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September 14, 2014


SPX 2014 Is A Wrap

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See you next year...
 
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Go, Look: BJ DuVall

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Your 2014 Ignatz Award Winners

imageThe Ignatz Awards, the awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Small Press Expo, announced their winners last night in a ceremony that featured James Sturm as show host.

The Expo trends leans towards honoring small-press and mini-comics artists by having the voted upon on the convention floor and by using a rotating anonymous jury members drawn from those communities during the nominations round.

Congratulations to the winners and all nominated. Those who took home an award are in bold:

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

This year's jury was Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.

Chip Mosher from sponsor comiXology spoke at the conclusion of the awards on behalf of the Submit program.

SPX's Warren Bernard announced a 21st Century theme for next year's show; Paul Karasik extolled the virtues of his own admirable buying habit at such shows of seeking out low-traffic tables and checking out their offerings. Bernard also announced a forthcoming show at Society Of Illustrators reflective of this year's alt-weekly theme. The recent treatment of women working in comics was decried by winner Cathy G. Johnson.

In the aftermath of the show, about a dozen cartoonists and a pair of attendees who were not cartoonists to whom I spoke seemed generally pleased with the winner and the overall positive, inclusive vibe on display. The above strike me as deserving winners as well. One PR person to whom I spoke after the show characterized a book's win as a vote in favor of what the book accomplished with an audience they very much wanted to win over with that book, which I think is a fine way to look at such an honor.
 
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If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Lausanne, I'd Go To This

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mary Fleener!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Tom Dougherty!

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September 13, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


David B. At TCAF


A Short Richard Thompson Piece From 2012













A Bunch Of Randomly Selected SPX Videos From The Last Five Years


That Time Wendy Pini Appeared On The Mike Douglas Show


Heather Benjamin, Phoebe Gloeckner, Julia Gfrörer Audio From CAKE
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from September 6 to September 12, 2014:

1. Fantagraphics launches a micro-publishing imprint, Fantagraphics Underground (FU).

2. The comics convention in Salt Lake City reports impressive number marking the continued growth of conventions and festivals as an element of comics and pop culture.

3. Harvey Award winners honored in Baltimore.

Winner Of The Week
Conventions in general. It's not all super-strong news across the board with every convention or every type of convention, but the continued strength of shows like the ones in Baltimore and Salt Lake City show there's room from more convention-going.

Losers Of The Week
Everyone in the world not sitting where I was as I typed this, watching the world of North American small press comics wander by.

Quote Of The Week
"Reassuring and educating those adults... they are often unsure -- even in this day and age -- that comics are okay for kids. They're afraid that kids will read comics instead of reading real books. They see kids' eagerness for comics. We want to show them how rich the book is. How all of the visual parts... so many readers, critics and reviewers don't realize how much information there is visually in a comic. This was one way to make this manifest so that everyone would realize that this is a book... it's something that happens with comics that you read them more than once. And reading, making the story happen in your imagination, that happens on a lot of different levels. That's not something always acknowledged in a textbook because it's less common that after you read a prose book you immediately start reading it again -- or that you read the same text book five times. It happens, but it's not common. With comics that almost always happens, especially with a comic that you like." -- Francoise Mouly

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I forgot to load from my folder of 1964 Marvel covers before I left town, so here's an issue of Critters instead

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Go, Look: Björn

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If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Lausanne, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Sherman Oaks, I'd Go To This

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Happy 31st Birthday, Matt Bors!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Gary Kwapisz!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Kent Worcester!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Drew Weing!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Chuck Forsman!

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September 12, 2014


Go, Look: Jim Rugg Sketchbook

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