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Nominees announced for 13th annual Ignatz Awards

The nominees have been announced for the 13th annual Ignatz Awards, which will be presented Sept. 26 during the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland.

Named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from Krazy Kat, the Ignatz Awards honor "exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression." The nominees are selected by a panel of five judges and voted upon by SPX attendees.

This year's nominees are:

Outstanding Artist• Tim Hensley, Mome (Fantagraphics), Kramer’s Ergot #7 (Buenaventura)• Nate Powell, Swallow Me Whole (Top Shelf)• Richard Sala, Delphine (Fantagraphics/Coconino)• Josh Simmons, Mome (Fantagraphics)• Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man (Fantagraphics)

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Outstanding Anthology or CollectionAbandoned Cars, Tim Lane (Fantagraphics)• Against Pain, Ron Rege Jr. (Drawn & Quarterly)• Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5, T. Edward Bak, Anneli Furmark, Amanda Vähämäki (Drawn & Quarterly)• Fuzz and Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn (Fantagraphics)• Kramer’s Ergot 7, ed. Sammy Harkham (Buenaventura)

Outstanding Graphic NovelAcme Novelty Library #19, Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)• Disappearance Diary, Hideo Azuma (Fanfare/Potent Mon)• Drop-In, Dave Lapp (Conundrum)• Nicolas, Pascal Girard (Drawn & Quarterly)• You’ll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man, Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)

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Outstanding Story• “The Carnival,” Mome #14, Lilli Carre (Fantagraphics)• Disappearance Diary, Hideo Azuma (Fanfare/Potent Mon)• “Seeing Eye Dogs of Mars,” Acme Novelty Library #19, Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)• “Untitled,” Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5, Amanda Vähämäki (Drawn & Quarterly)• “Willy,” Papercutter #10, Damien Jay (Tugboat)

Promising New Talent• T. Edward Bak, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5 (Drawn & Quarterly)• Colleen Frakes, Woman King (self-published)• Hellen Jo, Jin & Jam #1 (Sparkplug), “Diamond Heights,” Papercutter #9 (Tugboat)• Ed Luce, Wuvable Oaf (self-published)• Amanda Vähämäki, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Book 5 (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Outstanding SeriesDanny Dutch, David King (Sparkplug)•Delphine, Richard Sala (Fantagraphics/Coconino)• Interiorae, Gabriella Giandelli (Fantagraphics/Coconino)• Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug)• Uptight, Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding ComicDanny Dutch #1, David King (Sparkplug)• Dead Ringer, Jason T. Miles (La Mano)• Interiorae #3, Gabriella Giandelli (Fantagraphics/Coconino)• Reich #6, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug)• Uptight #3, Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Mini-ComicClaptrap #2, Onsmith• Just So You Know #1, Joey Alison Sayers• Stay Away From Other People, Lisa Hanawalt• Stewbrew, Kelly Froh & Max Clotfelter• Xoc, Matt Dembicki

Outstanding Online ComicBodyworld, Dash Shaw• Danny Dutch, David King• Thingpart, Joey Alison Sayers• Vanessa Davis’ comics for TabletYear of the Rat, Cayetano Garza

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