Canadians clean up at the 2013 Ignatz Awards

logo_ignatzThe Ignatz Award, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is the festival prize of the Small Press Expo, that since 1997 has recognized outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is voted on by the attendees of the SPX festival.

This year Canadians swept many of the categories, with 3 wins for Michael DeForge, and 1 each for Jillian Tamaki, John Martz and Ethan Rilly.


The Ignatz jury was composed of: Lisa Hanawalt, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay, Sakura Maku and Jason Shiga.

Below is a complete list of the 2013 nominees, with winners in bold, Canadians in Red.

Outstanding Artist
Lilli Carré, Heads or Tails
Michael DeForge, Lose #4
Miriam Katin, Letting It Go
Ulli Lust,Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
Patrick McEown, Hair Shirt

Outstanding Anthology Or Collection
Freddie Stories,Lynda Barry
Heads or Tails, Lilli Carré
Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff, Peter Bagge
Tusen Hjartan Stark#1
Very Casual, Michael DeForge

Outstanding Graphic Novel
The Property, Rutu Modan
Susceptible, Genevieve Castree
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Ulli Lust
When David Lost His Voice,Judith Vanistendael
You’ll Never Know Volume Three: A Soldier’s Heart, Carol Tyler

Outstanding Story
“Arid” (Secret Prison #7), Tom Hart
Birdseye Bristoe, Dan Zettwoch
“The Carnival” (Heads or Tails),Lilli Carré
Gold Star, John Martz
“Neighbors” (Stark #1), Joanna Heligren

Promising New Talent
Sam Alden, Hawaii 1997 & Haunter
Nathan Bulmer, Eat More Bikes
Philippa Rice, Looking Out
Diana Thung, August Moon
Angie Wang, “The Teacup Tree,” Secret Prison #7

Outstanding Series
The Hive, Charles Burns
Lose, Michael DeForge
Madtown High, Whit Taylor
Pope Hats, Ethan Rilly
Prison Pit, Johnny Ryan

Outstanding Comic
Hyperspeed to Nowhere, Lale Westvind
The Life Problem, Austin English
Looking Out, Philippa Rice
Pope Hats #3, Ethan Rilly
St. Owl’s Bay, Simon Hanselmann

Outstanding Minicomic
Il Cammino Delle Capre, Kris Mukai & Zachary Zezima
The End of the F*cking World #16, Charles Forsman
Hawaii 1997, Sam Alden
Layaway, Joseph Lambert
Powdered Milk Volume Ten: The Man Who Could Not Read, Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Online Comic
Bird Boy, Annie Szabla
Gabby’s Playhouse, Ken Dahl & Gabby Schulz
Haunter, Sam Alden
July Diary, Gabrielle Bell
SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki