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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

SPX -- The Small Press Expo -- News

SPX – The Small Press Expo – was held October 1 through 3 in Bethesda, Maryland, where more than 2,400 people gathered to celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary and check out a plethora of small press creators and comics. This year the event raised more than $22,000 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). The CBLDF works to protect the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

SPX Anthology
SPX and the CBLDF annually publish the SPX Anthology to coincide with the event. The 2004 anthology is due in stores tomorrow (October 13) for $9.95. This year’s SPX Anthology features the theme of "War." As with every year, all profits from the SPX Anthology go to support the CBLDF.

Contributors and story titles are as follows:

Alex Lukas -- "Building it Up Just to Tear it Down"
Drew Weing -- "Leaflet Drop"
Jamie Tanner -- "War Atrocity Love Song"
Justin Hall -- "Dropping a Bomb"
Jakob Klemencic -- "April Fool's Tale"
Scott White -- "Lost Letter"
Robert Bienvenu -- "Staying in There"
Matt Dembicki -- "Blonds Have More Fun"
Winston Rowntree -- "Untitled"
Federico Reggiani & Angel Mosquito -- "Pray"
Kurt A. Belcher & Philipp S. Neundorf -- "White Death"
Vladan Nikolic -- "Victory"
Bruce Mutard -- "The Holy Kingdom"
Diana Yee -- "Ecaep"
B. Vranken -- "The Sweet War"
Joey Weiser -- "Flight"
Bart Johnson -- "Ratty: The Embittered Vietnam Vet"
Ben Towle -- "Toast"
Jeff Smith -- "Come Back, Colin Powell"
Corinne Mucha -- "War is Just a Card Game.."
J. Chris Campbell -- " Saturday Morning Showdown "
Megan Kelso & Ron Rege -- "Fuck the Troops"
Lonnie Allen -- "U.S.A. War™ Instruction Manual"
Charles Riffenburg IV -- "Leaders & Followers"
Matt Bellisle -- "Underground: Maquis"
Weatherwise -- "Good God, Y'all"
Michael Narren -- "A Brief History of War"

2004 Ignatz Awards
Another big part of the event, the 2004 Ignatz Awards were announced on October 3. The Ignatz Awards were created to recognize outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning; the ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is then voted on by attendees at the Expo. Listed below are the nominees with the winner of each category highlighted in bold.

SPX 2004 Eighth Annual Ignatz Awards Nominees with Winners in Bold

Outstanding Artist
Chester Brown, Louis Riel (Drawn and Quarterly)
Dan Clowes, Eightball #23 (Fantagraphics Books)
Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (iBooks)
Joe Sacco, The Fixer, (Drawn and Quarterly)
Craig Thompson, Blankets (Top Shelf Productions)

Oustanding GN or Collection
Blankets, Craig Thompson (Top Shelf Productions)
The Fixer, Joe Sacco (Drawn and Quarterly)
Louis Riel, Chester Brown (Drawn and Quarterly)
McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, Edited by Chris Ware (McSweeney's, Ltd.)
Teratoid Heights, Matt Brinkman (Highwater Books)

Outstanding Story
"Glenn Ganges," Drawn and Quarterly Showcase Book 1, Kevin Huizenga (Drawn and Quarterly)
"The Little Things," Rubber Necker #3, Nick Bertozzi (Alternative Comics)
"Maggie," Love and Rockets v.2 #8, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
"Paul in the Metro," Drawn & Quarterly #5, Michel Rabagliati (Drawn and Quarterly)
"Portrait of My Dad," McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, David Heatley (McSweeney's, Ltd.)

Promising New Talent
Martin Cendreda, Hi-Horse Omnibus (Alternative Comics, Hi-Horse Comics)
Svetlana Chmakova, Chasing Rainbows (www.girlamatic.com, www.svetlania.com)
Dan James, The Octopi and the Ocean (Top Shelf Productions)
Leland Purvis, Suspended in Language (G.T. Labs)
Lauren Weinstein, Kramers Ergot #4 (Alternative Comics)

Outstanding Series
Black Hole, Charles Burns (Fantagraphics Books)
Finder, Carla Speed McNeil (Lightspeed Press)
King Cat, John Porcellino (Self-published)
Rubber Necker, Nick Bertozzi (Alternative Comics)
Stuff of Dreams, Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics Books)

Outstanding Comic
Black Hole #11, Charles Burns (Fantagraphics Books)
Eightball #23, Dan Clowes (Fantagraphics Books)
Stuff of Dreams #2, Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics Books)
Tepid Summer 2003, John Hankiewicz (Tepid Comics)
King Cat #62, John Porcellino (Self-published)

Outstanding Minicomic
Big Questions No. 6: Anoesia and the Matrideicidic Theophany, Anders Brekhus Nilsen, (Self-published)
Lucky #3, Gabrielle Bell, (Self-published)
Quantum Entanglement, Spooky Action at a Distance, Teleportation and You, Jim Ottaviani and Roger Langridge (G.T. Labs)
Thankless Job, Pat Lewis (Lunchbreak Comics)
Underground: Souvenir, Matthew Bellisle (Gravity/DSN)

Outstanding Online Comic
American Elf, James Kochalka, americanelf.com
Apocamon, Patrick Farley, e-sheep.com
Desert Rocks, J.J. Naas, dr.ungroup.net
The Pain … When Will it End?, Timothy Kreider, thepaincomics.com
Tailipoe, Craig Boldman, craigboldman.com

Outstanding Debut Award
Astronaut Elementary #4, Dave Roman (Cryptic Press)
Attic Wit #6/#7: Hell and Heaven, edited by M. Dembicki
BABEL #1, David B. (D&Q)
Bighead, Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf)
Blood Orange #3, edited by Chris Polkki (Fantagraphics)
DOGS & WATER, Anders Nilsen (D&Q)
Doppler Effect, The, Gabriel Greenberg (Appollo Bunder Comics)
Elyse & Fields, Calvin Sands (Faded Parchment)
EVERYMAN, Brothers Goldman, art by Joe Bucco (FWDbooks)
Expert's Guide on How to Kill Things That Go Bump in the Night, The, Darren J. Gendron and Robert Zailo (Dernwerks)
Fred the Clown, Roger Langridge (Fantagraphics)
HECTOR MORTEM'S CASTLE FREAK, Chris Reilly (self-published)
Love Eats Brains, Dash Shaw (Oddgod Press)
OR ELSE #1, Kevin Huizenga (D&Q)
Scheherazade, Megan Kelso (Soft Skull Press)
Stalagmite 2, Craig McKenney (Headless Shakespeare Press)
Supernaturalists, The, Patrick Neighly and Jorge Heufemann (Mad Yak Press)
Teen Boat #6: VOTE BOAT, Dave Roman and John Green (Cryptic Press)
Temporary # 1 "Cubes and Ladders, Damon Hurd and Rick Smith (Origin Comics)
Worn Tuff Elbow, Marc Bell (Fantagraphics)

Ignatz 2004 Jury Panel
Kevin Huizenga
Megan Kelso
Rich Koslowski
Layla Lawlor
Steve Lieber

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