OK, LET’S TALK IGNATZ AWARDS!
Tumblr has been burning up the last couple of days with news that the 2014 Ignatz Award nominations have been announced. For folks that aren’t familiar (and we’re hoping to see many new faces at this year’s show) the Ignatz are SPX’s very own prize for excellence in independent comics.
Each year the winner of the Promising New Talent Ignatz award is invited to draw a version of the famous brick-throwing mouse for the year’s event. Above you can see this year’s rendition by the (Ignatz nominated again for 2014) Sam Alden ( gingerlandcomics ).
The actual award looks a bit like this:
The Ignatz is pretty unique in that A) it is a literal brick and B) only attendees of the SPX festival get the opportunity to vote for the recipients. I will give you a moment to study the most excellent 2014 nominations.
IN EDEN WE TRUST
The Ignatz Awards are coordinated by SPX’s Eden Miller. Under her capable hands the awards have grown staggeringly - 560 print submissions for 2014 and 120 electronic ones. The ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is voted on by the attendees of the SPX festival.
This year the Ignatz jury was composed of: Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.
HOW DO I FIND IGNATZ NOMINATED ARTISTS?
Ignaz nominated artists are noted on our MASSIVE 2014 exhibitor list so you can plan your route. Also, all the nominated artists will have swank Sam Alden Ignatz balloons at their table to make it easier for you to zero in on some of the absolute best stuff on offer at SPX.
We’ve also added another feature for Ignatz nominees and winners - special decals for their books. They’re just like the ones at the top of this post except more real and more shiny. So keep an eye out for these on the SPX show floor!
HOW DO I CAST MY VOTE?
As you enter the show you will be provided a ballot. YOU ARE SWORN AND HONOR BOUND TO COMPLETE THIS SACRED TASK. You can drop completed ballots in one of the boxes designated for this task (I might even be holding it), like so:
SO HOW DO I KNOW WHO WON?
Join us for the Ignatz Awards at 9:30 PM on Saturday night. The event will be held in the White Oak Room downstairs at the hotel, beneath the SPX exhibition hall.
Stick around for the Ignatz after-party where we’ll seal our life-bond with a double dip in the chocolate fountain of legend!
Also, in a first, in conjunction with the after party, there will be PROM, SPromX, to be precise. Further details to be provided but suffice to say there is nothing too sparkly, velvety or dashing that you could possible wear to the Ignatz ceremony this year.
PLEASE JOIN US!
The Ignatz Awards are a very special part of SPX - our way of acknowledging the work most esteemed by cartoonists and enthusiasts of their craft. Please join us at SPX 2014 on Saturday September 13th to cast your vote (full event details at spxpo.com).
Some hot n spicy scifi CXrecs comin’ right up!
Prophet is amazing. One of my favorites. Big big royalboiler fan.
I asked around the office, as this is something I’ve been looking for also and here’s what I got:
- Starstruck - An anarcho-futuristic adventure that eschews gender roles and linear storytelling. A cult classic science fiction comic if there ever was one.
- Old City Blues by milonogiannis, whom you might recognize from his work on Prophet! A futuristic noir involving corrupt politicians, drug dealers, and mech smugglers.
- Manhattan Projects - A current Image fan favorite, by pronea (Jonathan Hickman) and nickpitarra - A revisionist history that has the creation of the Atomic Bomb at it’s center.
Also, if you like Brandon Graham, maybe try checking out some of his other stuff. Although it’s definitely not the same style as Prophet, Multiple Warheads is really amazing.
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If you ever have a problem with anything, email our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. They’re pretty top notch, if we do say so ourselves. We’ll fix it right up.
It actually depends on publisher. DC and ONI release their books early in the day at 3AM EST. Then, we pull the trigger on other publishers generally around 9.30-10AM EST.
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See “Superman” and Captain Carrot team off against
The Avengers The Retaliators in Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity #1 for tonight’s Late Night Reads.
If you believe that the relative lack of female representation in ‘Zero’ is an accident: no.
When we began working on Zero #1, Jordie Bellaire, Michael Walsh & I had a very beneficial discussion about a scene in that issue. I wanted to start something, a tangential story, by covering Cooke’s genitals but not covering Zizek’s. We decided to change it and show both — and it feels like a right choice, because the lack of the feminine is already present within the story. Chapter #9, with Bosnia and the war atrocities against women, is a mid-point: this is how horrifying it can get.
If you wanted another James Bond clone telling you war is okay: you were never going to get that with Zero.
(Art by Tonci Zonjic)
FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Happy Birthday, HPL.
Artprint available here http://francavilla.bigcartel.com/product/lovecraft-fear