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Small Press Expo is happening on September 17-18, and the organizers have announced the nominees for this year’s Ignatz Awards, which will be presented at the event. Tony Breed, Summer Pierre, Keiler Roberts, C. Spike Trotman and J.T. Yost made up the panel who chose the nominees, and attendees at the expo will vote for the final awards. There’s plenty of good reading on this list, from well-known creators to newcomers, so whether or not you can make it to SPX, the comics are worth checking out.
There’s an Ignatz tradition that the winner of the previous year’s Promising New Talent category draws their own take on Ignatz (the brick-tossing mouse from “Krazy Kat” who is now the awards’ mascot) and the artwork above is by Sophia Foster-Dimino, who took home not one but three Ignatz Awards last year.
Daniel Clowes for “Patience”
Ryan Heshka for “Mean Girls Club”
Kevin Huizenga for “Ganges”
Noah Van Sciver for “Disquiet”
Tillie Walden for “The End of Summer”
The National Cartoonists Society presented its Reuben Awards over the weekend at its annual convention in Memphis, Tennessee. Michael Ramirez, former editorial cartoonist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, won the top honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
Ethan Young’s Nanjing: The Burning City received the award for best graphic novel, and DC Comics’ Prez won the comic book award; while only artist Ben Caldwell was listed in the official results, he was quick to correct the record on Twitter, where he singled out writer Mark Russell, inker Mark Morales, colorist Jeremy Lawson and editor Marie Javins.
The Glyph Comics Awards, which honor the best black comics creators and characters, were announced Friday night in a ceremony preceding the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.
Chuck Collins’s webcomic Bounce, a gag comic about two New York bouncers, earned three awards: Best Comic Strip or Webcomic, Rising Star Award,and Fan Award for Best Work. The Story of the Year award went to Revelation: Brotherman – Dictator of Discipline, by writer Guy A. Sims and artist Dawud Anyabwile, and Anyabwile picked up the Best Artist award for that comic as well. (Here’s a great local-news story that gives some backstory on this comic and its creators.)
The nominees for the 2016 Glyph Awards, which recognize “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color,” were announced over the weekend. The winners will be announced May 20 at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.
While there are four nominees for Fan Favorite of the Year, readers are also invited to submit write-in nominations.
The nominees for the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning have been announced, with Montreal-based publisher Drawn & Quarterly netting five of the six spots in the Best Book category.
In addition, James Simpkins, creator of Jasper the Bear, will be this year’s inductee to the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame.
The acclaimed BOOM! Studios fantasy-adventure Lumberjanes has won the 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic. Presented Saturday during a ceremony held in Los Angeles, the awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
The Eisner Award-winning series, by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak and Brooke Allen, et al, follows five teenage girls who encounter strange creatures and solve supernatural mysteries while at summer camp. Two of the characters, Molly and Mal, have a crush on each other, and Jo is trans.
The judges of the 2016 Eisner Awards have selected Moomin creator Tove Jansson and Golden Age artist Carl Burgos, creator of the original Human Torch, for automatic induction into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.
They an additional 14 nominees, from which Eisner voters will select four to be inducted during the awards ceremony held in July during Comic-Con International in San Diego. Those creators are:
Julie Maroh, Chloé Cruchaudet, TanXXX and Aurélie Neyret have announced publicly they will not accept the honor, which recognizes contributions to arts and literature in France. However, Riad Sattouf, author of Arab of the Future, released a statement saying he’ll “accept it with pleasure.”
The members of the Angouleme grand jury, who chose the winners of this year’s awards, have released a statement saying they are “stupefied by the cruelty and vulgarity” of the fake prizes presented Saturday during the festival’s closing ceremony.
“The announcement of fake awards, which broke the hearts of numerous authors, publishers and readers, in addition to the sexist and off-color remarks of the MC, are beneath the dignity of a festival that remains an internationally respected flagship event in the world of comics,” said the statement, signed by all seven members of the grand jury.
As if this year’s Angouleme International Comics Festival hadn’t been plagued by enough controversy, the organizers decided to play a practical joke at the closing ceremony that a lot of people didn’t find very funny.
The ceremony began with comedian Richard Gaitet, clad in a neon-blue suit and red bow tie, announcing, “This will be the shortest ceremony in history, because all we want to do is drink and dance.” He proceeded to present nine awards in rapid succession, including the award for best series to Saga, best comic for young people to Aaron Renier’s The Unsinkable Walker Bean, and the Fauve d’Or, the big prize, to Arsène Schrauwen, by Olivier Schrauwen. And then two women appeared and said, “Bravo Richard, for that joke about the false fauves [awards] and the size of the Grand Prix. We laughed a lot, but now we must go.” And then they presented the real awards because that first set? That was fake.
The winners of the major awards (called “fauves”) at the Angouleme International Comics Festival were announced Saturday evening in a ceremony that has turned out to be quite controversial: The emcee came on and announced the nine winners, only to be followed by two actresses who revealed it was all a joke, after which the real awards were presented.
We’ll have more on that shortly, but first of all, here’s the list of the actual winners:
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced the nominees for its 27th GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize media — including comic books — for their “fair, accurate and inclusive” representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
After being shut out in 2015 for the first time since the comic book category premiered in 2003, DC Comics returns with two titles — Harley Quinn and Midnighter — while Lumberjanes earns its second nomination in as many years. They’re joined by Angela: Queen of Hel and The Wicked + The Divine, which make their GLAAD Media Awards debuts.
The saga of the Grand Prix d’Angouleme has taken another sour turn, as one of three finalists for the festival’s top honor has asked people not to vote for her.
French illustrator Claire Wendling said she doesn’t want the Angouleme International Comics Festival award, writing on Facebook, “Would you like to please me? Don’t vote for me any more.”
Alan Moore, Claire Wendling and Hermann have been named as finalists for the Angouleme International Comics Festival’s Grand Prix.
The announcement arrives two weeks after the unveiling of an all-male list of nominees for the festival’s top honor sparked calls for a boycott, leading 12 creators to ask that their names be withdrawn from consideration.
Under fire, organizers briefly offered up a revised list that included six female creators, only to quickly change course and announce academy members could vote for whomever they like.
It’s all over now but the voting. After a whirlwind of controversy, commentary and boycotts, the organizers of the Angouleme International Comics Festival withdrew their all-male slate of nominees for the Grand Prix, the festival’s top prize (and one of the most prestigious awards in all of comics) and said the voters could choose anyone they want. All creators who publish works in France are eligible to vote
Franck Bondoux, the festival’s executive director, published a “mea culpa” in the French newspaper Le Monde, calling the omission of women from the list of nominees a “symbolic error.” He accused the media of confusing the Grand Prix, which looks at 10 years or more of a creator’s work, with the festival’s book awards, which recognize graphic novels published in the past year. In that regard, the festival is ahead of its time, he maintained, as 25 percent of the nominated books are by women, who only make up 13 percent of creators in France, and women are well represented in the festival’s exhibits and book awards.
But then he doubled down on the “no women in comics history” argument: