As with all things 2020, The Ignatz Awards went virtual this year. You can watch the ceremony below. I started watching and it’s as charming and heartfelt as always, even with the new format. And here are the winners! Among them are such perennials as Eleanor Davis and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, and publishers Peow, ShortBox and D&Q. Ariel Ries of the webcomic Witchy was the only two-time winner.

Winners are shown in bold below, with links to where to find the works.

Outstanding Artist

  • Ana Galvañ – Press Enter to Continue
  • Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
  • Tianran Qu – Slices of Life 100 Comic Montage
  • Michael DeForge – Familiar Face
  • Katie Hicks – Guts

Outstanding Anthology

  • Dates III – edited by Zora Gilbert & Cat Parra
  • Be Gay, Do Comics – edited by The Nib
  • LAAB Magazine #4 – edited by Ronald Wimberly & Joshua O’Neill
  • The Anthology of Mind – Tommi Musturi
  • Sweaty Palms Volume 2 – Sage Coffey

Outstanding Collection

  • GLEEM – Eddy Carrasco
  • Glenn Ganges in: The River at Night – Kevin Huizenga
  • Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
  • Slices of Life: 100 Comic Montage – Tianran Qu
  • The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski – Noah Van Sciver

Outstanding Comic

  • Cosmoknights – Hannah Templer
  • My Dog Ivy – Gabrielle Bell
  • Cry Wolf Girl – Ariel Ries
  • Theth Tomorrow Forever – Josh Bayer
  • Mooncakes – Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Hot Comb – Ebony Flowers
  • Pittsburgh – Frank Santoro
  • Skip – Molly Mendoza
  • How I Tried to be a Good Person – Ulli Lust
  • This Was Our Pact – Ryan Andrews

Outstanding Minicomic

Outstanding Online Comic

  • I Exist – Breena Nuñez
  • Like the Tide – Isabella Rotman
  • SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
  • Gabby Schulz (@gabbyschulz)
  • Witchy – Ariel Ries

Outstanding Series

  • The Misplaced – Chris Callahan
  • Fizzle – Whit Taylor
  • SUPERPOSE – Joe Seosamh & C. Anka
  • kuš! – kuš! komiks
  • Frontier – Youth in Decline

Outstanding Story

  • The Lab – Allison Conway
  • The Hard Tomorrow – Eleanor Davis
  • The Weight #9 – Melissa Mendes
  • “Little Red Riding Hood” – Inappropriate – Gabrielle Bell
  • BTTM FDRS – Ezra Daniels & Ben Passmore

Promising New Talent

  • AJ Dungo
  • Sylvia Nickerson
  • Theo Stultz
  • Emil Wilson
  • Andrew Lorenzi

The Ignatz Awards nominees were chosen by a judging panel consisting of Scott Cederlund, November Garcia, Malala Gharib, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and winners were chosen via an online ballot, reflecting the traditional “festival prize” nature of the honors.

It should be noted that there has been some controversy over the nomination and win of Valero-O’Connell since she was a judge. While one would assume that she recused herself from voting in her nomination categories, and perhaps should have just recused herself, period, she IS also one of the outstanding artists of the moment. The win was deserved, but also perhaps problematic.

All that aside, a few Twitter comments on the awards, including this awesome homemade step-and-repeat background! Future Zoomers take note!





Title art credit: Ebony Flowers


  1. Jurors have not been allowed to nominate themselves since the great Frank Cho debacle of yesteryear, but it has always been Ignatz policy that if someone else nominates them, it’s no big deal. Remember, the jurors remain anonymous to each other during the process, unlike the Eisners and other collaborative awards panels.

    I hadn’t seen any controversy about this anywhere, by the way.

    Also, I’m not sure how Rosemary Valero-O’Connell counts as a “perennial” awards recipient, considering that the first time she was nominated and won was in 2019.

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