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Art by Bianca Xunise

Rising above the roiling tides of history, the 2018 Ignatz nominations are out, and they are, as always, a very deserving list of creators and titles some known, some exciting newcomers. It’s all worth exploring. The nominations were selected by a jury – Leila Abdelrazaqkevin czapMita MahatoCarolyn Nowak, and Taneka Stotts – and winners will be selected by the attendees of the 2018 Small Press Expo.

WHile the nominations are evenly dispersed, it’s worth noting that relative newcomer Tommi Parish has four nominations for their The Lie and How We Told it, published by Fantagraphics. A promosing debut indeed!

And the nominees are:

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OUTSTANDING ARTIST

Yvan Alagbé – Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures
Ivy Atoms – Pinky & Pepper Forever
Tommi Parrish – The Lie and How We Told It
Richie Pope – The Box We Sit On
Sophie Standing – Anxiety is Really Strange
OUTSTANDING COLLECTION

Beirut Won’t Cry – Mazen Kerbaj
Blackbird Days – Manuele Fior
Language Barrier – Hannah K. Lee
Sex Fantasy – Sophia Foster-Dimino
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition – Julia Kaye
OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY
La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuertes – ed. by Kat Fajardo & Pablo Castro
Comics for Choice – ed. by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and Ø.K. Fox
Ink Brick #8 – ed. by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin
BOTTOMS UP! Tales of Hitting Rock Bottom – ed. by J.T. Yost
Lovers Only – ed. by Mickey Zacchilli
OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL
Why Art? – Eleanor Davis
Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom – Marcelo D’Salete
Uncomfortably Happily – Yeon-sik Hong
The Lie and How We Told It– Tommi Parrish
Anti-Gone – Connor Willumsen

OUTSTANDING SERIES
Ley Lines – Czap Books
Nori – Rumi Hara
Bug Boys – Laura Knetzger
Gumballs – Erin Nations
Frontier – Youth in Decline
OUTSTANDING MINICOMIC
Dog Nurse – Margot Ferrick
Greenhouse – Debbie Fong
Common Blessings & Common Curses – Maritsa Patrinos
Say It With Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food – Shing Yin Khor
OUTSTANDING COMIC
Recollection – Alyssa Berg
How to Be Alive – Tara Booth
Hot Summer Nights – Freddy Carrasco
Whatsa Paintoonist? – Jerry Moriarty
Baopu – Yao Xiao

OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC
Woman World – Aminder Dhaliwal
The Wolves Outside – Jesse England
A Fire Story – Brian Fies
Lara Croft Was My Family – Carta Monir
A Part of Me is Still Unknown – Meg O’Shea

PROMISING NEW TALENT
Yasmin Omar Ata – Mis(h)adra
Tara Booth – How to Be Alive
Xia Gordon – The Fashion of 2004
Rumi Hara – Nori and the Rabbits of the Moon
Tommi Parrish – The Lie and How We Told It
OUTSTANDING STORY
Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures – Yvan Alagbé
Why Art? – Eleanor Davis
Rhode Island Me – Michael DeForge
How the Best Hunter in the Village Met Her Death – Molly Ostertag
The Lie and How We Told It– Tommi Parrish

Congrats to all the nominees – comics are still wonderful in spite of it all!