This strip will appear in “Middle School Missy,” a mini I’m making for SPX.
I’m also really happy to say that I’ve been nominated for an Ignatz Award in the Promising New Talent category. Thanks for noticing me, judges! I’m honored to be on a list with so many amazing artists.
As English language readers await Michael DeForge’s A Body Beneath, which collects issues 2-5 of his multi-award winning one-person anthology series Lose, French language readers also have a Lose collection to look forward to! Featuring a stunning new cover, Lose is set to be published by the wonderful Swiss-based publisher Les Éditions Atrabile. Look for both collections in 2014!
Read all about the French edition at Les Éditions Atrabile’s site here!
Simon Hanselmann’s Megg and Mogg is a low-key stoner comedy, frequently hilarious, often tragic and always poignantly insightful about the inertia and malaise of its self-destructive principals. When Megg and Mogg travel to Amsterdam (followed by the uptight and unwelcome Owl), their relationship starts to deteriorate in this New York Times bestselling collection of brilliant stories (originally serialized on Vice).
For fans of Boy’s Club, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Blobby Boys, Octopus Pie, Girls, Broad City, Trailer Park Boys
How about THAT! I’m very excited about this! The Ignatz awards are maybe the most significant in independent or small-press comics, and I am in really excellent company. I will be at SPX in Bethesda this year (table W33!) where the winners will be announced!
Some other work that’s been nominated that I love:
The 2013 Ignatz Award nominees have been announced!
Michael DeForge has three nominations, with his work in Lose #4 (9780987963000 | September 2012 | $8.00 | Trade Paper) garnering him an Outstanding Artist nod. His second nomination goes to the Lose series itself, which is nominated for Outstanding Series. DeForge’s third nomination is for his superb smorgasbord of the strange Very Casual (9780987963079 | May 2013 | $15.00 | Trade Paper), which is nominated for Outstanding Anthology or Collection.
Nathan Bulmer, the comical cartoonist behind the hilarious Eat More Bikes (9780987963048 | November 2012 | $10.00 | saddle-stitched), has been nominated for Promising New Talent.
The Ignatz Award is named after the character in George Herriman’s classic Krazy Kat comic strip, and has been nominated each year at the Small Press Expo (SPX) since 1997.
Check out the rest of the well-deserved nominations here!
Did you know… RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli was nominated for an Ignatz Award in the category of “BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL” >>>!
The Ignatz Awards is the festival prize of the Small Press Expo, recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The ballots for the Ignatz Awards are cast in-person by the attendees of SPX, in two weeks on September 19-20th.
In celebration of RAV’s nomination, we have two exciting announcements:
If you’ve been waiting… now is the time to check out RAV 1ST COLLECTION, and follow Juice, Sally, The Snake Prince, a mystery cat, and other bizarre friends as they navigate an esoteric whirlwind of dorks, punks, passive-aggression, kisses, weird basements, and bad breakfast spots.
It’s an honour to be there with all those crazy talented comic artists and cartoonists! It’s the first time my comic work is recognized outside of Quebec/Canada, and it means a whole lot to me because it shows translating it from French to English was worth it, and finding a publisher for an eventual book version is worth it, too.
Congratulations to all the other nominees! Comics are awesome!
If you’re going to be at SPX this year and want to catch up on your Ignatz reading, you can read the whole dang comic for free right here! It’s a story about queer/trans teens, Christian youth camp, and trekking up a whooooole lotta mountains. If that’s your kinda thing, you can vote for it in the “Outstanding Comic” category!
Thanks for all your support everyone! I’m incredibly honored to be included in this year’s all-around-excellent roster of nominees.
Meredith Gran has published more than 900 strips of her ongoing webcomic about the acerbic Eve Ning and her slacker roommate Hanna Thompson, garnering a large, devoted following and critical acclaim. Four volumes of Octopus pie have been collected so far by Image Comics.
For fans of Broad City, Girls, Louie, Peter Bagge’s Hate
The winners of the 2016 Ignatz Awards will be announced next month at @spx
The Small Press Expo (SPX) announced the full list of nominees for the 2014 Ignatz Awards this week; with an aim to celebrate outstanding achievements in independent and alternative comics and cartooning, the awards are named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his Krazy Kat comic strip, recognising exceptional work within the medium. Nominees are determined by a panel of cartoonists, this year comprised of Whit Taylor, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham, Darryl Ayo, and Austin English, with votes cast only by attendees during SPX to decide the eventual winners.
This year’s slate of nominees is a pretty wide range of books and authors, which is an indicator of how encompassing the terms and area of independent and alternative comics have become. I’m especially pleased to see Sophie Goldstein recognised for the superb House of Women, Sophie Yanow for War of Streets and Houses, John Martz’s Destination X (which I thought had gone largely unnoticed upon release last September), Cathy G. Johnston in the promising new talent category, Jason Shiga for his online comic, Demon -- which is simply one of the best comics this year and you should be reading — and Farel Dalrymple‘s It Will All Hurt #2. This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki makes the list, too — I expect that book to win a whole host of awards — along with Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet, as it’s the only 2014 book about which I’ve heard unanimously good to excellent things across the board.
Regardless of what you think about awards, the one thing I love about them is that they always introduce me to a host of new artists and work, and I’d urge you to check out at least a couple of the excellent authors and books from the complete list of nominees.
The book I edited, QU33R (2014, Northwest Press) has been nominated for an Ignatz Award, in the Outstanding Anthology or Collection category, at SPX this weekend! If you’re attending SPX, consider a vote for QU33R! The awards ceremony will be held Saturday night, 9/13.
Here’s the last of the excerpts I’ve been running this week to celebrate the book and the nomination. Naturally a lot of the comics in QU33R focus on romance, sex, & longing, as in these pages from Carrie McNinch, Sina Sparrow, Justin Hall, Kris Dresen, and me, Rob Kirby. Once again, major props to Michael Fahyfor his gorgeous face-of-QU33R cover. Ignatz hype aside, I’m very proud of this book and grateful to all the creators who helped make it a success.