In order to give honor to people that have outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, the Ignatz Awards are awarded at SPX (Small Press Expo), held on September 19 and 20, 2015 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Female creators swept the awards this year, taking top honors in all categories. Creator Sophia Foster-Dimino took three awards – Outstanding Mini Comic, Promising New Talent, and Outstanding Series – for her self-published comic Sex Fantasy, while Sophie Goldstein won two: Outstanding Comic and Outstanding Graphic Novel for her book The Oven.
The Ignatz was awarded in nine categories, were created by a panel of five cartoonists, and were voted on by attendees of this year’s SPX. This year’s judges were Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein, and Corinne Mucha. The ceremony was MC’ed by Templar, Arizona creator C. Spike Trotman and was sponsored by ComiXology.
The winners of the Ignatz Awards for 2015 are:
Outstanding Mini Comic: Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino
Outstanding Story: “Sex Coven” from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki (Youth in Decline)
Outstanding Comic: The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse Books) (FEB150903)
Outstanding Anthology: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics Books)
Promising New Talent: Sophia Foster-Dimino – Sphincter: Sex Fantasy
Outstanding Online Comic: The Bloody Footprint by Lilli Carré
Outstanding Series: Sphincter: Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino
Outstanding Graphic Novel: The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse Books)
Outstanding Artist: Emily Carroll – Through the Woods (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
This weekend in Baltimore, they will be presenting the 2015 Harvey Awards.