Ferris, Nowak, Fink and more take home 2017 Ignatz Awards

Annual awards presented at this weekend’s Small Press Expo honor excellence in independent comics.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris continued to rack up accolades this weekend as it took home two Ignatz Awards last night. Other winners at the annual awards presentation included Jess Fink’s Chester 5000, Ben Passmore’s Your Black Friend and Carolyn Nowak’s Diana’s Electric Tongue.

Named after the brick-throwing mouse from Krazy Kat, the awards honor “excellence in independent comics” and are selected by a jury of five creators and voted on by attendees of the Small Press Expo. The jurors for this year’s nominations were Neil Brideau, Glynnis Fawkes, Sara Lautman, Trungles and David Willis.

The complete list of nominees can be found below, with the winner in bold.

Outstanding Artist
Karen Katz — “The Academic Hour” (Secret Acres)
Emil Ferris — “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” (Fantagrahpics)
Manuele Fior — “The Interview” (Fantagraphics)
Barbara Yelin — “Irmina” (Self Made Hero)
Pablo Auldadell — “Paradise Lost” (Pegasus Books)

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

Outstanding Online Comic
The Meek by Der-shing Helmer
Disability in the Age of Trump by Amanda Scurti
Normal Person, Perfect Maine Vacation by Lauren Weinstein
That’s Not Who We Are by Mike Dawson
Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Via Comics Worth Reading

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