Sneak peak of some of the front/back matter for the print run of Sundrenchers. I’ve just made orders for every comic I’ve ever made that’s worth printing, so the shop on my site will be stocked and open supah soon! I’ll also be exhibiting at SPX and MICE this year, if you see me say HI because I probably want to say HI right back atchya.
Perhaps more significantly? Those wooden Ignatz Award bases you see below are going to be STUFFED with drink tickets! THANKS COMIXOLOGY!
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).
SPXclusive! We funded A Deitch Miscellany on Kickstarter earlier this year, and almost all the copies sold out by the end of the funding period. So, instead of our original plan to debut the book at SPX, we decided to make a special exclusive edition instead! The guts are the same, but this edition sports a spiffy hadmamed paper cover.
(Seriously, this paper is something else - made by the St. Armand mill in Canada from recycled fabric scraps, it has a totally different feel than the stiff Fabriano paper we’re using for the regular edition. While that paper is like a crisp suit, this stuff feels more like a well-worn pair of jeans. Fashionable!)
There are only 10 copies, with a high-until-you-see-how-cool-this-book-is price of $65. Find us at table N11 to claim your copy!
Hey you guys!
This September is the Small Press Expo, a convention for independent artists and illustrators, in Bethesda, MD. It would be really helpful for my career if I could attend, talk to people about the industry, and do some networking.
In order to afford it, I’ve cleaned up, colored, and put together some of the comics I’ve made recently and put them for sale on Gumroad! It’s pay-what-you-want above $2, so if you’re feeling extra generous you can donate more! You’ll get a color pdf of 20 comics in return. 20 comics for $2! What a deal!
It would mean the world to me if you guys could help out, or even share the news. This is all part of my progress to be a better comic artist, so if you’d like to see more work from me, please help out!
You know what to do, America.
Debut Books at SPX 2014!!
Speaking of new books at SPX, have you checked out the ever expanding SPX 2014 Debut Book List at spxpo.com?
I mean, make a sandwich, put on sensible shoes, tell your family you love them because once you go to there you’re going to be gone for a while.
And maybe open up the exhibitors list as well - time to start making real deal plans. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
We’re closing in on 150 new books at this year’s show, still with several weeks to go! Need to add your debut? Do it here.
Check these out and there are tons more that will debut at the show!!
Raina Telgemeier!!! (GO RAINA!!!!)
Carla Speed McNeil!!!!!!