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September 13, 2005

SPX: Pekar GoH, Ignatz Nominees

imageIn a series of announcements days before the show, the Small Press Expo taking place on the 23rd and 24th at the Holiday Inn in Bethesda, Maryland, has let the world know it has a guest of honor: legendary late-period underground figure and autobiographical comics pioneer Harvey Pekar. I believe the writer will be making his first appearance at the show, and has a new book out this Fall, The Quitter, with art by SPX cornerstone Dean Haspiel. The Expo will be open 2-8 PM Friday the 23rd and 10 AM - 7 PM on Saturday the 24th, returning to its traditional laidback Sunday schedule of intermingling among cartoonists. All profits go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

With the move back to a Friday/Saturday floor schedule, that means the Ignatz Awards will be held on the 24th and will provide the weekend's high point in a way that a Sunday ceremony and its lighter crowds could not. SPX announced nominees this morning, including those for the debut-at-the-show award.

The SPX web site, including the formal press releases and a better look at cartoonist Josh Neufeld's program cover featuring Pekar, can be found here.


* David B., Epileptic (Pantheon), Babel (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Jeffrey Brown, Bighead (Top Shelf Productions)
* Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown (Fantagraphics)
* Seth, Clyde Fans Book 1 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Craig Thompson, Carnet de Voyage (Top Shelf Productions)

* Above and Below: Two Tales of the American Frontier, James Sturm (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Dead Herring Comics, edited by Actus, (Actus Independent Comics)
* Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, John Porcellino (La Mano)
* Fred the Clown, Roger Langridge (Fantagraphics)
* Hutch Owen: Unmarketable, Tom Hart (Top Shelf Productions)

* Bighead, Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf Productions)
* Carnet de Voyage, Craig Thompson (Top Shelf Productions)
* Cinema Panopticum, Thomas Ott (L'Association, Fantagraphics)
* Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
* Why Are You Doing This?, Jason (Fantagraphics Books)

* Dogs and Water, Anders Nilsen (Drawn and Quarterly)
* "Dumb Solitaire," Love and Rockets #11 and #13, Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* "Homme De Le Bois," The Frank Ritza Papers, David Collier (Drawn & Quarterly)
* The Legend of Wild Man Fischer, Dennis P. Eichorn and J.R. Williams (Top Shelf Productions)
* "Onion Jack," Superior Showcase #0, Joel Priddy (AdHouse Books)

* Joshua W. Cotter, Skyscrapers of the Midwest (AdHouse Books)
* Rebecca Dart, RabbitHead (Alternative Comics)
* Vanessa Davis, Spaniel Rage (Buenaventura Press)
* Andy Runton, Owly (Top Shelf Productions)
* Karl Stevens, Guilty (Karl Stevens Publishing, dist. by Alternative Comics)

* Bipolar, Tomer Hanuka, Asaf Hanuka, and Etgar Keret (Alternative Comics)
* Deadpan, David Heatley (Self-published)
* Finder, Carla Speed McNeil (Lightspeed Press)
* Love and Rockets vol. II, Los Bros Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Skyscrapers of the Midwest, Joshua W. Cotter (AdHouse Books)

* Dogs & Water, Anders Nilsen (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Love & Rockets #13, Los Bros. Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Love & Rockets #12, Los Bros. Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Or Else #1, Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Worn Tuff Elbow #1, Marc Bell (Fantagraphics)

* Couch Tag #2, Jesse Reklaw (Self-published)
* Dance, John Hankiewicz (Self-published)
* Monday, Andy Hartzell (Self-published)
* Ouija Interview #3, by Sarah Becan (Self-published)
* Phase 7, Alec Longstreth (Self-published)

* Ballad, deadmouse
* Copper, Kazu Kibuishi
* Dicebox, Jenn Manley Lee
* The Perry Bible Fellowship, Nicholas Gurewitch
* Superslackers, Steven Manale

* 676 apparitions of Killoffer, Killoffer, Typocrat Press
* Action Philosphers: Self Help For Stupid Ugly Losers #1, Ryan Dunlavy & Fred Van Lente
* American Music: A-Z, Ben Towle
* Big Fat Whale's Sea Anomie, Brian McFadden
* Conversations #2, James Kochalka & Jeffrey Brown, Top Shelf Productions
* The Dada Alphabet, An Absurdist's Primer, Freese, Milloway & Wood
* Dr. Dremo, Vol.1, DC Conspiracy
* House of Twelve's Rashoman, Cheese Hasselberger, House of Twelve
* Matriculated, Phillip Chan, Digital Pimp Productions
* Merde, Steve Ahlquist, Chris Reilly & Ben Towle
* Owly, Vol. 3, Andy Runton, Top Shelf Productions
* Pale Fire, MK Reed
* Strange Detective Tales: Dead Love #2, Jesse Bausch & Jim Callahan, Oddgod Press
* Stupid and Unkind, Robin Enrico
* Superf*ckers #2, James Kochalka, Top Shelf Productions
* The Surrogates #2, Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele, Top Shelf Productions
* True Porn, Vol. 2, edited by Robyn Chapman & Kelli Nelson, Alternative Comics
* Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, Liz Prince, Top Shelf Productions
* Zed: Setting the Scene, Duane M. Abe, Corkey Comics

Early AM Update: I asked someone with SPX why they waited until the show was right up on us to make these announcements, and they assured me it was intentional in order to make a bigger splash closer to the show.
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