Ignatz Awards Announces 2017 Nominees

The Ignatz Award recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. Presenting awards in nine categories, the ceremony will take place during this year's Small Press Expo on September 16-17 at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel and Convention Center in Washington DC.

See the full list of 2017 nominations below.


Outstanding Anthology
“ELEMENTS: Fire — An Anthology by Creators of Color” — edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)
“POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology” — edited by Joamette Gil (P&M Press)
“Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists” — edited by Javier Olivares & Santiago Garcia (Fantagraphics)
“Comic Book Slumber Party’s Deep Space Canine” — edited by Hanhah K. Chapman (Avery Hill)
“ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU Creators,” from Prism Comics — edited by Jon Macy and Tara Madison Avery (Stacked Deck Press)

Outstanding Collection
“The Complete Neat Stuff” — Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics)
“Johnny Wander: Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us” — Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota (Oni Press)
“Time Clock” — Leslie Stein (Fantagraphics)
“Boundless” — Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)
“Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2″ — Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
“Eartha” — Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
“March: Book 3″ — John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf)
“My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” — Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
“Band for Life” — Anya Davidson (Fantagraphics)
“Tetris” — Box Brown (First Second)

Outstanding Story
“March: Book 3″ — John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf)
“My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” — Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
“Small Enough,” from “Diary Comics” — Dustin Harbin (Koyama Press)
“Too Hot to Be Cool” — Maddi Gonzales
“Diana’s Electric Tongue” — Carolyn Nowak (self-published)

Promising New Talent
Isabella Rotman — “Long Black Veil” (self-published)
Margot Ferrick — “Yours” (2D Cloud)
Aud Koch — “Run,” from the Oath Anthology (Mary’s Monster)
Bianca Xunise — “Say Her Name” (self-published)
Kelly Bastow — “Year Long Summer” (self-published)

Outstanding Series
Chester 5000, by Jess Fink (self-published)
The Old Woman, by Rebecca Mock (self-published)
Maleficium, by Sabin Couldron (self-published)
Frontier, edited by Ryan Sands (Youth in Decline)
Crickets, by Sammy Harkham (self-published)

Outstanding Comic
“Public Relations #10″ — Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus, Steve Rolston, Annie Wu (1First Comics)
“Libby’s Dad” — Eleanor Davis (Retrofit/Big Planet)
“Canopy” — Karine Bernadou (Retrofit/Big Planet)
“Your Black Friend” — Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket)
“Sunburning” — Keiler Roberts (Koyama Press)

Outstanding Minicomic (self-published)
Tender Hearted — Hazel Newlevant
The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs — Celine Loup
Reverse Flaneur — M. Sabine Rear
Same Place Same Time — Ann Xu
Our Tale of Woe — Keren Katz & Geffen Refaeli

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