SOME MULTI-DAY comics conventions seem to breed fatigue, like a lean-in, shoulder-to-shoulder war of artist-alley attrition and sketchy nutrition. The marathon demands second and third winds. You come, you see, you’re conquered.

Small Press Expo, on the other hand, refuses to be so grueling. It’s the party guest that shows up promptly with a platter of homemade fare, tells a bunch of fresh and genuinely entertaining stories, delivers a brilliant toast — and then hits the door before anyone has time to ever tire of its company. Which is partly why we welcome it back so warmly each year.

And on Saturday night, the party had a few extra rounds of fun. After the first day’s programming and exhibiting, there was even a “wedding” (congrats, Simon Hanselmann, the Ignatz nominee whose blushing new bride is “comics”), a brass band and a prom. But mostly, as always, there were the esteemed Ignatz Awards — the Herriman “bricks” that get tossed to top indie talent — as guided by show host James Sturm, who’d deftly moderated a stellar alt-weekly panel earlier in the day.

Among the honored were multiple nominees Sophie Goldstein and Jason Shiga.

The Ignatz, named for George Herriman’s famed “Krazy Kat” character, honors “excellence in independent comics.” The ballot is created by five cartoonists — this year’s jurors were Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor — and voted on by Saturday’s attendees. (SPX: Small Press Expo continues Sunday at the North Bethesda Marriott convention center in suburban Washington.)

(Disclosure: The Ignatz Awards ceremony is sponsored by comixology, which is newly owned by Amazon; Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post. The corporate ties, they abound. [For more, here’s a link.])

Here are this year’s Ignatz winners (in BOLD):

Outstanding Artist
>Sam Bosma — Fantasy Basketball

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 — Coach Tag

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Amazing Facts and Beyond, by Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch
The End, by Anders Nilsen
Eye of the Majestic Creature (Vol. 2), by Leslie Stein
>QU33R, edited by Robert Kirby
Sock Monkey Treasury, by Tony Millionaire

Outstanding Graphic Novel
The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely
True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, by Kim Deitch
The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist
Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang
>This One Summer, by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
War of Streets and Houses, Sophie Yanow

Outstanding Story
>“Brownout Biscuit” (from Octopus Pie): Dead Forever, by Meredith Gran
“Destination X,” by Jon Martz
“The Grassy Knoll,” by Nick Drnaso
“Jobs,” Life Zone, by Simon Hanselmann
“Mom,” Viewotron #2, by Sam Sharpe

Promising New Talent
Luke Howard — Trevor
>Cathy G. Johnson – Jeremiah; Boy Genius; Until It Runs Clear
Nick Offerman — Orange; Onions
Keiler Roberts — Powdered Milk (series)
Daryl Seitchik — Missy

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

Outstanding Comic
Blammo #8, by Noah Van Sciver
Cosplayers, by Dash Shaw
It Will All Hurt #2, by Farel Dalrymple
Misliving Amended, by Adam Buttrick
>Wicked Chicken Queen, by Sam Alden

Outstanding Minicomic
The Grassy Knoll, by Nick Drnaso
>House of Women, by Sophie Goldstein
Never Forgets, by Yumi Sakugawa
Test Tube #1, by Carlos Gonzales
Up to the Top, by 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