Hey, kids! Who’s goin’ to SPX next weekend? Webcomickers (and related types) to be seen there will include Blank Labellers Guigar, Kellet, Straub, Tayler, and Willis; Box Brown, who I completely read over on the list, sorry!, Nick Gurewitch, Bernie Hou, Jeph Jacques, James Kochalka, Carla Speed McNeil, Dave Roman, Joe Sayers, Raina Telgemeier, Colleen Venable, Chris Yates, and The Dreamcrusher.
Additionally, of that number, Sayers and Malki ! are up for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic, along with Chris Onstad, Nick Bertozzi, and Kris Dressen. What I like best about the Ignatz is the physical form of the award — it’s a brick. And as long as you’re there, keep an eye out for the Josh Frulinger-moderated panel on the current state of comic strips, with Gurewitch on the panel
I should note that Gurewitch is on that panel as a cartoonist, not specifically a webcartoonist; in this, SPX has regarded the delivery medium as less important than the content. Give it a few more years, and we’ll hopefully see webcomics sprinkled throughout the categories of the Ignatzes (and the Harveys, and the Eisners), rather than segregated into one slot. Until then, come see what it looks like on an exhibit floor where webcomics are spread around instead of concentrated in one spot. It’s pretty cool.