LET’S TALK IGNATZ AWARDS!
Continuing the theme of laying SPX’s mission, (see Part 1: The Festival)… Let’s talk Ignatz! For folks that aren’t familiar (and we’re hoping to see many new faces at this year’s show) the Ignatz Awards 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 2013) Lale Westvind.
The actual award looks a bit like this:
The Ignatz is pretty unique in that 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 2013 nominations.
IN EDEN WE TRUST
The Ignatz awards are coordinated by SPX’s Eden Miller. Under her capable hands the awards have grown steadily, with submissions up a staggering 70% this year over last. 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: Lisa Hanawalt, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay, Sakura Maku and Jason Shiga.
HOW DO I FIND IGNATZ NOMINATED ARTISTS?
We added a little spice to the nominations last year. All the nominated artists had swank silver balloons at their table to make it easier for you to zero in on some of the absolute best stuff on offer at SPX. That seemed to work really well so we’re doing it again! Imma drop the new balloons on you any day now!
We’ve also added another feature for Ignatz nominees and winners - special decals for their books - so keep an eye out for these on the 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. Consider it practice for November. 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. We’ve got special guest Liza Donnelly hosting and a bevy of celebrity award presenters!
Stick around for the Ignatz after-party where we’ll seal our life-bond with a double dip in the chocolate fountain of legend!
PLEASE JOIN US!
Please join us at SPX 2013 on Saturday September 14th to cast your vote. The Ignatz Awars are a very special part of SPX - out way of acknowledging the word most esteemed by cartoonists and enthusiasts of their work. With your vote, you make it happen!
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