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September 20, 2015


Your 2015 Ignatz Award Winners!

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The Ignatz Awards ceremony was held last night in conjunction with the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland. The room was packed with witnesses to an historical moment: a sweep of all categories by female nominees. Sophia Foster-Dimino confirmed her arrival on the alt-comics scene with three awards for her Sex Fantasy comics. Sophie Goldstein won two for The Oven.

The awards triggered a huge wave of good feeling and positive buzz at the various afterparties spread about the Marriott complex.

The writers about comics to whom I spoke agreed that as an overwhelming number of the most interesting cartoonists 35 and younger or otherwise emerging talents are women, this is a milestone worth celebrating and not a shocking moment that demands deconstruction. Excellent comics won awards, and it's about time it worked out so that they were all female creators. An additional question may be whether or not this was the most talented overall winners' slate in recent comics awards history.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

Winners in bold.

*****

OUTSTANDING ARTIST

* Emily Carroll - Through The Woods
* Ed Luce - Wuvable Oaf
* Roman Muradov - (In a Sense) Lost and Found
* Jillian Tamaki - SuperMutant Magic Academy
* Noah Van Sciver - Saint Cole

*****

OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION

* Drawn and Quarterly, 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novel, Tom Devlin, Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren, and Julia Pohl-Miranda (producers)
* An Entity Observes All Things, Box Brown
* How To Be Happy, Eleanor Davis
* Pope Hats, #4, Ethan Rilly
* SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki

*****

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL

* Beauty, Kerascoët and Hubert
* The Oven, Sophie Goldstein
* Rav, Mickey Zacchilli
* Saint Cole, Noah Van Sciver
* Wendy, Walter Scott

*****

OUTSTANDING STORY

* Doctors, Dash Shaw
* Me As a Baby from Lose #6, Michael DeForge
* Nature Lessons from The Late Child And Other Animals, Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger
* Sex Coven from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki
* Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness, by Kris Mukai

*****

PROMISING NEW TALENT

* M. Dean - K.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971)
* Sophia Foster-Dimino - Sphincter; Sex Fantasy
* Dakota McFadzean - Don't Get Eaten by Anything
* Jane Mai - Soft
* Gina Wynbrandt - Big Pussy

*****

OUTSTANDING SERIES

* Dumb, Georgia Webber
* Frontier, Ryan Sands (editor)
* March, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
* Pope Hats, Ethan Rilly
* Sex Fantasy, Sophia Foster-Dimino

*****

OUTSTANDING COMIC

* Borb, Jason Little
* The Nature of Nature, Disa Wallander
* The Oven, Sophie Goldstein
* Pope Hats #4, Ethan Rilly
* Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness, Kris Mukai

*****

OUTSTANDING MINI-COMIC

* Devil's Slice of Life, Patrick Crotty
* Epoxy 5, John Pham
* King Cat #75, John Porcellino
* Sex Fantasy #4, Sophia Foster-Dimino
* Whalen: A Reckoning, Audry

*****

OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC

* The Bloody Footprint, Lilli Carré
* Carriers, Lauren Weinstein
* Mom Body, Rebecca Roher
* O Human Star, Blue Delliquanti
* Witchy, Ariel Ries

*****

The nominating judges this year were Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha.

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