Monday, August 18, 2014

Hooray hooray

I learned from twitter this morning (ah, modernity) that I got nominated for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Minicomic categories!  Obviously I could not be more cheesed about this but I also wanted to congratulate my fellow nominees and to highlight some of the works I can personally recommend (which is everything on this list I have read):

Outstanding Artist
* Sam Bosma, Fantasy Basketball
I picked up this comic last year and was really blown away by sheer power of imagination and raw FUN going on inside.  A welcome spot of light in the minicomics scene which can sometimes lean towards the dark n' tragic.
* Kim Deitch, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
* Sophie Goldstein, Darwin Carmichael is Going To Hell; Edna II; House of Women
* Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1
* Jesse Reklaw, Couch Tag

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
* Amazing Facts and Beyond, Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch
* The End, Anders Nilsen
Nilsen's Dogs and Water has always been a touchstone for me.  Another great comic from a massively talented cartoonist.
* Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2, Leslie Stein
* Sock Monkey Treasury, Tony Millionaire
* QU33R, Various (Edited By Robert Kirby) 
My awesome bud Sasha Steinberg is in this!  A really great anthology.

Outstanding Graphic Novel
* The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, Kim Deitch
* The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist
* Boxers and Saints, Gene Luen Yang
* This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Probably my favorite thing that came out this year.  Utterly breathtaking.
* War of Streets and Houses, Sophie Yanow
A talented cartoonist who brings a welcome sense of space and poetry to her art.  Also the new fellow at CCS this year!  They certainly lucked out.

* "Brownout Biscuit," from Octopus Pie: Dead Forever, Meredith Gran
Octopus Pie has been my favorite webcomic since I started reading them and has always been a huge inspiration to me.  I'm happy to see it get the recognition it deserves.
* Destination X, John Martz
* The Grassy Knoll, Nick Drnaso
* "Jobs" from Life Zone, Simon Hanselmann
* "Mom" from Viewotron #2, Sam Sharpe

Promising New Talent
* Luke Howard, Trevor
I think the common joke about the Promising New Talent category is that it always includes cartoonists who have been laboring in comics for decades.  Contrary to that, Luke only started drawing four years ago and is already beating the pants off many of his peers.  What an asshole, right?  Go check out his website!
* Cathy G. Johnson, Jeremiah; Boy Genius; Until It Runs Clear
* Nick Offerman, Orange; Onions
* Keiler Roberts, Powdered Milk
* Daryl Seitchik, Missy

Outstanding Series
* The Black Feather Falls, Ellen Lindner
* Demon, Jason Shiga
* Powdered Milk, Keiler Roberts
* Sky in Stereo, Sacha Mardou
* Towerkind, Kat Verhoeven

Outstanding Comic
* Blammo #8, Noah Van Sciver
* Cosplayers, Dash Shaw
* It Will All Hurt #2, Farel Dalrymple
* Misliving Amended, Adam Buttrick
* Wicked Chicken Queen, Sam Alden
Two words: RAW TALENT.

Outstanding Minicomic
* The Grassy Knoll, Nick Drnaso
* House of Women, Sophie Goldstein
* Never Forgets, Yumi Sakugawa
* Test Tube #1, Carlos Gonzalez
* Up to the Top, Ian Sampson

Outstanding Online Comic
* Band for Life, Anya Davidson
* Big Dogs at Nite, Dane Martin
* Demon, Jason Shiga
* On Hiatus, Pete Toms
* Vattu, Evan Dahm
I've read Evan Dahm's collected edition of Rice Boy several times and I plan on buying the physical edition of Vattu at SPX.  Really great, imaginative and original science fiction.

As a final note, thanks are due to this year's judges: Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.

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