SPX 2013: Here they are, your Ignatz Award nominees!

Lilli Carré and Michael DeForge continue to have banner years.

Both gifted cartoonists saw their stellar runs of recognition continue Thursday: They are triple nominees for 2013 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo is announcing this afternoon.


(by LILLI CARRE / Fantagraphics /. )

DeForge, the author of “Very Casual,” will compete against Carré in the Artist and Anthology/Collection categories; he also received a nod for Outstanding Series (“Lose”). (DeForge received an Eisner nom earlier this year for his digital “Ant Comic.”)

Also receiving three nods is rising cartoonist Sam Alden, who is up for Promising New Talent on the strength of his nominated minicomic (“Hawaii 1997”) and online comic (“Haunter”).

Other multiple nominees include Ulli Lust, for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Graphic Novel (“Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life”); “Pope Hats” cartoonist Ethan Rilly, for Outstanding Series and Outstanding Comic; and “Looking Out” creator Philippa Rice, for Outstanding Comic and Promising New Talent.

Lust is part of an interesting twist: All five Outstanding Graphic Novel nominees are women; last year, by contrast, all five were men.


(courtesy of Small Press Expo /.)

This year’s nominating jurors were Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay, Sakura Maku , Jason Shiga and special guest Lisa Hanawalt.

The ever-growing Small Press Expo will be Sept. 14-15 at the Marriott Bethesda North in suburban Washington. The Ignatz ceremony, on the expo’s first night, will be hosted by special guest Liza Donnelly.

Here is your full list of 2013 Ignatz nominees, including special guests Rutu Modan and Peter Bagge:

Outstanding Artist

Lilli Carre, Heads or Tails
Michael DeForge, Lose #4
Miriam Katin, Letting It Go
Ulli Lust, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
Patrick McEown, Hair Shirt


(courtesy of Small Press Expo/.)

(courtesy of SMALL PRESS EXPO/,)

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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