200609141027Nominess are chosen by a panel, winners are voted on by attendees of the 2006 SPX to be held October 13-14 in Bethesda. Winners will be announced the night of October 14th at the gala awards ceremony.

Editorial comment: Now THESE are nominations I can get behind. Not a stinker in the bunch.

Outstanding Artist

* Jordan Crane, The Clouds Above (Fantagraphics Books)
* Renee French, The Ticking (Top Shelf Productions)
* Tony Millionaire, Billy Hazelnuts (Fantagraphics Books)
* Anders Nilsen, Big Questions #7 and #8 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (Fantagraphics Books)

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

* Black Hole by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
* Castle Waiting by Linda Medley (Fantagraphics Books)
* Drawn and Quarterly Showcase #3 by Matt Broersma, Genevieve Elverum, and Sammy Harkham (Drawn & Quarterly)
* The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso (Fantagraphics Books)

Outstanding Graphic Novel

* The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics Books)
* Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
* The Ticking by Renee French (Top Shelf Productions)
* Tricked by Alex Robinson (Top Shelf Productions)
* Wimbledon Green by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Outstanding Story

* Ganges #1 by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics Books)
* “Prebaby” by Joe Daly, Scrublands (Fantagraphics Books)
* “Somersaulting” by Sammy Harkham, Drawn and Quarterly Showcase #3 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* “To Capt. Ayres” by Andrice Arp, MOME Winter 2006 (Fantagraphics Books)
* We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin (Drawn & Quarterly)

Promising New Talent

* Andrice Arp, Mome Winter 2006 (Fantagraphics Books)
* Jonathan Bennett, Mome Fall 2005 (Fantagraphics Books)
* R. Kikuo Johnson, Night Fisher (Fantagraphics Books)
* Ben Jones, BJ & Da Dogs (Picturebox, Inc.)
* Hope Larson, Salamander Dream (AdHouse Books), Gray Horses (Oni Press)

Outstanding Series

* Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware (Fantagraphics Books)
* Big Questions by Anders Nilsen (Drawn and Quarterly)
* Love and Rockets by Los Bros. Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
* Optic Nerve by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Owly by Andy Runton (Top Shelf Productions)

Outstanding Comic

* Big Questions #7 by Anders Nilsen (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Ganges #1 by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics Books)
* Optic Nerve #10 by Adrian Tomine (Drawn and Quarterly)
* Schizo #4 by Ivan Brunetti (Fantagraphics Books)
* Stuff of Dreams #3 by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics Books)

Outstanding Minicomic

* Comicore Jr. by Paulette Poullet
* Gaylord Phoenix # 4 by Edie Fake
* Monsters by Ken Dahl
* Trackrabbit by Geoff Vasile
* Window #8 by Dave Lapp

Outstanding Online Comic

* A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible by David Hellman and Dale Beran, www.alessonislearned.com
* Claviger by Ronnie Casson, www.girlamatic.com
* Micrographica by Renee French, www.serializer.net
* Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch, www.pbfcomics.com
* Thingpart by Joe Sayers, www.jsayers.com/thingpart/thingpart.html

Outstanding Debut Comic

* Action Philosophers #7: It’s All Greek to You by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (Evil Twin Comics)
* Anyone But Virginia #3 by Zac Crockett and Josh Eiserike (Self-Published)
* Class of ’99 by Josh Eiserike (Self-Published)
* Controller by Robin Enrico (Self-Published)
* Cross Country by MK Reed (Self-Published)
* Curses by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)
* The Damned #1 by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (Oni Press)
* Delphine #1 by Richard Sala (Fantagraphics Books)
* Daybreak by Brian Ralph (Bodega Distribution)
* Feral Ducks by FW Harvey and Josef J. Komenda (Self-Published)
* Hellcity by Macon Blair and Joe Flood (Gigantic Graphic Novels)
* Hwy. 115 by Matthias Lehmann (Fantagraphics Books)
* House of Twelve’s “Heavy Metal: The Movie” by various (House of Twelve Comics)
* Interiorae #2 by Gabriella Giandelli (Fantagraphics Books)
* Let Us Be Perfectly Clear by Paul Hornschemeier (Fantagraphics Books)
* Luba: Three Daughters by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
* Lucky by Gabrielle Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Book One by Tove Jansson (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Mourning Star by Kazimir Strzepek (Bodega Distribution)
* My Brain Hurts #4 by Liz Baillie (Self-Published)
* New Tales Of Old Palomar #1 by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
* One Last Ride On The Ghost Truck by Ben T. Steckler (Self-Published)
* Premillennial Maakies by Tony Millionaire (Fantagraphics Books)
* The Pirates of Coney Island #1 by Rick Spears and Vasilis Lolos (Image Comics)
* Project: Romantic by various (AdHouse Books)
* Rogue Satellite Comics: Crossroads to Lambada by Christopher P. Reilly (Self-Published)
* Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux (Oni Press)
* 12 Reasons Why I Love Her by Jamie S. Rich & Joelle Jones (Oni Press)
* We Must Become Our Heroes, vol. II, #1 by Jordan Giarratano (Big G, Little G)
* You Ain’t No Dancer Vol. 2 by Various (New Reliable Press)

2006 Ignatz Jury
Jeffrey Brown
Henry Chamberlain
Justin Hall
Laurenn McCubbin
Jim Rugg


  1. Is Trackrabbit by Geoff Vasile (in the “Outstanding Minicomic” category) a continuing series? Trackrabbit #1 is a really good mini… but I bought it at SPX in maybe 2004.

  2. nice list – but I don’t remember ever seeing any press that the awards were accepting nominations. I know they say you don’t HAVE to submit anything for the panel to consider it, but it’s a good idea to. Checking the Ignatz website it hasn’t been updated since last year. Hm.

  3. Steve – yes, those are the titles that will debut at the show.

    tyler – Perhaps you were not looking at the SPX website? The front page at http://www.spxpo.com had a reminder that the deadline for Ignatz submission was coming up for some months. You can still see it by scrolling past the recent guest announcements. The Ignatz guidelines page also had that information. The June 30th deadline date is the same for each year so please keep in mind so that you can submit next year.

  4. I like this list, because I actually recognize some names on it. Unfortunately, I only get to read these books after the show, so I’m no one to judge at this point. I get my mainstream stuff sent to me throughout the year, then SPX starts Indy time. No better collection of indy stuff around.

  5. The oddest category in my view is Outstanding Story, since it contains three short stories, a collection of five short stories (“Ganges”) and Miriam Katin’s “We Are on Our Own” a full-length hardbound autobiographical graphic novel, I would have put Katin’s book in the Graphic Novel category and picked only one of the Huizenga stories, since Ganges is also up for single issue.

  6. One thing I loved about GANGES #1 (and I’m not saying this a juror) is that to me it wasn’t so much a collection of five stories but rather five chapters in a story that crosses a day in the life of Glenn Ganges. Each chapter can be read as a single bite-sized piece and enjoyed, but all five together (for me) is really one complete story.

    (Man oh man, I can’t wait for GANGES #2.)