Sunday Comics | Looking at the Ignatz Awards nominees for ‘Outstanding Online Comics’

Check out webcomics by Jett Allen, Blue Delliquanti, Mara Ramirez, Reimena Yee and Lonnie Mann.

Here’s a round up of some of the best comics we’ve seen online recently. If we missed something, let us know in the comments below.

The nominees for the 2023 Ignatz Awards were announced earlier this month, with five comics being honored in the “Outstanding Online Comics” category. So let’s take a look at them.

Trans Classic Movies is a comic by Jett Allen was previously nominated for the 2023 Cartoonist Studio Prize and runs on the website Into. It’s a well done comic where each strip connects a moment from the trans author’s life to a movie or TV show, from The Mask to Victor/Victoria to Severance and Big.

Adversary by Blue Delliquanti debuted in the 2022 ShortBox Comics Fair, but you can currently download it for free. Set in Minneapolis in 2021, the story is about Curtis, who is “newly out, single, and ready to take his life in a different direction. Anton is a mysterious young man who recognizes Curtis from their pre-pandemic lives and reacquaints himself in a way Curtis isn’t entirely prepared for. A graphic novella about trust and failure.” 

whale fall by Mara Ramirez is an abstract comic named for a whale fall, which is when a whale dies and their body essentially becomes an ecosystem for other aquatic life. It appeared in the spring 2023 issue of Smoke and Mold.

I’ve featured The God of Arepo by Seance Tea Party creator Reimena Yee before; it’s “about a farmer who befriends a nothing god.” It’s based on an open-source short story that ran on Tumblr, and she’s also offering an ebook edition.

Growing Up and Getting Out by Lonnie Comics can be found on Tapas and on Webtoon, and it will be collected into print next February by Street Noise Books under the title Gaytheist: Coming Out of My Orthodox Childhood. “I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish community. The thing is, I’m gay, and those things don’t mix well,” the description reads for the comic. “This is my story of growing up, and eventually escaping that world.”

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