The nominees have been announced for the 2014 Ignatz Awards, which will be presented Sept. 13 during the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland.
Named in honor of the brick-wielding mouse in George Herriman’s Krazy Kat strip, the awards recognize achievement in comics and cartooning. Nominees are selected by a panel of five cartoonists — this year it was Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor -- and then voted on by SPX attendees.
The nominees are:
Outstanding Artist• Sam Bosma, Fantasy Basketball• Kim Deitch, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley• Sophie Goldstein, Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell, Edna II, House of Women• Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1• Jesse Reklaw, Couch Tag
Outstanding Anthology or Collection• Amazing Facts and Beyond, Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch• The End, Anders Nilsen• Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2, Leslie Stein• Sock Monkey Treasury, Tony Millionaire• QU33R, Various (edited By Robert Kirby)
Outstanding Graphic Novel• The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, Kim Deitch• The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist• Boxers and Saints, Gene Luen Yang• This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki• War of Streets and Houses, Sophie Yanow
Outstanding Story• "Brownout Biscuit," from Octoups Pie: Dead Forever, Meredith Gran• Destination X, John Martz• The Grassy Knoll, Nick Drnaso• "Jobs" from Life Zone, Simon Hanselmann• "Mom" from Viewotron #2, Sam Sharpe
Promising New Talent• Luke Howard, Trevor• Cathy G. Johnson, Jeremiah, Boy Genius, Until It Runs Clear• Nick Offerman, Orange, Onions• Keiler Roberts, Powdered Milk• Daryl Seitchik, Missy
Outstanding Series• The Black Feather Falls, Ellen Lindner• Demon, Jason Shiga• Powdered Milk, Keiler Roberts• Sky in Stereo, Sacha Mardou• Towerkind, Kat Verhoeven
Outstanding Comic• Blammo #8, Noah Van Sciver• Cosplayers, Dash Shaw• It Will All Hurt #2, Farel Dalrymple• Misliving Amended, Adam Buttrick• Wicked Chicken Queen, Sam Alden
Outstanding Minicomic• The Grassy Knoll, Nick Drnaso• House of Women, Sophie Goldstein• Never Forgets, Yumi Sakugawa• Test Tube #1, Carlos Gonzalez• Up to the Top, Ian Sampson
Outstanding Online Comic• Band for Life, Anya Davidson• Big Dogs at Nite, Dane Martin• Demon, Jason Shiga• On Hiatus, Pete Toms• Vattu, Evan Dahm