Top Shelf and IDW Receive Three 2020 Ignatz Award Nominations

Cosmoknights, The Lab, and Be Gay, Do Comics Shine as
Contenders in the Outstanding Comic, Story, and Anthology Categories

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 4, 2020) – The Small Press Expo (SPX) announced its nominees for the 2020 Ignatz Awards, and IDW Publishing and imprint Top Shelf Productions have been honored with three combined titles on the ballot!

The Ignatz Awards, named for the mouse from George Herriman’s Krazy Kat comic strip, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. Nominees are determined by a panel of comics professionals.

Cosmoknights by Hannah Templer is nominated in the “Outstanding Comic” category. Cosmoknights follows a ragtag band of space gays, for which liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan and a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators discover the astonishing secrets of a neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down.

The Lab by Allison Conway is nominated in the “Outstanding Story” category. This wordless graphic novel follows a nameless subject trapped in a nightmarish test facility. Painstakingly and evocatively rendered, Allison Conway’s debut graphic novel explores the spectrum between lifeless gray and vivid color. It asks uncomfortable questions about the treatment we tolerate and the injustices underlying our modern world.

Be Gay, Do Comics, edited by The Nib, is nominated in the “Outstanding Anthology” category. Brimming with resilience, inspiration, and humor, Be Gay, Do Comics takes readers from the American Revolution through Stonewall to today’s fights for equality and representation in tales written and illustrated by an incredible lineup of top indie cartoonists.

“Hannah Templer and Allison Conway are both outstanding talents who use the power of comics and science fiction to explore resonant human truths,” says Top Shelf editor and marketing director Leigh Walton. “And from the irresistibly slick charm of Cosmoknights to the grim dreamscapes of The Lab, they’ve both poured their hearts into making images that will stick with readers for a lifetime. What an honor to see the indie comics community rally around these books, and to know that the best is yet to come!”

“On behalf of the entire team that brought Be Gay, Do Comics to life, I’d like to thank everyone who has recognized the importance of sharing stories that reflect the variety of human experience,” says Justin Eisinger, Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections for IDW Publishing. “Going further, it’s so great that an anthology like this, inclusive of so many viewpoints and self-confrontational revelations, is being celebrated for its contribution to cultural discourse. Congratulations toThe Nib and all the creators.”

Congratulations to all the great nominees! Voting is open to the public and runs from now through September 8, at

To acquire copies of IDW Publishing’s nominated graphic novel releases, please contact your local comic shop or visit to find a store near you. Graphic novels are also available for order via bookstores, online booksellers, and digital platforms.

For Further Reading

Be Gay, Do Comics
FC  •  $24.99 US / $33.99 CAN  •   ISBN 978-1-68405-777-1

FC  •  $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN  •   ISBN 978-1-60309-454-2

The Lab
FC  •  $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN  •   ISBN 978-1-60309-461-0

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