The nominees for the 2011 Ignatz Awards have been announced on the website for the Small Press Expo. Awarded every year at SPX and named after the brick-throwing mouse from Krazy Kat, the Ignatzes are selected by an anonymous jury of five creators and voted on by attendees of the show. There’s nothing in comics quite like lugging around the actual, honest-to-god bricks awarded as trophies to the winners.
This year, cartoonists Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, and Sammy Harkham top the list of nominees with three nods apiece. DeForge’s Lose, the third issue of which was released this year by Koyama Press, earned him nominations for Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Series, and Outstanding Comic. Fake received an Outstanding Artist nomination for his Secret Acres graphic novel Gaylord Phoenix, which is also up for Outstanding Graphic Novel, while the the fifth issue of the series collected in the GN earned an Outstanding Mini-Comic nod. Harkham’s self-published Crickets is up for Outstanding Series thanks to its third issue, which is nominated for Outstanding Comic and contains “Blood of the Virgin,” nominated for Outstanding Story.
On the publishing side, Fantagraphics leads the pack with five nominations, split between Joe Daly (Outstanding Series, Dungeon Quest), Joyce Farmer (Outstanding Graphic Novel, Special Exits), Jaime Hernandez (Outstanding Story, “Browntown,” from Love and Rockets: New Stories #3), and Carol Tyler (Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Graphic Novel, You’ll Never Know, Vol. 2: Collateral Damage).
Secret Acres and Sparkplug tie for the silver with four nominations each. Secret Acres boasts the two nods for Fake’s Gaylord Phoenix graphic novel, plus another two for Joe Lambert’s I Will Bite You (Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Anthology or Collection). Sparkplug was tapped for editor Annie Murphy’s Gay Genius (Outstanding Anthology or Collection), Elijah Brubaker’s Reich (Outstanding Series), Dunja Jankovic’s Habitat #2 (Outstanding Comic), and Chris Cilla’s The Heavy Hand (Outstanding Graphic Novel).
Not to tip my own hand here, but as with the Harveys, it’s refreshing to see that Hernandez’s “Browntown” and Chris Ware’s Lint, arguably two of the best comics of all time, are nominated in the relevant categories for best comics of the year. You’d think you could take that for granted, but you’d be surprised! Moreover, DeForge, Fake, and Harkham’s books really are excellent, and Fantagraphics, Secret Acres, and Sparkplug are high-quality, gutsy publishers. Not a lot to be unhappy about with this list!
Hosted by cartoonist Dustin Harbin, the Ignatz Awards gala will take place on Saturday, September 10 at SPX in Bethesda, Maryland. See the entire slate of nominees after the jump.
2011 Ignatz Award Nominees
- Michael DeForge, Lose #3 (Koyama Press)
- Edie Fake, Gaylord Phoenix (Secret Acres)
- Renee French, H-Day (Picturebox)
- Joseph Lambert, I Will Bite You (Secret Acres)
- Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)
Outstanding Anthology or Collection
- Black Eye, edited by Ryan Standfest (Rotland Press)
- Gay Genius, edited by Annie Murphy (Sparkplug)
- I Will Bite You, Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
- Make Me a Woman, Vanessa Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)
- Three #1, edited by Robert Kirby
- “Blood of the Virgin” Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
- “Browntown,” Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 3, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
- “LINT,” Acme Novelty Library #20, Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
- “The most gripping mind-exploding triumphantly electric of our time,” Papercutter #15, Jonas Madden-Conner (Tugboat Press)
- “Weekends Abroad” Three #1, Eric Orner (self-published)
- Crickets, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
- Dungeon Quest, Joe Daly (Fantagraphics Books)
- Everything Dies, Box Brown
- Lose, Michael DeForge (Koyama Books)
- Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug Comic Books)
- Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
- Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian
- Habitat #2, Dunja Jankovic
- Lose #3, Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
- The Magic Hedge, Marian Runk
Outstanding Online Comic
- Alphabet Horror, Nate Marsh: www.alphabethorror.com
- A Cartoonist’s Diary, Pascal Girard: http://www.tcj.com/author/pascal-girard/
- Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton: http://www.harkavagrant.com/
- Finn and Charlie are Hitched,Tony Breed: http://hitchedcomic.com/
- Lucky, Gabrielle Bell: http://gabriellebell.com/
Outstanding Graphic Novel
- Gaylord Phoenix, Edie Fake (Secret Acres)
- The Heavy Hand, Chris Cilla (Sparkplug)
- Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet Books)
- Special Exits, Joyce Farmer (Fantagraphics)
- You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage, Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)
Promising New Talent
- Tony Breed, Finn and Charlie are Hitched (self-published/online)
- Darryl Ayo Brathwaite, House of Twelve Monthly #3 (Comixology)
- Jesse Jacobs, Even the Giants (AdHouse)
- Jon McNaught, Birchfield Close (Nobrow)
- Jesse Moynihan, Forming (Nobrow/online)
- Ben Died of a Train, Box Brown
- Gaylord Phoenix #5, Edie Fake
- Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian
- Morning Song, Laura Terry
- Trans-Utopia, Tom Kaczynski (Uncivilized Books)
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