Tess Scilipoti – Do You Think I Look Like a Girl?
(self-published)
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Kuniko Tsurita – The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud
(Drawn & Quarterly)
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Outstanding Comic


EA Bethea – Francis Bacon
(Domino Books)
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Ashanti Fortson – Leaf Lace
(Hiveworks)

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Maddi Gonzalez – Rhapsodie
(self-published)
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Adam Szym – A Cordial Invitation
(self published)
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Dominique Duong – The Dog & The Cat
(self-published)
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Outstanding Graphic Novel


Jim Terry – Come Home, Indio
(Street Noise Books)
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Lee Lai – Stone Fruit
(Fantagraphics)

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Sloane Leong – A Map to the Sun
(First Second)
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Nico Harriman – Mr. H: Portrait of a High School Art Teacher
(self-published)
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Outstanding Minicomic


Brendan Leach – Slum Clearance Symphony
(Grindstone Comics/Czap Books)
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Casey Nowak – Bodyseed
(Diskette Press)

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Arantza Peña Popo – Lavender Scare
(self-published)
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Whit Taylor – Montana Diary
(Silver Sprocket)
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Leda Zawacki – The Drain Pipe (self-published)
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Outstanding Online Comic


Michael DeForge – Birds of Maine
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Ashanti Fortson – Leaf Lace
(Hiveworks)
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Shing Yin Khor – I Do Not Want to Write Today
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Susannah Lohr – Shadows Become You
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Alec Robbins – Mr. Boop
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Outstanding Series


Ex.Mag
(Peow
Studios)
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Malarkey – November Garcia
(Birdcage Bottom Books)

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Ley Lines – ed. by L Nichols & Kevin Czap (Grindstone Comics/Czap Books)
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Tongues – Anders Nilsen
(self-published)
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A Queer Prisoner’s Anthology IV – ed. by Casper Cendre
(ABO)
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Outstanding Story


Raquelle Jac – Misguided Love from Now #9
(Fantagraphics)
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Ancco – Nineteen
(Drawn & Quarterly)
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Yeong-shin Ma – Moms
(Drawn & Quarterly)
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Freddy Carrasco – Personal Companion from Ex.Mag #1
(Peow Studios)

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Stan Stanley – The Hazards of Love
(Simon & Schuster)
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Promising New Talent


Royal Dunlap
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Nico Harriman
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Zoe Maeve
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Tess Scilipoti
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