The Ignatz Award is named for the brick-wielding mouse in George
Herriman's Krazy Kat comic strip, and is intended to recognize
outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning by small press creators
or creator-owned projects published by larger publishers. Winners are
determined by the votes of the attendees of the Small Press Expo, a
weekend-long convention and tradeshow showcasing creator-owned comics.
Award known as: Ignatzes
First year of award: 1997
Award status: Active
Awarded at: Small Press Expo
Number of categories: 9 (Current); 8 (Historical)
Hall of Fame: No
Award for children's material: No
Type of Award: Nominated, Festival
Nominations by: Five-member judging panel consisting of
comic book professionals. (None of them know until afterward who the
others are, and none may vote for his own work; a two-pass nominating
system determines the final ballot, which lists five nominees per
category unless there is a tie in the final nomination vote, in which
case there may be more.)
Voting open to: All attendees of the Small Press Expo
Official web page: www.spxpo.com/ignatz.shtml
- To be eligible, a book must have been published or a web comic must have been
published on the Web between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the current year.
- The "Outstanding Anthology or Collection" category includes both anthologies of stories
by various creators and collections of stories from a single series that have not previously
- "Graphic novels" are distinguished from individual comics by being generally over
48 pages and are usually case or perfect bound.
- A "minicomic" is defined by the award guidelines as a comic that is not professionally
published; they are usually photocopied, hand-stapled, and self-distributed.
- "Online comics" can include an individual comic, a continuing storyline comic, and strips,
and must be published on the web before appearing in print.
- The "Outstanding Debut Comic" award is given to a comic that premieres at that year's
Small Press Expo. It is the only category that is not nominated by the jury; rather,
creators nominate themselves by notifying the awards committee at least a month in advance
of the Small Press Expo.