Tamaki, Valero-O’Connell and more win 2019 Ignatz Awards

Annual awards presented at the Small Press Expo honor excellence in independent comics, graphic novels and minicomics.

The winners of the 2019 Ignatz Awards were announced this weekend at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland.

The big winners of the night were Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, who took home three awards between them, including “Outstanding Graphic Novel.” The political cartoon site The Nib also continued its recent winning streak, taking home the award for “Outstanding Series.”

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from the classic comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The awards have been presented annually since 1997.

The awards presentations were hosted by cartoonist Keith Knight:

And the 2019 winners are:

Outstanding Graphic Novel: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second).

Outstanding Artist: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second).

Outstanding Story: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second).

Outstanding Collection: Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak (Top Shelf Productions).

Outstanding Anthology: We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, edited by Tara Avery and Jeanne Thornton (Stacked Deck Press).

Outstanding Series: The Nib Magazine, edited by Matt Bors (The Nib).

Outstanding Minicomic: Trans Girls Hit the Town by Emma Jayne (Diskette Press)

Outstanding Comic: Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second).

Outstanding Online Comic: Full Court Crush by Hannah Blumenreich

Promising New Talent: Ebony Flowers

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