The 2012 Ignatz Nominees - A (Promising) Sign of the Times?
The Ignatz nominees have been announced, to be awarded at the Small Press Expo on September 15th. And while the presence of women among the nominees is not unusual considering they are indie awards, something about this year’s nominees caught my attention.
Alongside the expected nomination of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant collection and the nod towards Leslie Stein’s Eye of the Majestic Creature and Gabrielle Bell’s Lucky, there is a very pleasant surprise in the “Promising New Talent” nominees.
Or rather, five pleasant surprises.
All five of the Ignatz nominees for Promising New Talent are women.
I can’t say for sure that this has never happened before, that women dominated an entire category, but one can’t help but sense some poignancy in the idea that all of last year’s “promising new talent” were women. We hear it all the time from the likes of Scott McCloud, Jessica Abel, and the SCAD Sequential Art department that girls are making up more and more of their students and have begun to dominate their classes—on one level, it’s not surprising. But outside of comics we see women getting more educated at higher rates than men and it still hasn’t led to equal pay or parity in the boardroom either. Are comics bucking that trend? Only time will tell, but I sure hope so.
Other nominees include Inés Estrada for Ojitos Borrosos, Corinne Mucha for The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions, Julia Gfrörer for Black is the Color, and Jillian Tamaki for SuperMutant Magic Academy.
Two comics by ladies have been shortlisted for the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award: Sita: Daughter of the Earth, written by Saraswati Nagpal, and Gate 7 vol.1 by CLAMP!
The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is the only comics award (that I’m aware of, anyway) where kids, aged 11-16 from 66 participating UK schools, choose the winner by rating each book as they read it! And it’s really exciting to see such diversity of interest amongst kids— of the 8 shortlisted titles, only three are superheroes, one each from Marvel, DC, and Image. I’m very curious about the gender breakdown of the readership and who ranked each book what, but for now I’ll just settle for congratulating Nagpal and CLAMP, and hope that we can get this or similar awards/reading programs spread all over the world!
The Lady Nominees of IGN's Best of 2011
IGN has announced their nominees for the Best Comics of 2011, and the ladies make a good showing this year!
In the Best Original Graphic Novel category, Jill Thompson’s Delirium’s Party: A Little Endless Storybook gets a nod.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’s Osborn is nominated for the Best Mini-series.
Ladies make the biggest showing in the Best Art Team category, with Sara Pichelli sharing the nomination for Ultimate Spider-Man with Justin Posner, and colorist Bettie Breitweiser is nominated twice, for her work with Gabriel Hardman on Hulk and Chris Samnee on Captain America and Bucky.
Sara Pichelli is also included in the Best Story Arc category, for the Death of [Ultimate] Spider-Man storyline. (ETA: Just double-checked the credits for this arc, and Pichelli was indeed one of three pencillers on this arc, along with David Lafuente and Mark Bagley)
And of course, Gail Simone is nominated for Best Single Issue, for Secret Six #36, and for Best Writer!
Best of luck to you all, ladies!