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Ignatz Awards Honor Indie Creators And Alternative Work With 2014 Nominations

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The Small Press Expo (SPX) announced the full list of nominees for the 2014 Ignatz Awards this week; with an aim to celebrate outstanding achievements in independent and alternative comics and cartooning, the awards are named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his Krazy Kat comic strip, recognising exceptional work within the medium. Nominees are determined by a panel of cartoonists, this year comprised of Whit Taylor, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham, Darryl Ayo, and Austin English, with votes cast only by attendees during SPX to decide the eventual winners.

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SPX 2014 To Celebrate The Alt-Weekly Comic With James Sturm, Jules Feiffer And Lynda Barry

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SPX, the Small Press Expo, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, it's centering its entire 2014 convention on a much-read -- but not-often-discussed -- type of independent comic: strips from alt-weekly newspapers.

Late last week, organizers announced the first three major guests: Lynda Barry, the cartoonist behind Ernie Pook’s Comeek from The Chicago Reader; Jules Feiffer, the so-called godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic, and James Sturm, who co-founded The Onion and Seattle's The Stranger in addition to being an accomplished cartoonist and graphic novelist.

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Michael DeForge Leads Your 2013 Ignatz Award Winners

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Taking place in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend is the Small Press Expo, or SPX, arguably the biggest indie comics event of the year. And each year one of the highlights of the show is the presentation of the Ignatz Awards. Named in honor of legendary cartoonist George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators in the previous year. This year's winners were announced yesterday, and leading the way was cartoonist Michael DeForge, who won three awards for his serialized work Lose and his anthology Very Casual, both published by Koyama Press.

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Link Ink: ‘Adventure Time’ Pancake, ‘Iron Man 3′ In Japan And Michael Keaton’s New Role

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Video: A pancake artist by the name of Rogelio cooks up a tasty-looking Jake the Dog of Adventure Time fame at his restaurant in Mexico City. All it needs is bacon.

Movies: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts cuddl

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Link: ‘Cyber Force’ Kickstarter Launches, ‘Deadpool’ Game Writer And The TMNT Annual

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Crowdfunding: Top Cow's Cyber Force Kickstarter is now live, giving backers a chance to help "produce and give away the first full five issue story arc of the brand-new Cyber Force full color ongoing series."

Gaming: Deadpool comic writ

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Link Ink: ‘Batman: Arkham City’ Gets 3D, The TARDIS Corset And Lunch From An NES

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Gaming: Batman: Arkham City will support both stereoscopic and old-fashioned anaglyph (red and blue glasses) varieties of 3D at launch.

International: Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image has inked a deal for distribution in Asia, taking Invincible, The Walking Dead, Witch Doctor and more overseas.

Conventions: SPX has posted a list of releases debuting at its September 10-11

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Link Ink: Oeming Does ‘Portal 2′, Nic Cage’s Stolen Copy of ‘Action Comics’ #1 Resurfaces and Marijuanaman Soars

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Webcomics: Now up at IGN, both halves of Michael Avon Oeming's Portal 2: Lab Rat comic are pretty dope. Following his awesome Left 4 Dead series, he's starting to cement himself as the best comics-rooted-in-v

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Dean Haspiel’s Shirtless Ignatz Award Presentation [Video]

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Link Ink — HOBODARKSEID, Crisis on Two Earths, 3D Flickr Cities

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A roundup of cool junk from around the web.

Twitter: NPR reveals the truth behind @HOBODARKSEID. The answer is the opposite of disappointing, but as @kielphegley noted, once read you can never unknow this.

Animation: Because Infinite Earths is a bit much, don't

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Small Press Expo 2009 Is The Place To Be This Weekend

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It's Friday afternoon and that means one thing: Thinking about what's going on this weekend instead of getting any actual work done.

And what are comic book folks thinking about? SPX, naturally.

The world o

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